Soap Opera characters regularly survive multiple marriages, shootings and amnesia attacks.  But they are most vulnerable to a television network's budgetary ax.  And the next show on the chopping block appears to be All My Children.

Deadline.com is reporting that ABC may decide to cancel the long-running soap opera, now in its 41st year on the air, due to bad ratings. According to the report, 'All My Children' recently posted all-time lows in the Women 18-49 demographic, putting it in last place among its competitors.

If 'All My Children' were to get the ax, there are rumors that it may be replaced by a talk show in the fall.

Despite airing over 10,500 episodes, today's news should come with little surprise, given that a number of soaps have gotten the ax in recent years. Among the soaps canceled are 'Passions,' 'Guiding Light' and 'As the World Turns.'

[Deadline]