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General Hospital Overtakes The Young and the Restless As Top-Rated Soap In Key Demo!


General Hospital has a lot to celebrate this week and the lone ABC soap opera continues to be on FIYAH!  According to ABC, in the latest ratings for the week of October 7-11th, it finally has happened!  GH beat The Young and the Restless as the top rated show in the key female demo of 18-49 for the very first time in 2 and a half years! And that is not all, they continued to be  at#1 for the 8th straight week in the women 18-34 target demo, and are oh-so-close to make it a trifecta, trailing by just 7% behind Y&R in the women 25-54 demo!

Here are the numbers from ABC’s press release via Nielsen ratings:  “For the first time in over two-and-a-half years, General Hospital ranked as the #1 program in daytime in Women 18-49 (735,000/1.1 rating) – since week of 2/21/11 – placed #1 for the 8th straight week in Women 18-34 (285,000/0.8 rating) and came with 7% of  The Young in the Restless for #1 in Women 25-54 (938,000/1.5 rating), closest competitive finish in over two years its  – since week of 8/15/11.

Impressively, this week stood as the series’ most-watched week in over 3 years in Women 18-34 and in over 2 years in Women 18-49 – since weeks of 9/27/10 and 9/26/11, respectively.  General Hospital surged by 40% in Women 18-34 (285,000 vs. 203,000), by 17% in Women 18-49 (735,000 vs. 629,000) and by 12% in Women 25-54 (938,000 vs. 840,000).”

So what do you think of General Hospital’s stellar performance and overtaking the long seated Y&R in the key women  18-49 and for the 8th week in a row of women 18-34 demos?  Has GH rocked it over the last several weeks, or what?  Looks like Kimberly McCullough’s return as Robin and the story it brings with is  ratings gold! Weigh-in!

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  1. Mark

    October 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    YES! YES! YES!

    • Joshua

      October 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      I’ve been watching “Young and the Restless” for 32 years — that’s a lot longer than I have been watching “General Hospital” yet even I have to admit I don’t care about Y&R anymore.

      Not since show killing witch Jill Farren Phelps came aboard with her bloated boy toy Steve Burton.

      • jaybird369

        October 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        Joshua…dude…bloated boy toy, huh??? Man, that is too funny…HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! But, hey, it’s true. And, calling Jill Farren Phelps a show killing witch is one way of describing that VERY insufferable woman…LOL!!!!! Yep.

  2. janice

    October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I say now would be the time to bring back one life to live and all my children

    • Omar

      October 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      You are SO right!! Have Frank/Ron be TPTB on all 3 shows.. Congrats to GH…I am a loyal fan for the last 2 years after a 15+ years of not watching. I am tuning in to DOOL too, for the first time ever the last couple of years due to Gary Tomlin involvement, and the show has me hooked. All these men did a excellent job when they were in OLTL and they continue the tradition on their respective shows!!

      • 4everDAYS

        October 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Great thinking!!!

      • No1_ILoveLucyFan

        October 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

        I would FLOVE FLOVE FLOVE to see both AMC and OLTL return to network programming. Nothing wrong with Hulu & OWN, but if ABC wants to gain a huge share of the daytime audience (and we ARE still out here!!!) they could & should bring both back. AMC, GH, OLTL…change up the order, give it a fast pace & some crossover storylines? Oh, I’d be down for that!!!

        I disagree about Days though – the out-of-character writing has driven away more long-term viewers than it’s brought in new viewers – that’s why they’re dead last in the ratings so consistently. Until they get rid of Gary Tomlin & his pet characters, the show is doomed to remaining a laughing-stock…there may be viewers still but everyone wants to see a train-wreck.

    • louisa

      October 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Now would be the perfect time to bring back OLTL and AMC to ABC. ABC soaps could rule again!

  3. Wendy

    October 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I always find it very amusing that demographics only go to viewers to age 54! As if long time viewers don’t exist after their 55th birthday?
    Attending a charity event with about 350 fans of Y&R in Vancouver annually, there were two sisters attending this past July who were 90 and 92. Doesn’t that they watch even count? Maybe there needs be a statistic of the ages who are home and watch the Daytime Dramas. After all, the retirees are growing in numbers every year and are home to watch.

    • Valerie

      October 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      I agree with you!!!

