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RATINGS: General Hospital Bounces Back: Up In Total Viewers And Shows Gains In Demos!

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Courtesy/ABC

The ratings are out for the week of July 6th through the 10th.  And after a very bad week previously, General Hospital rebounded and was the only daytime drama out of the four network soaps to gain in total viewers!

GH added +184,000 bringing it’s average total viewer count to 2, 723,000.  The lone ABC soap opera also gained in total viewers in all three women’s demo categories: 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54, where it showed the most gains adding +51,000.  However, the series still tied an all-time low in the 18-49 demo ratings share.

As predicted and previously reported, the ratings uptake on GH featured the return of Jonathan Jackson  (Lucky) and the reveal that little Jake Spencer (James Nigbor) is alive, while Luke (Anthony Geary) and Lucky had some touching heart-to-heart conversations, and more.

Over at The Young and the Restless the show continues to be at number one averaging 4,920,000 total viewers, and was up in the 18-49 female demo adding +56,000 viewers – the most in that category of any of the network soaps.  However, all four networks soaps showed increases in the 18-49 demo, as well as the 25-54 audience.

The Bold and the Beautiful remained in the second spot slightly down with total viewers at 3, 694,000, and Days of our Lives was only slightly down from last week coming in at 2,344,000.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, what do you think about General Hospital stopping its skid with a solid ratings week?  Do you think they can continue to hold steady and/or climb?  What stories are working for you on your favorite soaps?  What stories aren’t … and make you want to tune-out?  Which soap is your favorite right now?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

lol
This ratings stuff is nothing more than writer bashing fodder for all the soaps..
The suits don’t pay much attention the the weekly or monthly..
They rely on the September to September, calculate the whole year..

I knew without a doubt GH would come back up, as would the other soaps..

I believe GH will have a great comback fall !! 🙂

Ryan
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Ryan

GH is going down in flames. Viewers are losing interest. Time to make changes now, or GH will be cancelled sooner than you think.

lellingw
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lellingw

Agreed and this report is a much rosier portrait of the ratings than I see and has been reported elsewhere.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You did say that, Su. I trust your predictions .

Fanny
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Fanny

Fingers crossed!

AJQ
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AJQ

First off SuOOO, you are completely wrong and should stop making things up and posting them on this site. As for GH, “Rebounding” is very generous considering it is still at extreme lows in the demos, down significantly from last year and down in total viewers, both 1OOK from last year. Stopping the slide would be more accurate and I doubt that will be the case the next round of ratings when they left the little Jake reunion on Tuesday and then had three days of Franco/Ava/Nina. Wednesday 7/15 won’t count because of the Presidential news conference pre-empting most of… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

I for one tuned our for those three days of, as I like to call it, Non-General Hospital (Ava/Franco/Nina). I just don’t feel optimistic. We need a change, stat.

su0000
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su0000

AJQ, hi..

I don’t give a crapola about your numbers.. = I do not care..
My post was number free..
I said GH would come back up and GH would have a good fall..

I did not throw numbers in my post because they have nothing to do with my comment..
HAND 🙂

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Here something to think about. I have an SOD issue from 1999 and the ratings for the last remaining soaps back then for the last week in May were approx. 6.4 million for Y&R, 5.0 million for Days, 4.5 million for Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital came in at about 4.3 million viewers for that week in 1999. The bottom three soaps that week were Another World at 2.5 million, Port Charles at 2.1 million and Sunset Beach at 1.8 million. Over the last 15 years the top four soaps of that week are that last four soaps… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

Mary SF, I always think about that as well, how the numbers used to be. Something from those days had to be working, that’s why I’m always excited to hear that they’re using history or bringing historical characters back. I know that audience is generally in decline, but GH doesn’t seem to help itself (i.e. knew characters, misuse of vets, etc.).

Harry
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Harry

Let us be clear here, SUoo. The ratings rise are clearly connected with Tony Geary’s exit storyline coupled with the return of Lucky and Laura, not to mention the return of Jake and the promise of a Jason reveal long in coming. They have nothing to do with Nina, Franco, Denise, Donna Mills, Kiki, Morgan, Sonny and Carly. After Luke leaves the canvas forever, and if they do not step it up in the writing department and continue with badly paced stories with poorly developed characters whom no one cares about, the ratings will continue to dive. I think it’s… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right on the money, Harry. As always, succinctly and well expressed.
Unless the characters you mention are given sensible, gripping storyline, the non-existing interest will tank even further. The Jason reveal should really happen on the heels of Tony’s exit in order to maintain the rise in the ratings.
I do believe, as you say, everything pertaining to Luke and his exit was the result of these ratings.

