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General Hospital Scores Best May Sweeps In Total Viewers In Seven Years!


It was a big May Sweeps for ABC’s General Hospital, the Nurses Ball along with the other major stories throughout the sweeps period gave GH its highest number of total viewers for the ratings period in seven years with 3.068 million tuning-in!

In addition, according to ABC, GH nabbed its highest ratings in 3 years in Women 18-49 demo (747,000/1.2 rating) and the Women 25-54 demo (999,000/1.6 rating) – since May Sweeps 2007 and 2011, respectively – ranking as the #1 show in daytime in Women 18-49 (tied on rating).

General Hospital also stood as the #1 program in Women 18-34 (252,000/0.7 rating), hitting a 4 year high in the demo – since May Sweeps 2010. The lone ABC soap also generated gains in key measures including, by 8% in Total Viewers (3.068 million vs. 2.851 million), by 6% in Women 18-34 (252,000 vs. 237,000) and by 4% in Women 25-54 (999,000 vs. 964,000).

So what do you think of GH’s performance during May Sweeps? Were you tuning-in? What was your favorite story or moment?  Share your comments below!

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Obviously! GH is absolutely amazing. The writing is SO on point.

General Hospital rocks!!!

It deserves to be #1

and is kicking ass on all the soaps!!


Because a ton of Y&R fans have turn to watch it.

YES WE HAVE! YnR fans are loving it! Best soap on television now that YnR went to the dogs! #GH fan!

Congratulations to all involved. I tuned in and will keep tuning in. I may not agree with every storyline or character choice, but overall I enjoy the show. I am glad GH is on the air and that the ratings prove it deserves its spot in the ABC daytime lineup.

i watch all four remaining soaps – have watched gh since 1963……..having said that i have to say that i feel that dool had the best may sweeps this year………..jmo

Hello Ethel :

right ON!

Days of OUR Lives is tantamount to ALL the elements woven, intrigue, spin, allure, captivating… for that whole hour

don’t get me wrong…

I get so combusted… when … after spending so much time… in and around… weaving a tell tale that salivates… tune in

it does seem to tailspin and land… ugh! in Daniel and Jennifers Orbit ?!?! I am so OVER this parts… when do they stop… and listen to the audience…

Daniel and Jenn are so dulling the end response… to satisfy

I WAS loving out loud… and giddy beyond surprise… when Nicole was reading Daniel the riot act… “stay out of my life” “we are not friends, from here on out”

YES, YES, YES !!!!

bravo… !!!!

why for far too long… is Daniel knighted… the mt. sinai, mt. hope, mt. rock of gribraltor, gods web is mine to eradicate

and there goes Jenn … deer in headlights… horton embarrassment

anyway… after all that

Daniel and Jenn

like Michael and Kiki

are still front and center

DAYS of OUR Lives… clearly… resonates, imbues electric, and clearly enervates their show of shows with all the requisite elements that make serial prosper

Paige has taken hold… and that’s thanks to JJ magnetism

Lucas is back in front burner stat… and belongs… we need Sheryl to return to stratsophere his sense of humor… and audience love for

Sami just yesterday… is knocking me out of the park… or, should I say… hair and make-up department… she is so hot looking

the tailspin , going on with Will and Sonny is so refreshing and tell it like it is… to add layers and nuance to thee most talked about pairing… in this decade… kudos

Brady and Theresa… say what one will about Theresa… fan spin… she makes DAYS alive… with her uninhibited … I like how this story is unfolding… it’s only going to get power and through the roof FIRED up… when Kristen and Eve happen on the scene

it’s amazing to wonder… that with the spoiler alerts… and press… about the BIGGEST characters leaving the canvas… EJ, Sami, Nick, and even Chandler Massey… that DAYS fans… I know… are not worried about how on par excellent the DAYS production.. cast included.. have all stirred up the genre… I’m stoked… alive with… and giddy

anyway… I keep pressing for

Days of OUR Lives… ignites

finally somebody else gets it!

