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

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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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Greg
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Greg

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

su0000
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su0000

General Hospital rocks!!!

It deserves to be #1

and is kicking ass on all the soaps!!

🙂

BarbaraRhyne
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BarbaraRhyne

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

teresa_s
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teresa_s

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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.

ethel
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ethel

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

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

finally somebody else gets it!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I love the music cue for JJ and Paige!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

ethel, I get it too!

diane
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diane

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.

Melissa
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Melissa

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.

diane
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diane

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.

teresa_s
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teresa_s

Ditto! To Melissa

moshane58
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moshane58

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

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

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… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

jimh(leave it to beaver);
Said-
” 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

Omar
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Omar

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!!

harry
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harry

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.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

AJQ
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AJQ

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… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

Shay
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Shay

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!!!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

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.

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

Cathy Borruso
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Cathy Borruso

Must be the Chew! 😉 good for GH !

Tsuds
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Tsuds

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

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

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.

Tom
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Tom

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!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

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.

Jeff
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Jeff

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!!

Guest
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Guest

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!!!!!!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

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.

janet
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janet

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.

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

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!!!

Shirley A Miller
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Shirley A Miller

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… Read more »

Guest
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Guest

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

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Thank you Ron,
Frank
Maura West
Anthony Geary
Maurice Bernard

Gayle
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Gayle

They all deserve Emmys.

Max
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Max

Loving GH and DOOL right now.

JulieW
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JulieW

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.

missellie
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missellie

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.

Brett
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Brett

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

Gail teas
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Gail teas

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

Elhu
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Elhu

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.

harry
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harry

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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.

ANA
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ANA

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

Omar
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Omar

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!!

JUDY
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JUDY

GREAT SHOW!!!! I AM A NEW VIEWER…. AFTER LOSING JEANNE COOPER,BILLY MILLER AND MICHAEL MUHNEY I COULD NO LONER, AFTER BEING A WATCHER FROM THE BEGINNING, KEEP TURNING ON THE OH SO BORING Y&R……SUCH TIRED OLD SAME STORY LINES……KEEP UP THE GREAT STORY TELLING GENERAL HOSPITAL !

Adrienne
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Adrienne

25-54 ROCK!!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Congrats 🙂

CC
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CC

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

Diana
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Diana

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.

EmmaM
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EmmaM

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

Guest
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Guest

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

andrew hass
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andrew hass

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.

Harry
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Harry

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… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

@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… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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–

andrew hass
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andrew hass

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.

aria
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aria

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.

Charday
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Charday

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!

taeylor brooks
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taeylor brooks

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

Sunshine
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Sunshine

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

AthenazPichu
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AthenazPichu

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!!

Caroline
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Caroline

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.

Lauren
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Lauren

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???

DzzDee
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DzzDee

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.

Jess
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Jess

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

the brother
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the brother

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. 🙂

Shay
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Shay

@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!

Harry
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Harry

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… Read more »

Sandie Bricker
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Sandie Bricker

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!

newyork
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newyork

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

Paula Luciano
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Paula Luciano

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!

Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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