Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital's' Ratings Rise in Households, Total Viewers, and Women 18-49

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September 7th, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of August 27-31, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,339,000 (-166,000/-86,000)
2. B&B 3,111,000 (-173,000/+384,000)
3. GH 2,661,000 (+215,000/+175,000)
4. DAYS 2,571,000 (-200,000/+208,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/+.3)
3. DAYS 2.0/6 (same/+.2)
3. GH 2.0/6 (+.2/+.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 804,000 (-46,000/-27,000)
2. GH 626,000 (+52,000/-102,000)
3. B&B 600,000 (-45,000/+68,000)
4. DAYS 531,000 (-87,000/-113,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (same/same)
2. GH 1.0/6 (+.1/-.1)
3. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (-.2/-.2)


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.

  • Richard

    Wow now they are tweeting that Debbi Morgan is out at Y&R too.

    Phelps is wasting no time getting rid of the older actresses. I am reading mixed messages about how Y&R fans feel about her going.

    I have never watched a soap with Morgan on it, but have loved all the movies I have seen her in. Hopefully she will pick up another series soon. Same with Genie. Bad time to be out of work in Hollywood but especially if you are an actress over 40.

  • Richard

    Wow the news just keeps coming from Y&R.

    Soap Opera Digest said they have also let Marcy Rylan go. Not sure who she is.

    And another site says that another actress was released from her contract but will be on recurring.

    Phelps is getting to work quickly. 4 in one day.

  • David

    Keep posting your lies you are the one getting all mad. I am sitting here just laughing at your lies about me and your way of twisting facts about GH! If I was Chris B. I would have been banned long ago so again I was never exposed to be him because plain and simple I am not and the site owners are well aware I am not. So keep making your false comments about me and GH! Oh yea and go cry that GH isn’t written the way you want it to be you miserable bitter old man! Have a good night Rich thanks for the laughs my good friend!

  • David

    Phelps ruined GH for many years she left the show got good! Now she will ruin Young And The Restless feel bad for the people who watch Y&R!

  • LynTX

    I’m a Y&R fan and today’s developments are making me uneasy. (wonder what tomorrow will bring?)And what/if any impact to future ratings?
    Will try to maintain a “wait and see” attitude.

  • LynTX

    Marcy played Abby, daughter of Victor Newman and Ashley Abbot. Probably will be recast…….

  • JayTN

    Wow! You miss a day, you miss a lot. I had about 4 pages of comments to skim thru.

    Those Y&R departures aren’t very concerning, for me, at least. The characters played by Genie Francis and Debbi Morgan were not front and center and the writers did not seem to know what to do with them. Marcy Rylan’s character (Abby Newman) was annoying, and likewise did not have much to do except fawn over her “Sopranos”-wannabe boyfriend.

    Ironically, Francis and Morgan were two actresses that I had suggested be let go before Jill Farren Phelps was ever hired as producer. Y&R has – in my opinion – a very bloated cast that is in bad need of pruning. If Phelps is looking for any advice, how about getting rid of Julie Pace Mitchell (Sofia) as well. Nothing against Mitchell…I’m sure she’s a perfectly lovely person, but her character is really useless. If a soap can go a week or longer without showing your character, that character needs to go.

    I actually think that smaller casts are better. It cuts down on the production costs by not having as many salaries to pay, and can also make the writing better by concentrating on fewer characters, and can allow characters to have more screen time. It seems like a win-win situation, to me.

  • Richard

    Jay, She was basically let go too. She is now on recurring. I couldn’t remember the actresses name who was put on recurring and looked. It was the Mitchell girl you mentioned.

    I don’t know much about Y&R except what I read on boards. But what I do find funny is that many predicted who Phelps would get rid of first, and the guy at TV Guide asked her point blank about Francis. And she basically had to be talking out of both sides of her mouth when she said what she said in that interview.

    That is the only thing I find funny about it.

  • LynTX

    You make some great points. GF and DM were under utilized with no character development.