I love the music cue for JJ and Paige!

ethel, I get it too!

I’m glad GH is rising in the ratings. I haven’t watched in years but Y&R is soo bad it needs to be knock out of first place.

100% total agreement on everything you said. Especially about Y&R. I took the Muhney Walk on Jan 30, and have not gone back. But, I read the messages boards, and I am not missing anything. I gave my DVR scheduled to GH since Jan 31, and have no plains to take it off. I would love for Michael Muhney to show up as Jason or a new character saving ELQ. He looks so fine in a three piece suit. Y&R’s days are numbered, but, GH is just cracking up.

I started reading the recaps on GH last week. I get more enjoyment from just reading what’s going on in Port Charles, then watching or should I say fast forwarding Y&R.

Ditto! To Melissa

So many things that are so good on GH that I can’t just pick one…The show is on fire…

I have a love/hate relationship with GH…it can really be good at times and it can be bad too…but i stick with it because in spite of some flaws im still entertained…a year ago some said GH would be off the air by the end of 2013 but its still here…if it ever gets cancelled i wont loose any sleep over it but i dont see any cancellation in the near future! Now we all have our right to an opinion but some just constantly complain about the show with not one positive thing to say about it…well, they say that they invested so many years watching it and hope it improves and show their support but when their comments is 100% negative that doesnt show support at all…its like if that person cant have it their way all the time they seem to want to drive new viewers away with constant criticism and then if it is cancelled then they can say i told you so! I make some complaints…like the seemingly forgotten Patrina car accident or sex in a crypt and too much violence but i also say what i like about it: im not a Sam fan but i like the storyline involving Silas and Nina…fluke story is creepy fun but its time for the reveal…Dr.O should be less campy and violent but actress K.G. is so good i can overlook it some of the time…lets just say i like GH 75% percent of the time!!! If i thought it was as horrible as much as some commentors think it is and constantly complain without one positive thing to say, i simply wouldnt tune in!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver);
” If i thought it was as horrible as much as some commentors think it is and constantly complain without one positive thing to say, i simply wouldnt tune in!!!”//

LOL I believe they are-
Soap Opera Masochist’s..!
A study should be done on soap fans who hate their soap and inflict pain on themselves by watching it , that would be a study in- soap opera masochism.

I have no idea why any sane person would watch a soap they hate and inflict pain upon themselves suffering through it, buy watching.. LOL

Use that mentality for yourself when it comes to Y&R, su0000..You always trash and belittle the show..If you have so much distaste for the show, STOP watching..Reading this post you left and reading all your old posts regarding Y&R, It shows how much you fake the funk big girl!!

Here you go again. Andy yet, you go onto the blog comment section when the subject is about Y&R to post how much you hate it. But you watch.
Su000–it is not your job to psychoanalyze or insult viewers who are unhappy with the show. And frankly, I have found in life that those who go around questioning other people’s sanity are usually projecting.

Well said @jimh(leave it to beaver). SOMETHING is pulling in over 3mill viewers. And i’m sure it’s not to watch and then complain on Social Media…on the other hand…LOL

The 3 million number is a little bit of spin lol! This ABC press release is a bit of creative representation. It is usually understood that the “sweeps numbers” are the average for the period. Just like when we get the weekly numbers, we use the five day average and then you can see the breakout of the day to day numbers that change with highs and lows. In this instance, the ABC press release that has been picked up and the “spin” if you will, is carefully worded.

GH had it’s “highest number of total viewers for the ratings period in seven years with 3.068 million tuning in.” Get it? 3.068 million tuning in. That was a high for a day. The actual average for the four weeks counted was about 2.8 million total viewers. The average in 18-49 was about 645,000, not the 747,000 number posted above that is from the reporting. So they are inflating the numbers a bit to make them look better and so they can present that 3 million total viewer number that has alluded them for some time, but it isn’t the sweeps average, it is a one day high.

