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RATINGS: GH Hits New Lows with "The Revolution" as its lead-in!

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So just how was the first week post-One Life to Live for the four remaining soaps? Well three of the soaps went up and one drastically went down! And the one that went way down was General Hospital! Looks like with a big assist from OLTL’s tanking replacement The Revolution now being the lead-in series before GH, people were tuning out! Couple that, with fans dislike of most of the current stories on the GH canvas, and the once mighty soap of the ABC Daytime line-up lost -348,000 viewers with total household average of only 2,209,000 for the ratings week of January 16-20, 2012.

The Young and the Restless however boosted its overall eyeballs to over 5,061,000 and was up +274,000 viewers expanding its top spot in daytime programming.   Could the “Who killed Diane?” conclusion ( Nikki did it) finally have made fans tune-in for the resolution, along with Sharon voting Victor’s proxy?

The Bold and the Beautiful also had another good week!  The show was up +137,000 as Liam,  Steffy, Katie and Bill Spencer drama picked up!   Days of our Lives was also in the positive after losing viewers the following week.

ABC really needs Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini’s new episodes to hit the airs, STAT to help GH, if the the network is going to continue with The Revolution, and to reconfigure some of the storytelling in Port Charles.   As for the other soaps, they probably partially benefited from OLTL being gone from the day-part.  Only time will tell, if One Life’s soap fans, will stick (or turn) to other soaps in its place, or just not watch any of the other shows, altogether.     Of course, it would be best for the genre as a whole, if fans tuned in so there is a future!

You can view the entire ratings via Soap Opera Network here.

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Debi
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Debi

Let’s be fair………..GH got good this week! Give the ratings a chance!

david
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david

Ratings depend on viewers, and these ratings are evidence GH was boosted by the lead in of OLTL and its viewers. Without OLTL the situation for GH is even more precarious. GH needs OLTL viewers–and hence some OLTL characters–if it hopes to survive. But given the planned, brief appearances of some OLTL characters and the absence of others, it’s a strategy with the potential to backfire. OLTL viewers will be alienated by their characters treated as temporary bait to lure them to GH, and GH viewers resent the importation of OLTL characters–both of which have the potential to drive GH… Read more »

R.E. Cochran
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R.E. Cochran

There is one thing that the ratings book fail to include, the people who stoped recording the time slot of OLTL. I relate this to personal experience, where my wife has stopped the time slot of OLTL, but continues to record GH to watch at night when she gets home from work. I, however, wonder if that because that the recording starts 3 minutes early for GH and starts at the very end of the Revolution if actually ads to the viewer numbers? Also, they may seeking a general demographic of Women, there are a lot of men who also… Read more »

Cody Racheal
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Cody Racheal

I think abc is just trying to end the soaps all together. I hate ABC anyways sences they ended one life to live. Down with ABC’

Judy
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Judy

We just want OLTL BACK!! If any soap was going to be kept on the air on ABC, it should have been OLTL. GH’s mob stories are SO overdone and Uninteresting. GH is just not as good as OL was. Maybe Ron and Frank can save it but nothing will be the same with OLTL gone.

Karen Severino
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Karen Severino

I totally agree…bring OLTL back! Nothing else matters but my show!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Get tired of Sonny & his mob connections!!!!!!!John McBain to the rescue!!! Need to do something frsh & new!!! GH neeeds to change it’s story line because it is in a rut!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes somthing fresh , starting with the OLTL crew joining GH in Feb…… Get away from Sonny’s mob connections.. Maybe he should go straight once and for all.. This has been going on too long!!1 Time for a change in the stories for GH………….

Johanna
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Johanna

I agree OLTL needs to live on! If ratings were the true way they decided to cancel shows OL should still be om air. Thru no fault of Cast/Crew GH has slowly become the worst what a waste of talent on all three shows!

wandatidwell
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wandatidwell

COME ON PEOPLE WE HAVE TO SAVE GH TO ITS NOT FAIR TO TRY TO SAVE 2 BUT NOT THE OTHER ONE COME ON JUST BCAUSE THEY CHANGED THE SCRIPT IT DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING ITS STILL OUR SOAPS SO FIGHT FOR IT

Karen
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Karen

I can’t see myself starting to watch GH at night, when, more than likely, it will be cancelled because ABCD only want’s cheap programming. It will be very hard to start watching GH….haven’t watched it in 15 years, when it revolved mostly around the hospital. I wish all GH fans luck in keeping it on the air. You all don’t want to feel so devastated like us OLTL & AMC fans feel.

