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

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November 8th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of October 28- November 1, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,875,000 (-44,000/+699,000)
2. B&B 3,607,000 (-62,000/+598,000)
3. GH 2,907,000 (+52,000/+207,000)
4. DAYS 2,549,000 (+44,000/+111,000)

1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/+.5)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/same)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 839,000 (+24,000/+91,000)
2. GH 748,000 (+5,000/+93,000) *
3. B&B 667,000 (-23,000/+92,000)
4. DAYS 567,000 (-16,000/-3,000)

* New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/+./1)
2. GH 1.2/8 (same/+.2)
3. B&B 1.0/7 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/same)

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.

  • Marissa

    EXCELLENT news for GH! I’m loving it.

  • DexterNY

    I am very happy for all of the shows. I can say from my experience that while I am happy for Y & R and am a lifelong viewer, I cannot understand its growing popularity. I recently switched to DAYS OF OUR LIVES and it posses all the quality and production values Y & R used to but doesn’t anymore. I wish people would give Days a try. It is a great show. Where are the ratings????

  • Shawn

    Go GH!!! SO much DRAMA!

  • Derrick

    Eventhough Y&R went down in total viewers, there were viewers that tuned in to see Delia’s memorial………….
    B&B and DAYS are getting good too!

  • DenverDean

    Y&R/B&B only slight w2w losses, but look at those Y2Y gains! Wow.

  • Sophie

    I’m loving GH and so HAPPY it’s doing so well. All the vets are on, and it’s just a good balance. The writers and actors are all doing a great job! THANKS GH!!!


    GH is doing stellar right now. Its a hot show on TV and thanks to Frank and Ron.

    No matter what JFP naysayers will say those ratings for Y&R are 700,000 higher then year before. She is doing stellar ratings for the show.

  • lll

    Rotating the storylines so that everyone gets airtime was the best move GH ever made. There’s a storyline for everyone. Thanks Ron and Frank.

  • Jeff

    Great to see all the shows up in total viewers. Very few primetime shows can say they are up in viewers or demos.

  • cc

    Great to see GH rising.

    Sad to see Days so low, but unlike GH, they continue to believe the younger crowd and not the vets and history is what viewers want to see. Too bad.

  • Bexx

    DOOL is still trying to hang on, good luck to them. And it’s always nice that GH still has something to strive for after two years. Things like this are common to us CBS viewers. Meh.

    Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

    Monday: 2.6/3,767,000
    Tuesday: 2.6/3,665,000
    Wednesday: 2.8/3,748,000
    Thursday: 2.5/3,280,000
    Friday: 2.6/3,579,000

    Monday: 1.8/2,416,000
    Tuesday: 2.0/2,700,000
    Wednesday: 2.0/2,618,000
    Thursday: 1.8/2,419,000
    Friday: 2.0/2,595,000

    Monday: 2.4/3,164,000
    Tuesday: 2.2/2,936,000
    Wednesday: 2.2/2,933,000
    Thursday: 2.2/2,767,000
    Friday: 2.1/2,737,000

    Monday: 3.6/5,113,000
    Tuesday: 3.5/4,924,000
    Wednesday: 3.6/4,721,000
    Thursday: 3.7/4,913,000
    Friday: 3.3/4,656,000

    For the SEASON September 23, 2013 through November 3, 2013

    1. Y&R 3.6
    2. B&B 2.7
    3. GH 2.3
    4. DAYS 2.0

    Women 18-49 Rating
    1. Y&R 1.4
    2. GH 1.3
    3. B&B 1.1
    4. DAYS 1.0

  • robert

    Glad to see all the soaps doing well.

  • moshane58

    Wish people would tune out reality talkers and cooking and watch Days. Great news for GH. It has been the best show in years. Ron and Frank have brung me back watching it again. It was unwatchable before they took over..Now its just great…

  • Mike


    My bet with Days is that the lack of vets in front burner stories has to do with the budget. They probably have Alfonso, Hall, etc. down to bare minimum guarantees and that is what they use them for. It is hard to do a story for them when you can’t feature them that often.

    Days has the lowest budget of all the shows and it is much cheaper for them to use newbies to get the use of more characters.

    As The World Turns did the same with many of their vets. One rumor was that some of the vets only got guarantee pay of 1 to 3 episodes a month.

  • Chris

    Wow, quite a rise for GH. It’s near 3 million viewers (could be better, could be worse). But the main key is that it’s within 100k of Y&R for tops in women 18-49 and has the highest percentage of those viewers among the four remaining soaps. That’s ostensibly enabling ABC, I’m sure, to charge more for ads and generate more revenue to offset the high costs. It’s always debatable by some as to why those numbers are targeted, but the fact is that’s what pays the bills for these shows. Say what you want about Ron C, Frank V, their staff and style, which is not every person’s cup of tea. But they’re getting the job done with entertaining stories. Now they can’t rest on their laurels. I’d be curious to know roughly what fraction of this uptick in GH’s viewership is lapsed viewers who tuned out for a while vs. entirely new viewers. I’m not sure if there’s any way to truly gauge that.

    I personally would be a little worried about Days, since it’s at the bottom of every key category. But in the end, my gut feeling is that NBC will renew it to at least take it through its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2015. We’ll see. It’s gotten this close to that milestone, so I personally don’t think NBC would drop it before that. Hopefully, it will keep chugging on and hanging in there.

  • Rob R

    DAYS is doing ok, higher than last year and now beating all the talk shows including THE VIEW in key women demographics. DAYS is actually pretty well balanced with plenty of appearances by the veterans. You have to call Alison Sweeney a veteran (20+ years) and Melissa Reeves a veteran. They are in the Top 4 actors with most appearances this year, along with James Scott and Eileen Davidson (who are certainly not newbies either).

  • Bart

    “No matter what JFP naysayers will say those ratings for Y&R are 700,000 higher then year before. She is doing stellar ratings for the show.” – JONNYSBRO

    I agree with you 100%, JONNYSBRO!! In the year since Jill Farren Phelps has taken over as EP of “Y & R”, I have enjoyed the show so much more than the convoluted mess Maria Arena Bell served to us for close to 5 years!!

    So tired of all the negativity I have read over the past year on soap opera boards like “Daytime Confidential” which is inhabited by shrieking whiny toadies (Their favorite past-time is bashing Steve Burton from GH, a show I never watched)!! JFP has done a great job, IMO. While I am sad that HW Josh Griffith has left, I will wait to see what the new HW regime of Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante bring to my beloved soap, a show I have been watching since January of 1981.

    New creative blood is always needed for a series to continue & move forward – let’s hope this momentum continues for ALL the soaps left on American Network TV.

  • James

    LOVE GH right now. The Jerome storyline is so…great, cool, and awesome. Glad to see ratings are up for it and up for all soaps from last year.

  • MBmomof3

    Happy to see all 4 shows up from last year. GH is really good in that it has balance, compelling storylines and a very talented cast. Downside – too many characters. I guess that’s a “good” problem to have, but some of my faves (hello AJ, Laura, Monica…) have disappeared without a trace. Loving DOOL. I don’t know why it doesn’t get more love from the ratings. It’s really turned around too. Better balance of storylines, characters, vets & newbies. Y&R has had some very good acting (it always does) but needs a little more balance. I still watch & enjoy it for the most part. I love drama, but it has been overwhelmingly dark. I love a good umbrella storyline (Delia’s death) as much as the next viewer, but they need to break it up a bit. I don’t watch B&B but am always happy for their fans that the show maintains its popularity and continues to grow most weeks. GO SOAPS!

  • Derrick

    Amen Bart!

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