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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
carol wilson

yaaaaaay gh is doing good things loving it

Lainey
Lainey

Is that Robert Kelker Kelly playing Stavros Cassadine?

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

yes, that is RKK portraying Stavros

Kevin
Kevin

Yes

Kristy
Kristy

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

jimh
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
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
jimh

Exactly!!!

aria
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
heidi

Way to go GH!!!

su0000
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
su0000

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

Deborah
Deborah

Well said su0000, I agree 100%!

su0000
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
ethel

i think it’s just awesome! go gh!

Sarah White Sees
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
tarlyfan

congrats to everyone at GH!

10261991des
10261991des

Sounds pretty Awesome to me!!!

Rock On ~~~

Lawrence
Lawrence

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

Glen
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
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 can miss a week’s worth of shows and they are pretty much be on the same page as when I left. I seriously don’t know if the GH can keep up this pace, but if networks want their soaps to succeed invest in the writing that is where the real gold is.

Patricia
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
Kristy

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

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Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

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So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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In the just released promo from ABC,  Obrecht needs to be stopped, depending on who you are rooting for, that is.  We see her smash Franco (Roger Howarth) in the head from behind on the docks to keep him from uncovering what she has been up to.  Then, it looks as if Obrecht is holding what looks to be a molotov cocktail! “You have come to the end of the road,” she wildly tells Peter.

Nina attempts to stop her, but it’s too late,  Next thing you know the cabin is engulfed in flames? Who will get out of there alive?

Watch the promo below and then let us know, what you hope happens via the comment section below.

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