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General Hospital Posts Biggest Year To Year Gain Of Any Daytime Program! Scores Biggest Gains In Key Demos Of Any Daytime Drama!

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There was great ratings news to share today via an official press release from ABC!

After the ratings for the week of June 2nd to June 6th, General Hospital posted the biggest year to year gains of any program in daytime in Total Viewers (+24% – 3.1 million vs. 2.5 million) and of any daytime drama in Women 18-34 (+24% – 216,000 vs. 174,000), Women 18-49 (+22% – 680,000 vs. 557,000) and Women 25-54 (+20% – 909,000 vs. 757,000)!

General Hospital ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14.

Also impressive, GH spiked to a 21-week high in Total Viewers (3.1 million) – since week of 1/6/14 – with the week placing among the series’ Top 5 weeks in nearly 6-and-a-half years (dates back to 1/28/08).

Congratulations to the hard working men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the ABC daytime drama!

So, if you are a fan of General Hospital what do you think of the impressive numbers and year to year increase?   Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
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su0000

CONGRATS!! GH!

The staff at GH are doing an awesome job..
All their efforts have paid off in a huge way..

I predict;

Y&R will be eating GH dust, sooner than later .. 🙂

((the sponsors who mainly bring us our soaps care mostly about the demo numbers, and GH has them ..))

AJQ
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AJQ

Yeah, great job. I love the PR spin by ABC. GH is up 24% from this time last year when it had only 2.5 million viewers. Anyone remember what happened this time last year? The OLTL 3 came back, a complete disaster replete with relish stories and DVD’s, and the ratings plummeted. So RC/FV and company drive the ratings down a few hundred thousand viewers, and a year later they rebound from their own mess, and it’s a huge gain. OK. I assume some of the increase is curiosity for Michelle Stafford and some people migrating from Y&R to check… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

The only spin here is coming from you, AJQ, or GH50, or whatever name you’re going by this week. GH is doing great and you can’t stand it, cause it shoots a big hole in your spin that the show is going down the tubes. “RIP GH”, wasn’t that what you wrote a few weeks back? LOL, GH couldn’t be healthier!

David
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David

I see GH50 or should I say AJQ cannot handle when there is good news for GH. Keep on crying, ABC has no reason to spin PR. If they were not happy with the numbers they simply would not send out a release but hey if it makes you happy to post your hate go for it.

Matthew
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Matthew

Aww snap. You got served!

Nick
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Nick

Evan, if you can’t tolerate any statements/opinions that are less than 100% positive about GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you go somewhere else or do something else with your free time. This is not a GH-cheerleader thread, and AJQ above has every right to express himself here. Oh yeah, this commenter did something terrible: He actually had the audacity to not gush about how wonderful GH is or kiss Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini’s behinds! Yes, all things considered, GH is doing fairly well in the ratings now, especially considering how things looked for the… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Hey Evan, GH50 here, If someone else is using some of my opinions or former ideas and content, good for them. You seem to think you’re very smart, trying to make a connection and imply that only one person can have the same views, but if you can quote directly from one of my previous posts, then I guess someone else can too, makes sense right? Thanks for also twisting a quote of mine. When I said “RIP GH” I was talking mainly about the quality of the show. It was a post about Nina and the need to bring… Read more »

DidjaNoit
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DidjaNoit

You are right AJQ, but I don’t think anyone is really paying attention to the actual numbers, other than us. GH has 216k in the 18-34 age group, 680k in the 18-49 demo, and that’s a good thing?? It is an improvement over last year’s ratings for Cartini, but there is no way to spin less than a million viewers in the key demos as a step up for GH. General Hospital stayed on the air because of the numbers it drew in these demos, usually making up half or two thirds of the total viewers. Like you said, the… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

David, the way I responded to Evan above goes for you too. If you cannot tolerate someone posting a comment that is the slightest bit negative or critical about anything related to GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you get off this thread right now. If you truly think that any commenter who conveys any bit of constructive criticism about the show or analyzes the ratings numbers in a less than 100% gushing way is spewing “hate” about GH, then YOU are paranoid and YOU’RE the one with the problem, not anyone else. I’m sure many… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

