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General Hospital Scores Solid Ratings in New Timeslot! Women 25-54 Demo Up 70% From Lead-in The Chew!

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So far this week, the reported ratings for new episodes airing Monday September 17th through Wednesday September 19th, saw the relocated General Hospital doing very well for itself in its new timeslot!

According to TV Media Insights:  “Based on the weighted household averages in the 56-metered markets from Nielsen, General Hospital this week is averaging a very respectable 2.4 rating/8 share. Comparably, that is up by 14 percent from lead-in The Chew (2.1/ 7) and 9 percent from year-ago time period occupant One Life to Live (2.2/ 7). Growth for General Hospital is more prevalent among target women 25-54, with a 1.7 rating/11 share this week to-date an increase of 70 percent from lead-in The Chew (1.0/ 6) and 13 percent from One Live to Live in Sept. 2011 (1.5/10).”

So what does this all go to show?  First, that while the focus of daytime these days seems to be all the new syndicated talkers, no one should forget, or count out General Hospital and the soap genre!  What this continues to prove to the suits is that GH is a viable product that is quite capable of being a ratings grabber in the networks current daytime line-up.  

Make sure to continue to watch GH in their new timeslot at 2PM EST/1PMPT/CST, and weigh-in on your thoughts on the ratings thus far this week!

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margie
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margie

Thank God wonderfull watchers please rock those ratings!

su0000
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su0000

Way to go GH!! Knew ya would do it !!!
The pessimistic negative naysayer viewers who said GH was going to fail die and no way would it go on, and all other downing rubbish about my beloved GH , can eat crow!! 🙂
GH is the best soap ever!!!

Happy Dance!!!!!

susan
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susan

yes, yes, gh is #1 with MB despite what other think

haha happy dance yeah!!!!!

Dianne
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Dianne

I like GH too. I have been watching it on & off since High School when it was a half hour. However, now I no longer get to see it because I don’t get home from work until 3:00

stephanie
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stephanie

Doesn’t surprise me. The GH team really promoted this move, and the story. Social media was buzzing. Good for the genre. I don’t mind that it now is on at the same time as my Days of Our Lives, thanks to DVR’s my sister and I didn’t have to fight over which show we would watch from 1-2pm. (Sorry sis, I pay the cable bill. Days would have won).

dg
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dg

What it shows is that GH doesnt have any strong competition at 2pm. And it also shows that Bryan Frons was right to give AMC and OLTL the ax and to allow GH to stay on air. Most folks dont know it but Anne Sweeny’s mandate was that all 3 soaps face the grim reaper, but Frons argued that GH was still viable. I dont think it speaks to any renaissance where the daytime serial genre is concerned. It merely says that the shows opposite GH are pretty boring. In my market GH is up against The Talk and The… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

I couldn’t disagree with most of your assessment if you went on any more. First Brian Fron was wrong to cancel AMC and OLTL. At the time of their cancellations, their ratings were higher than GH. The introduction of OLTL characters has helped and Cartini’s writing and fixing of some of the boring storylines on GH has saved a shinking ship. I only started watching GH as many of had was to keep it on the air. With this new lease on life the show has been given, I’m hoping Cartini will bring more characters from OLTL and AMC. Dr.… Read more »

aria
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aria

oh robert, get your facts straight, oltl and amc were not higher rated before getting canceled, in fact only oltl went up in the ratings when it was announced that it was cancelled, if you don’t believe me just check the ratings record they keep from soap opera network. and theres no denying that GH was in a bad place, all of us die hard fans of the show were very happy when Guza and Phelps got fired, but to rewrite history to try to make oltl come across as well superior is just plain silly, nothing wrong with being… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

You’re right! GH is better now & was saved only because AMC & OLTL were sacrificed. Dr. David would be a great addition!

Dianne
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Dianne

I like GH too. I have been watching it on & off since High School (I am now 55) when it was a half hour. However, now I no longer get to see it because I don’t get home from work until 3:00. I sometimes watch the episodes online (when I have spare time) but it was always my time to lay down & unwind from a hard day.

Bran
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Bran

BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH and YAWN!!!!!! Go take a nap or something plz. nobody needs your unrequired lecture about things you clearly dont understand. GH has been on fire.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

THANKS Bran you are spot on…………..a true GH fan would never make up such garbage.
GH rocks as it has for many years………….

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

dg – YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG! Brian Frons had GH up to be canceled but the soap fans have had alot of input to saving it by boycotting the crap ABC has put on instead of AMC & OLTL. FV/RC have had alot to change ABC minds also. I don’t watch GH since July because they screwed OLTL history but it was much better than it was before.

