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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Hits Five Month High in Total Viewers! Best Season In Five Years!

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Those soap opera hitmakers, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, have worked their magic on General Hospital, just as they had over at One Life to Live, if the new ratings out via ABC have anything to say about it!

As we reported a few weeks ago, GH was nearing their best season in five years and they have hit their mark!  The ratings week of September 16th-20th put GH over the top!  According to ABC, General Hospital  also delivered a 5-month high in Total Viewers (2.78 million) for the week of September 16th, and it’s best showing since the week of 4/8/13 – climbing by a solid 8% over the year ago week (vs. 2.58 million).

Then for the 2012/13 season, General Hospital recorded its biggest season in 5 years in Total Viewers (2.98 million), boasting the biggest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama (+14% – vs. 2.62 million), and was also the growth leader of the season in Women 18-34 (+35% – 253,000 vs. 187,000) and Women 18-49 (+7% – 770,000 vs. 719,000). Notably, General Hospital qualified as TV’s #1 broadcast program in daytime for the season in Women 18-34, and ranked #2 in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54.

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So fans what do you think about the resurgence of General Hospital from where it was before Frank and Ron took over?  Are you happy with General Hospital as we head into major stories for the fall and November sweeps?  And, for those GH fans, give yourselves a pat on the back for hanging in, and watching the show each day.  The support you have shown for your favorite soap is a big key to their success and survival!

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Esther
Esther

Well deserved because GH is amazing right now every sl is on fire the show is on fire can’t wait to watch the next episode everyday. Well done RC and Fv

Keith
Keith

Yes well done Ron and Frank. Well done for killing off OLTL. It’s because of them OLTL isn’t coming back. Of course GH is doing well, it’s the only soap left. What else is there on ABC, Katie?

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I believe Abc are the bad guys here, Ron and Frank wanted to go back to OLTL, And they did till PP backed out the first time, Abc knew they screwed up canceling OLTL so they had to do something to keep the fans and Make them tune into GH, I understand you being angry I feel the same way about loosing OLTL it will and is and will always be my favorite soap , But lets blame the morons who who run ABC DAYTIME they messed up the afternoons, ABC will never be the same , KEITH, Please tell me you don’t watch Katie LOL, I don’t and I won’t watch anything on ABC except for GH, Have to support the soaps.

Pat
Pat

Best news I have heard in a long time! And to think ABC was going to cancel GH. If anything they are doing far better than Katie Couric’s show. Just goes to prove what good writing, acting and directing can do for a great show like GH! Continued success!

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is so funny, because just today as I was watching GH I had the realization it has become my favorite soap. I just starting watching last Nov. so I was surprise how quickly I got addicted to it. I was never a big fan of ABC’s soaps– I was always more an CBS/NBC soap watcher.
But right now, they know how to write a soap– it is not just the stories, but the way they set them up and how they unfold them. Yes, there are dull scenes here and there, and characters I don’t love, but overall, just for entertainment value– and putting the fun back into watching a soap– GH has won my heart. Love all the soaps on some level– but right now, GH is putting the DRAMA back into Daytime.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why wouldnt we be happy…General HOTpital is on fire…great ratings(soaps CAN find an audience in daytime…Dr.O is back(my favorite character with Ava very close)…Frank and Ron…in spite of a few flaws here and there(need more vets airtime and a few less storyline repeats like Johnny…i think it was him…who pointed out recycled storylines in previous post)…are the Kings of daytime!!!

clh
clh

My wish for Novembers sweeps is to sweep Alan Quartermaine back into Port Chuck!!

And bring back Ned while they’re at it. Want the Q’s back front and center.

Joshua
Joshua

Of course they enjoyed their best season in over five years: they got rid of that show-killing witch Jill Farren Phelps.

Interestingly enough “Young and the Restless” is suffering through a tedious spell of the borings and Steve Burton overkill.

“General Hospital’s” producer loss 18 months ago, which turned out to be a positive and a step in the right direction, is “Y&R’s” LOSS big time.

MissyLady
MissyLady

Congrats to Ron and Frank, however, the show is really bloated. Do we really need all of Sonny’s exes (Olivia, Carly, Sam, and Alexis), Shawn, Rafe, Taylor, on the show and don’t even get me started on the big failure otherwise known as Todd Manning aka Franco the serial killer.

katie smith
katie smith

I’ve been watching GH since the 60’s, seen it though good and bad. My favorite was always the 80’s with Anna, Duke, Scorpio etc but this writing is measuring up to those days. I am a happy soaper. TG we have R.C & F.V and the fantastic actors and crew and the return of some of the veterans we love. The writing has been above board. I am so glad Guza the soap killer is gone, so our soap can live on.

