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RATINGS: GH Continues to Gain! #1 in Key 18-34 Demo! DAYS & Y&R Add Viewers Too!

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Courtesy/ABC

The ratings are out for the week of May 7-May 11th and there is good and consistent upward direction for General Hospital right now as it continues to add viewers each week and lands at # 1 in the ratings for the key female 18-34 demo!  GH also added another +34,000 in total viewers for the ratings period.   It also held steady for the other key female demo of 18-49 while gaining viewers there too.

It would appear that those soap opera chefs, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati are being able to bring their know-how and formula of success that made One Life to Live so cherished (Although clearly, the network did not cherish it!) to Port Charles.  While no comparison should be made to OLTL and GH as they are polar opposite shows, it would be a great thing for the genre if GH can stay on the map past its 50th birthday next year, and Valentini and Carlivati are the guys that could do it, if continued to be given the chance by the ABC network.

Days of our Lives which took a hit the last ratings period, actually gained the most viewers for the week adding another + 103,000.   In reality, only 8,000 viewers separated GH and DAYS,  but if both shows could continue to show gains, that would also help DAYS’ cause as it has been constantly trying to find the right success formula to stay on the air.  Will they be able to do it in time before their renewal is up?

Over at CBS, The Young and the Restless remained at number one and also garnered an additional +26,000 and increased their lead over second place, The Bold and the Beautiful who unfortunately was the only show to lose viewers, at a time when B&B has been gaining viewers over the last few weeks.   Of note: Y&R and DAYS also gained viewers in the 18-49 demo.  You can view the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here.

So we ask you our soapers again, as you watch the current storylines unfold on the four soaps, what do you think needs to be fixed, adjusted, or stamped out, in order for you to want to tune-in everyday?   Let us know your thoughts!

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Sharon
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Sharon

GH needs to have super couples return, and stay together, they need better family dynamics between mothers/fathers and children, better sibling relationships where they get along with one another and gang up together against common enemies, they need Victor, Blair, Dani, Jack(recast please) little sam, Viki and more to come to port charles. It would be nice if OLTL and AMC was brought back on air.

Sarah
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Sarah

Noooooo oltl was awful!! True gh fans I am sure will agree. That’s why no one watched it!!!

MemphisBelle
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MemphisBelle

Agree, Sarah! I am so sick of having my GH actors and storylines pushed aside to accomodate the newbies from OLTL. It is no surprise to me the show was cancelled after observing the acting and stories. More GH!

barbara t
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barbara t

I have been a general hospital fan for 49years, A true gh fan. One life to live was not the show that was awful it was general hospital that needed help. The ratings are going up because the oltl fans are tuning in take away my favorite characters and the ratings will go back down.

Dustin
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Dustin

I am a true GH fan yet I strongly disagree! OLTL was a much beloved show that never should have been canceled.It had great ratings when it was cut.I believe the driving force behind the GH reprieve.

Glen
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Glen

OLTL was NOT awful! It was a great soap, especially under Frank and Ron. It was also higher rated than GH at the time of its most unjust cancellation. But TIIC at ABC didn’t care. They just wanted it gone. Please get your facts straight.

Heather
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Heather

Glen, before you tell others to get their facts straight, I think you outta do the same.

OLTL did NOT had higher ratings then GH, at least not at the time of the cancellation in April 2011. OLTL surpassed GH in the ratings in May 2011, AFTER the show had already been cancelled.

Terri
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Terri

I for one watched all three from the beginning and stopped watching GH after it got really boring. OLTL was an awesome soap and I also watched AMC but OLTL was my favorite. Since Ron and Frank have livened up GH with new people and much needed new story lines I am watching everyday again. AMC and OLTL were cancelled and GH was next, they saved the show. If they were going to cancel each soap by the ratings it would have been AMC and GH. They just started with the first two and GH was next.

Heather
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Heather

Terri, you make absolutely no sense. ABC did not cancelled OLTL instead of GH simply because of its schedule. You’re funny. ABC cancelled OLTL instead of GH because OLTL had lower ratings than GH when came the time for ABC to make its decision. Yes, OLTL did get higher ratings than GH after the cancellation. But that was too little to late. There’s no way ABC could have undone the cancellation of OLTL and cancel GH instead. Here are the ratings for the week of April 7, 2011 just before OLTL was cancelled. As you can see, GH had higher… Read more »

aria
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aria

Heather, thanks for posting the ratings, its so funny how OLTL fanatics are now trying to revise the shows history, and all of sudden OLTL became the second coming of Christ. where are these oltl fans coming up with this over embellishment? are they going to argue that abc cancelled the show that was making them more money?

