Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“General Hospital” Beats “Young and Restless” in Key Demo, Hits 6 Year High


Somewhere in the world ex ABC Daytime chief Brian Frons is weeping. His plan to kill the soaps on ABC backfired terribly. Last week, “General Hospital”– which he almost canceled and replaced with a show about peeling onions–hit a six year rating high. The soap beat “The Young and the Restless” on CBS in the key demo, too– 18 to to 49. “GH” scored 3.3 million total viewers. In 18-49 category, GH had a 1.4 compared to Y&R’s 1.3. In total viewers in that demo, it’s even more impressive. “GH” had 50,000 more people watching the show — 880K vs. 831K for Y&R.

What’s going on? Producer Frank Valentini and writer Ron Carlivati treat every day like a cliffhanger. They brought back most of the actors kicked to the curb by Frons. Basically, they gave the fans what they wanted.

Can it be sustained? That’s another question. But good for them. Now if only ABC could get “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” back on the air now that Prospect Park Productions has screwed up their whole online effort.

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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