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RATINGS: It's A Good Week For General Hospital!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 12th -16th and the one network soap to gain viewers was ABC’s General Hospital!

GH added +83,000 in total viewers,  and moved well ahead of DAYS for the third spot! DAYS lost the most total viewers for the ratings period with -113,000.

What was also of note was the Tuesday episode during the ratings period that we loved that featured Kathleen Gati as Dr. Obrecht in disguise at Mac and Felicia’s pre-wedding party at the Floating Rib, was the most watched episode of the week for GH!  The soap also scored in the 18-49 key female demo adding +27,000 during the ratings week. And,  GH also added viewers in the 18-34 female demo.

Elsewhere, The Young and the Restless although losing -9,000 in total viewers remained at number one with 4,511,000, and while The Bold and the Beautiful  lost – 63,000 total viewers, it stayed in the number two spot with a total of  3,382,000.  Check out the entire ratings picture here via SON.

Now it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback of the week! Do you feel General Hospital now on the upswing again? What are you enjoying most on your favorite soaps? What would you do to the storylines to increase viewership on our favorite soap? Weigh-in!

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mario danza
mario danza

General hospital is on fire again. dr. o singing was hilarious. the lady can sing. lol. Robin will be back in the fall. ratings will go higher and higher. now please bring back robert scorpio now.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Robert will be back in the fall…maybe he and Holly will be the ones who rescue Robin and bring her home…

mario danza
mario danza

Yes yes i hope its true. robert needs to come back home. please more dr. o. i love her. i want to sing with dr. o. who knew dr. o can sing. i love her voice. great singer and she loves to dance to. lol.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

We also need more Dr.O

mario danza
mario danza

Yes i agree . more dr. o . i want her to sing again. she can sing. i live dr. o.

Shay
Shay

Oh yeah….we need waaaay more of the dark lady doctor!!!! Would love to see GH put out some musical video promos by the creepy chanteuse….traditional tunes like those suggested in the previous post saluting the great Gati, plus some fun pop songs. How about “99 Luftballoons,” or “Addicted to Love?” Lotsa fab ’80’s selections to choose from….maybe even with some duets with other cast members or group songs led by Dr. O.!!!!! Endless possibilities….

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hahaha I loved Dr.O’s singing too!! I remember her dancing at the nurses ball!!!

mario danza
mario danza

Yes dr. o loves entertainment. she can sing. yes i do remember dr. o dancing at the nurses ball. it was so funny. lol.

Davnee
Davnee

Yes. Robert needs to come back soon. There are so many people important to Robert that need his help. Robin, Luke, Anna, Sean…

I love it that so many characters keep mentioning his name these days. Every time someone says Robert it makes my heart skip a beat. If GH wants to increase its ratings then bring back Tristan Rogers and give the guy an extended contract.

Poor Anna needs help at the PCPD. She still hasn’t solved who shot Olivia and now she has to figure out who shot Connie. The Jeromes have moved back to town. Anna is great at diffusing bombs and scares the crap out of people she arrests, but solving crimes…well, we know who does that best.

Rodd
Rodd

Glad for GH. Love the show!

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

me,too

Mary SF
Mary SF

GH has come out of the summer doldrums with a bang. RIP Connie. It is always fun when all the secrets are revealed on screen.. Maxie and her baby. Britt and who her mother is. Derek figuring out he is Sam’s father.
On Y&R it looks like all the drama is behind the scenes rather than on screen, but I suspect Mrs C’s memorial will bump up the ratings for that show soon.
On GH looking forward to Dante and Lulu finding out Britt is carrying their baby.
On Y&R although not thrill Dylan might be Nikki’s son she gave up for adoption, I am curious as to who the father is— since this must have happened before Victor came unto the scene- do I dare hope Paul is the bio-Daddy?

su0000
su0000

Every time the ratings get posted I get a chuckle over the reactions of something that is a roller coaster when it comes to numbers; up and down..
The only fan species who even pay rabid attention to ratings are soap fans..