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

GH is only hanging by a thread! The only reason ratings went up is because OLTL viewers are coming over! You should be thanking them! GH sucks with all the mob BS, that’s why I stopped watching years ago, but the OLTL actors are making it more watchable!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Aria…yes ABC cancelled a show that was making them more money than General Hospital. That is a fact. OLTL came in UNDER BUDGET, the other ABC soaps did not.
I have been a fan of ABC soaps since the mid 70’s, I personally HATE that the fans are allowing TPTB to divide us even further. It is NOT supposed to be about GH vs OLTL….

aria
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aria

every single oltl fanatic acts like oltl was always higher rated and a better soap then GH, the fact is, GH has always been more popular and higher rated, oltl only became higher rated the year it was announced it would be cancelled, thats when it when up in the ratings and stayed there till it last aired, but to now make it look like oltl was always the networks top rated soap is a big O lie. futhermore, GH actors, are by far more popular then the oltl ones, and to assume the ratings went up because they came… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Aria, come on don’t say that lol. One life to live fans are helping to bring up the ratings. Hey thanks for sticking up for me about the d.i.d. problem I had, I still want to know which personality of her husband doesn’t like the d.i.d. story and won’t watch general hospital anymore But I don’t want Michael to get mad at me so my lips are sealed, all I know about d.i.d. is what I seen on the soaps and I don’t think I want to be next to someone who is going to change to someone else in… Read more »

tani
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tani

preach it sister 2 thumbs up!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

They need to stop with the D.I.D. stories………………And keep Sonny & Jason in check. Less of these kind of stories could do the trick and keep Gh on longer than one year……….That’s my opinion ……….

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

TRue that!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Aria, I dont know where U came from or even if I ever read any of your prior post when I would be on here all the time, BUT its good to know that Heather has support on here with these OneLife fanatics. And here’s a nod to Kay Killgore, for being leveled headed and asking for attacks to STOP, which was one of my main plea’s on here. Listen, I loved OneLife, loved it, AND I am grateful if the crossover’s are helping in the ratings, BUT these fanatics on here make it seem like GH was doomed without… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

1lovebcsoaps Nice to see you back. To be honest, there are many times that I actually enjoyed OLTL more than GH. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed OLTL more than GH for all of 2011. But it annoys that some people are saying that ABC should have canceled GH instead of OLTL just because OLTL had supposedly higher ratings than GH during the cancellation. First of all, that’s a big lie. And even if it had been true, what’s the big idea of wishing harm to another soap just because your soap got cancelled? I find that extremely selfish… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

It would have made more sense for ABC to cancel GH instead of OLTL. OLTL was much higher in the ratings, was loved and praised by the critics and soap press for years before it was yanked. Until Ron and Frank came along GH was not only ABC’s lowest rated soap, but the lowest rated of ALL the soaps. Plus OLTL was millions under budget.

Heather
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Heather

You have no idea what you’re talking about Blake. It wouldn’t have make more sense for ABC to cancel GH instead of OLTL. First of all, GH is a much higher profile show than OLTL. Secondly, OLTL did NOT have higher ratings than GH when the show was cancelled unlike what so many OLTL fans want to think . OLTL got better ratings than GH after ABC canceled it. Here are the ratings for April 7, 2011, the week before OLTL got cancelled. Total Viewers 1. Y&R 4,742,000 (+204,000/-309,000) 2. B&B 2,909,000 (+90,000/-157,000) 3. GH 2,720,000 (-149,000/+46,000) 4. OLTL 2,574,000… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

well I agree with you about OLTL being under budget – that’s what I had read about them time and time again. I think ABC should have figured out a way to work smarter and keep all the soaps. One commentor had mentioned maybe going to 1/2 hr shows for a while. I was thinking even if they had 1 1/2 hr block of time for all 3 soaps and have more cross overs so fans would watch all 3 soaps more, and gees, how about raising the cost of the commercials and shortening the time of each commercial –… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

So true.. What can you do.

