Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Maintains its Household Ratings in New Time Period; 'Bold & the Beautiful' Up in Women 18-49,

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September 21st, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of September 10-14, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Note: This was the first week that General Hospital aired in its new, one hour earlier, time period.

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,216,000 (-82,000/-33,000)
2. B&B 3,164,000 (-34,000/+522,000)
3. GH 2,528,000 (-33,000/+89,000)
4. DAYS 2,297,000 (-161,000/-25,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/+.3)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 792,000 (-20,000/-43,000)
2. B&B 655,000 (+47,000/+145,000)
3. GH 587,000 (-21,000/-73,000)
4. DAYS 504,000 (+25,000/-77,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (-.1/-.1) <—– ties low
2. B&B 1.0/7 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (+.1/-.1)


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.

  • JR

    No, SoapNet ratings are not included and have never been.

  • JayTN

    It does indeed look like a lot of people jumped the gun when those lead-in ratings for “Katie” were released last week. That 2.5 rating on Monday was merely the lead-in program for “Katie”, which may or may not have been GH. People reporting the numbers (like Marc Berman) and websites reposting those numbers (like Daytime Confidential) had no confirmation that the 2.5 rating was actually for GH, but let soap fans assume that they were and a lot of chest thumping from those fans ensued. Now, those same fans are beside themselves once the ‘actual’ ratings have come out. (That is what certain former contributors to this forum may have been trying to get across last week…don’t get your hopes up, only to have them crushed.) I don’t normally like to say ‘I told ya so’, but I guess I was right to be skeptical of those rosy ratings reports from early last week.

  • Katherine

    @ Matto

    These are the only ratings that matter:

    Women 18-49 Rating
    1. Y&R 1.2/8 (-.1/-.1) <—– ties low
    2. B&B 1.0/7 (+.1/+.2)
    3. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
    4. DAYS 0.8/5 (+.1/-.1)

  • Michele

    Wasn’t last week on GH the conclusion of the big toxic water storyline?

  • Fox

    I’d be interested to know if the dip in DAYS is because GH now competes against it in (most or all?) Central and Pacific time zones.

  • Ginger Eliz

    Even The Talk beat GH on Monday. The Talk had 2.8 million viewers.

  • Stacy

    @Chrisann Diaz I also have DVR but i don’t find the time to watch what i record. I do agree with you i wish Steve Burton was staying and since he is leaving and gh and days come on at the same time i have decided to let gh go.

    @Ginger I think that The Talk has beaten gh several times not just last Monday.

  • diana

    Such a shame that GH’s ratings didn’t go up more, that Sept. 11 episode was the best I’ve seen in months, maybe years! Last goodbye to Edward, Patrick&Emma, so adorable, Tracy&Monica, powerful! John confessing his undying love to his cell phone was THE most romantic scene GH has had in a long time, too. Pitiful, I know, lol. GH needs to step up the romance BIG time. Kristen came back as Maxie, too! If this didn’t bring ratings up, I know what will. Bring back Robert Scorpio!!! DAYS, well .. I like Chad&Melanie, and that’s about it.

  • diana

    @Fox, you may be right, GH and DAYS go head-to-head where I live, and I can only DVR one of them. If I’m home I’ll switch over to DAYS during GH’s commercials. Otherwise, I’ve been taping GH. Much better right now.

  • Pinkle

    So, The Talk did beat GH on Monday by A LOT. The makeup free show was their highest rated episode yet. The Talk got 2.8 million viewers and a 2.2 rating. Monday’s GH got 2.3 million viewers and a 1.8 rating.

    GH did beat The Talk for the week, though….but not by a lot. In households, GH got a 1.9 and The Talk got a 1.8. In women 18-49, GH got a 0.9 and The Talk got a 0.8.

    Many people thought that GH’s timeslot move would spell doom for The Talk because people will always choose a soap opera over a talk show. That idea should be discarded because The Talk held on. In fact, these numbers from The Talk are showing year-to-year growth. The idea that people will watch a soap over a talk show should be reworded to people will watch whatever they want to.

    I knew that Berman and Daytime Confidential (who just copies what Berman says) had jumped the gun when they were reporting that GH got a 2.5 on Monday and had improved ratings in the OLTL timeslot. Hopefully, we will get a GH to OLTL comparison from Berman now that the whole ratings report is out, and GH should be lower than OLTL, I don’t think OLTL ever got into the 1’s at this point last year.

