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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
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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!

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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… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

I couldn’t agree more!

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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
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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!

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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.

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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 Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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Maurice Benard’s Birthday Kicks-Off With GH Co-Stars, Colleagues and Friends Delivering Special Messages

Ahead of his previously announced special birthday project dropping on You Tube today at 3pm EST 12noon PST, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) got a morning birthday surprise put together by his wife, Paula.

In the viral video now circulating on Instagram and social media, many of Benard’s longtime pals, colleagues, co-stars and friends, taped some virtual messages for the two-time Daytime Emmy winner honoring on his big day.

Included in the celebration are notables such as: Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda), Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Stephen A. Smith (Brick), Max Gail (ex-Mike), Vernee Watson (Stella), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), GH EP, Frank Valentini and many more.

Check out below.  And make sure to watch live Maurice’s “Bad Boy Stories” video in a few hours via the link notated above.

Now, post your birthday wishes to Maurice via the comment section here.

 

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