Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' Hits Six Year High in Total Viewers

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December 9th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of November 25-27, 2013

Note: All soaps were preempted on November 28 & 29

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,165,000 (+547,000/+789,000) *
2. B&B 3,867,000 (+163,000/+587,000)
3. GH 3,299,000 (+522,000/+548,000) ** <—- 6 year high
4. DAYS 2,724,000 (+102,000/+387,000)

* New high for JFP/Altman regime
** Highest since January 21-25, 2008
** New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime

1. Y&R 3.6/11 (+.3/+.3)
2. B&B 2.7/8 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 2.5/7 (+.3/+.5) * <—- 6 year high
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (+.1/+.3)

* Last time at 2.5: January 14-18, 2008


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 855,000 (+4,000/+93,000)
2. GH 774,000 (+30,000/+133,000) *
3. B&B 653,000 (-25,000/+32,000)
4. DAYS 596,000 (-23,000/+12,000)

* Highest since August 15, 2011

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

  • Mike

    The only network that could even really put anything on though would be NBC and even it would be questionable.

    I don’t see ABC or CBS doing anything with their schedules.

    CBS consistently puts all of their daytime lineup in the top 5 shows of daytime from time to time. Even Let’s Make A Deal now gets over 3 million viewers each week. And they have consistently said that they are making more money now than did when they had the 4 soaps.

    ABC only has 3 hours. At this point they would be stupid to cancel The Chew or GH when both are up and rising. The Chew is up double digits even in demos over last year and now hitting over 3 million.

    The View is questionable. IF it doesn’t pick up I could see them cutting it. But that time slot has not had a successful soap opera since the 80s. Even then it wasn’t great. Many shows faltered there on all 3 networks. It has traditionally been better suited for talk and game shows going all the way back to the 70s.

    ABC have given everything after GH to the affiliates, and it just hardly ever happens that affiliates give back a timeslot. They may get some back and schedule a show in that time slot, but a show has a rough hill to climb when most of the affiliates wouldn’t even be carrying it.

    NBC would have to cancel either Days or part of the Today show to launch a new show. I don’t see them doing either right now. And it would be a shame to lose Days just to have back another cancelled soap opera or a new one.

    I think soap fans just need to be patient. Things run in cycles. Game show fans had to wait for years to see game shows revived. Sitcom fans did too. They were virtually dead for several years until The Cosby Show revived them.

    Let the 4 shows remaining build. Let the kinks work out for the new medium of the Internet and streaming. Remember the way things were going it looked like we weren’t going to have any left. They are recovering for now. Bringing back a show is only going to put another show in competition with the one or maybe two of the four. That will take viewers away, plus it will burden the networks with more expense. And they will just take that out on the budgets of the other soaps.

    Let them build and enjoy the ones we have left. Just be thankful that for now it doesn’t look like we are going to lose anymore for awhile. We have to decide what is more important….keeping the ones we have now or putting them at risk just to bring back a show that may end causing us to lose even more.

  • jonboy

    I’ve given up trying to understand daytime ratings. They crash one week, then soar the next.

  • johnnytuffguy

    I am glad all of the soaps are on the upward trend rating wise. Especially The Bold and the Beautiful, which I follow the most, and General Hospital since many One Life to Live actors joined the show. And I do not know if anyone mentioned it here before but episodes of General Hospital are available on Comcast On Demand under ABC.

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