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.

  • Mike

    Folks I hated what Brian Frons did to soaps as much as the next person. But to say that soaps were bad totally due to him is a big stretch of the imagination.

    Guiding Light, Passions, and As The World Turns were all equally as bad and he had nothing to do with them.

    The other shows on now all have big problems and most of them he has never had anything to do with. Or when he was there with the networks they were on they were doing okay.

    If Prospect Park doesn’t get a deal with WGA they have said they will use fi-core writers. Many of the fi-core writers that are available to them had troubles on other shows they wrote for too.

    Just like Jean Passanante who has worked under Frons and not under him. She was just as much of a bad writer under him as she was not under him. She was terrible at As The World Turns. I don’t think she is fi-core, but someone said she had recently became friends on Facebook with the new AMC producer.

    Same for Dena Higley, she was equally bad at OLTL as she was at Days. Same with David Kriezman. He was the one who helped ruin Guiding Light toward the end, and then was hired by AMC. He was bad even before he worked under Frons.

    To me most of the fi-core writers available to them are bad. The ones who are fi-core and talented already have jobs on shows where they are happy.

    They really need the deal with the WGA to give them more options for writers, but to me if they just recycle a writer who has already proven they don’t know how to write a good soap opera then I don’t think it will matter at all if Frons is involved or not.

    The writing makes a soap opera. If the stories aren’t good it doesn’t matter who you put on the screen, people might tune in for curiosity at first but they only stick around if the story is good.

  • Jeff

    Sorry to all the YR fans, but JFP is a train wreck. What you will get are glimpses and moments of a good show. She is an event driven producer. Those events will be awesome at first, but overall, the show will not be good and will be centered around a few of her favorite people (expect Steve Burton to hog an amazing amount of airtime), and when she runs out of events to pull off, it will show all the cracks and flaws with the show she has created. You can expect less and less airtime for the vets that the show has been built around. She has no regard for anyone over 50.

  • Jeff

    @ Tough Preds
    I am sorry, but in my opinion, Lindsey Hartley, nor her character, are capable of leading AMC. If they want generation next, get Alicia Minshew and Rebecca Budig on board. They are characters the fans loves, and they are actresses that pack a punch. I will agree that her character was ill conceived and not well written. And, while Susan Lucci won’t be around for ever, if PP wants to get people to tune in, they need to get her on board. She is AMC to millions of fans. They would also be smart to get Julia Barr on board. Again, even if they are there for 6 months to get the show started, they need some of the magical characters and actors/actresses that gave the fans years of entertainment. Same with OLTL and Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser. To reboot without Erika would be a disaster. I do hope they send John McBain to PP’s OLTL reboot. Todd and Starr need to stay on GH, but John is fringey, and Sam could be such a hot match with AJ.

  • cab

    I had thought that Days would have been boring these last 2 weeks(except for the annual Horton tree decorating, which I look forward to every
    year), but I was pleasantly surprised. Ileen Davidson as Kristen is looking like she is having fun playing this character, as if to say to Y and R look what I can do, look at what you gave up. Father Eric is interesting because of what happened to him in Africa, whatever that was we still do not know the whole story behind that situation. Ileen Davidson is such a great actress. The actor playing Father Eric is as great. You almost feel like he is a priest.
    I heard that they are planning to scrap the Neilson box rating system. Yeaa. They just lie and don’t actually show the true viewership. Days is hot, but I can understand why General Hospital is doing so well. Their storylines seem more fast paced, and suspenseful. They have alot going for it right now. I wish the writers and NBC would see what and how they are doing it and do the same for Days. A while back I read an article from an NBC executive stating that Days continues to bring money in for NBC. I hope it is true and that they renew Days.
    NBC count me as another viewer and renew Days.
    Thank you and Happy New Year everyone.

  • rhodyguy

    Is it me or is days of our lives one big incest these days??? Any days fans out there who can answer these questions: aren’t daniel and jennifer cousins since we found out he is maggies son?? Isn’t John a Dimera?? So he had sex with a relative kristen and now brady and kristen are having sex??. Too me everyone is too closely related on this show…

  • 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.

  • Yamaha

    DAYS was real boring over the Holidays but it improved these past few episodes as Kristen is such an interesting character.

    GH is just totally good right now.

    Thanks to whoever posted that Psycho Hope clip I got to watch B&B this week.

    Y&R isn’t bad at all, boring in some spots but much improved from previous years. I like the new characters too.

  • Yamaha

    @ Tough Preds
    I like Lindsay Hartley also to lead the show into the future and you’re way right about AMC needing to go forward without relying on Susan Lucci. AMC is going to have to find new people in order to do it and so is OLTL. Even though GH still has their main players they’ve adapted into bringing in new characters and having them help lead the show. GH is a well balanced show right now and I would hope that AMC and OLTL go in that same direction.

  • Mike

    I think AMC definitely needs Lucci. I was not even excited about the project until I heard that the Hubbards would be back. I care nothing about Hartley or her character. She is not what would make me alter my schedule or shell out any money to watch the show.

