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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
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
Timmm

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

robert
robert

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

Mary SF
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 until it does– so come on already, boil dammit boil. LOL

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
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)
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 Stephano, Chad and i heard Melanie might come back in Nov., might heat things up…also Melissa Archer may help!!!

su0000
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
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 is a medium most watch live.

harry
harry

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

David
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
Tea

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

Paula
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
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
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
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
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 and let go of Michael Muhney and Billy Miller? so no matter what, its going to take who knows what for either Y&R to loose over 2 million viewer or for the other 3 to gain 2 million viewers for the ranking to change.

Mark
Mark

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

Timmm
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
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
jeremy

Love my GH 🙂

Pat
Pat

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

su0000
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
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
harry

Pat:
I sadly agree.

CeeCee
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
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
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
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
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. They always heat up around this time!

Janeway
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
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
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
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 the writers would focus on the core characters, the returned veterans, the historic families. Bring back more of the Q’s. Focus more on love stories. Friendships. Cliff-hanger Fridays. Let’s cut the on-slaught of the recurring cast members. The cast is too big. Storylines and focus get lost in the shuffle.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

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

CeeCee
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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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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