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General Hospital Scores Two Year High In Key Female Demos with Baby Fever! Headed Towards Strongest Season Totals in 5 Years!

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The Britch strikes again! But in an oh- so awesome way for fans of ABC’s General Hospital!

During the week of September 2nd-6th, General Hospital struck ratings gold with ‘baby fever’  in their key storylines for 2-year highs based on the live plus same day data from Nielsen for the ratings period!  According to TV Media Insights, “General Hospital rose to two-year highs in the key women 18-49 demo (734,000) and women 25-54 (967,000), with a 10-month high in women 18-34 (274,000) and a five-month high in total viewers (2.75 million).”

According to ABC, last Thursday’s telecast, featuring the imminent birth of Britt’s baby, stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in nearly over 2 years in Women 18-49 (845,000) and Women 25-54 (1.06 million) and in nearly 8 months in Women 18-34 (342,000).

With only a couple weeks remaining in the 2012/13 season, General Hospital is pacing for its strongest season in 5 years in Total Viewers (2.97 million), generating the biggest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama (+14% – vs. 2.61 million), and is also up the most season to season in Women 18-34 (+36% – 253,000 vs. 186,000) and Women 18-49 (+7% – 770,000 vs. 719,000).

So what do you think of GH’s strong ratings showing last week in the key female demos? What do you think about it being on pace to be its strongest season in five years?  Great way to finish out its 50th anniversary season? What has been your favorite part of all the baby drama surrounding the birth of Britt’s baby and Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) baby? Comment below!

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MLee
MLee

The Brittch didn’t go into labor until the very end of Friday’s show Sept 6th so I am not sure how the birth of her baby had anything to do with the increase. The Thursday Sept 5th eatured the two court proceedings with Franco and AJ and the Brittch scenes were Sabrina calling her out on her lies to Patrick about the paternity of the baby. The actual labor and birth happened the following week which is the week of Sept 9th.

I have really enjoyed the Maxie/Lante baby story though and if a baby had a responsibility for the ratings for the week it would probably be theirs since it was featured a lot that week

su0000
su0000

wow
” Total Viewers (2.97 million), generating the biggest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama”

BRAVO !! FV & RC !! and to ALL the cast of excellent Actors, Writers and Directors !!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

DITTO!

Chelsea
Chelsea

Every day is great show! All I can say is yippee! It’s wonderful to see ratings for a soap opera doing so well.

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

General HOTpital is the best soap right now…i just wish they stop rushing patients to the tenth floor…Sabrina shouldve took Britts baby to the emergency room on the ground floor and not up to the tenth floor where nurse Felix instructed her to take the baby to even yet another floor…and Britt shouldve been there too!!!

Shay
Shay

@jimh (litb)….You have to realize “Sappy’s” built-in, one-track “GPS” primarily directs her to wherever she most believes Patrick could be at any given moment….that is always first and foremost in her mind, locating her “object of obsession.” That’s why she directly went to Drake Jr.’s floor of operation…the fact that she had a gravely ill newborn on her person was only of secondary import compared to finding her “loverboy!” LOL….

brian
brian

Just wait.. with the rating getting so much higher…. ABC will be cancelling it soon just like they did to OLTL….

( hopefully, I am joking….)

Robet
Robet

Debbie Downer, no ABC will not be cancelling GH!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

ABC will not be cancelling GH any time soon! We have to have a positive not negative out look. GH IS ROCKIN HOT!!! I can’t wait to see more. I enjoy that much…. That’s entertainment!

RichCD
RichCD

I actually look forward to watching GH again – and had stopped completely during the Guza character assassination years.

Glad to see I am not alone.

missellie
missellie

The less I see of Freaky Franco and Kiki the better….they have been on screen a little less….my viewership therefore, has gone up. Could others feel the same way?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I certainly do. I never watch anything with Franco because the storyline is so offensive. I turn to something else.

