The ratings are out for the week of May 7-May 11th and there is good and consistent upward direction for General Hospital right now as it continues to add viewers each week and lands at # 1 in the ratings for the key female 18-34 demo! GH also added another +34,000 in total viewers for the ratings period. It also held steady for the other key female demo of 18-49 while gaining viewers there too.
It would appear that those soap opera chefs, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati are being able to bring their know-how and formula of success that made One Life to Live so cherished (Although clearly, the network did not cherish it!) to Port Charles. While no comparison should be made to OLTL and GH as they are polar opposite shows, it would be a great thing for the genre if GH can stay on the map past its 50th birthday next year, and Valentini and Carlivati are the guys that could do it, if continued to be given the chance by the ABC network.
Days of our Lives which took a hit the last ratings period, actually gained the most viewers for the week adding another + 103,000. In reality, only 8,000 viewers separated GH and DAYS, but if both shows could continue to show gains, that would also help DAYS’ cause as it has been constantly trying to find the right success formula to stay on the air. Will they be able to do it in time before their renewal is up?
Over at CBS, The Young and the Restless remained at number one and also garnered an additional +26,000 and increased their lead over second place, The Bold and the Beautiful who unfortunately was the only show to lose viewers, at a time when B&B has been gaining viewers over the last few weeks. Of note: Y&R and DAYS also gained viewers in the 18-49 demo. You can view the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here.
So we ask you our soapers again, as you watch the current storylines unfold on the four soaps, what do you think needs to be fixed, adjusted, or stamped out, in order for you to want to tune-in everyday? Let us know your thoughts!