Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Up in Total Viewers, 'Young & the Restless' & 'Bold & the Beautiful' Up in Women 18-49 Viewers

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August 19th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

August 5-August 9, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,520,000 (-172,000/+206,000)
2. B&B 3,445,000 (-152,000/+277,000)
3. GH 2,460,000 (+19,000/+144,000)
4. DAYS 2,396,000 (-60,000/—-)

1. Y&R 3.3/10 (-.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.1/+.2)
3. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/—-)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 786,000 (+3,000/-13,000)
2. B&B 667,000 (+30,000/+49,000)
3. GH 577,00 (-4,000/-22,000)
4. DAYS 526,000 (-18,000/—-)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.0/7 (same/same)
3. GH 0.9/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (-.1/—-)






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.

  • James

    Y&R is also up in W18-34 viewers and ratings. Nice to see GH up.

  • Pro Wings

    Another good week for the soaps, the most impressive thing is these year-to-year gains for each soap even though DAYS was even with last year although that’s a good thing too. As long as there’s no sharp declines like we were seeing for years from the soaps. The bleeding has finally stopped for each soap. It took 15-20 years but the bleeding has finally stopped.

    Can’t wait to see AMC and OLTL’s ratings from this past week to see if they gained or dropped.

  • Mike

    So The Chew actually slightly beat GH in Total Viewers this week. And The Chew was up 100,000 in 18-49 female viewers from the year before and now just 100,000 behind GH in the 18-49 female viewers.

    These are from The Chew press release showing the year ago and this year ratings for The Chew:

    “The Chew” surged by double digits year to year for the 3rd consecutive week across target demos, including by 28% in Total Viewers (2.49 million vs. 1.94 million), by 42% in Women 18-49 (477,000 vs. 337,000) and by 42% in Women 25-54 (615,000 vs. 434,000).

    I would have never believed any of that with The Chew. I thought it would do okay but ABC I’m sure is satisfied enough with it that it is safe for now.


    Nice to see Y&R and B&B up in the 18-49. I was hoping to see them gain in total viewers this week. Two weeks in a row down is not good.

    And Days wasn’t even with last year — it didn’t air last year. This was still during the weeks of the Olympics.

    Sad to see Days go down another week too. It was really showing so much momentum in June and early July.

  • lampshade

    Good to see BB up in key demo. I have been really enjoying BB lately and would have liked to have seen an increase in viewers. Concerned about DOOL shedding viewers for the second week. When you have ratings at that level they cannot be complacent. DOOL has been focussing on the younger set of characters which is fine but they need to be compelling. JJ baking some dope-filled donuts and Theresa being bratty doesn’t hold my attention for long. There is potential there but not with current storylines. Tired of seeing Rafe in that hospital bed-seriously it has been over a month now!

  • Chris

    Folks, no matter how you try to spin it, these numbers for GH are still nothing great. Yes, it’s up slightly in total viewers from last year, but that just shows how poor the ratings were a year ago. Plus, it’s actually down in women 18-49, which is what networks use in daytime to set higher advertising rates and pay the bills. Soap operas, of course, need more viewers for that demo to generate more ad revenue and offset the high costs that go into producing them. I don’t know for sure, but I think that ABC (and other networks) look at quarterly numbers (not week by week) when analyzing ratings for soaps. This is probably a snapshot of what they’d see, more or less.

    Since The Chew is on the rise, pulling very close to GH in total viewers and is now roughly 100K behind GH in women 18-49 viewers, you can conclude from the outside that ABC overall is probably getting much more bang for their buck from The Chew than from GH (without having access to the exact financial figures, of course.) You have to remember that talk shows are much cheaper to produce than soap operas and have much more leeway with their numbers in terms of profitability. Some fans may roll their eyes at that, but it’s a major factor as we’ve seen.

  • Mike

    Chris The Chew beat GH in Total Viewers this time — 2.49 to 2.46.

    And as I said above The Chew is up over 100,000 in the key demo from last year. Very few shows grow that much in the key demo these days.


    As to Days I wonder when NBC will making it’s decision on Days fate. It would have been nice for the show if it had been when Days seem to be on a roll.

    I had a thought the other day when thinking about Days production schedule, if Days got cancelled without a decent amount of notice from NBC the show could actually tape it’s last show and not realize it. That is the biggest danger of that type of schedule. It is cheaper, but it really hurts in altering story and the like.

  • Derrick

    Wow DAYS………….Really would like to see them up!
    Y&R and B&B will go up especially Y&R with Mrs. C’s death!