moneek77
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moneek77

I watched only AMC but I have my hopes that the OLTL added viewers will be enough to save GH

Sarah
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Sarah

I have been a gh fan for 20 years. And I really hate that they are throwing all of the oltl bull shit into gh. There was a reason I didn’t watch oltl. It’s annoying. Not the actors per se but I don’t like the story lines. I do like that starr is on now. But that’s about it. It seems with Kate and her DID you are trying to resurrect the Vikki, Jessica thing. I have a husband with DID and it’s almost insulting the way that they are portrayed to be completely insane. That has caused my husband… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Well Sarah it is going around that Kate/Connie will have a 3rd alter.

barbara t
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barbara t

LMAO, Kay killgore, I could not stop laughing at you plea, Christen where are you? You called me out as I should have been for using the s word please help here!!!! that was so funny. And no I have never, ever, used the f word, well, not here. Did you really hear that Kat/connie/ ?. Will there really be a 3rd alter?

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hi Kay,

I sent you a nod (just above) Blake replied May 20th, 2012 at 7:11 pm.

tani
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tani

i agree 100% with EVERYTHING you said… i hope they don’t lose us GH fans and change our show and characters completely. some fans agree that change is good for me i don’t mind change but i think i would have preferred if the stars from oltl to were brought over and maybe slowly integrated or brought over as totally new characters… i feel like i am watching oltl these days & i have stopped watching that show for years esp because of their storylines… this DID thing is really a review of tess/bess nonsense.. i really hope port charles… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Your old mob writers put the story in place of kate/connie’s d.i.d problem, Do your soap opera homework and you will find out that Ron decided to stick with the kate/connie personality problem, So the d.i.d, didn’t do a crossover from one life to live, and the gh fans who are against the crossovers better live with it and stop complaining the ratings are going up so that means whatever is going on now in port charles ITS WORKING. Also, General hospital is not like watching one life to live, One life to live was a much better soap. FRank… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Hey everybody I have set back & watched this unfold enough!! Please stop with the personal attacks against each other agree to disagree and it is only soap opera where we sit on the couch eating bon bon’s and coke and going to fantasy land! You guys plz. stop attacking each other Mr. Fairman should have stopped this nonsense enough. OK ! We get it you can’t get over OLTL being cancelled! Most of the actors have moved on I suggest we do as well before everybody blows a gasket.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Barbara T I heard that on loose lips but they get it wrong more then they get it right the only reason I beleived it this time was because we had Jess/Tess/Bess & Vicki/Nikki/Jean & Torrey? And a shout out to Mr. Fairman thank you! I have 3 sisters who we get down and nasty but I do not like to see this board become an insult board I get enough of that with politicians and family.

barbara t
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barbara t

You brought the subject up. So which part of your husband doesn’t like general hospital? Both or just one of his did personalities? I’m just curious never met a( vicki/niki kate/connie) before. I don’t think that I could sit around watching soap operas or the news for that matter and then have to worry about my spouse changing his thoughts in a split second from one person to another. Unless of course you are visiting him at your local shady brooke and he is getting psychiatric help. In any case good luck to you, I think your going to need… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Did you seriously just say that? You ignorant awful person. How dare you say that. My husband is a very successful software engineer. And incase you’re wondering why it happened it was from being shot point blank in Iraq. While he was serving our country. His brain couldn’t handle the stress and no he is NOT in our local shady brook. It is not nearly what it is portrayed to me on the soap and you should seriously mind your self. That was one of the rudest most hurtful things I have heard in a long ass time.

Elhu
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Elhu

I too am a GH fan for a long time (over 30 years), but I also enjoyed OLTL and AMC. I don’t mind the crossovers at all, as I think they are blending in better than I actually thought they would (John McBain, Starr and Todd (who adds that dry humor, which is welcome). I am sure you and your husband know more than most of us viewers, when it comes to the DID storyline, since you live it, so I respect, understand and bow to your views for sure. What I will say about this though is, the DID… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

I also thank your husband for serving our country and all of us. I cannot even image the sacrifices those that serve and those that love them, make to keep all of us safe. What a strong person your husband must be to have survived being shot at point blank range. Clearly God has a plan for him to do more good, maybe in the world of software engineering. God Bless both you and your husband.

