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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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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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