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General Hospital Scores Its Most Watched Telecast In Over Six Years In Total Viewers!

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Courtesy/ABC

More great news for the soaps for the week of January 6th through January 10th!  This time it’s for General Hospital!  In the latest Nielsen ratings research and via an official press release from ABC,  the soap opera garnered its most watched telecast in over six years for last Tuesday’s January 7th episode!

The numbers for the audience that the episode brought in were 3.55 million and that is the highest single episode since November 12th, 2007 of the daytime drama series.

So what was going down on the most watched episode?  Sam (Kelly Monaco) was about to learn about Silas (Michael Easton) mysterious past from Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) and then Silas himself, while Heather (Robin Mattson) was about to kidnap Carly (Laura Wright), while Morgan  (Bryan Craig) came to see Sonny (Maurice Benard) and more!

In addition for the ratings week,  With four week highs, GH ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-34 (254,000/0.8 rating – tied on rating) and was the #2 program in Women 18-49 (776,000/1.2 rating) and Women 25-54 (1.05 million/1.7 rating).

What do you think about GH having its most watched telecast in over six years?

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Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

Fabulous news! I am looking forward to the mystery of Silas being revealed and Sam especially back in PI mode helping to solve the mystery

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Me too!

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

Love GH and Days…glad they are doing great…rumor is ABC wants OLTL and AMC back to create a two hour daytime mega soap…characters from those soaps would appear on daytimes first two hour mega soap the expanded General Hospital which would air from 2 to 4 five days a week! And if you believe that i have some swamp property down in Florida id like to sell you…lol

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I didn’t believe for a minute about OLTL &AMC…GH ROCKS!

Omar
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Omar

LOL..You had me up to the very last sentence!! But great idea!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

and now they’re bringing in Donna Mills to play another guest character… I’m done with it. They can bring in Shirley Jones, Donna Mills, but not Genie Francis? A thousand years’ pox on them.

Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

Genie left not because they ask her to but because of her mother being ill. I applaud Genie for putting family before GH. No one knows how her mother is doing so I am giving everyone the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Um, that was one of about twelve rumors as to why Genie left the show. What made you believe that one in particular – it was no more proven than any of the other ones. Why would Genie have not said to her fans that she needed to leave for some personal business?

Johnny
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Johnny

Genie is not there because Ron does not like writing for her. Period. Plain and simple. He has made that abundantly clear. He has trampled on the legacy of soaps’ original supercouple time and time again. He relegated Laura to a weak willed woman who felt her only option, other than Luke, was to waffle to her old boyfriend Scotty. Ron is not good at writing for straight up, good, heroic characters. He has a lot of tricks in his arsenal, but that is not one of them. They either come off as stupid, weak, overly noble, or victims. The… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

SO agree with you about TG and Luke… I enjoyed Luke under Labine as well. And for TG to say how much he doesn’t want Luke to be domesticated, well, now he follows Tracy around the Quartermaine mansion like a dog. “Yes dear….” and is the live in vermin exterminator saying stupid things like “Come to papa….” Frankly it’s a downright pathetic ending to a legendary character. Couldn’t care less if Luke were found dead in his Quartermaine bed at this point. And Tracy’s repetitive shtick is just annoying at this point.

Nancy
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Nancy

Best show in all of tv. I wish that ABC knew it. They never have anything to comment about how awesome GH is. I am a nobody and I can see the damage that they did with their moronish cancellations. Now most their shows last a few episodes. No wonder CBS claims the best in daytime lineup. Why can’t ABC at least try to achieve some kind of respected shows.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Yeah! Instead of those crappy cooking & talk shows..

Thomas Procaccini
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Thomas Procaccini

Not having Soapnet will help the original airing ratings. People who are home in the afternoon will watch in at that time now that the SaopNet option is gone. I personally watch inon ABC 0On Demand

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

On hulu .com (regular hulu (Free)…

Thomas Procaccini
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Thomas Procaccini

Not having Soapnet will help the original airing ratings. People who are home in the afternoon will watch it at that time now that the SaopNet option is gone. I personally watch inon ABC 0On Demand

Madhvika
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Madhvika

Loving GH these days. My favorites are Carly, Franco, and Morgan

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Nice to see Tracy back finally!

