Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Hits Highest Numbers Since Cartini Took Over!
You've been asking for it, well now Ratings, Rants and Raves is back! I took a break because the ratings had become so depressing across the board for our final four daytime sudsers. That certainly isn't the case anymore, thanks to ABC Daytime's comeback kid General Hospital. (Source: Soap Opera Network)
The week of Oct. 15-19, GH was watched by almost 2.8 million viewers. That was the soap's highest viewer totals since Feb. 28–March 4, 2011. It was also the highest total viewers to tune in since Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over.
GH was up by 110,000; 464,000 year-to-date. In households, GH increased one-tenth of a point, and was up an impressive three-tenths of a point year-to-date. This was the soap's highest household demo since March 21-25, 2011, and also the highest since Cartini started working their magic.
Among women 18-49, GH was up one-tenth of a point, and two tenths year-to-date, giving Cartini their highest numbers to date in this coveted demo as well.
GH was the No. 1 soap among W18-34 the week in question, going up two-tenths of a ratings point, and a whopping four-tenths year-to-date. This type of ratings growth is unheard of during these trying times for soaps. Well, almost unheard of. Cartini achieved a similar feat at One Life to Live. The big difference is ABC finally has a Daytime chief who actually wants to see a soap these guys are running succeed.
In story, JaSam (Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco) confronted a maniacal Heather Webber (Robin Mattson), who had their baby on the roof of Port Charles General Hospital. Llanview Pennsylvania's Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano) learned the baby she had been raising as Victor Lord III wasn't her son. Lante (Julie Marie Berman and Dominic Zompragna) learned Lulu was incapable of carrying a child to term. Betty Suarez told Daniel Mead that Robin (Kimberly McCullough) might be alive and in the end, Sam and Jason got their brat back. Oh and there was plenty of "Duke" (Ian Buchanan) menacing about.
You can never go wrong in the Nielsens by returning a kidnapped tyke to his parents. Hello, All My Children's Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Miranda? Throw in the deliciously-malevolent Heather Webber and a popular couple reuniting and it was a recipe for success. Okay, so JaSam isn't popular with me, but they are with a good portion of the audience. I guess we Liason-shippers will always have our fan fic!