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

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August 23rd, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

August 12-16, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,511,000 (-9,000/+200,000)
2. B&B 3,382,000 (-63,000/+311,000)
3. GH 2,543,000 (+83,000/+80,000)
4. DAYS 2,283,000 (-113,000/-416,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (same/+.2)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/-.2)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 764,000 (-22,000/-60,000)
2. B&B 643,000 (-24,000/+17,000)
3. GH 604,000 (+27,000/+13,000)
4. DAYS 531,000 (+5,000/-52,000)

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

  • JayTN

    I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but no television series is safe, daytime or primetime. Look at all the backstage happenings at “American Idol”…judges leaving/fired, producers fired, etc…and it is watched by many more people than all the daytime soaps combined.

    Network presidents can show favoritism, but that favoritism can only go so far. There has been a classic TV story about the president of CBS canceling “Gunsmoke”, but reversing his decision after his wife complained about it (it seems “Gunsmoke” was her favorite show, a fact that this guy could not have not known). “The Good Wife” is often called Les Moonves’ darling. Unfortunately for the daytime soaps, the head of daytime programming does not have the final say in whether or not a soap is canned. That decision ultimately lies with the network president. ABC’s new daytime chief (I believe Vicki Dummer is her name) may go to bat for “General Hospital”, but that doesn’t mean her boss is going to go along with it.

    I also believe the cancellations of AMC and OLTL have been blown out of proportion. With all the talk about soap fans boycotting the network, ABC’s ratings don’t seem to show any direct evidence that a boycott is causing them any harm. The twin cancellations may have dominated the soap media, but the entertainment media at large barely took notice other than to mention the actual cancellation. The ratings on OWN, which are better than when they started, seem to suggest that this groundswell of support for the soap genre is not materializing.

  • J

    Days shouldn’t be surprised by the total numbers of viewers for the week.Kristen thinking she might be pregnant,how funny was that?Sami’s trial is dragging along.What Stefano tried to do that topic is disgusting.Looking foward to the tribute shows on Y&R.Also looking foward to the sweeps for all the soaps.

  • Nick

    Folks, no matter how far you reach to spin it, these numbers for GH are just still NOT great. GH’s ratings are not going to drop every single week of the year, and being up from last year only illustrates how pathetic the numbers were one year ago. I’m not impressed at all. Hmm, where are those certain people who kept boasting on here that GH was well on its way to getting over 3 million viewers?

    Yes, GH has improved a bit in the last couple of weeks, but it still needs a lot of work in many places. The show is still NOT “SO SO amazing”-LOL. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but your cheerleading/shilling toward the show is over the top and nauseating, IMO.

  • Derrick

    DAYS, what’s going on with you now? We need you guys to rise in ratings! Y&R will increase big time with Katherine Chancellor’s death now being announced! B&B should increase also!

  • Mike


    I hope the stories pick up that are promised with Katherine’s death.

    I have been utterly bored with the show for about two weeks. And I usually don’t mind slow stories, but nothing right now is making me want to tune in. I just watch because I always have.

  • Mike

    Wow Charlie Sheen just Tweeted something about Days firing Chandler Massey. Wonder if he knows what he is talking about? I thought I had read he wanted to leave.

    But Massey also Tweeted that he has finished taping already which according to some sources it is 3 months before his contract was up.

    Soap Opera Digest is confirming he is gone and that Days has already recast the role.

    Maybe they knew he was leaving and didn’t want to wait.

  • James

    @Mike – PP announced season 2 of AMC and OLTL. No other legit news, just rumors the cast and crew are on contract til Jan 2014. And other rumors that Sept, not Aug is new start date. Wouldn’t be shocked to see a cut in episodes ordered for OLTL. AMC simply does much better on Hulu.

  • Mike

    Yes James it is all just rumors and yes they announced a season 2 but there was no date.

    They also had announced at one time that there wouldn’t be seasons too. And that August was supposed to be when they started production again.

    So without real dates it is still all up in the air with their track record.

  • Sophie

    I’m over the moon for GH… It’s been so good. I LOVE all the vets back
    on. And I’m loving the OLTL actors in there new parts now! Love Luke being
    on in the summer for a change! I’m lovin GH!!!!!!!

  • JayTN

    Mike…I don’t think Charlie Sheen is a really reliable source. If Chandler Massey wanted to leave in order to pursue college, as has been rumored, and with almost all colleges starting their fall courses in August or September, perhaps Massey asked to be released early so that he could devote his full attention to his studies.

    Perhaps Charlie Sheen should worry about his own tattered reputation and sagging career instead of worrying about what a talented, up and coming actor has departed from a daytime soap (a soap that is watched by more people than Sheen’s FX sitcom “Anger Management”, by the way).

  • Jeff

    Chandler Massey is out at Days of Our Lives effective immediately per Soap Opera Digest. They found a replacement for him.

  • Derrick

    Hey Mike.
    Yes, the storyline has been a bit boring but now with the death of Mrs. C, it’s slowly picking up especially with Nikki and Jill!

