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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.

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Harrison Wagner, Son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner, Cause of Death Determined

General Hospital’s Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and former GH and B&B star Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, ex-Nick) have been mourning the loss of their beloved son, Harrison Wagner, since he passed away this past June at the age of 27.

Harrison was found in a parking lot and his cause of death was initially deferred.  Now, according to a report from PEOPLE.com, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials have updated Harrison’s death as an “accident,” with Fentanyl and Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax) as the official cause.

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Following his passing, Kristina and Jack created the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund to assist other young men who battle addiction to be able to afford getting into a recovery community.

Just a few days ago on December 1st, Kristina remembered her son on what would have been his 28th birthday with a touching Instagram post. It included a video clip of Harrison dancing along with the words: “Sometimes I feel like a pinned butterfly. There’s no second chance. There’s no see-him-again. There’s no nothing. He’s not coming back. It’s final. But life goes on. How do I spend the rest of my own without Harrison in it? What does it mean to be ‘all right’ after the death of your child, your blood? The pain will never go away. Today is Harrison’s birthdate. I had the privilege to know him for 27 incredible years. Harrison was larger than life, but beneath his commanding presence was vulnerability and compassion. He understood his own defects and worked hard to turn them around, to strengthen his positive attributes. He was a good listener and stood up for others when they couldn’t speak for themselves. He is missed. Happy Birthday, Harrison. To all bereaved parents: May you find peace. Let’s stick around and see what’s in store for our extraordinary lives.”

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Jack and Kristina have two sons together, the late Harrison, and their eldest son, Peter (age 31).  The actors were previously married from 1993 to 2006.

We continue to offer our condolences to Jack, Kristina, and Peter through this difficult time, and hope that from Harrison’s passing, that the scholarship fund in his name, will help others.

Share your thoughts on the closing of the case on Harrison Wagner’s death, and send your continued condolences to Jack and Kristina via the comment section below.

The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund notes that if you have a loved one that is in need of help with their substance abuse, please give them call at 888-977-4549 to learn more about the recovery options available.

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Felicia, Robert & Holly’s Masterplan Revealed Featuring Heart-Tugging Moments from Tristan Rogers & Emma Samms

Wednesday’s General Hospital began where the previous episode left off, with an on-fire, Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), literally! As the action picks up, Robert (Tristan Rogers) covers Holly with blankets to try and douse the flames.  The paramedics announce Holly has suffered second-degree burns over 75% of her body.

When the ambulance takes off, Robert goes with it. Meanwhile, Jordan (Tanisha Harper) and Mac (John J. York) are looking for evidence from the cabin fire … and wonder where the necklace has gone?

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Later, the ambulance pulls over to the side of the road, and one of the drivers is none other than paramedic Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagner)! Felicia reveals herself as does Holly, who is perfectly fine, and Robert, who was in on the entire ruse to get Holly safely out of the country and away from Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy).

Viewers learn in flashbacks how this trio worked together to pull this off: Felicia showed up at the cabin with fire retardant clothes for Holly to wear and revealed how she planned to set the stove to start the fire.  We then learn that Holly and Robert staged Robert’s drugging and mugging, in order for Holly to steal the necklace and leave it inside the cabin for the PCPD to find.  It was Holly’s plan to ensure that Victor would have no further use for her.

Next, Robert gives Holly the keys to a car that can’t be traced; as she is to drive to Canada with a new ID and completely disappear.  Felicia adds that records will show that Holly was taken to a burn facility halfway around the world, freeing her to find out just where Victor is holding her beloved son, Ethan.

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Holly has a surprise in store for Victor on her departure! In a flashback, Holly meets up with Selina Wu (Lydia Look) on the pier and gifts her with one of the jewels from the necklace in exchange for poisoning Victor for her. Holly tells Selina she won’t find her son alive and well if Victor is dead, and assures Selina the poison will not kill Victor, but will be payback.

As the episode comes to a conclusion, and if you are a longtime fan of GH, you probably reached for the hankies in touching and beautifully-played moments between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms.

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In the story, Holly apologizes to Robert for all the trouble she has caused, but the two share a passionate kiss before they say their final goodbyes. BUT .. you didn’t think Holly would try to get away without one last scheme? She had the necklace in her pocket the whole time, begging the question … was she  going to take it with her? However, Robert knew Holly had the necklace and asks her to hand it over to him, which she does.

For her final moments, Holly walks off into the fog, which could only signify that this guest star turn for Emma Samms has come to its conclusion.

So, what did you think about the twists on today’s episode? Did you think Robert, Felicia and Holly were in cahoots? What did you think of the final scenes between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms? Comment below.

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