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RATINGS: GH Hits New Lows in Total Viewers! But, Help is on the Way!

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The ratings are in for the week of February 6-10th for your favorite daytime soap operas and it was not a good week for the now lone ABC sudser, General Hospital!   The series brought in its lowest amount of total viewers with 2, 193,000, numbers are of course based on Live & Same Day ratings.   GH is not getting any help from its lead-in, The Revolution which again underperformed and is way off the mark from OLTL’s ratings a year ago at this time.

But, help is on the way this coming week for the long-running ABC dramatic series with Robin’s exit storyline set to play out, the returns of Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly), along with Finola Hughes (Anna) who began airing again this week.  In addition, in the next two weeks look for the debut of Kristen Alderson (Starr) and the Manning family of Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Roger Howarth (Todd) to also hit the airwaves.  New GH EP, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati’s first shows will also begin to air.  

In other ratings news, the only soap to gain viewers for the rating period was Days of our Lives which picked up +82,000 eyeballs bringing it to 2,461,000 Salem fans.   DAYS also looks to have a big week planned for the week of  Feb 20th when many of the stories collide including Sami and EJ’s grief-sex outing, and Will kissing a guy for the first time!

Check  out the full ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network by clicking here! And then let us know if you feel hopeful for GH in the coming weeks?

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Seriously what did they think was gonna happen when the took OLTL off the air?? Did they think that we would just support ABC regardless of what they do to us?? Really?

used to watch GH but as part of my ABC boycott due to its ridiculous decision to cut One Life to Live and AMC, I no longer watch GH. Once ABC realizes that it’s shows like OLTL that have strong fan loyalty and fans that stand firm AND when ABC reverses it’s decision and pulls things together again, reviving OLTL, then I’ll take a look at the other daytime and nightime shows the network offers. Until then, no one in my household is watching anything on ABC, not even the local news!!

Please watch GH!!! I don’t want to lose it!

I am watching GH daily and online to keep one one the shows on tv. I think Disney cancelled OLTL so GH would fail. OLTL had the highest ratings out of all three shows and I think that is why it got cancelled instead of GH. ABC wants out of the soap business so they hoped that GH ratings would go down the drain once OLTL was gone. Shame on them! Look out because once The Mannings and John get to GH the OLTL viewers that didn’t watch GH will be watching and up will go there ratings.

EXACTLY! but no matter what, like you said, ABC is out of the soap business. I believe there is NO saving GH now.

I’m really getting tired of hearing OLTL fans whining all the time about how their show supposedly had better ratings than GH and how it should have been the last soap standing.

Here’s the facts. OLTL did NOT had the highest ratings of the three shows when it was cancelled in April 2011. OLTL only started to surpass GH in the ratings in May 2011, AFTER it had already been cancelled. And that was only in total viewership. GH would continue to be ahead of OLTL in the key demo until September 2011.

Please check the past Nielsen ratings folks.

Yes Heather, but the ratings sure are in the toilet now….and have been for quite a while.

ABC is determined to get out of the soap business. They knew OLTL’s finish would hurt GH, as most soap viewers have a “keep the channel on, watch the next story” routine. Please please watch GH. Since cancellation is not yet definate, there is always hope.

When is Michael Easton going to be on GH…. Isee the Mannings will be on in 2wks. Again what about Michael Easton(John McBain)…When will he exactely be appearing on GH!!!!!!!!!! ABC better not cancel GH if they know what’s good for them!!!!! Could someone e-mail about Michael Easton’n exact date he will be appearing on GENERAL HOSIPTAL !!!!!!!!!! I have to know!!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing him on GH!!!!!!!!!!!!

I saw somewhere mid March.

According to GHH’s Spoilers, ME shows up in early March. I figure he will be on by March 2nd or the following Monday since they said he started taping on Feb. 10th.

I am not surprised. That is why it is imperative for NBC to pick up OLTL. They would then have two powerhouses in their daytime line up. As for GH I stopped watching it along with any abc/d programming. I dvr GH and watch it at my leisure.

I actually heard NBC had made an offer for OLTL but ABC turned them down & went w/PP & we all see how that turned out. I hope NBC cane get OLTL so they could have two powerhouses but Disney/ABC may never give it up just out of spite.

