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RATINGS: General Hospital Gains In Total Viewers And In All Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 25th through August 29th and it was General Hospital that showed the best performance in the audience numbers.  GH was the only network soap to add in their total viewer count adding +92,000 bringing their weekly tally to 2,872,000.

In addition, General Hospital showed gains in the all important key women’s demo categories.  Adding +29,00o to the women’s 18-49 demo, +3,000 to the women’s 18-34 demo, and +50,00o to women 25-54 demo.

Stories for the week included: The reveal that Levi Dunkleman is really Peter Harrell (Zachary Garred), the kidnapping of Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu (Emme Rylan), Silas (Michael Easton) sleeping with Nina (Michelle Stafford) and her fantasy stabbing of him afterwards, Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) getting info about Ava Jerome (Maura West) from Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), and Ava’s possible involvement with running the car off the road that was responsible for Sabrina eventually losing baby Gabriel, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) telling off Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) over him trying to chose between her and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), and Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) getting closer.

Elsewhere, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful remained in the top and second spots in total viewers, respectively, despite being down in viewers for the week.  However, it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that took the biggest hit losing -143,000 in total viewers for the week reducing its tally to 2,247,000!  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

So, what did you think of GH during the ratings week?  Glad to hear it scored well?   What do you think of DAYS numbers?  Share your comments below!

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su0000
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su0000

That is good..
Nonetheless;
I do not care about the numbers..
I care about me.. my enjoyment, pleasure watching GH
If GH had only 2 viewers I would be one of them (Harry the other) until either I or GH dies 🙂

Long Live the #1 soap General Hospital!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Numbers=buy rates and without sponsors you and Harry would be acting out scenes in your basement of old GH scripts!

robert
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robert

Days ratings are horrible. The show is so boring. I think Days may be the next soap to be cancelled.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Days has all their stories pumped and primed ready to go, but for last couple of weeks it seems to be stalling the progression of these stories to a snail’s pace. Hopefully now that September has rolled around they will let loose and fur will fly with the return of Stefano and Chad– John coming out his coma—Clyde actually doing some damage other than smiling and acting like a country bumpkin. For me the last couple of weeks on Days was like waiting for a pot of water to boil— you know it will boil, you know you can’t cook… Read more »

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

I agree with you…James Reed is being wasted as Clyde…i expected better for him…the show is too focused on Sami/E.J.s storyline which is starting to get a bit stale…hopefully the return of Stephano, Chad, maybe Melanie and the arrival of Melissa Archers character will start the pot boiling…lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS numbers would be way higher if Nielsen households stopped watching on YouTube, which does not count. Any given episode uploaded on YouTube brings 3 times the viewers than that of Y&R! If you’re a Nielsen viewer, stop watching on YouTube!!!

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

If i miss an episode i check it out on youtube…it doesnt mean some only watch it that way…they might miss an episode and try to catch up like i did last week…its still the best soap but the Clyde/Jordon/Ben storyline is uneventful and uninteresting…this is the shows biggest problem…they need to excite it up or just drop it…Kristen is fun to watch but had she returned to town with a baby claiming its Bradys and later revealed to be Erics just as he is reinstaded as a priest, that would have made an awesome shocker! Hopefully the return of… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

There are other ways to watch online that are counted..
NBC, xfinity, HuLu, on demand, and others..
If they choose to watch where they are not counted, that could be a problem..

I watch GH at ABC/ counted
I watch Y&R at xfinity / counted.

nicole
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nicole

Actually that is half true. X-Finity is counted. Hulu/Watch ABC and others do not count towards Nielsen ratings because they do not show the same ads as the network broadcast. When they do then they will count. Maybe that will change . Let’s not forget that Neilsen is for advertising so if one does stream the platform has to be ad supported. Even if one DVR’s and blows past commercials. The real story will be the live plus 7 day numbers, that will give a more accurate idea if there is a significant jump for all soaps or if it… Read more »

harry
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harry

It doesn’t count unless you’re part of the Nielson family.

David
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David

The best way to stop people viewing on youtube is to go after the youtube accounts of those posting the episodes there. I have noticed the networks getting some of these pulled the last few weeks obviously realizing it is costing them viewers

Tea
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Tea

Glad for the GH numbers. Honestly, the only think I liked for the week for Sonny & Carly.

Paula
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Paula

I love Days .They have the best storytelling by far. I agree, it’s a little bit slow right now as they hase out characters, but I think it’s the most interesting.

