Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Rises in Total Viewers and Women 18-49

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January 3rd, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:


December 17 – December 21, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,341,000 (-31,000/-586,000)
2. B&B 3,204,000 (-54,000/-148,000)
3. GH 2,800,000 (+143,000/+472,000)
4. DAYS 2,295,000 (-74,000/-86,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.1/-.3)
2. B&B 2.4/7 (same/same)
3. GH 2.0/6 (same/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.8/5 (same/same)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 737,000 (-67,000/-130,000)
2. GH 693,000 (+83,000/+124,000)
3. B&B 628,000 (-39,000/+14,000)
4. DAYS 468,000 (-81,000/-52,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/7 (-.1/-.2)
2. GH 1.1/7 (+.1/+.2)
3. B&B 1.0/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.7/4 (-.2/-.1) <—— 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.

  • ATL

    I think Y&R is getting better, its not as good as GH but its getting better.

    B&B does repeat the same storylines but its very consistent show you know what you’re going to get from it.

    Psycho Hope is back next week on B&B I can’t wait.

  • ATL

  • Kayla Rae

    DOOL has been totally on fire and deserves top of the line ratings already! I cannot get enought! The Kristen storyline is truly becoming extremely compelling as is the Will/Sonny/Gabi/Nick plot. Go Days!!!

  • Kelby

    I am waiting to hear of the next cancellation. I think DOOL will be next and rightfully so. The show stinks and has stayed poor for years. I want it to get better, but it simply is not going too. Y&R it is only a matter of time for you, too. The new writers have done a few things that made me clap, like firing some really poor characters, if you can even call them that….But other than that….the writing is still awful. Daytime s…s and no one is doing anything to fix it. Too many p..s poor years of proof now. Upsets me so. I would love to support the soaps here, but what is the point when no one behind the scenes is investing s..t in them!

  • Kayla Rae

    Ooooo…now Chloe is back in Salem on DOOL!!! This is gonna’ upset the world for Daniel and Jennifer! Things are rockin’ in Salem! Go Days…the best soap on tv by far!

  • hole

    Kelby you clearly don’t know what’s been going on here lately, the soaps are on the way back. I think you’ve seen the last cancellation for a while with AMC and OLTL last year a couple of years ago. Sony will find a way to cheapen the license fee enough for NBC to renew it at the last hour of negotiations again.

  • Dangerous Joe

    Thanks to whoever posted that vid, can’t wait to watch PSYCHO HOPE return on The Bold and the Beautiful next week.

  • lampshade

    So DOOL brings back Chloe and I hear Nancy later, but cannot be bothered to write a decent exit storyline for Bo?! Don’t get me wrong I like both characters, and were sorry to see them go, but I just don’t see them adding enough dramatic value to boost ratings. The much hyped return of Kristen, which had so much potential, has been squandered by the painfully slow plotlines. There are a mumber of characters that are completely underused-Hope, Billie, Kate, Lucas- wouldn’t it make sense to weave them into the story instead? The Jennifer/Daniel storyline is a bust, bringing Chloe back will not add sparkle to something many are already tired of.

  • lampshade

    @Dangerous Joe. That’s great news and a stong ‘told-you-so’ to TPTB, that the genre is enjoyed by many when done right. Although I would bring back OLTL first (I would love to see Vicky and Dorian again) and see how it goes before spending more money on resurrecting AMC. AMC was completely unwatchable in it’s last 2 years-even I stopped watching. What are the reperussions for GH, though?

  • Dangerous Joe

    Yeah it really is a big ‘told-you-so’ TPTB, I hate it that ABC had to learn the hard way but I also think the genre itself is better for having those cancellations happen when they did. This genre was so dead during the time of these cancellations happened. What always kept me optimistic about the genre living on was what happened a few months after these cancellations and that was when B&B and OLTL started to raise its ratings during the summer and fall of that year. Then when the replacements started failing or not doing The View numbers it made me think about how much of a mistake they made.

    I think seeing the mistake gave the networks a chance to get a glimpse of their future which was not going to be good at all if all of the soaps disappeared. Sometimes you just see how great something was when its actually gone. This might’ve been the best decision made in a long time in broadcast television. I really think if GH didn’t have the surge it did in the ratings this year there’s no way these two soaps are coming back or this genre staying alive. I really think the genre itself died in 2007 its just been living on life-support these past few years and now a miracle has happened and its alive again.

