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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
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
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
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
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
Dave

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

what?
what?

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

fran
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
Kalamaty

Nothing you write makes sense to me.

Christian
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
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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So, what will happen now that Carly is pregnant?  Will she have the child?  What exactly is Shiloh’s plan and what will it ultimately mean for Sam, Jason, Kristina and others?

Which story on GH has piqued your interest the most? Watch this week’s promo from ABC below and then weigh-in via the comment section below.

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In the video teaser, Jax and Carly’s (Laura Wright) last goodbye scene plays, which aired the last time Ingo was on GH, and then the camera pans to the back of a man’s head watching the TV

“Oh, come on!  Well, that can’t be the end. Cause it’s not,” says the guy.  In true soap opera fashion, the camera reveals it’s Rademacher who states: “I’m coming back to General Hospital and Jax’s legacy is going to continue in a big way. See you soon.”

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