      • Jack Grandeur

        October 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        The demographics are absurd – that’s part of the reason for the On-line inceptions of AMC and One Life having problems. I would hazard a guess that many many fans of both these shows are 50+ ~ they would almost HAVE TO BE since the shows have been on for over forty years.
        Although many of us could never forgive the so called “execs” at ABC-TV for cancelling these two iconic shows, it would be great if ABC would take them over again as Half hour increments. Why would it be so difficult to have a half hour of All My children backed with a half hour of One Life to Live followed by General Hospital – I don’t see why “trimmed down” episodes would be so impossible and there have been rumors that abc wants the shows back, but we all know about rumors.

    • L

      October 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Well said, Wendy.

      Why MUST our friends and family members who are over 54 be seen as nobody worthy of being included?? It’s plain rude to treat people like wasteland material – many of whom have helped keep show alive through their loyalty AND through passing down their love for the show to their children, grandchildren, friends. etc, intentionally and unintentionally. I eventually ended up becoming a GH viewer because of my family and my nostalgia of them watching it.

      • Michael (not Fairman)

        October 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

        Unfortunately there is a deeply held opinion–and one that I am not sure is backed up by any solid research or evidence–that people above a certain age have very deeply set buying patterns and thus are not reached by advertising. Thus they are largely disregarded as viewers. My suspicion, however, is that this is more of an excuse than anything else: the networks need a justification for focusing on youth–which is what they really WANT to do–and this is what they have come up with. It sounds somewhat plausible, but I’ve never seen any solid evidence, and I think it starts falling apart once you think about it more carefully. (For example: even assuming it’s true that younger viewers are more easily reached by advertising, they also have little money to spend, comparatively speaking–so why would advertisers be so eager to invest money in swaying the buying patterns of that group, to the exclusion of others?)

        I’m about to enter that dreaded age group myself and I do feel rather insulted that it means that nobody thinks I’m worth investing in any more. Even if the economic rationale turned out to be legitimate, the airwaves are a limited resource and a public good, and there should be some requirement that in exchange for being granted access to them, networks, TV stations, radio stations, etc. have to make some effort to have programming that meets everybody’s needs.

  4. Alan

    October 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Just goes to show you that having a solid producing/writing team that understands the genre can and will bring in the viewers.

    Valentini/Carlivati rock!

    • Jessica

      October 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      AMEN to that!

    • dg

      October 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Understands the genre? Gimme a break. Cartini have turned GH into the same cartoon that was One Life to Live.
      And of course the ratings are rising now that Kimberly Mc has returned. And next on the list demographics are important but it’s total viewers that keep a show on the air. YR still maintains 4.5 million viewers while GH cant keep 3 million, lol.
      And final comment on the demo of course Cartini’s lame stories would interest an immature crowd. Older viewers just watch this show because like me theyve watched it for decades and they just dont want to see it go.
      When GH can gain and consistently keep over 3 million viewers then perhaps they can brag. But technically they wont be able to brag even then. This is a show that premiered at more than 6 million when it had over 15 other shows as competition and people are celebrated under 3 million viewers. That’s a joke, lol.
      As long as Cartini continue to run this show it will never again have me as a regular viewer. SMH.

      • Dan

        October 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        dg, you seem like one of those people that looks for things to complain about. Guess there has to be one in every bunch.

      • Aria

        October 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

        The networks care bout those demo ratings over total viewers that’s how they charge ad rates and we all know networks care more bout money then ” total viewers”. So take that dg…

      • SUSAN M.

        October 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        I agree with Dan !

  5. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    October 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Y&R will always be the No.1 soap though. If anything, B&B would take its place.

    • Eric Buchanan

      October 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      I disagree…I wager if ABC keeps GH on it will move to #2 above B&B in the next year or so.

      • dg

        October 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        No way GH will ever reach BB or YR’s total viewers. BB internationally distributed and is the most popular America serial in the world. GH hasnt had and kept 3 million viewers in yrs.
        GH’s ratings have been extremely inconsistent since Cartini took over. They have spiked and fallen again and again. That proves that Cartini are a gimmick, tabloid regime. They have zero idea how to create consistent, long arc stories that keep viewers. GH’s ratings are only spiking now due to Kim ( Robin) returning and that is a limited engagement. When the furor over her return dies down so will the ratings.

      • Scott (ATWT Fan)

        October 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

        B&B has international appeal, it won’t be moved from No.2 ever.

      • Michael (not Fairman)

        October 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

        Everyone realizes that international viewers don’t count in the Nielsen ratings, right? Santa Barbara was once the biggest draw internationally (in regard to soaps) and had awful Nielsens because the domestic viewership didn’t grow. When it was cancelled, it was still the biggest soap internationally.