    It’ll take a while for everything to shake out. And I hope it will result in a ‘win/win’.

  • David

    @Jay the problem is Phelps track record is not good, I agree the smaller cast might be a better thing but not when she turns the show into garbage. As I said previously I feel bad for the fans of Y&R they are about to watch that show get destroyed. I give it 8 months to a year and because of Phelps I think it will drop from the top spot.

    I am not saying that as fact that is an opinion before some people jump to conclusions, but given her track record it will be interesting!

    Oh yea good morning Rich how are you my friend :-)

  • MBmomof3

    One thing you can say about JFP is she’s predictable. I agree with JayTN that Y&R has a talented, but bloated cast that needs trimming. I hope it will tighten up the storytelling. Y&R can be so good when it’s working. It has been a bit of a mess lately IMO. Hoping it is headed in the right direction.

  • TimsDale4ever

    JayTN, you are so right about the bloated cast of Y&R. Nothing against him, but I have yet to figure out why Ted Shackleford’s Jeffrey is on the show. He adds nothing and neither does his girlfriend Gloria. They don’t even have a home on the show. You just see them standing in ther restaurant. That shows you right there they are not needed. Plus Shackelford looks horrible. When did he age to 100????…… So far the ones that are listed as being gone are imo GREAT choices by Phelps — Francis, Morgan, and that twit Marcy Rylan — omg beyond annoying. I could give her about 10 more characters to let go, and about 10 interesting characters she could actually bring back. So far it looks like I might like the way Miss Phelps is handling this “tired” show…

  • John

    Just as an aside that some may find useful: about a month or so ago, after being exasperated by Rich’s long-winded always-negative posts, I simply decided to stop reading them. It was hard at first; after all, who doesn’t enjoy watching a train wreck, but eventually I overcame. Now I am able to navigate through the posts much more speedily and don’t have to be affronted with his babble. Try it. When you ignore something, sometimes it actually goes away.

  • Richard

    Mom, Jay & TimsDale,

    The thing I hate and I say this as one that doesn’t know Y&R or who these characters are — so take it as that — but anyway I hate to see that 2 of the ones fired were African American actresses.

    It always seemed to me that Y&R was the one show that had and used minority characters well until the last few years. And I had been tempted to check things out this last year just because they had hired Morgan who I have always enjoyed in movies like Eve’s Bayou.

    And now what do they have left. One AA actress gone and another on recurring.

    I know they hired the guy from Fresh Prince (the one who played the Dad). That was announced yesterday, but it didn’t say if short term or long term.

    I would just love to see some more diversity. When you look around and see the real world these days and then you look at soaps you would never know that we live in a country as diverse as it is. Soaps just seem to look whiter now than they ever have.

  • David

    I have to say enjoyed yesterdays GH, was great seeing Mac and Felicia on. Great history with Felicia talking about Frisco to Maxie. I also enjoyed that Jacks was alive. I do have to admit and I am sure someone on this board will be all over it, as they talked about it yesterday! Would have loved to see scenes of Jacks surviving in the water instead of him just showing up alive at the hospital. I am sure however the budget for the location scenes was what it was and is why they didn’t happen. I am happy to see he survived and is still on the canvas. Really looking forward to the triangle between Jacks/Johnny/Todd and Carly, should be great stuff

  • Richard

    Oh one more thing I forgot to add on the Morgan thing.

    I had read shortly after she signed with Y&R that she was offered a part in the new Denzel film, but had to turn it down since she had signed with Y&R already.

    I bet she regrets that now.

  • MBmomof3

    David, I agree that yesterday’s GH was great! I didn’t mind the unexpected pop up of Jax at GH, it was a pleasant surprise. I really don’t mind things happening off screen too much as it speeds up storylines. But I agree to some degree with Richard that I sometimes wonder if I missed something. When I saw Jason in the hospital bed it took me awhile to realize he probabaly finally had that surgery after seeing his jeans bandaged up for a week. LOL. It still worked for me. I do find it a bit of a chuckle that he is still clutching that confidential medical record file. Remind me never to get medical care in Port Charles.