The average is still pretty good and higher than the last few years in total viewers. Interestingly, the 18-49 May sweeps averages were actually higher prior to Cartini. In 2011 it was 675,000, 2010 it was 877,000 and 2009 it was 856,000. The 2014 average is 645,000, 2013 was 602,000 and 2012 was 616,000. It’s interesting because they are always touting the key demo and they are actually lower. Hence the headline about “total viewers.” Which actually wasn’t 3 million on average for the period but a one day high.

But that’s what all networks do. They use language and numbers to their advantage and hope no one notices. lol! I don’t really get why they needed to be a bit deceptive like this. The 2.8 million number is pretty good and up from the last several years as well.

UGGHHH @AJQ…take an antacid…your stomach must be roiling about now. All that extra ACID cannot be good…

Thank you for the laughs, davlestev1….I particularly enjoyed your observations regarding “The Chew!” If there were ever a more unappetizing bunch of gadabouts obsessing over their respective foodstuffs, I couldn’t name them!!!!!

If they come out with a headline that says Y&R best ratings in seven years then you will know all this is smoke & mirrors until then this is probably true.

@jimh….You have made some excellent points and I do tend to agree with most of them….you already know what I love (Dr. O!) and despise (Sobby) about GH and everything in between, so I won’t expound, but for those of us who remember the show’s truly excellent days of the past, it is a real struggle to stay with it in its current form. There is so much to critique…format fatigue, storyline inconsistency, weak character development, an over-crowded canvas, etc… I just took a two-week break from the all the mob mess because I couldn’t stand it anymore, and only checked in today to see the Luke/Fluke sort of reveal, although that plot has been milked too much already…it’s time to wrap it up and move on. Having said that, I also frequently agree with the program’s most stringent critics here at MF….they are usually right on and very eloquently state their case(s)….I really don’t think anyone posts here simply to get their kicks by grousing…..they are each trying to be helpful in their own manner. Lastly, I enjoy reading nearly all the diverse opinions stated here….many provide excellent food for thought, but I have to say @Harry really hit the nail on the head in reference to the one persistent poster that completely leaves me cold with those manic remarks reminiscent of an escaped mental patient’s rantings (and not in a good “Heather Webber” sort of way…..) “Projecting,” indeed!!!!! Nice one, Harry!!!

You have some good points too and i do read all comments but there is one who hasnt said one positive thing about GH which makes me wonder why tune in…i remember GHs early 1980s storylines with the Quartimaines, the Webbers, Noah, Anne, Diana, Bobbi and so one and i consider 1978 to 1985 GHs golden years and i doubt the cast and storylines will ever reach that high level of greatest…how i wish it could be…GH currently does have a bloated cast, inconsistant plotlines and other flaws…im still waiting for them to mention the Patrina car accident again and the investigation into who caused it…i agree Sabrina and Patrick have no chemistry but i feel bad for the actress…i wish they try to pair her with someone else…she also acts too much with her eyes…if she needs to wear glasses and that would help her i would let her…GH has had some good episodes and some bad episodes but as long as they keep me interested ill watch…i know the 1980s are gone and many stars have come and gone but i feel if tptb would trim the cast by a few and write consistant character driven storylines the way they had done during their final year over at OLTL this show could be almost as great as it was in those good old days i mentioned!!!