ABC absolutely sucks! It’s like they don’t want OLTL, but they don’t want anyone else to have them either. They just don’t want to admit they were wrong, and end up with an even bigger egg on their face…..funny thing is, we all already know what a big mistake they made by canceling OLTL. I know that supposedly PP had a year, after this deal with ABC to produce AMC & OLTL….but I’m hoping that someone will come along before that year expiration date and save OLTL….And what I don’t get is if PP bought the rights to AMC & OLTL why does any other network have to go through ABC to bring these shows back? Is it because ABC is the parent company of PP? Just scratching my head and wondering on that one…..

I had a funny feeling the low ratings and lead in of “The Revolution” would take GH down with it. We do need to watch GH to keep it on the air.

Doing my part for ratings. As I type this there are two televisions tuned to General Hospital in my home. Does anyone else think that there is a possibility that Franco and Jason are fraternal twins?

they need to put GH on at 2 so they wont suffer from the revolution lead in

I can’t wait to see Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms I know quite a few ex- GHers that would be tuning in to see them.

Tristan said in an interview once (don’t remember with whom, don’t think it was with Michael Fairman) that he (Tristan) didn’t want Robert to be Ethan’s father. If that the RC is going and Robert stays in PC longer than 6 episode then we can expect a Robert recast.

Are you sure about this? On his website, before the Luke reveal, he said the story had possibilities …

Possitive, TR said that he wasn’t happy with Robert having another child and that Ethan needed to stay Luke’s son. TR said he didn’t want Robert to be considered yet another dead beat dad to yet another child. Once was enough.

In the next few weeks we will see if abc is canceling general hospital,maybe thats why frons was fired ,because he said abc was planning to keep g h,when they were going to get rid of it, who knows what those jerks were thinking , I for one ,want to know now ,Im sick of the waiting and head games abc wants to play with the soap fans.as far as the mannings go ,forget it ,there on one week ,kassie depava is already back home ,shes looking for work ,todd and blair are there to get star started in her new adventures in port charles.I cant wait to see what ron and frank will do to hopefully save general hospital,and hopefully bring the ratings up.

Actually, it was Anne Sweeney who said that the show with the most eyeballs gets to stay. Frons just repeated it. We should hold her to it.

Well if that’s true then they should cancel GH and bring back OLTL already, but you can’t hold slippery, slimy Sweeney to anything.

another piece of work at abc ,I always forget about her,because frons was the real mouthpiece ,david , I would love to see one life to live come back ,but it will be a whole new ball game if it does,abc dismantled everything that had to do with landview,and once again 1loveabcsoaps and heather will be mad at me ,but,I think the wrong soap was canceled ,however ,I would like to see all 3 of the soaps stay on for another 49 years,abc is thinking money over quality programing.I hope that scripted programing will not become a thing of the past of abc ,cbs ,nbc,and fox.

I was extremely hopeful until I found out the GH returnees (Robert, Anna) are short term only and that the OLTL people are now longer term..GH has a robust history with talent that made it a quality show. However these ratings stunts are not going to save it. I am thankful we do get to see them and that would not have happened with the previous regime, but again if the goal is to save it, not sure this will do it.

Karol,
According to an item in GHH’s Rumoville page, things may have changed for Kassie and Roger (Blair and Todd). They are hearing they may be getting a contract. I also read something on Kassie’s facebook page that hints of the same thing!

I agree with you guys. Thats not fair. Robert and Anna should be long term. Bringing on OLTL left overs will not increase ratings

I will be watching GH to see the folks from Llanview. But I really think that ABC wants GH to fail. Maybe it could be saved a little while if it moves to 2. My favorite time was 2 because I am too busy at 3 pm with kids and supper. ABC doesn’t care what we think. Disney is all about the almighty dollar.

Not only should everyone watch GH live, they should also rewatch their TiVO’s and DVR recordings of the show, within 24 hours of each episode being aired. No FF of commercials! Cable companies can track TiVO and DVR watching, so even if you don’t have Nielsen box it counts! Ask everyone who loves you to do the same! 🙂 Also, watch it online at the ABC website. Spread the word!

GH maybe down now, but its going up up up. Today was an example of what is to come.