barbara t
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barbara t

SEriously I think you are the ignorant person bringing it up in the first place without explaining yourself and I don’t believe a word your saying. If I or anyone who really has d.i.d for real this would not be the place to discuss it.We are talking soap opera here not serious injuries that are happening to our precious soldiers, YOU really don’t want to get me started on that subject lady BEcause I can tell you several stories, And watch out who you call ignorant, I’m discussing a woman on a soap opera with d.i.d not to you who… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

No I was stating why we are disliking one portion of the show. And why. Yes my husband has DID. I have been a military wife and daughter. Been through more tours of duty an stations than you can shake a stick at. So I was explaining myself. Maybe you should re read your comment saying which of his personalities don’t like it. That was fucked up.

aria
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aria

Sarah and Barbara, your both truly entertaining, and now both sound like your in your own soap opera, but seriosly, i think we should stick to talking about “soap opera” not real life, this is not the forum for it, so i agree w/ barbara, and if Sarah your husband has did then i doubt you would get an accurate portrayal of it on a soap so both of you chill or not i don’t care because really, you two are drama queens, lol, oh and by the way GH has always been better then OlTL nough said.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Christine where are you? You called me out as I should have been for using the s word please help here!!!!

Vickie
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Vickie

I’m really tired of hearing about the key demographic of 18–whatever. I’ve been watching for over 40 years and all of a sudden my age group doesn’t matter. How very insulting to loyal fans.

barbara t
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barbara t

It is a insult, Its like we dont matter when it come to anything we watch, If your not young you don’t count. Very unfair because I do watch a lot of t.v, Ok I listen to a lot of t.v.

Christy
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Christy

yeah! don’t they know 18-somethings don’t buy as nearly as much detergent, and coffee as us 30-40-50-somethings! A lot of those 18 yr olds are still living with their parents! ha!

Kristen
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Kristen

Having watched Bold from the beginning, it’s difficult to critique the Bell’s body of work. But let me give it whirl… The Liam, Hope, Steffi story line brought out all that you could ask for in a soap…heartache, anger, sorrow, sweetness….and of course THE HEAT! But instead of going on long enough to worry viewers that we were in for a blast from the past of the Ridge, Brooke, Taylor days, it should have ended. I understand developing characters but we all know how loyal fans are to their characters. I have read the posts on chats…they are freaking serious!… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

GH is on fire with a few exceptions, Anthony Zacchara being one of them. Get rid of him! Tracy’s marriage to him is ridiculous. / So not liking this version of Starr! I get she’s angry and grieving, but come on! / Sad to see Matt Hunter go. / I know Genie Francis is at Y&R, but GH when she is available grab her fast! / Where is Monica Q? / Hey Ron and Frank, how about undoing the egregious rewrite of Rick Webber having an affair with a character that never existed and then killing him off? / Speaking… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

hey Mark, on Anthony Zaccara, is it just me or has his character changed? He seemed to be one dark, dangerous mob guy a while back, like more dangerous than Sonny’s crew and more of late, he seems like he’s scared of his own shadow. Running when his tires were shot out – I’d think a mob guy would pull his gun and hide behind the car and be ready to shoot – even at poor Star. He keeps running over to Johnny ‘save me Johnny” scared of Tracy trying to kill him… you’d think he’d just arrange for her… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Christy, You are right about who is buying the groceries and your right about the 18 year old’s living at home eating and drinking all the Items you mentioned.I like anthony zaccara Hes interesting and I think the guy is funny, I hope he doesn’t turn up in a body bag.

barbara t
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barbara t

This is very good news for us general hospital fans .But I am hearing since early this morning all over the net and at facebook, there are rumors floating around that general hospital is going to be cancelled that the renewal was a farce, I hate to say this but it wouldn’t surprise me I don’t trust abc/disney I also read something at the beginning of looselips over at soaptown usa that I am left scratching my head over, Start paying attention general hospital fans things may not seem what they are over at abc/disney theRAT channel.

heidi
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heidi

Hi Barbara… you must mean the comment about GH’s lifespan right? Loose Lips has had some very interesting information about GH lately and who ever writes that has some inside info at GH versus the others. Let’s hope that ABC/Disney is not lying this time!

