'General Hospital' Soars to Near 6-Year High in Total Viewers and Over 2-Year High in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54,

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December 6th, 2013


via press release:

“The Chew” Delivers Milestone 3 Million Total Viewers,

Powered by Wednesday’s Thanksgiving-Eve Series High  


“General Hospital” Soars to Near 6-Year High in Total Viewers

and Over 2-Year High in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54,

Pacing for its Best Season in Seven Years in Total Viewers


“The Chew”:


The go-to show for holiday recipes, “The Chew soared to another weekly high in Total Viewers (3.09 million) – crossing the 3-million mark for the first time ever – with the past five weeks ranking among the show’s Top 6 weeks of all time.


In addition, “The Chew” delivered its #2 week on record in Women 25-54 (737,000/1.2 rating) and its #4 week to date in Women 18-49 (569,000/0.9 rating), posting the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast program in daytime in the target women demos.


  • Wednesday’s Thanksgiving-eve telecast, ‘The Chew’s Ultimate Thanksgiving,’ stood as the series’ #1 telecast of all time in Total Viewers (3.34 million).


  • Year to year, “The Chew” soared by 27% in Total Viewers (3.09 million vs. 2.44 million), by 32% in Women 18-49 (569,000 vs. 431,000) and by 26% in Women 25-54 (737,000 vs. 583,000).


“General Hospital”:


With mystery surrounding whether Robin is alive, the continuing manhunt for Faison and the drama around Sabrina and Patrick’s wedding, “General Hospital” generated a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.30 million) – since week of 1/21/08 – tracking for its best season in 7 yearssince the 2006/07 season.


Moreover, “General Hospital” recorded an over 2-and-a-half-year high in Women 25-54 (1.04 million/1.7 rating) and an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (774,000/1.2 rating) – since weeks of 3/21/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – ranking a strong #2 for the week in the core women measures.


  • “General Hospital” posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+20% – 3.30 million vs. 2.75 million), Women 18-49 (+21% – 774,000 vs. 641,000) and Women 25-54 (+25% – 1.04 million vs. 833,000).


Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, weeks of 11/25/13, Live + Same Day. Program rankings based on U.S. ratings and include ties. Gapped/Breakout/Specials programming excluded. 

  • chrissy

    so happy for this show… i watch old eps on youtube… pathetic i know… but i love the show…!!! ;-) jacklyn reman is my life…!!!! for real.!!!

  • TimsDale4ever

    They must be doing something right to hit 3.3 million. Congrats!

  • Joseph

    And two years ago at this time, it looked like “General Hospital” was going to get cancelled.

    Not only has “GH” survived, it’s prospered!

  • Mike

    Yessssss keep it up GH way too go Ron and frank

  • Jeff

    Way to go to the cast and crew of GH! Those episodes were spectacular!

  • Bo

    AMAZING! I watch a hell of a lot of TV, but the highlight of my schedule is GH. I’d take RC & FV’s soap over Grey’s, Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, and even American Horror Story any day! Keep on killin’ it guys and congrats!


    OMG and GH lives and will love for for awhile. Ron and frank u are killing it. The chew is doing stellar ratings now about 600000 higher then Amc on a cheaper budget. I wonder if the chew is outpacing the view.

  • rob60990

    3.3 million viewers for the week? Wow. Thats fantastic.

  • moshane58

    Go Gh. Still not understanding how people watch The chew. Each its own I guess.

  • SoapFansTogether

    Same time slot (November 25-29, 2013)

    Women 25-54: General Hospital: 1.7 — The Talk: 1.1

    Women 18-49: General Hospital: 1.2 — The Talk: 0.8

    Women 18-34: General Hospital: 0.8 — The Talk: 0.5

  • SoapFansTogether

    @moshane58: “The Chew” is only benefitting – temporarily – from GH’s enormous gains. But with considerably worse numbers in the key demos. If I were ABC, I’d rather have an afternoon of GH-like ratings, which they could, if they had made the same smart investments in AMC and OLTL!

  • Dimitrios

    the chew is GHs lead in NYC, so the chew is pulling those numbers on its own.

  • Sophie

    I’m so loving GH right now! With Robin and Patrick, they are making my heart melt again. I love how they use all the vets and it’s like old times. I really can’t wait to watch everyday… WAY TO GO GH!!!!!

  • Melanie P.

    So happy for GH! Congrats and keep it up Ron and Frank!

    I still don’t understand why some people want to complain about how well the Chew is doing either. It is a fun show. I have gotten over the fact that AMC and OLTL are no longer on but are now a part of soap history and I can also watch old eps on YouTube when I please. Just be happy that we still have GH and it is doing very, very well. :)

  • Meg

    Thank you to the actors who play Robert, Anna and Robin Scorpio. They could take their story to primetime they are so good.

  • Mike

    Melanie P.

