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ABC washes soap off air

'Port Charles' final seg to air Oct. 3

ABC is closing shop on its “General Hospital” spinoff, “Port Charles.”

Sudser has drawn an average 2.1 million viewers season-to-date, making it the net’s lowest-rated daytime series.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said ABC Daytime topper Brian Frons. “We were very pleased with the creative execution of the show, but the 30-minute format in this time period posed significant financial challenges, which ultimately led to this decision.”

ABC will now return the half-hour to its affiliates, which can program the time as they see fit.

The youngest of ABC’s sudsers, “Port Charles” kicked off the Alphabet web’s afternoon soap opera block, followed by “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

Half-hour serial was unconventionally divided into 13-week blocks, similar to Spanish-lingo telenovelas. The final series, subtitled “The Gift,” kicks off July 7, with the final episode airing Oct. 3.

” ‘Port Charles’ allowed us to develop a wonderful stable of talent in front of and behind the camera, and it is our plan to place as many as possible throughout our other ABC Daytime shows,” Frons said.

Skein launched in June 1997, replacing another half-hour entry, “The City.”

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