The ratings are out for the week of October 15th-19th and it was fantastic week for General Hospital! In total viewers for the week, the lone ABC soap had its highest total since late February 2011 with 2,781,000, and that is an increase of 464,000 from this time the previous year! Translated that means: GH soared to an 18 month high and is up an impressive 83% year to year in the demo. GH’s rating share for total households was a 2.1/7, and that is also the series highest total for the series since the week of March 21st 2011!
But the good news does not stop here! GH was the soap that added the most viewers in the key female 18-49 demo for the week. In addition, it was number one in the key demo of women 18-34, coupled with its highest rating share in that demo since the week of April 11, 2011! All of these numbers are the highest performing ratings under executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati’s regime at General Hospital!
Daytime fans were thus defintely tuning into to see GH’s Sam being reunited with her baby, while Tea found out hers actually died. Duke spinning his machinations on Anna, as Jason, Sam, and baby Daniel all went home together as a family. Meanwhile, Lulu learned some devastating news, and then there was the big moment … when Jason was shot at the end of the Friday cliffhanger! Folks were watching to see how Steve Burton (Jason) would be written off the show!
The only other soap to gain viewers was Days of our Lives which gained +112,000 viewers who were checking in to Salem to see the return of Kristen Blake DiMera played by Eileen Davidson after 14 years away from the show. DAYS ended the ratings period with 2,478,000 total viewers.
The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful did not have a good week! Y&R lost -147,000 viewers while B&B lost the most for the ratings period with -203,000. But with all that said, the two CBS soaps are still number one and number two, respectively. However, keep an eye on GH! If things continue on this upswing, they could give B&B a run for their money for the number two slot! You can check out the entire ratings period picture here courtesy of Soap Opera Network!
So soapers, what do you think of GH’s stellar week? What Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have done to revitalize the soap? Then, it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback for the week! What would you do to improve ratings to your favorite soaps? What would you capitalize on to keep your ratings numbers increasing? What changes would you make to the storylines, if you think some aren’t working? Let us know!