        Putting aside the criticism of Valentini/Carlivati (which I can both see and not see, if you understand what I mean) and what they’ve done, it’s not as though either B&B or Y&R has been solid (creatively speaking) either. B&B in particular is vulnerable because I don’t think the effects of Susan Flannery’s departure have really been felt yet. I think things like that take time to show up. And Y&R has been a creative mess for a while now, and it remains to be seen whether the new writers can fix that. (Given what I’ve seen of Jean Passanante’s work, I’m not betting on it.)

        (A wild card in the mix: Thorsten Kaye as Ridge. If he succeeds, I think it could revitalize B&B.)

        So I guess my point is: the GH creative team doesn’t have to be perfect to gain ground in the ratings; even “marginally better” than the competition might be enough. And I think even with the problems (and there are some), they’re managing that.

    • 4everDAYS

      October 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I can’t stay awake when I try to watch Y&R.

      • Scott (ATWT Fan)

        October 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

        And that’s fine. I can stay awake because it’s riveting and amazing. GH on the other hand…. it needs a wake up call, or more Ava Jerome.

  6. su0000

    October 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Y&R is terrible..
    I do not want to watch a soap that will make me sad over a child’s death, to watch every bodies pain is not good for any person to experience those dark emotions, not good at all .. Y&R is very depressing..
    I do not want to be day time depressed..

    GH has variety!!! it has humor!! GH goes every which way!!!!
    It gives surprises and shocks, love, hate, mystery, great stories and is the #1 soap for entertainment!!
    I do not feel sad or depressed watching GH !!

    BRAVO!!! to ALL at GH .. well done!!!!

    • Mary SF

      October 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I agree GH at least writes a story- they are creative and inject humor– y&r simply took a dramatic situation that any high school student could write the dialogue for and it would still be dramatic because of the subject matter. It is lazy writing– at least GH seems to remember what a soap is supposed to be and remembers how to actual write one- the pacing of reveals, the teasers before commercials, the last scene of every show ending on a cliff hanger — balancing the dark with the light– the stuff that makes you want to turn in the next day to find out what happens next. And that is what makes a soap great– anticipation and satisfaction– and GH provides both in spades– they richly deserved their number one spot.

      • k/kay

        October 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        I do not watch any of the soaps anymore but kudos to GH!

    • dg

      October 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I dont get you people. YR gives intelligent, adult drama or at least they attempt to do so. GH writes sophomoric, immature stories that even a ten yr old would shake his head at.
      Lets see you have Kathleen Gati, pretending to be Finola Hughes wearing a Kmart clearance aisle mask just like Anders Hove did just a few months ago, lol.

      Luke have a 65 yr old anti hero Tony Geary trying to find the cure so he wont end up a phosphorescent corpse, lol. You have icons like Genie Francis being marginalized and turned into day players. And people consider this good television. No wonder there are only 4 daytime serials left. SMH

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        October 19, 2013 at 6:21 am

        DG, you obviously dont like GH but why does it bother you if others do…i could care less if you watch it or not but if many us so called 10 year olds like it(and RC is doing a better job keeping it on the air than you could) thats a positive thing…i no longer watch Y&R everday and not a fan of B&B but im glad others like them and are watching…even if i dont like the CBS soaps im gratefull they and the two i watch faithfully, Days and GH, are still with us…comparing GH to yesteryears ratings is pointless…back in the 60s there were only a handful of channels while today there are hundreds for people to choose from…and thats what makes todays ratings great for GH and us 10 year olds who watch…now im busy with my coloring book and crayons so this 10 year old says ‘Good day to you!’

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        October 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        I know you werent saying us viewers were 10 year olds…in my reply i was using it for sarcasm…you have your right to your opinion, as well as i do…i just feel we should be grateful all soaps are doing well…you like the cbs soaps better than the other two network soaps and im ok with that…but as long as GH and Days are doing good whats wrong with their fans being happy with that? One day all four could be gone so lets be grateful while we still got them no matter which one we like or dislike!!!

      • Elizabeth

        October 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        DG, I agree with you completely. Especially the comment about Genie Francis. RC writes like he is producing a comic book. I wish they would bring back Guza to work WITH RC. Guza’s emotional depth and story integration paired with RC’s comic relief and balance among the broader cast would take the genre back to its glory days (with or without TG).

    • SUSAN M.