Marc
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Marc

People need to start watching Days. If one network goes soap operaless they all will. Not to mention Days is the most entertaining of all the shows that are left

lulu
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lulu

I’m so excited for GH they are doing well and is the best thing ever happened to them I’ve been watching this show since I was 12 years old ever ever gets cancelled I refuse to watch ABC ever againit’s a beautiful thing way go GH and I love all the actors are in the show the only one is got to go is Levi

Ann Marie
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Ann Marie

Day’s does need to move the storylines a little faster. I hope Kristen does not get a free pass for raping Eric.

aria
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aria

The ratings or following them seems so pointless, its the same results all the time for the most part, with Y&R and BB, then GH and then DOOL, nothing really drastic happens to change those numbers no matter what, its not like the Today show making the monumental mistake of firing Anne curry and loosing their #1 standing to GMA, now that was juicy and it finally happened, and we had our villain (matt Laur) to blame, and over @GMA a survivor to cheer on(Robin Roberts), where are all those defectors that supposedly left Y&R when the evil JFP fired… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Days is a great show, way better than GH which I can only stomach once a week especially watching nina ad nauseum.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well listen, Nina is a new character. She is in the middle of a big story and Cartini wants people to see and hear Michelle. She is a great actress and expensive. They will eventually tone her down and she will be fine. If you follow Y&R they brought Steve Burton onto that show and he was a bust until they connected him to the Newmans.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely correct, Timmm. As I previously stated, my mother told me that when Michelle entered the Y&R stage, she was as crazy as a loon…exact replica of Nina. Everyone wanted her gone as she was the no.1 nemesis of Cricket, the Y&R princess. It would not be long until Michelle’s/Phyllis’s presence was sought full force.
So, yeah, it seems that history is repeating itself with Michelle as Nina. As you say, she will be fine in due time.

jeremy
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jeremy

Love my GH 🙂

Pat
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Pat

Interesting you didn’t mention the gay s/l. I’ve been enjoying GH. I’m happy for them.

su0000
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su0000

.numbers don’t mean crap, it’s only numbers eh ..

General Hospital is the #1 soap ..

Days of Our Lives is #2 ..

B&B is # 3

Y&R is #4 ..

Now, those numbers are correct and honest .. 🙂
and the only numbers that count in my world! .. Keeping it simple …

PatF
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PatF

Keep telling yourself that, but that’s not what will keep your shows on the air.

GH for a lot of us isn’t even considered a soap opera under its current team. Sorry.

harry
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harry

Pat:
I sadly agree.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

In that case, Pat? I would strongly suggest you stop tuning in. And, to whom are you apologizing?
Many of us on this site huff and puff about our likes and dislikes of characters, scenes and situations,yes. But we do it because we are fans and give opinions, as I keep saying…I now sound like a broken record. However, it is different from constantly whining about either the regime and the soap’s format.
After losing my faves, OLTL and AMC, I’ll take whatever soap the networks have to offer.

PatF
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PatF

CeeCee…I don’t. And GH offers up what a lot of people want to watch. But in the traditional sense it’s not really a daytime drama full time.

But that’s okay too.

I do want all four show to survive.

Linda
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Linda

GH has been really good with the drama between Carly and Sonny and Franco and Ava and Sonny keep the show going all the time. Nina is a good addition and makes me wonder if she plans on stealing Ava’s baby. You’ve gotta have that story line in every soap! It will be interesting to see what is in store with the return of Jason.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The notion of Nina stealing Ava’s baby has already been surmised…whether it is a fallacy or not rests on TPTB. It will be interesting to anticipate where the ride will take us.

Cordero
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Cordero

Glad to hear that! GH is number 1 in my heart! I’m a fan of Days as well. I do not think that YouTube is the problem. My reason being is because during their hour they are battling Y&R and B&B. Y&R is 12:30 – 1:30pm (depends on where you live.) B&B is 1:30-2:00 days 1:00 -2:00 pm. I only watch on YouTube if I have a doctor appointment and will miss Days. Other than that I catch it when it airs! I think It’s their time slot and story, Their story’s are lacking right now. they will heat up.… Read more »

Janeway
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Janeway

Congrats to GH on their ratings rise-they have been on fire!!
But Michael, how could you neglect to mention Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) & Nathan ( Ryan Paevy) who were a HUGE part of the Maxie/ Levi/ Lulu Wedding/Kidnapping story?

I am glued to my set for Lante & Naxi ! I love the adventure and can’t wait for more!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

I said this last week and I will say it again since we are talking about ratings. GH will overtake Y&R in 2015 with the addition of Billy Miller. He is talented and he reminds me of Anthony Geary back in the 80’s, you just cannot take your eyes off this guy. He just demands your attention.

harry
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harry

I am going to watch GH to see how Billy Miller does. It will be interesting for sure. Yes, I agree he will generate ratings but can he sustain that jump if the writing is not up to par?
I think you’re right–there is a little bit of a young Tony Geary in Billy Miller.
I hope to see Miller interact with the real Luke.

dmr
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dmr

I love General Hospital. Have been a fan since the early 80’s. My favorite supercouples were Frisco and Felicia and Sonny and Brenda. I have to say, I can not take the on-slaught of Kristen Alderson anymore. Kiki Jerome is like nails on a chalkboard for me. The actress can hardly hold a scene, nevermind a moving, interesting, or real storyline. Please, let’s just end this debaucle. Having Kiki show up in random scenes-like her overhearing about Sonny and Carly’s one-nighter-only gives her more air-time and that is too precious to waste. I just can’t take it. I wish that… Read more »

Allen Saint James
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Allen Saint James

Soap fans online remind me so much of Lady Gaga vs Madonna fans!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love them both. So, where do I fit in? Being a fan of anyone or anything does not mean we can’t find fault with them. I love my husband to death. But, .he does things sometimes that drive me nuts…MEN !!! Lol.
The same applies to my soaps…I love them but, by the same token, I critique them.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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