Phil
Phil

I don’t know, I am loving DAYs just as much right now! Both shows have been great and have taken turns as my favorite from week to week. I haven’t watched GH at all this week. I watch that with my wife but she has been working later and I promised not to watch without her, but DAYs was really good again this week.

carla
carla

They are soap gods. Thank you so much

Mark
Mark

Hey ABC – maybe it’s time to create a new soap!!!

Phil
Phil

That isn’t happening anytime soon, but would be cool

TeamFranco
TeamFranco

Only on GH can we find Explosive stories and passionate beyond this world pairings
There’s a reason GH is ABC’s favorite show and this is why!
Ron and Frank although hated by some don’t let anything stop them they are the best team ever!

Jared
Jared

Great job, GH team! RC/FV have proven that lightening does strike twice. Too bad we can’t have ONE LIFE TO LIVE back with this duo of creative geniuses, who know, understand and love the genre, running both shows in a one-two afternoon punch. Love you, Queen Latifah, but we got enough talk on TV. Keep your acting and singing job and let us have our ONE LIFE/GH lineup back. Having said that, the alphabet network still sucks, as well as the peacock network, but we gotta support our stories and keep them going!

Nancy (Save Thesoaps)
Nancy (Save Thesoaps)

If abc really wants better ratings they should show it online same day.That is why everyone watches on youtube instead of abc.com or hulu. I am not going to be a day behind everyone at work, who still tape it!

mika
mika

GH is kicking ass! I’m so glad it is reflected in the ratings

Dottie C
Dottie C

BRING back OLTL and AMC! There is always viewers! I think its not the best choice to have taken them off the air in the first place. Please sign them on again as such as a mini series. it will work!

su0000
su0000

BRAVO!!!!
This past year has been thrills and suspense and heart aches and happiness!!

I love how GH is akin to real soap drama!!!
Hardly a dull moment and always looking forward to the next day/episode!

GH= FV&RC = how great soaps are written!!
Cast of the best actors and writers!!!

(GH puts Y&R to shame)

boes
boes

I’m thrilled for the show, the cast and crew.

I just wish I didn’t HATE the current show.

But no matter, the show is doing well. Storylines come and go, but hopefully GH will be around for a long time.

heidi
heidi

GH is the BESSSSST!!! Congratulations to everyone at GH!!! The best cast!!! The best soap and always has been!!! I love that my favorite soap is doing so well and I hope they keep the momentum!!! They are on fire and it should only get better and better!!! Thank you Frank and Ron!!!

JasonWho?
JasonWho?

they are doing good because;

BETTER WRITING
BETTER DISTRUBUTING OF THE CHARACTERS
AND THEY GOT SAM FATHER BACK
KMC IS COMMING BACK AND HER FATHER

NOW CAN THEY FIXED TWEENS
BY THE WAY LIZZIE HUSBAND IS COMING BACK

I HOPE JAX AND BRENDA MAKE A RETURN FOR CARLY AND SONNY

RON AND FRANK IS DOING A WONDERFUL JOB FOR GH!

Johnny
Johnny

Who is Lizzie husband?

JasonWho?
JasonWho?

johnthan jackson

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I have been most happy with the way that Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have handled GH since they took over. I know some fans were unhappy if everything didn’t go just the way they wanted, but with the exception of Steve Burton (Jason) leaving the show of his own volition , I think GH has improved immensely. I like the addition of William deVyre – think he is a terrific actor and love the way RH (Todd) has taken over as Franco. I must admit I am a big James Franco fan, and it was hard at first to get used to RH in the role, but I realize James is much too busy to come back and play the Robert Frank role he originated. I am very content with the way these writers have brought back some Vets, even if only for a short time….it gives the fans a chance to reunite with these great actors and I hope more will return to Port Charles in the future!!!!!! I appreciate the way you support our soaps, Michael, and thoroughly enjoy reading your reviews! Keep up the good work!!!!!

aria
aria

i’m so happy GH is doing great, hope they stay on track and keep showcasing their talented cast. still need some work on putting certain people more in the spotlight, i.e Rebecca Herbst, when is this girl going to be on more?

Tim
Tim

Maybe now the people saying that ABC is going to cancell GH will shut up and go away…….Oh,who am I kidding,some people aren’t happy unless they’re complaining.

su0000
su0000

They are the same people that said FV&RC would fail that they knew nothing about writing a soap and a ton more of negative complaining came from them, all their negativity and bashing was very bitter they were/are very unpleasant people LOL ..

ROCK ON GH!!!!!!!

Cathy
Cathy

I started to watch GH AGAIN about 3 weeks ago to catch up because of Robin’s return. Can’t wait to see Robin. Need to know what is going on. Can’t wait for Robin to be back with her husband and child where she belongs

Nancy
Nancy

In my entire life I have never seen anything like this. I cannot say how happy it makes me to see such a show. I have been deeply in love with Frank and Ron for years. I knew they would do this to GH. I cannot get enough of it. ABC will never cancel GH for fear of their complete and total demise. I still only watch GH. I do not like ABC in the least.

