Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital & 'The Young and the Restless' Up in Total Viewers and Women 18-49

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April 7th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

March 25-19, 2013

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,755,000 (+44,000/+631,000)
2. B&B 3,393,000 (-99,000/+408,000)
3. GH 2,754,000 (+303,000/+499,000)
4. DAYS 2,433,000 (-56,000/+134,000)

1. Y&R 3.5/11 (+.1/+.4)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.1/+.3)
3. GH 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 887,000 (+21,000/+22,000)
2. B&B 678,000 (-31,000/-20,000)
3. GH 622,000 (+17,000/+52,000)
4. DAYS 550,000 (+4,000/+60,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (same/same)
3. GH 1.0/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/5 (same/+.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.

  • Scott_N_ATL

    BOOM GH BOOM! Be even better with the next report! (Correct RJ, this would be the week leading into the 50th)

  • moshane58

    Just seen a post this morning showing GH well over three million.Really confusing since all these reports are coming from Nielsen.As far as Gh haters.Its doing great.I may not watch the others but I do want them all to succeed.We all have our favorites but I still wouldn’t want anyone to loose there soaps.Its hard to loose one you have watched since your childhood.I always hope when the ratings come out they all are doing good.As several critic say the bad thing is we only got Nielsen box holders deciding not the people.I wish one time they would do DVR ratings on soaps since so many work and watch at night.Congradulation and good luck to Y&R for its new move to the TV Guide Channel for reruns.I can see CBS not wanting to keep paying ABC on soapnet when they own TV Guide channel.Hope all there fans will follow Y&R to its new move.Keep backing the soaps.

  • James

    The Revolution never touched 2 million a episode. So yeah….Go GH! #GH50.

  • moshane58

    for those who watched AMC and OLTL you can caught them at 12 noon April 29th free on Hulu or Hulu plus and ITUNES.They are working hard to get a link for the Canadian viewers.

  • Jeff

    Yes, GH is double or more what the Revolution was, and it’s much higher in the demo than the Chew. I do have a question that Mike will probably know for sure. When they show the 18-49 # at the bottom of the ratings as season to date, is that women 18-49 or total viewers 18-49?

    Glad all soaps are up over last year. The primetime shows can’t really say that, as most of them are bleeding viewers and demo viewers.

  • Ollie

    LOL! At the troll on the first page saying Revolution had more viewers than GH. Even when Revolution was on the air and GH was much lower last year around this time it was getting like a million more viewers after that timeslot. Try again!

    Anyways good for GH leading into the 50th week I’d imagine them being even higher the following week.

    5.2 million for Y&R and 3.7 for B&B on Monday, awesome numbers right there. Monday was a good day for all of the soaps last week.

    They’re all up year-to-year also.

  • Amanda

    I’m with Moshane58. What is up with people trying to plays soaps up against each other? I can’t watch them all, but I am glad everyone is enjoying their “stories.” That’s what it’s all about.

    I’m loving GH right now. Still playing catch up (I’m at the end of the semester at school). Damn, I love Scotty on GH. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a crush on him! :)

  • rob60990

    “The Y and R has been the number 1 show since its debut.”

    Wrong. Y&R was not number 1 until the late 80s.

    “This was not the week celebrating the 50th Anniversary of General Hospital, correct?”

    No, its anniversary is April 1 but the special episode aired April 2 due to pope pre-emption.

  • jen

    @mike your response proved me right. relax and lighten up. the reason for my post was because neilsen IS reviewing the way the conduct the ratings system to include some online viewing , just like they eventually added dvr views to some figures. once again these numbers dont matter except to crummy old people lol. dont get all defensive, i said crummy old people, if you are not crummy then that doesnt apply to you lmao.could you imagine if in 2013 the music industry didnt include online song downloads and youtube views and just considered traditional radio airplay??? that would make no sense, no one gives a crap about traditional fm radio anymore. shows like “house of cards” on netflix and other original online programming are breaking the mold, out to prove broadcast tv isnt everything anymore. get over it because it will soon be a thing of the past. i cant wait! (amc and oltl was be solely online pretty soon) . my point is dont forget about all of us soap fans who watch soaps online, we cant wait for our vote to be counted :)

  • David

    Wow way to go GH and these ratings are for the week before the 50th Awesome numbers.

