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

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February 1st, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

January 21-25, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,573,000 (-80,000/-390,000)
2. B&B 3,492,000 (-125,000/-134,000)
3. GH 2,908,000 (+108,000/+608,000)
4. DAYS 2,733,000 (-41,000/+194,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/same)
3. GH 2.1/6  (same/+.4)
3. DAYS 2.1/6 (same/+.2)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 803,000 (-20,000/-155,000)
2. B&B 657,000 (-74,000/-144,000)
3. GH 646,000 (+4,000/+54,000)
4. DAYS 591,000 (-43,000/+60,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (-.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.0/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/5 (-.1/+.1)




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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • MBmomof3

    Loving GH! I’m enjoying YR & DOOL too. I only rarely catch BB but enjoy it when I do. Luckily for me their storylines move slowly and I have no problem keeping up. lol. GO SOAPS!

  • JNewt

    Tuesday: 2.6/3,396,000
    Wednesday: 2.6/3,526,000
    Thursday: 2.6/3,613,000
    Friday: 2.5/3,432,000

    Tuesday: 2.1/2,798,000
    Wednesday: 1.9/2,532,000
    Thursday: 2.1/2,739,000
    Friday: 2.1/2,862,000

    Tuesday: 2.2/3,081,000
    Wednesday: 2.1/2,858,000
    Thursday: 2.1/2,837,000
    Friday: 2.1/2,858,000

    Tuesday: 3.5/4,677,000
    Wednesday: 3.4/4,543,000
    Thursday: 3.5/4,683,000
    Friday: 3.3/4,390,000

    The soaps are on fire right now and they’ll probably be even higher in February during sweeps.

    DAYS’ ratings are the most surprising because I haven’t seen them this high consistently in a long time. It seems like the whole wedding fiasco really got people interested and they stuck around. The show is really good right now but there’s still a lot of areas where the show needs some work and it needs to move a bit faster. The young characters on the show I think drove these ratings up along with Kristen’s daily insanity. Watch out for DAYS they could make a real push here and make that a real battle between DAYS and GH for third place.

    NBC should maybe target getting the television rights to AMC and OLTL, they were interested in OLTL a couple of years ago. Something to think about since DAYS needs a partner.

    Y&R is really good now, its officially turned around. The balance on the show is back as well and I like how they’ve started to focus on the newer characters. I’m really interested to see if the viewers will sample Steve Burton’s new character on the show as well.

    B&B is a mess right now quality wise in my opinion but the ratings are super healthy right now, they’re so good that I don’t see GH catching them for a long time. Obviously B&B has a formula that works for them and that’s the triangle unfortunately but I think B&B was way ahead of the curve than the other soaps when they started to develop their young characters like Steffy and Hope which made them less reliant on the vets. Think about it they no longer have Susan Flannery or Ronn Moss and they still have strong ratings. I would like to see more balance on the show and focus on the other characters like Marcus’ new brother and stuff like that.

    GH is interesting because they are making the viewers happier and that’s something that the show has struggled with for years. What’s really interesting is Britt’s character a lot of people have been talking about what direction their going to go in with her. My hope is that they make her more like Shiela Carter and less like Lisa Niles.

    Lisa Niles was so stupid to me even though she was entertaining, the most effective villains are the ones who use science and not violence. Shiela used science over violence and that made her more scarier to the viewers back in the early 90s on Y&R and B&B. If Britt uses more science then she would be a real effective villain on this show.

  • Justin

    Days has been so good lately! I actually find the pace has been speeding up quite a bit on the show, things are starting to happen much quicker. Looking forward to February sweeps!

