As of 2016, Soapnet is no longer available and has remained closed since early 2014. In 2010, the Disney-ABC Television Group originally announced its plan to replace the network with Disney Junior. The decision came as a result of the increasing use of video-on-demand services and a general decline in soap operas. The company later launched Disney Junior separately and kept Soapnet as an operating network. Soapnet then began airing repeats of classic television shows until was eventually discontinued.
Soapnet previously broadcast a variety of soap operas and primetime dramas, such as “Veronica Mars” and “Gilmore Girls.” The network usually broadcast repeats of current soap operas during its weekday morning and evening broadcasts. “All My Children” became the most aired show on the network, with one episode broadcast in the morning and three showings at night. The network’s weekend programming mainly included rebroadcasts of soap opera episodes that aired during the weekdays.
The growth of online video streaming services and digital video recorders assisted in eliminating a network devoted to soap operas. Between 2003 and 2011, viewers saw an increase in show cancellations by the ABC network due to a low number of viewers. Shows eventually moved to other networks before the end of Soapnet. “General Hospital” became the last program ever shown on the network.