Christopher John
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Christopher John

I have come across comments like this on all social media. The SOS movement was to save the genre of soaps, not just AMC and OLTL. Therefore, all the work that has been done has included support of GH. However, in all fairness, taking into consideration ratings, production cost, quality of writing, and quality of acting, the GH of today cannot hold a candle to the past year of OLTL. AMC and OLTL appear to both be “gone”. To work for nine months on “saving a genre” only to have the weakest link still standing is difficult to accept and… Read more »

david
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david

Very nice summary of how many OLTL fans feel and the dilemma for GH. It doesn’t look good, and given the pattern of corporate behavior by ABC, it’s not likely to have a positive outcome. It’s unclear if the potential cancellation of The Revolution will help GH or if the death spiral of The Revolution will drag down GH with it. Either outcome is of little solace to OLTL fans. The best hope for both OLTL and GH viewers is the incorporation of some OLTL characters into GH, and that means each group has to tolerate the other or we… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I knew it ,because we have abc off when the revolution is on ,general hospital is paying the price .thats why I do not believe the way they do the ratings system,and 1loveabcsoaps and heather will get mad at me but Im saying it again,the wrong soap was cancelled,brain frons was fired because he did not do his homework,he didnt check the 49 and over people the people who tapped it and soapnet.I watched it at 3 every day I started at noon on abc with the local news and stayed till the end of general hospital,so that counts ,ok… Read more »

Dede Plott
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Dede Plott

Have stopped watching any shows on ABC during the afternoon hours. This I will continue and no matter how long it takes, I will not be trained to ever watch replacement shows… There are many other options than ABC… If Ratings mean anything to ABC… OLTL should be brought back!!!!

Karen
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Karen

So very correct, Dede, OLTL was the highest rated ABCD soap. GH should have been cancelled instead. NO ABCD on my TV anytime, except for DH and that is ending soon. ABCD will soon be a “formally” watched channel for millions!!

Tammy Grzenia
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Tammy Grzenia

I never thought in my wild dreams that i will ever watch any other soap other than amc&oltl , they.have been part of my life for 32 years.i for one thought to my self i need to support these other stories .so those other shows & fans will never have to experience the pain that i feel. .i started watching nbc &cbs since may .i do like the shows but my favorites will always be amc&oltl .

donna
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donna

For me… ABC is out. off my TV. I’m angry and feel with the shows i do watch on ABC (Revenge) showing repeats does not help at all. ABC GO FLY A KITE!

susan goodman
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susan goodman

People are probably tuning out of GH because why watch something that might be leaving like screw the chew&revolt the revolution

MRM-H
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MRM-H

Sorry, but I do not know how the ratings work. If I tune in at 9:00 p.m. to the SoapNet to watch GH, I’m assuming that I am not included in the daily ratings. Then also what about those that DVR the show to watch later? Are either of these included in the daily ratings?

Karen
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Karen

MRM-H, the ratings are only counted if you have a nielsen box in your house. If you do, and you are over 49 years old, your watching doesn’t count, which is ridiclous. The only consider what 18-49 year olds watch, which hurts the soaps. Also, anyone who records the shows are not counted. People who work and then watch the shows later are not counted as viewers, unfortunately.

Heather
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Heather

People are boycotting General Hospital because they find the stories boring and when ABC decide to cancel GH, that ‘s when everybody will go back watching it, thinking this will undo the cancellation. That’s exactly what happened to One Life to Live. I think this is big mistake from soap fans to walk away from GH. They should learned at what happened to OLTL and not repeat the same mistake on GH. As bad as GH may be at times, it still has a lot of good points. People should continue to support GH no matter what. GH will come… Read more »

debbie Bha
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debbie Bha

Why should I start watching GH when I have never been a fan of the show in the last 3 years? I will tune in to see Todd and Blair and then tune out when they leave. Clearly the wrong soap was let go and now to have some fans of the GH show be angry that our faves are coming to their show makes me mad. Well it is the only way I will tune in to see my characters. Then hell with them.

Torrey
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Torrey

I would love to be informed of The Revolution’s numbers…. Please let us know how much it’s tanking. It’s the only bright spot in all of this mess.

Dan E.
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Dan E.

What no one seems to mention is that soap viewers aren’t the type who just switch to another soap after theirs is cancelled. I watched OLTL for over 40 years and lived thru all the back story. I have no desire to switch over to any other soap where I have no idea who any of the characters are nor their backstory. It just isn’t of interest to me. So no, I won’t be switching to any other soap. I am now someone who has no particular interest in any daytime programming. The mediocre offerings supplied by ABC Daytime can… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

ok just got back from soaps in depth ,the newbes at general house got there walking papers that girl at windemeir gone,how boring was that story?that is the first thing I said to do and it looks like it is happening,see ,theres room for a few landview people ,anyway things are happening in port charles ron and frank are cleaning house I cant wait to see what will happen.Im so looking forward to this.its not one life to live ,I want that most of all ,but I love general hospital to and I want it saved.

Jan
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Jan

ABC is slick. I dont like alot of GH characters , Gangster thing is okay but i’ve always watched OLTL more.