@jimh…..The decade of 1980-1990 was my favorite GH time period….so many truly memorable characters and storylines!!!!! While I realize we can’t go back, it is always a thrill when we get to revisit the people and plotlines that made that era the show’s greatest ever…..I do realize we need a happy medium between then and now, but most of the modern roles are just soooo God awful!!!! (With the exceptions of our mutual favorite, Dr. O. and her kinder and sister….and by the way, we are going to be treated to Liesl’s softer, more humane side this summer, so I am definitely looking forward to that!!!!) But there really are some egregious aspects of today’s programs that are very hard to overlook…the format is truly tedious! It’s magnificent when a favorite of yours is on day after day after day, but as when GH turned into the “Ava Show” or worse yet, the “Sobby Show,” it was absolutely excruciating! (As I previously mentioned, I sat out almost the entire last few weeks because the characters featured were predominantly those for whom I do not care, and sadly, there are far too many of those these days!) I know you have a much more generous attitude toward the insipid babysitter and her shortcomings, but my thought is that all of these cast members are supposed professionals who are well paid for their contributions, and if we find them wanting in their dramatic presentations, then they should be fair game. Yes, I noticed the same thing with Sappy’s eye stuff, not to mention other strange speech and acting affectations that I have found to be very distracting….for me they were quite obvious, and I am surprised others did not find them as annoying as I did. In terms of that particular character for whom I hold so much disregard, I do feel that it was a grave error in judgment to give such a neophyte so much time and attention right out of the gate….she should have been parked behind the nurses’ station for at least six months to a year and gradually introduced, not force fed to us on a daily basis. I doubt that she would proved any more palatable to me under those circumstances, but that is just the preferable way to acclimate newbies to the canvas….witness Dr. O. and her journey to Port Charles! That lady left us wanting more….and more!!!!! At any rate, I still always hope for the best when I write of GH and its various components….it’s not simply an exercise in derision for me….when something is praiseworthy, I’m right there, too!!!! Oh, and once the bambino drama is dispensed with, there is going to be further examination of the carcrash….as a matter of fact, a spoiler I just read indicates that the culprit is going to be someone that no one has mentioned here yet (to my knowledge)…..yet another new summertime storyline!

Must be the Chew! 😉 good for GH !

I have heard that the Chew is reeling in many viewers…. GH should be thanking the Chew!
Bravo Cathy for realizing tthat!!!

LMAO…UHHH…NOT…They force feed you the last 5 seconds over the intro to GH and you couldn’t FF the DVR over it even if it you tried. Seconds before the show begins you’re treated to the hosts of the Chew hamming it up like you just missed the best Shepard’s Pie recipe on earth. You can only do SO MUCH to a recipe before you ruin it and I personally don’t need a bunch of uninteresting people telling me how to make a Bearnaise sauce for Eggs Benedict (which I love love love) when the Food Network and the Cooking Channel can tell me good enough…or i’ll just Google it and pick what’s closest. The Chew is only reeling in YOU…or so i’ve heard.

Dave, I am afraid I have to agree. I think people tune in to GH in spite of The Chew not because of it. When I tuned into GH from time to time, I made sure it was thirty second past the hour so I would not have to endure that obnoxious group of people who are probably the worst cooks I have ever encountered on television.
They’re so bad, they make Rachel Ray look like a culinary genius.

Here’s another fine example of ‘the numbers don’t lie’. Ratings go up because the audience is watching. The audience watches, disappointed or ecstatic with anticipation, and the company makes money. So, ABC/Disney, do you still care to suggest that the American people don’t give a damn? I know I do!

Congrats to GH on the great ratings.I know people complain about GH a lot and that is their right but they keep watching nonetheless.Which means to me that they complain and point out all the stuff about GH they don’t like but there might be some stuff they do like but won’t admit it.

Way to go GH!! I would love to see them pass the Young and the Nauseous and and the Bold and the Boring for the number 1 spot!!

But at the end of the day the overall GH #s will never be as high as Y&R!!! They still have over 4+ million viewers with over 3.+ ratings!!! GH struggles to get a day with over 3 million viewers GH will be canceled first….
I have been watching GH for over 42 years and I thought I would NEVER say this BUT the rate the writing is going for GH I do not see me watching through the New Year…. IT has been getting more painful to watch… GH needs new writers DESPERATELY!!!!!!!

I don’t think anyone is expecting GH to ever overtake Y&R for number one.As for Y&R it’s been renewed by CBS through 2017 i think.So they are at no risk to be cancelled anytime soon no matter how bad the ratings get.

