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

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

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
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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)
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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
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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
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Jane

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

jake r
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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
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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
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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
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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
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su0000

You are FF past some very exciting good stuff …

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree with su0000 100%…

heidi
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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
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Johnny

Which legacy characters are getting more play exactly?

janet
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

2 good actors wasted…

Margaret Johansen
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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
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mary

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

SUSAN M.
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Merry M.
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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
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Mrs Brown

Use the Duke character better.

jake r
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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
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Mrs Brown

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

SUSAN M.
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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
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mary

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

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

YAY!

Jill
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…..

Breaking News

Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless has Victor and Nikki, played by Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, and General Hospital has Maurice Benard and Laura Wright as Sonny and Carly,

The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, glad to see the soaps getting these collectible covers? Comment below.

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GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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