Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Hits Lows in Women 18-49 Viewers & Ratings

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July 16th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

July 1-5, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,396,000 (-160,000/-109,000)
2. B&B 3,423,000 (-71,000/+308,000)
3. DAYS 2,597,000 (-68,000/+188,000)
4. GH 2,332,000 (-121,000/+90,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/10 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (+.1/+.2)
3. DAYS 2.0/6 (same/+.3)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 829,000 (+35,000/+13,000)
2. B&B 675,000 (+59,000/+47,000)
3. DAYS 565,000 (-30,000/+114,000)
4. GH 523,000 (-53,000/-16,000) <—— new low *

* Previous low: 527,000 (February 13-17, 2012)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
3. DAYS 0.9.6 (same/+.2)
4. GH 0.8/5 (-.1/same) <—– ties low
Source: Soap Opera Network


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.

  • Sedgrick

    @Joe I do agree with Ej and Sami they are on entirely too much but JJ I the saving grace from Dannifer and I love anything Wilson IMO

  • Jill

    DAYS has made a lot of good changes which is finally reflecting in the numbers. I think the Will/Sonny storyline along with Kristen and her antics and of course Marlena/John and now this thing with Kate is really making for some interesting tv!! I think DAYS is doing very well, good job DAYS!!

  • Nick

    What do you expect from the people that decided it was a good idea to basically kill off Robert Scorpio? How do you do that? Insane.

  • j

    Y&R has been steady.Sharon switching the paternity results was a nice surprise.Dillon is a good character but maybe this will not be so predictable like Nick being the real father too.Days is on fire.I like every story right now.

  • Mike

    If anyone wants to bring up scheduling and stuff like from ABC with GH then they need to look further.

    No one has a smaller budget than Days does. They tape 1 and a half shows a day…not just 1. Their actors keep taking cuts in pay. They don’t rehearse any of their shows and go straight into taping.

    And I’m so sure that ABC had to force Cartini to take back Howarth, Alderson, and Easton.

    I have had reservations about ABC for a long time. But this year all the way up to the anniversary I saw a network that was in full support of GH. Since then with the dropping ratings and all there hasn’t been much that even in press releases ABC could show any support. And it is not like they are pushing any replacement shows ahead of them either. They don’t release anything about The View or The Chew either.

  • Jenny G

    DOOL is on fire and has been for months. Eileen Davidson as Kristen Dimera is nothing short of Emmy worthy. I actually enjoy Dan and Jennifer together. JJ should go back where he came from.

  • Boss_Lady1988

    I have been watching GH since 2001, The stories was really good. There was change in the stories actors started to leave and then they started bringing back characters, and right now I’m not feeling it. I didn’t like how they sent off Steve B. character (Jason)and bringing OLTL characters as different character is not working for me. So when I saw this tweet that GH ratings were a all time low, I am not surprise. Its gotten so bad, that yes I have started watching Y&R. Now I watch GH later on the DVR and read the spoilers. Hell if the fans took over the writing for GH we will do a better job than whoever is in charge.

  • robert sprague

    abc needs to move gh back to 3pm where it belongs im sure jt has lost a lot of viewers because of that there are more teens home at 3 than there is at two move Katie at 2pm who cares about her any way. frank and ron have to go if there not going to use are favorite chracthers all most every fan wants to see the vets and get bobbi and Robert back on the show all ready more laura lucy Felicia anna mac luke tracy monica Lesley scott duke micheal sam. less Patrick Sabrina franco lulu dante sonny felix and sean and enough of the mob storyline when is enough enough and keep crazy heather on we love her.and build the quqatermaine family back up to where it should be not fuax ones like kiki ava franco bring celia and her family back loved sherlyn wolters she was a fan favorite . and sean and tiffany to back for Felicia and macs weedding and let georgie visit her mom Felicia those sceces would be heart breaking Felicia should be front and center on the show. have her work with anna or sam or alexis .