Timmm
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Timmm

Love him or hate him once Tony leaves the show takes a dive! Not cancelled, a dive! They need to quit pissing around with Jason and just flesh out his identity. Billy Miller has been here a year already and he is still Jake! I agree Harry, they need a new head writer. Tony may have been bitchy, moody or demanding BUT he stuck up for the integrity Of Luke, good or bad! I love Roger and Michelle but their characters suck! I would NEVER FF through a GH but when they are on or Morgan, Denise, Kiki, Silas, Sabrina,… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Dear Harry.. of course the people tuned in to see the guests raising viewers.. I did say GH would go back up.. And I don’t waste time bitching about the writers, it is throwing good energy into the wind and makes one look like a cry baby ahaa! GH will have a good fall 🙂 wait for it.. I’m fine with GH stories on the whole.. Sometimes it seems there is writer’s block but they will come back .. Tony praised Frank.. Tony made mention about his exit story .. he didn’t care for it.. I think Tony should have… Read more »

Michelle T
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Michelle T

Hey Harry…there’s two new head writers now. Let’s see how it goes! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Justin
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Justin

I hope you’re right Su0000, but I have strong doubts, unless changes are made. I will try to be optimistic.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

As Harry said, GH did well, however, Tony’s exit did have a lot to do with it.
By the same token, Su is usually pretty accurate in her predictions. There will definitely be another rise in the ratings as Jake’s true identity is revealed. I also think that if we see more of Monica interacti with Jake, little Jake and just being seen in the Q mansion will help with the ratings. So, I’m with you, Justin…..I will be optimistic.

Carolina
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Carolina

This must be unpleasant news for all the crazed “Days of Our Lives” fans who are just perched for “General Hospital” to take hold of the fourth place slot which was been in permanent ownership of “Days” for two or three years now.

Rose
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Rose

I read Tony’s interview and then all of the comments. I guess I will be in the minority, but I didn’t have a negative take away from any if his answers. And this comes from someone who wasn’t a great Luke lover at the best of times, and especially the Fluke debacle.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Rose, it appears that you commented on the wrong thread.

Will you please comment about the ratings on the Tony Geary exit interview thread so there is a balance? lol

Rose
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Rose

Sorry about the confusion! Sometimes my iPad has a mind of it’s own. It was doing all kinds of weird things tonight.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am not a fan at all, Rose, albeit I always applauded his performances. And, I do agree with you….I am right along with that minority.

Harry
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Harry

Rose, I agree.
I may have gotten mad at Tony Geary a few times but it was like getting mad at my colorful, eccentric, and yet, brilliant uncle.
I am going to miss him and I thought his exit interview was lovely, funny, honest and kind of sweet.

Rose
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Rose

So I guess since the “total viewers in ALL three women’s categories,” were up to the age of 54, there are no women viewers over 54? This comment isn’t a real question or meant for an explanation…just as an observation. Wonder what TOTAL viewer numbers would be like if the 54+ viewers weren’t there anymore?

lellingw
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lellingw

Advertisers refuse to count people younger than 18 and usually older than 50. I guess they’ve gone up to 54 now. People need to complain and not allow this ageism because it affects the TV which we all watch.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Us guys should count too!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

“Us guys?”. Why, Jimh!….. You don’t sound a day over 21 to me…..so frisky…LOL.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I need new glasses…thought it said up in demons…lol…what GH needs is a new family to bring the show much comic relief…i was inspired by a character Timmm created in another posting…CeeCee-the nurse…GH gets a hot sexy nurse named CeeCee who gets a lot of attention from the staff doctors-including Lucas?…CeeCee has an evil faternal twin named su who dresses in goth style and loves everthing wicked…she once wore a latex mask of her sister CeeCee and pretended to be her…Harry, their stern but understanding father tells CeeCee that her faternal twin sister su was born one week later after… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Jimh, I have never laughed so hard, in my life. I swear I have tears streaming down my face. My stomach actually hurts from laughing.
I love you, Jimh. You make me happy.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

You make my whole day so much better…love you too!!!

