Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital,' 'Days of Our Lives' Fall in Total Viewers and Women 18-49

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September 14th, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of September 3-7, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,298,000 (-41,000/-333,000)
2. B&B 3,198,000 (+87,000/+207,000)
3. GH 2,561,000 (-100,000/+66,000)
4. DAYS 2,458,000 (-113,000/-101,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (-.2/-.2)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (+.1/+.3)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/+.1)
3. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 812,000 (+8,000/-104,000)
2. GH 608,000 (-18,000/-121,000)
3. B&B 575,000 (-25,000/+23,000)
4. DAYS 479,000 (-52,000/-92,000)

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

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.

  • Stacy


    You are right I forgot about Patch and Kayla they were great. It has been along time since they have been on.

  • Pinevalleylover

    I don’t think gh was that bad! Remember when the show was hitting or tieing new lows every week i consider this week a good week for gh! Ron Carlivati in my opinion has done some good storylines but there are others i hate but i want gh to stay on the air so i continue to watch and i hope that fans will watch because thats what happened to amc and possibly oltl fans had not watched for the past few years and they were shocked when amc and oltl were canceled. My point is gh fans if u want it to stay on the air you have to watch through the good and the bad! Or else gh will join oltl, amc, atwt, gl and so many others:(

  • Richard

    Russell Wilson — why do you think that if GH posts OLTL numbers that ABC will be happy? If they were so happy with OLTL numbers then why did they cancel it? Or even change their minds even after OLTL rebounded some? If GH wants to be saved then it has got to do better than GH numbers.

    PineValleyLover — the reason people tuned out was the stories were so bad they weren’t interested.

    A soap opera or any TV show is supposed to be entertaining — if you aren’t enjoying it then why in the world should people watch it.

    I didn’t see the Tweets, but I have been told that when Ron C. was at OLTL he told people on Twitter that if you didn’t like the stuff he wrote then not to watch what they didn’t like.

    As to people being shocked that the shows were cancelled, there were still just as many who were not shocked by it, or thought they had already been cancelled. I even hear of people today that didn’t even know GH or Days are even still on.

  • Chrisann

    Geezzz Richard can’t you just let someone comment without your constant talking down to them???? I am not trying to belittle you but dang……I am by no means wanting to get into another they said you said argument. You don’t know why people tuned out. YOU don’t watch because YOU don’t like the stories. Maybe there were other circumstances that people couldn’t or didn’t watch. If I was smart I would just erase this and just be happy I got it out of my system….but I guess I’m no Einstein..click.

  • debsafan

    DOOL and GH both come on the same time where I live. So I watch one and record the other. Putting them on at the same time was just a way to get rid of both of them. Look out Y&R and B&B your next.

  • Stacy


    I think you are right putting days and gh on at the same time will end up with both of them being cancelled. Neither days nor gh can afford to lose viewers right now. I watch days and i did record gh but still haven’t watched any of last weeks. I don’t watch B&B or Y&R but i think both gh and days writing needs to be improved if the want to keep the viewers.

  • Kayla Rae

    I don’t feel that Days will be cancelled. As for the fate of GH, who knows?

    I’m truly finding Days quite enjoyable yet still cannot make it through an episode of GH…to me it is just a yawnfest. Sorry.

  • Brad

    Actually Richard, RC made didn’t have a twitter when he was writing One Life to Live. He and Frank both made one when they started at GH as a way for fans to connect to them. I remember an article on daytime confidential saying that. So that thing about him telling them not to watch OLTL and stuff is not true. sorry. lol

  • Kayla Rae

    I’ve attempted to watch Y&R several times yet cannot get past the strange acting styles of whomever that is who plays Phyllis, not to mention the guy who portrays Victor. His odd diction and boring style really truly repels me. I can’t figure out how that soap is at the top. I guess it just goes to show the dubious tastes of mainstream America. No wonder the truly best soap(DOOL) isn’t faring so well. Those Neilsen families suck bog water to be sure! LOL!

  • Richard

    Geesh, Chrisann, Thanks for another wonderful put down. I don’t what any of us would do if we didn’t have the great Chrisann who is so much better than the rest of us to tell us when we have done wrong.

    Again it wouldn’t be so hypocritical if you reminding some who agree with you sometimes of their snide and catty remarks. But no they are always at someone who disagrees with you. And usually at me, but I have never once heard you say anything to David, Chris B., etc. about the things they say to me, Jay or anyone else that disagrees with them. But I guess that is because you are on their side. Is it okay for people to talk down to others and call them names, etc. when you agree with them?

    And by the way do you not understand the idea of a discussion board. I will remind you — one person makes a remark, another responds, it is called discussion. It is not an opinion board where someone comes on makes an opinion and that is it.

    It happens all over the place on the Internet. And I know why people quit watching from those boards because they say that all the time. Others don’t because they just quit watching and quit caring. I base my info on what I read.

    But I am sure that millions of people just got busy and quit watching. Your excuse is so much more plausible. The soaps are so good I am sure no one but me would ever not watch one because he didn’t like the stories. I am just dumb and stupid that way. I am so glad you told me that too.

