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



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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  1. Noelle

    December 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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

    • liz

      December 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

      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)

        December 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

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

      • Joshua

        December 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        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!

  2. Cathy

    December 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    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 for their scenes a long with FH and TR. Tired of having others included when they’d didn’t play a part in why the ratings went up. Lets give credit where it is due. Do we have to take this away from Robin/Kimberly when the people whose article it is give Robin and Kimberly credit. Thanks

    • su0000

      December 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      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

        December 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        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

        December 14, 2013 at 5:52 am

        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.

  3. su0000

    December 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    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

      December 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      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 it is ridiculous for this show to have such a HUGE ensemble cast when they can’t possibly write for the cast they have….
      This fan feels like she is watching a show that has turned into a really bad spoof of what GH once was!
      We want VETS!!!!
      Also , stop breaking up incredible pairings and forcing others together… Scott and Lucy DO NOT work anymore and their chemistry is not there. He had better chemistry with Heather! Michael and Kaka , Morgan and Ava, Franco and Carly, Sam and SilAss sorry but just because they might seem to work for one reason or another does not mean they do! The chemistry is not there….
      More Monica, Tracy, Luke, Mac , Felicia, Anna and Duke , Robert and Anna, Robin and Patrick!!!!!!!
      NO MORE baby storylines cause it is obvious they can not write one !!!!!!
      Please Bring Wendy Riche {EP } and Claire Labine back!!!!!!

  4. Dale

    December 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm


    • Patrick

      December 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      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 spot on, Robin

      I still haven’t come away with that… all is right with the world… in Port Charles

      if this is one of those bait and hook… cheepola… antics… at the expense of the two best.. near best actors… to grace daytime… then… it stinks so far…

      LOL… I love this story…

  5. Gina

    December 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

    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

      December 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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

  6. jimh(leave it to beaver)

    December 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    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!

  7. jay

    December 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

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

    • Guest

      December 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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

  8. Mary SF

    December 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    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 reveal with come on screen— no channel surfing or fast forwarding, just anticipating any moment now– no commercial break– darn— and then finally the MOMENT– Mommy? Mommy— it is almost like great sex, lots of foreplay leading to the climax— and that is why GH was number one—-

    • KansasGuest

      December 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      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.

  9. Rodd

    December 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    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.

  10. Carly

    December 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    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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GH’s Michael Easton Posts “Ask Me Anything” Part Two

Over the coronavirus pandemic General Hospital star Michael Easton (Hamilton Finn) has been answering several fans questions posted to him in a series of posts on his official Facebook page. 

This week, Easton posted part two of his “Ask Me Anything”, and the fan favorite said he he will do his best to get through everyone’s questions and thanked those who made donations to America Health Care Workers and food banks during COVID-19.

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Michael responded: “I’m pacing myself. I’ve maybe submitted three or four times in twenty years. It’s a lovely honor but not something I focus on. Everyday I try to give the best, most truthful performance I can and as I long as I can do that…I live with myself.”

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That also means for us at Michael Fairman TV, the usual backstage “Winner’s Walk” interviews conducted immediately following some of your daytime drama favorites big wins also had to altered for this unique year.

So we had our own, if you will, “Virtual Winner’s Walk” albeit without the walk and without the glitz and glamour.  That being said, it all felt much more intimate as we spoke immediately following Friday night’s broadcast with these newly crowned winners:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott); Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer); who tied One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) with the most wins by an actress in Daytime Emmy history with 6,  Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Bryton James (Devon), and Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’, Eva Larue (Ex-Celeste).  All four of these conversations were emotional, candid, and touching.

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Each of these interviewsare also posted on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” to the channel for more celebrity interviews and features.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys Draws Over 3 Million Viewers For CBS Telecast with Return to Network TV

Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


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