Iakovos
Iakovos

This is good news for GH, of course, and its fans. And it shows the anniversary excitement continues. But tghis is good news for all daytime dramas. Those who claimed death of the soap opera in recent years are being proven wrong. Good writing, surprises, suspense, and attention to history and connection to everyday, coupled with top performances will keep us tuning in tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

Sadly, I wish I could be celebrating in Oakdale and Springfield and Bay City, too!

Ghlover
Ghlover

That a boy!!!’ Goog work Gh!!! Yayyyy

Paul
Paul

Congrats to everyone at GH! You all do such great work and you really deserve the success. Looking forward to the fall stories (Robin’s return, etc.).

Jeff
Jeff

Way to go GH; by far the best soap at this time!!!

Lawrence
Lawrence

Go gh! Robins return will increase ratings more

heidi
heidi

Great news!!! Itshould keep on building with all the comebacks… Robin and Robert!!!

margaret
margaret

The Damian/Maxie baby story line was riveting. However I was deeply disappointed with the current (hopefully not final) solution that Dante & Lulu kept the baby. This selflessness on Maxie and Spinelli part might be a bit more convincing if Lulu and Dante did not talk down to both Damian and Maxie quite frequently. There were a few points when they treated Maxie like public enemy #1 that I was just darn irritated with the direction of the events. Irritated enough not to watch until I read that Maxie and Damian get their baby.

Kat
Kat

Lulu’s lack of compassion for Maxie’s feelings was typical of her character – spoiled, selfish brat. I, for one, can’t wait for baby “Georgie” (NOT “Connie”) to be reunited with Maxie and for Spinelli to have the child he pines for.

Patricio
Patricio

The writing and producing team that made “One Liffe to Live” so great, Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati are the reason for the ratings gains. . They can tell a story that respects the show’s history which is key to holding onto long time viewers. I mean writing the initials in blood on the floor next to Connie/Kate – who remembers that exact thing happening to poor beloved Diana Taylor to frame Annie back in the late ’70s?

Good stuff Ron! Also thanks for th scenes with Leslie Webber! I mean she WAS the center of that show when it skyrocketed into History.

When you bring back those glory days both in references and hidden winks, they are deeply appreciated.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

When I read posts like this I can only conclude that they’re a plant from a studio employee.

Patricio
Patricio

Hi Elizabeth-

I assure you I am no “plant” but a long time soap viewer. I read your comment and I assume you are not a true soap lover….too bad ! It’s a lot of fun!

Matthew
Matthew

Congratulations GH! I’m 32 years old and have been watching the show for 32 years (thanks mom!). So even though I can’t remember anything before spotty bits of the early days of Frisco and Felicia, I’ve always loved spending time in Port Charles regardless of the ratings highs and lows. Always good to hear that the show is thriving. I hope it lasts another 50 years!

lucy
lucy

A certain couple was on 70% of the episodes and had the most airtime, Jasam, is gone. That’s the biggest change in the last year. Those airtime guzzlers couldn’t get higher ratings on their wedding and only posted good numbers on the overall characters departure. They also got the lowest ratings in the shows history, while having the most airtime. To not heavily attribute this to a certain character’s departure would be wrong, bacteria gone.

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Passions Alum Brook Kerr Joins The Cast Of General Hospital

Casting news today has that none other than former Passions star, Brooke Kerr (Ex-Whitney Russell-Harris Crane) is set to debut in a new role on General Hospital.

According to EW.com, look for Kerr to make her first Port Charles appearance on the upcoming Thursday, March 5th installment.

Kerr will be playing a doctor, not much else is being shared as to what kind and who she may be involved with on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Passions fans remember that in story, Kerr’s character Whitney was in a relationship with the character of Chad (Donn Swaby and later, Charles Divins).  Chad was believed to be Whitney’s half-brother, but later it was revealed to not be the case, and the duo ended up tying the knot.

Since Passions, Kerr has been seen on Hawaii Five-0, Westworld, and True Blood to name just a few TV appearances.

So excited to hear that Brook is coming to GH? Who do you think she will play and be involved with in story on the soap? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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