Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital', 'Days of Our Lives' and 'The Young & the Restless' Up in Women 18-49 and Total Viewers

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May 18th, 2012


Ratings for the week of May 7-May 11, 2012

Source: Soap Opera Network

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year


Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,319,000 (+26,000/-311,000)
2. B&B 3,062,000 (-49,0000/+272,000)
3. GH 2,442,000 (+34,000/+71,000)
4. DAYS 2,434,000 (+103,000/-55,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 864,000 (+13,000/-18,000)
2. B&B 673,000 (-49,000/+174,000)
3. GH 643,000 (+18,000/+1,000)
4. DAYS 544,000 (+36,000/-145,000)


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.

  • I like this show

    @ Richard

    “As I said earlier one day I saw some new girl I had no idea who she was — I am assuming Tea. She was having a chat with Carly about Sonny, Starr, and some other guy. I gave up that day. Each day I tried this week just nothing drew me in.”

    Maybe if you REALLY TRIED to learn the character names at least something would draw you into the show…… Seems to me you aren’t really trying when you are assuming what peoples names are.

  • righton22

    @Richard…There is really no need to get defenisve and be disrespectful. The first thing I wrote in my previous post is that everyone, including you, is entitled to their opinion. To each their own. But may I ask you to tone it down a bit? You have the right to express your thoughts, but at times, the way in which you frame your posts are rather offensive and disrespectful, and hence people respond in a defensive manner. Telling people to chill out and “quit whining and crying” is offensive. I mean really — is it necessary?

  • robert sprague

    gh wont be good till the mob storyline is out of there .bring back more of are favorites bobbi bobbi bobbi gh and abc

  • James

    I’m curious…does ABC know of that one account or two on YouTube that has been uploading HD quality episodes of GH since 2010 ish? Personally, I don’t see seasons sets of GH on dvd ABC, so I see nothing wrong. People are gonna get past episodes of GH one way or another. You just THINK by now ABC would have older seasons or best of storylines on Youtube for free and legally.

  • Richard


    Is the tone of your posts necessary. As I said you guys always make it out to be me, but you have no problem with what you say. Yes you said that in the first but the things you ended with didn’t support that. It was like yes you are entitled to your opinion but shut up and let us fans enjoy our show. Why does my opinion threaten you so bad that if I state it you can’t enjoy your show?

    So that is the reason for the supposed tone of my posts. I never told you or anyone to shut up to begin with. I just said that I couldn’t see what other posters are seeing. And no matter how many times I am told to shut up or look harder that is not going to change.

    @I Like This Show

    don’t go assuming that I did not try hard enough. I get so tired of people assuming just because they like something that everybody else on the earth has to like it too. I watched GH for over 30 years.

    Sorry it is not my responsibility to have to make the effort to watch a program. It should entertain. I am tired of having to try to watch a show when the writers just keep wanting to introduce new characters to me. That has been going on for over a year.

    I never had to do that before. And I tired of doing it now. If the writers are determined to keep doing this then they can do it without me. I don’t give a care if they are OLTL characters or new characters. I don’t want them.

  • Big Game Joe

    Monday: 1.9/2,452,000
    Tuesday: 1.9/2,571,000
    Wednesday: 1.9/2,378,000
    Thursday: 1.9/2,427,000
    Friday: 1.8/2,377,000

    GH’s numbers are getting up there to OLTL levels back in late 2010. GH had everyday over 2.3 million and almost reached 2.6 million on Tuesday. GH is also getting its demo numbers back in shape also.

    GH is still facing a battle right now and that’s to remain on the ABC schedule come this fall for a number of affiliates. If GH continues to get hot like this it will remain on the air past 2013 in my opinion.

    As for DAYS does anybody know if the new writing regime stuff has taken place yet. I haven’t watched lately b/c I want to start watching again once the new writing team’s stuff is in.

  • Richard


    I don’t think they care. If they did they would have been doing a long time ago what Sony was and still sometime doing — deleting some of those episodes and clips.

    ABC gets nothing out of You Tube views. Many people watch GH and other shows on You Tube instead of the network site, DVR or live.

    And many only watch the couple edits that air on You Tube. They don’t care about any characters but their favorite couple — so they wait for those edits to become available.

  • RayEl

    I haven’t enjoyed GH this much in YEARS! I was going to drop it like a hot potato because it got so boring for so long. But it’s Must-See-TV for me right now. If ABC cancels it for whatever reason, that’s their right and I can’t really do anything about it. I won’t be upset. I’ll just find something else to do with my time and never watch another show on ABC again. I already gave up all ABC primetime when they cancelled OLTL. GH is the last show they air that I watch. When it’s gone, so am I. I’m sure they won’t care and it’s not about them caring. It’s about me investing my time and money with companies that value my opinion and make a reasonable effort to make me a happy customer. Without GH, ABC will no longer offer a product that I’m interested in, so I will take my time and business elsewhere. Probably to the gym. I could use an extra hour of cardio.

