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

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.

“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

18 Responses

  1. Profile photo of GHteenybopper

    I guess the people have spoken as to what they want to see on their tv screens lol, I’m really happy for GH though, I hope these ratings continue to soar and Gh stays on air for as long as possible!

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    well kudos to GH.
    About time someone or something knock Y&R and their terrible stories off their high horse.
    I hope Y&R now get a sense that people are not interested in their two-bit recycled shit.
    anyway back to work, but Kudos to GH.

  3. Profile photo of GHfan-4now

    Ratings went up for GH??? I do wonder why??? Perhaps because they FINALLY used a majority of the cast that we know and love??? (At least the majority that we could actually see onscreen???) Perhaps because we were actually reminded that we were watching a soap opera and not Goodfellas??… At least until the car went all BOOMKATZ on us outside the pavilion! Perhaps because some of us folk like good old fashioned soapy weddings????

    I don’t even begrudge GH that much of a bump in the ratings. They deserved it because even I got misty eyed watching Sonny/Brenda finally tie the knot, as did some other folks like me who were completely blah and skeptical to the whole thing before it began.

    Also, shout out to OLTL! Bout time they got some recognition for being awesome, soapy, goodness! :)

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    “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″

    The week of October 27, 2008 was the lead up to and first wedding attempt for Patrick and Robin. It was also the lead to Emma’s birth. There were also stories involving Tracy, Luke, Laura, and Scotty (when Scotty kidnapped Laura and took her to LA), Liason, and Jolu. There were also some very special moments between Liz and Robin that emphasized female friendship nicely. It was all about romance, love, couples and family with just the right blend of familiar favorites and newer characters. It’s obvious that the viewers want love, weddings and babies.

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    “It was like going to an incredible high school reunion,” the actress said of her return to General Hospital. “My time here is almost done, so we have to figure out how to pull back.”

    “I’ll come back and visit for the rest of my life,” Marcil offered with a smile.

    Video of Vanessa on Access Hollywood (here is the video)

  6. Profile photo of Cyberologist

    With all the ragging name calling Brenda has gotten over the past seven months; Maybe now some of these constant critics will shut up and sit down for a minute..their wedding got them a #2 spot and how long as it been since that. could be attributed to President’s day it could have been the wedding/car bomb or a combination of all three…As for Y/R I applaud their generational storytelling which GH doesn’t excel showcasing their vets in story but they have disappeared off the canvas. I’m glad they were included in this wedding like carnival whenever they include them they manage to bring it in….

    Bold and Beautiful took a big hit and is bleeding viewers wonder what they need to do…

    I like Y/R and don’t find all their stories terrible it seems about 4 million still feel the same; just as GH is not absolute no TV show is but at least I find it watchable and at times I can’t say the same about GH…its still the same crew eating air hogging all the story lines.

    My only problem is that Guza gets rewarded with his hack writing so I have to take the bitter with the sweet. GH only writes for a “select few” but I hear Matt is off the bench after years of not having much; I’ll have to check him out he’s one of my favs.

  7. Profile photo of watchingallday

    I have no problem giving 100% of credit to Brenda and Sonny’s wedding. Even though IDGAF about either of these characters or their love story/wedding, I understand that a lot of people do, so I am sure that them finally getting married got people to tune in. What I do not accept even a little bit is anyone tuning in to see that Franco crap! They absolutely did not the last two times he was there, so there is no reason to think he had anything to do with a ratings increase. His character and story are stupid and his acting is terrible on the show.

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    Well it would help Y&R to bring on some younger men. They get rid of Brad, Jt, Cane, Ronan (?), Chance, and Ryder, and keep Jeffery and Tucker? WHY?
    Ashley doesn’t need to be dating a man a decade older than her- she can be paired with a man in his 40’s. And Gloria can run Gloworm without Jeffery.

    I would love to see Chance be developed as the :crown: heir apparent :crown: at Chancellor Industries. I’m sure Kay, Jill, and Nina would like him to run it someday.

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    I totally agree watchingallday there is no way the ratings went up because of Franco. The wedding yes but James Franco no way. Personally don’t care for him or is over the top acting. Could careless about his return or if I never see him on gh again Gh doesnt need him. That’s all they need is good writing!

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    This is the second to the final nail in AMC’s coffin…damn. I am happy for GH, YR, and OLTL. It’s great that 4 out of the top 5 daytime programs were soaps…listen up, Madison AVE!!!

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    You know, now I am REALLY mad at GH! HEADLINE about ratings, and whose face is shown?? VGM. So all credit goes to her??? That is how TPTB think.
    :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp

    Now that is really sickening. And in TPBT sick :Sp minds, the killing of Jake will be “icing” on the cake for ratings. |( |(

    Ohhhhhhhhh that makes me mad! >) >) >)

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    Seriously, on what planet does James Franco get for the increase in ratings for GH. He was barely on for 5 minutes! ABC sure knows how to spin things.

  13. Profile photo of EricasEvilTwin

    This week gave the men decent story – jason reacting to sam in peril, Jax reacting to carly’s decision and Alexis’s insight, Sonny reacting to Brenda revealing her secret, Dante scrambling to beg for Lulu’s forgiveness, Patrick reacting to Robins heartbreak, Luke trying to win over Tracy and her finally leaning on him….but if you notice the stories were almost all about the WOMEN. Women wanting to watch women cetric storylines…who’da thunk??

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    I think no matter which way you look at it, VGM gets the credit for the ratings.
    Elton John LOVES both her and James. I can deal with James.
    He isn’t on much to really matter.

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