Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Up in Total Viewers, HH’s, and W18-34!


 




General Hospital continues to prove worthy of ABC Daytime's renewed faith in the sudser. The 49-year-old serial spiked in the Nielsens the week of July 16-20. (Source: Soap Opera Network

GH went up 127,000 total viewers over the previous week. The ABC soap also inched up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34. Among W18-49, GH held steady over the previous week.

In story, Heather Webber's (Robin Mattson) reign of campy terror came to a close. The kooky villainess messed up by having the same forger who wrote Maggie's "suicide" note, pen goodbye letters to Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) and Anna (Finola Hughes) from Luke (Anthony Geary). Speaking of Lulu, her hubby, Dante (Dominick Zamprogna), continued to be jealous of her business partnership with Johnny (Brandon Barash).

Todd (Roger Howarth) was more nervous about Starr's (Kristen Alderson) premiere performance at the Haunted Star than his daughter was, once he found out it meant Blair (Kassie DePaiva) was coming for a visit. Luckily for Manning, his new BFF Carly (Laura Wright) was there to help. Kate (Kelly Sullivan) confronted Joe. Jr. (Richard Steinmetz) about the rape and subsequent baby and Trey (Erik Valdez) schemed with his old man to bring Sonny down.    

Classic GH characters Heather Webber and Anna Devane continued to be the top reasons to tune into GH the week in question. Mattson has injected this canvas, not with a mind-frying dose of LSD, but with a major jolt of energy. Meanwhile, cool-as-a-cucumber-sandwich Hughes has given the show back its heart and integrity, as principled, courageous lady cop Anna Devane.

Thank the Soap Gods, Lante's boring marriage is finally getting shaken up. Now that Lulu is mixing it up with other men, I say it's time Dante has some ego-gratifying revenge sex with another woman. Hey, that brunette cop has to serve some purpose! Still could take the Joe Jr. saga or leave it.

The Young and the Restless also went up one-tenth of a point among W18-34 the week of July 16. The sudser, which dipped a miniscule 13,000 among total viewers, held steady in households and among W18-49.

Nick (Joshua Morrow) moved out of Phyllis' (Michelle Stafford) crib, after learning she tried to turn Paul (Doug Davidson) and Cricket (Lauralee Bell) into human roadkill almost two decades ago. Abby (Marcy Rylan) trimmed Victor's (Eric Braeden) mustache, by bringing her hunky, faux kidnapper/public sex partner Carmine (Marco Dapper) for a meeting at the ranch. Sharon (Sharon Case) kept changing the subject when Victor asked her to move in with him, prior to heading off to Kansas to try to stop Adam's (Michael Muhney) wedding to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). Then, at long last, Cricket was able to have Phyllis tossed in jail for her many crimes against The Bug.

As I said in my last column, Y&R has been getting better. I guess this proved too little, too late to Sony TV, who ousted showrunner Maria Arena Bell last week. Here's hoping Y&R's new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith love the Abby/Carmine and Adam/Chelsea pairings as much as I do. Although I would love to see Adam and Chelsea get their fangs back. They could be like a younger Keith and Gina from Santa Barbara, sexing and scheming all over the canvas.  

The Bold and the Beautiful went up 75,000 total viewers the week of July 16. The 30-minute sudser held steady in the demos over the previous week.

Hope Logan (Kimberly Matula) confronted her fickle, tool of a husband, Liam (Scott Clifton), after learning he'd been smooching Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) on their wedding day. Little did Hope know, Liam and Steffy did more than swap spit. Marcus (Texas Battle) mowed Anthony down like a stray blade of grass, while TEXTING and DRIVING. I write in all caps to denote how heavy-handed the message and dialogue was surrounding the PSA serving for a storyline.

After Marcus TEXT and DROVE, he tried to call Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd) to tell her about her pal being in the hospital, but Stephanie (Susan Flannery) wouldn't let him talk to her. You would have thought the idiot would have been a little more insistent.  Like, I dunno, "Stephanie, will you STFU and put Dayzee on the phone? I was TEXTING and DRIVING and almost killed her formerly-homeless daddy figure!"

Days of Our Lives went up a substantial 148,000 total viewers over the previous week. DAYS didn't budge in demos, however.