Shay
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Shay

You’re lucky you didn’t “go Bodmin” wandering about those Cornish moors, CeeCee!!!! Whilst I can sympathize with the seriously spooky nature of your visit there, I also derive amusement, due to the “Doc Martin” show. Have you ever watched it? It is quite hilarious….I love Martin Clunes! He’s just so uppity and sarcastic with all the local loonies of “Portwenn” (aka, “Port Isaac,”…did you go there, as well????) No matter how many times I partake of any particular episode, it always makes me laugh! Great, great comedy. As for “Poldark,” I just knew you would enjoy the obvious charms of… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. Hi, Mia bella. No, I have never watched “Doc Martin”…..Perhaps I should start. I am so into anything British….the history, the culture, the royals etc. I am so in love with London proper…Bond St. It is to die for…the shops are endless!! Then there’s Stratford-upon-Avon; so ever loved by the Bard. I visited Willy’s birthplace; Hathaway House; his tomb (Holy Trinity Church) and The Royal Shakespeare Theater. Have you been to Bath? Amazing how far advanced and brainy the Romans were, Shay. I don’t have to tell you that. The Roman baths of Bath are so well maintained…the aqueducts… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, CeeCeeGirl, “Doc Martin” is the ultimate dramedy! It mixes actual, well-researched medical conditions with some of the most delightfully absurd characters and situations, and the unifying figure for all of it is Martin Clunes—as the snarky, put-upon, but extremely professional, Dr. Martin Ellingham! This series is a continuation of the “Saving Grace” film, if ever you’ve seen that. There were some slight modifications made to the television version, but the local flavor–and yokels—definitely remain the same. It is now filming its 7th–and possibly last–season, although it is easy to catch up on all the previous ones, because like so… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

JimH: “bro”mance there’s a kinship here… with “ALL” who readily share; when where and why this site helps trigger … my decades plus viewing habit !!! YES there are “so…. ” many… post (er) s… that I simply tip my hat to…beam sharing so many twists and turns… I think I have a bead on whats going on… IE: reading posts from start to finish… and I’m all over the place… trying to sum up my REAL there are so many… who bring it to the forefront… and real us in… steady LOL that being… @Harry… @NancyD… @Matilda… and that’s… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Patrick…you are always a joy to read!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…thought it said up in demons”

LOL

I’ll not forgo my passion for another

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are a joy, Patrick…..the most philosophical poster here! Peace!

Shay
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Shay

I love it, jimh! (Well, as long as the “Shayster” is also described as being “well-dressed” and “modestly-attired!” LOL….) But you forgot someone in your most colorful cast of characters: the beloved-by-all-town sage and story narrator named, you guessed it, JIMH!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Shay…i didnt need to be too descriptive…we already know your classy!!!

Janine
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Janine

Love GH so much I don’t see it boring at all been watching sicne I was 16 now at age 44 still a big fan of gh love all the storyline would like more on Brad andLucas and bring back Scotty daughter and spinelli and bring back felica and mac and Lucy and Ana and let jake remember that hes a Q

Harry
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Harry

Jim–this board needs an exorcism! I am going to sprinkle some Holy water on you now.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

…but i might burn…lol

Shay
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Shay

Nobody else so skillfully—and colorfully!—utilizes religious imagery as you do…….perhaps we should refer to you as “Father Harry!”

Timmm
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Timmm

6.66 pounds, that is excellent!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

That stuff all came to me after reading your CeeCee The Nurse under a different posting…ill give you some credit!!!

Shay
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Shay

Awwww….thank you, jimh! I wasn’t fishing for a compliment, just contrasting myself to a current GH character who revels in revealing herself at every opportunity! I’m sure you know to whom I am referring…LOL!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, ShayGirl. I have caught a few episodes of POLDARK. I love Aiden, and the brooding character he plays…. and his locks!!!! The only deterrent for me is Cornwall….such a dreary place…Land’s End…even that name conjures up images of trolls, and the craggy coastline gives me shivers. I’ve been there…..I kept looking over my shoulder…LOL. Back to GH: yes, I know exactly “where you’re going”, Shay…chuckle, chuckle… Now, unless Paul is a crafty, slimy, sneaky sociopath, I doubt he could be Nathan’s father. It makes one wonder. I could still see and hear Liesl in my head, when she said… Read more »