    Just like some of the other people were saying before I think 2013 is the new beginning of the rejuvenation of the genre. The genre has been reborn now. Like they say all great things comeback to life.

    A lot of stuff still hasn’t been answered yet but I think GH stays either way. I’m still not sure if the soaps themselves are coming back to ABC in the future or not. I get the feeling that if ABC only has to pay a license fee to air them instead of a production fee then they will air them again as 30 minute soaps. I know there was a cable deal in place with AMC and there was talks with ION or something like that so at least on the television side they’ll be airing somewhere.

  • diana

    Not thrilled with any of the soaps right now, but at least I’m hanging in there with GH. There are supposed to be some good vet returns in the coming weeks. Took DAYS off my DVR when Melanie left. I loved her and Chad. There is not ONE storyline I’m invested in, why did they have to kill Jack – AGAIN?!! They should have never had Jack&Jennifer reunite. She could still get with Dr. “Tan” (which I would FF through) and Jack could deal with his PTSD, with Jen’s help. Bored to tears by ring-around-the-rosie with Sami and her three suitors (actually Lucas has been left out in the cold with nothing to do! I love him FAR more than I do any of the other characters that are currently “front-burner”). A couple of the storylines not only bore me, they offend me! Now Chloe is back – I like her, but unless she’s going to reunite with Brady, I’m not interested.

  • Kevin A.

    @ Mike, you nailed it. Y&R was awesome, but in the last 2-3 years, it has become unbearable. Too bad Maria Arena Bell did not have the story telling savvy of Bill Bell. Now we’re stuck with Jill Phelps, the worst possible choice to restore Y&R to it’s glory days.

    Nevertheless, GH is entertaining and more watchable than every other soap at the moment. Not surprised that their numbers keep increasing.

  • Heather

    So Agnes Nixon made a statement. Big freaking deal. She did that also the first time Prospect Park tried to bring back AMC and OLTL back in 2011.

    I’m not even sure Prospect Park will succeed in bringing back AMC and OLTL to begin with. And even if it does, I don’t see the financial interest for ABC to cancel The Chew or Katie to put two expensive soaps that it cancelled in the first place.

    I don’t think ABC has any regret at all for cancelling AMC or OLTL. This is all wishful thinking on the part of soap fans as far as I’m concerned.

  • Mike

    Yes Agnes does give confirmation that PP is working on it again. But there are still so many questions and still nothing on a WGA deal or any confirmation on even a writer.

    Deadline, TV Line, DC, and Soaps Uncensored have told what they know through their “confidential sources” but now Soap Central has stuff from the next issue of Soap Opera Digest than is completely different from what has been reported so far.

    They are saying AMC and OLTL will share the same sets, and one will run for 6 weeks then go off and the other will run for 6 weeks and then back to the other. AMC will be the first. Which kinds of tells us maybe why they are trying to sign AMC actors first this time.

    They also allude to the fact that the shows will be very bare boned, nothing like what they had originally planned last year.

    AMC is the only show of the 2 I am interested in. There is also a rumor they are working on getting a deal with Hulu to air them which means a subscription fee possibly to Hulu Plus to get all of the content. Not sure I am interested in that as I tried Hulu Plus once and didn’t like it.

    Maybe since they only have a few weeks to get something into works fully before ABC takes back the rights again, we will finally get somethign solid from Prospect Park. So far to me they haven’t changed from the way they did things last year. STill nothing official from them only from sources close to the production.

    Even AGnes Nixon and many of the actors made statements last time.

  • Mike

    @lampshade, I don’t think they can do one without the other this time. Again it is just another of those rumor things, but I think the extension meant they had to have something with both in production or the rights go back to ABC.

    As far as it being a told you so to ABC, I won’t even go there because sometimes in life we have to eat crow. If Prospect Park does this poorly and they fail yet again then ABC will be the ones giving the big I told you so.

    If Prospect Park fails to get this in the works, it is going to greatly hinder any one from even wanting to try anything again. And esp. if it fails, I doubt anyone will even try a next time.

    It is just like with the DVD thing on the Proctor & Gamble soaps. I had so hope that would work out and show P&G that people really wanted DVDs of the shows. But now the sales were not that great, and the company doing them isn’t going to issue anymore. I am sure now P&G will just put them back in the archives and they will stay there lost and forgotten.