  • Bexx

    LOL at the person above pretending to be me, I guess I must have really hurt someone’s little feelings if they are this desperate to fake me. People really need to work on their revenge tactics.

    Congrats to Y&R! Finally nice to see them go up in the 18-49 and again this week they are up in total viewers.

    Sadly whatever momentum DOOL had seems to have flat-lined.

  • Jo

    I think Days will survive until the 50th anniversary, after that maybe not. Hope so, I’m a long time viewer and would miss it.

  • Bexx

    Sorry to disappoint hun, but anyone who knows my posting style knows I don’t call out people by name, nor do I post about BB, other than to say congrats when their ratings are up. IF you were paying attention then you would know the same person faked me yesterday on the ratings thread from last week. I could care less about BB and it’s fans.

  • Chrisann D

    Good for the soaps. Any increase is a positive.

    On another subject…..will the real Bex please stand up?

  • Michele

    Wow the Chew beat GH and Days in total viewers. Is that a first for that show?

  • Bexx

    Meh, it’s likely one of the users who often preach about forum decorum, who’s too afraid to tell me what they really think of me. Funny thing is I never say B and B. This person should at least research my previous comments.

  • PatF

    Remember that CBS is blacked out for almost 3 mil viewers…so that definitely had some type of impact on the ratings for last week.

    Even with that the CBS were the only ones up in that crap “demo” people always refer to.

  • jonboyelk

    OMG! Not two Bex’s!!!! I can barely handle one! This feels like a recurring nightmare!!!!! Where’s Sean touting GH being the only show to have a positive total viewer gain? C’Mon, Sean, piss off the Bexx clones!!!!

  • Heather

    What’s with all this incessant Chew vs GH debate going on here.

    From the perspective of things it seems that ABC is actually committed to both shows and that neither one of them are going anywhere, at least not in the foreseeable future. So this comparison of The Chew to General Hospital is pretty much outdated and obsolete as far as I’m concerned. This discussion may have had its relevancy last year when both shows along with The Revolution were fighting for a spot in the Fall 2012 schedule. But now, this is old news.

  • Heather

    No Michele. This is not the first time that The Chew has beaten General Hospital or Days of Our Lives in total viewers, although this happens quite rarely (usually during Thanksgiving and Christmas time, for obvious reasons).

  • Mike

    Since this is a RATINGS site where numbers are supposed to be discussed then no discussion of numbers in regards to shows is irrelevant.

    Especially when recently certain posters always seem to boast how the soaps are killing the replacement shows.

    We are not discussing which show is more entertaining or which is better but we are discussing the numbers.

    And sorry but in actual reality my bet is for the time being all 3 of ABC’s shows are safe but none of them are completely safe. If ABC finds a winning program they think will do better any of them could go. Esp. if that show is cheaper to produce.

  • JayTN

    Bex/Bexx…a good way to try and discourage someone from “hijacking” your identity is to attach a photo. It’s not a fool-proof method, but it can make it more difficult to try and steal or defame another person by using their forum name.

    As for the GH/”Chew” debate, from time to time, people will wonder how the soaps are doing compared to other daytime programs, such as the CBS game shows or the talk shows. The ratings for non-soaps in daytime is really hit and miss. Unless a network puts out a press release, it is often difficult to know what the ratings for shows like “Let’s Make a Deal”, “The Talk” or “The Chew” are…which makes it more difficult to know how the perform on a weekly basis. Just because one person views the debate as “outdated” or “obsolete” doesn’t make it so. I don’t see anything wrong with comparing one soap to another or one soap to a talk show or a game show as they all air during the “daytime” schedule.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I know it’s only been one episode so far, but I am seriously not impressed with the Katherine situation. Why are they making this so complicated? Postcards from everywhere, a massive thunderstorm, cell calls being constantly interrupted, Jill having that chill come over her — all combined with the dumbest lines ever — like Esther saying her chill wasn’t due to the weather because she had already closed the windows. Seriously? What upscale home, and a mansion at that, is going to have windows open in August????….. I just keep having this vision of Katherine being laid to rest beside Phillip II at the Chancellor estate (they’ve shown that headstone since 1975) and while everyone’s seated outside (with a beautiful outdoor set design to look like the grounds of an estate), they could zoom in on the characters’ faces while each one has a lovely flashback of Katherine at some point in the show’s history. It could be done so easily, but I am continually and constantly disappointed with the vision that this current head team has with this show since the end of last year. I’ll keep watching….

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