Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Up in Women 18-49

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March 7th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

February 25-March 1, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,614,000 (-112,000/+261,000)
2. B&B 3,558,000 (-67,000/+459,000)
3. GH 2,765,000 (-120,000/+362,000)
4. DAYS 2,517,000 (-217,000/-31,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.1/6 (same/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/same)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 897,000 (+9,000/+27,000)
2. B&B 750,000 (-3,000/+65,000)
3. GH 672,000 (+2,000/+15,000)
4. DAYS 547,000 (-73,000/-25,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.2/7 (same/+.1)
3. GH 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/5 (-.1/same)




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.

  • Mike

    A…..hey who knows maybe Ron and Frank will go back and pull in characters from all the old cancelled ABC shows and give them all an end and tie up the stories.

    Tony Geary was on Bright Promise and so was Susan Brown who played Gail on GH.

  • Harlee

    Mike….me too started watching Y&R from day one! I was 12 and ’70s Y&R had some of the best stories and a forgotten period of Y&R because so many families are gone now. I wish they would put ’70s Y&R on DVD and fans of Y&R that didn’t know this period, would love how fresh the storytelling was from Bill. It was cutting edge with scantily clad dressed women, pushing the envelope sexually, beautiful people, it had it all in 30 minutes. So glad someone else remembers Y&R as I, it doesn’t make me feel so old. LOL By late ’70s Y&R was rocking and in high school couldn’t wait to get home to watch my soaps, yes my mom had one the first Beta machine since ’75 and compared to today how we can watch seems funny, but we always got to watch our soaps!

  • cab

    I personally do not understand why Days numbers went down. Might it be because NBC does not promote it enough. If you were trying to sell something would you not advertise it more. Days has had great improvements done to it and has many, many loyal fans. Maybe it is time for NBC to care about it’s programming. Since I was a child NBC has always been the 3rd place network; the only highlights were the Today Show and the Tonight Show. It barely made number 2 in the mid 80’s with The Cosby show, and Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and a couple other shows. NBC at times does even hit 3rd and 4th place with new competitition from Fox and the CW. NBC has always struggled with ratings. I keep hoping for NBC to be a top rated network but they can not move up. Maybe they need to replace the president of the Network and support ALL their programming. Advetise more, spend more and hope for the best.

  • Pat

    cab…in fact I believe Univision even beat NBC in some demos a week or so ago. Not good, which would have made it 5th. They can’t base their network on football and the Voice.

    Days has stabilized though…I don’t think they will be cancelling it anytime soon. I used to love it in the mid to late 70’s when Bill Bell was writing it. Great stories back then and very family centered.

  • jonboyelk

    @Harlee Great idea for an ongoing DVD set. They did it with Dark Shadows. How much could it possibly cost them to put it together? Not much, I would think.

  • Mike

    NBC seemed to be recovering in the fall and was winning Monday nights very easily. But after The Voice ended they have been going down more and more in primetime.

    I’m sure the fault of the promotion for Days falls more to Days low budget and the fact that the network is struggling so much in primetime. No matter how well Days is doing, NBC has got to get something going in primetime. That is where their big advertising dollars are going to come from. And with ratings so low in primetime what good is it going to do to promote Days when hardly anyone is seeing it. I think NBC’s situation is good for Days in that they have so much to worry about that Days is probably safe until they get their primetime working. But it is also bad in that they don’t really care about their day part now so they don’t care to build it up or give Days a good lead-in. It will also be bad if NBC doesn’t get something going and keep getting beat…how long before NBC just calls it quits or goes bankrupt.

    I can’t figure out why Sony or Corday are not promoting it more. They did when they did they did the big reboot and brought back Deidre Hall and others. Corday even spent his own money promoting the show.

    To me Days biggest problem is way too many bosses. It just seems from the rumors that go around and the stories you read that they are constantly butting heads. Tomlin apparently doesn’t get along with Corday. He was either put back in control by NBC or Sony. It seems for 6 months NBC runs things, then it is Sony, and then it is back to Corday. Weird way to run a show.

  • jonboyelk

    @Mike Don’t you think network tv has to loosen up on their stringent standards in order to compete with cable series’? The Walking Dead, Spartacus, etc could never play on network tv and it seems thus us the medium viewers are gravatating towards.

  • Chrisann D

    I hahve been watching Y&R for about a year and a half now. I only watch 3-4 times a week. I loved the introduction today. Peter Bergman gave a brief history of his characture to celebrate 40 years of Y&R.

    Go soaps!

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  • Pat

    Chrisann…I loved the opening too. I’ve been watching since the mid 70’s, so this is a treat for all fans…For the longterm ones, we get to see old clips and the rich history of the show…for newer viewers, it let’s them see the many, many, many years of backstory.