Hey Nick, did I miss where you were elected the policeman for this page? Where do you get off telling people to stop posting here? There’s only one man that can do that, his name is Michael Fairman, and he runs the site. You talk about other posters being disrespectful and rude, and here you are doing the same thing that you accuse others of. Seems to me like you’re the one that has the problem here, not anyone else. @GH50/AJQ: That was a very clever line about me going back to who I report to and working the boards,… Read more »

harry
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harry

Dear Evan and David:
Having read many of GH50’s posts, I developed an ear for his/her tone of voice. AJQ has a different narrative voice. Moreover, it’s not like ALQ wrote anything insulting or outlandish so why would GH50 bother changing names in order to fool people? Finally, GH50 strikes me as the kind of person who doesn’t need to resort to changing names in order to make an assertion.
The one thing these two commentators have in common is they make a lot of sense.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Hey Nick (or whoever you choose to call yourself),

Don’t you ever get tired of repeating yourself after 3 years now? Just take your anti-soap agenda, and go home will you?

Nick
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Nick

Hey Troy, No sorry, I won’t “go home”. Don’t give me orders. Why should I, simply because YOU don’t like that I didn’t post cheerleader-type comments? This is a free country and a public board. Don’t YOU ever get tired of spouting the same old, tired, (dead-wrong) nonsense/garbage ad-nausem after three years now and exposing yourself everywhere as a complete buffoon?? It must be a gift. Well, we’re beyond tired of your pathetic act on these sites, so it works both ways. In case you’re unaware, in this world and especially on Internet boards like this, you’ll find commenters with… Read more »

harry
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harry

Well, Troy the boy, maybe Nick wouldn’t have to keep repeating himself if people didn’t resort to name calling or other sophomoric antics when someone dares to voice a critical opinion about GH. I for one think Nick the Knife rocks, and he is absolutely right on here.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Nick,

It just galls you that I (and others) can see through your anti-soap agenda, doesn’t it? You’re the one that’s been chasing soap lovers all over the Internet for the last 3 years trying to stifle soap lovers-when YOU are the one that’s been proven wrong at every turn. The old saying goes “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, everyone is NOT entitled to their own facts.” Face it, your facts and agenda are wrong. Give it up, and go home

Angela
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Angela

Two Words…Michelle Stafford

David
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David

Michelle Stafford was probably part of it but there was also a lot of other stuff going on as well.

Nikki
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Nikki

SO proud to be a General Hospital fan! Not just because of this impressive achievement and their growing numbers, but because of the quality of the show. This past year has been the best it’s been in YEARS and I love watching it every day. Is every storyline, every choice, perfect? No, no soap or primetime show is, but the majority, the show as a whole? The strong dialogue, the action, the drama, the rumor, the romance, the twists and turns? The amazing acting, the returning actors, the use of the ensemble cast? It’s all been brilliant and I love… Read more »

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

Im glad the ratings are good but im also a bit suprised…im still watching and find it sometimes entertaing but the writing is often confusing and dumb. Anna and Jordan should not be seen discussing the mob in a public park where they can easily be seen, how and why did Rafe suddenly become a drug addict and where has he been all this time, the babys death did bring some grim realism to GH but it wasnt well acted and the baby looked too fake(yeah, i know they couldnt use a real baby), the hitman leaving a room full… Read more »

Matthew
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Matthew

You got a problem with Jordan looking like Michelle Obama?

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

No…i have no problem with her looking like Mrs.Obama…i was just commenting on her resembalance…i just feel she doesnt act like a real undercover agent…which i have a problem with…my family voted for Obama!!!

Matthew
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Matthew

Thanks for clarifying that this in the only assessment you made in your comment that you don’t have a problem with. I thought the same thing, there was a moment when the drug bust went down on the pier that Jordan looked identical to the FLOTUS.

Timmm
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Timmm

The only way Y&R recovers is to bring back Michael Muhney. Thats it! Viewers of Y&R are pissed. Some I would think are peaking at GH since they snagged Michelle Stafford. Go GH and please write good stories with our veteran actors and include the Q’s!

Jeffery
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Jeffery

It’s all Maura West’s fault. Damn her for gluing my eyes to the screen every time Ava appears! What she said in her recent TV Guide interview is right. The writers pack each episode with so much action and plot development that no viewer can afford to miss a single episode. Congratulations to all. Fifty-one years and still going strong!

mgb357
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mgb357

when will the network programming wizards take notice?

