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RATINGS: GH Hits New Lows in Key Demos! OLTL tops GH in Total Viewers!

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It’s ratings time again, and the week of April 25-29th was not good for ABC’s General Hospital! The one soap left standing by the alphabet network scored its all time record lows in two key female demos, 18-49 and 18-34.

In addition the recently canceled One Life to Live out performed GH in total viewers and ended up in the third spot of all the soaps, while GH came in at number four.

The only soaps to show gains in viewing numbers were the two lone CBS shows; The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. View the ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network after the jump!

Ratings Report for the Week of April 25-29, 2011

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,815,000 (+111,000/-100,000)
2. B&B 3,039,000 (+190,000/-210,000)
3. OLTL 2,544,000 (-218,000/+233,000)
4. GH 2,524,000 (-23,000/-172,000)
5. AMC 2,424,000 (-97,000/-45,000)
6. DAYS 2,399,000 (-4,000/-151,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 926,000 (+13,000/-203,000)
2. GH 676,000 (-37,000/-169,000) <—- new low *
3. DAYS 666,000 (+36,000/-64,000)
4. OLTL 625,000 (-65,000/-36,000)
5. B&B 586,000 (+61,000/-120,000)
6. AMC 530,000 (+10,000/-75,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.9/6 (+.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
4. GH 0.5/4 (-.1/-.4) <—- new low *
4. B&B 0.5/3 (+.1/-.1)
6. AMC 0.4/3 (same/-.3)

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Dani
Dani

OLTL LOST the most viewers of all shows last week BUT still remained the top overall watched of the network? I would say that is a sad indicator of how bad a state ABC daytime is in right now? Pathetic. It was only a 20,000 viewer difference between OLTL and GH. Yep GH is a goner too!

Livie
Livie

I hope the actors on GH are not buying into the Fronsian prose that “GH is safe”. That is code for “your ass better be looking for a new job”. I hate to say this, but I really think some of these actors are going to be in for a rude awakening. The talent pool of actors is rather saturated and the writing and direction of GH has not really given any of the actors any real challenges or opportunities for depth or character development.

OLTL has always had great story lines. I have been watching since I was a child. They were always trailblazers. They have always fostered diversity. They had a interracial storyline back when it was totally taboo, and have never faltered in telling the story. They have (for the most part, though there are about 4 actors that could fall into a hole) brilliant actors. I would love for OLTL to get a stay of execution. If ABC only keeps one soap, for the love of God and country, let it be OLTL.

Teresa
Teresa

I couldn’t agree more!

true
true

I’m not surprised by the low GH ratings. The show went down hill when brenda came back and when they put michael with that older non acting woman.

Dannada
Dannada

OLTL is on fire right now! They have a lot more balls in the air the GH does. Fans are fed up with GH playing the same 3 characters and their kids. I miss when GH used to be an entire town of people who were front burner!

Carol
Carol

If GH would just show Sam and Jason married with a baby on the way..the ratings would go sky high. No one wants to see Jason as a hitman forever. Changes need to be made and this couple needs to be front and center in the romance department. Please GH..listen to the fans and give Sam and Jason a real family together.

Kristi
Kristi

Some might laugh but I really do enjoy a few things about General Hospital. Just not all of it and certainly not all of the stories. If the new head writer comes in and decreases certain characters screen time the show would be a whole lot better. Sonny,Carly and even Jason no longer interest me anymore. Not to mention Dante and Michael.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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