Johnny
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Johnny

If your favourites are Carly, Franco, and Morgan…then you are Ron Carlivati.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is too weird that everyone numbers jumped that week– I don’t think it has to do with the soaps, but the weather. Wasn’t there a few storms that week? I bet a lot of folks normally at work were catching up their guilty pleasure– when they got a snow day. That would be my guess– because what was on screen on GH wasn’t nearly as good as some episodes in November, so that would make sense– lets see what next week is– when everyone is back to work.

Debbie
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Debbie

I agree with you Mary that the ratings for that day were probably due to people being at home because of the weather. I wasn’t impressed with the episode.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I enjoy all GH’s episodes..It keeps my interest every day. I have no complaints. The stories rock and the ratings prove it. And not because of bad weather everyone was watching that particular day..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Why do people keep misunderstanding my point. I didn’t say they watched only because of the weather– Of course the weather wasn’t the only reason, but when I see a big spike after the holidays when soap ratings normally dip or stay normal I look for another factor to explain it. And the weather was bad that week which just meant GH fans normally at work or out were able to watch the show– that is a good thing, it means if those fans were not working they would be watching. It proves the genre isn’t dead just that a… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I find it interesting that they aren’t making public what the last half of the weeks viewing numbers were… i.e., when they switched to the Franco/Carly/Heather crap.

Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

I watch the show because it is great right now and those episodes were some of the best. I don’t believe for one minute the weather had anything to do with it.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I just check the ratings for the following week after this one and all the numbers were down for all four soaps, and down in that important female 18-49 group. So if the stories were the reason for the spike, the numbers would have stayed the same, but as I predicted they all fell —so despite what you might like to believe, the weather did help to boast the ratings– more folks at home, equals more eyeballs.

Lisa
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Lisa

MICHAEL EASTON, MICHAEL EASTON, MICHAEL EASTON…

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Triple Ditto!

Lin
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Lin

Certainly wasn’t the best episode in 6 years. But congrats.

moshane58
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moshane58

Great news. hoping since the idiot at ABC cancelled soapnet the ratings will go even higher. We need that live ratings. Its the only thing that counts on ratings. I still will never get over any soap fan watching The Chew. After Clinton Kelly called soap fans on his facebook morons and turds and Mario skimmed millions off his staff I wouldn’t give those to guys the time of day.

boes
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boes

The Chew’s ratings aren’t real. It piggybacks on GH by spilling over for a minute into GH’s timeslot. It’s a ratings racket for ABC to promote yet one more failing talkshow.
Clinton Kelly and the crew of rejects will be in the junkheap, gone and forgotten long before that happens to GH if there is ANY justice.
Not that we can count on ABC for any justice.

Heather
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Heather

The ratings of The Chew are real. AMC’s last minute also overlapped on OLTL when both shows were on ABC. I know because I always got the ending of AMC when I tuned in at 2:00pm to watch OLTL when both shows were on ABC. Are you going to say that AMC’s ratings weren’t real and that they were robbing OLTL’s ratings. Good grief. Get over yourself boes. You don’t like The Chew and that’s fine. But just because YOU don’t like it does not mean everybody else doesn’t. As far as I’m concerned, The Chew is way BETTER than… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I support my stories. And will never support a cooking show .. Never watch them and have no interest in any of them..I like stories and characters you can follow each week or daily! That’s entertainment.. Erika Slezak said cooking shows where boring and they aren’t entertaining…I agree with her she is a class act…Plus who cares how to make fish tacos . I don’t..

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree what you said about The Chew! That’s one show we can do without asap..

moshane58
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moshane58

AMC was good what was left after Frons took over the writing. I didn’t watch OLTL but being a soap fan I would never put down OLTL. And I sure wouldn’t want a soap hater and a thief to replace my soap. Wasn’t for us fans of Amc and OLtL going to backing GH, it would be gone to like ABC planned. We are not only fighting for OLTL and AMC will fought for GH too.Even Anthony Geary said Just think we were going to be cancel for a boob job gone bad. So backing these stupid replacement show is… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

And that Carla on The Chew makes me throw-up… ABC thinks we will watch anything they replaced our beloved soaps with…Like The Chew & Talk Shows… Not me , I refuse to watch what abc dishes out as replacements! I am and always will be a LOYAL SOAP FAN and a LOYAL VIEWER! Loyal to GH! I like and enjoy the stories.. Drama ,suspense,excitment, & love…I always like the soaps and watched them for a very long time and will continue to do so! GH ROCKS!

