Mini Ratings Rave: General Hospital TIES Young and Restless Among Women 18-49!!

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While I'm sitting here chewing on my nails, waiting for Toups to post the full ratings for the week of Feb. 21 over at Soap Opera Network, I'll have to settle for an ABC press release for now. According to the Mouse House, General Hospital was the No. 1 program among women 18-49 for the week, tied with CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless at 1.3 in the most coveted demo. This was the first time GH was at the top of W18-49 since Oct. of 2008.  Well, it took long enough, but it looks like the return of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) and/or the stunt casting of the worst Academy Awards host in history aka James Franco (Franco) finally paid off! For ABC's press release in full keep reading after the jump.

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“General Hospital” is Daytime’s No. 1 Program in Women 18-49 for the 1st Time Since October 08, Driven by James Franco’s Return and the Lead-Up to Sonny and Brenda’s Anticipated Wedding; Ranks No. 1 for the 2nd Straight Week in Women 18-34

“General Hospital” Hits a Near 4-Month High in Women 18-34 and an 8-Week High in Women 18-49; Posts its 2nd-Best Week of the Season in Women 18-49

ABC Claims 3 of the Week’s Top 5 Programs in Daytime in Women 18-49

With “General Hospital,” “The View” and “One Life To Live”

•ABC stood as Daytime’s No. 1 network among Women 18-34 (0.6 rating/216,000 – tie) and Women 18-49 (1.1 rating/721,000 – tie).

•“General Hospital” ranked as Daytime’s No. 1 program in Women 18-49 (1.3 rating/874,000 – tie) for the first time since the week of October 27, 2008, and ranked No. 1 for the 2nd consecutive week among Women 18-34 (0.8 rating/267,000).

•This week stood as “General Hospital’s” most-watched week in nearly 4 months in Women 18-34 and in 8 weeks in Women 18-49 – since weeks of 11/8/10 and 12/27/10, respectively. In addition, this was the show’s 2nd-most-watched week of the season in key Women 18-49.

•ABC aired 3 of Daytime’s Top 5 programs in Women 18-49: “General Hospital” (No. 1T – 1.3 rating/874,000), “The View” (No. 3 – 1.1 rating/763,000) and “One Life To Live” (No. 5T – 1.0 rating/670,000).

Following are the Daytime Lineup averages, plus Top 5 Programs Ranks –

Daytime Rank: Total Viewers Women 18-49 (Rtg/000s)

No. 1 CBS 3.63 million No. 1T NBC 1.1/739,000

No. 2 ABC 2.97 million No. 1T ABC 1.1/721,000

No. 3 NBC 2.76 million No. 3 CBS 0.9/617,000

Top 5 Daytime Programs in Women 18-49 (rank based on rating)

Program Net Rtg/000s

General Hospital ABC 1.3/874,000

The Young & The Restless CBS 1.3/864,000

The View ABC 1.2/763,000

Days Of Our Lives NBC 1.1/739,000

One Life To Live ABC 1.0/670,000

Price is Right 1/2 CBS 1.0/670,000

Source: NTI, Live + Same Day: Week of 2/21/11. All ranks/ties based on rating unless otherwise noted. ”Price is Right” = 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Photo of James Franco by PR Photos