January 7 General Hospital Episode Most-Watched in Six Years



General Hospital continues to score with fans. The January 7 episode pulled in 3.55 million total viewers, making it the most-watched episode since November 12, 2007.

 The ABC soap was the No. 1 show among women 18-34. Among women 18-49 and 24-54, GH hit No. 2 for the week of Jan. 6.
 

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  1. Profile photo of MatildaR
    MatildaR

    We’ll have to see if that holds. Everything in daytime was up that day. On ABC the CHEW and the VIEW it highs as well and had more total viewers than GH.

    Credit a good amount of that to the Polar Vortex. Tuesday Jan 7, was the coldest Jan 7 recorded ever. Record lows in big media markets like NY,Boston,Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC. Also, notice the ABC Press release points to that one day Jan 7th only.

    I just don’t believe the show is headed in that direction with the ratings. They had a good two weeks largely helped by more people being home over New Year’s and then record freezing temperatures. They had a bad couple of weeks prior because of how badly they handled Robin’s return, turning it into the Sabrina Drama hour. And now the show just feels like a cartoon with this Franco/Heather stuff. Who knows. Maybe this cartoonish stuff does appeal to youngsters who live in a 140 character, let’s not think to0 much world, but I get the feeling that a lot of adults and long time viewers are getting pretty fed up and ABC still needs those demos as well.

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    Yoryla

    Those numbers are amazing! Awesome news for GH, BIG congratulations!

    Although it *is* clear that the weather was the reason for the ratings high, since every soap was up and Monday and Tuesday were the most watched days in all the soaps. So this doesn’t really mean anything. The following week’s ratings have to be seen first before draving any conclusions.

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    MatildaR

    For the week of Jan 6-Jan 10, GH actually lost viewers from the previous week, almost 50,000 of them.

    The show lost 449,000 viewers from the Jan 7 high of 3,553,000 dropping to 3,104,000 on Wednesday Jan 8 and further dropping to 3,090,000 on Thursday Jan 9th.

    I guess all the people trapped in their houses on Jan 7th didn’t rush to HULU the next day to see what happened to Franco and Carly or whatever that Silas guy is up to. Or maybe they thought they were watching One Life To Live and couldn’t find it.

    Watch what happens to the ratings when they show Sean Kanan the door and destroy a popular legacy character.

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    doubleageorge

    I guess I missed the part of this article where the question was asked as to what contributed to the surge? I thought the point was to celebrate that so many eyeballs watched GH (regardless of the reason)

    Any victory for GH is beneficial to daytime soaps as a whole. When did people become so bitter as to resorting to tearing down what should be a momentous article.

    True GH fans (IMO) you are not.

    PS- I’ll take this opportunity to point out that Liz still doesn’t have a story line, AJ can’t leave because we mustn’t ever lose another Q, and Sabrina being pregnant is literally the worst disaster since the Challenger! So Boo on these high ratings because all of the above will most def lead to GH’s downfall *eyeroll*

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    GHFan777

    Personally MatildaR…I agree with many of the points in your post concerning the polar vortex and holidays. In fact I have read online here on other sites how the weather and holidays were credited with improving ALL of the soaps ratings. …..As for you LongLivePortChuck, it is not nice to attack someone on a personal level over their opinion. Calling someone a miserable creature is extremely immature….and certainly NOT nice.

    I am very happy that the ratings are up across the board for all the soaps. This is a good sign for their life expectancy….however I also agree with Matilda that the writing, pacing and story lines have been lacking the last few weeks on GH. That too is normal…soaps have their highs and lows all the time.

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    MatildaR

    @LongLivePortChuck, I think I’m just used to GH being a quality show and had high hopes that Ron and Frank would come in and restore it with some class and respect to the show’s history and fans.

    Instead we have a clear agenda to prop their friends like Roger Howarth with story lines that are just not working, regardless of what people think the ratings show. The ceiling seems to be about 3 million viewers and a lot of that can be attributed to a lot of fans returning to the promise of the return of beloved veteran characters.

    Except at this point, we know that it was just a bait and switch with the vets pushed to the background and their friends and creations pushed front and center. With the GH brand and all the history that is attached to it, they have the potential to do much better than 3 million, but not if they continue along this path.

    And what is really the point of doing cartwheels over a highly rated day when there is an underlying reason that is not about the work product? It’s not a victory for soaps. Advertisers don’t look at manufactured ABC press releases, they look at trends and understand the underlying factors.They know it was freezing on Jan 7th. They won’t be purchasing more time or paying higher ad costs because of it. To sit and applaud is delusional even if I’m miserable.

    Unless Ron and Frank found the Cassadine weather machine in the prop room, they’ll need to up their game to really up the ratings.

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    GHFan777

    I guess we have two posters that reside in the Romper Room around here. Nasty people who attack others are usually unhappy with themselves. I will try and keep that in mind.

