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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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This week General Hospital viewers should be on the lookout for a heavenly visit, or vision of Kiki Jerome (Hayley Erin), as her mother, Ava (Maura West) looks to finally make contact with the daughter she so desperately wants to make peace with from the great beyond!

And with that, Daytime Emmy-winner Hayley Erin will reprise her role and share scenes with her former on-screen mom, Maura West.

Erin exited GH in early 2019, when she joined the cast of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform in which she currently plays the role of Taylor Hotchkiss.

EW.com broke the news with first look photos of Erin’s return here.

Hayley tweeted a photo of herself in front of the General Hospital sign at their set with the words, “Surprise, Surprise”

Are you glad to know that there will be some heavy emotional payoff and scenes between GH’s Ava and her late daughter Kiki? Comment below.

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Knight, who played Pine Valley’s Tad Martin on and off from 1982 to 2011 on ABC’s All My Children, will begin taping scenes soon when GH returns from its mid-summer production break.

As to who will Michael play? That is being kept under-wraps.  But Knight’s new GH castmate and his former AMC castmate, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) enthused on the announcement: “I am thrilled, are you kidding me? I love that guy. He’s excited, too; it’s been a while for him. It’s going to be really fun to have him on my turf. I would love to share scenes with him.”

Soap viewers last saw Knight in his role as Dr Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless back in 2015.

So who do you think Michael will play on the GH canvas?  Could he reprise Tad but in Port Charles, since ABC has the rights now to the characters from AMC and OLTL? Stay tuned.

Excited by the news of Michael to GH? Comment below.

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Cassandra first announced the news on her Twitter, expressing “Surprise! “Shooting DIGGSTOWN with my GH sister Vinessa Antoine.”

Antoine responded in kind sharing a photo fo the two together on the set of the show relating: “Just a couple of gals making history.  First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome, sister. So proud to have you here.”

On GH, Vinessa exited her role of Jordan Ashford back in September of 2018, and was later replaced by Briana Nicole Henry, after making Canadian TV history when she landed the lead role of Marcie Diggs on Diggstown.  James first came onto the Port Charles canvas as Liz’s childhood friend, back in June of 2018.

Now shooting Diggstown’s second season, no details yet on what role Cassandra will play, or when her episode will air, but MFTV will keep you posted when that Intel becomes available for Canadian fans, and how U.S. fans may be able to view it.

So, what do you think of Cassandra and Vinessa appearing together on Diggstown? Would you like to see more of Cassandra on GH? Missing Vinessa Antoine? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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