For decades one of the go-to sources of entertainment for bored housewives was the soap opera, those saccharine, melodramatic TV shows your grandmother may very well call "her stories." Recently, however, the soap opera has taken a nosedive, with three of the longest running of the sappy programs—As the World Turns, All My Children, and One Life to Live—getting canceled within months of each other, leaving just four soap operas left on the air.
It's a stunning upset really as Farmville, which launched in 2009 has 56.8 million users. Cityville, which has only been around for a month, has already surpassed its online agricultural cousin, surging ahead with 61.7 million users. To give some perspective, 126 million people voted in the last presidential election.