Saturday, May 18, 2024

General Hospital Hits Two Year High in Ratings


I’m picking this up from General Hospital hit a two year high in the ratings the last week of December–and that’s with the conspicuous absence of long time star Tony Geary. ABC Daytime must be choking on this after killing two soaps and almost doing away with this one. But producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati have totally revived the show that was almost suffocated death to by former exec producer Jill Farren Phelps.

The show added 217,000 viewers from December 24th to December 28th from the prior week, and had 590,000 more than it did the same week in 2011. This was Christmas week, when shows are usually slow thanks to low viewership. Not General Hospital. They are booming.Their total rating was a 3.0, and GH also finished second among the remaining four soaps among Women 18-49.

All this news comes as “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are rumored to be on the way back, to the internet at least, via Prospect Park Productions. The word is they’ve got studio space and have hired a couple of the “All My Children” actors. But still word on the show’s respective stars, Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak, or any of the other principals. Time will tell.

PS Entertainment Weekly reports that Genie Francis is finally returning to “GH” as Laura for a run from February through at least the show’s 50th anniversary in April. That should propel them over the top.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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