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RATINGS: General Hospital Scores Back-To-Back Wins In Key Demo For 1st Time In Six Years! Has Top 3 Weeks In Three Years In Total Viewers!

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General Hospital continued its success in the ratings scoring some firsts once again for the latest ratings period numbers from Nielsen! According to a press release from ABC,  “With the citizens of Port Charles lives in upheaval due to Robin’s return from the dead and the looming verdict for AJ’s murder trial, General Hospital ranked as the #1 program in Daytime for the 2nd consecutive week in Women 18-49 (779,000/1.2 rating), marking the series’ first back to back wins in the core demo in six-and-a-half years!”

In addition to that, the ratings period which covers December 9th through the 13th, revealed that the past three weeks of airshows have been the show’s Top 3 most-watched weeks in nearly three years in Total Viewers,  since the week of 12/27/10!

And, the ratings week also gave GH, its  2nd-most-watched week in over two years in Women 18-49 and in over two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.06 million/1.7 rating), behind only last week and since the weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/21/11! General Hospital also continues to be on pace for its best season in seven years!  Plus, is still showing the highest year-to-year increases of any daytime drama!

So, what do you think about General Hospital as we head into the holidays?  Do you think it will sustain its ratings numbers with the next wave off upcoming stories and what’s next for your favorite characters? Let us know!

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boes
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boes

I hope so. Not all the storylines are my cup of tea but that doesn’t matter. The show is not only surviving, it’s thriving.
GH has gotten more attention from me since losing OLTL, as has DOOL. I will always miss OLTL, and AMC, but I’m really happy that GH is doing so well.

Let’s see the horrors who run ABC Daytime try to MESS with GH now! I hope they don’t DARE.

ricardo
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ricardo

i agree with you boes, i love gh. wonderful storylines and great acting. i love julian jerome ava robin patrick and anna devane.

Teresa Capraro
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Teresa Capraro

Why don’t the geniuses at ABC just admit they made a mistake and bring back OLTL and AMC. They can certainly see that the people who watch daytime television do not want to watch talk shows, so just suck it up and bring back our soaps and watch your ratings soar. Put the hard working, well-deserved actors back to work and quit throwing money at the “high-priced, overrated talking heads” that on-one wants to see.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

If anything, my suggestion would be to revive OLTL and AMC as 30 minute shows and place them in the 3 and 3:30 pm time slots. Way back in the early 1970’s, they were all only 30 minute programs and OLTL used to come on at 3:30pm after GH at 3pm.

su0000
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su0000

ABC will never revive AMC and OLTL..
ABC has 1 soap and that is all ABC wants..
Some can’t understand that ABC will not bring back the 2 soaps..
Nobody wants to even touch them, you can not give them to any network….. It is sad, but it is reality ..
No network wants them including ABC 🙂 ..

PP is/was their only hope.. 🙁

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I’m with you, su0000. Just because GH is thriving doesn’t mean that could be sustained w/2 new soaps. And, since when did cancelling any show (like KATIE) mean that a network brings back old shows they’ve cancelled? Er…NEVER! Right now, the trend is on creating new soaps online that don’t have the baggage or expectations of old soaps. While they have known actors, they do have smaller budgets & overhead costs & don’t suffer comparisons to previous network productions. That’s where soap fans need to be looking right now – new online productions – instead of crying about spilled milk.

randy
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randy

lets get micheal muhney hired as the new jason morgan…that will put general hospital over the top and number one in all demographics….lets kick y and r right back to number 2,,,and this casting coupe would do it,,every one please contact the powers that be on general hospital and ask for muhney to be hired as jason morgan…..

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Great idea. Jason returns with a personality AND acting ability!

ces
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ces

lol!! I never understood the attraction to Steve Burton’s Jason.

toscanti
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toscanti

That would be amazing! If Y&R becomes number 2 after being #1 for 25 years, CBS would have no choice but to fire JFP. Michael Muhney would be a much better Jason Morgan and has great chemistry with Maura West’s “Ava”.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

I totally agree with yall!!!

Lynn DeRosa
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Lynn DeRosa

If they keep the focus on great storytelling and utilize the veteran actors the way they have the past year, the future looks bright for GH!

johnny
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johnny

wonderful news, gh is on fire now. lets hope this continues. katie couric is cancelled, thank god. katie was boring. the worst talk show ever. i watched 1 episode, and fell a sleep. lol. now katie couric please go away.

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

The ratings are good, most of the stories are entertaining and im very happy about that but the biggest news im desperate to hear…no, not who Patrick picks, or Bens paternity is revealed…the biggest news im waiting to hear is when GH is finally renewed!!!

su0000
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su0000

I believe
GH would without a doubt be #1 if like Y&R it was shown internationally and on a second network as TVGN ..

FV, RC, ALL the writers, Cast, crew, have done an excellent job!!!
I am being happily entertained, and that is what it is all about..

Well done GH !!!

Dani
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Dani

I’m not sure but I hope so. I think the reveal of who Patrick chooses will determine where the ratings will go. Robin is just sort of wandering and is in need of some concrete storyline. I’m not interested in Molly and TJ (that was one storyline I wish they’d put to bed).

elle
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elle

so over molly & tj…. she is annoying and he is boring.. bring back christina!!!!!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I don’t really care for Molly & TJ…..They are a bit boring.. Fighting and making-up all the time….

