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





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)

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!
 

    

25 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    While I am not as impressed with GH as I would like to be, I love that the ratings are finally up. The storyline is okay but still … I kind of wanted something bigger. Can’t even explain it. LOL
    And well maybe RC and FV can bring me the wow effect this week.

    DAYS had a comeback of it’s own in my home last week with me returning to the FF button most of the time. Doctor Hairy Chest in a love triangle once again + pushing Rafe & Sami again is just too much for me. As for anything else I’m not impressed. Should Ken Corday already hire a new team? With DAYS shooting that far ahead the production of one season for the current regime should almost be finished by now, right!? ;)

    I don’t understand B&B’s ratings. I just don’t. But that’s an overall problem with me and the Nielsen ratings system.

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    SoapArmageddon

    GH: I didn’t really care for much of Carlivanti’s OLTL; but finally, after years of indifference, I actually care about GH again. So I guess they’re earning my grudging respect.

    B&B: I didn’t watch most of the months-long triangle that people are complaining about. What I saw the week in question was not too bad.

    Y&R: still not watching until the 10,000th episode commemoration.

    Days: Lauren Koslow is all kinds of awesome! Campy, but awesome. I still say they need to put Sami in a nice long coma. And why is everyone so badly dressed?

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    JASAMMABBY

    I have to say never underestimate the power of Anna and Robin. When Robin first came back she helped the ratings with a huge boost- her “death” and return of her mama gave them that great week. Just the thought of Anna finding her made people tune in. She isn’t discussed as much on here but I truly believe those two are a huge draw for fans… I thinks the dailys showed 2.o’s for the first three days then 1.7’s for the last two days of the week.

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    bonobochick

    I don’t like Sami but even I have to agree with Jamey about one of the reasons Lumi doesn’t work for me. Whenever they’re together, at some point Lucas makes me start sympathizing with Sami because of how he talks to her. I think they work better as friends for that reason alone cause while Sami is a fuck-up who does occasionally needs a come to Jesus talk, the way Lucas does it always sits wrong with me.

    I wonder if the increased amount of Sami/Rafe scenes as well as too many flashbacks in episodes from last week will have the next round of ratings even lower than these? I’m not an EJami fan but it’s no coincidence that in the recent weeks when the eps show them heavily is when Days trends on twitter.

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    Clifford

    Great news to hear about GH’s ratings increase. Keep the momentum going…this week’s time switch should be interesting to see if it helps push them higher or sheds viewers eyes. Hopefully it all works in their favor. If things had gone for the worst earlier this year we wouldn’t even have GH to watch starting today and would have been down to three daytime soaps (shutter the thought)!

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    days4ever

    Loving GH right now. The weakest s/l is the Kristina/Trey/Michael/Starr stuff. I am even loving Joe Jr with Tracy. Loving Jerry and Jax being back. Love the comic relief from Todd. There is some romance thrown in also and lots of mystery. Good work everyone at GH!

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    bonobochick

    [quote=Yoryla]Days is decent at best at the moment. However there is great promise for the winter because of Kristen’s return. I am anxiously waiting for October 10th! :)[/quote]

    I guess you haven’t seen the zapt2it spoilers for the wk of 9/24 yet. |(

    More of the same old shit.

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    nmelman

    I cannot watch the show today. I am away and having a meltdown without GH. This is the best show on ABC. Too bad they don’t know it. ABC has destroyed daytime and now we have 5 more talk shows. What in the world do I want to know about celebrities. Do not care. Want my shows back.

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    cheesehead91182

    Days has been terrible since Tomlin took over, its all been about Melanie, Daniel and Rafe. They killed the EJ/Will stuff, have Will/Sami and Sami/Marlena getting along. No one wants to see that crap. The ratings will continue to tank for Days until Ken Corday realizes it was a mistake to bring Tomlin back. If this crap wasn’t working in in 2010 why would it work now?

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    SoapArmageddon

    Will/EJ was fun but pointless; that was never ever really going to go anywhere. And I was getting sick of Will’s hateful attitude toward his mother. (That only makes sense if you figure that he wishes he and EJ were the ones, not EJ and Sami, getting that couch wet with their natural juices.) :)

    But I have to agree that for Marlena and Sami to be suddenly all hugs-and-kisses is not that interesting to watch. And the constant, never-ending flashbacks that all the characters keep having are beyond annoying.

    I still don’t think Days is going to be on the air after next year.

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    david46208

    @SoapArmageddon: Yes the Sami/EJ pairing is what drives people wild (in a good way). The more you show them the more they like it. In fact I have noticed a negative response to having Rafe in a triangle with Sami. I do believe if they had moved ahead with a Lucas/Sami/EJ triangle it would work. Since both are equally important parts of her life. She has fathered children with both men and they both have a strong pull with Sami.

    As for the Will/EJ thing, that to be honest was just something some internet fans loved. So it was for the best to move them out of each others orbit to get down to the real business.

    Days needs to appeal to its largely Conservative base… ;)

    Side Note: Somewhere Melissa Reeves is smiling from ear-to-ear knowing that the conservatives love Days. Her job is secure.

