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General Hospital Scores 2nd Most-Watched-Week in Over 2 Years in Key Demo!

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The Young and the Restless is not the only show to have an extremely strong ratings week ending October 20th! According to ABC, General Hospital delivered its 2nd-most-watched week in well over 2 years in the key Women 25-54 demo!  And the show continued to be strong for the 9th straight week in Women 18-34 and in the number one spot in that demo!  Looks like Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) return to the canvas, and all the events surrounding it are clearly paying off for GH!

Here is the official summary of the numbers from Nielsen via ABC, “General Hospital climbed to an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (745,000/1.2 rating) and delivered its 2nd-most-watched week in well over 2 years in Women 25-54 (960,000/1.6 rating) – since weeks of 9/26/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – ranking a solid #2 in the demos and was the #1 program for the 9th straight week in Women 18-34 (254,000/0.8 rating).   Furthermore, it climbed to a six-month high in Total Viewers (2.821 million) – since week of 4/8/13.  General Hospital  improved over year ago levels by 11% in Women 18-49 (745,000 vs. 672,000) and by 17% in Women 25-54 (960,000 vs. 819,000).”

So it looks to be a very good time for soaps as we head into the crucial and all important November Sweeps period!   What do you think of General Hospital’s performance over the last week?  Do you think with the big ratings period behind us, GH will score in the top spot of all the key female demos? And what about the men? What show are you watching?  Let us know!

 

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Jake NJ
Jake NJ

The show has been “must see TV”. I love the stories…all the former cast and stories being blended into the new. Btw I thought the Heather, Lucy and Scotty scenes were so funny…the three of them have such comedic timing…give us more Ron and Frank.

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

I enjoyed that scene too, and hope the 3 work together again in the future…i wonder if Heather got her disguise from the same disguise shop where Dr.O gets hers…

Shay
Shay

What I want to know is where Dr. O. obtained that oh-so fab and fashionable black croc tote she used to stash her disguise and weapons of mass comas….wonder if it could have come from that same high-end handbag shop in Switzerland that left “The Oprah” in such a snit????? As Britt pointed out, the stylish scientista does have money!!! LOL…..

Jane
Jane

I hope Valentini is cluing into the meaning behind this……fans love theScorpios!

jake r
jake r

Hear hear! The Scorpios-Robert and Robin, Mac, and Anna Devane (Scorpio) are all on fire! And the evil comedy pair of Cesar Faison and Liesl Obrecht are the best super villain duo ever on daytime TV, even better than Mitch Laurence and Allison Perkins.

Mika
Mika

I have to admit that I love most of GH these days, but the when the focus is on the Jeromes, Morgan and Kiki and Michael, Franco and Carly, I will fast forward or in the case this week skip those days.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Agree totally on the Franco and Carly piece, and Michael and Kiki are beyond boring now that they’re in happily ever after. However, Morgan and the Jeromes were fabulous today! As were Robin and Faison, Britt and Nik, Robert and Anna.

The show is getting better and better.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Although I wish they would resolve their contract issues with Genie and Tony, if only to give us a decent resolution to LnL. Even to be done with it after that.

su0000
su0000

You are FF past some very exciting good stuff …

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I agree with su0000 100%…

heidi
heidi

Well deserved!!! Still think it should be numder one!!! Love GH!!! Love the great legacy characters getting more play!! It truly is must see most of the time!!! Thanks GH!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Which legacy characters are getting more play exactly?

janet
janet

Welcome to the Scorpios. Goes to show you. Give the fans who they want, and your ratings will go up. I am not happy about more mobs, but I just DVR and can FF the ones I don’t like. The week -one day I watched real time .If I never see Scummy, Carley, Franco, Luke the new mobs I am fine.I know we have to wait for sweeps ,so the conclusion of Robins abduction will be she sees all and cannot tell she4 is alive. get on with it. Oh yes also here the he !! is AJ ?

Joshua
Joshua

Jill Farren Phelps, if you can take a break from killing “Young and the Restless,” please tune into “General Hospital” and take notes.

This is how you do daytime drama … and don’t alienate long-time viewers.

mary
mary

No. I want JPP to stay at Y&TR. Gh is great these days w/o you. Steve Burton can also stay at Y&R too. We are better at GH w/o you.
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jake r
jake r

I agree! I don’t understand all the people clamoring for Jason to come back. I never got the love for that character. He was always so rude to Alan and Monica, who wasn’t even his birth mother but raised him and took care of him. And why is it every time he was in the hospital for some brain-related issue or another, he was allowed to wear his black t-shirt instead of a hospital gown?

Johnny
Johnny

Josh….are you actually suggesting that JFP look around and take note of her mistakes????? She is in this business since the 70’s….if she was going to learn from past mistakes….don’t you think she would have done that already?

Patty
Patty

I don’t care for Michael and Kiki. Trying to justify that Morgan did wrong for keeping her real identity from them makes them the victim is stupid. He only did that because his brother was after his girlfriend and couldn’t be trusted. Trying to make stupid out of the viewers in order to put them together is insulting. Although this is not real life, these things in real life happen and no one would say it’s ok for a brother to go after a brothers girlfriend or wife and them play them as the victims is not realistic. My friends and I will not watch any part of the show that involves Kiki and Michael.

Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown

2 good actors wasted…

Margaret Johansen
Margaret Johansen

The show has been incredible! I’m excited to watch it EVERYDAY!! I feel like it’s been November sweeps for the last 2 weeks and it’s still October!!

mary
mary

Totally must see TV. Better than anything on nighttime tv. I still hope Spixie get their baby back. Gp GH

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I hope Maxie & Spinelli get their baby back.. I can’t stand LuLu these days. Saying it’s her baby, her daughter , and isn’t giving her up. She has a sad awakening coming. LuLu is oppessed …Don’t care for her much lately…

mary
mary

I call Lulu, Shrewlu, because she has become such a bitch, a shrew. I always love to see Jerry Jaks, robert, and Faison. I hope Ron writes it that spixie get
Their baby. I also hope that the Britch baby is 1/2 hers and 1/2 Dante. Now that would be interesting. Love GH these days.

Shay
Shay

@mary… I love the “ShrewLu” label, too, as do so many others….it deliciously defines the role: girl has gone from 0 to 100 as lame, but basically likeable, to absolutely beyond insufferable….cannot imagine how she’ll ever be able to get back into the good graces of the viewers when this babymamadrama finally ends. JMB definitely could have pulled off the range of emotions and their nuances that Lulu has experienced over these past many months, but sadly, ER as NuLuLu never achieved those necessary shades of gray. Thus, I see this character/actress continuing to struggle with finding her place and fanbase. As for Britt’s baby, I am still holding out hope that it will actually be her biological child, and that she lied to Faison simply to get his goat….in terms of the real father, there could be numerous tantalizing possibilities if dear “mutter” provided the ” paternal DNA” via her vast collection of past patients. With her Swiss House of Horrors, she had access to many fine specimens, including a Quartermaine, at least one Cassadine, possibly a Jerome, not to mention Scorpio and Duke. Who knows of what and from whom materials she availed herself???? Would be rather awesome if Britta’s offspring is related to Prince Nicky…..would provide yet another impetus for their union.

Merry M.
Merry M.

Can’t wait to see more of Anna and Duke, with some excitement and reminiscing about the past. Their love is the very best!!!!!

Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown

Use the Duke character better.

jake r
jake r

GH is GREAT right now! Has been since Robert woke up from his coma and Robin became a contract player again.

I love the days of the week where we have Robert, Anna, Robin, Cesar, Lisl Obrecht, Jerry Jacks, and Luke. And even the Jerome stuff has grown on me a bit.

Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown

Some of these actors play the best crazy I have ever seen!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

On the coming attractions for Gh’s Monday episode you see ROXY! I wonder what will be going on with that. Roxy is a BLAST!

mary
mary

Is she going to be Roxy from OLTL or Delia from Ryan’s Hope. Either way, Irene Kristen is great.

Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown

YAY!

Jill
Jill

Yes, it is totally about the Scorpio/Devane shows, the fans want them! Having Dr. O has given some comic relief. I also do not care about Micheal/Kiki/Morgan.

I would rather see Molly, the long lost Kristina, and wrap up the AJ story.

GH is the best and always has been!

Gina S
Gina S

Olbrecht & Faison are awesome lately…keep them going (not to jail) I have watched GH since the beginnings with my Nana, it is great……Can’t wait for Patrick & Robin to reunite…his connection with Sabrina sucks. Hope Robert sticks around Lulu has turned into a whiny shrew with no fashion sense….hoping though that Britt’s baby is hers & Dante’s since Britt has already said Ben isn’t hers …..keep up the good work xoxo

Shay
Shay

Yes, Dr. O. must be kept on the canvas at all costs….even if they have to dip into the Anthony Geary slush fund to do so…..sorry Luke, you have been uproariously upstaged and her name is Liesl Obrecht!!!! It is high time for this Valkyrie-loving vixen to assume Helena C’s mantle as GH’s resident “Madame Kryptonite,” the irrepressible and impossible to vanquish villainess of venom. As the glittering Germanic glory, Gati is wickedly worthy, the height of wight!!!!

MarLo
MarLo

LOVE LOVE LOVE GH!!! Been watching for 30 years
And I won’t stop no matter what! But I must say I
Am THRILLED to have Robert back and to see Robert
and Anna back in action! It’s just killing me that they just
missed Robin! Waiting for robin to reunite with Patrick
and Emma!!!!!!! At first I wasn’t sure about Morgan
but his acting is def growing on me! Very real! Keep
up the good work GH!!!!!!! Now if Steve Burton would return all
will be right in Port Charles! 😉

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I am a man and have watch GH since it began………..love what I see a mix of excellent actors and a good storyline dictate a excellent return for Kimberly/Robin. To bad the writing was not as good for Genie Francis’s return…………good storytelling for good actors mean a ratings hike and talking for more people to watch………..also advertisement as Brenda received in 2010 can do it too…….keep up the good work GH and please try to do it for all cast……….Love Robin and her return…..

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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