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love you GH! Congrats and keep on rocking.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

DITTO!

Jeff
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Jeff

GH is the best show on the air and the ratings are finally reflecting that! The supposed number 1 the Y&R is sinking fast with all the major firings and cast leaving!

Shirley A Miller
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Shirley A Miller

I’m glad to hear that GH is doing so well as it is my fav soap. I have watched it for many years and believe bringing some of the Vets back, like Anna, Duke, Robert and Robin, and Bobby has helped a lot. Fans were very upset when Steve/Jason left ….don’t think he could be replaced….also miss Brandon/Johnny and now Spinelli has left. Jonathan as Lucky is doing a great job on Nashville – I am happy for him. I hope GH keeps on hitting high in the ratings….. Congrats to all the cast, crew and everyone connected with the… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

I loved today’s show!

brian
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brian

Love seeing Bobbie Spencer again. Hope she is offered a contract. She needs to be a part of the canvus.

mgb357
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mgb357

Heres an idea – expand the show to two hours – and include the casts of AMC and OLTL – make it AllMyChildrenHaveOneLifeToLiveInTheGeneralHospital (AMCOLTLGH)…

It will work with Frank and Ron at the helm…

Courtney
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Courtney

I’m so excited for GH. I’m a 3rd generation watcher and I hope to continue the tradition with my kids 🙂

I love the enthusiasm of this article too! Every sentence (except one that is a question) was ended with an exclamation point! 🙂 LOVE THAT OTHERS LOVE GH AS MUCH AS ME!!!

jay
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jay

Congratulations… I’m also a third Generation and continue watching with family in the evening’s..

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Today’s episode of GH was wrong(12/20) Fri… It was a repeat about Patrick & Sabrina’s wedding and Anna hugging Robin because she happy to see and that she isn’t really dead.. What is up with this??? It’s say’s new on my t v guide on the T.V. It is suppose to be about: Patrick makes a decision and it is dated 12/20..Plus it was interrupted by a special report….Why do they showing a repeat episode when it says it is a new episode???? Someone goofed!

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

Because Obama interupted the show, and so ABC pushed to Mon. Dec. 23…that way the entire episode can be seen!!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

After the TV book went to print, ABC realized the president would interrupt, so they decided to show a repeat.

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

Thanks for the news. Since Charter has pulled the plug on SOAPNet 10 days early, I was frustrated missing Friday’s episode. I guess no Christmas shopping Monday.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

GH Rocks n’ Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It just proves if you write a decent story focusing on the characters the viewers know and love, with newer ones added to the mix as need be– people will watch. GH went back to basics, looked at what made the show great once upon a time and I think for the most part they doing their best to follow that template. Those who created these soaps, created the genre, if the newer writers and producers just stay with the vision of the one who created the soap, with the right dash of modern flair– viewers will be happy, well… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I wish there was a LIKE button on this site so I could agree with so many of the comments without having to write something more. LOL!

Lew S
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Lew S

Why is Y&R still #1? I am totally serious! The stories are not compelling, the characters and the cast are not what they once were, but yet it is still at the top? Don’t get it!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Because people believe the hype!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

You have to look at the ratings demographics to understand. Y&R has been #1 for 25 years. It hooked its audience a long time ago, & is now made up largely of seniors, retirees & people that can stay home & watch live every day. That’s why GH is #1 in viewers 25-49. But, Y&R is still #1 overall – because there are more viewers ages 50-100 watching Y&R consistently every single day. Viewing patterns are changing though. Getting new, younger viewers is great for GH because it means what they are showing now is interesting to the younger generation.… Read more »

Jared Bradshaw
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Jared Bradshaw

I don’t believe in demo groups, based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, but congrats to all shows on total viewership. Keep up the good work!

Kelly
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Kelly

Robin & Patrick, Maxie, Georgie, Anna, Robert, and Duke, Nik & Britt, even Sam & Silas – these are the reasons for the great ratings. Get rid of all the ridiculous taiga longs and get back to the basics- it’s obviously working. Let’s ditch the Disney princess and her suckup friends, the teen squad, and the mod scene. The viewers have spoken.

Susan
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Susan

OLTL was amazing under Frank/Ron in it’s last year until it was cancelled. GH has been revitalized since Ron/Frank took over. You can tell they put everything they have into it. The past few months have been nothing short of amazing! My only concern for GH’s future is the possible departure of particular key characters that have carried these great storylines. The Scorpios are always trotted out during sweeps for a good reason-It seems to me they bring in ratings. However, Tristan Rogers is already gone and we don’t know how long Kimberly McCullough is staying. Robin’s return was a… Read more »

liz
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liz

Yes but it won’t last. I just read that they are going to make Sabrina pregnant! Another baby I am done!!!! RIP GH it has been a wonderful 36 years and stupid ridiculous joke for 2 years. This writing is awful!!!! The vets are the only reason I have been watching and they all can’t leave this show fast enough.

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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