Ian (Ian Buchanan) continued to successfully frame EJ (James Scott) for Stefano's (Joe Mascolo) "murder". Elvis found staunch supporters in both Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Will (Chandler Massey), much to Lucas' (Bryan Dattilo) eternal chagrin. It must really suck to have your woman and your son in love with a man you hate! John (Drake Hogestyn) decided to go afte his DiMera birthright, which oddly caused Marlena (Deidre Hall) to giggle and carry on like someone was tickling her under the arms. Y'all know, I love when my Doc purrs, but those scenes were a bit silly. I was yelling at my TV, "Girl, why are you giggling like that?" Thankfully, she didn't answer me back.

Poor Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso) spent the week trying to help the young' uns find Melanie (Molly Burnett). Is this really one of my all-time favorite supercouple's last storylines? With Reckell leaving, tonight I DON'T celebrate this madness. See you next Ratings.

 

29 Responses

  1. Profile photo of harlee490
    harlee490

    Yes, it’s too late for “hatchet Maria” and not unhappy at all, but I will say I too think Y&R has so improved in quality. I like Adam & Chelsea and hope JFP does keep them but I LOVE Cabby and hope she keeps Carmine and Josh give Cabby a great story. :love:

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    Dyllan

    Abby and Carmine suck, IMO. Nothing romantic. Just gross. They share zero chemistry and its the same storyline with Victor.

    I hope they scrap Abby.

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    TomZulawski

    The further away GH gets from the mob stuff and comes closer to the heart of this show the quicker these ratings are going to rise. Bring back the vets and do what GH does best, invest in the emotion of the viewer. Reattach the bond we have with the characters we have lived for decades.

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    nysam

    Interesting the week where there was very little Sam, Jason and Sonny on the show the ratings went up. Fans have been asking for years to downplay the mob characters. Finally!

    With Steve Burton officially leaving GH let’s hope the focus continues to veer from the mob.

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    lcrtorch

    GH ratings up and no McBam or Liason. Marcus, I doesn’t matter that you were texting, the brother’s six feet tall; how could you not see him. DON’T SAY IT WAS TOO DARK…LOL. Sharon, Adam has fresh stuff now he doesn’t need anything that’s been contaminated by his father. Lucas will you finally figure it out. SHE DON’T WANT YOU!!!

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    yojoromo4469

    [quote=The_Moustache]the article says:

    “#3. GH 2,445,000 (+127,000/-177,000)”

    what does that mean?[/quote]

    What that means is this: GH had a total of 2,445,000 viewers for the latest week and went up +127,000 over last week, but down -177,000 since a year ago.

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    Cyberologist

    GH ratings went up with no JaSam as well. Is this the week they were all on vacation? Tired of the babies babies babies everybody talking in dialog its been months of this between Starr, Konnie and Jason’s I’m babied out.

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    RealityCheck 33

    [quote=The_Moustache]the article says:

    “#3. GH 2,445,000 (+127,000/-177,000)”

    what does that mean?[/quote]

    It means up 127,000 vs last week and down 177,000 vs last year.

    BTW, list of potential Y&R cast cuts from N. Branco include: Genie Francis, Steve Nichols, Julia Pace Mitchell, Darnell Williams, and Debbi Morgan. Lots of black folks are on the list.

    Also the following could be goners too: Elizabeth Hendrickson, Greg Rikaart, Michael Graziadei, Jessica Heap, and Blake Hood.

    The older actors like Eric Braeden, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott, Doug Davidson and Tracey Bregman look to be backburnered. Michelle Stafford will also lose face time.

    Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil look to be safe for the time being.

    No word on the status of Sharon Case, Josh Morrow, Marcie Ryan, Amelia Heine, Billy Miller, Christian LeBlanc, Kristoff St John, Melissa Claire Egan, or Michael Muhney.

    Sounds like head rollin’ time to me.

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    Yoryla

    [quote=nysam]With Steve Burton officially leaving GH let’s hope the focus continues to veer from the mob.[/quote]

    What?! He is leaving?

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    The_Moustache

    Steve Burton said at his Super Soap Weekend that he is relocating his entire family to some middle of nowhere part of the country because he wants to get away from Hollywood.