barbara t
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barbara t

I have been all over the net today and facebook and I hope it isn’t true, I’ve run out of places to look for any more news, I don’t trust abc/disney, It’s like they want to play head games with us fans again, Looks like I will have to change my e mail to abc and bring this cancellation stuff again. Seems everything at loose lips happens. Every Sunday I look forward to what they have to say, Today it left me scratching my head, I’m afraid for general hospital I hope there just rumors.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I like Anthony Zacarra and even though he isn’t as dangerous for some reason as he use to be, I like that he is much more entertaining. You said Barb, you hope he don’t show up in a bloody bag, YET yes, on Tuesday, Johnny shot him point rage a few times. Did you call it before it was to happen or what? I like Anthony, he brings that crazy humor to the the show., unpredictiblity. Anthony please stay and continue to be the crazy father from hell.

barbara t
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barbara t

I, hate, hate, hate, That they killed Anthony Zacarra, I love that guy, Every time he is on he makes me smile because yes, I think he is funny. From what I am hearing he may be dead, Call the ghost busters, Hes not leaving, he will haunt Johnny and Tracy for how long that’s another question.

MemphisBelle
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MemphisBelle

I am happy to see those demographic numbers increasing for GH. I am not in that group but I like what they like.
OLTL was cancelled because of their low ratings in the demo group….TPTB need to grow a pair and put the writers and producers of GH on notice before they ruin GH as they did OLTL.

Sarah
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Sarah

I so agree

david
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david

OLTL was not canceled because of low ratings in this demographic. Towards the end, OLTL beat out every other soap in this demographic except Y&R.
http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/ratings/ratings-gh-hits-new-low-for-second-straight-week
Perhaps Kristen Alderson is related to GH’s improvement in the same demographic. Also note the writers and producers did not ruin OLTL, as its ratings had been better than GH’s.

barbara t
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barbara t

Thank you David for saying what we one life to live fans know to be true. One life to live was the best soap, General hospital was for me very painful to watch over the years but I stuck by it . And I haven’t said this in a very long time, I believe the wrong soap was canceled and abc/disney knows it that’s why they hired Ron and Frank and thats why we have our one life to live crossovers, None of this can happen WITHOUT the approval of tptb at abc/disney. And I hope that the rumor I… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

david, you’re using ratings from a week after OLTL was already cancelled. We all know that OLTL had higher ratings than GH after the cancellation. You’re not learning us anything new here. Look at the ratings for March or April 2011. You will see that GH had better ratings than OLTL. Here are the ratings for April 7, 2011 Total Viewers 1. Y&R 4,742,000 (+204,000/-309,000) 2. B&B 2,909,000 (+90,000/-157,000) 3. GH 2,720,000 (-149,000/+46,000) 4. OLTL 2,574,000 (+63,000/+172,000) 5. AMC 2,383,000 (+8,000/-40,000) 6. DAYS 2,228,000 (-133,000/-294,000 Households 1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/-.2) 2. B&B 2.1/7 (same/-.1) 3. GH 2.0/6 (-.1/same) 4. OLTL… Read more »

aria
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aria

david, you can try to spin this anyway you want, but the fact is GH is on the air and OLTL isn’t, answer me this question, why would ABC cancell OLTL over GH? clearly one of the biggest factors had to be $$$$$money. So, if OLTL is this big show your trying to make it , why would they cancel the show making more money for them? or winning more awards for them? don’t think so, was it the show on more magazine covers? don’t think so. Tell me please, since you seem to have the answer, why did OLTL… Read more »

david
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david

Heather, I see your point about GH having higher ratings, but I think OLTL was improving. The week before (April 4-8, 2011) the OLTL cancellation announcement, OLTL rated higher than GH in total viewers:
1. Y&R 4,563,000 (-179,000/-770,000)
2. B&B 2,827,000 (-82,000/-426,000)
3. OLTL 2,630,000 (+56,000/+150,000)
4. GH 2,605,000 (-115,000/-163,000)
5. DAYS 2,363,000 (+135,000/-354,000)
6. AMC 2,303,000 (-80,000/-123,000)

These numbers for April 4-8, 2011 were posted on April 14, 2011, the same day as the announcement:
http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/ratings/ratings-new-low-for-bb-in-women-18-49-viewers

My response was directed toward MemphisBelle’s claim that FV/RC ruined OLTL. If OLTL was so bad, it never would have surpassed GH in the ratings for the last year.