      October 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      I agree with su0000!! I see nothing wrong with GH stories & they aren’t immature like dg puts it and maybe you shouldn’t watch GH if you feel that way. I never watched Y&R or B&B. I strickly watched ABC soaps not the soaps on the other networks… dg is knocking everything about GH stories and I say don’t watch it. There are a lot of soap fans of GH who do , including me enjoy watching it Mon.- Fri. I am happy I have GH to watch each day! I find the stories exciting and interesting and one more thing GH is entertaining! So Again (dg) don’t watch GH. GH Rocks!

  7. jimh(leave it to beaver)

    October 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Im sure GHs ratings would be higher if they count all ages and men too…

    • 4everDAYS

      October 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      So would DAYS!

  8. Tammy

    October 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulation General hospital .just wanted to share .I love all are soaps .they really help me get threw all the pain in my life ..really missing Amc &Oltl .

  9. Lily

    October 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Days used to be my top watch show, but more and more I’m turning to GH as the best way to spend my viewing time. I love the pace, the characters and the way they interact with each other. Days tends to stall their stories and treat viewers and characters like they are brain dead. GH deserves the upswing for delivering quality story telling. They also have the right touch of romantic love woven in! Congrats to them!

    • 4everDAYS

      October 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I think DOOL slowed down because of the wishy washy performers who me say they may leave or may not leave and talk smack about maybe coming back!

      Things are heating up and will start smoking. The writing is on the wall and just needs to speed up.

  10. Jenny

    October 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Not only has Kimberly’s return been ratings gold but bringing back the entire Scorpio family is golden as well. I squealed with joy last week when Robert woke up so GH needs to keep Tristan Rogers around for keeps.

    Also the Dante/Lulu Spixie baby battle promises to be good too. Only things I want changed are end the stupid Jerome story. I can’t stomach Ava and Morgan is a total brat. Derek is ok but it time to reveal he is Julian already. And Kiki bores me to death and while Roger Howarth had great chemistry with Laura Wright during the Todd/Carly pairing I just not feeling it this time around.

    But GH is way better these days then Y&R which is depressing right now thanks to killng off Delia and I just not getting into the reveal coming that Dylan is Nikki’s long lost son. And other plots like the Carmine/Lauren/Michael fiasco and way dragged out is the Hillary’s vendeyetta against the Winters family. Time to end those stories already.

    I think GH will keep climbing in the ratings more, specially when Robin is finally back with her family. It has me on the edge of my seat waiting for it!


  11. Katee

    October 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Keep the Scorpios front and center and it happens every time. February 2012, December 2012 and now October 2013. All 3 times were new highs.

  12. Caeleen Randall

    October 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    If GH is doing well it’s partly because of the long awaited baby secret that was revealed to Dante and Lulu. It’s not always about Robin being back on the screen again.

  13. heidi

    October 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Way to GO GH!!! Congratulations!! It’s well deserved and thank you for giving us back our show, our favorites and great story!!! Best cast!!! Best crew, writers, directers, and thanks FV and RC!!! Love GH!!!

    It’s Robert… Robin… Faison… Anna… Nickolas… Patrick… Tracy… Dr. O… Luke…Carly… Maxie… Spinelli… Mac… Felica… Alexis… Duke… Sonny… Ava… Julian/Derek… Silas… Sam… Jerry… Helena… Laura… Lucy… Holly… Diane… and maybe Franco! More!!!

    • Shay

      October 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      You forget “Sabrina.” And “Car-LOS!” (Just kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!) : )

  14. ~TJ~

    October 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    So excited that GH is doing so well…..about time it is beating YnR..I watch YnR..but so tired of the Victor, Jack, Adam, Nic show. And now killing off a child!
    So many wonderful s/ls going on right now on GH..keeps one on the edge of ones seat. 🙂

  15. Eric Buchanan

    October 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    GH now has genuinely likeable characters (unlike a few years ago when everyone worshipped at the Sonny/Jason throne). Y&R is too dark, no one is likeable, they destroyed Sharon…I guess the new recast young characters are supposed to be the likeable ones? The early 80’s fans aren’t gonna stick around forever. DAYS and GH are giving us good characters and story…that trumps Victor and Nikki part 1000.

    • 4everDAYS

      October 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      So true!!!

    • Elizabeth

      October 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks to the work of JFP!

      • Eric Buchanan

        October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        Cool, who ever got the show away from the Sonny/Jason hour I applaud. This is a great show, all it needed was to get away from Sonny’s mob.

  16. Lindsay

    October 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Kimberly coming back is what saved this show hands down!!!!! She has proven to be loyal to her fans by coming back as Robin!! I just hope she will stay with GH for the long term!! Kimberly has always been my favorite GH actress and the show was just not the same without our Robin!!