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    J Bernard Jones

    Whether it was the Polar Vortex or the Polar Express, those are still impressive numbers for both GH and the rest of the broadcast network programs that benefitted. Let’s keep in mind that a lot of those people who were home and/or stranded due to weather related conditions 1) very likely had many other entertainment options from which to choose, 2) other at home activities they could have been doing during those broadcast hours and/or 3) that a great many people did not have power at all in large swaths of the country, meaning that the numbers could have been more depressed than they were.

    Trying to throw cold water (see what I did there?) on the notion that the weather contributed to the upswing in the ratings for GH and other daytime shows during this period as if it is some kind of negative does not take away the fact that many, many viewers made the choice to view these shows when other alternatives were available for those who were able to utilize them.

    Maybe this cartoonish stuff does appeal to youngsters who live in a 140 character, let’s not think to0 much world, but I get the feeling that a lot of adults and long time viewers are getting pretty fed up and ABC still needs those demos as well.

    With GH showing year-over-year upswings and highs in overall households, 18-34 women and 24-54 women on a consistent basis, let’s see how this hypothesis holds up.

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    GHFan777

    J Bernard, now that is exactly how to voice your opinion when it differs from another. You did so eloquently, and summed up your thoughts concisely. I enjoyed reading your post, whether I agreed with it or not…My point….you didn’t attack one person, or call them a name at any time while giving it. :-)

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    J Bernard Jones

    now that is exactly how to voice your opinion when it differs from another. You did so eloquently, and summed up your thoughts concisely. I enjoyed reading your post, whether I agreed with it or not…My point….you didn’t attack one person, or call them a name at any time while giving it.

    Thanks..I think….but I never attack anyone or call them a name when initially responding to a post. There are some who take exception with my “tone,” no matter what I say or how I say it, and they take upon themselves to “shade” me, LOL. Interestingly enough, what I said above is exactly how I respond all the time. It’s only AFTER I’m — for lack of a better word — “attacked” that I respond in kind.

    Great news, but I also wonder how the new ABC viewing policy will affect ratings. You either wait a week, or watch it live.

    It won’t affect same day ratings and, my suspicion is that it won’t affect the overall ratings at all. Keep in mind that ABC’s new sign-in with your participating cable provider policy affects all of its shows; it also happens to be a growing standard that has been around for quite some time (for example, watching CNN or any of the TBS networks via their mobile apps.) Since most people watching online likely already have cable or satellite providers, don’t expect those numbers to dip much since all once has to do is sign in.

    I just sign in with my Verizon FIOS username/password and watch same day, as always.

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    Puertoricanlips

    The ratings may be good, but the show storyline wise SUCKS. I have tuned out and occasionally I will watch and just shake my head in BOREDOM. So good luck to GH, but this viewer is DONE with your show no matter who comes on or what characters I like the show is just not for me anymore.

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    J Bernard Jones

    Instead we have a clear agenda to prop their friends like Roger Howarth with story lines that are just not working, regardless of what people think the ratings show.

    What do people “think” the ratings show, other than…

    The ceiling seems to be about 3 million viewers…

    As opposed to…?

    ..and a lot of that can be attributed to a lot of fans returning to the promise of the return of beloved veteran characters.

    This is based on what evidence other than anecdotal supposition?

    Except at this point, we know that it was just a bait and switch with the vets pushed to the background and their friends and creations pushed front and center.

    This statement is not supported by facts. The show continues to feature a high number of veterans most of whom are recurring, but are nonetheless involved in main story and in some cases with their own. Many of the veterans who returned for the 50th anniversary were only short term due to budget, availability and/or interest. To say that vets, as a general rule, have been pushed into the background — especially if we compare them to past GH regimes — is flat out wrong.

    With the GH brand and all the history that is attached to it, they have the potential to do much better than 3 million, but not if they continue along this path.

    With year to year growth since Carlivati & Valentini came on board in overall viewers and more recently demos, this is perhaps not the best claim to make.

    And what is really the point of doing cartwheels over a highly rated day when there is an underlying reason that is not about the work product? It’s not a victory for soaps.

    It might not be a victory for “soaps,” but it’s certainly a victory for GH. In a world where every network celebrates the slightest uptick in veiwership form every conceiveable angle, why shouldn’t GH and its fans?

    Advertisers don’t look at manufactured ABC press releases, they look at trends and understand the underlying factors.

    So ABC was lying? The advertisers wouldn’t be able to figure out if they were?

    They know it was freezing on Jan 7th. They won’t be purchasing more time or paying higher ad costs because of it. To sit and applaud is delusional even if I’m miserable.

    Advertisers do look at hard numbers and underlying factors, correct. And, as has been pointed out, the main thing they will take into consideration is that when people had other options, they chose to watch GH instead of watching or doing something else.