James
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James

GH is fun to watch under Cartini yes, but all in all it’s a bit too over the top for my liking, probably why I was never a OLTL fan. Now that the new regime is here I’m kinda forced to accept what it is now because there’s no way I’m giving up my favorite show for the past 23 years! I just know it could be better and more authentic feeling because I’ve experienced that for many years prior to this regime (mostly with Riche/Labine and some Phelps/Guza). The actors I’m used to, and watched for many years make… Read more »

1lovebcsoaps
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1lovebcsoaps

Nicely stated, James. I liked how U admitted its fun to watch, and although it’s not quite your taste, your grateful if that’s whats keeping it on the air.
I believe it needed some Blitz, Blazast, to spice up the mob theme. It was not enough BLAZAST for a mob themed show. It was too slow. Plus now, I’m hearing and seeing more than of many other character’s, and their lives.

Maura
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Maura

I’ve watched GH on and off since I was 10 (I am now 41.) Most recently I stopped watching it when Jake was killed by Luke. I hate Bob Guza and think he was the biggest problem with GH for most of the last 10 years. Killing off Quartermaines (I can never forgive him for killing off Alan!), making women stupid, children are plot points and the heroes are career criminals. I came back to GH when Valentini and Carlvati took over. They have worked miracles with this show! Heather Webber is back and wonderful. History is being remembered and… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Maura I am glad you mentioned Tea rubbing her belly, I have heard those pregnancy pads itch and really get hot but I had the feeling it was because she was frightened that the pad was going to become loose and drop on set. Word to wardrobe dept. dress was too short also.

barbara t
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barbara t

Kay killgore, She did rub her belly a lot, well, Her belly pad, and I have to agree the dress was a bit to short. But I did like all her scenes, I like when tea gets pissed off and starts ranting and raving. she hispanic shes on fire that’s a good thing.

Tanya
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Tanya

I love GH. And I loved OLTL. I am enjoying the Kate storyline and am glad the show has soft peddled the mobster storylines with more a few emotional stories: Patrick mourning Robin; Sam and Jason dealing with the presence of John McBain. Perhaps they can bring Natalie to PC, too, and make it a quadrangle.

Mary
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Mary

I’ve never cared for B&B, but I’m a fan of the other three (especially GH). I’ve watched all three ABC soaps since they began and I really like the OLTL characters that have been added to GH. The writing has improved and I can’t wait to watch each day. The Will coming out s/l on Days is being very well done and Y&R is still a classy show, even if the current storylines are kind of boring right now. I really hope that all the soap fans will continue to watch these shows and keep the ratings strong!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, B&B was never my thing, but glad to see the other shows do well. I am glad about seeing Maggie and Victor on DOOL, and her finding out the big secret he kept from her.

Glen
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Glen

It was GH’s highest ratings since OLTL’s final week. Thanks to the new regime, the show is more watchable now than it’s been in years.

Tina
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Tina

Before the new writing regime, I fast-forwarded through 90% of GH. I would stockpile episodes and watch 2 weeks in about 2 hours. Now, I’m watching it ASAP everyday. I love the addition of Todd, Starr and John. Hope they stay for a long time. Tea is very distracting with the baby bump and short dress….that was perhaps the most awful maternity outfit in recent memory. But I’m really enjoying the rest of the additions. Love that Felicia is back to face the music; would really enjoy a Felicia/Mac/Alexis triangle. Sam is definitely more watchable with John McBain. I love… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

DAYS needs to keep telling stories like Will’s coming out, and keep John and Marlena onscreen and frontburner. That’s what keeps me tuned in. I have been watching the show for more than 30 years, so I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs. I hope they’ll be around for many more years.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

I’m not surprised to see Y&R gaining viewers. This long time fan is SUPER excited with the way storyline is headed right now! So much exciting stuff on the horizon with Danny, Cricket, Paul, Ricky and Phyllis!! Going to be AMAZING and the lead up has been so cleverly crafted!! Kudos to the writing team and brilliant cast of Y&R!! Here’s to a long, hot Summer in Genoa City!!!!

Dan
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Dan

I don’t know how anyone else feels, but the sniping back and forth between GH and OLTL fans is getting really old. Give it a rest already! GH is on a roll, thanks to FV and RC, and the OLTL characters are fitting nicely into the show. We all have a reason to watch now. Instead of arguing back and forth, we should be uniting to keep driving those ratings up, and help keep GH on the air for years to come, and for the OLTL fans, keep some of your beloved characters alive for years to come, as well.

