Ratings, Rants and Raves: GH Spikes Before Christmas; DAYS Ties Dangerous Lows Among W18-49
Twas the week before Christmas, and all throughout the set of General Hospital, visions of impressive demos and continuing well past the soap's 50th anniversary were dancing through everyone's head! GH was the only soap to see positive gains the week of Dec. 17–21. (Source: Soap Opera Network)
The ABC sudser went up 143,000 total viewers, and was up year-to-date by 472,000. In households GH held steady at No. 3 with a 2.0. However, it was up three-tenths of a point in that demo year-to-date. Among women 18-49, GH was up one-tenth of a point over the previous week (+ two-tenths of a point year-to-date). GH was only separated from The Young and the Restless by one-tenth of a point in this demo. The Mouse House's last (daytime) soap standing was No. 1 among W18-34, up one-tenth of a point over the previous week, and a whopping four-tenths of a point over this time last year.
Anna (Finola Hughes) and the real Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) discovered Robert (Tristan Rogers) writhing on the floor, unable to communicate clearly following his run-in with Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle. The fabulous Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) made her way home to Port Charles, with Quartermaines and the Nurses' Ball on the brain. Maxie's (Kirsten Storms) last minute jitters about carrying Lante's (Julie Marie Berman and Dominic Zamprogna) baby were pretty much occuring parallel to Olivia's (Lisa LoCicero) visions of Dante and Lulu ending up the parents of a dog. Both AJ (Sean Kanan) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) wanting to spend Christmas Eve with their son. Too bad, so sad. Michael (Chad Duell) celebrated the night before the Virgin Birth by banging teen mom Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson).
Lynn Herring hasn't lost any of Lucy Coe's trademark pizzazz. Whether gushing with Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Lucy's heir-in-fabulosity, Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel), or tangling with the Q's, Herring doesn't have to put a deposit down on her scenes, because she owns them outright!
I love all the twists and turns in the "Where In The World is Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake?" storyline. Just when we thought Robert was about to save his daughter, he was thwarted. Now lil Robin is in the clutches of Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche), allowing Kimberly McCullough to keep working on becoming the next Nora Ephron or Kathryn Bigelow, while popping up on GH from time to time.
Maxie and Lante's surrogacy farce is growing on me, although Dante and Lulu are the least interesting players in their own storyline. Thank the Soap Gods for Olivia's crazy ass. It's also nice to see Maxie wearing BJ's heart of her designer sleeves re: Spinelli (Bradford Anderson).
I didn't know how much I was wanting a My Two Dads reboot until Cartini gave me one. Granted, Michael is no Nicole Bradford (Staci Keanan), but it's fun to watch Sonny actually have to fight for his previously-loyal adopted son's affections.