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Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Up in Total Viewers, HH's, and W18-34!

General Hospital continues to prove worthy of ABC Daytime's renewed faith in the sudser. The 49-year-old serial spiked in the Nielsens the week of July 16-20. (Source: Soap Opera Network


GH went up 127,000 total viewers over the previous week. The ABC soap also inched up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34. Among W18-49, GH held steady over the previous week.

In story, Heather Webber's (Robin Mattson) reign of campy terror came to a close. The kooky villainess messed up by having the same forger who wrote Maggie's "suicide" note, pen goodbye letters to Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) and Anna (Finola Hughes) from Luke (Anthony Geary). Speaking of Lulu, her hubby, Dante (Dominick Zamprogna), continued to be jealous of her business partnership with Johnny (Brandon Barash).

Todd (Roger Howarth) was more nervous about Starr's (Kristen Alderson) premiere performance at the Haunted Star than his daughter was, once he found out it meant Blair (Kassie DePaiva) was coming for a visit. Luckily for Manning, his new BFF Carly (Laura Wright) was there to help. Kate (Kelly Sullivan) confronted Joe. Jr. (Richard Steinmetz) about the rape and subsequent baby and Trey (Erik Valdez) schemed with his old man to bring Sonny down.    

Classic GH characters Heather Webber and Anna Devane continued to be the top reasons to tune into GH the week in question. Mattson has injected this canvas, not with a mind-frying dose of LSD, but with a major jolt of energy. Meanwhile, cool-as-a-cucumber-sandwich Hughes has given the show back its heart and integrity, as principled, courageous lady cop Anna Devane.

Thank the Soap Gods, Lante's boring marriage is finally getting shaken up. Now that Lulu is mixing it up with other men, I say it's time Dante has some ego-gratifying revenge sex with another woman. Hey, that brunette cop has to serve some purpose! Still could take the Joe Jr. saga or leave it.

The Young and the Restless also went up one-tenth of a point among W18-34 the week of July 16. The sudser, which dipped a miniscule 13,000 among total viewers, held steady in households and among W18-49.

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Nick (Joshua Morrow) moved out of Phyllis' (Michelle Stafford) crib, after learning she tried to turn Paul (Doug Davidson) and Cricket (Lauralee Bell) into human roadkill almost two decades ago. Abby (Marcy Rylan) trimmed Victor's (Eric Braeden) mustache, by bringing her hunky, faux kidnapper/public sex partner Carmine (Marco Dapper) for a meeting at the ranch. Sharon (Sharon Case) kept changing the subject when Victor asked her to move in with him, prior to heading off to Kansas to try to stop Adam's (Michael Muhney) wedding to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). Then, at long last, Cricket was able to have Phyllis tossed in jail for her many crimes against The Bug.

As I said in my last column, Y&R has been getting better. I guess this proved too little, too late to Sony TV, who ousted showrunner Maria Arena Bell last week. Here's hoping Y&R's new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith love the Abby/Carmine and Adam/Chelsea pairings as much as I do. Although I would love to see Adam and Chelsea get their fangs back. They could be like a younger Keith and Gina from Santa Barbara, sexing and scheming all over the canvas.  

The Bold and the Beautiful went up 75,000 total viewers the week of July 16. The 30-minute sudser held steady in the demos over the previous week.

Hope Logan (Kimberly Matula) confronted her fickle, tool of a husband, Liam (Scott Clifton), after learning he'd been smooching Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) on their wedding day. Little did Hope know, Liam and Steffy did more than swap spit. Marcus (Texas Battle) mowed Anthony down like a stray blade of grass, while TEXTING and DRIVING. I write in all caps to denote how heavy-handed the message and dialogue was surrounding the PSA serving for a storyline.

After Marcus TEXT and DROVE, he tried to call Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd) to tell her about her pal being in the hospital, but Stephanie (Susan Flannery) wouldn't let him talk to her. You would have thought the idiot would have been a little more insistent.  Like, I dunno, "Stephanie, will you STFU and put Dayzee on the phone? I was TEXTING and DRIVING and almost killed her formerly-homeless daddy figure!"

Days of Our Lives went up a substantial 148,000 total viewers over the previous week. DAYS didn't budge in demos, however.

Ian (Ian Buchanan) continued to successfully frame EJ (James Scott) for Stefano's (Joe Mascolo) "murder". Elvis found staunch supporters in both Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Will (Chandler Massey), much to Lucas' (Bryan Dattilo) eternal chagrin. It must really suck to have your woman and your son in love with a man you hate! John (Drake Hogestyn) decided to go afte his DiMera birthright, which oddly caused Marlena (Deidre Hall) to giggle and carry on like someone was tickling her under the arms. Y'all know, I love when my Doc purrs, but those scenes were a bit silly. I was yelling at my TV, "Girl, why are you giggling like that?" Thankfully, she didn't answer me back.

Poor Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso) spent the week trying to help the young' uns find Melanie (Molly Burnett). Is this really one of my all-time favorite supercouple's last storylines? With Reckell leaving, tonight I DON'T celebrate this madness. See you next Ratings.