  • Mike

    Jay-TN — I am not sure what Sheen’s connection is to Massey but after Massey won the Daytime Emmy he congratulated him on Twitter then. They are some type of friends. I know Sheen’s Tweet really blasted the Days producers. Maybe Massey didn’t inform him he wanted out on his own. Probably one of Sheen’s drunken Tweets again. LOL


    Derrick — It is not just the Mrs. C. death story that I find slow. It is all the stories. There is just nothing on the show right now that makes me want to rush home to watch the show. I guess most of it is just some of the couples involved in the stories I am just bored with for now.

    I am really intrigued by the hint of a story for Nikki from Mrs. C.’s death.

  • Mike

    Oh for those who love the cable numbers, etc. There is a new article on this site that has a chart that shows how many homes and percentages of homes that each of the cable stations is in how.

    Check it out.

    Here are the ones with soap opera on them:

    OWN — 83,261,000 homes & 72.91%
    TVGN — 77,294,000 homes & 67.68%
    Soapnet — 66,352,000 homes & 58.10%

    The article says these are not how many homes that it is available to but actually how many homes actually have those stations.

    From looking at the chart OWN is in a lot more houses than I ever imagined.

  • PatF

    Even though I’ll continue to complain about JFP…I’m enjoying YR right now.

    I think Josh’s writing, while sometimes slow, is soooo much better than MAB.

    Josh’s writing is grounded more in reality, which is true to YR’s history, while Maria used some stunt storylines and plot driven tales too much for me. She had some good stuff, and also a lot of crap.

    I’ll take slow over squirrel heads and crop dustings any day.

  • Mike

    Pat F — I don’t mind slow. William Bell was slow but it was interesting. But mostly it was about characters that you loved too. So many of the characters — even Victor and Nikki — have just had so much damage done to them by previous regimes I just can’t get excited about them anymore.

    Just like this week I was supposed to care about Nick and Sharon possibly getting back together and the conflict there. But I just wasn’t. I just don’t care about them anymore.

    As far as Josh G. if you believe the things Braedan said in his interview this week, his sudden departure really left the show in a bind. It makes me wonder who is writing the show until they find a replacement.

  • JayTN

    Mike…if the truth is known, Charlie Sheen and Chandler Massey have probably never met in person. Maybe Sheen thinks “Days” airs on CBS and was trying to tweak the home of his old “Two and a Half Men” series which was instrumental in getting rid of him. Massey’s own statements about leaving “Days” indicates no animosity, or perhaps Massey just has more tact (and sense) than the often talk-first-think-later Sheen.

    Winona H – Kansas…I’ve not heard anything about changes at ABC Daytime, but I would be truly shocked if either AMC or OLTL made a return to the network.

  • Chris

    @Winona H-Kansas

    I have no idea what you could be referring to, but AMC and OLTL are almost certainly NOT coming back to ABC. That ship has sailed. Please come back to reality and move on already. Besides, where would ABC put them on the schedule?

    The View, of course, isn’t going anywhere. Then, from 1-3 pm/ET, The Chew has been roughly on par with the numbers from AMC’s final year on ABC at a fraction of the cost, and GH is assured of staying on ABC for at least one more season. Plus, ABC last fall gave away GH’s former longtime time slot (3 pm/ET) to local affiliates for many to air Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show there. In other words, the ABC network no longer programs that hour. And rarely, if ever, do affiliates give back time slots to the network once they’re given those hours. It almost 100% ain’t happening.

  • Mike

    It would really put many of the affiliates in a bind if they did give ABC back that slot.

    Just like the station in Vegas that can’t get rid of The Doctors yet. With the syndicated shows they have to sign contracts for so many seasons. So they have to honor those contracts. The station in Vegas has already announced that when the contract with The Doctors runs out then it will be replaced too.

    I have heard nothing about a shake up. Hard to even say what they would consider a shake up.

    Of course if it is true I am sure that Nelson Branco will come out after the fact and say he knew about it but couldn’t say anything. This week after Grant Aleksander broke the news in an interview that Paul Rauch was working on reviving Guiding Light before he died, Nelson Branco said he knew about it before Rauch died but couldn’t say anything. He is such an attention seeker.

  • JayTN

    Winona H – Kansas…I’m going to go ahead and say it (some people are probably thinking it), but your last comment gave away any credibility you may want or have. How do you go from “reading” on Entertainment Tonight about an ABC Daytime shake-up to now being “good friends” with soap actors? That’s quiet a big leap isn’t it?

    I’m now quiet positive that Labor Day – or the week after – will quietly pass without any scheduling shake-ups announced. Kind of how that “shocking” head writer shake-up never came to pass (if this story was about Kay Alden leaving B&B, I’m sorry, I don’t consider that “shocking”).

    I’ve never understood why people claim to have “friends” who work on a soap or TV show. While I’m sure actors and crew members do have friends who frequent blogs and websites, but I’m always a bit skeptical when people start throwing around these “friendships”. With that said, I do look forward to your “updates” Winona.

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