  • Melanie

    I just read some recaps from another board about what is currently going on at GH and it sounds like an absolute trainwreck to me!! Don’t sound like I am missing anything at all. To those of you who are enjoying it, then that is great. I personally just don’t see what all the whoopla is about. To each is own is what the old saying goes. So sick of the same ole storylines and characters dominating the majority of the show and all the stuff coming up sounds like it is going to get even worse, well at least to me it is!! Think I have checked out of GH for good, or at least for the forseeable future. When something happens on there that I read that gets me interested again, then I will maybe give it another shot, but I ain’t getting my hopes up. On the other hand, I am enjoying Y&R and B&B again. I know Y&R still needs some improvement writing wise, but I will take it anyday over the trainwreck I think GH has become.

  • JayTN

    Big Game Joe…the latest “Days” revamp will not start airing until August/September. “Days” reportedly produces episodes about 6 months ahead of time (meaning that what is being produced this week will not air for six months). The new writers’ material will probably start somewhere around the time that the Summer Olympics (which will force “Days” off the air for two weeks) end.

    Melanie…I am not a regular viewer of GH, but I wonder how many of those ‘loyal fans’ never watched GH before those OLTL characters were brought on and only watch because of those OLTL characters?

  • Joe

    Happy!!! improvements are improvments. DAYS has been really good, its the only one i have time to watch right now. Hoping for continued rise in ratings.

  • Melanie

    Based on what I have read on various messageboards, alot of longtime GH viewers are not at all happy with its current state and some have stopped watching. I know I have said this before, but it seems to me the ones that are enjoying GH the most right now are those OLTL viewers who didn’t watch GH at all previously, or just came back to watching it only after the OLTL characters came on. Some OLTL viewers who never watched GH or didn’t like it beforehand, have admitted to only watching now because of the OLTL characters. I guess they haven’t had time to get tired of all the characters that have dominated GH for so long, like the rest of us regular viewers over the years, so to them I guess, a lot about GH seems new to them. I am guessing these little bumps in viewership, are coming from the former OLTL viewers. I was once excited about RC and FV coming to GH, but now, to me, they haven’t done anything new, creative or interesting to watch. IMO, same ole boring stuff, just different writers.

  • James


    That is good to hear. Maybe SoapClassics will buy the GH rights and produce best of dvd’s? They’ve done that with GL and ATWT so far, and it’s legal. P&G licensed various soaps to them. They might even make a hulu type site for the seasons to stream for free via ad support or charge a bit of money.

    I be less mad with ABC if they set up best of storylines or a few seasons to stream on abc.com or hulu.com for AMC, OLTL, and GH. They’ll make money…I don’t see why they can’t go forward with the rumor of GH being a summer primetime series. Make like 30-80 episodes for the months of June-Sept at night on ABC…maybe if Hollywood Heights is a success on Nick at Nite ABC will go that way?

  • Richard

    James, I think I saw on another site that Soap Classics had no plans right now to do any other shows besides the P&G ones. I try to read up on any news from them as I am wanting them to do The Edge of Night.

    Jay and Melanie, I tend to agree with both of you that those who are enjoying are not ones who have watched for years straight. Maybe a few but I just keep reading from long time fans like myself and others who felt GH was their show — their one and only #1 show — just are not enjoying the show at all.

  • I like this show

    @Richard lol

    WOW you are now the one assuming. I don’t care if you GH or not. I just felt the need to call you out on your BS. I believe Tea introduction went like this “I am Tea Delgado Starr’s attorney”….yeah real hard to learn a new characters name.

  • Kayla Rae

    Days is especially wonderful right now…absolutely cannot get enough of Chandler Massey as Will in the gay storyline…go Days!!!

  • Chrisann D

    I don’t know how long GH is going to be on…I do know as long as I find it entertaining I will watch. I quit going to the “soap” sites. I just know I really enjoy GH right now. Its not any certain characters its just a fun show. I don’t know anything about the rumor that GH is suppose to wrap it up because the affiliates would rather have GMA in the afternoon but if they do my TV will not even come on until the evening news.

  • Chrisann D

    Lisette, hows Pal? I have been thinking of you. Hope Pal is doing better.

    MBMom, Hey how about the ratings for GH????? Yeah up for a few weeks in a row!

  • James

    @Richard That not good. Wonder if sales aren’t all that great? I know they…I think they got rights to Search for Tomorrow and Another World. I only got the ATWT X-mas dvd so far, getting the replica shooting script of ATWT though soon. And I’ve been watching since Mr James Franco introduced me to GH. 11/20/09.

  • Richard

    @I Like This Show

    Well you are still the one assuming. Remember I am trying to get back into the show after a few months not watching now. I did not see the first part of that scene. So I did not see her say what her name was. I actually was listening and listening for them to call her name and then made the assumption she was the Tea I read about in spoilers.

    You can call my opinion BS all you want. That just goes to show YOU are the one who doesn’t care how others feel. I never once called your opinion BS but if it is fair game then yes it is. I call what you BS too. And I’ll make another assumption about you — obviously you are a OLTL fan who can’t stand to hear anything negative about the show or its characters. And you must be a RC and FV fan boy/girl too.

    Well keep believing what you want. And keep siting your BS too. And I’ll keep calling you out on your BS too. Hey if you want to go to that immature level I can match you word or word and attitude for attitude.

    Oh please MBMom come back and insight us with of your words of wisdom. I am trying to live up to our bargain— but your fellow GH compatriots are really making it hard. All I can think about now when I even think of the show is some of the immature childish comments.

    I’m just waiting for one of them to accuse me again of working for Nielsen or ABC — that is the next childish move.

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