HomeTVAll My ChildrenRatings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Hits Highest Numbers Since Cartini Took Over! Jamey Giddens October 30, 2012 24 Comments You've been asking for it, well now Ratings, Rants and Raves is back! I took a break because the ratings had become so depressing across the board for our final four daytime sudsers. That certainly isn't the case anymore, thanks to ABC Daytime's comeback kid General Hospital. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The week of Oct. 15-19, GH was watched by almost 2.8 million viewers. That was the soap's highest viewer totals since Feb. 28–March 4, 2011. It was also the highest total viewers to tune in since Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over. GH was up by 110,000; 464,000 year-to-date. In households, GH increased one-tenth of a point, and was up an impressive three-tenths of a point year-to-date. This was the soap's highest household demo since March 21-25, 2011, and also the highest since Cartini started working their magic. Among women 18-49, GH was up one-tenth of a point, and two tenths year-to-date, giving Cartini their highest numbers to date in this coveted demo as well. GH was the No. 1 soap among W18-34 the week in question, going up two-tenths of a ratings point, and a whopping four-tenths year-to-date. This type of ratings growth is unheard of during these trying times for soaps. Well, almost unheard of. Cartini achieved a similar feat at One Life to Live. The big difference is ABC finally has a Daytime chief who actually wants to see a soap these guys are running succeed. In story, JaSam (Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco) confronted a maniacal Heather Webber (Robin Mattson), who had their baby on the roof of Port Charles General Hospital. Llanview Pennsylvania's Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano) learned the baby she had been raising as Victor Lord III wasn't her son. Lante (Julie Marie Berman and Dominic Zompragna) learned Lulu was incapable of carrying a child to term. Betty Suarez told Daniel Mead that Robin (Kimberly McCullough) might be alive and in the end, Sam and Jason got their brat back. Oh and there was plenty of "Duke" (Ian Buchanan) menacing about. You can never go wrong in the Nielsens by returning a kidnapped tyke to his parents. Hello, All My Children's Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Miranda? Throw in the deliciously-malevolent Heather Webber and a popular couple reuniting and it was a recipe for success. Okay, so JaSam isn't popular with me, but they are with a good portion of the audience. I guess we Liason-shippers will always have our fan fic! 24 Responses thecourt99 October 30, 2012 I am very happy that GH’s ratings are improving. I wonder how much of it is the writing, the story, or the timeslot though. I guess you can never tell…. Log in to Reply BornSoapStar October 30, 2012 Jamey- your never ending support of Jason & Elizabeth (The Greatest Love Story Still to be Told) always puts a smile on my face. The last time the ratings were high was Jake’s death- you know, when they killed off a legacy character for the Jasam agenda baby. I’m sure the recent jump in ratings also had a lot to do with Jason’s impending departure. If Frank and Ron continue to make this the Sam Show then they are doomed to return to 1.5′s and no amount of “returns” are going to matter. Felicia has been wasted. Jerry and Jaspers returns were too short. Not enjoying Duke’s return. And Robert’s return needs to undo the mess they made of his character when he last “returned”. FV and RC had me excited in the beginning, but they lost me several weeks ago. Log in to Reply stefanstavros October 30, 2012 Congratulations to Frank and Ron for seeing the fruits of their labor in these ratings! I’ve always supported them (with a few exceptions) and send them a big pat on the back. Now, I say go all out with their transformation of the show. It’s so obvious that the longtime devoted viewers of GH want more diversity in front-burner storylines and the return of our favorite “legacy” characters. I say bring back as many of these actors as possible as long as they can be woven into carefully crafted and smart storylines. And even those who don’t want to commit to a long term can still be written in a way to give viewers satisfaction, i.e. Tina and Cord on OLTL. Now, to make room for our old favorites, time to go ahead and ultimately phase out the characters who have monopolized our screens for the past 10 years and sucked the life out of the show. Time to move on Sonny and Sam (the previous monopolizers) along with Sean, Olivia, Connie/Kate, Steve and Spinelli. With the 50th anniversary coming up around the corner, there may not be a lot of time left for this soap. I say go all out and restore GH to the glorious show so many of us used to love. