|As the World Turns|
|Created by||Irna Phillips|
|Written by||Jean Passanate|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13,858|
Ted Corday (1956–65)|
Mary Harris (1965–71)
Fred Bartholomew (1971–73, 1980–81)
Joe Willmore (1973–78)
Joe Rothenberger (1978–80)
Mary-Ellis Bunim (1981–84)
Robert Calhoun (1984–88)
Laurence Caso (1988–95)
John Valente (1995–96)
Felicia Minei Behr (1996–99)
Christopher Goutman (1999–2010)
|Location(s)||New York City, New York|
30 minutes (1956–1975)|
60 minutes (1975–2010)
Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. (1986–2008)|
TeleNext Media, Inc. (2008–2010)
|Original run||April 2, 1956 – September 17, 2010|
As the World Turns (often referred to as ATWT) is an American television soap opera which aired on CBS from April 2, 1956 to September 17, 2010.
Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on April 2, 1956, at 1:30 pm EST. Prior to then, all serials were fifteen minutes in length. As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, which premiered on the same day at 4:30 pm EST, were the first two to be thirty minutes in length from their premiere.
At first, viewers did not respond to the new half-hour serial, but ratings picked up in its second year, eventually reaching the top spot in the daytime Nielsen ratings by fall 1958. In 1959, the show started a streak of weekly ratings wins that would not be interrupted for over twelve years. In the year-to-date ratings, As the World Turns was the most-watched daytime drama from 1958 until 1978, with ten million viewers tuning in each day. At its height, core actors such as Helen Wagner, Don MacLaughlin, Don Hastings, and Eileen Fulton became nationally known. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her other soap opera Guiding Light.
The show passed its 10,000th episode on May 12, 1995, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 2, 2006. On September 18, 2009, As the World Turns became the last remaining Procter and Gamble produced soap opera for CBS after Guiding Light aired its final episode on the network.
On October 5, 2009, while Let's Make a Deal debuted and replaced Guiding Light, As the World Turns competed against Passionate Dreams in a matchup, but As the World Turns lost in an 84-75 score to Passionate Dreams.
On December 8, 2009, CBS announced that it canceled As the World Turns after almost 54 years due to low ratings. The show taped its final Procter and Gamble for CBS on June 23, 2010, and with a sad dramatic storyline finale, its final episode on the network aired on September 17, 2010. On the Monday of the show's final week CBS delayed As the World Turns in the Mountain and Pacific time zones in order to air the Men's Final at the 2010 U.S. Open live; the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had been scheduled for the day before but was postponed due to rain. Fans and critics called this "disrespectful" to the 54-year-old soap opera. On October 18, 2010, CBS replaced As the World Turns with a newly debuted talk show The Talk.
The As the World Turns series finale marked its fourth year on September 17, 2014 and its fifth year on September 17, 2015.
As the World Turns marked a 60th Anniversary on April 2, 2016. The show's series finale marked its sixth anniversary on September 17, 2016. The series finale of As the World Turns will mark a 7th Anniversary on September 17, 2017 and will later mark an 8th Anniversary on September 17, 2018.
Opening Title Cards
Complete cast members
|Noelle Beck||Lily Walsh||2008-2010|
|Terri Colombino||Katie Peretti Snyder||1998–2010|
|Daniel Cosgrove||Chris Hughes||2010|
|Trent Dawson||Henry Coleman||1998–2010|
|Eileen Fulton||Lisa Miller Grimaldi||1960–1964, 1966–1983, 1984-2010|
|Van Hansis||Luke Snyder||2005–2010|
|Don Hastings||Bob Hughes||1960–2010|
|Kathryn Hays||Kim Sullivan Hughes||1972–2010|
|Jon Hensley||Holden Snyder||1985–1989, 1990–1995, 1997–2010|
|Scott Holmes||Tom Hughes||1987–2010|
|Roger Howarth||Paul Ryan||2003–2010|
|Jon Lindstrom||Craig Montgomery||2008–2010|
|Grayson McCouch||Dusty Donovan||2003–2008, 2008–2010|
|Kelley Menighan Hensley||Emily Stewart||1992–2010|
|Michael Park||Jack Snyder||1997–2010|
|Maura West||Carly Tenney||1995–1996, 1997–2010|
|Colleen Zenk Pinter||Barbara Ryan||1978-2010|
Recurring cast members
Ewa Da Cruz
|Valentina de Angelis||Faith Snyder||2010|
|Bailey Harkins||Johnny Donovan||2008-2010|
Parker Munson Snyder
|Lesli Kay||Molly Conlan McKinnon||1997–2004, 2009–2010|
|Ben Levin||Gabriel Caras||2010|
|Marie Masters||Dr. Susan Burke Stewart||1968–1979, 1986–2010|
|Isabella Palmieri||Natalie Snyder||2009-2010|
|Julie Pinson||Janet Ciccone Snyder||2008–2010|
|Eric Sheffer Stevens||Dr. Reid Oliver||2010|
|Kathleen Widdoes||Emma Snyder||1985–2010|
|Sarah Wilson||Liberty Ciccone||2010|