Sean
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Sean

You MUST Watch GH Live on ABC or DVR THAT Airing & WATCH that same day. Please get everyone you know to Watch GH! We need Ratings..

angela
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angela

This is no joke. We can not loose yet another show. Yes abc screwed up BIG TIME, no doubt about it. But we have to help save GH. Do I think a decision has already been made? Probably. But I will do my best to help keep the last of my shows on the air. I know alot of people are turned off by the mob stories on GH and thought that Garin W. would work some magic. Well we know now he didn’t. But there is a new crew in charge and we are all aware of the quality… Read more »

terri
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terri

OLTL was the lighter funnier more classic romantic soap and GH has been very dark and depressing this past year or more. That is why the ratings were up. The destruction of the Luke and Laura romance turned me off as well. OLTL kept true to their romantic couples such as John and Natalie, Bo and Nora, Clint and Vicki, Gigi and Rex, Tea and Victor , Tea and Todd and I was looking forward to Neela and Jack, and Vimal and Rama. Notice how many couples???? GH is plot driven (mob driven) and OLTL was character driven and I… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I could not agree more Terri. OLTL had the best couples! It such a good, balanced show. Just about every day you had laughter & tears! I love John & Natalie, I have ALWAYS been a huge Natalie fan. I am watching (forcing myself most days) GH, trying to be supportive of it & hoping it will improve soon. But I am afraid it will get really good then we’ll lose it too. I miss OLTL more than I can say-every day at 1:00 I feel so sad & empty.

Jared
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Jared

Maybe the boycott is working. Down with abc, and long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Dan
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Dan

I think it’s disgusting the way some OLTL fans are practically gloating over the fact that GH isn’t doing well. Did we GH fans gloat when your show got canceled? Absolutely not. I totally understand you’re upset that ABC canceled your show. I would be upset too. But be mad at ABC, don’t take it out on GH and its fans. We didn’t cancel your show.

Angela Vogl
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Angela Vogl

I have watched AMC, OLTL, & GH for many years. Since AMC & OLTL are gone The only show, and I do mean ONLY, that I watch on ABC is GH. All Soap Fans have to keep sticking together NOW MORE THAN EVER! Yes, the mob stories on GH have become very predictable and uninteresting. But what about Robin & Patrick and all that’s going to be happening with her leaving the show? I’m so happy to hear that Tristan Rogers (always loved him) Finoula Hughes and Emma Samms are returning! The multitude of story lines with them on the… Read more »

Norasusan
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Norasusan

I used to record OLTL, then watch it in the evening. My DVR is empty now. I am trying to boycott the companies who sponsored the ABC soaps. I no longer shop at Penneys, buy Maybelline cosmetics, etc. I know there isn’t a genre fan general boycott of these sponsors, but there should be.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

ABC made a big mistake!! The other networks will laugh at them during Feb Sweeps.
Wake up ABC and give the soaps back to Agnes Nixon. If you want out of the soap business so be it but don’t expect us soapers to watch the replacement shows.
The Spew will get lower ratings too.

heidi
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heidi

Please waych GH!!! We want to keep GH on the air for as long as we can!

Don’t watch the Chew and Revulsion… but tune in to GH!

Rob
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Rob

Ive been trying to watch GH ever since I heard about the Mannings from OLTL joining the show. It isnt the Revolution thats the problem, its the dreadful writing and stories on this show. People may complain but having the producer and writer from OLTL is going to be the test as to wether or not GH will survive.

Debsafan
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Debsafan

If you think ABC cares what soap fans think one way are the other. Then you people live in a dream world. They spit in our face while they were laughing at us. I watch GH, but I don’t care for the story line. I mostly listen to it. But hardly watch it any more. I miss AMC and OLTL. Dirty shame they are gone.

Collin
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Collin

It is hysterical that ABC is getting out of the soap opera buisness to put on shows that the fans want… and the shows are flopping. ABC if you have eyes and ears you would know the fans want their long running and loved soaps back ASAP. The people in charge are making big money for such poor decision making. Recycling Bachelorettes that accepted a proposal on national television, having no names helping us cook, having a construction guy help you lose weight and someone who doesn’t have sex help you dress sexy. Really???? Do you think people are dumb.… Read more »

Christina
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Christina

Michael GH as a whole STINKS right now. Their ratings were in the toilet long before the Revulsion took over OLTL’s spot. It’s a shame. I can say that as much as I want to watch GH when OLTL characters come over, I will only watch if Melissa Archer is brought in as Natalie. I just can’t bear to know what RC has planned for my fave couple Jolie when Michael Easton joins the canvas. Let’s face it, GH needs OLTL. Otherwise the next step is cancellation. What a sad shame that ABC cancelled their highest rated soap for this… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

In my stomach I had this gut, feeling all along that the soaps. Would be done on every channel, because of the ratings and, how the crew was writing. I knew that All my children would have been cancelled anyways. Because of how they wrote the stories, and moving it out west. I NEVER WOULD THOUGHT, THEY WOULD EVER IN THE WORLD. TO CANCEL. ONE LIFE TO LIVE. That was BEST BEST BEST BEST, SOAP EVER. It was the classic tale, of a family that we could relate to. And General Hospital is the same, but it was a dark… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

In all fairness to The Revolution, it is not responsible for the decline of General Hospital. General Hospital has aired for almost 50 years on ABC at 3:00pm. If people really wanted to watch General Hospital, they would skip The Revolution and tune in to ABC at 3:00pm. But how can they when Sonny takes 50% of the airwaves for himself and the other 50% goes to the rest of the actors?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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