    It is only because certain people can’t grow up. And can’t deal with reality.

    Talk shows, game shows, and soaps have existed in daytime together since the 1950s. They have each replaced each other through the years. Soaps even wiped out game shows and talk shows for awhile forcing fans of those genres to leave daytime completely.

    IN the process the networks also lost cheap ways to promote the soaps because they could no longer do so on the networks talk and game shows.

    In the 70’s and 80s when soaps were king, you constantly saw their stars paraded on the talk and game shows. Giving free publicity to those shows.

    The variety in daytime to me is good for all of them. CBS has a very consistent working lineup now. All their shows are doing well and making money for the network.

    But some fans won’t be happy until there is nothing but soap operas from sun up to sun down. And I predict if that ever happens you will see ratings fall again. I think less soaps is serving them well.

    How many soap fans complained last year when AMC and OLTL came back that they didn’t have time to keep up with all the soaps again? PP even cut AMC and OLTL back to 2 days a week because fans complained there was too much to watch each day.

  • Chris

    @SoapFansTogether (or whatever your alias is this week)

    In most markets, the hour before The Chew belongs to affiliates for local news and/or syndicated programming, so the show is getting those ratings on its own. It’s cheaper to produce than a soap, and ABC seems very happy with it so it’s not going anywhere. You may not care for it and that’s your right, but don’t spoil it for those who do. I have nothing at all against soaps and it’s nice to see GH doing well after where it was a couple of years ago. But I’m sick and tired of some soap fan commenters being so damn snooty and intolerant of anyone who has different programming tastes than them. Welcome to the world and grow up!

    Oh, and AMC and OLTL are NOT coming back to ABC. That ship has sailed. Please understand that already, cease the whining, and move on with your life already. Be happy that GH is still here and is doing well. Besides, where exactly would ABC put them even if they bought the rights back, which is rather unlikely at this point? They seem happy with their current daytime lineup, and even if Katie (a syndicated show) is cancelled, that hour will almost certainly still belong to the affiliates.

  • WingsStef

    I am so happy for General Hospital. They have expanded the story lines. They brought back family and romance. Too much mob some years ago. The mob is still there but it is no longer the only story line. Indifferent to The Chew, I don’t watch it. Usually if I have the TV on when it’s on I am watching Days of Our Lives. But, If do catch a few minutes of it, the food does look yummy.

  • moshane58

    @Mike it wasn’t fans complaining that got them cut back to two days a week. That was their excuse because they had ruin out of money and was trying to make the series last longer,So get your facts straight before you blame it on us baby soap fans. We wanted more episodes like they promised and didn’t deliver. If you would have kept up they even screwed over FX in Canada over the cut. No one was complaining and wanting less. PP just did it. They couldn’t get the investors and was slowing down hoping to find some money. Hell we all wanted five days a week and an hour episode. As for as he Chew like I said to each his own. I don’t like cooking shows. Don’t watch cooking shows on any network. So if I don’t like the greasy haired Mario that’s my choice. Wouldn’t watch it anywhere and certainly won’t watch anything Clinton Kelly is on after calling soap fan morons and turds. Wonder if the women kept that remark when he called her that for saying I like you on TLC but just rather have my soaps. Uncalled for out of him. She wasn’t even being rude to him. so forgive me Mike if I don’t like The chew and a couple host on there. We all are not as perfect as you seem to be on her all the time. PP screwed us over. We where there and backing them. And we sure in the hell didn’t want two episodes a week like they said…

  • Mike


    I am so glad that you are privy to all the facts about AMC and OLTL that no one else seems to be privy to — not even those like Debbi Morgan and Jill Larson who actually worked for them.

    None of us know what happened there and can only go by what was reported and told.

    Even the stars like Jill Larson at the time backed up what PP said about why they had to cut back. They urged fans to watch the shows quicker and not to bulk watch them on the weekends.

    I even read from many of the fans who watched the shows that said they couldn’t keep up with the shows and were watching them all on the weekends.

    And Moshane I could care less if you like The Chew or don’t like the Chew. That is your business. I don’t even watch The Chew much, but I am not going to whine about it being on. That is what my remote is for. And that is why I have seemingly a billion other options. I punch the button and change the channel if a show is on. I don’t sit around and whine about what is on. Or post on a billion message boards about a show that I could care less about.

    If you dont’ like a show then don’t watch it.

    I find it so funny that so many of you now are saying PP screwed you over when just a few months ago you were saying how happy you were with PP and beating up anyone who even had one word to say bad about them.

    PP simply found out what ABC said all along. The shows cost more money to produce than they have viewers to support them. And the reason they ran out of money to make them was simply because the viewers weren’t there. It was even reported this week in the new lawsuit that was filed that the investors are the ones that didn’t want to continue. They weren’t making money. So they weren’t going to continue sinking money into something that wasn’t making money.

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