Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Hits Highs

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October 26th, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of October 15-19, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,502,000 (-147,000/+23,000)
2. B&B 3,197,000 (-203,000/+130,000)
3. GH 2,781,000 (+110,000/+464,000) *
4. DAYS 2,478,000 (+112,000/+85,000)

* Highest since February 28 – March 4, 2011
* New high for FV/RC regime

1. Y&R 3.4/12 (-.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.2/+.1)
3. GH 2.1/7 (+.1/+.3) *
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)

* Highest since March 21-25, 2011
* New high for FV/RC regime

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 840,000 (-6,000/-66,000)
2. GH 672,000 (+43,000/+75,000) *
3. B&B 614,000 (-87,000/+31,000)
4. DAYS 513,000 (+4,000/-67,000)

* New high for FV/RC regime

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/-.1)
2. GH 1.1/7 (+.1/+.2) *
3. B&B 1.0/6 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (same/-.1)

* Highest since October 24-28, 2011
* New high for FV/RC regime




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.

  • Nero

    For my DAYS fans out there, here’s some Will & Sonny gay kissing:

  • Nero

    For my GH fans out there, HERE’S AJ or shall we say Jason impersonator Deacon Sharpe?:

  • Millie

    People tuned in to see the end of Jason – then the ratings will drop out again.

  • cb


    While the gay story line on DAYS may not be as hot and heavy as gay porn, I think it is great to see such a positive and loving gay couple represented in Daytime. I miss the Kyle/Fish duo from OLTL and was very sad when RC and FV wrote them out of the show instead of showing a loving gay couple raising a baby on Daytime TV. With how fast Soap relationships develop I can see a gay marriage storyline for Will and Sonny with an adopted or surrogate baby who rapid age progresses to be an angsty Teenager with Gay Dads in a few years (if it is still on the air by then).

    Growing up in the 80’s-90’s Gay characters were being represented as the comic relief or dying from AIDS or in some major life crisis based on their sexuality. It is so refreshing to see Gay Characters being written as family and relationship driven within the core structure of the show as opposed to a story twist with tragic results.

    So happy that GH is showing some life. Hopefully the numbers will keep on rising, or at least stay where they are now. With the Chew not growing in year 2, as they had hoped and Katie being a moderate disappointment for most of the affiliates that do carry her, GH is proving itself to be a very solidly performing staple to build a line up around. As long as RC and FV keep the budget in check and keep producing excellent and compelling TV, GH will be around for years to come.

    With any luck, NBC will figure out how to do this with DAYS to keep a soap on each of the big 3.

  • Ccemerson

    Well GH has benifited from the new time change. Wonder what would happen if NBC bumped Kathie Lee and Hoda to a Today show format in the early afternoon @ 1pm (east coast) and swap Days for 10am ( east coast ) . Finally giving Days a decent lead in from the Today Show ???

  • Lisa

    @Cass, some people just like to cry “boycott” to feel as if they’re doing something. When AMC and OLTL got cancelled, a group of soap sites promoted a boycott of Dancing With the Stars to take place during a particular week as a way to send a “message” to ABC about the supposed power of soap fans to collapse the network. These viewers gloated when the overnights indicated a drop in ratings for the “boycotted” episode of DWTS, and some of them immediately zipped off e-mails to advertisers claiming responsibility for the decrease in audience.

    When the final ratings came out and reflected that DWTS actually rose substantially in both overall viewers and the 18-49 demo, those same viewers shut up fast.

    Anyway, if I boycotted every network that ever cancelled a show I liked, I’m not sure what I would have left to watch. Boycotting would hurt only me.

  • Robert

    GH better enjoy the great week. Steve Burton’s departure will probably mean falling ratings.

