Soap Opera Ratings:'General Hospital' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Up From Last Week

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April 27th, 2012

Ratings for the week of April 16-20, 2012

Source: Soap Opera Network

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,304,000 (-5,000/-400,000)
2. B&B 2,982,000 (+4,000/+133,000)
3. DAYS 2,376,000 (-7,000/-27,000)
4. GH 2,228,000 (+11,000/-319,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (+.1/+.3)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/+.1)
4. GH 1.7/5 (same/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 900,000 (-15,000/-13,000)
2. B&B 715,000 (+43,000/+190,000)
3. GH 578,000 (+28,000/-135,000)
4. DAYS 519,000 (-13,000/-111,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.1/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 0.9/6 (same/-.2)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (same/-.2)



All ratings are Live+Same Day DVR viewing.

Source: Soap Opera Network

Y&R = The Young & The Restless, B&B = The Bold and The Beautiful, GH = General Hospital, DAYS = Days of Our Lives.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Matt

    Eh that’s O.K. For gh…..still beats “The Chews” 2.1M and doubles TheRevulsions 1.2M Gh needs to start getting 2.4,2.5,2.6,and2.7MV again ….. QUICKLY.

  • Erich

    CBS,ABC and NBC it’s time to end all these Soap operas.and make new soap operas with others characters and actors no one has more patiencie to watch these soap operas for years.as the same actors doing the same characters for years.times are different now.

  • Sean


  • Sean

    Oh, and ANNA DEVANE!!!!

  • rob60990

    hopefully with the return of Felicia, GH rises more.

  • Dave.A

    These General Hospital ratings are okay for this week. But they are NOT okay if General Hospital wants to say on the air long term. It must continue to grow. For GH to be safe, its ratings would have to be above thoses of The Bold and the Beautiful. I don’t see that happening. Sometime around June or July of last year, GH viewers left the show in masses and never came back. I don’t know exactly what caused this. Was it the departures of Brenda Corinthos, Jasper Jacks ans Nikolas Cassadine? Or was it angry AMC/OLTL fans who decided to take it out on GH. But one thing is for sure, GH never recovered from this massive exodus of fans from the Spring/Summer of 2011. I don’t think these GH viewers will ever come back either. The only hope the remaining GH fans have for their show is that all the OLTL/Revolution substitutes ABC put on the 2:00pm slot fail one by one. Because I doubt that GH on its own will have a major long term growth. Even if they brought back Laura Spencer, it most likely will be a temporary quick fix. As long as it remains the SOJACASA show, ratings will stay as they currently are. By “SOJACASA”, I’m of course referring to SOnny, JAson, CArly and SAm.

    BTW, I saw a promo of GH during the commercials of The Revolution. (Yes I watched The Revolution today, MBMomof3 should spank me for that). So ABC still promotes GH, unlike what some people keep on saying.

    I don’t understand Days of Our Lives’ 18-49 rating. Last week it was at 530 000 viewers. This week it is at 519 000. So why does it say that it lost 130 000 viewers? 530 000 – 519 000= 11 000 (not 130 000). Unless, I’m missing something here.

  • maria

    Gh needs to bring back brenda and jax for sonny and carly. Brenda is my fav character and i miss her chemistry with sonny. I dont watch the show that much anymore bc she left and the writing sucks

  • MWF

    An encouraging week for all soaps in one way or another – certainly suggests that this genre is far from finished and that with just four shows left there may well be enough of an audience to go round.

    GH is gaining momentum – it’s been bold and fast paced, very slick indeed with so much energy. The new music composer/ director is doing a great job with some really dramatic background music adding to the cinematic feel of the show.

    Some of the recent GH scenes have reminded me just how good soaps can be and why I started watching in the first place – the Connie/Kate scenes when Connie banishes Kate into the mirror are classic and remind# me of ‘Santa Barbara’ when at its peak in the 80’s. It’s just what the genre needs – melodrama, escapism and just enough reality to make it relevant.

  • Sean

    i am almost certain we will see another rise in the demo with the return of Felicia Jones!!! & Plus, she’s sticking around for quite sometime.