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott October 30, 2012 Congrats to them! It’s my opinion that the previous regime told stories of depression, darkness, and violence. We are now in lighter territory. Cheers. :beer: Log in to Reply logan_echolls October 30, 2012 I think the ratings spike has to do with old fans tuning in to see Anna and Duke. Also OLTL fans tuning in to see Tea lose her baby. If JaSam was really a ratings spiker, than their wedding would have been watched by a lot more ppl. Also these new writers show NO diversity. Do they hate Black ppl? Where is Shawn. Where is Molly and her boyfriend. They were so cute during the water scare. Log in to Reply Duchess October 30, 2012 Not surprised by the drops for Y&R and B&B since they had gone up so much the previous week and in B&B’s case had been up significantly since Ronn Moss left. B&B even hit a 2.6! Last Friday’s shocking ending and yesterday’s too should help plus they’re off to Aspen again. Y&R is finally feeling like the old Y&R again and I’m loving it! So nice to see character driving writing again instead of all plot, plot, plot and everyone acting completely out of character. Hopefully once the remnants of the previous regime’s stories are over and the axed actors are gone then we’ll see a ratings uptick. Oh and I agree Jamey I am loving Avery and “Navery” too! So nice to see Avery developed into a fully formed character and fleshed out. She’s become very real and relatable while Navery brings out a new side to Nick that I am loving. They are also being written the right way this time around instead of just hopping into bed immediately with no buildup like the last time. I hope we continue to see Avery as a leading lady because she is a breath of fresh air! Log in to Reply liason4real October 30, 2012 Liason is the best love story YET to be told! SnB wedding was around 2/28/11 last year and Jake’s death was 3/21/11. The ratings spike had a lot to do with a lot of things including SBu leaving the show. Log in to Reply keanna October 30, 2012 As always great ratings article Jamey! Congrats to Frank and Ron, I think the increase is a combination of things, new timeslot, old fans tuning in for Anna and Duke, writing, and showing lighter things. With A.J. back at the helm and Robert coming back, ratings should continue to spike. Days, The only things that has me hook is Kristin’s return and Bo’s departure, everything else is boring. Log in to Reply soapbaby October 30, 2012 I agree about Y&R and Avery. She’s becoming a viable character! Sex fantasies of Nick and baking cupcakes_ she’s awesome! Too bad Y&R’s ratings aren’t necessarily reflecting the improved writing but it may take some time. And it’s a crying shame that B&B isn’t rewarded with improved ratings as it’s been really good! Goes to show you that I am out of touch. I think Heather Tom and Susan Flannery have been great. The break from Hope/Liam/Steffy has resulted in a more balanced, more engaging soap opera. Good for GH. The show’s ratings have been on the rise since the timeslot change in September and I am sure lapsed viewers returned for Jason Morgan’s exit. I think the move to have AJ return so soon after Jason exited was a good move in effort to hold on to those returned, lapsed viewers. Now, can we get story for Liz, Patrick and Tracy! Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens October 30, 2012 “To be fair to JFP and Josh,…” UGH. Exactly, more propping and propping. It’s so funny how some people can just screw up in a zillion different ways but still somehow get a pass. *** Oh yeah, “more propping and propping” and passes…about their first week of air shows. We called Maria Auntie Ri Ri for a freaking year. We aren’t gonna crap on a new regime that just took over a disaster simply because you’re ticked they fired Genie Francis. Log in to Reply samIShot October 30, 2012 It will continue to improve with focus on the Quartermaines. Robin (December) and Robert (November) will be back and i read that Alan will be appearing (didnt say if he was in spirit or returning). I know many will complain about Cartini’s handling of flashbacks to get all the dead people back but you have to suspend your senses. They are trying to bring back a lot of favorites and there has to be some explanation as to how they are suddenly alive. Just go with it. The end result is worth it. