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Good Afternoon America Continues To Bring In Abysmal Ratings! Losing One-Half of OLTL's Former Audience in Key Demo!

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When the last regime tinkered with the ABC Daytime line-up by wiping Llanview and One Life to Live off the television map, they tried first to bring viewers the ill-fated, The Revolution.  When that did not fly and to get out of that flop, the network put on in its place the nine-week summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America, the spin off of the highly successful and now top rated morning program, Good Morning America (first time in 17 years)!

However, GAA is also performing extremely bad.  Take a look at the numbers courtesy of TV Media Insight, which indicates that week three of the series, ” dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen.”

Here are some key numbers in key demos with comparison between GAA and OLTL with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses, so you can  follow the big picture!  Total Viewers:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.70 (-39 from One Life to Live) Women 25-54: Good Afternoon America (ABC): 404,000 (-50 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-49:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 293,000 (-57 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-34:   Good Afternoon America (ABC): 106,000 (-50 One Life to Live)

How do you feel after looking at these numbers?  Clearly, GAA looks to not have a chance to continue in any form, which is good news for General Hospital.  And from all reports, GH has been given the nod to continue on with the network firmly behind it through its 50th Anniversary.

With that said, this is no consolation for One Life to Live fans, who suffered the fate of watching their favorite characters and stories being taken off the air only to be  replaced with a lifestyle/makeover series and a afternoon news entertainment program that did not capture America’s hearts.   Weigh-in!

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Vickie
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Vickie

LOL!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I knew they would fail…Our soaps and that’s it..

nancy
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nancy

music to my ears. They deserve to fail with every show they launch in the afternoon that’s not a soap!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU (Nancy)………………………..

Jane
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Jane

ABC made a huge mistake cancelling OLTL. I will never watch anything in the OLTL TIMESLOT. In fact, my tv is not tuned to ABC daytime or primetime. My cable company could take ABC off their lineup and I wouldn’t care. Same goes for Disney channels.

Ruby
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Ruby

@Jane, we’ve all learned that lesson already. Don’t you miss T.V in the late 90’s and early 2000’s?

MikeT
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MikeT

ABC is dead to me except for General Hospital !!

Mike
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Mike

Bring back OLTL and all will be well with the world….

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Diito!!!

Liz
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Liz

AMC and OLTL!
That is daytime TV at it’s BEST

Susan
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Susan

ABCD’s replacement shows offer no interest for me. ABC should have stuck with soaps.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

To one Susan to another I agree with you …

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I do like Josh and Lara very much, but I love my ONE LIFE TO LIVE… all my daytime dramas. My prayer is for GENERAL HOSPITAL to own the 2 PM hour over THE TALK and syndicated fare (the NBC station here airs THE DOCTORS in the time period). ABC took a gamble and it failed. no show of that ilk will succeed, at least in the sort term. ABC’s offerings are too generic, too tame, too lowest common denominator. I’d accept a revival of PYRAMID or CARD SHARKS over CHEW, REVOL-eeeew-TION, or GAA. Maybe a 30-minute serial will come… Read more »

rose
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rose

No revivals, please!!! I also think they’d like to see GH take audience away from ‘The Talk” since it competes with “The View” which is also losing ratings.

Heather
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Heather

I hope that The Talk falls flat on its nose when GH moves at 2pm this September and that we never hear from it again. It was a huge mistake from CBS to bring it in the first place.

I didn’t watched ATWT. But I support the genre and The Talk deserve to die like ABC’s idiotic replacement shows.

Christine
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Christine

I just do not understand what kind of idiots ABC thinks we are! I mean the promos for GAA were horrible not to mention the “talent” they had in them. It is funny because what they thought would be selling points for this show were actually what made me not want to tune in even more (and believe me I already had enough reasons). And you know another thing, if according to ABC and the Nielsens, they say that we, the soap fans, do not matter, then obviously NO ONE else cares for their lousy programming either! Just look at… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

Exactly! I remember them saying how soap fans weren’t home during the day to keep up with their shows, so the numbers have dropped….well, it looks like no one is home to watch these horrible replacement shows. And after reading that article where one of the Execs said that there are no plans to revive AMC or OLTL, that only fuels the fire for soap fans to turn against anything that ABC chooses to air in those time slots. I can’t wait to see how big of a failure Katie Couric’s new show will be….LOL

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Soap fans are a good chunk of the nielsens ratings ….Abc wants to admitt to it o9r not….