    • Troy Turner

      October 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Keep believing Kim has been loyal if you want to-but in reality, her behavior has been shameful and pathetic

  17. Bearzy

    October 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Lol way to go GH….GH fan forever!

  18. Lex

    October 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Yay, go GH. This week had the Spixie/Lante baby stuff, and I’m not surprised that’s doing well. Robin’s return is doing wonders for the show too.

  19. swaggy

    October 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    The reason GH is doing so well is FV and RC are moving the storylines, vets are being utilized, fan fav’s are back, and RC ia remembering to incorporate GH’s rich history into his storylines. The same cannot be said for Y&R, IMHO Delia’s death was just done as ratings stunt, but it was done by GH in 2011. Y&R has storylines that have dragged out forever,,ie Sharon,Hillary,Nikki;’s son, the non wedding of Nick and Avery A strong happily married couple (Mike and Lauren) were decimated by an imbicle named Carmine and now you have a who shot the fool storyline starting. Guess what..who cares! IMHO Y&R is not must see tv like GH.

    • su0000

      October 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Killing off kids for drama has been done by all soaps, starting with Agnes Nixon writing Brooks daughter hit by a car..
      the magic is on how it is written..
      and Y&R is very depressing and who in their right mind wants to cry during a beautiful day and feel depressed over a Y&R dark story..

      GH=variety and a few laughs .

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        October 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Killing off kids started in the 1950s on Search For Tomorrow when Joanne Tates young son was struck by a car and killed…i know it probably was b4 your time…anyway i dont think any tv network killed off a soap child b4 SFT.

    • dg

      October 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Kathleen Gati in a Kmart Halloween mask pretending to be Finola Hughes. Yeah that’s must see TV alright, lol.
      GH number one…yeah when they hit 4.5 million viewers like YR has then they will be number one. It’s total viewers that keeps a show on the air. GH’s measly 2 million still doesnt compare to YR or BB. SMH

    • k/kay

      October 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I will always back my girl Sharon but it is time to fold it in this storyline with Delia we do not see Esther, Jill Traci! WTHF!

  20. Phil

    October 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Still think the ratings should be:
    1. GH tied
    1. DAYS tied
    3. B&B
    4. Y&R

    • 4everDAYS

      October 19, 2013 at 9:33 am


    • jaybird369

      October 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Phil…YES INDEED!!!!! I AGREE!!!!!

  21. Kaffen

    October 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    congrats to the writers of GENERAL HOSPITAL
    They have it going on!!!!!

    Dante and Lulu + Maxie and Spinelli (it’s only get better)
    Alexis and Dererk Wells+ Carly and Franco ( a good script)
    Michael + Kiki and Ava and Morgan………….need some tweaking
    Robin + Patrick and Sabrina and Carlo……..I love it (+ Jerry)
    Anna + Robert and Duke +Olivia? ………..should be fun!!!
    Liz and AJ+ Nick…………………wait and see!!! + Lucky?
    Sam and Silas+ Ava………….I want Sam to have a baby girl!!!!!! (the best)!!!!
    Sam and Derek Wells…………it’s only get better+ Lucas!!!

    • Patrick

      October 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      why no

      Britt and Nicholas
      Britt and Ben
      Britt and Dr. “O”

      gotta have some Brad

      I like that you added Olivia in the mix w/Anna and Robert and Duke

      MIchael and Kiki are as bad as Daniel and Jenn on DOOL

  22. Mark

    October 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Go gh go gh! Write CBS and complain about the direction Y&R has taken; with this ratings news they are gonna listen!

  23. RLeternal

    October 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I am so happy for GH. Oh! Y & R is going to sink even further. After all JFP has hired her partner in crime, JP to be HW. JP was the writer when ATWT, OLTL, AW and she was the biggest reason those long term soaps bit the dust. I hope Y & R is also booted off the air; it has reached the pinnacle of staleness. Or, I hope the network kicks out JFP and JP; and appoints sensible and wise EP and HW .

  24. Nan

    October 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I for one have returned to Gh since The writers have incorporated the S/l with so many vets! The dynamic chemistry and integral history / friendship/ relationships of Annna, Felicia, Robert, Anna and the next generation of Robin, Maxie etc are fantastic. the recent simple scene where Mac and Felicia were having breakfast with Patricknand Emma would never happened years ago. The cast is becoming an ensemble again! If you put these characters on, then I’m in! I’m even loving Nicholas and Britt! Thanks tbtp for bringing so many favorite actors back to play the roles in the years Gh was number 1, please keep them on and front and center!