Where was the food tray? I saw NO food. And I was looking. Million dollars contributions one would think would be reason for a sit down dinner! (I LOVE eating)

Can’t Jason just once say “I love you’ back to his mother?

My favorite girl Emma was on today!
I remember Robin calling Anna LOVE!

How beautiful did Liz look? Seems to me there is a new beautican on board as well. They use to wear their hair up and pretty like that. Then the Wolfie/Guza’s entered the building!! Well buh-bye losers!
Matt walks away. REAL man Matt! Fight for what you want, do you even know what you want??

Pt Chuckles brought out their finest today. But we don’t get ENOUGH of them! We had 1 scene, if even with Diane, Mac, Alexis, Papa, Tracey, etc. However, I must say, at least they were taken out of the closet and brushed off. I just want more.

Visibly absent was Lulu. They say she had a cold. I say she had a date with a few bottles of wine.

Next week is going to be MIND BLOWING. I can’t wait.

So Jason & Franco are fraternal twins? YIKES! Who saw that coming? Is Heather the one sending Jason the tapes??

I’m not surprised. I’m still missing AMC and wish it were still on air more than anything.

After a long absence, I began watching GH again the week before OLTL went dark. The low ratings is not good news. I hate to say it, but I think the writing is on the wall.

If ratings are so bad now, I don’t see how they are going to change dramatically with new writers, old favorites, or even moving its timeslot. I hate to say this, I really do. I am sure they will announce cancellation in a few months.

All of this has been done with Loving/The City and Port Charles (both used to be on ABC). It’s so sad. I boycott everything ABC except for GH. Their Good Christian Bitches (or Belles now) and anything else they are shoving down my throat won’t be getting my eyeballs, but I don’t have a Nielsen box so I mean squat to them anyway.

I blame the Revolution for GH’s bad ratings! They have no viewers so when they change to a different channel they don’t change back at 3 to watch GH. I can’t wait for our Llanview friends to show up in Port Charles. I miss AMC and OLTL so much!!! As I know there are millions of us who do! Bring back our soaps!! I don’t care who picks them up just as long as they do it! I read on one of my Facebook soap groups that a channel called LOGO was bringing back an oldie but goodie soap. Maybe they will bring all of them back and get the ratings over the ones who refused to pick them up.

Just want to point out that there seem to be two Jenna’s here, LOL! One of us is optimistic, apparently the other one is not. 🙂

Ha! Ha! That’s ME. I will go by my real name, though I have always liked the name Jenna!

I’m sorry I am not more optimistic. I’ve always been a glass-is-half-empty kind of gal. That way I can’t be disappointed. I wish the future for GH was better. I keep hearing insider talk that it is not. 🙁

dam, there were two of yous?now I have to get use to christine,well you keep the(formerly know as jenna ) so I dont get confused ,Im hearing that todd and blair maybe sticking around port charles ,thats good,the g h fans arent to happy about the newest oltl leftovers staying,I am because it cant hurt ,it can help, they move new families on soaps all the time ,so what if there from one life to live ,whats the problem?maybe robert and anna dont want to stay for any length of time there only there to say good bye to robin,Ive watched all 3 abc soaps for 49 years so who cares who pops up in port charles,as long as the ratings go up,if ron and frank have to ask barney the dinosaur to make a visit, im all for it if it gets people to watch,dont we want to see general hospital stay and not get canceled by the abc soap killers?I do.

I’ll keep it, Barbara! 🙂

I hope Kassie and Roger do stick around too. They are electric together. General Hospital Happenings said that the scenes between Maurice Benard and Roger Howarth were supposedly very good, though I can’t see how they would have anything in common and be at odds UNLESS it was fighting about Starr and Michael.

And I admit I have been an off-and-on viewer of all the ABC soaps, but I am here to support GH until the end … whenever, IFever that may be!

I believe we should remain hopeful, and most importantly continue to watch and/or tape GH every day!!!!! I truly believe Frank Valentini and Ron C will turn this around and GH will once again be a top rated soap. Time will tell, but please just keep watching!!!!

http://generalhospital.about.com/od/hotgeneralhospitalnews/a/HotStuff.htm

I hope I can post this, if not it won’t be published. I am just the messenger, and until Michael confirms this, I don’t believe half of it.