    He also mentioned that his contract is up very soon and he he’ll probably won’t re-sign.

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    brettyboy

    GH deserves to be the number 1 soap.

    I hope the new Y&R team don’t get rid of all the great actors that came from All My Children, they just need to be written better, not outed!

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    AWfan2012

    I am happy to see GH have such a great week although I am sorry to see Heather’s reign of terror come to an end.

    With all of those people rumored to be fired and backburned on YR who will be left for the story?

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    pjc722

    One thing that this article proves is that if the powers that be at each soap should pay attention to to get viewers new and old to watch is to not have the stories reveal around only newbies or young ones. GH has proven that talent, a great actress and a good character(s) will trump any kind of PUSH THEM IN YOUR FACE YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS any day.

    now if the powers that be there pay attention, GH could give Y&R a run for its money some day.

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    pjc722

    Y&R has been getting better because they ditched characters that weren’t fleshed out. Daisy and Ricky are gone and the prime stars are front and center. But like Maria did with Daisy when she was getting all the courts to rule in her favor, she is doing the same with Phyllis. Not only is Phyllis accused of a HIT AND RUN/ATTEMPTED MURDER of 2 individuals (one being a federal employee at the time) and has hidden that fact for 20 some odd years, she also is married to a MULTI MULTI millionaire (half billionaire) and her past run ins with the law have proven her to be a flight risk yet she got bail immediately. As well, in this story, Christine is being seen as the bad guy for wanting the woman who ran her down to pay. (I think Ronan of all people would be one to say “book her!”)

    All the while, Paul, the most upstanding citizen in town, good friends with the DA, pals with the arresting officer and father to the ADA is being held without bail and Maria is writing the story backwards so that the conflict is all on Paul and none on Phyllis. Paul should be out on bail after Victor posts his $2 million or more bail while Phyllis is forced to languish in the cell. (Since we all know she is going to get off the payback for fans of the show and that specific storyline would be TIME SERVED while Paul already is suffering emotionally no matter how the outcome of his case arrives.)

    That was always the problem with Maria, she never knew what she had and how to deal with it. She brought Victor and Nikki back together and wrote Victor as a total and utter abusive ass towards her but Maria still writes Nikki as wanting the moustache back instead of her saying “I don’t care what you yell at me, Victor, I am done DONE DONE with you!!!” Or Jack with Genivieve. Yes, that story was rushed and shouldn’t have been only to see them separate them and then not figure out that Laura Spenser can never be evil to the cure so they made her weak and comical. Maria wrote a good ending to the Patty redux by having Jack and Paul agree to joint revenge on Victor and then NOTHING AT ALL HAPPENED. I want to mention Victor’s 3-4 kids who every other day WRITE DADDY off only to need him the next day and forgive him ALL BECAUSE HE IS THEIR DAD.

    Maria keeps the likes of Daisy Duke, Gloria, Genivieve and Tucker while firing Ashley instead of seeing that connections to the cast and story is more important than the paycheck going to the actor. I am certain that the likes of Stephan Nichols and Genie Francis are being paid handsomely to be on the show yet both their connections to the show and their stories are weak at best. Sure, one has a mother in Katherine the other a son in Cane but over the past 2 – 3 years or more, neither relationship has been mined for its true potential. Yet Ashley is the mother to Abby, sister to Jack & Billy, aunt to Kyle, ex wife to Victor, frenemy to Nikki, former lover of Paul, President of Jabot and Jack’s conscious half the time (when dear old dad is too busy to play ghost to Jack).

    Let’s hope that within a year, Days realizes that they don’t need Eileen Davidson anymore like they didn’t need half the cast since the redux of Days and Jill Phelps jumps in and hires Ashley.

    Jill, I can only let you know, if you properly mine the history and the rich characters of the show, don’t stunt cast and start creating new and interesting looking sets and stories, the fans will love you and run to your show. If you stunt cast James Franco and start a serial killer the fans will dump you faster than any show ever has lost fans!

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    Dyllan

    I think Nelson’s fire list is accurate, but the other stuff I question. I think Nelson was just guessing on the others. He tends to blur the line between news and opinion.

