Just As ‘General Hospital’ Turns 50, Soap Celebrates With Best Ratings In Five Years


In a report by Variety, talks with “’s” leading man, (Luke Spencer), who explains that the renewed success of the soap can be directly credited to its head writer and executive producer.

“Our 50th year could have come and gone with a (simple) ‘Wow,'” said Geary. “But Frank [Valentini, EP] and Ron [Carlivati, HW] have been determined to make it something special for the audience. The ratings are showing that they’ve already decided to achieve that.”

“I felt that if we aimed really high and came close, then we’d be really happy and the fans would be, too,” Valentini says. “We’re really thrilled with what we have. It’s exceeded our expectations.”

According to ABC, “GH” is not only celebrating its 50th anniversary (soap debuted on April 1, 1963), but is also experiencing its best ratings in five years in total viewers, averaging more than 3 million viewers. The soap is currently ranked 1st in Women 18-34, amongst all broadcast daytime programming, and 2nd in Women 18-49 rating with a 1.2 and 3rd in Households with a 2.3 rating, amongst the four remaining daytime soaps. For more from Variety on the 50 years of “GH” and what , Executive Vice President, , Current Series & Specials, ABC Entertainment Group, has to say, click here.

  • Philip

    I have read several times now in articles that GH is averaging 3 million viewers. Are there numbers somewhere that are not reported? I have seen GH since January hit over 3 milllion on a day or two here and there but never has their weekly average been over 3 million. Where are these ratings showing GH averaging 3 million viewers.

    • WMD

      They probably mean the Live+7 numbers, which make up the seasonal averages. A 2.3 seasonal average would be around 3 million viewers, though I can’t say for sure since the only actual numbers released are the weekly Live+Same Day ones.