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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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