  • Rafe


  • jonboyelk

    Personal @KaylaRae This has been really bothering me so I’ve got to.say my piece. I apologize for negative things I might have said about you. Okay, your negativity toward my show I have found personally annoying BUT…you have NEVER (at least so far as I’ve read) attacked me in a personal manner and I’m shamed to realize I’ve done that to you. You don’t know me personally, I don’t know you. You’re very passionate about your shoe, I’m passionate about mine. I’ve called off the Port Charles mobsters and you are safe. I’d love if you would accept my apology. I’m realllly not a bad guy. And although you’ve said you’ve blown it off, I still feel crappy. Hopefully you are a better person than me and accept my sincere apology

  • Mike

    This backstage drama with Prospect Park and GH over the three characters could be a story on one of the soaps. In fact it is more interesting than some stories that do play out. No good guys or bad guys in it all but if GH does end up keeping all 3 actors and bring them on as new characters, it will be interesting to see if the fans buy it or not. And if PP lives up to its threat that they will recast the 3 will fans accept the recasts. I will just be glad when they move on from this and finally give more news about the online shows esp. All My Children.

    Moving to my show Y&R, so far I am liking Steve Burton. He seems like a change of character has been good for him. My full opinion is still out on him though.

  • Beltway Joe

    Interesting read JNewt, I think you made a very good point about Britt. GH has a lot of potential to turn that character into something special for the show. The Sheila Carter reference was a good one because to me that was the scariest character in the history of the soaps. For those of you too young to have seen Sheila back 20 years ago you should rewatch her clips on YouTube.

    Like you said more Sheila Carter and less Lisa Niles who could’ve been written better. What I would like to see from Britt is more concentration on Sabrina than Patrick from her. Sheila went after women more than men and I want Britt to concentrate on making Sabrina’s life a living hell. Stalker tactics and stuff like that. If they do that with Britt she can be far more effective than Lisa Niles ever was. The actor playing her is already good enough to pull it off.

  • Beltway Joe

    @Mike that’s why I supported Steve’s move as well, he needed a change of pace and so does the show itself. He’s pretty much a mystery right now so I would like to see how far this goes.

  • Rich

    With Michael Easton then can turn him into Caleb from Port Charles and there you go….TODD and Start are a different story……

  • Rich


    With Michael Easton they can turn him into Caleb from Port Charles and there you go….TODD and STARR are a different story……

  • Rich

    On a side note, if ABC kept the actors and PROSEPECT park keeps the characters, would anyone buy someone else as MCBAIN or TODD these days. I mean not that Trevor St John was revealed not to be TODD, they can’t really bring him back……so no one will win in this battle.

  • Marissa

    General Hospital is the best.

    Days is still embarrassing. Just dreadful.

  • Pat

    I’m so glad to see Y and R maintaining it’s 3.4/3.5 rating during this transition. MAB had it briefly touching 3.6 right before she left.

    It’ll be interesting to see what sweeps months holds for ALL the shows.

    Last year in March is when Y and R really got into some low ratings trouble.

  • lizzie

    Please get Robert out of that coma,Tristan rogers rocks. Love him with Anna I just wish the show would stop acting that nobody seems to care he is in a coma.(except holly)

  • lizzie


  • animal

    Other than the crappy vampire story line GH is amazing!!

  • Rickster

    Days has an amazing story lines running right now.

    The Will/Sonny story grips the heart and shows just how painful love can be.

    Sami is deciding which man she will bed officially, which means more confrontation/friction with Rafe.

    Kristen is AMAZING … Every scene with her is a possible train wreck – but the kind of train wreck you want to watch over and over again. Kudos to Eileen’s acting abilities.

  • Eddie

    I am really surprised at B&B Numbers at a 2.6 , and I don’t don’t even watch it very much. It has really jumped up in the ratings. I am an avid DAYS fan and Y&R which I love both of them! DAYS is doing much better story telling. Keep up the good work DAYS!

  • Janet

    Love GH. B&B show is the worst. Viewers are so afraid the show will be cancelled if they give them a bad rating. Why not give them a truthful rating. If you read the boards, viewers are taking B&B off their dvr left and right.

  • Tim

    I read all the comments on here all the time….and i find it funny how people like to put each others shows down….I watch only “DAYS OF OUR LIVES” so i feel thats the only show i can give my oppion on…Wished everybody could be this way….Great job the last month DAYS keep up the good work…i feel the devil coming soon…ha ha Tim…

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