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree with su0000, GH is doing an awesome job! There have been so many high points throughout the last few years and I thank RV, RC, the extremely talented cast and crew, and even those in the offices for working so hard to make this the best show possible.

Is there room for improvement? Of course. But day after day, year after year, I am so happy to be watching GH and the fantastic show they all work so hard to present us, the viewers.

I wish them continued success!!!

Omar
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Omar

Great news!!! CONGRATS to the cast and crew and for us fan for supporting the show.

I love the way networks come out all giddy with press releases when their programs show great ratings/gain, yet NOT one of the 3 networks will broadcast the Emmy awards either in primetime or even in daytime, especially CBS and ABC, to SHOW their support for their Daytime line up!!!

Very excited for GH. 🙂

Fanny
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Fanny

With Frank C.@the helm, and Ron as head writer the show has been GREAT.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Congrats GH. Hiring Michelle Stafford was worth it

boes
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boes

And it’s been a wise financial decision, too. They only have to pay her in animal parts.

Mika
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Mika

Awesome! GH has been my #1 soap for over 30 years!

Elhu
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Elhu

Congratulations !!!!! I am so happy for everyone at GH (and for all of us – the fans, as well). Going from “almost” extinction to being on top of their game, and topping the ratings charts in important categories – WAY TO GO, and kudos to everyone in front of, and behind the cameras!!!!! Here’s to many more great years of incredible stories!!!!!

JulieW
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JulieW

TV Guide’s Michael Logan just tweeted that Billy Miller is going to General Hospital and it’s a done deal. Jill Farren Phelps must be crapping in her diapers. Go GH.

Geena
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Geena

GH continues to collect all the Y&R talent too! BM is apparently heading that way. The gains will keep on coming

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Congrats GH cast and crew!!! 🙂 The best soap opera 🙂

David
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David

Very happy to see the constant improvement in the ratings and numbers like this. You see all the complaining but the constant improvement in numbers and ABC’s press releases prove that to the majority of the audience(i.e. the non internet posters) they are happy with the show. Keep it up Ron/Frnak, cast and crew

Andrew Esposito
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Andrew Esposito

SOOOO VERY WELL DESERVED. NO BETTER SOAP AROUND. THEY WERE ROBBERIES BY THE EMMY’S, WHAT A JOKE !!!

janet
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janet

from abc ???

Charles B
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Charles B

How about that Mr Frons? Not so smart to say that soaps are no longer popular or profitable. Congrats to GH but a big mistake by the Academy to give a nomination to OLTL over GH.

su0000
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su0000

yah.. I do not understand that..
GH has doubled its’ viewers, people are tweeter trending it, fans are excited, GH has arisen and arrived and is breathing down the neck of Y&R, yet it was shunned by the emmy judges..
makes no sense, not at all..

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

To paraphrase Mark Twain-the rumors of GH’S death have been GREATLY exaggerated

David
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David

Since the 50th and even just before that GH’s demise has stopped being talked about unless your the typical gloom and doom people who only complain about the show.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Congratulations for making my point for me. There is a certain segment of the GH fanbase that secretly wish for the show’s cancellation so they can be proven right. It does my heart good every time to prove them wrong

dfm
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dfm

now ABC needs to bring AMC/OLTL back! even 1/2 each would be good. still 2hour soap block!!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

They deserve these numbers. Ever since the new regime took over it has been must-watch. Why? Because the stories are fast-paced and something big happens almost every day. They don’t keep you waiting weeks or months for the payoff most of the time. They also have many, many stories going on so you don’t get bored of seeing the same 10 characters every day for months on end. Also, the cast is fantastic.

harry
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harry

They don’t keep you waiting? Are you kidding, Nick D? They not only keep you waiting, the stories sometimes are left on the cliff to hang for weeks on end. Yes, the show is fast paced, but it is also disjointed and badly paced. I am convinced that the only people watching have short attention spans. I get bored because the basic storyboard of good storytelling is not utilized–there is no introduction, rising action, climax and resolution. I think those who watch GH on a regular basis are easily pleased and most likely do not plumb the great books because… Read more »

aria
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aria

finally looks like things are paying off, hopefully the show will stay on track. I’m enjoying all the current storylines, loving the new addition Michele stafford , she’s doing a great job,i’m also loving Jordan, and Anna, talk about girl power, Patrick and Sabrina are breaking my heart. Ava, gurl, you in trouble!, lol, Maura West is badass, the only one i’m not rooting for at al is Julian, he’s proven to be a disappointment, i just don’t see him as Alexis great love, so far he’s coming across like a weasel. I don’t see him as either a villain… Read more »

abruzzfan
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abruzzfan

Congrats! GH is great!