    GH is dooing far better than The Revolution and ABC is very happy with its numbers especailly in the 18-49 and 18-35 which is what the advertisers look at.

    Gotta love the haters.

  • Al

    It’s gratifying to see GH doing so well. The current regime is doing amazing work! My advice re: the show’s haters: don’t feed ’em (with responses). Just let them choke on their sour grapes. Happy 50th, GH. Here’s to many, many more years. And that goes for the soap genre as a whole.

  • Mike


    The guy at SON answered that a few months ago. He said the 18-49 is just women. Men are counted separately. Someone was asking about that and why the men rating was not done anymore.

    He said they still got the ratings for men but chose not to post it anymore. It was just a decision they chose to make.

  • Mike

    jen, if you will go back and look up that article about them counting some and revealing some of the online viewing and stats for Netflix, it was said on this site by Bill or Robert that those numbers still won’t count as far as if a show is cancelled or not.

    They just want to begin reviewing the numbers. And one of the articles on that said it would only be mostly for prime time and cable shows.

    I agree with you that things are shifting. But who knows by the time they finally start counting and making a difference, some of you may be crummy old people too. Because advertisers sure don’t change their minds quickly. VHS players were around for years, and lots and lots of people taped their shows and didn’t watch live.

    They never once counted those. And DVRs have been around for years now, and they are just now starting to get serious consideration.

    Yes it is going to happen, but it won’t be as soon as many think it will be. Technology is way ahead but the people behind these networks and advertising companies are way behind. To make matters worse they are dealing with the task of making it cost-efficient too.

  • David

    Looking back at ratings for both the revolution and the short lived good afternoon America GH is crushing those numbers! Also wow GH is up 500,000 viewers from one year ago! Frank and Ron great job!

  • pferrando

    What I find interesting is that over last year in TOTAL viewers all the soaps, especially Y and R and GH are way up. But there really isn’t a lot of movement in that ridiculous 18-49 demo people STILL keep talking about.

    Yeah, yeah…I know the advertisers look at that, but maybe they should realize that- over 600,000 more viewers are watching this show this time this year, and that the potential THERE is so much greater than those additional 20,000. Seems very silly to me, and seems they have a lot more opportunity with ALL viewers.

  • jeff

    Thanks for info Mike.

    Well, it’s funny then that shows that are important to ABC primetime get 1.5 to 1.9 ratings with 18-49 men and women combined and cost for 1 episode more than a whole week’s worth of GH, while GH gets probably about a 1.2 daily if they were to add in men, and that’s without same day DVR viewers.

    I am guessing the networks really are thankful these days for the soaps. They are pulling in pretty good ratings and have a much more loyal audience in comparison to most of their primetime line-up. Heck, GH even beats Jimmy Kimmel pretty much every single day in ratings and demo.

  • Frank

    It was so good to see so many of the vets!! I especially liked seeing Rachel Ames. She looked so good after all this time!! Hope she will continue in some capacity.The show could use a grandmother “type” to fill the void.

  • Mike


    I always hated when we got to see the numbers for male viewers that there was no breakdown. It included from age 12 and over. All men were lumped into one.

    I always wondered how many of those men fell into the coveted 18-49 primetime demo. But I don’t remember ever seeing a breakdown of male viewers in daytime.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Well, it’s funny then that shows that are important to ABC primetime get 1.5 to 1.9 ratings with 18-49 men and women combined and cost for 1 episode more than a whole week’s worth of GH, while GH gets probably about a 1.2 daily if they were to add in men, and that’s without same day DVR viewers.”

    These soap ratings include Live+Same day DVR viewing, as noted.

    And you are confused about how ratings work. They are percentages of the demo group measured.

    So if a show gets a 0.9 rating with women 18-49 and a 0.3 rating with men 18-49, the adults 18-49 rating is close to the average of those two numbers (in that case a 0.6 rating) not the sum of the two.

  • Badlands

    Jen is really posting nonsense. The numbers are not only important to “crummy old people,” but they are what advertising rates and renewals are based on.

    It’s weird when people feel superior for watching things online. It doesn’t makes sense to me to watch something on a smaller computer screen, with occasional streaming issues, when I can watch it on my 47″ LCD (and often work on the computer at the same time). Oh, and I’m not a “crummy old person.”

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