I think people read nurses ball returns. Watched, now how are the ratings. I haven’t watched since Ava and Sonny desecrated AJ’s grave. That was the straw that broke the camels back. I have no interest in watching and I don’t.I read the boards and it makes sure I don’t bother.

I have my issues here and there with GH but overall they deserve this! It’s been non stop action for the whole month of May. Something for everyone. Many stories are coming to a head and I’m on the edge of my seat. Love it!!!

I have watched GH from the beginning and really like this soap. There have been a lot of up and down comments from GH fans during the past few years. I don’t believe any soap can be at the top all the time, but I think GH does a good job most of the time. They just need to try to not carry some parts of a story too long. For instance, by now we should know who the Fake Luke is. We are getting closer to his identity and hope we get the answer the early part of next week. Also, I would like it if they would use some of Vet Actors more often ….as most of them are awesome. But I will keep watching GH as long as it exists….and as long as I am able to!!! I am a loyal fan who loves “the good and the bad” of GH – and will not complain as long as the soap is there for us to watch!!!

Y&R has been at the top for over 25+ years!

Thank you Ron,
Maura West
Anthony Geary
Maurice Bernard

They all deserve Emmys.

Loving GH and DOOL right now.

Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL!!! Great writing, producing, and acting bring the show outstanding success. Looking forward to more to come!!! Obviously, GH is the BEST soap on the air.

I guess I have different taste than those who are still tuning in. I don’t watch much anymore because there are far too many characters and disjointed stories. If I like something/somebody, it/they disappear and I don’t know when they are coming back. Romance is hardly showcased and the endless baby stories are mind numbing.

I hope ABC are taking this into account when they’re deciding where to place Tyra Banks on the schedule.

Been tuning in for May Sweeps for Julexis! Julian & Alexis love story has me hooked!

Congrats to all those in front of and behind the camera, and to all of the fans for not giving up on our show, it truly is great !!!!! I will say though, IMO, I want this Fluke Luke storyline to end already. Fluke walking in on a poor institutionalized Luke was no shocker for most all of us who have known this since practically day one. Let’s make the reveal and move on already. I am long over this storyline. Great idea for sure, but too drawn out, IMO.

I hate to rain on GH’s victory parade, but keep in mind that this a matter of default. OLTL and AMC last air dates were about two and a half years ago. Last year, Prospect Park brought those soaps to us. This year, GH had only three other soaps with which to compete. I tuned into today for about 10 minutes because I was told there would be the great Fluke reveal, and it didn’t happen. But other really disturbing things did happen.
I find the stories to be choppy and disjointed, there are too many new characters whom I do not care about. The worst thing is that before one story is finished, another story is started without finishing the other story. There’s no resolution, therefore, no sense of satisfaction. I know, I know, here it comes…well, then why watch? Those who make this query to us disgruntled GH viewers will be happy to know you won’t have to ask me that again. After watching since 1979, I am finally done and you won’t have to hear my griping anymore. But careful for what you wish for because when people like me stop complaining that means we have stopped watching which means it will ultimately have an impact on the ratings. I am not alone with this sentiment.
Frankly, I don’t understand why some think this is great escapist storytelling anymore than some of you don’t understand why I think this is utter drivel seemingly designed to please those with short attention spans written by a head writer who seems to suffer from ADHD.
Thomas Mann asks,”What flows beneath the mainstream? Mediocrity.” Of course I think GH flows beneath the river of mediocrity so there’s that.

