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


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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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!

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.

I couldn’t agree more!

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.

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!

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.

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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Eva LaRue Makes Her ‘General Hospital’ Debut: What Were Your First Impressions of Natalia Rogers-Ramirez?

On the Monday, February 26th episode of General Hospital, former All My Children favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos), made her first appearance in her new recurring role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

In key scenes, as Kristina (Kate Mansi) and Blaze are happy after spending the night together, Kristina is in for a shock when she is still in bed and the door opens and Blaze’s mother, Natalia strolls in seemingly oblivious to walked she just walked in.

Natalia announces, “Alison, Mommy’s here!” Then, Natalia looks over and sees Kristina in bed and both women are a bit startled. Kristina introduces herself to “Mrs. Rogers-Ramirez.” However, Natalia corrects her and says it’s “Miss.”

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Next, Blaze walks into the room still in her robe. She is very shocked that her mother arrived in Port Charles much earlier than expected. Natalia wants an explanation of just what she walked in on. It is then, Kristina concocts a story and explains they had a girls’ night, and it got late so Alison let her crash.

Natalia seems to buy into Kristina’s lies. Blaze starts to argue with her mother over the non-vegan sandals her mother brought her from Puerto Rico and her grandmother’s pudding, which she has told her in the past she dislikes. Kristina pipes in that the reason Alison doesn’t like it, is because of the texture and the same goes for avocado and flan. Natalia says she thinks she knows her own daughter.

Photo: ABC

Then, Blaze gets more upset and asks Kristina to stay and be by her side. Blaze announces that she and Kristina are more than just friends. We already know that Natalia is from a very conservative background, so we anticipate on tomorrow’s episode of GH, she won’t approve finding out her daughter is gay. Stay-tuned.

So, were you happy to see Eva LaRue back on daytime and now on General Hospital? What were you first impressions of her new character Natalia Rogers-Ramirez? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out the scenes from her arrival below,

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

Photo: IsiahPate/Lipton IG

The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.


In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.


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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

Photo: Netflix

She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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