    With regard to who goes and who stays in Genoa City, so far I am on board. Not because they are not talented actors (some) but because they served no substantive storyline purposes and that budget needs trimming. With regard to diversity, I hope they save enough money to bring back Dru and get Neil interesting again. That show just hasn’t been the same to me since Dru went over the cliff. I realize some of her castmates had issues with Victoria Rowell, but I say suck-it-up or move on. Who hasn’t had to work with people we don’t particularly like? Good luck finding another gig as good as Y&R. I believe Michelle Stafford was one of the most vocal in getting rid of VR. I have no idea what happened to make some of her castmates hate her so much that TPTB dare not speak her name, but I would hate to see Phyllis go. I love to hate her. Hey if Peter Bergman and Eric Braeden can literally get into a fist-fight backstage and continue to work well together, why can’t others move on for the sake of the show?

  • Chrisann

    David , As a long time soap viewer the fact that they didn’t show Jax in the water makes me think that maybe that isn’t the truth. Maybe he helped his brother escape somehow….. just saying on soaps anything can happen.I have to agree it was great seeing Mac and Felicia again. I am glad to see the old Maxi back even though I was really starting to like the new Maxie. She sure must have a thick skin considering all thed flack she got since so many wanted the original Maxie back. Can’t wait for todays show! Hope the ratings are posted today!

  • David

    Update on the daytime talk shows looks like Steve harvey is doing really well

    We will, of course, have to wait until the national ratings (the female demos, in particular) look like before we make a truly valid assessment. But based on four days of the metered market data (and eight for The Steve Harvey Show from NBCUniversal), it is fair to conclude that Steve Harvey is fitting in the best.

    Based on the weighted metered market data (averaged by primary telecasts only), day eight of Steve Harvey scored a 1.3 rating/4 share in households, which dropped by seven percent from one day earlier but still outdelivered both the lead-in (1.2/ 4) and year-ago time period averages (1.0/ 3). Harvey also continues to build from both benchmarks in key women 25-54 and women 18-49, and it outdelivered Katie Couric yesterday among women 25-54 by 12 percent (0.9/ 6 versus a 0.8/ 5).

    Katie from Disney-ABC dropped to a 1.7/ 5 in households yesterday, which trailed the lead-in (2.2/ 7) by 23 percent, the Sept. 2011 time period (2.3/ 7) by 26 percent, and the Wednesday telecast (2.3/ 7) also by 26 percent. Four-day overnight household results for Katie: 2.8/ 8 – 2.3/ 7 – 2.3/ 7 – 1.7/ 5. Slippage among aforementioned women 25-54 resulted in a 43 percent loss from from both the lead-in (1.4/ 9) and year-ago time period averages (1.4/ 8).

    Over at CBS Television Distribution, the first piece of positive news for Jeff Probst was full retention out of the lead-in average yesterday with a 0.9/ 3 in households. But this was still a loss of 31 percent from the Sept. 2011 time period (1.3/ 4), and results among women 25-54 (0.5/ 3) trailed the lead-in and Sept. 2011 average (0.9/ 3) by 31 percent. Four-day overnight household results for Jeff Probst: 1.0/ 3 – 0.7/ 2 – 0.8/ 3 – 0.9/ 3.

    Ricki Lake from Twentieth Television, meanwhile, inched up one-tenth of a rating point in households versus Wednesday (0.7/ 2 to 0.8/ 2), but erosion from the lead-in (1.2/ 4) and Sept. 2011 time period (1.1/ 3) was 33 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Results among women 25-54 also perked up back to a 0.5/ 3, which equaled both benchmarks. Four-day overnight household results for Ricki: 0.8/ 2 – 0.7/ 2 – 0.7/ 2 – 0.8/ 2.

    While it may not be the highest rated, Steve Harvey remains the standout of the four.

  • MBmomof3

    Chrisann, I bet you are right about Jax helping Jerry escape. Soapy goodness!

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