Everything you say is spot-on, Harry, but please don’t stop posting! I enjoy reading your comments, and for those who think that all you ever do here is deride GH…(and mostly deservedly so in my opinion…) I simply refer to your lovely remembrance of the character of Billy Clyde Tuggle on the Matthew Cowles tribute page. You demonstrated just how much of a loyal, valuable and enthusiastic soap connoisseur you have been through the years, and I for one would very much miss your contributions! Even when you have been negative in nature, your wit and quips have kept me endlessly amused! So please, don’t be a stranger!!!! ; )

OMG! “Nick Tortelli” indeed!!!! Hah! Sonny also bears quite a resemblance these days to that ultimate neurotic, “Adrian Monk!” Ironically enough, the same actor who played “Nick” also portrayed that detective character’s father on his eponymous show.

well since Y&R sucks and michelle moved there ,MM not longer there .BM .am goingto general hospital until they get rid of the phelps idiot on Y&R

GH deserves those number or better..its been consistently entertaining even with all its flaws, I always look forward for the next episode.

Cartoonish, choppy and ignored storylines or actors, excess violence that is not necessary BUT this show entertains with an amazing cast that smacks it out the park..GO GH!!


25-54 ROCK!!!

Congrats 🙂

I came back for Ric-Liz-Nik this May, but am enjoying so much. Loving the vast majority of it, in fact.
Kudos, writers!

May Sweeps was just a continuation of the already fantastic GH! But “Luke” needed to be unmasked , don’t want to wait till Tony returns from Amsterdam! The only thing GH is lacking is the GH theme song “fFaces Of The Heart” by Dave Koz & a proper opening montage of the actors names. The actors deserve name recognition as much as the EP & HW.

GH is unwatchable. RC & FV are the worst things to ever happen to GH.

~ Cosign- GH “Fan” 4 42 years and it has soooo much potential…. sad … they are wasting it!!! 🙁

Before FV and RC took over i think GH was on the chopping block.I’m not saying they themselves alone saved GH because a lot of people behind the scenes and in front of the camera IMO did just as much as they did to save GH.

Andrew, because you think I am Negative Nelly, I am going to tell you that when Ron and Frank first came aboard, I was singing their praises. Finally there was an end to Guza’s obsession with emulating The Soprano’s through Sonny and Jason. Ron was bringing back the vets–he paid fidelity to the past. He even brought back that Aussie superhero back, Robert Scorpio, who is still cooler than the other side of the pillow. But then he had Betty White cold cock him into a coma. Wait, that was Dr. Uh Oh but the Scorpio I know and love would never let any woman, other than Anna get the best of him. And then Scorpio was gone. One of the reasons people like me keep watching is there is flicker of hope that there will be a return to core families and then that flicker is snuffed out with an army of newbies whom we are expected to care about instantly. Ron and Frank employ a bait and switch tactic which keeps some of us hanging on.
I do not want to return to the 80’s–I swear I don’t even own a Member’s Only Jacket and acid washed jeans. I just want good fluid and solid storytelling to be employed in which you might see a poignant and realistic scene between husband and wife, brother and sister, father and son which strikes a familiar chord. To use a tired and over used phrase, I want character driven storylines.
I’d like to go back to how it was before Fronz and Guza took over. One thing Guza never understood about The Sopranos was that the most interesting, the most powerful moments were the pauses–the tense silence which existed between Tony and Carmella or Tony looking up at the sky searching for his family of ducks to come home.
I was disappointed that Ron now seems to be replicating Guza’s mobster storylines–only he does it faster and with a lot more characters. I am also disappointed that brilliant women like Alexis, Anna and especially Traci are made to look like fools.
Okay, I said I was going to stop complaining but I was attempting to tell you why some of us continue to give GH a chance and complain bitterly when we are disappointed. We aren’t trying to change your minds or fancy that Ron is actually reading these posts, but sometimes we just need to air our grievances.
And speaking of Sonny, is it me? Or is he starting to look and act like Carla’s ex-husband Nick Tortelli from Cheers?

