General Hospital has a lot to celebrate this week and the lone ABC soap opera continues to be on FIYAH! According to ABC, in the latest ratings for the week of October 7-11th, it finally has happened! GH beat The Young and the Restless as the top rated show in the key female demo of 18-49 for the very first time in 2 and a half years! And that is not all, they continued to be at#1 for the 8th straight week in the women 18-34 target demo, and are oh-so-close to make it a trifecta, trailing by just 7% behind Y&R in the women 25-54 demo!
Here are the numbers from ABC’s press release via Nielsen ratings: “For the first time in over two-and-a-half years, General Hospital ranked as the #1 program in daytime in Women 18-49 (735,000/1.1 rating) – since week of 2/21/11 – placed #1 for the 8th straight week in Women 18-34 (285,000/0.8 rating) and came with 7% of The Young in the Restless for #1 in Women 25-54 (938,000/1.5 rating), closest competitive finish in over two years its – since week of 8/15/11.
Impressively, this week stood as the series’ most-watched week in over 3 years in Women 18-34 and in over 2 years in Women 18-49 – since weeks of 9/27/10 and 9/26/11, respectively. General Hospital surged by 40% in Women 18-34 (285,000 vs. 203,000), by 17% in Women 18-49 (735,000 vs. 629,000) and by 12% in Women 25-54 (938,000 vs. 840,000).”
So what do you think of General Hospital’s stellar performance and overtaking the long seated Y&R in the key women 18-49 and for the 8th week in a row of women 18-34 demos? Has GH rocked it over the last several weeks, or what? Looks like Kimberly McCullough’s return as Robin and the story it brings with is ratings gold! Weigh-in!