    Kudos to the new team for doing this for their anniversary. I’m hoping we’ll be seeing a ratings lift for their “anniversary month”.

    Again congrats also to the other shows for their increases over LY.

  • Mike

    Jon Boy,

    I agree that they need to loosen up. But for me I don’t want nudity or more graphic language just for the sake of having it. And I don’t think just having it would make any difference if the quality and the writing is not there.

    I remember the primetime soap operas that HBO and others did in the early days of those networks. Even one written by the great Doug Marland and they had the nudity and the adult language. But the stories were awful.

    What makes shows like The Walking Dead great is the writing and the quality. If that wasn’t there they would not be as popular as they are either. IMO

    I look at Nip/Tuck as a perfect example. I loved that show when it first came on. Latter seasons though were still as edgy and had the nudity and stuff, but the stories just weren’t that great. And they got lower ratings.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I had to laugh on Friday’s Y&R when they showed Nikki looking very realistic at the house with no eye makeup on when she had her spell (which I was thrilled to see some realism with her for a change) and then in the very next scene with her later, she was sitting upright in the hospital bed with full makeup on….. Why wasn’t the staff at the ranch there to help her also instead of her having to track down Victor? This show can be very lame with details most of the time.

  • jonboyelk

    @Mike True. Nip/ Tuck was awesome those first few seasons (loved the Carver storyline) but then Rosie O’Donnelly had to stick her big ass in it and ruined the show for me (just like she did to QAF). Can you tell I loathe her? Anesthesia, look at the Dallas reboot. No nudity, no vulgarity and, in my personal opinion, its more entertaining than the original.

  • jonboyelk

    Anaesthesia? WTF?? That was supposed to be “anyway”. Frigging word prediction. @timsdale. C’Mon, you had to have liked Yesterdays y&r intro.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Yes, yesterday’s Y&R intro with Peter was WONDERFUL people! I can’t wait to see Katherine’s!…. So…. who’s going to marry Victor & Nikki today? Sorry that’s just dumb to have them marry each episode until she’s able to walk down the isle, and yesterday’s ceremony was HORRIBLE! Is Josh high — or drunk?…. Kevin and Phyllis’s exchange was great….. Why isn’t Jack’s back killing him now that he’s off the pain pills? When he detoxed did that fix his back? It would be GREAT writing if they would just have him wince a little bit when he got up occasionally just to keep it real for awhile…. Can’t wait to see Leslie’s father burst on the scene. Could be some really good drama — but then again, it’ Y&R.

  • lampshade

    I’ve said it before but Days needs to quicken the pace of their storytelling. I’m loving the drama of Sonny/Will/Gabi/Nick storyline which has been written well. However, Hope has little or no airtime, Nicole and Eric are pointless and I am still not enjoying the Jenn/Dan pairing. Chloe’s interference has been a joy to watch. More EJ doing absolutely anything or nothing would be nice-for purely my own selfish reasons!

    Loving BB. The best thing they ever did was exit Ridge it has brought new life to the show. I’ve enjoyed THAT triangle, and I am happy to enjoy the twists and turns for more time yet.

  • Pat

    The actor, if you can call him that, who plays “John”, on GH, is unbelievably BAD, and boring, with the personality of a potted plant.
    To make matters worse, he always stands sideways to the camera, and is looking over his shoulder, when he talks to other characters.
    It looks ridiculous, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why he does it, or why the director allows him to do it.
    The guy who plays “John” on “Days”, does the same thing, and is equally as bad.
    Both of these guys should look for another profession.

  • jonboyelk

    @Pat No question, Michael Easton is a poser. And he’s always pursing those lips. But I don’t think he’s that horrible of an actor. Now, as for Maurice Benard, I can’t understand his Emmy nominations. He mumbles and looks lost half the time. If I had a dollar for everytime he says “ya know” I’d own Port Charles by now. @Timsdale I would live to see sone really vintage footage in these openings. Would have been cool to see a glimpse of the original Jack (Terry Lester). Guess I shouldn’t ask for too much.

  • Mike


    I put Maurice Benard in that class of “limited” soap opera performers who when they can they can pull out a good performance and a good reel. But overall they are very weak and limited.

    As far as Easton, I think he plays evil better than good. I thought he turned in some great performances on Port Charles years ago. But I thought he was bland on both Days and OLTL.

    Neither one of them are in the class of performers like Jane Elliot or Susan Flannery who can take the most dull of dialogue and material and spin it into gold.

  • PatF

    Looks like we have two Pats, so I’ll now be PatF. The post at 3/12 at 12:49 is from nuPat. The other posts are mine.

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