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SOAP RATINGS NEWS! GH #1 with women 18-49, Y&R hits new low!

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The ratings are out and thanks to our friends at Soap Opera Network we can spread some good news and some bad.  General Hospital had a huge resurgence in the all important key demographic of women 18-49 years old the week of February 21-25th.  The gang over in Port Charles came in at number one for the first time with total viewers in the age bracket since the week of September 17-21, 2007.

GH even topped Y&R which scored its lowest ratings in the demo.  Looks like viewers tuned in for the highly anticipated wedding of Sonny and Brenda and the return of James Franco.  The Bold and the Beautiful hit a new low with viewers in that demo.  But, in the actual ratings percentage point for the 18-49 demographic, Y&R and GH tied with a 1.3!

View the full ratings after the jump, which has Y&R still at number one in total viewers, with B&B and GH almost neck and neck for the second spot.

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,626,000 (-18,000/-572,000)
2. B&B 2,927,000 (+136,000/-406,000)
3. GH 2,925,000 (+417,000/+157,000)
4. DAYS 2,756,000 (+199,000/-466,000)
5. OLTL 2,533,000 (+187,000/-84,000)
6. AMC 2,505,000 (+155,000/-282,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. GH 874,000 (+154,000/-89,000) *
2. Y&R 864,000 (-22,000/-331,000) <—- new low (2nd straight week new low)
3. DAYS 739,000 (+121,000/-144,000)
4. OLTL 670,000 (+100,000/-122,000)
5. AMC 576,000 (+79,000/-174,000)
6. B&B 519,000 (-11,000/-179,000) <—- new low

* Last time GH #1 was September 17-21, 2007

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (same/-.5) * <—- ties low (2nd straight week)
1. GH 1.3/8 (+.2/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.2/-.2)
4. OLTL 1.0/6 (+.1/-.2)
5. AMC 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
6. B&B 0.8/5 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (3rd straight week)

* First time since October 27-31, 2008 that Y&R is not solo #1; also last time GH was #1

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Mandy
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Mandy

MAB deserves it for giving the middle finger to Lane fans. From another post I read and agree with said: Lane have been beat up for years by MAB because they are not amongst her pets. They have been rarely shown on screen and the writing for them has been throw away at best. If a Lane fan hung on this long just to see Cane die – and there was nothing else to watch – I can understand them tuning out.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

Right on Y&R…! Still leaving everyone in the dust!!! Young and the Restless is the best soap on television and there’s the proof, people!!

fran
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fran

The handwriting is on the wall , baby. You can brag and boast but they are falling. Did you not read the article they are at a low. Y&R. I want to see them in free fall. That is what I am waiting for the news in soap world that Y&R has been dethroned

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

Well, I’m afraid to say it honey, but you may have a long wait ahead of you. And btw…. even if Y&R is in a new low in certain categories, its total viewing audience is still miles ahead of the pack. Perhaps you didn’t read the article? It’s easy (and a whole lot of fun) to “brag and boast” about Y&R when they have been the number one soap, unchallenged, for 20 consecutive years. Next!!

Dave
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Dave

B&B really need to start writing for other characters without Brooke and Ridge involved.
People are sick of them!!!

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what?

I would like to know how these so called ratings are obtained?

fran
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fran

Kalamaty it always start small. That thinking is the same as the builders of the Titanic. They said it could not be sunk until it hit and iceberg.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

Nothing you write makes sense to me.

Christian
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Christian

I’m no expert, but the surge for GH could very well be attributed to Becky Herbst’s job being saved. I don’t think any one actor or couple make or break a soap, but many, many longtime GH fans were sickened by her axing when so many newbie characters are being needlessly showcased. Nothing against the actors portraying them, but soap fans want their established characters, and Elizabeth is considered more “every woman” just like Robin Scorpio Drake’s character-both two of my all time favorite GH ladies!

Christina
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Christina

Young and the restless needs to let it’s fans know, what I’d going on with Daniel Goddard? We know they are notoriously known for being tight lipped, but now is not the time for this. Like it or not they have lost viewers since Cane’s demise. Is he in or out??? If he is in, don’t bother with a twin or ghost, it won’t do. We want Daniel Goddard back as Cane Ashby and only Cane Ashby.

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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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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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