Spixiefan
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Spixiefan

I think a couple things GH could really use…is pay-off and respect for the viewers. I will use my favorite couple as an example…. Spixie. We waited years and year (and years) for resolution to the promise that seemed to be made under the Guza/Phelps regime……. that Spixie were true love, meant to be.. their story was told like a song with chords and lyrics that pointed to one thing under Guza/Phelps… but under RC and FV it was like the writers changed the song entriely and not only that but ignored the previous verses and chorus.. and just made… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I guess Nathan looks better with his shirt off than Spinelli! Here the thing about Maxie, she is quirky and goes off the handle or used to in a fun kind of innocent way sticking her foot in her mouth. Now it seems like they have her with this Chippendale’s dude and she has no life in her! Her demise actually stated with Levi, one of the worst characters EVER on GH! Then Nathan completely sucked the energy out of her!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Do you wonder why Maxie has no energy left, Timmm? LOL. Having a stud like Nathan around is a distraction and a destruction for Maxie. Have you noticed how thin she’s gotten? Lots of aerobics!!!!! Seriously, I agree with you…..there needs to be a storyline that binds these two in more meaningful ways than just sex. However, some fans crave to see that. As much as I love seeing Nathan’s buff upper body, I would be more curious and fascinated in finding out who his real father is. I would be so much more Interested if he were to be… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Your Nico sounds like one precocious little dude! (Hope he didn’t witness the “drop the soap” shower scene with Brad and Felix today….that’s a whole different kind of “help” to be had!) Having said that, I’ve been meaning to ask if you’ve been watching “Poldark?” Not unlike your beloved Nathan, the eponymous character’s portrayer (Aidan Turner….) has been quite touted for his rugged physique, not to mention his dark, brooding good looks! He really is quite fine in the role, and I could not help but think that you would enjoy his considerable charms. (There were some rather revealing skinny-dipping… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

No no no to Guza! He was horrible. Only good thing he did was Luke’s intervention, I think RC and FV are getting worn out working with old storylines from OLTL and recycled GH. Rating are ALWAYS down in summer; school and college out, vacations, etc. but they definitely need to get

Ali
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Ali

(Continued) More creative in their thinking. Spixie is OVER, they were NEVER a good match, hence the “non-wedding”. He met his perfect match with Ellie. Personally I think Robin needs to come back and have closure with Patrick, Rosales secret needs to come out (Alcazar?) and she needs somebody or something to blow up and make her part of the bigger picture – maybe Btad is adopted son of alcazar and he and Rosalie are siblings. Then they try to take what they can from Sonny and Julian and The two big men join forces to destroy them. Another wedding… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Spixiefan – I understand what you are saying. I believe that the Spinnelli actor wanted to leave GH and the Maxie actress was staying, so it made I difficult to keep them together?

Dan
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Dan

I thought the week these numbers represent was one of the best GH has had in quite a while after a lackluster few weeks, so I’m glad to see the viewership numbers reflect that. Unfortunately, you can’t have Jonathan Jackson return and a big storyline twist like little Jake being found alive every week, so I hope they can get their regular weekly stories up to snuff. I’m not one of these “the sky is falling, GH is gonna be canceled, fire everybody” people, but there’s undeniably some storyline issues that they need to improve. This past week, I loved… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats the problem Dan, they have two good shows a week and the rest are borderline un-watchable! Like you though, I will never threaten to quit watching the show UNLESS Nathan becomes the police commissioner!

Shay
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Shay

Oh, Timmm….The immense pleasure you take in the deriding of Nathan is completely equal to my doing likewise to Sappy. In our eyes, these characters can do no right…..LOL!

jeremy
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jeremy

So true, i ff scenes between denise and morgan!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Maura is so good at being Ava and then they write her into a corner and Denise is born. There goes here Emmy chances! Its like OJ running for 200 yards and getting four touchdowns in a game and then going out afterwards and murdering two innocent people! Whats the use!

Shay
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Shay

Well put, Dan! It’s not for nothing that I referred to last week’s Wednesday to Friday episodes as “General Tedium.” Their inane tangents featured some of the most consistently boring and terribly drawn characters ever to curse Port Charles with their presence. Until these mostly wastes of space are reinvented, minimized or entirely eliminated, the up-and-down ratings pattern is going to remain constant.

Timmm
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Timmm

By the way Shayster, I think Nathan’s dad is going to turn out to be C3PO!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Not so, Shay. Deep down, Timmm ADMIRES Nathan…. It’s a facade. He really likes our gorgeous cop. Timmm just likes to stick it to me….LOL.
I like the C3PO reference, though.