    AMC needs the names that people are familiar with if they want people to subscribe to a service to watch or stream them. A bunch of new characters or newbie characters won’t do it.

    They need some good new characters to build for the future, but with them trying to change the whole structure, and lure old viewers back they are going to have to give viewers a reason to. They already have the obstacle of this being so long after the show ended. They can’t even really pick up from the big finale. That is what they had going for them months ago — now they need names that people are familiar with.

    To many old fans whether they liked Lucci or not, she was the face of AMC and not asking her or getting her is like one of the big stars saying it wasn’t worth it.

    And to me the way they tried to make Lucci look bad last time and pretty much putting her out there for ridicule is something they need to clean up. The same way that Daytime Confidential needed to with Vincent Irizarry pretty much blaming him for the failure the first time when it turned out that they never even approached him to join AMC last time. I was so glad when he called them out on it too.

    As far as GH is concerned, I do not know but just following posts in this thread and a few other sites people only for the most part are excited about the veterans and the OLTL characters who would be considered veterans they knew too. I hardly ever hear anyone say they are tuning in for any new characters or new actors. In fact I read more about people hating them for the most part.

  • Seattle Frauds

    Mike stop writing in here, getting tired of reading your long essays. Go do something with your life.

  • 02Justin10

    I actually love seeing Mike’s insight on the soaps. He always has good points and gets you to think about some of this…I was going to say something rude to Seattle Frauds…but I’ll just stay above the negativity. :P

  • Seattle Frauds

    “I actually love seeing Mike’s insight on the soaps. He always has good points and gets you to think about some of this…I was going to say something rude to Seattle Frauds…but I’ll just stay above the negativity.”

    Stop lying that dude doesn’t say anything but garbage just to get a reaction.

    Look if you were going to say something then say something. That’s what I thought you better be scared of me.

  • MBmomof3

    Hey, Kayla Rae, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced at the TCA that DOOL is going to be renewed. Take that for what it’s worth. I’d do a link, but I read it on Michael Fairman’s site. He quoted TVline.com

    Very good news! GO SOAPS!

  • TimsDale4ever

    Y&R us is still snoozing along. I had to laugh Friday when they showed the 3 clips for Monday which showed a different person in each clip talking about working or not working at some company. The business dribble on this show is beyond me — who’s working were — who’s working for who — I need you to be my CEO — I need you to watch over things while I’m trying to F someone else over at their company. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t this show come up with a different TYPE of storyline????

  • TimsDale4ever

    Anyone who thinks Y&R’s heyday was in the 90’s and 2000’s hasn’t really got a clue. I’m not saying there wasn’t some watchable material in those years, but if you missed, and apparantly you did, the first 20 years of this show I can’t even begin to tell you what you missed. IT WAS BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL!! If they could get back to just a third of that type of storytelling today I would be praising this show now.

  • jonboyelk

    @timsdale totally agree with you on the Brooks/Foster/Prentiss heydays of Y&R under Jon Conboy’s reign. But I’m really not hating it now and find some of the comments made here difficult to comprehend.

  • 02Justin10

    Seattle Frauds…just stay in your own galaxy. :P


    I agree with you Jeff. AMC needs Alicia Minshew and Rebecca Budig – they should be the main characters. Rumor is that it will only be a 30 minute show, so I don’t expect all the characters to return. I don’t really care for Lyndsey – in fact I wanted her off the show. I also want Amanda and Jake.

  • JayTN

    I thought a couple pages back, we were all admonished to allow other people to post their own opinions and not be attacked for them. I guess an asterisk needed to be put beside that plea that read “only if I agree with the opinion”. If you don’t want to read a person’s statement, simply skip over it.

    Some thoughts…

    “Days” will continue, at least for the short term on NBC. Network honcho Bob Greenblatt stated that the series will continue past September but did not give any information such as the length of the renewal. I wouldn’t hold me breath for all of the people saying “Days will be canceled in 2013″ to admit that they were wrong.

    It is way too early to know whether or not Prospect Park will be successful with its proposed AMC/OLTL revival. Personally, I think the prospects for success become slimmer if the two take 6 week turns-about. Prospects further diminish if the effort is on-line only, as it appears that it may be. A lot of fans want these shows back on television, not on their computer screens…will they show up?

    At the end of the day, longtime fans of these soaps may wish that Prospect Park left well enough alone, as the “new and improved” AMC and OLTL may be nothing more than bastardized, cheap, watered-down versions of the soaps that they once loved.

  • JayTN

    Jeff…I never watched AMC (although my aunt did from day one), but I have never really liked Lindsay Hartley. I don’t think she’s all that talented as an actress, having watched her – at least in the beginning – on NBC’s god-awful “Passions”. Let’s be realistic…if Hartley had other acting gigs coming her way, there is no way that she would agree to come back to Prospect Park’s AMC. The only reason she was so quick to agree to do the new AMC is because she had no other offers.

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