Kaffen
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Kaffen

It was Sam Silas and Michelle that’s all…It was a good week…

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Congratulations GH.

Kathy
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Kathy

How about the rest of us who are over 49?? We are the boomers and we have been watching GH since high school! . Why do the ratings people only worry about the younger people watching TV. We are the ones who have the time to watch the soaps. Keep up the good work! I was sad to lose All my Children and OLTL, and I’m glad that some characters from OLTL are now on GH acting as other characters.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Ratings are reported that way because that’s what ad agencies & marketing people need to target their ads. It’s been proven time & again that older people are not as susceptible to advertising as younger people. Ad agencies & marketing companies don’t care about 49+ because in their opinion, they are not seeing substantial returns on their investment when buying ad space for tv commercials. They are the ones who want to know what the age breakdown is of a tv show’s audience, and whether it’s on the increase or decline because they target a specific age group for their… Read more »

moshane58
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moshane58

Regardless what some thing his show has made a big turn around and really good to me. Just think this is Nielsen Box holders. Wonder what the real total viewers are.

Dee Dee
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Dee Dee

That is because they have a great cast. But I think the heart felt performance from Teresa/ Sabrina and Patrick Jason Thompson was simply amazing

boes
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boes

GH has benefited from soap fans who have lost their shows and, loyal folks that we/they are, they’re watching a subpar production, which is better than none. I think it’s a toss up as to which show is worse, Y&R or GH – and it’s a shame. Billy Miller will be a reason to watch, at least until he isn’t. That happens with so much of GH under these two. There can be good parts, good episodes, but the overall show is just a tired cartoon on an endless loop. The B.S. about these “numbers” is so artificial, such a… Read more »

Deb AD
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Deb AD

I’ve been watching soaps for over 35 years, on and off, but started with GH as a teenager during the Luke and Laura years. I have to say, that despite the weak story lines and lack of any real character development on GH, I really love this soap, for it ‘s pure entertainment value. I try to turn off my brain and just enjoy the fun and great performances. Maura West was so boring as Diane on Y&R, yet wonderful on GH. I love the way she devours every scene she is in. Excited that Michelle Stafford has joined the… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Happy for GH. I am grateful for an hour of entertainment that I can rely on day after day, week in and week out. Im enjoying most everything on the show and most every character. I don’t think that there are any characters that I hate (I even like Sonny now that they’ve made him less a hero and more the villain he’s always been). Would like a little more fun on the show and would like to see some of the dropped stories picked up (Milo running Lucy’s healthclub and just who was the mysterious patient that Kevin kept… Read more »

lizzy
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lizzy

What is this Bull ____________ about the Daytime Emmy Awards not being on TV . . . . Daytime is TV. What about the regular Emmy Awards where are we going to see them? This is an outrage. I can understand not running them at night. Didn’t daytime awards use to be during the day. In any case they could be taped and shown at a different time. I am like speechless. Is there anyone else out there that thinks something is wrong with this? HELLO. TV awards not being shown on TV. What’s up with that?

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

Nina is going to sneak into Sonnys house and mistakenly stab Carly thinking she was Ava…Ava finds a wounded Carly and picks up the knife just as Sonny walks in…Ava will be arrested for attempted murder…Nina will try to harm Kiki and this is when she’ll learn Kiki is her daughter!

lizzy
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lizzy

GREAT!!!!! Love it. – You should apply for a writer’s job only go to B&B because they really need you I am so over all this Wyatt and Hope and Liam crap. They are stuck in a rut over there. BUT I really love what you are coming up with for GH. Put it in a book form and I’ll be the first one in line waving my charge card.

Ces
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Ces

I’m always happy for GH’s success ….. however, I will still stand by the fact that we have too many cast members and too many stories just drop off or get picked up weeks later which kind of makes a person lose interest.

Breaking News

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.

Photo: JPI

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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