    • dawnhaze

      October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I agree. I love seeing the favorite characters that held the show together in the past. There are always storylines that can keep the stories on GH to keep the ratings rising. I was a Y&R watcher but I haven’t watched since the writer’s started digging Sharon’s grave. I loved Steve Burton on GH but just can’t get into his character on Y&R. I think the Jason character needs to return whether it be Steve Burton or a replacement. It would definitely stir the storylines for Sam. I don’t like the Silas character…too drool. I have watched since a teenager and will continue to watch. Go GH! I have to add I do wish ABC would consider the suggestion I have seen on these posts to bring back One Life to Live and All My Children. The ratings would rise again because where the ratings stop at 54, I happen to to be in in a higher age and I feel if they took the people who really have watched almost since conception of GH they would find GH’s ratings are higher. GH is the only soap I watch now and I again I want to say I’m pleased with what I am viewing.

  25. 4everDAYS

    October 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Congrats GH!!! I’ve been saying DOOL and GH should be on top. I hope the ratings go up for DAYS. The show is still must see TV for me! Y&R and B&B need to be at the bottom. Pure crap!

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      October 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Ive been a Days fan since the begining and i was hooked since i was 5 or 6 years old believe it or not…it has had its ups and downs since its revamping in 1980, and i did stop watching because of the loss of so many beloved actors/characters during that time but i wasnt gone for long and as long as the Horton home is still there ill still be watching…i just wish theyd bring back Bill(John Martin) and Laura(Jamie lyn Bauer) Horton…they should be the Horton patriach and matriarch living in the Horton home. Bill should be Chief of Staff at the hospital like his late father Tom and Laura could add some drama in Kates life ect.!!!

      • 4everDAYS

        October 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        Well jimh, if you were to become a writer for DAYS, as I’ve urged you to do, then you could implement those ideas and electrify viewers with you brilliant
        writing. Reply in kind.

      • 4everDAYS

        October 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Correction: with your brilliant writing!!!

      • Patrick

        October 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

        couldn’t agree MORE about John Martin and Jamie Lyn Bauer.

        Dynamite pairing… would bring SO much “A” game back on the canvas

        and this would add so much more for Kate

        heck…. even add more intrigue for Roman

        Bill Horton – Roman Brady – Laura – Kate

      • Patrick

        October 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        heck… throw Marlena in the mix with

        she needs a friend in Laura… if not a love potential

        she could mix back in with Bill and/or Roman

  26. aria

    October 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    these demo are so cofusing, whats the difference between women 18-49, or 25-54 ect, what the heck! regardless, i’m glad GH is doing great, hope they finally reclaim their #1 spot from 25 year ago,

    • Elizabeth

      October 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      The difference is in who spends money to buy stuff. After the age of 54 people are not spending money on housing related stuff so much. They are more in a phase of downsizing and living on a fixed income. Their kids are typically out of the house, so much less groceries, laundry stuff, etc. They are set in their ways and are not likely to swap out their Crest to try the new and improved Colgate.

  27. Jared

    October 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    GH has been a ball to watch lately. I love how campy and over the top it is. DAYS has been a lot of fun, too. Y&R is just a depressing shell of its former glory. Even B&B is more enjoyable.

    I agree that demo groups are stupid. They are the undoing of everything, but it’s the corporations’ and the governments’ faults. Demo groups based on age and ethnicity are just plain dumb and un-American by definition.

    • Kaffen

      October 19, 2013 at 4:13 am

      why are you bringing POLTICS in the mix/????????????

      • Jared

        October 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Because that’s my God-given American right, freedom of speech, plus I don’t think I referred to politics, but a general state of affairs that explains the modern day Nielsen ratings.

        If you don’t like it, read it and move on; don’t read it; or complain to Michael and see if he will remove it?

    • Eric Buchanan

      October 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      OMG, criticizing demographics based on age are political? It’s just really sad that you can’t get a show on tv (except on TV land) unless it appeals to under 35’s. I am 50 and about ready to cut cable and just buy DVD of stuff I like….Guess I am a racist, right KAFFEN?

