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

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November 3rd, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of October 22-29, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,410,000 (-92,000/-57,000)
2. B&B 3,108,000 (-89,000/-72,000)
3. GH 2,751,000 (-30,000/+378,000)
4. DAYS 2,425,000 (-53,000/+74,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/same)
3. GH 2.0/7 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 794,000 (-46,000/-149,000)
2. GH 701,000 (+29,000/+22,000) *
3. B&B 593,000 (-21,000/-43,000)
4. DAYS 519,000 (+6,000/-92,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (-.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/same)
3. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (same/-.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.

  • Jeff

    It won’t be long at this rate before GH overtakes Y&R in the 18-49 demo! WOW! GH is on FIRE right now. Jason who? Robert, Lucy, Ned, Alan, are all coming back soon for various stints. The nurses ball returns. Blair will be making a visit. Good job Ron and Frank. And, congrats to the staff and all the actors of GH. You are doing what needed to be done to save your show. My hat is off to all of you.

  • Sean

    @Jeff i Agree 100%….GH IS TAKING OVER!!!

  • Sophie

    Jeff and Sean I agree 100% GH is on fire! The best it’s been in years!

  • Dimitrios

    I’m proud of GH. I usually get backed up on the episodes. But now I can’t wait for the next episode. Even without having power in NYC right now, I always find a way to watch it. Its been pre-empted all week, bit there’s always ABC.com the numbers may drop because of the east coast. But loyal fans please watch online, because it still counts in the long run.

  • Chrisann D

    Jeff, Sean and Sophie, Yea!!!!! So optimistic about the soaps right now. Mostly GH! Ron C and Frank V are doing what I knew they could do and better! Still missing OLTL BUT GH is getting even better than OLTL….kinda. Go all Soaps!!!

  • Shelly

    Y & R is a total mess right now. I’m loving Days and GH!!!! Y & R will continue to bleed viewers and GH will be the #1 soap after the May sweeps. GH is so good right now, I’m trying to manipulate my schedule around it!

  • diana

    Glad to see GH doing so well .. RC&RV are giving the fans what they want, and it shows in the ratings. So many familiar faces returning .. it’s like what soaps usually do when they’re about to end! And THEN the ratings go up. I have always wondered, why did they wait til the show was CANCELLED to bring back fan favorites?! I am especially excited to have Robert (Tristan Rogers) back! Now give him a great story and make him our hero again!!! DAYS I’ve given up on.

  • Nick

    Nice for GH. It is on fire.

  • jay

    wow, this is so awesome.. Glad to hear some very good news.. GO GH!!! i’ll admit been to my class late like all week.. wow, it is “MUST SEE TV” my mom is hooked. lol she is loving her show once again. MAn, can’t believe the previous regime destroyed GH. THanks frank and ron for reviving GH to its fast heart beat.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I used to watch days as a little kid my babysitter loved it! back when Kristen was supreme villian (1998) and then got stuck with the sultan or whatever. How has her return been?

  • Greg

    Frank and Ron are true soap storytellers who know how to draw in the viewers. GH has been really good lately with less mafia crap. I wish ABC would wise up and bring back OLTL. I could see Frank and Ron running both soaps. I’d really like to see OLTL back in an hour format though. I miss All My Children, too, but unless Ron and Frank were re-creating AMC then I say let AMC stay dead for now. LOL I could see Ron and Frank breathing new life into AMC (without the likes of characters like Ryan and Krystal) and making it a #1 soap again like it once was.


    I doubt AMC will ever come back too expensive. Too be honest with you I don’t miss AMC at all its weird. I loved the show but the show was so bad for a five year span it kind of was a relief when it went off the air. OLTL I desperately miss but ABC will never bring these shows back way too costly. The Chew also is doing very good numbers. It literally does just as well as Katie on a much cheaper budget.

    GH is kicking ass and taking names. I heard what Frank does every day is all the actors huddle together like a sports team practically saying they are ready to kick ass. It shows on GH they are. They are bringing back some of the heart and soul of GH that hasn’t been seen since Riche’s tenure. IMO Frank/Ron’s biggest money climax is Robin is alive return, they will probably do big numbers for that.Plus Sean Kanan’s return has been genius, we have Edward’s funeral, a Quatermaine Christmas and if Genie returns its the cherry on top. Keep going GH.

  • RJ

    Once again, thank The Chew and Katie for the General Hospital increase.

  • NBC is awesome

    Weird GH is going up, its been so crappy lately.

  • TIM

    Just wanted to say ,it doesn’t matter who comes back on DAYS it doesn’t get any better than it is right now…A little over a year ago returned John & Marlena,Austin & Carrie,Jack & Jennifer,Billie,Lucus,Justin & Adrinne and even Kayla…Now Elieen Davidson and the ratings are still going down.As a DAYS Fan over 36 years now…Its time to watch on kiss it goodbye….T.V. ratings all over are way down,its not just in daytime…In Primetime 10 years ago the no.1 show was pulling in 30 million viewers,now its lucky if it get 14 million…People are watching shows on the internet now,and lots of other places….I know for a fact that DAYS OF OUR LIVES is the no.1 soap in CANADA…but it means nothing.So DAYS FANS better start watching soon,or its gone….Hugs from tim…

  • donald accolla

    gh sucks like a bad std and should get the ax from abc sasp days is on the right track to last another 47 years plus eileen davidson back as kristen and greg vaughan as eric brady is awesome days has a talented bunch of actors and a much better writing team with gary tomlin and chris whitsell and ken corday as boss its the best soap on tv and having 2 grandmothers having passed away from alzheimers i can relate and sonny and will as a gay coulpe as a gay man myself this storyline is on track for chandler massey and freddie smith to win emmy awars and the writing team to also get a emmy award again as they did last year my hats off to days and to deidre hall as the linda blair of daytime take that gh u suck

  • Debsafan

    I’m glad some of the greats are coming back for GH. I wish they would stay. I want all the soaps that are left to do good. I hate cooking shows and talk and game shows. If my soaps are gone I’ll just watch Netflix.

  • Sophie

    The ratings show that GH doesn’t suck. Sorry it’s beating Days since the olympics and I LOVE IT. Great writing and great acting will do that. All the GH people are HAPPY and we know it!!!! YEA GH!!!!

  • MBmomof3

    I like all 4 soaps, but as a lifetime soap fan right now I rate them:
    1) GH
    2) DOOL
    3) BB
    4) YR
    Sorry, but Neilson is outdated methodology given today’s viewing options. I’ve taped, watched SOAPnet or online since the invention of the VCR! I understand that is what is used to determine ad rates, so my opinion and viewing habits mean nothing to the networks.

  • Joey

    ABC-Now is the time to bring back One life to live now to restore your daytime lineup to what it once was.

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