Chris
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Chris

Bran/Tali- Everyone is entitled to express their thoughts on GH here, whether positive or negative. Just because dg’s opinion above does not match yours and is not being a GH cheerleader, does not give you any right to be so rude. Why is it that anyone who does not think that GH is wonderful right now is berated/bullied and treated like they’re not real fans? You may think that GH “has been on fire” lately and that’s perfectly fine. But that’s merely your opinion, not a fact. The truth is that many, many longtime GH fans no longer find the… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

dg, your POV is so negative, why do you even bother to watch daytime soaps at all? I wish there was someting I could agree with something you said, but I’d be reaching. GH is in great hands with Cartini and your description of them is wrong; just plain wrong. Maybe you should invest in a hammock and a book during the day.

Chris
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Chris

You people are perfectly entitled to disagree with others about the state of GH. After all, this is a message board. However, many of you need to learn to disagree in a respectful manner. Remember- just because you personally like GH does not mean that every single person shares your thoughts. Everyone’s opinion about the show is different. It seems that a lot of you cannot accept that and are resorting to low blows to attack those who disagree with you. And I strongly disagree with this so-called belief by some that if you don’t like the content of GH… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

I disagree as well. GH hasn’t been this good since the early Luke and Laura days and it may even be surpassing that era. FV/RC and us true fans are what has saved GH. The stories are very capturing. I can’t wait to get home each day so I can watch it. It had gone through a very dry/boring period but true fans stick it out and now we’re getting rewarded. Love the mix of OLTL characters and the DID story. GH ROCKS!

Dan
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Dan

dg goes off on another anti-GH rant, what else is new?

Gerry
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Gerry

GH’s time slot change coincided with my finally getting cable again and a DVR box, so I have been watching the show far more in the last couple of weeks than I had been. While I wasn’t a big fan of Jerry’s manufactured epidemic — we’d seen that storyline twice already in the last few years — I am getting hooked on the show overall again. As for the ratings bump, I credit the time change with moving GH closer to daytime’s other remaining soaps. “Days of Our Lives” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” both end at 2:00. While… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

no oltl and amc should have stayed period. gh has improved but oltl was the top of abc ratings and gh was bottoming out before frank and ron saved it. what the hell r u smoking?? frons wanted all the soaps killed , he thought the soap fans were losers and his wonderfull shows the spew and that other crap show that got canned was the future of daytime.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

That’s so true! I agree! They had no intention of saving GH if The Revolution was a hit. OLTL was the best of the 3 soaps.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

amen to u Scott too……………u sid it quite well.

Pav
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Pav

I came back to GH out of loyalty to the genre, and I’ve stayed because the show is becoming spectaularly good. I love the blend of characters from OLTL with the old standbys from GH. I’ve even found Sonny to be more palatable since he’s not on all the time. If GH’s ratings are up because there’s nothing else worth watching during the day, doesn’t that say that the networks have made inappropriate choices in their replacement shows. And if soap fans are holding on to GH, to me that says there is an audience for a decently written show.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

There is much effort and team work being put in GH to keep it alive. ABC put out for new sets and and on location with bombs and boats etc.. Also, all the extras in THE hospital scenes was great to Make it all seem real.. The actors are all upbeat and are being given great material to showcase their acting talents. And all the vets that have been brought back, some surprises for sure. I really am enjoying seeing some the long gone vets back in action once again. And the new talent brought over and also the new… Read more »

JLH
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JLH

I started watching OLTL and GH in the mid-70s but gave up on GH sometime around the Franco/Brenda snooze fest. If OLTL characters and Carlavati hadn’t head to Port Chuck, I doubt I would be watching it at all today. It’s far from perfect but it sure has my full attention for the first time since the 90s.

Brian
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Brian

100% agree !!!!

MK
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MK

I would like to see the day by day ratings. I think that will give us a clearer understanding of what storylines are working and what aren’t.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

You don’t know what you’re talking about! ABC planned on cancelling all soaps! The only reason GH is still on is because The Revolution was such a flop! They already promised the timeslot to Katie so where would it have gone? GH is doing so well because it’s the only soap left on ABC!

