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.

  • Mike

    As to the GH hate/non-hate talk, it does get any more blown out of proportion than that for any other soap opera.

    I have seen people come to blows and be banned from boards over fights over Days of Our Lives and Young & the Restless. People say bad things about them all the time.

    Go over to Daytime Royalty sometime which is basically a Days of Our Lives board. Read some of those threads. Often it is like the people in there aren’t even watching the same show the opinions on it vary so much.

    I love Y&R and there are awful things said about it on the board. But that is people’s right.

    Fans need to ignore it, accept it as someone’s opinion that is different than theirs, or just stay away from message boards — or only visit those boards that are love boards if they can’t handle criticism.

    What I find funny is that most of those who pull out the hater name or get so upset about someone saying something negative about their show — are often the ones who criticize other shows the worse.

    Every show has fans who absolutely love it, fans who love part of it but not all, fans who don’t like anything at that point, and so on.

    I love Y&R … it is my show … but not at any point since it’s beginning have I liked every part of it. And I stand by my right to say so if I don’t like something. And just because I don’t like something that is going on with the show does not mean I am not a fan … no matter what Ron Carlavati and some fans on the internet say. And I am definitely not a hater just because I don’t buy everything the writers and producers of Y&R feed me. What that makes me is a human being.

  • Jeff

    Just read Kimberly McCullough is coming back to GH for an extended stay. That’s awesome, and almost a guaranteed ratings raiser. Bye-bye Sabrina. Hopefully they will be getting rid of her shortly thereafter to make room in the budget!

  • CS’ Revenge

    @ Mike

    I don’t think anybody can criticize P&P for the way the contracts were setup before they got their television deal. I’m referring more to what they need to do now that both shows are on television and restructure the contracts in favor on the television side.

    @ Jeff

    That’ll be a good thing for GH, she did help bring the ratings up during her stint during Novembers sweeps last year. She is a huge fan favorite on the show and I know viewers will love to see her on an extended stay.

    As far as Sabs goes she’s gotten a little popular through her relationship with Patrick but she’s going to need to go in a new direction. The real star to me is Britt I can’t wait to see her spats with Robin. I’m sure GH is going to cut some dead weight in order to make room financially for this type of move.

  • Jeff

    Let’s hope the dead weight involves Silas and Franco. I am actually fine with Kiki. They just have way too many actors on right now. Not enough stories for them all.

  • Bexx

    I actually commend GH for bringing back Kimberly Mccauley, but I wonder about the rumors that were circulating this year. Previous rumors claimed that Kimberly would be back to usher out Patrick (Jason Thompson) in the fall. I hope it’s true, because talent like JT shouldn’t be wasted at GH.

    Also, I’m so happy that Y&R tapped Robert Gant to play Mitchell’s son. Loved him on QAF, but god do I wish it was Gale Harold, I would have shed a tear had it been.

  • Joe S

    Great news that Kimberly Mccullough is returning as Robyn.

    It has been confirmed by the GH producers that she has signed a contract and is going to be there for an extended period of time, which is even better news. This should give GH a much needed ratings boost.

    I do wonder what the means for the actress who plays Sabrina, as it pretty much eliminates her from a storyline. I am sure Britt will be around to be a thorn in the side of Robyn and Patrick but it really makes you wonder where that leaves Sabrina.

    @Mike while agree people should learn to ignore as you said in your own post people can post their dislike for the show just like people can post their dislike for people disliking a show. It works both ways. The only time it becomes an issue is when people start making personal attacks at others.

    As for the term hater if you notice someone always responds when someone accuses them of being a hater. Guess what much like Mike said if you just learn to ignore it then you don’t play into that person’s comment. But it is certainly your right to respond to it.
    Sadly Jeff I wish they were getting rid of Roger Howarth as Franco but considering the executive producer and writers fondness for the actor, doubt that will happen.

    At least there has been far less of Franco

    As far as the hate trashing of shows, this and other boards have always been that way, always will be. I do think sometimes certain people go more out of there way to do it, because they want the attention and they know comments like that will get them a response. Gotta love the internet and the keyboard commandos

  • jonboyelk

    To the contrary, I would think Robins return would create great story opportunity for both Sabrina and Britt.