No, Debi, I have seen this TOO! There is some sort of insider blog or something and alleged “insiders” have said these same things. This also ends up on other spoiler sites. I am not sure where it originates or how much of it is being put out there by the new regime – because I heard they like to put false information out there.

That being said, it all sounds exciting, to me. I bet a lot of it IS true. I have also heard from the above-mentioned insider page that GH HAS been cancelled, but they just haven’t announced it yet.

There was also something (and I don’t know how the TV stations work), but basically there is a block of time that has not been given back to the affiliates. So if ABC wanted to keep GH and The Revolution continued to downward spiral, they would have a place for GH once Katie Couric’s show bows because said insider said that ABC is not developing a show to take The Revolution’s spot.

In any event, I would take everything we the fans read with a huge grain of salt. 🙂

Hi Christine….The link to those spoilers I am friends with the women who runs it. She (in the past) has told me she will not print any rumors. Though there were some rumors on that link, I do believe some of them.
Kristine Wagner I don’t know. Now I am reading someone is inpersonating her on FB and she didn’t leave that message. As you & I know, there are alot of NUT CASES on fb & blogs, so we will have to wait for further confirmation about Kristine until Michael can confirm.

I personally, do NOT believe GH has been officially cancelled. I believe the next month will decide the future. However, imo if ratings boost enough, some other network may pick it up. So I am not counting GH over yet. Though the future writing stuff is definately ‘wrapping up’ storylines it seems.

The immediate future should tell alot. I too share your excitement! 🙂 lol

How exciting, Debi!

Oh and I know there are some real nut cases out there. It always amazes me how some people cannot separate the actors from the characters they play and that is just the beginning.

I really do hope they bring Kristina Wagner back. I think the last time I saw Felicia on GH was when she had the affair with Luke. I hated that storyline. I don’t know if she was back after that because I watch here and there. However, like I said before, I am here for the end of the line.

Check out Kristina Wagners website! Talk about Breaking News!

I am not surprised right now. I knew this would happen, I knew it would. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue dropping. While I love GH, I am hoping for the best with RC’s writing, while preparing for the worst. I still believe it to be ABC’s way of writing the soap off of the air.

abc’s going to hell in a handbasket provided by the chew foodies n the revolution ! well piss on you abc if it werent for g,h, abc would stand for all boring crap !

I am still mourning the loss of OLTL. I hope GH will improve, but Robin dying is more sadness than I would like. I wish her character would have left some other way than this. GH seems like such a dark and depressing show.

They are bringing back all these vets (maybe, if story is correct) to temporarily pump the final ratings. Their hope is they can still “train” viewers to stay tuned at 3:00. There’s a lot riding on “replacement #3”. Looking at the big pic; replacement #1 is doing Ok, same or less #’s as AMC, but cheaper to produce so they consider it a success. Replacement #2 is a colossal failure and they can’t be doing a good job of explaining the sudden loss of 2 million daytime viewers. They paid top dollar for “her” last year, ASSUMING that the new lineup would be a complete hit. Now they realize the lead in numbers totally suck, soap fans are outraged and have no intention of watching replacement #3, which could fail as well.
I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m rambling; they know we as soap viewers want, and they’ll give it to us so we’ll tune in for the final months (hope I’m wrong about cancellation, but it’s not looking good).

i hope kassie stay on gh with roger things will not be the same without her i want them to be together they are my favorite couple i love them together forever if kassie leave i will not watch gh i dont want roger to romance no other woman but kassie i will be heart broken if she leave no todd and blair any more this suck. sign sad and depress.

i need a answer to my comment about kassie stay on gh with roger without her things will suck no todd and blair this will make me sad i love them they are the best couple on tv i will not gh any more no todd and blair this really suck i want roger and kassie together in real life back in the 90s they were hot and young and in love they are perfect couple on tv and off.i just hope they be together on gh so i will be happy i will be really sad without my todd and blair kassie and roger together forever aka todd and blair true love.

I’ve been a die hard GH fan for DECADES but what is going on with this vampire storyline? The only storyline at all that’s worth the effort is the Patrick / Sabrina story and would you please move it along a little faster? I am going to stop watching. It’s just one big yawn after another. So sad to because GH use to be so good! I’m going to switch to the other soap so I can still see Steve Burton (Jason) I love him!

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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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