  • Jeff

    Personally, I wasn’t that big of a fan of Jason, and I know a lot of fans were tired of the Sonny, Jason, Carly show, so maybe it will be a good thing. I think GH is on an upswing with storytelling and acting and such anyway, and I think people want to see good stories with great acting, regardless of a single person or character. If you look at it’s #’s being up in the 18-34 so much, it’s not because of a strong younger set. They are a minor story (thankfully), it’s Anna, Duke, Luke, Tracy, Monica, Todd, John, Kate/Connie, Carly, Heather, Sam, Joe, Sonny that have been featured the most lately. Not a single one is under 34 in age.

  • RJ

    All these highs for General Hospital can be attributed to The Chew and Katie Couric…you’re welcome.


    A year ago under JFP/Garin Wolf the show was deader than a doornail. It was like dead man walking with a dull boring show with zero direction. It looked like ABC was going to fold the towel. Then ABC wisely decided to replace Phelps/Wolf with Carlivati/Valentini who were coming off the end of an 8 month hot streak at OLTL. As it was ending OLTL was surging in viewership and by the end OLTL had highest viewership of any outgoing show. They put them at GH it took some time to get through the mess they were given but slowly it started going up numbers wise. In the last few weeks we had Duke’s return, the baby reveal whcih climaxed hard and Jason’s exit. The ratings surged and GH now looks like ABC’s shining star proving a great lead-in for Katie and doing well for the network. We have Sean Kanan’s return, Quatermain Thanksgiving, Nurses Ball and Edward’s funeral and possibly in the future Robin’s return to GH. GH is just killing it. Kudos to these two guys who took a near dead soap jumpstarted it and now made it look like its kicking ass and taking names

  • Irene

    I think the stories are better and the GH characters are being given better writing and defining. oltl characters are fine. GH had to redefined. I pity Y&R really. GH was so bad under old regime. Will not miss Jason. Phelps loved the two mob guys and Carly. Yucko. At least Carly/Sonny are more bearable now. I think the overall show has better stories and moves along at quicker pace which is what the 18 to 49 demand.

  • Rich

    So,with Jason gone,is it safe to watch full time again or will we still have to slog through more of the “Sonny Corinthos Mobster Hour”?

  • diana

    @Robert, you are probably right, I myself tuned in to see Sam&Jason reunite and get their baby back, and I didn’t even like Jasam! The other stories aren’t really interesting me that much right now, but I believe that will change during November sweeps. Good stuff coming up! Go GH!

  • jonboyelk

    Any soap moving ahead with viewership is welcome for those of us who enjoy the genre.

  • Brad

    I find it VERY impressive that GH is going up in the 18-34 demo. GH must be doing something right because they are getting young adults to tune in, which is no easy task with the phones, iPads, Internet, DVR, and bunch of other channels to choose from. They hit a 0.8 rating in that demo. GH increasing in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos is what counts. Glad to see the show hit 2.95 million on Thursday. It went down to 2.6 million but rebounded to nice numbers the rest of the week and even managed 2.77 million on Friday. I am LOVING GH right now. I DVR and watch everyday (since I don’t get home till 3-3:30). I hope it continues to climb. I would like to see 3.5 million viewers by the end of November!

  • donald


  • I like this show

    ROFL @Donald

    That’s all I can say haha

  • jenn

    As a Days viewer, CONGRATS to GH! That is great news! Even though DOOL’s numbers are better, I can only hope Days can follow in GH’s improved numbers. I hope ALL soaps survive!

  • Greg

    Millie, I truly doubt people watch GH solely for Jason or Sam. I watch for THE ENTIRE CAST OF CHARACTERS. A soap doesn’t succeed or fail based on losing one or two popular characters/actors. It fails or succeeds based on if the stories are interesting or not and if they’re written well or not.

  • stacy

    I think the increase in GH ratings is that people tuned in to see SB (Jason) for the last time. I know I haven’t been watching GH alot lately but I watched last week for SB. I think that GH ratings will slip this week since SB is gone. I can’t stand the actor playing Duke or the storyline around Duke and that is why I haven’t been watching GH much lately.

    Days I never miss a day it has been great lately.

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