Which soap opera holds the record for the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history?
-As the World Turns
-The Young and the Restless
Answer: Guiding Light is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history. The show has been on radio and television for 72 years, beginning on NBC radio in 1937 and moving to CBS television in 1952. Procter and Gamble owned the show, which spawned the name “soap operas” because of the soap company’s sponsorship. On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that it canceled Guiding Light after a run of 72 years due to low ratings. The series broadcast its final episode on the network which aired on September 18, 2009 — after 18,262 episodes.
The fictional Midwest town of Springfield provides the backdrop for this continuing rich tale. The Bauer, Spaulding, Lewis, Cooper and Santos families form the backbone of the community as Springfield’s residents face life and love amid the greatest of challenges.
Original network: NBC Radio (1937–46); CBS Radio (1947–56); CBS Television (1952–2009)
Also known as: The Guiding Light; GL
No. of episodes: NBC: 2,500 (radio); CBS: 15,762 (radio & TV); Total: 18,262
Did you know: “Guiding Light” has the highest episode count (15,762) among all television programs in the world. wikipedia.org