  • JayTN

    robert sprague…”Katie” is not an ABC show. It is an ABC production. “Katie” predominantly airs on ABC affiliates across the country, but also airs on a few NBC affiliates as well (and maybe even CBS, Fox, or CW affiliates).

    It is the exact opposite of “Oprah”, which was a CBS production (due to the fact that CBS owned the distributor King World Productions), yet it aired mostly on ABC affiliates. Soap fans even mistook this fact to mean that Oprah “worked” for ABC. In my local market, “Oprah” never aired on the ABC affiliate. It aired on the local NBC affiliate before moving to the CBS affiliate.

    Mike…I have not heard anything about the GMA spin-off being revived, but if it is, it could air at 9:00 AM after the regular GMA ends; a format similar to the Hoda/Kathie Lee hosted fourth hour of “Today” which is treated as a separate entity by the network and by Nielsen in the ratings.

  • 02Justin10

    These numbers do not surprise me at all…as a mostly AMC and OLTL fan, even I can tell when Ron C. and Frank V. are only tending to a select few characters on the show. Usually I let GH play on Soapnet in the morning while I am getting ready for work, (Becuase I don’t watch on ABC.) and since Alderson, Easton and Howarth have returned…their characters have been given the spotlight and their stories are the bulk of the show…and I wonder why they are now putting so much time into them 3 (and the people around them) when GH has 30+ people on contract and another 25+ recurring characters. Just like other people have mentioned, you never see Monica anymore…how about Lucy, Tracy, or even Mac? The way I see IT right now, Ron C. and Frank V. are busying playing with Kiki, Silas, Franco, Patrick & Sabrina and heck, Felix and his sister are getting more airtime than anyone else…and obviously it isn’t working for them…and I have no real idea on how they could fix it. (Even if they wanted to.)

    And Mike, to be honest…I was quite surprised at the quality of the eps of AMC and OLTL that were shown on OWN yesterday…and that’s odd because I do not recall any technical/quality issues while I’ve been watching them online for the past couple months…

  • Mike

    Jay TN — I heard the rumors last week. I would doubt that our affiliate would ever give that time slot back to ABC as they have aired Live there for years right after GMA and always boast about how well it does. It is one of the few shows that our affiliate ever really talks about in the local papers.

    I heard the rumor tossed around for the last several weeks on a few boards in random threads here and there. Not sure how much credence to put to any of them as they are those that clearly state they are rumors heard from friends, and so on.


    As to those bringing up the time slot. If the time slot was a problem the ratings decline would have begun in September when they moved. Instead of going down GH went up in September when they switched time slots. The time slot seemed like a good move for them as they kept on that ratings upward trend through January.

    As to ABC ever moving it back there it is highly doubtful that will ever happen. ABC gave that slot to the affiliates. And it is very rare that affiliates ever give back a time slot once they get it.

    Very few of the stations are actually carrying Katie in that time slot anyway. I have read of many who said Katie is airing an hour later.

    Our ABC affiliate doesn’t carry Katie either. They carry 2 other talk shows…not even sure which ones now. I think one of them is Dr. Phil.

    Katie airs on our NBC affiliate after either Maury or Dr. Oz. I forget which one.

  • Mike


    I have not watched every single episode of either AMC or OLTL online but when I did I never noticed any technical issues. But some of the scenes on OWN were just grainy.

    I have been reading at SON in particular that many were seeing the same issues through HULU and esp. Canadian residents said they were seeing them when it aired in Canada on FX.

    They really need to fix that if they get a deal to air them full time. In this day and age of HD TV’s and such many will see them as cheap.

  • robert

    What has happened to GH. Ever since the 50th its turned into garbage. Days holding steady, my favorite soap right now. How about The Bold And The Beautiful under 1 million viewers to Y&R, will it challenge it for number one. I think GH needs to move back to its old timeslot. Days, GH and The Talk are all on in the same timeslot. It looks like GH viewers are now turning to Days.