    Unless Ron and Frank found the Cassadine weather machine in the prop room, they’ll need to up their game to really up the ratings.

    Year over year gains in households AND demos don’t count? Really. SMH

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    MatildaR

    @J Bernard Jones,use terms like year to year growth and demos all you want, but like all numeric samplings, there are additional factors that have to be taken into account in order to determine the stability of those numbers and what they are predictors of; whether you are predicting voters in an election or if you are trying to determine if television ratings for a specific show have the fundamentals to sustain a pattern of growth. My point was whether the numbers were firm and if I thought a pattern of growth would continue if the current regime continues with the same model.

    A second point is that when you hit a 6 year high do to external factors like weather for one day ,and subsequently lose close to half a million viewers the next day, that the spike is not based on the work product and is not a real measurement of success. Additional people watching your show because they are trapped and freezing is not cause for a victory lap and is not a precursor for future growth. Given the millions of people stranded at home on Jan 7 and the relatively very small number of those people who tuned into GH, your comment “that when people had other options, they chose to watch GH instead of watching or doing something else” is spin worthy of an ABC press release. LOL

    Your comment that the show continues to feature a high number of veteran characters involved in main story lines misses the point and your comment that many who returned only short term due to budget, availability and/or interest makes the point.

    Yes it is about budget, and many vets don’t have contracts because Howarth, Easton, Alderson, West Devry etc do. These are choices that RON/Frank make. It’s that simple. Look what happened with Tristan Rogers.

    You miss the point because, yes vets are on some, but again, it’s bait and switch. Most are by no means at the center of the current main stories. The main stories are driven by Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, Maura West, William Devry and Teresa Castillo. Laura wright is a vehicle for Franco’s redemption, John Lindstrom is on only for Howarth to flail around in his office, and yes Maurice Bernard is on the other side of the mob war. The Robin return turned out to be about Sabrina and the show lost 250,000 viewers the following week after that became apparent. Liz is on only to prop Sabrina or have a conversation or two. Alexis is trotted out for the sporadic half baked, poorly written courtroom scenes and AJ has been on rarely and is now being shown the door. Yesterday, Tracy was looking for raccoons, a plot point in Franco’s story. If your satisfied with the way the vets are used than the RON/Frank model is working for you, but there are people who don’t like it.; people who are part of the current 3 million viewers who could very well start to tune out. And please stop the questions for the sake of questions like, based on what? There is a large enough sample of GH fans on sites like this one who voice their opinions. And if you think that is not a valid sampling, then your comments here have no value either.

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    Cornfed

    [quote=LongLivePortChuck]Wow MatildaR, you are one miserable creature.[/quote]

    Ummm PortChuck, i beg to differ. It’s a pretty common consensus that the first half of Jan creatively sucked donkey balls on GH. EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion, and if Matilda wants to come on and give further ratings numbers, she is free to do so!

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    Cornfed

    [quote=MatildaR]Yes it is about budget, and many vets don’t have contracts because Howarth, Easton, Alderson, West Devry etc do. These are choices that RON/Frank make. It’s that simple. Look what happened with Tristan Rogers. You miss the point because, yes vets are on some, but again, it’s bait and switch. Most are by no means at the center of the current main stories. The main stories are driven by Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, Maura West, William Devry and Teresa Castillo. Laura wright is a vehicle for Franco’s redemption, John Lindstrom is on only for Howarth to flail around in his office, and yes Maurice Bernard is on the other side of the mob war. The Robin return turned out to be about Sabrina and the show lost 250,000 viewers the following week after that became apparent. Liz is on only to prop Sabrina or have a conversation or two. Alexis is trotted out for the sporadic half baked, poorly written courtroom scenes and AJ has been on rarely and is now being shown the door. Yesterday, Tracy was looking for raccoons, a plot point in Franco’s story. If your satisfied with the way the vets are used than the RON/Frank model is working for you, but there are people who don’t like it.; people who are part of the current 3 million viewers who could very well start to tune out. And please stop the questions for the sake of questions like, based on what? There is a large enough sample of GH fans on sites like this one who voice their opinions. And if you think that is not a valid sampling, then your comments here have no value either.[/quote]

    I think i heard crickets from the JBJ camp!

    The Q’s were utilized heavily for a time for TWO — AND ONLY TWO — REASONS:

    1) A gimmicky relish story

    and

    2) Roger Howarth’s return as Franco, one of the biggest BUSTS of 2013. Enough said?

    I was content to have Silas and Sam be mere background music but now they’re creating this back story for he and Ava. YAWN. Like i said, i got thru 3 weeks of this show in 2 one hour train rides. It’s awful right now. I hope it can recover! Lynn Herring and Kin are doing their best with the 2 days a month they get to work…

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