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon October 30, 2012 Honestly, I was one of those who snarked endlessly about Frank and Ron taking over at GH. I HATED a lot of what they did at OLTL. It wasn’t the same OLTL that I knew and loved before they came in. However, after a couple of months into their tenure at GH, I was sold. The show was on its last legs before they came on board. It is now the best hour of daytime TV. :beer: Log in to Reply SoapGod October 30, 2012 Yoryla, Jamie’s right. You’ve had a chip on your shoulder about Y&R ever since they announced they fired Genie Francis. Y&R’s not perfect, but I think most of us long-time viewers can agree this week started to resemble the old show. If it’s not your cup of tea, then fine, you’re free to your opinion. But you haven’t offered a true critique of the show other than “Those bastards got rid of Genie!” One person does not make a show, especially when she plays a character that has not and never will be central to the show. And congrats to Ron and Frank! I hope the audience continues to grow! Log in to Reply Yoryla October 30, 2012 “To be fair to JFP and Josh,…” UGH. Exactly, more propping and propping. It’s so funny how some people can just screw up in a zillion different ways but still somehow get a pass. Wonderful for GH! I totally see why the ratings are up, they deserve it. GH is must see TV for me these days. The cast is the best one in the business. Not only are the individual actors stellar – they work as an ensemble. Log in to Reply Yoryla October 30, 2012 [quote=SoapGod]Yoryla, Jamie’s right. You’ve had a chip on your shoulder about Y&R ever since they announced they fired Genie Francis. Y&R’s not perfect, but I think most of us long-time viewers can agree this week started to resemble the old show. If it’s not your cup of tea, then fine, you’re free to your opinion. But you haven’t offered a true critique of the show other than “Those bastards got rid of Genie!” One person does not make a show, especially when she plays a character that has not and never will be central to the show. [/quote] For the record – the GF firing is not the *only* reason I don’t like Y&R anymore. In fact, I’m glad she’s out of there, because Y&R don’t deserve to have her anymore! Had GF stayed, she would have been the underdog of the whole town in storylines and have totally un-worthy material presented to her. I can see it clearly from these last days she has been on. The “chip” on my shoulder is my total lack of interest in the show anymore. It’s everything, the lighting, the new music, the storylines, who is front-and-center – it’s everything. But whateva, thank God I have DAYS and GH to concentrate on. Log in to Reply ChristianDavis148 October 30, 2012 [quote=Jamey Giddens]“To be fair to JFP and Josh,…” UGH. Exactly, more propping and propping.It’s so funny how some people can just screw up in a zillion different ways but still somehow get a pass.***Oh yeah, “more propping and propping” and passes…about their first week of air shows. We called Maria Auntie Ri Ri for a freaking year. We aren’t gonna crap on a new regime that just took over a disaster simply because you’re ticked they fired Genie Francis.[/quote] PREACH IT JAMEY! Gads, people need to give JFP and JG time to hit their groove. They really did have to come in and clean up the pile of horse manure that MAB left on their desks (sorry for the ugly image, but let’s call it for what it was, horse manure). To say the least, this show has vastly improved in the very short few weeks that JFP and JG’s material has been on the air. I’m THOROUGHLY enjoying Y&R again. I could care less for those that worship the ground that Genie Francis walks on. She NEVER should have been cast on Y&R in the first place. That was a HUGE blunder and I’m glad that Jill and Josh have fixed that. Log in to Reply Yoryla October 30, 2012 To all y’all! Don’t try to spin this on about Genie Francis. The show is B-A-D!!! IT SUCKS!! That’s just the way it is. SoapGod, you wanted critique, fine I’ll give it you. Phyllis gets OFF and they spin it around so Christine is the victim?! Umm, I’m sorry – WRONG. Fans have been waiting for YEARS for Phyllis to pay for that crime, and finally it might happen, and then they SCRAP it. No, it is not a good explanation to say “at least the sl’s over”. It was all in VAIN, and she could have very well gotten community service, a la Victor in 2003! Christine is a VET and a law-abiding citizen, she doesn’t just earn to get spat on! Why out of all people is CHELSEA the “MAB newbie” that gets to stay?! SHE is not all that. I am NOT interested in any Sharon/Adam/Chelsea triangle. I don’t wanna see a Dallas-esque Y&R. I wanna see a Y&R-esque Y&R. If I wanted to see Dallas, I would go see Dallas. I don’t NEED to see two brothers fighting against each other on the forefront all the time, which is obviously what they have planned for Adam & Nick. I don’t wanna see Adam front-and-center all the time. I do NOT wanna see Jack & Phyllis back together. That was okay 10 years ago, but that ship has passed by a MILE. I do not want to see Jack act like an arrogant, pompous, greedy, STUPID