I don't remember the details but apparently there actually used to be (and maybe there still is) a racial, and geographical, breakdown on the Soaps. My little brother's babysitter used to watch the one with Reba and Billy, whatever it's called. Anyway, the whole genre is going down:
CBS announced on Tuesday that it was canceling "As the World Turns," the 54-year-old soap that is the last daytime serial owned by Procter & Gamble. The show chronicled generations of characters in fictional Oakdale, Ill., as they survived love and loss, but they couldn't survive the harsh realities of modern television, where scripted dramas have become too expensive to justify dwindling ratings.