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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
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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… Read more »

su0000
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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.
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SUSAN M.

DITTO!

Chelsea
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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Robet

Debbie Downer, no ABC will not be cancelling GH!

SUSAN M.
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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
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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
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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
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Elizabeth

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

Iakovos
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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
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Ghlover

That a boy!!!’ Goog work Gh!!! Yayyyy

Paul
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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
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Jeff

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

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Go gh! Robins return will increase ratings more

heidi
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heidi

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

margaret
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

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

Patricio
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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
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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
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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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