  28. Cheryl

    October 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Well it is a good start and it is only going to get better. With Y&R’s much hated Delia’s death storyline running front and center their ratings will continue to fall. I have been watching soaps for over 35 years and monitor most of the soap’s outlets. With that in mind, I have never heard such a complete distaste in a storyline. Killing off Delia was a major mistake. They were trying to relive the emotions from the BJ storyline on GH 2 decades ago. We live in a different time. People turn to shows to be entertained, not depressed. Every since this storyline started I have been depressed. It has me reaching for my kleenex and prozac.

  29. Dan

    October 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    GH has been on a roll, while Jill Farren Phelps slowly ruins another show.

    I love the mix of storylines on GH. They’re providing something for everyone, which is why I think they’re having so much success. It’s a nice balance, which the show didn’t have in the past, when it was The Sonny & Jason Show. Drama, action, romance, humor, and yes, even some camp. You can’t ask for much more as a soap fan.

    Frank and Ron are doing an awesome job! There are some people that will find things to complain about, but the fact is GH was on the verge of being canceled in late 2011-early 2012, and they came and saved the show, and it’s now doing better than it has in a number of years. I couldn’t be happier.

  30. Kimberly

    October 18, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I think Y&R lost many viewers as soon as word of Delia’s death got out. I will not abandon my beloved Y&R, but with JFP it has become difficult to watch at times. Its saving grace is the amazing cast.

  31. toscanti

    October 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Y&R will continue to decline as long as they continue hiring incompetent executive producers like JFP and head writers that have proven to write shows into their cancellation. New blood would be better than what we currently have. CBS will come to their senses when the ratings continue to drop. I still wish and hope for Kay Alden to return and write in the likes of creator Bill Bell and his vision. Jeanne Cooper has passed, Jess Walton has all but left the show, Michelle Stafford was angry and states she will never return. WTH has JFP done this time? The same thing she has done on every other show, piss actors off and enforce her need to control and dictate. I would pay a huge amount of money to see this monster get her due!

    • jaybird369

      October 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      AGREED!!!!! Of course, that’s what Jill Farren Phelps has ALWAYS done!!!!! As a so-called Executive Producer, JFP doesn’t care who she hurts and who she has to step on…as long as she gets what she wants…no matter who she has to step on.

    • Eric Buchanan

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      So True

  32. robert

    October 19, 2013 at 7:13 am

    This just shows how bad Y&R has been lately. It isn’t that GH is that good, it is that Y&R is that bad. I hope the new writers can turn Y&R around. Their is no excuse why Y&R should be doing bad in the ratings, with all of the other daytime shows rising. JFP is destroying what Bill Bell made.

    • 4everDAYS

      October 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Bill Bell died and we are on the way to the funeral for Y&R. GH is doing fine; no need for life support. My DAYS are great!!!

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        October 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        Days was at its best in the 1970s when Bill Bell was writing it…i wish there were more soap writers like him.

      • Elizabeth

        October 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Agreed. I watched Days in the 70’s when I was a teenager. It was my first soap.

  33. Iakovos

    October 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

    AWESOME NEWS! GH is a wonderful show with a great history. And the new directions are working. Very good!

  34. janet

    October 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Three words for the demise of Y&R. Kill Farren Phelps.! She has done it before and she will do it again. Congrats to G.H. Except for the mobs .GH has been fun to watch. Did I say that ?

  35. Bearzzy

    October 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Plain and sinple.. Y and R, has old viewers.. That is why, they have 4.5 million viewers. while doing poorly in the 18-34 and 18-49 and soon they gonna get dethrone in the 25-54. I for one am in the 18-34 group lol GH is fast pacing soap, i love that.

    • Eric Buchanan

      October 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Y&R has a lot of viewers from the early 90’s, true, but GH and DOOL have a lot of viewers from the 80’s, They are just late to the scene of getting new young viewers…..WHAT ALL SOAPS DID IN THE LATE 70’s EARLY 80’s.

  36. Bearzzy

    October 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    OOPs, So is B&B lol sorry….

  37. su0000

    October 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Y&R is terrible..

    Y&R has very little entertainment value, no variety, and is stale and now we are to suffer through a dark story engulfing Y&R is sadness and depression with stale stories..

    Soaps are entertainment fantasy day time viewing; for entertainment..
    Y&R no longer holds entertainment value, it offers depression not entertainment..
    I do not want to cry and be depresses/feel sad watching a tv show..
    So, I do no longer care to view Y&R which makes me feel sad and ruins my day ..

    The stories are very long and go on and on and on to the point of losing interest.
    If Y&R were not shown in 32 countries and only shown in USA and Canada as GH, it would be near cancellation..