I Love GH
I Love GH

They are masters at multiple story lines, weaving stories together, and building relationships. LOVED the Sam/Patrick Cheetos scene … a great homage to the Jason/Robin relationship. It is these subtle scenes that keep stories moving forward while pleasing long-time fans. (Carly/Sonny & the medication… she brought up his grandbaby, even though it’s not hers, as a reason to take it. He listened; something only she canter him to do.)

I Love GH
I Love GH

can get, not canter

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I can appreciate everything in GH today except the Franco storyline. Really too bad to lose the momentum of the rest of the show with that epic fail. Just think if RH had come back as a distant Cassadine or Quartermaine. Or even if RH could have played Franco similarly enough to be credible as the character instead of in the clownish way of Todd Manning with the DVDs and the brain tumor.

Am incredibly excited for the fall sweep season though, what with the spoilers out.

Dana Batisky
Dana Batisky

GH rules…….always has….always will….thx Frank & Ron

Shelly
Shelly

GH is far and above the BEST soap on air at the moment! Aside from a few hiccups, it’s no surprise the ratings are up. (Y & R could learn a lot, that show is nearly unwatchable except for Jess Walton’s Jill and the friendship and chemistry between Nikki and Paul).

Susan
Susan

Love watching GH now everyday .. Before this wonderful change I would fast forward
every day and really missed the old GH. So glad it’s back !!

rebecca1
rebecca1

WHERE IS SEAN KANAN AKA AJ? Hope the rumors that he’s been canned aren’t true!

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I knew this would happen to GH, I look forward to watching again everyday instead of falling asleep, Thank you RON AND FRANK, I knew from the start you both would save GH, Any chance you can write for ONE LIFE TO LIVE again, and do both soaps????

Chris Mancini
Chris Mancini

I have been pleased for the most part with the show. I know that I will not always love the storylines but there are several that I am enjoying. I think that bringing back the veterans and keeping them on is key to the continued success of the show. I also believe that telling good stories with outstanding actors is imparitive to keeping this up swing in ratings. Thanks for saving my favorite show.

Erin
Erin

I have watched GH for 30+ years. In my opinion, it has never been better and from what I hear the next few months are going to blow everyone and everything away. Frank & Ron are a godsend and I am eternally grateful that they have not only saved GH but taken it to new heights. They create such drama, intrigue, emotion and infuse it with humor – that every story is compelling, regardless of who your personal favorite characters are or storyline. General Hospital is truly one of the best hours of TV viewing you can have – prime-time or daytime. Keep up the fantastic work – I am watching every day!

su0000
su0000

I, and millions others agree!!!
It is breathtaking and outrageously awesome!!
GH is the #1 soap ..

BRAVO!!! …to ALL with GH ..

George
George

This is all because of Maura West and her character Ava Jerome!

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

shes just one character

get her a man—–not SAM MAN

SHE JUST ONE NOTE!

Judy
Judy

Ya, can’t say I’m crazy about gh lately! I just think these story lines are terrible especially the story of Maxie, lulu, Dante and Spinelli! I think it’s time that they found out. The Kiki, Micheal and Morgan story is ridiculous! Who falls in love with there sister in law? And if Helena is alive for the billionth time…..Just going to shake my head to that. Hopefully gh gets better soon, as of right now can’t say I’m liking it and can’t understand how ratings are up, people must like screwed up stories. Cheers!

su0000
su0000

Wrong; Michael and Kiki fell in ”before” she became his sister in law..
Helena is not alive it is a hallucination..
Maxie, lulu, Dante and Spinelli! has been an involved story with many branches affecting many, and now coming to it’s outing, all will know and then…????

GH is very suspenseful and intriguing, to be waiting for the next episode tells all it is awesome!!

Judy
Judy

I realize they fell in love before they became brother and sister in law……. that’s not the point! Point is its pretty gross that 2 brothers will sleep with the same girl. And thank God that Helena isn’t back! Glad that the Maxie and spinelli thing came out finally. GH suspenseful and intriguing not sure about that. I just love GH have been watching for over 16 years. If there are parts that I’m not interested in I just fast forward thru the show.

Thanks for responding!

Shay
Shay

@Judy…You do realize that brothers sharing their women is a time honored Port Charles tradition, right? (Not that I approve, it IS gross!) But such practices go way back to Monica (with Jeff and Rick Webber) then Liz (Lucky and Nik) plus both Sam and her mom, Alexis ( with Sonny and Rick Lansing) not to mention Carly with Jason, AJ and most likely Franco soon, as well. (A trifecta!) Alexis was also married to Jax and later had a dalliance with Jerry, so there really is quite the precedence for such “brotherly” behavior. I certainly don’t enjoy seeing that sort of thing, but just saying…..