@Harry..Well said and amusing. But people need to take into account that this is one person juggling countless characters and storylines and subplots and writing hundreds of scripts per year. You can’t always get everything right and sometimes you can tell when they step back, look at the bigger picture and ramp it up again. I agree with your character driven point but those are not always the best stories to tell. A lot of viewers don’t want to constantly watch endless scenes of people talking to each other and droning on and on about something that seriously ends up being less compelling than a viewer thinks. Character driven plots are probably the most difficult stories a writer can attempt to write for months on end. Something big eventually needs to transpire within their orbit at one point that always takes those types of stories into a whole other stratosphere. Can some of the way out wacky be dialed down a notch…certainly. But then just how mundane do you want a show to be. As for TPTB reading posts. I am almost certain that they do. Or at the very least are given a rundown of what people post on a regular basis regarding their shows. Ron Fairman on Air Soaps is important to the Daytime industry, trust that, and at times just may impact what we actually do see on our screens. There’s griping, there’re people who try to incite a posting war instead of a good debate, and there’re people like you who post great points and make you stop and think about what’s being said on here. They’re not bashing you because you piss and moan…they’re doing it because they don’t know how to put down what they think in an intelligent and thoughtful manner like you do.

I beg to differ, Jill Phelps is the worst thing that has happen to GH. The show was almost canceled because of her. Now, she is working her magic at Y&R. They are loosing fans, and GH is gaining them. Go Frank and Ron.

My theory for high sweeps ratings it was all those pesky Ron Moss and or Player fans they came out in droves to watch them perform on GH– LOL. Of course that promo promising Blackie aka John Stamos would be on had nothing to do with the increase what so ever–

Ronn Moss was only on GH for one episode i think during May Sweeps.Yeah maybe some of his fans tuned into watch him but they may have stayed around even after he was gone.

i hope it last, right now the show seems to be on track, the pace, storytelling, the acting, hopefully somebody is making sure Rc stays on track, and hopefully he wont burn and crash like he tends to do. Remember, Guza was capable of giving us great stuff for a short period then alot of crap later. thats why its important that somebody keep an eye on RC work, and FV should control the show more and not let RC go off.

GH has been quite good lately–but still mad they killed AJ and Sonny is a loser who deserves a painful death! I missed Britt and Dr. O this week!

GH has been on fire. Tony Geary is a TOUR DE FORCE.Finally he gets some amazing material after many years. #love

Simple Nurses Ball and Nicolas and Elizabeth were focused on made this happen.

I’m watching for Elizabeth; whether or not she’s w/Nik (Lik/Niz) or Ric (LiRic). I don’t mind SOME of the mob stuff, BUT the show IS CALLED GENERAL HOSPITAL!!! There should be hospital stuff happening. Elizabeth should be shown at the hospital (ex. taking care of Lucas since she’s a RN!) MOST of the newbies are a COMPLETE waste of space & my DVR’s FF button has never gotten such a work out. Overall, there are definite possibilities for the show & I’m very pleased. THANK YOU for Elizabeth on my screen!!

Julian and Alexis have me racing home every day to watch – over and over and over. Classic soap romance filled with angst. I buy that these two have needed to find each other again after their tryst over 3 decades ago. I can almost see how differently their lives would have turned out if they had seen each other again after their night together in Hanover.

Brilliant move to pair William and Nancy.

I started watching GH once I found out MS was coming aboard . I was a Y&R fan for 40 years who stopped being one on 1/30/14! What a treat for me to see Nancy Grahn and Maura West, my other favorites from Santa barbara and ATWT repsectively. I was in time for the Nurse’s Ball, what a bonus! I’ve noticed there are alot of long time favorites there which must mean TPTB treat their cast right! Are you listening Y&R???

Let’s face it, GH was nothing, until OLTL writers and actors contribute to making GH interesting. It’s about OLTL fans finding heart for GH stories and loving the character once again. More Daytime Drama?soaps.