Shay
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Shay

Ha, ha, me too!!!! Ms. Hall always looks and acts like she just escaped from Ferncliff. Can’t stand her……

Shay
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Shay

P.S. Actually, the entire bunch of them appear and behave like a zoo collection, save for Daphne Oz. It’s like she is the only normal one amongst the specimens….feel sorry for her!!!!

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
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MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

I’M THRILLED TO DEATH. THEY BEEN DOING A WONDERFUL JOB,AND WE ALL NEEDED IT. LOVE THE CAST, BUT, HAVE A FEW FAVORITES AND JUST ADORE THEM. LOVE THE NEW GUY RYAN , HE’S A KEEPER. MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT I’M A SENOR CITZEN, AND AM OLDER THAN 54YRS. OLD. I’VE BEEN WATCHING GH SINCE IT’S BEGINNINGS. ALWAYS LOVED THE STORYLINES. THERE ARE MANY OF US SENIORS THAT HAVE WATCHED GH FOREVER LIKE ME. HOW COME WE GET NO CREDIT? OTHERWISE , I LOVE GH, AND WILL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THEM. TPTB HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB TWISTING THINGS… Read more »

Shelly Bell
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Shelly Bell

That’s great news!!! General Hospital is my most favorite show. I never miss an episode!!!!

Karen
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Karen

I love GH!! It has been so good with all the vets coming back and the Nurses ball. The fans do love their soaps!

Gia
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Gia

GH is on fire lately. I have become a daily viewer since RC took over. I love the show as a whole but especially love Michael Easton and Kelly monaco together. They prove that lightning always strikes when it comes to them. I am glued to the tv whenever they are onscreen.

Kaffen
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Kaffen

…………JASON WHO!!!!!

…..HE SHOULD NEVER COME BACK…..

MICHAEL AND KELLY IS BRINGING THE HEAT

Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

Great comment! I have with you about Michael and Kelly, they are great together no matter what they are doing. There scenes on Friday were fabulous plus adding Franco was fun to watch. I wish they change Roger’s character though, feel bad for him.

CATHY
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CATHY

PROVING SILAS AND SAM ARE MAKING WAVES. KEEP THEM TOGETHER

Kaffen
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Kaffen

You Got That Right!!!!!!!

They are gorgeous!!!!!

Yes, Please Keep Them Together

SANDY SOBERANES
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SANDY SOBERANES

I LOVE GH. I LOVE THE STORY LINES. I use to watch this show in the late 70’s and 80’s. I caught up with it again last year around march or april and hooked on it again. I wish they could bring Genie Francis back but with a better storyline. I know she wants a better role or a more exciting one. I love Luke… but want to see more of Robin and Patrick and want lucky to come back. I also want Elizabeth Rebecca to have a new storyline. I like her acting..

Charday
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Charday

Great for GH, but that (and the Mon, Jan 6th episode) were two very boring episodes for me. Too much Sonny and crowd.

Arlene
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Arlene

Great news! We live in fear of losing GH just like the others. Have been watching since they started and look forward to that very special hour each day.

David
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David

It looks like ABC has a winning combination in The Chew followed by GH. Both shows are performing very well. Congrats to both shows!

boes
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boes

The Chew piggybacks on GH’s ratings. If you record you’ll notice that in many markets the last minute of the Chew records on the GH timeslot, hence their ratings.
GH is the winner, the Chew is the parasite.

David
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David

Actualy you would be incorrect on that. The Chew on some days is doing higher numbers than GH. THe only good part for GH is they tend to perform a bit better and jsut a bit better in the younger demographic. People need to get over the hate of The Chew. The show has proven to be a success. Oh and get it through your head AMC and OLTL are not coming back to ABC. Be happy we still have GH. Congrats again to The Chew for record numbers and congrats to GH for having is best season in 7… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

I don’t think so, boes. When both soaps were on ABC, AMC’s last minute also overlapped on OLTL.

Just because YOU don’t like The Chew does not mean everybody else share you dislike for the show.

su0000
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su0000

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Love GH.. it is as good as prime time TV..!

GH is the most intriguing, thrilling, suspenseful, heartfelt soap..!!

It has variety, lots and lots of variety..
Never a dull moment!!!