Angie
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Angie

GH would pick up its ratings if they would just stop dragging these damn storylines so long….. People tend too lose interest and they just stop watching……. You guys need too work on bringing back AMC, OLTL….. So sick of all these damn talk shows…… Please my dear writers get it together….. I’ve been watching GH for over forty years and this is the worst it’s ever been…….. Fire those writers and bring in some more creative writers… Just my opinion

su0000
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su0000

Angie, hi
I like shorted stories too!
I wish both Y&R and GH would move faster..
seems all the soaps have that problem.

hmm if the stories were to move faster than the writers would need to work double time coming up with new stories to begin and figure out their path for months ahead..
that could be a challenge for writers.. but they could give it try!

su0000
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su0000

adding; Jean Passanante has been brought on ..
good or bad dunno ..

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

DAYS .. yes, it’s obvious why no one is watching, barely any romance and slow-paced stories. GH, though .. good to see ratings were up, but they should have been higher for Jonathan Jackson and the return of Jake. I’ll be shocked if the next ratings report doesn’t show at least 2.5 for Elizabeth & Monica reuniting with their long-lost sons!

AJ
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AJ

I think the ratings will sink for the week of 7/13 because of the change in focus after the 7/13 episode. And it think this points to a major issue: character integration. The 7/14-17 episodes were like a different soap from the week of 7/6. Liz went to bed at the end of the 7/13 episode and finally woke up to bring Jake to the doctor on 7/20. I know time moves slow on soaps, but come on. Many posters hate certain characters but if there was a better mix, I think some of that hatred would go away. If… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

It shows ONE thing, you bring in top notch talent [JJ] and tell a decent story OR in his four arc episode, have people act that can freakin act, BANG, higher ratings. It doesnt take a genius! You can take Franco, Nina, Nathan, Piano Teeth, Sappy, Moron and DAnise and fire them and start using the good talent you have and write some good stories from start to finish!

janet
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janet

Jakes return. ha ha Lets face it. If they thought that would have upped the ratings they wouldn’t have made it a big secret. They would have had it out there so the people who cared, I am not one of them, could have been watching. Lucky’s return and Lauras that could have done it. If they want the ratings to rise, Re-Ron needs to stop being a 12 year old and trying to shock the fans. The show is so stale, people fans don’t bother. Laura’s return was a joke, she got so little to say, she was a… Read more »

mark
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mark

why are ghs ratings so important!

su0000
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su0000

They are not important to most fans, the millions who are not on the forums to read of them have little knowledge of the weekly rating postings. The ratings are writer bashing fodder, they excite people in that way, actually.. Rating are like a roller coaster, up and down.. I believe some find the ratings to be a competition of the soaps .. Mine is winning!! No! mine is winning, I dunno lol .. The network and sponsors care about the ratings.. they have their own way of tallying them.. Of course demo is at the top of the tally… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do not care for ratings much….never follow that drivel. I just like a good story…one with substance, one that makes me cry or laugh, one that keeps me enraptured and involved, one with wit….etcetera, etcetera, etcetera……What’s needed? Jimh’s suspenseful scenarios, Timmm’s and Harry’s wit and sardonic humor, and Shay’s comparative sarcasm.
Nonetheless, Mark; I do believe that the ratings make GH’s boat float….LOL.

Sly
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Sly

As we all know, GH has way too many stories going on. They can literally cut out half of these stories and have a better show with a nicer flow. GH has very “strong actors” and it’s sad that their talents are being waisted. I will use their character names: Franco, Ava/Denise, Nina, Jake/Jason, Rick, Laura, Tracy, etc…Just to name a few. What do all of these people have in common; “THEY ARE ALL EMMY WINNERS”. The problem is, they are all STUCK IN STORIES THAT SUCK!!! Other characters that are “not as strong” and their stories are weak too:… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Has anyone gone to the Y&R viewer survey at http://www.cbs.com/daytime to express their views on Y&R? I have and I hope TPTB listen to the fans. I love Y&R (as I do all 4 network soaps) but all shows could stand to benefit from listening to their core fanbase.

PatF
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PatF

GH can rebound but like Pratt, the storytelling needs to be balanced. GH’s fans (a lot, but not all) have been complaining about the show for about a year. The ratings finally caught up with the mess on screen. I hate Pratt and his shtick got old fast. I’m hoping that after its low point, when Cady’s character was stabbed in the neck by JACK ABBOTT, and the outrage on Twitter at that time, that Pratt was told to tone it down. Because low and behold, about 4-5 weeks after, the writing changed and the ridiculousness mostly stopped. I believe… Read more »

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

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