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25 September 12th, 2013 General Hospital Scores Two Year High In Key Female Demos with Baby Fever! Headed Towards Strongest Season Totals in 5 Years!

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The Britch strikes again! But in an oh- so awesome way for fans of ABC’s General Hospital!

During the week of September 2nd-6th, General Hospital struck ratings gold with ‘baby fever’  in their key storylines for 2-year highs based on the live plus same day data from Nielsen for the ratings period!  According to TV Media Insights, “General Hospital rose to two-year highs in the key women 18-49 demo (734,000) and women 25-54 (967,000), with a 10-month high in women 18-34 (274,000) and a five-month high in total viewers (2.75 million).”

According to ABC, last Thursday’s telecast, featuring the imminent birth of Britt’s baby, stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in nearly over 2 years in Women 18-49 (845,000) and Women 25-54 (1.06 million) and in nearly 8 months in Women 18-34 (342,000).

With only a couple weeks remaining in the 2012/13 season, General Hospital is pacing for its strongest season in 5 years in Total Viewers (2.97 million), generating the biggest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama (+14% – vs. 2.61 million), and is also up the most season to season in Women 18-34 (+36% – 253,000 vs. 186,000) and Women 18-49 (+7% – 770,000 vs. 719,000).

So what do you think of GH’s strong ratings showing last week in the key female demos? What do you think about it being on pace to be its strongest season in five years?  Great way to finish out its 50th anniversary season? What has been your favorite part of all the baby drama surrounding the birth of Britt’s baby and Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) baby? Comment below!

 

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  1. MLee says:

    The Brittch didn’t go into labor until the very end of Friday’s show Sept 6th so I am not sure how the birth of her baby had anything to do with the increase. The Thursday Sept 5th eatured the two court proceedings with Franco and AJ and the Brittch scenes were Sabrina calling her out on her lies to Patrick about the paternity of the baby. The actual labor and birth happened the following week which is the week of Sept 9th.

    I have really enjoyed the Maxie/Lante baby story though and if a baby had a responsibility for the ratings for the week it would probably be theirs since it was featured a lot that week

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  2. su0000 says:

    wow
    ” Total Viewers (2.97 million), generating the biggest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama”

    BRAVO !! FV & RC !! and to ALL the cast of excellent Actors, Writers and Directors !!

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    SUSAN M. replied

    DITTO!

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  3. Chelsea says:

    Every day is great show! All I can say is yippee! It’s wonderful to see ratings for a soap opera doing so well.

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  4. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    General HOTpital is the best soap right now…i just wish they stop rushing patients to the tenth floor…Sabrina shouldve took Britts baby to the emergency room on the ground floor and not up to the tenth floor where nurse Felix instructed her to take the baby to even yet another floor…and Britt shouldve been there too!!!

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    Shay replied

    @jimh (litb)….You have to realize “Sappy’s” built-in, one-track “GPS” primarily directs her to wherever she most believes Patrick could be at any given moment….that is always first and foremost in her mind, locating her “object of obsession.” That’s why she directly went to Drake Jr.’s floor of operation…the fact that she had a gravely ill newborn on her person was only of secondary import compared to finding her “loverboy!” LOL….

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  5. brian says:

    Just wait.. with the rating getting so much higher…. ABC will be cancelling it soon just like they did to OLTL….

    ( hopefully, I am joking….)

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    Robet replied

    Debbie Downer, no ABC will not be cancelling GH!

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    SUSAN M. replied

    ABC will not be cancelling GH any time soon! We have to have a positive not negative out look. GH IS ROCKIN HOT!!! I can’t wait to see more. I enjoy that much…. That’s entertainment!

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  6. RichCD says:

    I actually look forward to watching GH again – and had stopped completely during the Guza character assassination years.

    Glad to see I am not alone.

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  7. missellie says:

    The less I see of Freaky Franco and Kiki the better….they have been on screen a little less….my viewership therefore, has gone up. Could others feel the same way?

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    Elizabeth replied

    I certainly do. I never watch anything with Franco because the storyline is so offensive. I turn to something else.

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  8. Iakovos says:

    This is good news for GH, of course, and its fans. And it shows the anniversary excitement continues. But tghis is good news for all daytime dramas. Those who claimed death of the soap opera in recent years are being proven wrong. Good writing, surprises, suspense, and attention to history and connection to everyday, coupled with top performances will keep us tuning in tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

    Sadly, I wish I could be celebrating in Oakdale and Springfield and Bay City, too!

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  9. Ghlover says:

    That a boy!!!’ Goog work Gh!!! Yayyyy

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  10. Paul says:

    Congrats to everyone at GH! You all do such great work and you really deserve the success. Looking forward to the fall stories (Robin’s return, etc.).

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  11. Jeff says:

    Way to go GH; by far the best soap at this time!!!

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  12. Lawrence says:

    Go gh! Robins return will increase ratings more

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  13. heidi says:

    Great news!!! Itshould keep on building with all the comebacks… Robin and Robert!!!

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  14. margaret says:

    The Damian/Maxie baby story line was riveting. However I was deeply disappointed with the current (hopefully not final) solution that Dante & Lulu kept the baby. This selflessness on Maxie and Spinelli part might be a bit more convincing if Lulu and Dante did not talk down to both Damian and Maxie quite frequently. There were a few points when they treated Maxie like public enemy #1 that I was just darn irritated with the direction of the events. Irritated enough not to watch until I read that Maxie and Damian get their baby.

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    Kat replied

    Lulu’s lack of compassion for Maxie’s feelings was typical of her character – spoiled, selfish brat. I, for one, can’t wait for baby “Georgie” (NOT “Connie”) to be reunited with Maxie and for Spinelli to have the child he pines for.

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  15. Patricio says:

    The writing and producing team that made “One Liffe to Live” so great, Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati are the reason for the ratings gains. . They can tell a story that respects the show’s history which is key to holding onto long time viewers. I mean writing the initials in blood on the floor next to Connie/Kate – who remembers that exact thing happening to poor beloved Diana Taylor to frame Annie back in the late ’70s?

    Good stuff Ron! Also thanks for th scenes with Leslie Webber! I mean she WAS the center of that show when it skyrocketed into History.

    When you bring back those glory days both in references and hidden winks, they are deeply appreciated.

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    Elizabeth replied

    When I read posts like this I can only conclude that they’re a plant from a studio employee.

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    Patricio replied

    Hi Elizabeth-

    I assure you I am no “plant” but a long time soap viewer. I read your comment and I assume you are not a true soap lover….too bad ! It’s a lot of fun!

  16. Matthew says:

    Congratulations GH! I’m 32 years old and have been watching the show for 32 years (thanks mom!). So even though I can’t remember anything before spotty bits of the early days of Frisco and Felicia, I’ve always loved spending time in Port Charles regardless of the ratings highs and lows. Always good to hear that the show is thriving. I hope it lasts another 50 years!

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  17. lucy says:

    A certain couple was on 70% of the episodes and had the most airtime, Jasam, is gone. That’s the biggest change in the last year. Those airtime guzzlers couldn’t get higher ratings on their wedding and only posted good numbers on the overall characters departure. They also got the lowest ratings in the shows history, while having the most airtime. To not heavily attribute this to a certain character’s departure would be wrong, bacteria gone.

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