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Anything they put on Daytime Network television except for soaps will fail!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you 100%

leigh
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leigh

This makes me so happy.

Christy
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Christy

I laughed when I read this too! yes, it’s the little things that make us soap fans happy… like little ratings for replacement shows! you know if they want a cheap show that we would like, replay old AMC, OLTL, Edge of Night, even Dark Shadows, shows from the past – heck they’ve got over 40 years of shows to use. I’d love seeing shows from way back when – even the old commercials too! Back to the times when Mrs Olson invited you in for some good ole Folgers coffee, or when Marge stuck your finger nails in Palmolive,… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

YAY!!!!!!!! ABC allowed Brian Frons the hack to destroy their daytime line-up. That they will pay for for a long time to come. LMAO

MK
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MK

Revolution and GAA (Plus Katie) will fail quicker then the forgotten game show that replaced SFT in 1987.

Linda
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Linda

Too bad ABCD doesn’t have the cajones to admit they made a huge mistake cancelling AMC and OLTL. If the were smart they would reinstate AMC and OLTL, keep GH @ 3pm and air the Oprah Wannabe @ 4p. ABCD created this mess so either fix it or live with it!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I miss OLTL, but I am happy for GH. Still boycotting all ABC/D programming except GH and PLL on ABC Family.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I am so happy these replacement shows are failing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake-up ABC & smell the roses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t know what they are doing at all………. They won’e admitt to their mistakes to do with OLTL & AMC ……OLTL’s ratings are still better than GAA will ever be……What does this tell you??????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……………………………………. And better than the cancelled Revolution & The Chew which is onn the chopping block… ABC is CLUELESS IN SEATTLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such idiots……………..I hope all these repacement shows continue to flop ..It will be one flop after another…What they are doing isn’t working they are on… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

It’s Our SOAPS Or NOTHING abc…………..

Christina
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Christina

Bring on Katie. I don’t intend to be looking at those pearly whites.

susan M.
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susan M.

She is going to be canceled in no time….It’s happen before , why not again……..She will NEVER LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terri
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terri

It sadly shows what should still be on our beloved OLTL. People will always want fantasy and heartwarming drama OLTL you are sorely missed.

danicajolie
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danicajolie

I totally agree with you. I love the OLTL characters and especially Todd being on GH, but I still miss OLTL terribly.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with EVERYTHING you said about OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still miss it TOO!!! It was ONE OF A KIND (OLTL)……………………I like a heart-warming drama like OLTL was…

Robert
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Robert

Just wait for the rights to AMC and OLTL revert back to ABC, they will have no other choice to combine the two shows or pick on and put back on the air because nothing they try will work. Period!!!

Katie’s show will flop, sorry Katie you are no Oprah!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dee
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dee

i agree with you too, Katie rating at the beginning may be high enough, just for people to see what her show is about, but just like gman and anyother other crappy talk show they try to put on, we abc fans will not support them, imo hands down only the soaps, it had to be a reason why soaps lasted sooo long, hate abc sometimes, keep loosing all the money on puttinf subpar reallity crap on grrr do they not get it, unbelievable!

BarbJ
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BarbJ

One word……HA!!!!!!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Bring back OLTL, don’t you see the mistake you all made.

rose
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rose

With all of the bad press, angry fans and the drop in ratings for both ABC, because they cancelled AMC and OLTL, and NBC/Today Show for the firing of Ann Curry, ABC could make a big PR coup by bringing back at least one, if not both soaps to the afternoon. They are not getting the demos and audience numbers they wanted anyway. And since Americans and soap lovers love a great redemption, forgiveness story, this could be a perfect , save-face one. I’m not saying there can’t be some tweaks for our shows, just definitely not writers and good… Read more »

Johanna
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Johanna

from your lips to GOD’s ears

susan M.
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susan M.