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    liason4real

    I believe the increased ratings are due to lack of Sonny, Sam, Jason, Carly, etc,,the usual air hogs over the last two weeks.

    Heather and Anna are the bomb. Todd and his cray cray BFF (Heather) are a riot.

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    ldylkng

    MTS just tweeted thanks to all who supported her last year, & hoped it wouldn’t be neccessary again! I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist. Hope she’s not worried that JFP has her in her sights.

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    stefanstavros

    [quote=RealityCheck 33][quote=The_Moustache]the article says:

    “#3. GH 2,445,000 (+127,000/-177,000)”

    what does that mean?[/quote]

    It means up 127,000 vs last week and down 177,000 vs last year.

    BTW, list of potential Y&R cast cuts from N. Branco include: Genie Francis, Steve Nichols, Julia Pace Mitchell, Darnell Williams, and Debbi Morgan. Lots of black folks are on the list.

    Also the following could be goners too: Elizabeth Hendrickson, Greg Rikaart, Michael Graziadei, Jessica Heap, and Blake Hood.

    The older actors like Eric Braeden, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott, Doug Davidson and Tracey Bregman look to be backburnered. Michelle Stafford will also lose face time.

    Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil look to be safe for the time being.

    No word on the status of Sharon Case, Josh Morrow, Marcie Ryan, Amelia Heine, Billy Miller, Christian LeBlanc, Kristoff St John, Melissa Claire Egan, or Michael Muhney.

    Sounds like head rollin’ time to me.[/quote]

    This list of cuts sounds GREAT to me!

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    SZima

    [quote=Jamey Giddens]…Here's hoping Y&R's new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith love the Abby/Carmine and Adam/Chelsea pairings as much as I do. Although I would love to see Adam and Chelsea get their fangs back. They could be like a younger Keith and Gina from Santa Barbara, sexing and scheming all over the canvas.  
    [/quote]

    I’m not sure yet how I feel about Abby/Carmine, but I love Adam/Chelsea. And I whole-heartedly agree with you about them getting their fangs back…as long as Adam doesn’t go too far back to his truly evil days. They could really be a fun couple!:wink:

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    js3557

    There wasn’t any Liz that week, but she really hadn’t been on much the few weeks before either. She had been on a day here, a day there, then nothing for days. The people who had been on non-stop…Sam, Jason, Sam, Sonny, Sam, Sonny. I think the episode counts for the weeks prior show that the only person on more than Sam was Sonny. I know I was relieved not to have to watch Sam stumble around as a horrible PI (she gets caught or stuck in dangerous situations every time! Even crazy ass Heather knew she was undercover right away. Such a joke.) or watch too much of Sonny woo his 900th woman.

    I think choosing to focus on Heather, Anna, Robin and Patrick was brilliant. I just wish Liz was more involved in the Patrick story and less involved in the Jasam story. I want Jasam as dead as a doornail before Jason realizes gets back with Liz.

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    soapfan616

    First, we should all applaud the relative absence of mob stupidity for this GH week in question. BRAVO! Second, no one should be using the word “great” to describe these ratings. A 1.8 is very weak. And GH is still down 175K viewers from the Wolf-penned episodes. Many viewers have left GH and they simply aren’t coming back.

    We can all speculate as to why GH ratings go up or down a .1 but they are all just educated guesses. The feminist I am wants to contribute all of the soap gains to Finola Hughes’ portrayal of Anna but then I remind myself that this regime has chosen to bring on more rapists than it has strong female characters.

    GH needed a revolution to save it. I’m afraid it just got a face life. But maybe that will be enough to bring in some old time viewers. Maybe the planned September to support Katie’s debut will help GH as well. Maybe soap fans do want cartoon villains performing mind experiments and female characters who just can’t wait to sacrifice their integrity to be with killers/mobsters/rapists.

    Time will tell.

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    Jon

    My rant: I hope JFP gets Michael Graziadei to clean up his act. He’s a decent looking fellow but that greasy long hair, all the bracelets, the tatoos, etc. make him look downright creepy. The character, imo, has outlived his usefulness. Maybe it’s time to take baby Lucy and go back on tour with Daddy. I also see zero chemistry with him and Jen Landon.

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