  • Richard

    Brad I was told that by several reliable sources. I will check with them again, but someone even referred to the statements made by Ron on Soap Opera Network this last week.

  • Richard

    Brad, The one who referred to it at SON this week didn’t say it happened on Twitter.

    Just said basically that Ron said if you don’t like the way the characters are written this show is not for you.

    I think that was referring to GH, but then later said that he said the same thing about not watching things on OLTL too.

    I just connected them with what I had been told about Twitter. But the person who referred to these did not say where he said them.

  • Richard

    Well folks I am done with being Chrisann, David, John, etc. punching bag around here.

    It is okay for them to come on and whine and cry and say whatever they want about folks — be catty and make snide remarks. And run people off. But no David and his constant whining and Chrisann’s constant put downs of people never ran anyone off. They are of course too good for that. No I am the only bad guy around here.

    Well you guys can have it. This is what you have wanted. Get rid of one more griper and I guess all yoru soaps will be safe.

    I just hope you are not disappointed that when you find out just by trying to squash people are being real you still won’t be able to save your soaps.

    Jay keep up the fight. MBMom I will miss you.

    Carry on the whining those of you who are whiners. I am sure it will get you far in life.

  • Kayla Rae

    Richard, I have no problem with you. I hope you won’t leave the site. I often enjoy your commentary. :)

  • Stacy


    I have no problem with your comments in fact i welcome them. I think some people don’t want to deal with the reality that these soaps could be cancelled if the ratings don’t get better.

  • Chrisann

    Richard you have a short memory. When Chris B was calling you names I stuck up for you. When Soapfan28 was jumping all over you I stuck up for you. But please don’t worry about it because I will NEVER stick up for you again. I said nothing wrong to you. You are condesending and if you can’t see that than that is your problem. Since by your own admission you get called “a hater” on other sites (not just this one) maybe just maybe it is you….
    The truth is Richard I usually just skip your comments when they are 2 and 3 paragraphs long.Not worthmy time to listen to your opinon on what crazy soap fans on other boards are saying.

  • Richard

    Thanks Stacey & Kayla. I’m not staying — tired of dealing with it. It’s the reason I have never started posting on other boards. This one looked like it had some good folks on it at first, but I got fooled. Of course it would help if they actually had moderators.

    Chrisann, If that happened as you said I apologize for not remembering. All I remember in regards to that is how often you call me out. I’m over it and done with it. As much as I have tried to like you — I don’t. I just find you a bitter old hypocrite.

    And I don’t get called a hater but on 2 boards — here and on Berman’s site. But I also get called someone who works for ABC, works for Katie, etc. I even called Katie herself this week. So it makes me wonder if they even know what they are talking about.

    And see Chrisann, I always read no matter what you said whether I agreed with it or not. The only posts I ever ignored were Davids and that is because I found him so childish. It is funny that you and yoru kind always act like you are the only ones who care about people’s opinions and accuse me and others of not doing that. But yet it is you guys who keep saying you ignore posts.

    Keep on believing in how great you and your opinion is Chrisann.

    Oh and maybe it is me, of course for you and David and your kind it will always be mean — because of course you guys never do anything wrong at all.

    Or course I think a lot of it is exactly what Jay said last week — many who call me hater and the like just can’t handle the truth and don’t ever want to hear it.

    Anyway I just wanted to say thanks to Kayla and Stacy. I love your comments too. And hope you continue to enjoy your shows.

  • Pinkle


    I enjoyed reading your comments and have enjoyed being able to have a rational and intelligent discussion with you.

    It’s such a shame that you’re leaving because of some mean people (probably one person). Don’t let those mean people win because they can’t handle the fact that people may have opposing views when it comes to the soaps.

    You’re always welcome here, and I hope you’ll come back one day. Until then, we’ll keep up the fight and informing people of what’s really going on in daytime.

  • cab

    I must agree. DOOL was rather dull this past 2 weeks. It turned into the Nick Fallon show. In between storylines here he is again. I do not understand why the writers choose to bring his character back, other then to give Melanie a reason to leave Salem. I agree, the world has changed, women are not the only ones at home anymore. We need more action plots and exciting storylines. Romance is good but you must also appeal to everyone who might be avaialbe to bring them in and keep them. I love DOOL and have been a fan for over 30 years, but times have changed, and people have changed. This is not a secret, I just hope that DOOL is the first soap to catch up with the times and shoot up to number one and stay there.

  • David

    Wow and Richard calls everyone else crybabies! He totally goes nuts on Chrisann because she stated her opinion on things and his put downs of peole! And is true anytime someone disagrees worth them Richard calls them dumb etc. Now he is looking for pity saying so people will feel bad for him! He is mad because Brad proved him wrong! He is mad because John and others have disagreed with him and don’t bow down to his precious posts! If you agree with him 100% but disagree with him and he gets all mad! He is mad because I call him out on things! He is mad because people have pointed out how he has driven people away from this biard

    I can almost guarantee his disappearance from here will last little time a day or two if that! He will be back to continue with his hate and attacks on anyone who proves him wrong or has a different opinion! He will be back to throw put downs at others who post different opinions!

    So bye for now Richard but I can almost bet you will be back posting your hatred within a couple days! See you then my good friend

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