    As a fan of both Y&R and GH, if i miss watching an episode of Y&R no big deal, but I eagerly wait for the next episode of GH every day!!!!

  38. blake

    October 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    GH deserves it, Y&R obviously deserves to lose those key demos numbers! JFP needs to go!

  39. Jp

    October 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats gh! It’s been a thrilling ride of drama, comedy and rich storytelling . Both F valentini and r caveralti need to be commended for the work they have done along with a talented writing n directing teams and an all star cast. They worked magic on one life to live and continue to do the same on gh. I am not saying that they always get it right but this team knows how to tie stories characters and the shows history better than anyone. Keep up the great work gh

  40. jon

    October 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    And to think I was going to give up on GH a few months ago! As for Y&R, if Lyn Marie Latham didn’t kill the show I doubt Phelps can make it any worse. Her ship will sail, too.

  41. SUSAN M.

    October 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I am happy I still have a soap to watch which I enjoy (GH)! The stories have me at the edge of my seat lately! Nicholas saw Robin in the lab (Hurray)! Look out Sabrina but here comes Robin ! Anna & Robert together rocks! Like old times…

  42. Former B&B Fan

    October 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    What is it with CBS and dead children? Y&R has now killed Delia and Cassie before her. B&b killed Amber’s baby and then killed Steffy’s baby and made her infertile. If people are tuning out it shouldn’t be much of a mystery why. How about some romance, relationships without triangles and skip the dead children.

    • jon

      October 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Not that a childs tragic death is ever a good thing, but its been a story told for years on many shows. And the material had finally given these excellent actors something to exercise their acting chops on.

      • Eric Buchanan

        October 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

        Please let’s stop killing children for organs, done too many times

  43. Judy

    October 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Its about time General Hospital beats out Young and the Restless! For number one I have no clue how Y and R is number 1 all the time? General hospital puts Y and R to shame! The only good thing about Young and the restless is JASON! Wish he would come back to GH to be with Sam and Danny! Cheers!

    • 4everDAYS

      October 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      They all are beating YawneR in entertainment. Y&R is just lucky.

  44. Kathy

    October 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Stopped watching Y&R after Jeanne Cooper died. Also, it makes me sad to see Steve Burton on Y&R–he belongs on General Hospital. Found his character on Y&R to be boring so I stopped watching. Love General Hospital. I’m addicted.

  45. rman56

    October 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I watch them both but GH will never be a better soap than Y&R.

  46. Carol

    October 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I watch them both and I think that people are hating the Delia dying story and are sick of the way everyone treats Adam. The Jack vs. Victor stories are tired and the show is lacking balance. GH on the other hand is fun! I tune in for an escape, not to be depressed.

  47. Marf

    October 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Love General Hospital since the OLTL actors helped pump up some tired story lines. Great writing with the new team. Excited to see Robin back in the story line! Love Kiki, Silas, and Franco characters. Best soap on TV!

  48. jos

    November 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Amen to that!!!
    GH Rocks..
    Y&R is a copycat of GH
    And it still suckssss!!!

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.


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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.

In part two; questions ranged from: his connection with his on-screen brother played by Josh Swickard, if he would ever consider a return to Days of our Lives to reprise the role of Tanner Scofield (his first soap role), what is his favorite part of playing Hamilton Finn, and the casting of his on-screen daughter Violet played by Jophielle Love and more.

One question posed to Easton revolved around the just completed Daytime Emmys, when he was asked: “How many times have you submitted yourself for the Emmys? Some actors seem to put a real emphasis on being nominated but you don’t seem to care that much?”

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.”

Make sure to “Like” Michael’s official Facebook page, if you have not already to see more of his “Ask Me Anything’s”

So, what are your hopes for Hamilton Finn when Michael returns to taping new episodes of General Hospital in the future?

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WATCH: 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners Virtual Interviews

This year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were back on television for the first time since 2011, and back on CBS.  Due to the times we are living in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual kudofest, honoring the best in daytime programming, had to move from its originally scheduled live event to a virtual one.

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.

Over the weekend, we caught up with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim Nero, General Hospital) for another heartfelt chat on her second all-time win in the category, and Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, who won this award for the fifth time in his career as he shared how much he learned from his late legendary parents and Y&R and B&B co-creators: Lee Phillip Bell, who was part of the In-Memoriam tribute on the telecast, and the late Bill Bell.

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.

Now watch the reactions, thoughts and emotions of this year’s major Daytime Drama Emmy winners below!  Then let us know, who you were most excited about being honored with the Emmy, and more via the comment section .

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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