  • Mike

    Joe S.

    I don’t believe in personal attacks either. And it is those that will definitely get a rise out of people and cause them to respond. And hater unfortunately is the easiest personal attack you can throw at someone. And that is why so many love to use it because it will cause a rise.


    As to the contract thing with K Mc. I would so love to tune in to see this play out with Robin and Patrick, but I just don’t trust Ron C. to do it properly. Patrick and Robin are the last couple on GH I even care about.

    I just wonder if Kimberly got a lot of outs to continue her directing career. Or if she is just choosing to give that up for now.

  • Joe S

    I was wondering the same thing I imagine they worked some deal out that will give her a schedule to work off and on. Unless she has a break in her directing schedule.

    Regardless they chose the perfect time just as the fall season kicks off to give the show a boost with her return

    I guess this whole revelation of her return is a Soap Opera Digest exclusive so not a whole lot more will be known until they run the full story next week.

  • Mike

    With Frank V. saying that the show keeps getting hit by cuts I can’t imagine that Kim Mc will be staying long unless someone else is leaving the show soon.

    I know that the girl who plays Connie now is leaving but they also gave William DeVry a long term contract. And the girl who plays Olivia just renewed her contract. Isn’t Maura West on contract too? Or is she just short term?

    Maybe someone else is leaving soon that hasn’t been announced.

  • Joe S

    I have heard them saying they keep getting hit by cuts but yet I keep seeing new people on, and returning characters so not sure how bad those cuts have been.

  • Mike

    Joe S

    I have sometimes wondered if it is not a go to response for Frank V.

    He used money last year as a reason why someone wasn’t on at a certain time too.

    Kind of like he always said that Prospect Park wouldn’t allow him to use Kassie DePaiva the way they wanted too. But then later the whole team at ABC acted as if they never had to get permission from Prospect Park to use any of the OLTL folks.

  • Mike

    I don’t think Ron C. will be happy until he destroys OLTL — in its current incarnation. Is he just bitter that the show went on without him?

    Apparently now he has spoken out to Tonja Walker as to say he was shocked she was on there now. As if she was supposed to be loyal to him or something and not do the show without him.

    Why is he so driven to drive a wedge between fans as if he is a god and you are with him or against him.

  • Jeff

    Frank was a budget wizard at OLTL. He had a relatively big cast there too, and I read a while ago when he was on OLTL that he runs a right ship and saves in lots of places other than talent. And, he runs a great show that the talent loves working on, so they are willing to work for less, as he tries to give them time off instead and create balance for them. I can totally relate to all of that as a business owner myself. I try to never cut from from employees, and cut everywhere else first. I want my employees to be happy.

  • robert sprague

    gh better keep all its vets on the show or rating will sink lower than the titanic. send robin and Patrick away the show doent need them get rid of brad Sabina felix sean tj franco silas. cut the budget make room for Robert holly heather bobbi and lucas.more lucy laura micheal holly scott anna duke Felicia mac less sonny dante lulu kate olive.

  • Joe S

    Robert sorry but making the show all about people who are between 60 and 80 years old is not going to help the ratings at all. The vets are not the answer, have good interesting stories is

  • robert sprague

    @ joe and that is why the rating are up when the vets are on fans don’t care about useless chracthers such as most of the cast besides I didn’t say just the vets. you got lots of talent like chad duell micheal and other chracthers such as elisebeth sam molly rafe aj nicoles with talent and get it right theres no one that’s 80 on the show.. ive been watching gh for over 25 years I know my gh .so you and mike that hig the readers board get away from your computers and have a tea date. see ya.

  • Bexx

    The only ones who cry about haters are GH fans, other shows are trashed all the time and I never see the type of whining from their fans.

    LOL at the board monitors still trying to control comments, the so called ones who claimed to be above the rest, yet turn around and try to fake you to whine about bullying.

  • jonboyelk

    It was posted somewhere that it wasn’t within the budget to get Jackie Zeman back on GH but since then they’ve somehow managed to afford a horde of others. Gotta admit I was just about to give up on the show a few weeks ago but suddenly its gotten much better.

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