man, when he is NOT supposed to be those things. He has always been the more kind-hearted one as opposed to Victor, the one who just wanted to give Jabot back to his father. Jack was always the one I rooted for. Now they are painting JACK as the villain, to what? – make Victor look better? I do NOT want to see Tucker & Jill become romantic. That is disgusting. They should have a brother-sister type of dynamic. I am NOT interested in seeing a love triangle where Lily finally ends up with an AA male and people are all happy-happy joy-joy over it. It should NOT matter. I am NOT interested in seeing Noah play this architype macho he-man who is the ladies man and everything goes smoothly for him and all the while the “weaker” male teen Fen, gets bullied and will probably end up being gay, because the character is more “befitting” to that role than Noah. Ugh the very idea of that is so INSULTING. I am not interested in seeing Summer being another mini-Phyllis, who does whatever the hell she wants and suffers no consequences for it. AND in the end of day she will still be rich and have all the guys buzzing around her. No thank you. And finally, why haven’t they STILL fired any men??? It tells me it is a total cigar club behind the stage, and the thought of that is NAUSEATING. And all this REEKS of Jill Farren Phelps and the way she ran GH. It was all about the MEN. Thanks. Log in to Reply ChrisGa October 31, 2012 Totally with Jamey regarding Avery. I’ve always thought Jessica Collins was a great actress and from the added characterization, not to mention her very own set and the renewed interest in Nick, it looks as though JFP/JG are positioning her at the forefront as one of the new regime’s lead heroines rather than the show’s go-to-attorney/thorn-in-her-sister’s-side. If that’s the case, I’m totally onboard; after five years of trying to shove Phyllis-as-heroine down our throats and then systematically destroying Sharon it’s time for some new blood to emerge and Avery could be just the ticket. Speaking of Sharon, I am glad to see that situation being addressed as that character was ruined more than any other under MAB’s tenure; it’s obvious she’s headed for a breakdown or brain tumor and I’m all for it if it gets her back to where she was before being shredded to tatters by Maria Arena Hell. And as a total aside, thanks again for another pic featuring the always-hot Frank Valentini; talk about someone who needs to be in front of and not behind camera….. Log in to Reply Everett October 31, 2012 I could not agree more SoapArmageddon. Log in to Reply EricasEvilTwin October 31, 2012 Jamey heard you gave credit where credit is due and had to come over and take a peak. The writing has been great and it has pretty much given the entire cast a chance to shine. I thoroughly agree that a solidly written story where a baby is returned and a supercouple reunites despite the efforts of a deliciously malevolent villain is bound to be ratings gold. I appreciate you noting that even though you ship a different pairing. I hope ratings keep going up between now that AJ is back, the Qs are being rebuilt and Robert is headed home (hopefully to reclaim his true love from that smarmy duke.) Log in to Reply SoapGirl October 31, 2012 I think it is vile and disgusting to put Nick and Avery together. So what are we to take from this; all along Nick has been eyeing his sister-in-law? The thought of these two together makes me wanna puke. And what makes it even worse is Noah and Summer and the rest of the town will think nothing of it. Its only Sharon who has the wear the scarlet letter. Log in to Reply acela November 1, 2012 Loving Y&R, noticing changes for the better already. The reason for the drop in the CBS soaps was in the past 2 weeks, Jamie didn’t cover, they had large spikes of viewers. One more thing before I close: Yoryla, as I’ve posted to you before, just STOP watching if you are so unhappy with the Y&R> Log in to Reply stoney07 November 1, 2012 Still don’t like GH But I’ve been enjoying Y&R and B&B. I’m not sold on DAYS right now either. But anyway, the ratings could be a lot worse, so I won’t complain. I hope Y&R and B&B both rise though. Not really worried about B&B, because I know the ratings will rise for Susan Flannery’s exit….I’m more concerned about what will happen AFTER that Log in to Reply Yoryla November 1, 2012 [quote=acela]One more thing before I close: Yoryla, as I’ve posted to you before, just STOP watching if you are so unhappy with the Y&R[/quote] Really – I can do that?! Why thank you for your concern, how very thoughtful of you. Believe me, I have stopped. I usually don’t even pay notice to the threads concerning it anymore, but obviously made this one mistake of responding to this one. 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