LONG LIVE GENERAL HOSPITAL .. !!

pam
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pam

Love Sam, lulu, Dante ,Patrick & Robin, anxious to see how it all plays out for
Patrick & Robin!! Lulu & Dante need to have their baby, please give them Ben before
He walks. I have been watching this show since high school and I am now
Retired

smoochie
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smoochie

For whatever the reasons are I am so happy about great ratings results because even though I am having a hard time with the GH writing again, I don’t want to see GH hit the dust. If the PTB read our posts, I am pleading with you give back the intelligence that you are taking away from so many key characters. You are dumbing them down, and insulting me. I cant speak for other fans, but it’s really getting to the point ridiculous as far as I’m concerned eg Heather Webber coming and going as she pleases, this time stabbed… Read more »

liz
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liz

As for Patrick and Robin. they have no chemistry anymore, it is all in the writing and the writing suck for them . The writers has not stayed true to their characters.

Johnny
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Johnny

Youre right Liz. And it is totally due to the writing. As I have stated in other posts Ron Carlivati does not know how to write for “good” characters. It is the way James Reilly used to write. Good characters have to be victims all the time. Thats how we as an audience are to know they are good. It is totally plot driven writing. Character traits are what should drive the story…characters should not be changed and pigeon holed to fit into whatever story the writers want to push. Robin was always headstrong and fought for what she wanted… Read more »

Becca
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Becca

Monaco and Easton are a sure fire hit every time! The entire ensemble at GH is fantastic. Lots of talent from the Producers, Writers, Actors, and the entire Staff behind the scenes and they consistently produce a quality product. Congratulations to everyone at GH and ABC.

Kaffen
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Kaffen

I believe Ron is doing a wonderful job,with bringing the stories together

But some of it, has to be the weather…

Kelly Monaco & Michael Easton, was so dam sexy for New Years….

Dam!!!!!!

I watched it over and over again!!!

Nathan West, can a man be so sexy!!!

GH IS SMOKING HOT!

Thanks Ron!!!!
(p.s., Give my girl a baby!)

Kaffen
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Kaffen

Can somebody give me the name of their song, I know it was “Don’t Let Go
But whose the artist?

Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

One one of there love scenes on YT it gives you the name of the artist if you look down through the comments. I know the name begins with an A

Gracie
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Gracie

The song is “Don’t let go”..written by AJ cheek and Phillip Larue.
performed by “Armon Jay” Cheek, also know as( A. J.)..It is not
released yet, but will be this year..He has a new album releasing
1/2/14 called “Everything’s Different, nothings changed”..
Will be on itunes….ck it out

Nancy
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Nancy

Yeah right a baby solves everything!

Kaffen
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Kaffen

I Didn’t say it would solve anything…..I just want Sam and Silas to have a baby,,,gee whiz!!!

sean
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sean

gh is like homemade mac and cheese. Comfort.

Bernie
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Bernie

Great news , I am lovin the missiing Carly sl , love the scenes with Heather & Carly , love how it involves alot of the other characters.Bravo to the cast of GH , another fabo ratings week!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Excellent news. Congrats to GH. Love it.

dessky
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dessky

Sounds like Great news to me :)))

boes
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boes

I wonder what it will be for this week?
All Franco all the time has left me ff’ding through every episode. Loved RH on OLTL, hate him on GH.
Oh well, the show isn’t for everyone and right now it’s not for me. But it looks like I’m in the minority.

Good for GH.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. Loved Roger Howarth as Todd on OLTL. Do not like Franco no matter who is portraying the character or who is writing the script.

su0000
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su0000

Love it!

Franco (Roger Howarth) is building an intense character, non-other than RH could have played Franco..
RH has me on the edge watching his Franco transformation!

His eyes, the way he looks at others, his mannerisms, the persona he has created for his Franco, is pure acting genius !!!

Roger Howarth is a brilliant actor, not Todd Manning..

rick
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rick

roger howarth forever will be todd maning even when he play franco
people see him as todd

Anna
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Anna

For me it is Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco (Silas and Sam). I love this coupling! I am also loving a break from the baby mama drama into these two new mystery story lines! Intrigued at the mystery of Silas background and surprisingly, I am enjoying this Carly disappearance/Franco murder frame.

Shay
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Shay

Maybe the key was not who was on the highest rated episode, but was NOT. Any guesses as to the character we were so mercifully spared that day? (Hint….there was no sobbing or whining…..)