Sean
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Sean

I 100% TOTALLY AGREE!!!!! WE SHOULD BE UNITING TO FIGHT THE REPLACEMENT SHOWS…NOT EACH OTHER!

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I agree with you Dan. I have never watched GH until the OLTL characters were merged. Soapers should be watching GH and stop complaining. I miss AMC and OLTL but I am happy for what I can get right now!

barbara t
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barbara t

Your right Dan, But lets face it the general hospital fans dont like the one life to live fans (I watched both soaps since the beginning) General hospital fans are whining that the one life to live crossovers are taking over and I am not seeing that I am seeing general hospital that has a few crossovers from another soap same characters names, so what. newbes come to the soaps all the time. The gh fans are nasty about it and then of course the oltl fans will speak up about it and what we really should be doing is… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

barbara t

After all the time that OLTL fans have repeated that ABC should have cancelled GH instead of OLTL, you can’t really blame GH fans for not liking OLTL fans.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days is getting better. Will’s storyline is what is getting the viewers, I think. But Days still needs to step away from the whole Stefano-ISA thing, as well as the awful Gabi/Chelanie storyline.

RJ4
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RJ4

First, I want to thank Michael Fairman and staff for creating the format of this website in a style that allows us all to express our opinions comfortably. I like the way you post ‘news’ about the soaps, and then pose questions that we can respond to and give feedback. Kudos to Michael and all involved. Hopefully, we can all do this respectfully by focusing on the ‘issues’ at hand and celebrate the diversity of our opinions. For me, ‘soaps’ and this site are great momentary escapes from the stresses of ‘real’ life which we all have ( work, health,… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

All soaps have storylines that are like hair…..some days it looks great, other days you long for a hat. I used to watch the full ABC line-up. Then, I stopped watching GH because it became too Sonny-centric. I kept thinking – who would want to get involved with this man? You end up blown up, shot (sometimes more than once), kidnapped, etc. The diminishing of the Quartermaines was just sad. One thing that was fairly consistent on OLTL that I found lacking on GH was also the treatment & use of veteran characters & actorsJackie Zeman is a prime example.… Read more »

RJ4
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RJ4

“All soaps have storylines that are like hair…..some days it looks great, other days you long for a hat.”

Chaz, I love your analogy of hair and soaps- very funny and so true!

barbara t
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barbara t

I like what you said about the hair, However, Everyday for me is a bad hair day.

amy
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amy

B&B is down because of this hope storyline she is a hated
character and it has been the hope show! It took mixing steffy
into this to make liam and hope remotely interesting. If bell
is smart he will put steffy with liam they could be a powerful
young supercouple! Until then i will continue to FF through hope scenes
or delete it all together.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

What I REALLY wish would stop is the fans fighting each other over which show was on top or had better storylines. None of that matters anymore! We need to stick together in this fight, otherwise we ALL lose EVERY daytime drama!! We cannot allow the powers that be to divide us further!

barbara t
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barbara t

Your right CTwildheart, It isnt about general hospital vs.one life to live. General hospital is the only abc soap we have left and right now it needs the general hospital fans and the one life to life fans to come together as one, WE have to save general hospital or we won’t have any daytime soaps left to discuss.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I think both GH AND DAYS have improved from what they were .. at least I’m watching now! RC&RV have made GH entertaining again, i just wish they had more love stories. They brought on all these great characters, Anna, Felicia, McBain, Todd Manning .. but they didn’t bring their counterparts, the ying to their yang .. Robert, Frisco, Natalie and Blair! So they’re only half as good to watch as they COULD be! How much more fun would it be to watch Anna as the new Chief of Police if ROBERT were there! As for DAYS, I love that… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Out of all these comments, not sure if this will even get read, but….I felt the need to speak out anyways. I grew up as a GH fan, my mother watched all 3, AMC, OLTL and GH, she was a fan of all of them. I never could get attached to AMC, and therefore could understand why it was canceled. However OLTL, was a great show, It had great background, and it went through a lot of ups and downs, but it was a great show and interesting storylines. Before OLTL was canceled, many viewers complained that GH was getting… Read more »

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their work as an ensemble.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly any words.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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