Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Hits No. 2 in W18-49; Ties Y&R at No. 1 in W18-34!

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Almost 50 certainly isn't fatal for General Hospital! The ABC Daytime drama posted impressive ratings gains the week of Aug. 27-31. (Source: Soap Opera Network)

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GH went up 215,000 total viewers over the previous week, and was up year-to-date by 175,000. The soap opera also increased by two-tenths of a point in households, and was up over last year's numbers by two-tenths of a point. GH was No. 2 among the coveted women 18-49 demo for the week, inching up one-tenth of a point. Among W18-34, the sudser was tied with CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless.

The citizens of the fictional Port Charles, New York learned they were once again at the mercy of a still-deranged Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche) the week in question. Posing as Mr. Craig, Jerry took control of Todd Manning's (Roger Howarth) airwaves to inform the townsfolk he had poisoned the tap water. PC's dynamic duo of Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and John McBain (Michael Easton) burst in, guns a' blazin', before Jerry could complete his show.

Jason's suspicions about Dr. Ewen Keenan (Nathin Butler) grew, prompting him to ask Patrick (Jason Thompson) to look out for Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). Jason's worst instincts were confirmed when Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) called from his recon mission with more dirt tying Ewen to the brothers Jacks and their daddy.

Outside of Port Chuck, Anna (Finola Hughes) learned the mystery patient at the Swiss clinic wasn't Robin (Kimberly McCullough). Meanwhile, Starr (Kristen Alderson) and Michael (Chad Duell) headed to Vegas to stop Kristina (Lindsey Morgan) from marrying Trey (Erik Valdez). 

GH is doing epic, glory days, soap opera on a 1980's era scale. What better way to show Disney the soap's continued worth than by staging a rock 'em, sock 'em disaster storyline, complete with plenty of romance, jeopardy and intrigue for the serial's beloved characters. Majorly impressed!

Over at CBS, Y&R went down 166,000 total viewers. Daytime's top soap did manage to go up one-tenth of a point in households, however. Y&R held steady in the W18-49 and W18-34 demos.

It was "The Perils of Phyllis and Sharon" the week of Aug. 27 on Y&R. For once, the two women weren't battling over Nicholas Newman's (Joshua Morrow) flesh rocket. In fact, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) weren't even in story together, yet separarely managed to cause Nick considerable headaches.

Phyllis admitted to Ronan (Jeff Branson) that Tim (Aaron Lustig) died in her apartment. One of the half a dozen sitcom stars running amuck in Genoa City fingered Kevin (Greg Rikaart) as the "encyclopedia salesman" she'd seen lurking around the building. When Michael (Christian LeBlanc) confronted his little bro, Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) backed Kev's story about being stranded on the highway the night Tim died. Next on The Edge of Genoa City.  

Crazy cakes Sharon (Sharon Case) was livid when a newspaper article painted her as unfit to run Newman Enterprises. Sharon is unfit to be allowed outdoors amongst the sane and seemly.

Lily (Christel Khalil) saw some mystery woman; while Paul (Doug Davidson) was still trying to prove his dead son liked to kill coeds. Can't CBS just air re-runs of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman until Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith's stuff is ready? 

The Bold and the Beautiful dropped 173,000 total viewers over the previous week, but was still up year-to-date by 384,000. B&B held steady in households, yet was up a whopping three-tenths of a point over this time last year. While B&B fell one-tenth of a point among W18-49, the 30-minute serial was up one-tenth of a point year-to-date in that demo, as well as among W18-34. Even with all its backstage casting drama and polarizing young adult love stories, B&B has been the scripted daytime ratings success story of 2012.

Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) began manipulating the marriage-hopping tykes who make up B&B's younger set. He got some dude named Othello to lie to Hope (Kimberly Matula) about Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) being all up on Liam (Scott Clifton) at the club, the night before Liam and Hope's wedding. He then started prompting a dim-witted Thomas (Adam Gregory) to be there for Hope. Rick pulling strings makes B&B a tad bit more enjoyable, although I don't understand how starting a game of Musical Kissing Stepsiblings is gonna help him get control of Forrester Creations.

Days of Our Lives dropped 200,000 total viewers over the previous week, but was still up year-to-date by 208,000. DAYS held steady in households, but went down two-tenths of a point in W18-49. Among W18-34, the NBC sudser dipped one-tenth of a ratings point.

In story, Lumi had another ugly breakup, which reminded me of why I was only ever a moderate fan of this pairing. I hate, hate, hate the way Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) talks to Sami (Alison Sweeney). He speaks to her like she's some Dickensian street urchin he just found digging in his radish garden. The next time Lucas starts bellowing at Sami, or threatening to take six or seven of her dozen kids away, I hope she slaps the taste right out of his mouth.

Will (Chandler Massey) broke up with EJ (James Scott), er, quit his "job" to gush with Grammy Marlena (Deidre Hall) over Sonny (Freddie Smith). Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) squared off against Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) and Melanie (Molly Burnett) over Nick's (Blake Berris) parole hearing. Brady (Eric Martsolf) returned to Titan and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) continued to throw herself at Daniel (Shawn Christian).

I'm not thrilled to see Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) already heading into a love triangle with Jack's (Matthew Ashford) ashes still warm to the touch, but I realize soaps no longer have the benefit of years to tell stories. A heroine can't grieve as long as she once could. All I gotta say is, Dr. Hairy Crotch must snake a drain better than Liquid Plumr for all these women to keep fighting over him. See you next Ratings!