If I had to choose in bringing back at least one soap, for me I would choose hands down for ONE LIFE TO LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rose
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rose

The ret of the rating’s story…”The news remained grim for week three of last-place ABC daytime entry Good Afternoon America, which dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen. It will be interesting to see what happens when veteran General Hospital steps into the 2 p.m. ET hour this fall. Elsewhere, The View on ABC is down but still tops; second-place The Talk on CBS was close to year-ago levels; and third-place The Chew on ABC is no All… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

Barely doing better than The Revolution. If I was Lara Spence or Josh Elliot, I’d hide away in shame. These numbers are very embarrassing and there’s nothing to be proud of.

ABC may be getting away with The Chew. But the 2pm timeslot is now a complete laughable joke. First The Revolution and now Good Afternoon America. OLTL didn’t deserve to die for all of this masquerade.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I have mixed feelings when I read about news like this. I’m thrilled that any replacement show ABC/D tries in their daytime schedule is failing miserably, but still so sad because I miss AMC and OLTL so much! What a waste of time and effort. They should have just left our shows alone!

dee
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dee

i totally agree, abc is soooo bad now, i am so glad that everything is failing on abc , they are loosing a ton of money,what a shame lol. I miss amc with Tad,jake, david and etc, it is extremely sad what abc did!

Johanna
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Johanna

We the fans are caught in a catch 22, we want all but #OLTL to fail in the time slot but we also want #GH to suceed and stick around. Boy does ABC suck!!!

Liz
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Liz

Love Lara and Josh they are so great and fun! BUT daytime belongs to soaps. I want AMC and OLTL back but how do you bring them back in tacked. AMC without Susan Lucci I don’t think will succeed. If by a long shot it did, it would take a lot of time. Will audience hang in? I may but others? Will ABC hang in with it? How many of the cast would be willing and available to come back? Probably enough. Guess I want it to be like it was. Susan Lucci to be a loss. They need to… Read more »

david
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david

Good news, but let this be the year The Chew crashes and is canceled. Soaps or nothing in the afternoon.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree about this is the year The Chew crashes & is canceled once and for all !!!!! Yes, SOAPS OR NOTHING IN THE AFTERNOON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroldee
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Caroldee

I hope someday someone SMART will figure out that OLTL was one of the best shows on daytime..cancelling that was a BIG BIG mistake.. GH..yeah I watch it all the time..it’s no OLTL but it is DAYTIME Soap and that’s what we watch.

susan M.
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susan M.

Cancel GAA asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And any other show abc replaces our beloved soaps with……………………..

Sue
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Sue

Soaps? Really? What intelligent human being would admit to that. The filming sucks, the writing sucks, the lighting sucks, the sound quality sucks. Good resume for the crew, but other than that????

Jex
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Jex

R u kidding me??!! I watched Today with Hoda and KL at same time slot (mtn time) and I haven’t watched that since – couldn’t stand Revolution – please don’t cancel GAA !! It’s fun & refreshing !! Love it.

Jim
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Jim

I am a long time OLTL fan, but I LIKE GAA.

Keep GAA on the air and CANCEL Katie ASAP!

Now criticize me.

Johanna
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Johanna

I wish ABC/D would just admit they made a mistake and bring OLTL back. OLTL out performs the “Spew” also so that one should go away too! leaving room for both OLTL/GH then when “Katie” does not perform the way it should could slide AMC back in! Wake up PTB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jocelyne
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Jocelyne

Night time soaps are coming back such as Dallas….bring back at least one daytime soap!

judy
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judy

I say take all the soaps off. None of them have anything to do with real life. Tired of all the same old story lines. I think the soap watchers need to get a real life…I was once a soaper myself, but you do get tired of who is sleeping with who, who killed who , who has forgotten who they are, who is having who s baby , over and over and over again.. Time to move on people…..

Lisa
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Lisa

Besides oltl….what is going on with the news….what they are doing is more like reading a tabloid at the grocery store line. They brought George on and ruined his reputation for telling the news….no wonder they lost Sam Champion… And replaced him with a mouse dressed like she’s going on a hot date everyday. They might be able to save Josh if they get rid of ( always joking) Laura….thank goodness Robin is there or we would be watching entertainment tonight. Shame on you Sinclair broadcasting… Its supposed to be the news after all. P.S. never watching again.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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