I agree w you on that. They were stupid dumping AMC and OLTL because they were already cheap and already had a guaranteed viewership, despite being small, and it probably cost more in the long run sourcing, developing, building replacements. And you brought up another point which is by taping ahead and being in a bubble it's pandemic or crisis proof.
on other social media forums people talk about and miss AMC on threads to this day. I really miss OLTL too.