Judy
Judy

Very well said!

Kat
Kat

GH is hands down the best show in daytime. The new regime is doing an amazing job and I find myself watching everyday now, waiting to see what will happen next. I used to be a longtime viewer but increasingly I found myself disgusted by JFP and Guza and stopped watching altogether.
Its refreshing to be able to watch GH again and I am so glad to have the new team FV and RC on board.
I’m hoping more and more viewers will also come back and start watching the show on a regular basis.
JFP’s team did a lot of damage to the show so its great to see signs of life begin to sprout where the soap is concerned!

Shay
Shay

Although I don’t always appreciate the end results, I absolutely applaud the considerable efforts of “Cartini.” They have reached back into the great legacy of GH and updated it for the 21st century….no small feat in these days of crunched budgets and immediate gratification fixes. That being said, it is almost as if the program is two different shows combined under one title….you have the stupendous days with the top-shelf, mostly traditional talents, then there are the throwaway episodes with the most silly and superfluous storylines and (mostly) disposable novices who will NEVER become part of Port Charles legend. My only request is for the ptb’s to quit adding the forgettable and annoying additions, and save their time and space for the most recent glittering gems of colossal charisma: Britt and Dr. O.!!!! They are the newbies done good, while the most monumental failures like Sapprina, Taylor, Rafe and CarLOS! need to go…even Molly, TJ, Shawn and Penny are pretty dispensible at this point, particularly since we are probably stuck with the underwhelming Kiki, Morgan and Michael for the foreseeable future. Just choosing fresher, better young talent would definitely give GH 2.0 the necessary upgrade from simply flourishing to utterly fantastic!!!!

jess
jess

its funny how everyone talks about fv. & rc. the only things I love about the show are the classic gh_ helena luke jerry jacks and all the classic storylines that always were. However, any of fv and rc changes are what I don’t like sabrina storyline, ava, and all there peeps. Also would like to mention that it now the lone soap on abc of course the ratings have an easier chance of doing better.

Shay
Shay

Agreed, but I think what we are actually saluting is the fact that “Cartini” was willing to honor the history of GH and by bringing back so many of the legacy characters from the glory days of the ’80’s and early ’90’s…that has been done very well (with the exception of the “Frisco Fiasco”….still fuming about that one!) by incorporating them into present day storylines. Of course, they have not been flawless in their execution, we all have our issues to address, but all in all, it has been a really fun and nostalgic year for longtime fans of PC. I didn’t even mind their “Llanview Three” experiment, although Kiki is still a real work in progress! My only true complaint is in reference to the horrible newbies that have been introduced….led by (surprise…SABRINA, Taylor and now, Car-LOS! ick, Ick, ICK!!!!!)

su0000
su0000

The newer fans do not know many of the old vets that many enjoy, so they don’t actually care of them..
So, RC mixing the old with the new is genius, some for everybody ..

(not all fans have watched for 40/30/20 years .. and the ones some call new characters are the regular old to them..

mark
mark

i dvr all four soaps and a spanish novela but GH is must see tv!!!!!!

mary
mary

GH is great these days thanks to Frank and Ron. I do miss OLTL, but w/o F&R GH would be cancelled as well. I am very happy of very little mobsters stories and no more SB. I have learned to just watch the show w/o reading spoilers and enjoy. I really like the Spixie baby story. I do hope Spixie gets their baby back.

JJ
JJ

Wow. I’m shocked. It must be because there aren’t very many daytime soaps left on the air. I tried to watch GH a couple of times and it was HORRIBLE!

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Chloe Lanier’s New Short Film ‘The Reveal’ Releases First Trailer

As previously reported, Chloe Lanier, the actress who plays naughty Nelle Benson on ABC’s General Hospital, has been busy at work on a special project. And while Nelle is upset having just been denied parole on the ABC soap opera, (something tells us nothing will stop her from getting out of the slammer), Lanier on the other hand has been very excited about her new short film, The Reveal.

The Reveal in which Lanier stars, co-wrote, and co-directed along with her boyfriend, Kevan McClellan also has some very familiar faces along for the ride from Port Charles and Genoa City. That’s because Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) are also part of the film.

The action takes place at a gender reveal party for a baby, and according to the loglines of the short: “Zoe and James are a young couple attending their new-age friends gender reveal party. As they attempt to find their place amongst the eclectic group of party guests and friends, unsung wishes and hidden resentments begin to surface within their relationship.”

Watch the trailer from Lanier below.

Then, let us know if you are intrigued to see the short film when its out via the comment section below.

The Reveal-Trailer from Chloe Lanier on Vimeo.

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WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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