Tristan Rogers on GH’s Ratings Dip: “A Real Quandary”

Maverick General Hosptal star, Tristan Rogers (Robert) opens up to On Air On Soaps Michael Fairman about his alma mater’s ratings slump:

What do you think of the declining ratings of GH, that is the talk of the soap world right now?


I think General Hospital, of all the soaps, is in a real quandary because GH is constantly fighting its past, and in particular, it’s fighting its past now. It seems to suddenly have become a real issue. When I went back to the show in 2006 it was starting to bubble, and I don’t know if comments I made at the time helped it bubble up a bit hotter. But, I think what you have got now is an issue with the core body of fans. GH has a core body of fans that support it with whatever is happening. Now that core body of fans is deserting it, and when the last one turns off, that’s it. The new fans will not support it in a way that the older, foundational group will. I have been saying for sometime, “This is the group you have to have be supporting.” The show needs to try and maintain these fans and get that group solidified, and then go after the other groups. But, you must keep that fan base and foundation. When you have got no foundation, there is nothing to build on.

The man keeps it real! To hear what Rogers thinks about General Hosptal: Night Shift not being renewed click here.

23 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    Brimike, as much as that idea sounds appealing I have 4 words for you: Ellen Wheeler/Chris Goutman. Not saying Tristan would pull those moves but hell… Those two SOAP ACTORS fooled us all.

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    If anyone from ABC was truly interested in continuing the soap genre and making it viable, they’d put Tristan in charge of ABC dayo time and let Sri Rao be the head writer for GH at least. Two people who truly care about soaps and understand it from a professional and fan perspective.
    Brian Frons needs Tristan a lot more than Tristan needs Brian Frons.
    As a fan for about 30 years, I have also stopped watching daily.
    No Liason and no Skate.
    Scrubs is not doing anything that interesting.
    Spixie is cute but they get to play second fiddle to the mobular nonsense.
    GH should be renamed All of Sonny’s children.
    Sonny is the Stefano DiMera of ABC!

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    Jillian Bowe

    Mr. Kitty was on AMC?! *LOL* True that Jamey…. Chris and Ellen have just left a bitter sight in their wake.. Too scared to take a chance on that again but you never know….

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    Tristan Rogers always speaks his mind, and therefore has my respect. If TPTB respected their-as he puts it- “core fanbase” the ratings would not be in the basement right now. By pushing backstage favoritism and agendas pertaining to certain characters GH has ruined once loved characters. When will they admit they were wrong?

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    Jamey Giddens

    Mr. Kitty had a steamy backstage affair with Harold, the Dillon Dog when he was on AMC. It was only an under 5, but Robin Mattson walked in on them doing things that are considered deadly sins in five out of seven organized religions.

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    Despite recent actions, Goutman had a GREAT start as an EP on Another World and later ATWT. I don’t get the Wheeler hate either, she kept the soap alive under tremendous pressure. Everything she tried didn’t work, but…

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    Jillian Bowe

    Grimm because of Ellen’s visions that so-called "kept" GL alive, the oldest soap is gone. Goutman killed AW also and ATWT might as well buy a plot also… I do give Ellen credit with trying to work with the miniscule budget that P&G and CBS gave her though.

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    But neither Rogers nor Byrne want to reinvent the wheel. They’re both on record as saying it’s all about the heart and soul, and not about throwing everything you know about soaps out the window and re-formatting the entire structure of these shows the way ATWT and GL have.

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    Jillian Bowe

    Brimike, I never said that. I did say you never know. Rogers may want to bring GH back to basics and the same w/Byrne… I’m also saying they may just be pressured to do crazy storylines from the higher ups.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Tristan and Martha appear to revere what made the genre great. You don’t hear talk of their "visions" or "revolutionizing" anything. Ellen Wheeler is an egomaniac who refused to admit she was wrong, show killing wrong. She cries at the drop of the hat, so people feel sorry for her, which I find positvely vile. She’s an actress for God’s sake, of course she can cry on cue!

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    If something isn’t done about the neilsen ratings system, all soaps are in danger, nielsen is outdated, they need to start counting DVR, TIVO and web viewing; TV advertisers and Networks just got to face fact that people can’t watch them when there on. I’m working days now, I watch them on the web. They tried everything to save GL and the fans. All the campaigning in the world is not going to save the soaps unless something isn’t done about the rattings system. Even the mighty AMC is at risk, if that were canceled we’d never hear the end of it. Y&R now playing the cutting salary budget game with Victor. No one is safe, the networks want out of soaps there getting to expensive to produce, think of it first run daily show with no reruns. No one even wanted the daytime Emmys, that’s good indication.
    Here is Nielsen contact information

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    Tristan always tells it like it is and this time it was done quite tactfully. He’s definitely got the pulse of daytime fans – I just wish Frons, Phelps and Guza did too!

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    AW was dead long before Goutman was given the wheel and I stand by the end of AW as being head and shoulders better than most stuff on Daytime now. If I were going to blame anyone for killing AW, I’d have to go with JFP. But in both cases, the true blame goes to P&G who just want to get out of the dying business of Soap Operas.

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