General Hospital Nets Double-Digit Ratings Spike Week of 50th Anniversary





It's good ratings news all around for soaps! General Hospital scored double-digit, year-to-year increases in all key demos, as the soap kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration.

According to an ABC press release, GH delivered its most-watched week among women 25-54 in a year and a half. The sudser ranked No. 2 in the coveted demo. The iconic daytime drama also hit a six-week high in total viewers, with 2.79 million tuning in to see Luke (Anthony Geary), Laura (Genie Francis), Frisco (Jack Wagner), Felicia (Kristina Wagner), Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) and the rest of Port Charles' golden (anniversarry) oldies and fresh-faced, singin' and dancin' newbies.

GH hit a five-week high among women 18-49 and boasted double-digit percent increases year-to-year across all key demos, including +25 percent in total viewers (2.79 million vs. 2.24 million), +23 percent in W18-49 and +27 percent in W25-54.

The episode that officially kicked off the Nurses Ball was GH's most-watched telecast in six weeks among W18-49. Someone should send Richard Simmons a gift basket, filled with Magic Milo's (Drew Cheetwood) sweaty boxer briefs.   

11 Responses

  1. Avatar of ANGELWENDY15
    ANGELWENDY15

    YES!!! GH has been the most enjoyable soap to watch in the last 2 weeks and the Nurses Ball was so much fun! Yes, it’s not perfect, sometimes over-the-top, but I haven’t enjoyed watching the show this much in a long, long time. A big thanks must go to Frank V and Ron C who obviously seems as passionate about the show as it’s viewers.

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    Ryan-Scott

    Outstanding. Congrats to everyone at GH.

    All of you know damn well if the previous regime had been in charge at the time of this 50th anniversary it would have been some umbrella catastrophe storyline with no returned vets and a montage reel at the end of the show.
    I like what Ron and Frank did much better.

  3. Avatar of FoxyMegan
    FoxyMegan

    [quote=ANGELWENDY15]YES!!! GH has been the most enjoyable soap to watch in the last 2 weeks and the Nurses Ball was so much fun! Yes, it’s not perfect, sometimes over-the-top, but I haven’t enjoyed watching the show this much in a long, long time. A big thanks must go to Frank V and Ron C who obviously seems as passionate about the show as it’s viewers.[/quote]

    Hear, hear! I totally agree.

  4. Avatar of svexsal
    svexsal

    This was all brilliant.
    And I thought Richard Simmons totally redeemed himself in the second act. The tongue in cheek “Richard Simmons just came out of the closet” was great.

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    1titanman

    Ron & Frank did it again! They made OLTL a hit, and followed suite again with GH. I remember watching GH every now and then in the 90s, and it has been soooo good! Congrats! Take that ABC!

  6. Avatar of Jeff
    Jeff

    At Ryan-Scott,

    You got that right. Don’t forget to celebrate the 50th, JFP would have killed off a beloved vet that she didn’t care for, maybe Monica or Mac?

    So happy GH is in the hands of two men who want the show to succeed and care about its rich history and amazing characters past and present.

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