When ratings are posted it’s usually a ”bash fest ” over blame and whatever, if down.
Anyways, ratings and soap fans is a frantic thing .. lol

I knew GH was doing well, needed no ratings to let me know that and even if GH had gone down, I would not care..
Love GH and the ratings up or down makes no difference to me.
I just enjoy my soaps, no ratings needed for me to do that.. 🙂

I am also a Y&R fan, and there is rarely a day that Y&R is better than GH; ratings are numbers not a preference..

rebecca1
rebecca1

The ratings are crucial; they should make a difference to you. They’re what makes the difference between the shows staying on the air or being cancelled ala OLTL and AMC.

PatF
PatF

YR has been good. Just some crap days thrown in there every so often, especially when Burton’s on. I’m expecting it to get worse later this fall once Josh’s writing runs out and we are faced with Phelps’ new writer choice who I am sure will have NO YR history knowledge.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope its Morgan who shot Connie…he goes to prison and Johnny saves him from a prisoner attack…released from prison a grateful Sonny and Johnny team up to fight the Jeromes!!!

heidi
heidi

Great story-line idea Jim!!!

Leslee
Leslee

Love this idea!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks…

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think it’s Ava. It can’t be AJ…( I LOVE AJ and hate all the AJ bashing) and I doubt it’s Franco (they need to redeem him for Roger to stick around…if they cart him off to jail or he’s the victim of Sonny’s revenge that won’t happen…unless they still attribute it to his recent surgery and devastation over losing Kiki..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I heared it was her from my niece who read a spoiler somewhere but it could be wrong

Mary SF
Mary SF

I think it will be Ava too. Sonny and Olivia were trapped in the elevator together so they are ruled out as suspects. Doubtful Julian would be the killer since the actor has signed a long term contract– also he was with Alexis at the time of the shooting. That leaves, AJ, Franco and Ava unaccounted for;who had motive to kill poor Connie. It won’t be Franco after all the writers did to get him on canvas and redeemed,plus they want to keep RH there. So that only leaves AJ and Ava– AJ is too obvious, so by process of elimination that leaves only one viable suspect— Ava. Of course someone joked that it was Kate– but it might be a suicide. Perhaps the stress of AJ threatening to kill her caused Connie to split personalities again and one of her alters killed the other– it is possible so I am not ruling that out either.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Kate shot Connie to get rid of her so Kate can have Sonny…lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

You jest, but it is a possible– maybe not for the reason you stated, but it could have been a suicide. With the stress of AJ threatening to kill her and all the guilt she was feeling over betraying Sonny and having been a lousy mother to her son being thrown into her face– she could have disassociated, and one of her alters, killed the other, using AJ’s gun that he left behind- he gets blamed– he confesses to it, because he was so drunk he thinks he actually believes he did it– eventually Olivia has some kind of vision — which leads Dante or Michael or Sonny to figure out Connie killed herself. Okay, a bit far fetched but still plausible don’t you think?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was thinking about a possible suicide and was discussing it with my sister and niece last night but my niece continues to insist its Ava. Connie does seem to be under a lot of stress so i definately agree with you Mary a suicide is what happened here!

Charday
Charday

Enjoying GH recently…less of Franco, please!

su0000
su0000

noooo.. Franco is going rock!!
When the tumor was taken out the old Franco was flushed..
This Franco will be an active Q!
And RH will own 2013 Franco character– it’s coming! it will be awesome!!

Tay
Tay

I hate that Michael seems to have no qualms about what he is doing to his brother. Michael is like AJ in that he is making his brother hate him. I wish Morgan would ask Jax to adopt and say screw you to his father.

Tristan
Tristan

GH ratings went up this week? Well…duh!!!!! It was a week that featured the beloved GH vets: Anna, Duke, Mac, Felicia, Lucy and Kevin, plus Maxie and Dante and Lulu, Luke and Holly. What was missing? Franco, and the terrible trio of Morgan, Michael and Kiki. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what characters create ratings spikes!!!! And which ones DO NOT!!!!!

Nan
Nan

Perfectly stated! I tuned in daily which I don’t normally do but with the vets having a s/l I m in again! It’s so interesting to me that the network wants ratings up with the mid range34-49 or so up, easy just give s/l to Anna, Felicia, etc bc those characters were the ones he grew up with and watched them evolve instead of drop off the canvas bc they hit their 40s! I love RH from OLTL. He is beyond talented but this whole Kiki, Franco etc makes me ff scenes.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

General Hospital is wonderful to watch.