Lovesam1122
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Lovesam1122

LOL! I loved the fact sobber was not on

jonboy
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jonboy

Not to be a downer, but it seems the more ridiculous GH becomes the higher its ratings go. I don’t get it.

k/kay
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k/kay

I know I have not seen a full episode in 4 weeks nothing against RM/Heather but I do not remember in the old days her being a cartoon. She was very lethal. I also have never cared for Sabrina she gets way too much air time.

su0000
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su0000

Heather is not a”cartoon” that is nonsense..
where do people come up with such absurd crapola.
Heather is a campy villain, a true soap character..

soaps are known for being campy, and Heather is queen of sometimes, not always, campy..
Heather has been lethal, gotta love it !!!

Sabrina has developed into a great character, she is among the high cast!!!
The Sabrina character is being played by a great actress and is Robins better 😉

jonboyelk
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jonboyelk

I agree. In fact, it saddens me that the entire show has become cartoonish. There is very little, if any, reality to it. I’ve watched soaps, day and night time, most of my life and, while they may be a bit outlandish at times, nothing compares to the “high” camp of GH. Camp and comedy is fine, so long as its balanced with true realistic drama. I don’t want to quit my GH habit but I’m becoming less and less interested.

Johnny
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Johnny

Heather was once a viable character. Despite her crazy, it was balanced. She could have affairs and love interests. As written by Ron, she is a complete cartoonish whack job only there to manufacture suspense. By now, she has brandished her knife on most of the cast, and the Friday cliffhanger of Heather with a knife lost any oomph it ever had about 47 times ago. If Heather was more like Mattson was as Gina…she could be a sustainable character. A funny villainess who could do outrageous things, but was redeemable.

Avatar610
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Avatar610

At least Sabrina wasn’t in this episode! She is becoming a real nuisance- just leave with The Frito Bandito and never come back! And why is Sonny once again being a stupid hypocrite, accusing BOTH A.J. and Franco of crimes they didn’t commit as he has gotten away with so damn much? For once I’d really love to see The Manic Mobster really sent up the river! And why hasn’t ANYONE ON THE SHOW realized that “A.J.” also stands for “Ava Jerome”? Come on now!

mgb357
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mgb357

Congrats to the writer and producer.
They truely understand the daytime audience.
The pacing is great.. and fun to watch.

Wish the execs at abc would recognize the the pendulum is swinging back towards soaps being popular again.. Maybe they need to grap hold of this trend and do something about it.

Linda
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Linda

This proves the soaps are not dead but alive and well. GH has some talented actors and has benefited from new writing and some actors from cancelled soaps. It is my dream that OLTL and AMC return but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

So happy GH is doing well in the ratings… They have a really good cast & crew! Keep it coming!!!

Janice
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Janice

What about the over 54 women’s percentage. Don’t we count anymore?

Johnny
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Johnny

Whoever came up with the miracle rag that shut Carly up and caused her to be silent deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. I wish I knew how they deactivate it when Heather is around but hav eit silence her when Monica and AJ are near! For a normal looking rag, its quite an engineering marvel!!

Johnny
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Johnny

Historically…soap viewership has always increased in late December and early January. It is the holiday season…people are at home. Kids are out of school. Its cold outside…and people are inside watching tv. It is never a sustained or prolonged ratings spike and what is presented onscreen has little or nothing to do with why the ratings increased. The Nielsen ratings are bous anyway. A small random sampling of what a tv is tuned into in NO way reflects the enormity of what is being watched. I guess without going all Big Brother, it is the only system, but I have… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Enjoyed your character analyses, particularly that of Tracy. I have long thought exactly the same regarding Ms. Quartermaine….her ongoing malice and gleeful malevolence toward AJ ceased to be amusing long before midpoint of last year. She finally got her beloved company and nothing much has been made of said business since, yet her wicked demeaning of her nephew continues….to the point that we are once again witnessing Alan’s son’s meltdown into alcoholism….this is not entertaining in the least and a true waste of SK’s talents. He should be front and center as a leading man and heir apparent to the… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

BTW, why isn’t anyone releasing the day-by-day ratings detail for this particular week, what is in the data that no one wants the public to see…. is it because after that record Tuesday the ratings fell out of bed on the Franco/Carly/Heather crap?

General Hospital

GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

Photo: Pinterest/IG

Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Breaking News

Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

Photo: Getty

According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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