Chris
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Chris

Bran, everyone is entitled to express their thoughts on GH here, whether positive or negative. Just because dg’s opinion above does not match yours and is not being a GH cheerleader, does not give you any right to be so rude. You may think that GH “has been on fire” lately and that’s perfectly fine. But that’s merely your opinion, not a fact. The truth is that many, many longtime GH fans no longer find the show to be their cup of tea with RC and FV’s writing style. Please have some respect for those people to vent. I don’t… Read more »

boes
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boes

Chris, it’s also rude to cut and paste your own reply and put it on the board over and over again. Disagreeing is one thing – taunting is another. The lecture on “niceness” would be just fine if it went both ways. GH survived mainly because of the uproar of the fans, and Katie Couric’s fear of that fury being unleashed on her if she was percieved as the reason GH went down the tubes as well. GH was, I think, Frons favorite, but that meant nothing – at the end of the day all three shows were slated for… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Can I get an AMEN from the congregation. Boes, you articulated perfectly what I’ve been expressing all along. There are fans of GH that would rather see it cancelled, than to fight to keep it on the air. That attitude needs to stop NOW…

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

I guess it is okay for other folks to go around on message boards saying basically the same thing though. But that of course is in defense of GH or soaps in general. Many of the same names I see on various boards, and they basically say the same thing on each board. As far as wanting the show cancelled. Just because you complain or state what you don’t like does not mean you want it cancelled. If a person takes the time to post what he does not like, he or she still cares enough to post. If a… Read more »

dg
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dg

@ Robert that’s completely not true. GH lost viewers at a much slower rate than AMC or OLTL. So many people have that wrong. OLTL reached close to 3 million viewers toward the end but GH was much stronger. And as far as Bryan Frons’ suggestion that GH be spared Nelson Branco backs me up with that fact. One Life fans want to characterize this show as some breakout masterpiece and the fact of the numbers dont back you up. But people believe what they want and blind themselves to the facts. @Rodd you’re darn right my opinions are negative… Read more »

boes
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boes

You need to do better than use Nelson Branco to back up your arguments. He’s enjoyable at times to read, but he also personifies the old saying that “even a broken clock is right twice a day”. None of us here know the ins and outs of the final days of OLTL and AMC, but it’s been pretty clear that although Frons had more affection for GH and the other shows (which worked out to OLTL’s advantage storywise), he also did nothing to save it. GH was slotted for extinction before “Revolution” went bust and Katie got scared soap fans… Read more »

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

DG, Other sites beside Branco have reported that Frons wanted to save GH while Sweeney and others wanted to cancel all three shows. The thing he had in his favor was at the time GH was doing better in the key 18-49 demo. By fall they had lost that though. Not that Car/Val have helped that any. They have consistently lost more viewers often in that category than any other category. Which proves for the most part that 18-49 women just don’t go for their mysogynystic type story-telling at all. At one time they had lost almost 140,000 viewers in… Read more »

mary
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mary

Its the only thing lefted on ABC worth seeing.The rest is just repeat talker and a stupid theif cooking.He lso needs to wash his greasy hair.

susan
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susan

i am so glad gh is doing well period!! we need to support the soap opera thru good and bad, I love Maurice Benard 100% and he is the reason i watch, however i believe recasting jason is a huge mistake sean kanan cannot and will never fill steve burtons shoes hopefully if it is true maybe steve will return soon big mistake gh and abc it just will not work, steve burton is jason period i will continue to watch no matter what and hope the soap remains on abc but however will not watch the chew, or katie… Read more »

Didjanoit
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Didjanoit

I’m not going to jump on these numbers any more than I did the ones put out about September 10th ratings. These are based only on 56 markets, when there are over 200 across the country.

The week of September 10th ratings were 1.9, and only reached one 2.0 all week, which was Friday, not Monday. Hopefully this information will help so everyone doesn’t get their hopes up too high.

Michael
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Michael

I appreciate Frank and Ron trying a lot of different things, even story lines that I don’t like that much if they draw in another segment of fans. I don’t think anyone could argue that there is more time for vets and multi generational plot lines than there has been on this show for years and years. I like the way people seem to feel some remorse for their sins and that there may be some personal accountability if not prison time (which doesn’t really ever happen in soaps with main characters). Johnny, Jason, and even Carly have had scenes… Read more »

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

But that is it. With some of these fans you have to like it all or you are just a hater or a bad soap fan. There is no in between anymore. And then people saying you are not loyal if you quit watching. Well TV is meant to entertain and if it is not entertaining then why in the world should you watch it. We are not being paid to watch the show. The producers and writers are being paid to write and produce a show that makes people want to watch. Right now not one of the people… Read more »

rose
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rose

I watch GH everyday, and used to watch AMC and OLTL periodically. As you all know, this was all that’s needed to keep up. I’ve liked some of the OLTL/GH crossovers, if this is what it takes to keep GH on air. But I still don’t trust ABC, still don’t watch anything else on their network (okay, maybe Once Upon A Time), and still am angry about how they treated their soap fans.