  • Dee

    moshane are you related to FV or RC? You always praise them when there is no reason to. Alderson, Howarth and the god-awful Easton must go. They aren’t what made GH popular or a household name. They have been on less than 2 years and they have ate the screentime up like Pacman characters. They are not needed. RC and FV wanted them back so bad they would get a lawsuit against them to keep them. Yuck.

    And yes RC is out of control on Twitter, even cursing at fans and trolling hashtags. he’s a MoRon!

  • Matt

    GH is such a pathetic mess right now. FV/RC and about 10-15 useless, boring, repetitive, one-dimensional characters need to be given the pink slip from this show otherwise its days are numbered. There are simply too many characters interacting on the canvas and behaving so idiotically it makes you wonder if this show is being written by a second grader. It is all a bunch of campy, predictable, recycled nonsense and it should be surprising seeing as though the kings of campy nonsense run the show. All RC does is recycle the same old ridiculous story lines over and over again from his days at OLTL. If ABC doesn’t dispense with these two hacks soon the writing is on the wall for GH. And it says “cancellation.”

  • JayTN

    Matt…I remember reading on this board a few months ago that Ron Carlivati has a not-so-nice nickname, Rerun Ron. ;-)

    If the ratings continue to decline, or even stay where they are now, ABC should dispose of Ron and/or Frank. If the network allows them to stay in place, the conspiracy theories will start that ABC is “sabotaging” GH and allowing Ron and/or Frank to trash the series and give the network justification to cancel it.

    I wonder whatever happened to that “shocking” head writer change rumor that was making the rounds a few weeks back (right after Prospect Park dumped the head writers of AMC and OLTL). The rumor spreader specifically said that it had nothing to do with the firings at AMC and OLTL. Some people thought that “Days” may be dumping their new writers, but I wonder if ABC was readying the walking papers for Ron and/or Frank and the rumor mongers jumped the gun?

  • Jojo

    GH is a sinking ship. Frank and Ron think they can put whatever they want onscreen and fans will stick by. This proves it is not the case. Some people blame the OLTL3 but the bottom line is poor writing. Give me well written storylines and I’m a happy viewer. I will never understand why they thought bringing Franco back would be a good move. I feel sorry for RH – no one could save this character.

  • LukeNoahFan

    Oh, the anti-soaps lobby is doing what they can best and spamming another thread with their aggressive propaganda again.

    Even in a week with weaker ratings, GH is still getting much better numbers than the cheap shows ABC put on after killing OLTL and AMC.

    GH is still up considerably from last year and has a season average (2.2 households total and 1.2 women 14-49) that ALL the cheap game and talk shows ABC and CBS put on after killing our soaps can only dream of.

    So, don’t overstep the mark, “cheapest programs we can fool the viewers with” lobby spammers!

    ALL soaps are on a huge upward trend and having much better numbers than the crap same people are promoting here!

  • Joe

    Ron Carlivati has become out of control. Even the die hard fans who supported him before are getting upset with him. Any criticism he gives on twitter is responded to with insults from him and he makes comments along the lines that he knows what is best for GH. Well if the people stop watching and even the nutso supporters of RC/FV are not getting upset with the show not a good sign.

    I don’t think ABC will step in at all, if the show tanks they can simply be rid of soaps altogether.

    As for the quality of AMC/OLTL on OWN there were parts were it looked like you were watching a stream from a computer and just didn’t look that great. My cable system only carries OWN in Standard Def no HD for that channel so I can only iamgine how bad it looked in HD.

    Anyone who thinks that the soaps are in good shape is only fooling themselves. Some have ups from the last couple of years but not that significant and the bottom 2 shows seem to gain and lose viewers.

  • PatF

    I have never watched either show…but’s it’s interesting to see how RC was treated like a God by OLTL viewers, and he’s being panned all the time now on GH.

    If he was truly that great, wouldn’t he be able to transfer his “talent” to any show.

    Think of Douglas Marland, and Bill Bell.

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