Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Resuscitates as Robin is Burned to a Crisp

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Don't call it a comeback, General Hospital has been here for years, almost 49 to be precise! ABC's final daytime soap began waking up from a lengthy ratings coma the week of Feb. 20-24. (Source: Soap Opera Network

GH gained 192,000 total viewers over the previous week and shot up two-tenths of a point in households. Among both women 18-49 and W18-34, GH went up one-tenth of a ratings point.



In story, former One Life to Live head writer Ron Carlivati began wrapping up several of the storyline stinkbombs he inherited. A scenery-gobbling Helena (Constance Towers) reappeared, dagger at the ready, to dispatch of the Woman in White. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Anthony (Bruce Weitz) faced off at the Q mansion. Shawn (Sean Blakemore) finally got real about his feelings for Carly (Laura Wright), only to have her shoot him down, because she'd rather sample Johnny's (Brandon Barash) pepperoni than rich, dark chocolate. That fast, little Molly (Hayley Pullos) had her drink spiked at a house party and last, but certainly not least, beloved General Hospital legacy character Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) was fried like a skillet of Irish potatoes, soaked in Crisco, while trying to save Jason's (Steve Burton) life. Color me intrigued...

Days of Our Lives also went up among total viewers, by 21,000. In the demos, DAYS held steady, tied at the soap's all-time lows among W18-49 and among W18-34.  Storywise, Lexie (Renee Jones) was too threw with Abe (James Reynolds) over the whole mayoral race cheating situation. Someone outta remind Dr. DiMera, Abe has had to forgive her much worse over the years! Every time a chiseled, olive-skinned brother used to visit Salem, Lexie was on all fours, panting like a purse pup in heat — especially if the cappuccino-hued dude was related to Abe! Even still, I loved seeing Jones and Reynolds set fire to their scenes. Let's keep Abe and Lexie front and center, shall we?

Elsewhere in town, the news that corporate raider Ian (Ian Buchanan) is Madison's (Sarah Brown) husband continued to make waves. Marlena (Deidre Hall) finally started giving Sami (Alison Sweeney) the what for and Will Horton (Chandler Massey) kissed a boy and although we're pretty sure he liked it, poor kid was still all shook up over his dysfunctional mess of a family.

Carrie (Christie Clark) and Austin (Patrick Muldoon) vowed to make their marriage work, as an increasingly disturbing Abigail (Kate Mansi) continued to obsess over Carrie's husband. Abby better ask Sami about Carrie's right hook!

John and Hope (Drake Hogestyn and Kristian Alfsonso), meanwhile, were off to Alamainia. I so want DAYS ratings to increase. Seriously folks, if you are missing your All My Children or One Life to Live fix, give DAYS a try!

Over at CBS, both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful had significant drops in total viewers. Y&R fell 160,000; B&B dropped 201,000. Both soaps dropped one-tenth of a point in households and among W18-34. B&B also fell a tenth of a point among W18-49.

In story at Y&R, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) blasted Victor for bringing Daisy Duke and daughter to Genoa City to eff with Villy.The other Daisy (Yvonne Zima) got a Get Out of Jail (and back on my nerves) card. Blind Adam (Michael Muhney) put out a fire down on the banks of Plum Creek and Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) reunited with a paraplegic Dr. Cliff Warner (Peter Bergman). Thank God for Nikki Newman.

At B&B, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) proved she's smarter than the average Logan-Forrester, by tricking Rick (Jacob Young) into believing she signed the annulment papers. Fickle Liam (Scott Clifton) couldn't stop defending Steffy, which really pissed Sandy from Grease off! Am I the only one who hopes Brad Bell licenses Madonna's "Like a Virgin" when Liam finally gets to plant his flag on Hope's (Kimberly Matula) moon? 

While the Young Swingers and Prudes Club was convening, the 'rents decided to go out on a double date. Kudos to Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Ron Moss (Ridge), Heather Tom (Katie) and Don Diamont (Bill) for providing us with the most light-hearted, humorous scenes in daytime that week. With all the death and despair on other soaps, we definitely needed it!