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

Yes GH is in good hands if it wants to be cancelled. Cartooni are ruining the show I once loved. I didn’t watch OLTL because I didn’t like it. I definitely don’t want to watch it on my show. I’ve watched GH for over 30 years and never missed an episode until Cartooni came in and ruined it. Guza and Phelps were bad but at least they made the show about GH and not OLTL. I hate that all these sites like Fairman and DC are giving credence to the bull that Berman’s site posts. We found out last week… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Oh, how original and witty to boot…Cartooni! I don’t believe you. You watched GH during Phelps rule and was able to stomach Alan, Emily, Zander, AJ (or so we think), Georgie, Jake, Rick, and Laura drooling in a psych ward…that was watchable for you? You weren’t on a one person rampage to ridicule Phelpsie as you are Cartooni…wow, the brain power you must have to call them THAT. I’ll tell you one thing, GH is the only soap ABC has on the air. If it was GH that was canceled, I’d love if several characters were able to move ot… Read more »

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

And call me tired of the whining done by the soap fans like you who love to call the rest of us haters or not true soap fans. People like you make me laugh. I got over being angry a long time ago, and just laugh that you have the audacity to tell us to shut up and move on. We love the soaps as much as you do. We just aren’t willing to watch just anything so that they stay on the air. We have been fighting for better quality, and better stories, and fighting to get rid of… Read more »

Didja Noit
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Didja Noit

I watched every day of GH during the Guza/Phelps regime, and while I was not happy about losing all the characters you mentioned Rob, at least the stories that led to their departures were serious stories. Not the slapstick, cheesy comedy that is on now. And I did complain during Phelps turn as producer. What I do not understand is why it was perfectly acceptable to be critical about every previous GH regime, but Frank and Ron are off limits when it comes to crticism. For some reason it seems to make people’s heads explode to read any criticism of… Read more »

TiredSoapFan
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TiredSoapFan

Didja, I have wondered the same exact thing. It’s as if not only have the online journalists and magazines proclaimed Frank & Ron the second coming but the fans have too. Frank & Ron employ the same stunt-type story telling with the same mysogynystic overtones as Guza, Frons, Phelps, etc. yet they get a pass from everyone from the soap opera press to the fans. Ron C. evidently hates women — he has them raped, taken advantage of by men like Todd/Victor, Johnny, Ford, etc. They are constantly wackos or deranged or have mental illnesses. They can’t get along without… Read more »

boes
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boes

DG and TSF – there’s nothing so sweet as basement dwelling complainers, is there?

If you though the recent previous regimes were GOOD for GH, then there’s really nothing to say.

Other than that I firmly believe that this criticism is mainly based in attention-needed posting, with little concern about the show but an enormous investment in response.
This is the last time I am feeding this pitiful beast. Appeals to logic are nothing more than a blind.

Go on hoping for GH’s demise. With any luck, the rest of us will see the opposite.

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Cameron Mathison Shares He Will Make Summer Debut On GH and Says: “Incredibly Grateful to Frank Valentini and the Writers at GH for Including Me on Such an Iconic Show”

Longtime All My Children favorite and current co-host of Hallmark’s Home & Family, Cameron Mathison, took to his Instagram account on Friday to share his enthusiasm and excitement for what’s to come this summer when he joins ABC’s General Hospital.

No word yet as to what role Mathison will play – and whether it will indeed be Pine Valley’s Ryan Lavery, a new character, or a recast character from the past such as how Kim Delaney took over the role of Jackie Templeton, who has not been seen on the canvas for decades since Demi Moore made that role soap-famous.

In his post today, Cameron expressed thanks to GH EP Frank Valentini and the writing team,  noting: “Almost 10 years after All My Children went off the air I am so excited to be joining General Hospital this summer! I was a member of the abc family for over 15 years and soon I’ll be back: Incredibly grateful to Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me on such an iconic show I feel like a kid on Christmas, as I’ll also continue making Hallmark movies and continue to be part of that family as well😀🙏🏼 So so excited… thank you!!!! (More details to come😉)”

So, who do you think Cameron will play once he hits Port Charles?  Let us know and make sure to take our poll below on how you want Mathison to be integrated into the story as Ryan, a new character or a recast character blast from the past? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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