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    luvdasoaps

    Thrilled for GH. Well deserved increase in ratings. Getting tired of the Y&R bashing. For those of us who have watched for decades the Phyllis/Christine storyline has a lot of history to it and has the potential to go in many directions. Same goes with Paul shooting his son, Ricky. Finally, Doug Davidson gets a storyline with some substance to it. The twists and turns with Sharon, Tucker and Newman Enterprises is something different than the same old same old stuff. I respectfully disagree with those who think that there is nothing good about Y&R anymore. Would love for Josh Griffith and Jill Farren Phelps to come in and make it even better. Not comfortable with JFP’s track record, but if she does her job and allows the writers to do their job and she stays out of it, that soap will hopefully continue to keep the coveted 18-49 demo interested. I have to wonder how many of those fans have turned 50 and are thus no longer counted.

    As for B&B, it’s obvious they are writing for the much younger demo, and the same can somewhat be said about Days as well. Just wish some soap fans realized that every soap has peaks and valleys and even in their heyday, it’s just not possible for the shows to maintain the same intensity level over long periods of time due to a variety of factors. Unfortunately, in this new world where people are impatient and have very little attention span, that seems to be what it takes.

    I for one am rooting for all 4 soaps left to survive. They all have great qualities about them.

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    luvdasoaps

    As far as flashbacks go, in my opinion it is a way to bridge the gap between today’s shows and the rich history of the show. Personally, I enjoy seeing the flashbacks; many of them tie into today’s shows and gives the younger generation the background of many of the characters. If it keeps people watching, I’m all for it personally.

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    SoapArmageddon

    By now, it should be obvious that I am a big, big lover of the history of Days (and all other soaps, as a matter of fact). What I don’t need to see are constant flashbacks of events that happened a mere two or three days ago in soap time.

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    ChrisGa

    I’ve enjoyed DAYS alot in the last few weeks. Though I continue to dislike Sami I do enjoy her being back in both Rafe’s and Nicole’s orbits. Also, despite the tease-inducing chemistry between the two, I’m glad they’ve extricated Will from EJ; Will was starting to show the absolute worst traits of both EJ and Sami(yes, I know, according to Luke Kerr this would be heaven on a stick, but one Sami and one EJ is more than enough for any show). And while I didn’t care for the Will/Gabi sexathon, I have to say Gabi is slowing growing on me. Plus, having Maggie on my screen almost every day for the last week or so–even if it is in service to the return of Nick Fallon, who I like–has been the cherry on top of it all. Now, if they’d just move the Will/Sonny story along a little bit and move Daniel(and while they’re at it, Jennifer)off my screen I’d be a fairly happy camper.

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    BornSoapStar

    While I think the ratings increase for week before last for GH was justified- way to go Frank and Ron! – this week they went and blew it all to hell. The build to the water toxin story was great- especially with the return of Jerry (Sebastian Roche) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher)! But the follow-through has been anything but riveting. The pace this week got slower, any sense of urgency- I mean A WHOLE TOWN ON THE VERGE OF DYING! – was not really conveyed very well. A complete loss of momentum with a whole show wasted on what was it the 4th or 5th Jasam goodbye and blaming Jason for the dead potted baby saga. I thought this past week was supposed to be HUGE leading into the time change?! The on location shoot was nice treat, but we the viewers already know that Sam’s baby is not dead- not much of a cliffhanger in my opinion.

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    THEBEST

    I have to disagree, Jamey. Lucas deserved to get in Sami’s ass. Calling herself running off with EJ is just as stupid as all of her hair-brained schemes. She’s toyed with him, Rafe, & EJ for long enough. I’m sick of the whole equation. I want the writers to respect Lucas and realize that he can exist outside of Sami’s orbit. Bryan Datillo is a fan fave & the character’s a Horton. Can he mix it up with Kristen? Help her snatch DiMera Enterprises from EJ’s grasp?

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    robertscorpio

    [quote=BornSoapStar]While I think the ratings increase for week before last for GH was justified- way to go Frank and Ron! – this week they went and blew it all to hell. The build to the water toxin story was great- especially with the return of Jerry (Sebastian Roche) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher)! But the follow-through has been anything but riveting. The pace this week got slower, any sense of urgency- I mean A WHOLE TOWN ON THE VERGE OF DYING! – was not really conveyed very well. A complete loss of momentum with a whole show wasted on what was it the 4th or 5th Jasam goodbye and blaming Jason for the dead potted baby saga. I thought this past week was supposed to be HUGE leading into the time change?! The on location shoot was nice treat, but we the viewers already know that Sam’s baby is not dead- not much of a cliffhanger in my opinion.[/quote]

    I think that had to do more with timing. They wanted to start the toxin storyline but I think they knew they had to go balls to the walls during the week of Sept 10 so last week was not as action packed but I think it did do well as a build up to this week.

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    marybee50

    I’ve enjoyed Days the last couple of weeks.Not all stories,but I do like setting up of future ones,and with the return of Eilleen D,I’m staying with the show.I,also,like the use of vets and younger actors.So glad Wally K and Judith E are also on board for the next weeks.

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    GaryJr

    Should Ken Corday already hire a new team? With DAYS shooting that far ahead the production of one season for the current regime should almost be finished by now, right!?

    I vote yes. I fast-forwarded through almost the entire week. I stopped to watch EJ/Will and was greatly disappointed they won’t be spending much, if any time together since Will quit. The rest of the show is boring and uninteresting.

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