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General Hospital 50th Anniversary Ratings: Nurses' Ball Kick-Off Scores! Key Demo Best Showing In Year and a Half!

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The numbers are starting to come in for General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary week and the kick-off to the Nurses Ball which was last Friday’s episode! And, it was all a ratings winner according to ABC!

General Hospital delivered its most-watched week in one-and-a-half years in Women 25-54 (918,000/1.5 rating – since 9/26/11), ranking a solid #2 for the week in the demo, and posting a 6-week high in Total Viewers (2.79 million – since week of 2/18/13) and 5-week high in Women 18-49 (660,000/1.0 rating – since week of 2/25/13).

In addition, General Hospital registered solid double-digit percent increases year to year across target demos, including by 25% in Total Viewers (2.79 million vs. 2.24 million), by 23% in Women 18-49 (660,000 vs. 538,000) and by 27% in Women 25-54 (918,000 vs. 722,000).  And here are some other very impressive numbers below!

* Friday’s kick-off of the ‘Nurses’ Ball’ ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in 6 weeks in Women 18-49 (718,000/1.1 rating – since 2/18/13).

* On ABC.com, the anniversary week amassed 2.1 million page views, up by a massive 77% over the prior two weeks.

* On Twitter, General Hospital was the week’s #5 most-tweeted TV series, accumulating 114,000 tweets between social activity on ABC and SOAPnet.

So what do you think about the all the numbers released from ABC on GH’s milestone celebration thus far Let us know!

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carol wilson
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carol wilson

yaaaaaay gh is doing good things loving it

Lainey
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Lainey

Is that Robert Kelker Kelly playing Stavros Cassadine?

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

yes, that is RKK portraying Stavros

Kevin
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Kevin

Yes

Kristy
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Kristy

Wasn’t that an awesome surprise?!! Love him!

jimh
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jimh

So Brian Frons, no one tunes in to soap operas anymore…? Meanwhile, why arent men included in the ratings? We watch too, and buy most of whats advertised too!! Happy for GH…but ABC have you learned anything yet?

Joe Wells
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Joe Wells

AMEN!!! By the way, it’s just proof that if you build it, they will come. Give us characters we love, stories we can get involved with, and promotion of both and the audience will tune in.

jimh
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jimh

Exactly!!!

aria
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aria

love GH no matter what. Surely the numbers help keep the show on the air, heres hoping more eye will keep tuning in to GH.

heidi
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heidi

Way to go GH!!!

su0000
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su0000

FV and RC and ”ALL” ,everybody behind the curtain, the and the actors of GH have worked so very hard to make all this happen..
It was an extraordinary on-taking/HUGE feet to accomplish..
I sincerely doubt that through this past year FV & RC have had a good nights sleep of more than 5 hrs..
They have worked endlessly to bring GH back up ..
And they accomplished their goal ….

BRAVO BRAVO !!!!

su0000
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su0000

ahaha I wrote ”feet” to be ‘feat”
(hate when that beep happens )

Deborah
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Deborah

Well said su0000, I agree 100%!

su0000
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su0000

Yes! I can’t even imagine tremendous list of things they have done and do every day..
They put in 12 to 18 hrs days..
When they sleep and relax, is beyond me..

Anyone who has worked on a work project, knows the stress, the little or sleepless nights, it is very demanding.. But- to bring a dead soap to life, bringing the vets back, for 1 on the list wow can’t imagine a day in their lives..

ethel
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ethel

i think it’s just awesome! go gh!

Sarah White Sees
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Sarah White Sees

It’s not surprising to me at all. There was so much excitement leading up to the Nurses’ Ball, and the event itself was spectacular; all three days of it. I loved everything about it, especially all the surprises. One thing that totally floored me was Britt’s announcement. I didn’t see that one coming at all. Congratulations to Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, and all the cast and crew for a job well done!!

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

congrats to everyone at GH!

10261991des
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10261991des

Sounds pretty Awesome to me!!!

Rock On ~~~

Lawrence
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Lawrence

The ratings could be higher for viewership. Gh did have 3 million during Christmas season

Glen
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Glen

Very pleased to see such good numbers for the anniversary week, which was wonderful. And the Nurses’ Ball was spectacular. I’m also enjoying this Cassadine s/l. I wasn’t watching GH during RKK’s first stint as Stavros 12 years ago, but I think that he’s doing a chillingly (pun intended) good job now. FV and RC have really made this venerable soap must-see TV. Kudos.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Everyone assumed soaps were dead, but in my opinion what was dying was good story telling. I have always maintain if soaps wrote good stories for interesting characters the viewers would be there. The reason GH numbers are improving is because of the writing and the fact the writers are smart enough not spill all their secrets before the air date. They hint, they tease, but don’t flat out spoil the surprise. What I like about GH is I am actually looking forward to each show because lately if you miss one you can miss a lot. Other soaps I… Read more »

Patricia
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Patricia

Very exciting. Kudos to Cartini! But what’s with the demographics? When will TV rating include over 55? This system is way out of touch with reality. Do they think that over 55’ers don’t buy? Ha! Big mistake leaving out this demographic in the 21st century

Kristy
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Kristy

Nurses Ball rocked!!!! Loving the show right now 🙂

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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