  • MBmomof3

    I don’t know whats going on with DOOL? But glad to see things are looking up in general for the soaps!
    @Dave, I will spank you if you want, but unless you’re a Nielson household, I’m ok with you watching The Rev. I’m sure it was far more painful than any spanking my delicate hands could dish out. I’m VERY happy to hear ABC actually showed a promo during the timeslot I assume they will occupy come Sept.

  • MBmomof3

    I’ve been wondering what happened to GH last summer to cause the massive ratings drop as well. At the time I suspected it was angry AMC/OLTL fans, but why haven’t they returned? I boycott ABC due to the soap cancellations, but support GH. I now watch it daily, which I haven’t done in a long time. I’m really enjoying it and I’m glad I give it my time.

    I know many of you think the boycott is “worthless” & totally inaffective, but I disagree. Just ask the Revolution. Even if it has no effect on ratings, that’s ok. The only show I miss is Desperate Housewives. It turns out the soaps were the only reason I watched ABC.

  • mrjlbrown

    do these ratings reflect DVR viewing? i for one, dvr , GH everyday and am currently enjoying it.


    Days had 532,000 viewers in the demo last week. This week they have 519,000. Thats not a lose of 130,000??? I think you meant -13,000.

  • Pat

    It’s pretty clear that ABC/Disney most likely gave GH a reprieve only because The Revolution was such a colossal flop and they wanted to stay clear of negative publicity as Katie Couric’s new show nears. It almost certainly wasn’t because of GH’s own ratings performance. Let’s be honest-these ratings for GH are still terrible given the high costs involved. Yes, it’s up slightly from the previous week, but still down sharply from last year.

    If GH doesn’t start showing real improvement very soon, there’s likely no guarantee that ABC will keep it through its 50th anniversary next April. Quite frankly, I just don’t see enough of those tens of thousands of lost viewers ever coming back unless/until the show nears its finale with veteran actors/characters making a grand return and going out with long-lost dignity. As long as the all-encompassing mob and one dark, depressing storyline after another continues to be shoved down our throats, this show will never again have any kind of steady growth among the mainstream public. People have too much going on during a regular weekday these days and there’s not enough hours to commit to a show you don’t enjoy watching.

    Folks, don’t be naive here. Remember, ABC owns GH (unlike Y&R, B&B, and Days which are owned by a third-party company). So they could potentially pull the plug at any point if things don’t improve. The upcoming GMA afternoon show over the summer is surely a time slot test. You can bet that’s what ABC really wants to follow The Chew, not GH.

  • Richard

    What really hurts GH the most is that it only has 100,000 more viewers than The Chew does and The Chew costs a lot less.

    GH does better than them in the 18-49 demo but they are both tied in the 18-34 demo.

    FV & RC have really got to figure out how to get those viewers that left last year and the ones who left recently to come back. And sadly they don’t have the time to do it slowly like they are doing now. They are fighting against time.

  • Richard


    How do you think Kristina Malandro is going to move the demo. None of the other returns have moved the key demo so I highly doubt she will.

    GH’s demos have not risen at all in quite some time. They gain a few thousand demo viewers here and there but they have been at that .9 for quite some time. Last year at this time they were regularly hitting a 1.1 or 1.2 in the key demo.

  • Joan

    General Hospital has been renewed for a year. ABC knows it can get some mileage out of the 50th anniversary. Unless the GMA afternoon show flops, after the year is up, it’s over. I don’t think it will be before – like the other soaps, it has to be a scheduled last episode some months in advance so that writers can wrap up the stories.

  • Joe

    You could look at the soap opera in two ways: 1: it is an old beloved family member thats on life support and the family just cant pull the plug,: 2: it is a house guest that has overstayed his welcome and will not leave.

    you and i think of it in terms of the first but the networks percieve then in the second

    it also comes down to business…soap are no longer prfitable so….

  • Dave.A


    You’re right, Days of Our Lives was at 532 000 last week, not 530 000.

    I think Errol Lewis just added an extra 0 by mistake, hence the -130 000 instead of the -13 000.

  • Dave.A


    Forget my last post. They now showing a difference -13 000. I don’t know where I came with that -130 000. Either I was delusional or they corrected it since my original post.

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