Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Up in Households and Total Viewers

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July 27th, 2012

Soap Opera Ratings for the week of July 16-20, 2012

via Soap Opera Network:

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,389,000 (-13,000/-420,000)
2. B&B 3,140,000 (+75,000/+114,000)
3. GH 2,445,000 (+127,000/-177,000)
4. DAYS 2,378,000 (+148,000/+37,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/10 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
3. GH 1.8/5 (+.1/-.1)
4. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 852,000 (+5,000/-149,000)
2. B&B 630,000 (+4,000/-36,000)
3. GH 547,000 (-10,000/-186,000)
4. DAYS 453,000 (+30,000/-173,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (same/same)
3. GH 0.9/5 (same/-.2)
4. DAYS 0.7/5 (same/-.2) <—— ties low (5th straight week)




Source: Soap Opera Network

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

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.

  • Justin

    General Hospital has been amazing this week mainly because of Robin and Anna.

  • Jeff

    Yeah! Up in viewers is up in viewers. Odd to gain that much in viewers and drop in the demo. I really do believe their ratings system is a bit off somehow….anyway, I think things are really cooking and hopefully all GH ratings will continually improve from this point forward. Staying positive! Now, ya’ll can tear each other up about what it all means and who is right and play the he said/she said game.

  • Sean

    GO GH!!!!!!!! THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!

  • Richard

    Wow I am surprised by them being up that much and lost in the key demo too. But if you will click on the link, they gained 71,000 in men this week, plus they finally moved that 18-34 demo too. That is the first time in a long time.

    The 18-34 demo is the one that GAA was up so much this week (+16,000) so that translated positively for GH. They have been stuck on that .4 for a long time.

    I am really surprised that NBC didn’t release a press release about Days this week. That is the most they have gained in a long time. Plus they needed the publicity since they now go on a 2 week break.

  • Bart


    Here are the latest and greatest ratings from the week ending 7/20/12 – all soaps are up except for “Y & R”!

    What ratings are u looking at, MAB???

  • rob60990

    Too bad GH didn’t go up in W18-49.

  • Darcy

    GH is still down in the important age group of 18-49 which isn’t good. They are the only soap to be down in the 18-49 age group this week. They are still down overall from last year. I still think what is hurting GH is the Jason/Sam/baby story. That story is the reason I quit watching. I just don’t like the dead baby stories. I think if they would fix that story some of the viewers might return.

    Days made a huge comeback this week.

    I watched B&B for the first time this week and I understand why they are doing so good. It is a great soap.

    Y&R is still doing great.

  • MBmomof3

    Great news!

  • rob60990

    “Days made a huge comeback this week.”

    A little overexaggeration there. It still tied its low in W18-49. I doubt NBC will keep it around with a .7 demo. It needs to go up at least to a 1.0.

  • James

    GAA in it’s second week is at 1.79 I believe according to tv media insights. So GH already with a huge lead over it. NOW with Robin back and GAA as lead-in, it be interesting to see if it can go up to a 2.7 mil viewers by end of GAA 9 week run. Will the summer Olympics hurt GH? Maybe, maybe not..may hurt GAA as well. 600,000+ lead I believe?

  • cc

    Yay for #GH.

  • DryedMangoez

    I wonder how Days will do with the Olympic cliffhanger? All that money better have been worth it!

  • Rhonda

    Congrats to all the gh fans. As a former gh fan i am happy to see some improvement. I read once that the only thing that really matters is the 18-49. Can anybody tell me if that is true? And if it is true then gh is still in very bad shape.

    I haven’t watched gh in almost 2 months but started watching y&r and really do enjoy that soap. Gh writers could learn a few things from the y&r writers.

  • Darcy

    Is Days done until after the olympics now?

  • rob60990

    DAYS is on hiatus until August 13th I believe.

  • Matt

    Glad for GH… Super glad. Appearently, ABC is really proud of GH and still has ‘hope’ in it. I know I do, not sure bout GH. They said the same with AMC an OLTL. Which also turned out to be a major mistake for ABC as The Rev was canceled after only 7 months and the fact that The Chew only averages maybe 2.0M a week with episodes occasionally dipping down to 1.8M. But, I have to say The Chew is pretty consistent even though they don’t have the best ratings, which is wht networks look for I guess BUT AMC was doing the same around early spring last year, with their lowest rates ep being 1.98M, which probably really made the ABC execs’ eyebrows raise.

    GH will do better this week as ROBIN returned in a crazy but Amazingly written storyline. ANd if GH can raise up to bout 2.5 – 2.8M average a week in their new times lot by April, which I’m sure they will, GH will renew them for another year.

  • PFerrando

    I am still shocked and saddened by the recent changes at Y and R. It almost seems like Sony is wanting the viewership to erode. Hogan should have been out. The show will turn into an unrecognizable mess with longtime characters back burnered and storylines that are not true to the history of the show. I can guarantee that Jill will come in and make sweeping changes. When will the execs figure out that you can’t alienate the longtime viewers. There are not a lot of new daytime viewers to hook. Making changes will NOT increase ratings. Sad, sad, sad. ABC is a prime example of an daytime schedule that’s a mess. I can’t believe the lack of loyalty to the Bell legacy and their show that’s been NUMBER ONE for over 23 years.

  • robert sprague

    robin mattson as heather will be gone soon the rise wont last for ever .after robins gone ratings will fall she was the excitemrnt of the summer.

  • MBmomof3

    Richard, I agree that NBC should have issued a press release Re: the ratings jump, but also to tout the big cliffhanger to keep viewers interested in returning post-Olympics. Also, with ABC finally giving GH some love and attention, they too should issue a press release celebrating their ratings improvements, especially with the current & future ABC Daytime lineup changes.

  • FM

    Sony and CBS basically told Y&R to slash their budget. I also still think that NBC will renew DOOL if Sony and NBC can agree on a lower licensing fee. I think that DOOL’s lower budget is it’s saving grace. I think that ABC will end GH in 2013.

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