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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!

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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
Noelle

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

liz
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)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

Joshua
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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!!!!!!

Dale
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
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 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…

Gina
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
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)
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
jay

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

Guest
Guest

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

Mary SF
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 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
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
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
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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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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