"The numbers are really tough for all of these old dramas," said Raines."I don't think any of the other shows want any of us to go off.We're all in this together." Last year, Guiding Light underwent a dramatic revamp, abandoning its fixed set in favour of portable cameras, to give the show a more modern feel.
The daytime soap followed the Lewis, Cooper and Spaulding families in the fictional town of Springfield.
"It's a very sad thing, but these are the times we live in," said Ron Raines who plays villain Alan Spaulding.
But the changes failed to significantly improve viewing figures, and CBS has announced the final episode of the soap will air on 18 September.
However, a spokesman said Procter & Gamble will be looking at alternative ways of keeping the show going - possibly finding a new home on cable TV or online.
"For many of us, it was the first show we ever watched," Lynn Leahey, of Soap Opera Digest told The Associated Press.
Paull) Full name, Richard Paull Goldin; born January 5, 1968, in San Francisco, CA; son of Paul (a magician and hypnotist) Goldin; married Emma Ford (an actress), November 2001 (divorced, 2002). Addresses: Agent—Stone Manners Agency, 900 Broadway, Suite 803, New York, NY 10003; Abrams Artists Agency, 265 Seventh Ave., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Goldin Montello Productions, partner, with Vin Montello; appeared in more than 150 commercials.
Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor in a horror or mystery motion picture, 1989, for The Blob; Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding younger lead actor: daytime, 1992, for Another World; Special Fan Award nomination (with Beth Ehlers), America's favorite couple, Daytime Emmy Awards, 2002, Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 2003, both for The Guiding Light.(As Ricky G.
Guiding Light, said to be the world's longest-running soap opera, is coming to an end in September after 72 years.
The show, which launched the careers of Kevin Bacon and James Earl Jones, began as a 15-minute series on NBC radio in 1937, and debuted on CBS TV in 1952.