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General Hospital Makes Ratings Sweep At #1 In All Female Demos! Most-Watched Week In Over Six Years!

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Remember the week of December 2nd through the 6th! That was when the viewers saw the efforts and the payoff of the work General Hospital had been leading up to for months!

During that ratings week, which marked the episodes where Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is reunited with Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Patrick (Jason Thompson) for the first time in almost two years, and the fallout from Patrick and Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) wedding, scored tremendous numbers for the ABC soap opera who is finishing up its 50th anniversary year on a high note!

According to ABC,”General Hospital ranked as the #1 program in Daytime for the first time in over 6 years in Women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating), and also ranked #1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key women demos in over six years – both since week of 7/16/07. ”

And with that, the week which included the town of Port Charles reeling from seeing Robin alive,s tood as the series’ most-watched week in nearly six years in Total Viewers (3.31 million)The Friday telecast of December 6th, surged to a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.45 million) and near 3 year high in Women 25-54 (1.24 million/2.0 rating) – since 1/21/08 and 2/21/11, respectively.

General Hospital has now posted the biggest year-to-year gains of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+30% – 3.31 million vs. 2.54 million), Women 18-49 (+44% – 880,000 vs. 609,000) and Women 25-54 (+55% – 1.18 million vs. 760,000).  And as we previously reported last week, GH is on pace to have their best season in seven years!

So, were you tuning into the big moment of Robin’s return last week?  What do you think of General Hospital’s ratings? Have you enjoyed the show and what the creative team and cast delivered in this major ratings week? Comment below!

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Noelle
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Noelle

I hope the show runners realize it is Robin & Patrick together that brought in the ratings!!

liz
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liz

I agree! but the way they are writing it how has lost people and fans are mad for wrecking Patrick and Robin and I am one of them. I hate to say it but if things don’t change I am done. I Want Patrick to pick Robin because she is his one and only love, end or story. I will tell the truth, I fast forward everything but Robin parts of that wedding. I don’t even know if Sabrina said I do. People watched to see scrubs back together ,not Sabrina get her dream wedding.

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

Be patient…i believe Patrick and Robin will get back together maybe for Christmas?

Joshua
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Joshua

Kirsten Storms, Bradford Anderson, Emme Rylan, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West and William deVry should also be applauded for the great job they did in the fantastic peaks of their story lines!

Cathy
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Cathy

The article spells out that Robin’s return is what got the ratings. The only part the wedding played is people waiting to see Robin come in and if she would. Come on Michael and be fair and give credit where it is due and that is on Robin’s return. Many like myself left after being baited that the NB was about Robin and when she didn’t return ratings went down. They went up when it was announced Robin/Kimberly was returning. Many like myself came back to GH to catch up. Credit goes to Kimberly FIRST then JT, and Little Brooklyn… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

the return of KMc/Robin is not all that brought the ratings up..
People were curious to see her back ,however-
— ”’ALL” the stories are grabbers and the awesome acting and the great stories ‘did’ play a part in the higher numbers..

I watched to see Patrick and Sabrina get married not so much to see Robin, that character is not all that much of a big deal, not at all .. lol ..

David
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David

I have to agree with su0000 the shows ratings were up yes a big part was Robin’s return but AJ’s trial etc also played a big part in these episodes. Also the Friday, December 6, 2013 episode which Robin was not even in was the highest rated episode of the week

liz
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liz

What do you mean on December 6th Robin was not in it? wasn’t that the day robin and maxie saw each other? I watch GH because of the vets, and that’s where the numbers come from.

su0000
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su0000

well,
I am not a Robin fan, I could careless of her return..(wouldn’t have minded if stayed gone)
But!! all the other stories are ROKIN HOT!!!!
GH is outstanding entertainment!
I like Patrick with Sabrina, Robin and Patrick were a worn out dull couple years ago, time to move on ..

love GH !!!

Guest
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Guest

Sorry but the ratings are for the VET returns!! Robin coming back after almost 2 years is what made people tune in again… As a GH fan of almost 40 years , this show under Hacktooni is a JOKE!!! The other s/l are horribly written and many people are going to tune out when it is over! Also, their hiring people when people like Anthony Geary is offering to take a 50% cut and they wanted him to take half of it. Ridiculous the man help put GH on the map! The other s/l take forever to be told and… Read more »

Dale
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Dale

GH IS AMAZING!!!! SOOOOO HAPPY ROBIN IS BACK!!! I LOVED IT WHEN EMMA SAID MOMMY?!! MOMMY!!!! & RAN INTO HER MOTHER’S ARMS!!! THE LOOK ON PATRICK’S FACE WAS PRICESS!!!! I’VE BEEN WATCHING GH FOR 50 YRS & IT’S MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SOAP!!! RON, FRANK, & THE ENTIRE CAST ARE AWESOME!!! SO HAPPY THE RATINGS R THRU THE ROOF!!! HERE’S TO ANOTHER 50 YRS!!!!! :):)

Patrick
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Patrick

Those two moments… were priceless… out of this world, through the roof ratings…. – what… IS General Hospital… #1 Emma seeing her mother…. #2 Patrick, seeing his wife these two happenings… should have snowballed… came crashing in on OUR hearts this is treading on some serious mayhem…. RC? FV? I did like the part…. Robin took control…. when Patrick showed up at the door… the following morning… to take Emma to school. Robin pointedly asked… SO? are we going home with you? blah, blah, blah… from Patrick… and Robin fired back… “didn’t we already talk to Sabrina” LOL… that was… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

In my opinion, the ratings sweeps was largely due to the Robin/Emma reunion. Seeing sweet Brooklyn say “Mommy? Mommy!!” then run down the aisle to her mommy was the most emotionally charged, loving moment I have seen in over a decade on a soap! What a beautiful moment, and I am so glad I got to see it all build up and unfold 🙂 Way to go FV and RC – you know what we want and you delivered big time!!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

It mirrored the moment a 5-year-old Robin ran to Anna’s arms after being kidnapped 30 years ago.

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

Sure, Robins return helped but it still takes good stories to keep the ratings up and GH has them…but there is still room for improvement!

jay
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jay

OMG!!!! GH is Number #1 wow, LOVE MY GH. Congrats..

Guest
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Guest

Y&R still has MORE viewers over all…..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Been watching soaps a long time and GH is working the formula to perfection. When soaps stick to good story telling everything clicks, invest in your writing team– get writers that understand how the soap formula works and you create anticipation. Anticipation is what drives viewers to watch, if the viewer isn’t interested in the outcome, if they don’t care what happens next, you lose them. GH is great at building anticipation, case in point, waiting the whole episode before Emma saw Robin in the back of the church. Viewers had to watch the whole show, never certain when the… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

That feeling of anticipation can be related directly to the editing, which changed a lot from a year ago. Scenes are shorter, there is much less verbal exposition, and one episode carries more stories. It just feels like GH has eliminated all the “fluff” usually found in soaps to get to the meat of things. This isn’t always good. Some fans think the writers are pushing the stories too fast & not savoring moments fans look forward to, i.e. Patrick never hearing Robin’s frantic message on his cellphone that she was coming back to him & Emma.

Rodd
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Rodd

Love GH; all the cast members and all those behind the sense that make this wonderful show shine and keep me glued to my seat…except when I’m jumping up and down, or shouting at the TV like a nut….Just saying.

Carly
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Carly

I agree with Jay …. GH is Number #1 wow, LOVE MY GH. Congrats.. All the characters are so great . Kudos to all!

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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