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.

  • Jeff

    I am hopeful the revamped shows (if they make it to air) will be of decent quality. B&B thrives in 30 minute format, and less shows per year means more action in shorter amount of time. Hopefully, no need to waste time in scenes to be fillers to stretch things out or have a lot of cast that is on just once a month. Would love to see them have 12-15 people and utilize them, and just bring other people in and out as needed to propel the story forward.

  • Ray-El

    I feel so sorry for Y&R fans. That’s one of the few soaps I never got into, but having seen JPF wreck two shows already, I know what you guys are in for. She almost got me to drop OLTL and she actually did get me to drop GH. “Train wreck” is too mild a term for what she does to soap operas. You are about to see a horrendous decline in the quality of your show from the writing to the acting. Say goodbye to all the vets, too.

    GH is a new show now without her and I’m enjoying it immensely. I haven’t used my fast forward button once since the new regime took over. But GH is the ONLY show I will watch on ABC. I’m still very mad that they cancelled OLTL, so no ABC program other than GH is allowed to be viewed in my house…especially nothing on daytime. And if GH gets the ax, ABC will be permanently deleted from my television. I will erase the entire network from my life just like they erased OLTL from mine.

  • David

    We all know Mike is The person who used to post as Richard! All he did was hate in GH! He continues with his negativity! The GH ratings show how great it is! Soap Opera Network just posted the ratings from Christmas week! GH hit 3 million viewers! GH is def on fire despite what all the haters try to portray! The ratings as well as buzz about the show speak volumes!

  • Ray-El

    He did sorta have a point about some of the new characters/actors though. The new Christina was a huge casting mistake and Sabrina is probably the one person on the show I can’t stand because she’s perpetually flustered. Watching her constantly freaking out reminds me of one of my irritating coworkers. She gives me high blood pressure. And Dr. Feelgood is your standard one-dimensional bad girl, but I’m sure she’s just filler until they figure out what to do with Patrick. But I like Trey and Ellie. And none of those new people really get enough screen time to drag down the entire show or even a single episode. With all the money they probably spent to get some of the big name actors on the show, I can forgive GH for flubbing it on a handful of newbies.

  • jonboyelk

    @Jay I fear you’re right about the production values of the PP shows. How can they possibly afford the bigger budgets they had on network tv?

  • Mike

    Jay TN,

    I was shocked but happy for Days fans when I saw that statement from the head of NBC. I hope for the Days fans that he knew what he was talking about. Days has been up and down in the ratings this month. I am not sure if a renewal is given that it will be good news for the fans who are begging for new writers. NBC wanted them back and it sounds like they are willing to give them extra time. So I would imagine they are there for awhile.


    I bet the funding they have is not as much as what they originally wanted. That is why the crew they have hired so far are newcomers to the positions they have been given. Both executives for the shows have years of experience though. The guy they just put in the position as their director over the project, I have never heard of at all. And from his bio has no daytime soap experience.

    I think the big thing as far as the success of the project is going to come from what they can work out with the WGA this week. I think production values can be poor if they get a good writer who can tell good stories.

    One of the latest that rumors are saying is after the job at AMC is Maria Arena Bell who just got fired at Y&R. She is fi-core and would come cheap if they don’t get a deal with the WGA. Not sure whether I would trust her with AMC after the bad job she did at Y&R.

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