Take that haters. So good ratings can accomplished without Blackie Parrish or Frisco Jones or their portrayers or anyone else who thinks the soap world would not be the same without them. Lucy, Kevin, Mac, Felicia, Bobbie, Anna, Duke. That is why I tuned into the Nurses Ball. Faithful 80’s and 90’s watcher who still likes watching these vets. The other stories blow. Little kid romances, Maxie’s ugly boyfriend, ect. Franco? Nope, can’t stand them. Only tune in if I hear these vets will be on. So what if it is once in a blue moon. I don’t waste my life on soaps.

Jess….Just because some of us long for more vets to rejoin the GH canvas does not make us haters!!! Yes, I would love to see Blackie, Frisco (and Noah) back in Port Charles because they could add so much to the present storylines….with Jones’ WSB background, he could very easily be been a real asset to the mysterious plots unfolding, in addition to helping his daughter, Maxie, through some very difficult times….it would certainly beat her having to lean on Levi for support! Likewise, Noah has missed a number of momentous occasions in his son’s life: a near-wedding, his daughter’s-in-law return from the dead, and now his grandson’s almost certain death, not to mention happy times like Christmas and the NB… it would not be a stretch to expect him to turn up again…but I guess we are supposed to believe he is in such ecstasy with the former town good girl (who has apparently considerably upped her “skill set” since last we saw of her….) that these events hold no interest for him???? As for Blackie, yeah, it would be a cool blast from the past to get his story updated, but if that is not meant to be, than why should we have been subjected to that childish teaser that he would be returning???? Wishing to see some of these characters from GH’s wonderful history, particularly those who still look great and have much left to offer, is not an unreasonable request. On the other hand, there are legacy roles that are currently part of the landscape which I could definitely do without….Bobbie, Lucy, Scotty, Mac, Felicia and even, sadly Duke. They have very little substance to offer and I would love to swap them for more Robert Scorpio, Laura, Holly and assorted Cassadines and Quartermaines….these are the people who made the show great for many years!!!! But I do hear you on most of the newbies….many are horrible, although Dr. O has been a marvelous bridge between the current and days of old in Port Charles. Her backstory and expanding family tree are the only things I am looking forward to over the upcoming summer, particularly if we are left hanging until autumn to discover the true identity of “Fluke.”

Frisco and Blackie to the rescue to takedown Bill Eckert and Paul Hornsby would be awesome! Or maybe they could go head-to-head with Dekker and Jimmy Lee.

Bring back Colton Shore and Grant Putnam as bible thumpers with an agenda. 🙂

@the brother….Well, I’m definitely on board with the Blackie and Frisco “Dynamic Duo” plotline, but I can do without a redux of Dekker Moss and Colton Shore….they are definitely not on my “wishlist” for returning favorites. However, I do have to admit that I wonder about Grant/Andrei after all these years….what DID happen to him???? LOL…..Oh, and to bring us up to a more recent decade, a brief visit from Lucky, Ethan and Johnny Z. would not go amiss either!

But wait, Jess, I am on the same page as you. Yes, the vets reel me back in too (although I didn’t buy Lucy leaving Kevin for Scotty. That is akin to believing that a woman would leave George Clooney for Ned Beatty).
You seem to hate the same things I do. How does that not make you a hater and yet, someone like me is considered one? How does this work exactly?
By the way, what I do hate is the over use of the word hater. And really, if we didn’t care, we wouldn’t complain. Remember, hate is not the opposite of love, indifference is.

I’m just SO HAPPY to see Lucy back on the landscape. I did love the Nurses Ball, but I was so impressed that she reminded us of her acting chops when Kevin gave her the boot. I just hope GH has the good sense to use her for more than parading her around in her underwear!

Congrats to GH for high ratings I personally am loving the Julian and Alexis s/l that’s what keep me watching. Love their classic romance and amazing angst to go along with it. Keep up the great work GH

Kathleen Gati rocked the Nurse’s Ball. She is the reason I watched and replayed it over and over! Anthony Geary gave a fabulous performance as well. Could have listened to him and Kathleen all day!

General Hospital

Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.


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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.


Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.


Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.


Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.


Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.


Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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