Serena might be coming back

Lucas is coming back

Sam father is front and center

The Cassidines are coming back

John Eric
John Eric

This is exciting news! Serena should return, hopefully played by Carly Schroeder again. I read not ling ago she’d be willing to return and I think her and Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) are still close… I had a feeling Bobbie’s son Lucas might be coming back to Port Charles soon….his biological father is the presumed dead–and recently returned–Julian Jerome (William deVry), AKA Derek Wells. Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) was believed to be the father at one point. Lucas’s birth mother, Cheryl Stansbury, was Tiffany Hill’s (Sharon Wyatt) sister, who was involved with both Julian and Robert before she died. I hope this means we will see more visits from Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman), too! Lucas & Felix will likely get together. Which Cassadines are returning? I presume it will be Constance Towers as Helena or her twin cousin. I wish Steve Nichols would resume the part of Stefan Cassadine (or return to Days of Our Lives as Steve Johnson/Patch. I’d also like to see Thaoo Penghlis (ex-Tony DiMera on Days) return as Victor Cassadine, the only surviving member of the original 3 brothers, who was sent to prison. He played the part over 30 years ago!

jake r
jake r

@John Eric THANK YOU for mentioning Victor Cassadine! I have been mentioning to the GH writers (NOT that they read my tweets) that Victor was NOT killed on Ice Princess Island (unlike Mikkos and Tony) but was in fact sent to prison. I think 32 years later, he would be getting released now and could easily be planning some masterful revenge storyline.

I don’t know why the writers insist on bringing back villains like Julian Jerome (whom we saw get killed on screen) when they could bring back LIVING bad guys! And since Thaoo Penghlis isn’t on DAYS anymore, I’m sure he would love to get back to work!

Shay
Shay

Here, here on the Thaao Penghlis idea….Victor was the most debonair and least diabolical Cassadine, not to say he wasn’t still devious and dangerous. Would love to see him back to wreak some havoc on PC….

JohnEric
JohnEric

It’s a shame Sharon Wyatt (ex-Tiffany Hill Donnely) is not in better health. If you recall, Tiff debuted as Victor Cassadine’s girlfriend, who Robert Scorpio stold from him, then dumped for Jackie Templeton (Demi Moore). I also imagine Victor would cause some trouble for Tiffany and her current husband, Sean Donnelly, who we saw recently!

heidi
heidi

GH is the BEST!!!

shelly
shelly

Right now, GH is the best on-air soap. When I attempt to manipulate my work schedule around a show, that’s a good thing. Btw, I haven’t heard much Katie hype lately. She still around?

su0000
su0000

You dont have to manipulate your work to watch GH..
you can watch it any time free on Hulu or on the ABC site .. 🙂

Charles E.
Charles E.

A lot of great stuff, but it’s heartbreaking to see A.J. being such a bad freefal- he is very much the Job of the show. People seem to forget that all his problems began before he was born because of the whole Lesley/Rick/Monica/Alan thing. What he really needs is sessions with Kevin Collins to stop all this self-loathing and learn to fight back in the right way. His future with Elizabeth is still iffy- if they do break up, put him with Sabrina- after all, she’s gonna need solace once Robin returns to Patrick!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I too love AJ. Never understood the AJ bashing…with all the characters that betray ie cheat, kill, backstab, for some reason most despise AJ. It’s like the fans have been brainwashed and jump on the bandwagon.

For me, AJ’s always been a sympathetic character. He’s not evil…he’s hurt, lost, insecure and searching for love and acceptance. When Micahael was taken away from him it was heartbreaking…he tried soooo hard to claim his son…he went to every length.

With the return of Sean Kaanan AJ is an equal force in the looks department, built, handsome…yet he’s vulnerable….trying so hard to be a good father and boyfriend…

Nicolas, whom i happen to love as well…cheated with Liz on his own brother! But he paints AJ as a loser…

Sonny and Carly? Love them…but do we have to list their faults?

Tracy? She’s constantly backstabibing everyone in her family and gloats (or barely blinks an eye) when family members she wasn’t fond of dies…

So back off of AJ! LOL…I’m rootin’ for ya…(ya fictioinal kid ya!)