  • ohiogirl

    Days has been pre-empted so many times the past few weeks with news, but also sporting events, and just as they enterted a new time slot. (Why, when ratings had gone up after the Olympics?)Also, new viewers were just getting to know the actors and storylines..seems one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing in the planning offices of NBC.
    One has to wonder who’s in charge after the ‘Today Show’ fiasco in losing Ann Curry, and no follow-up in promoting Days after the post Olympic ratings climb.
    Today and Days have been the backbone of NBCs’ daytime for a long time, with a wide cross section of viewers…if they’ve faltered, it must be due to meddling by newcomers in executive positions. That old addage says ‘don’t fix what ‘ain’t broken’…seems someone has done just that.

  • Joseph

    I believe “General Hospital” had been broadcast at 3 P.M. EDT/EST since the late 1970’s.

    It may take fans used to tuning in an hour earlier (in most areas) or set their Tivo’s or VCR to the new timeslot.

    But at least the ratings have held steady, and it looks like ABC did the right thing by keeping “GH”.

  • Pat

    So I guess you could say it’s both good and bad news for GH. Good…the new timeslot doesn’t seem to have hurt much. The bad…this week’s show was hyped up like hell and nothing budged. It just goes to show you (again) that these stunt shows really do nothing for ratings. When is this practice going to stop? Also with Katie’s ratings falling off, I wonder what’s really ahead for their afternoon lineup?

  • JayTN

    Pinkle…Marc Berman probably won’t be reporting any more ratings for the daytime network talk shows (“The View”, “The Talk”, and “The Chew”). I notice that he hasn’t yet posted those ratings for the week of Sept. 10, and he usually does so on Thursday or Friday unless there is a delay due to a holiday or Nielsen issue. Since that isn’t the case this week, one is left guessing as to why Berman has all of a sudden dropped those talk show ratings updates. (Mr. Berman also, apparently, becomes prickly when called out for getting soap fans hopes up for a big GH ratings surge, only to see such a surge never materialize.)

    Joseph…ABC has done a good job of letting people know that GH is moving to a new slot. The “bug” in the lower right hand corner of the screen had been present for several weeks during GH broadcasts. Also, most DVR devices (such as TiVo) will automatically correct record times when a show changes time periods. Old timey VCR’s don’t, but fewer and fewer people are using VCR’s nowadays.

  • jay

    wow, here in New Mexico GH, IS up against Days of our Lives and the Young and the Restless.. OH Yeah, GH is the lead in for Katie.

  • Kayla Rae

    Boy,Sara, are you ever off the mark! DOOL has been fantastic especially as of late and is anything but boring! You must be confused and watching some other soap!

  • Kayla Rae

    Days has really been hitting its stride especially as of late. The developing romance between Will and Sonny is truly touching and I cannot get enough of that. And the whole Sami/EJ/Rafe triangle is mesmerizing! Lovin’ it! Also, am fascinated as I watch the Nick plot and find myself wondering if he truly is deranged under the calm surface! Sooooo good!!!

  • Kayla Rae

    It’s so funny, Diana, how your faves on Days are Chad and Melanie. They are easily my LEAST faves for sure. Cannot tolerate Melanie’s incessant whining and funny toothy faces. And Chad reminds me of cardboard. I ADORE the rest of Days though!

  • Pith

    In some of this The Talk beat GH on Monday talk I saw two key facts get left out. The first one being that Monday’s season premiere episode was a stunt episode featuring soap actors getting makeovers of course the soap viewers were going to watch that it was hyped up for a few weeks now I even watched part of it myself.

    The second one being that The Talk fell a lot during the rest of the week and GH caught up to it by the middle of the week and beat it the rest of the week pretty soundly. Once GH settles into its new timeslot The Talk won’t be beating GH again, I don’t even think The Talk can beat DAYS.

  • marg

    Used to watch GH several yrs. ago and couldn’t hold my interest; however. the OLTL influence has me back watching again. I admit I can’t get into the dopey kid and blond girl and am a little tired of DID disorder, but I enjoy Todd Manning and Heather. also, like Tracy and new mobster.

    YR is much better with Phyllis in hot seat, but tired of them making Sharon a klepto and trusting bumpkin. Let her succeed at Newman make her a younger Catherine Chancelor type. Please get her out of Tucker and Victor’s beds.

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