    The ones issued were not the greatest episodes but I bought them all and encouraged others to do so. But so many complained about the episodes chosen but so many issues had to be overcome with the older episodes. But people were not patient. Now we will probably never get them.

    As far as AMC and OLTL it is definitely in the best interest of the shows if Prospect Park don’t have all their ducks in a row they need to stop before they even get started.

  • Jeff

    Interesting about PP that so far no word on any OLTL actors and last time, they had about 15 of the cast signed on for the reboot. However, heavy hitter Debbi Morgan just signed onto AMC reboot. But, honestly, if they can’t get Susan Lucci, they should just scrap the plan. even if they get her part-time or something. Two more must haves are Michael E. Knight and Walt Wiley in my book. No point in having an AMC without those tentpole characters.

    Lindsey Hartley must just sit around and wait for them to call her. She was a reason to NOT watch AMC, so it’s unfortunate she will be in the reboot. And, AMC was very bad until the last 6 months, and then they were rocking it out.

    OLTL was the best show on the air when it got cancelled. Here’s hoping they keep the cast to about 15 people, since 30 minutes and less episodes per year. I am sure that will be so much easier to write for. I am also hoping they do it in like 10 week segments with a 3 week break in between, leaving the show in a big cliffhanger each time.

  • James Michael

    OLTL was my favorite for the last decade or so. As excited I was about PP’s initial attempt to keep the shows alive, now I think they should let sleeping dogs lie. We’re not going to get back the same show of excellence OLTL was when it ended. I’m now used to OLTL being gone. I don’t want to see a disappointing revival of a once great show. I like the OLTL characters on GH and am fine with visits from Llanview residents. They could do so much with this aspect.

    When they announced JFP was taking over Y&R, I knew then it was only a matter of time Y&R became unwatchable. I was able to tune in over the Holidays and agree that this show gives boring a whole new definition. I would take MAB’s version of Y&R over this debacle. At least last summer when I last watched Y&R regularly, I wanted to tune in the next day.

    For me, Y&R is no longer worth the 37 minutes. I can do better things with my time. The ratings are dropping each week. Horrible deja vu of how the mighty and wonderful AMC became unwatchable to the point of cancellation.

    I hope they wake up quickly and do something to make this show entertaining again. I enjoyed one of the alternative judge shows much better. Much better drama than Y&R. So sad…

  • Tough Preds

    I’m going to be more optimistic than you Debby Downers are, I think its really important for both shows to just be on the air. Even though the characters can make the show you watch the show b/c its good right? I’m being honest there’s not a soap on TV right now that I’m watching for its characters. Like with GH I have characters I like to watch on there but I could care less if they’re not in the episode that day.

    Susan Lucci isn’t going to be around forever so the show can’t rely on her to always be around. They have to adapt and viewers have to learn how to adapt to new characters.

    Somebody mentioned Lindsay Hartley and that’s actually the person on AMC that should become the future leading character on the show. She has experience leading a soap before on Passions. Her character on AMC wasn’t written well, they need to make her character a hell of a lot better than that.

    When it comes to OLTL there’s no Ron C. or Frankie V. to hold that ship down but we shouldn’t be so quick to judge it being a bad show. It’s probably not going to be as good but as long as its watchable that’s all that should matter. OLTL more than AMC could adapt quicker with newer characters throughout its run.

    I think both shows will definitely be okay, lets not forget the reason why they got so bad in the first place was b/c of Brian Frons and his excellence in helping kill soaps.

  • Jason

    DOOL-wouldn’t be surprised if the total viewers go under 2million.its really hard to make ej/sami/rafe boring but the current writers have.who cares how many times nicole says i’m sorry.brady/kristen/john/marlena is pathetic.three old geezers and brady who bronzed his body.the reflection when he takes his shirt off is blinding.jennifer/daniel are so dull.the glory days definetly have past.stefano you got the right idea,just phone it in.

  • Save y and r

    HOW TO SAVE Y & R:
    To all of those who are upset about Y/R’s future: Julie Chen at the Talk is the most powerful woman in daytime and The Talks success depends on its lead in. If Y/R drips to a 2.0 B/B has always had ratings exactly 1 point lower than Y/R and The Talk always comes in a half a point less than what B/B gets. She can actually do something about it since she is married to the head of CBS.

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