Shay
Shay

I love AJ! SK hasn’t hit a false note since he has returned in the role, and I am tired of him being everyone’s punching bag!!! (Particularly Tracy’s…..) It’s about time the guy catches a break….after he escapes the bad rap for Connie’s murder, I wish nothing but good things for him, perhaps some success in business and a happy love life…at least for awhile!!!!

Aria
Aria

GH is hot again just wish Kelly Sullivan wasn’t being killed!

Shay
Shay

And that they eliminated “Sapprina” instead….still holding out hope for that one!!!!

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

oh,pleaseeeeeeeeeeee bring that one and only Robert Scorpio and Robin one more time to put the end of Dr. O,Britch, Jerry Jacks.. I’m glad Luke killed Helena C off the canava..too bad for Kelly Sullivan’s time to go to say Goodbye next week.. I will be cried just like Jason Morgan killed off from Faison 🙁 I just wish Jason come back to GH,b/c he was my favorite character of all time.

liz
liz

Welcome back GH!!! sorry but the show lost me for a while . A great big thank you Kimberly McCullough for coming back, I want my SCRUBS

Max
Max

OMG liesel singing “is that all there is” at the pre-wedding party was the most fun I had watching GH Since we lost Tod. I am starting to Love Brit and her Moma!

Horselover
Horselover

GH has been fantastic the last couple of weeks. Lots of vets and less of the OLTL3 and newbies. Hope TPTB are paying attention.

mark
mark

fridays show (yesterday 8/23) was riveting tv, in fact thursday was too the georgie stuff was just incredible. its what soaps try to do but it never really hits the mark but it did on gh.

i never thought id say this but I LOVE DR O. She is just so evil and funny! lol and I love Britt! Can you believe? I hated her a few months back.

At Days: sorry and sad about Chandler leaving!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is just THE BEST!

KarenB
KarenB

I heard that Kimberly McCullough is just coming back to wrap up her storyline with Patrick.

Tristan
Tristan

You heard wrong. She has signed a contract for an extended stay.

MK
MK

It was Classic GH with Anna, Luke, Lucy, Holly, Felicia, Duke all front and Center! OK, GH keep it up, you know where the magic is.

Judy
Judy

Gh is great, didn’t expect Connie to die but I liked Olivia with Sonny anyways. Not happy Robyn is coming back! Really like Patrick and Sabrina much more! And I’m thinking that Brit”s baby is Dante and Lulu……Brit implanted there goods to have this baby. Spinelli and Maxie get to have their Georgie. Hope one day Jason will be back and dumps y&r!

Cheers!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Simply put, GH is gaining in numbers because TPTB are giving us longtime viewers what we want. Luke and Laura–Genie Francis and Tony Geary–acting together again. What a tour de force from Genie. She laid all of her emotions bare–and she is drawing Tony Geary ever so slowly. We want L and L together as before, and we want to see Tony and Genie giving it all they’ve got–and they’ve got plenty! Always did have, always will. The created 2 indelible characters that can never be broken apart. If the writers continue to give them meaty scenes, GH will be number 1 in no time. It’s so simple, not complicated at all.
Whoever said soap operas were about teenyboppers, by the way? (So glad the veterans have taken front and center. Good acting and sexiness is ageless. Go Genie and Tony. And Finola Hughes–what style, what heart, what gumption. She’s so great! Keep her front and center. And with Robin (Kimberly McCullough) returning with a contract can Robert (Tristan Rogers) be far behind? These actors/characters will keep those number climbing!

General Hospital

Passions Alum Brook Kerr Joins The Cast Of General Hospital

Casting news today has that none other than former Passions star, Brooke Kerr (Ex-Whitney Russell-Harris Crane) is set to debut in a new role on General Hospital.

According to EW.com, look for Kerr to make her first Port Charles appearance on the upcoming Thursday, March 5th installment.

Kerr will be playing a doctor, not much else is being shared as to what kind and who she may be involved with on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Passions fans remember that in story, Kerr’s character Whitney was in a relationship with the character of Chad (Donn Swaby and later, Charles Divins).  Chad was believed to be Whitney’s half-brother, but later it was revealed to not be the case, and the duo ended up tying the knot.

Since Passions, Kerr has been seen on Hawaii Five-0, Westworld, and True Blood to name just a few TV appearances.

So excited to hear that Brook is coming to GH? Who do you think she will play and be involved with in story on the soap? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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