How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

General Hospital

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( — Ratings Report for the Week of October 31 – November 4, 2011

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Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,252,000 (-215,000/-538,000)
2. B&B 2,966,000 (-214,000/-77,000)
3. OLTL 2,619,000 (+57,000/+251,000)
4. GH 2,393,000 (+20,000/-14,000)
5. DAYS 2,290,000 (-61,000/-136,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (-.2/-.2)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (-.1/+.1)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/+.1)
5. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 827,000 (-116,000/-176,000)
2. OLTL 645,000 (-39,000/+22,000)
3. GH 628,000 (-51,000/-154,000)
4. DAYS 566,000 (-45,000/-94,000) <—– new low *
5. B&B 546,000 (-90,000/-72,000)

* Previous low: 567,000 (August 1-5, 2011)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (-.2/-.2) <—– ties low
2. GH 1.0/6 (-.1/-.2)
2. OLTL 1.0/6 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—– ties low
4. B&B 0.9/5 (-.1/same)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 61,000 (+3,000/+41,000)
2. Y&R 33,000 (-10,000/-15,000)
3. GH 22,000 (-11,000/-10,000)
4. B&B 20,000 (-15,000/-18,000)
5. DAYS 14,000 (-4,000/-18,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. OLTL 0.6/4 (-.1/same)
2. Y&R 0.5/4 (-.2/-.3) <—– ties low
2. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.2)
4. GH 0.4/3 (-.1/-.4) <—– ties low
5. B&B 0.3/2 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 954,000 (-55,000/-210,000)
2. B&B 644,000 (-21,000/-11,000)
3. DAYS 525,000 (-8,000/-17,000)
4. OLTL 520,000 (+52,000/+70,000)
5. GH 455,000 (+53,000/+9,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.3/3,009,000
Tuesday: 2.4/3,070,000
Wednesday: 2.1/2,881,000
Thursday: 2.2/2,803,000
Friday: 2.4/3,068,000

Monday: 1.8/2,423,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,203,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,342,000
Thursday: 1.6/2,183,000
Friday: 1.7/2,298,000

Monday: 1.8/2,481,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,421,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,419,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,366,000
Friday: 1.7/2,276,000

Monday: 2.0/2,766,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,335,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,680,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,577,000
Friday: 1.9/2,736,000

Monday: 3.4/4,441,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,383,000
Wednesday: 3.2/4,154,000
Thursday: 3.1/4,056,000
Friday: 3.2/4,228,000


For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through November 6, 2011

1. Y&R 3.4
2. B&B 2.3
3. OLTL 2.0
4. GH 1.9
4. DAYS 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0


Ratings Archive


GH Recap: Thursday, November 10, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, November 10, 2011.


Jason and Sam go in search for clues of Franco’s whereabouts.

Mac announces an investigation is now open regarding Lisa. Patrick, Robin, Matt, Maxie, Steve and Olivia are all suspects. Dante gets drawn into the Lisa Niles case just as Lulu hoped he would take a break.

Kodi Kitchen joins the cast in the contract role of Maggie. Maggie, the new pediatrics doctor, arrives at General Hospital. Olivia saves Steve from single parenting of Cameron and Aiden – the situation suddenly heavy with future implications for the couple.

Lucky wonders if his subconscious is the one spelling messages for himself, but later, he gets a visitor in the churchyard.

Tracy reveals to Luke the truth about Aiden.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Carly learns more about Shawn.
  • Elizabeth gets an unexpected visitor.
  • Sam’s upset.

GH Alerts: Week of November 14 Edition


( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of November 14, 2011.


  • Monday: Lucky gets a churchyard message. Sonny and Luke have a deep heart to heart. Mac questions Patrick and Robin.
  • Tuesday: Sam tries to avoid telling Spinelli what haunts her. Lucky awakes from a dream. Steve and Matt exchange quixotic words.
  • Wednesday: Luke and his own conscious discuss his psychological scars. Ethan addresses Laura’s portrait and discovers a ghostly glow. Sonny encounters more drama.
  • Thursday: Jason remains resolute to track down Franco. Maxie receives a dozen red roses. Tracy and Lulu are shocked with news.
  • Friday: Luke has a setback. Carly and Sonny spar over Kate. Steve and Maggie discuss their past.

GH Recap: Wednesday, November 9, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 9, 2011.


Jason and Sam reel emotionally.

Robin catches Patrick coming home late at night – and his shoes are wet.

Steve gets a drink at Jake’s to calm his nerves. Meanwhile, Sonny visits Olivia and is concerned about her health.

Johnny stops to help Kate with her broken-down car just as Sonny and Olivia appear.

More on Shawn and Carly’s discovery.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Mac makes an important announcement.
  • A new doctor’s in town.
  • Jason and Sam search for Franco.

GH Recap: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bob D'Amico/ABC

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 8, 2011.


Jason finds Sam.

Olivia comes home with a pregnancy test, worried her recent dizzy spells signal something bigger, just as Steve arrives unexpected.

Carly questions Shawn about his lack of interest in her. Immediately following their discussion. Shawn and Carly discover something shocking!

Kate and Sonny slow dance, but Johnny is watching.

Released from the hospital, Dante and Lulu return home.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Robin catches Patrick coming home late from the hospital.
  • Johnny helps Kate.
  • Sonny visits Olivia.

General Hospital: November PreVUE


( — A quick peek into what’s happening in Port Charles this November.


Sonny decides to close a certain chapter of his life.

Maxie finds a way to inch closer to the object of her affection.

The investigation into Lisa’s murder takes an emotional toll.

Lucky turns to Luke in his time of need. Will Luke be able to redeem himself?

Johnny sets off sparks with someone unexpected.

As Franco’s presence continues to threaten Port Charles, the object of the madman’s twisted obsession reaches their breaking point at a special event.

Craig Sjodin/ABC

On Monday afternoon, TV Guide Magazine revealed news that “General Hospital” actor Jonathan Jackson has decided to exit the role of Lucky Spencer on the ABC daytime drama. Sources indicate to the magazine that Jackson was denied a lighter schedule following two years of non-stop drama for his beleaguered character and that ultimately played into his decision to get out of Port Charles. Jackson was also apparently disappointed that his character never got the opportunity to properly reunite with his former love interest Elizabeth Webber played by Rebecca Herbst. The four-time Daytime Emmy Award winner will last tape on November 17.

Jackson debuted on “GH” as the first-born child of daytime’s most famous couple, Luke and Laura played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, on October 29, 1993 at the tender age of eleven. In 1999, while still filming “GH,” Jackson landed a starring role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the film “Deep End of the Ocean.” Jackson excited his role on the popular ABC daytime drama later that year. Other notable film endeavors for the talented actor included starring roles on “Tuck Everlasting” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” Jackson returned to “GH” in October 2009, controversially replacing Greg Vaughan who played the role from 2003 to 2009. When not acting, the 29-year old actor performs with the band Enation. Their music has been featured on the television series “One Tree Hill.”

Jackson’s last scenes on “GH” will likely air before the close of 2011. TV Guide reports that the actor has already taped his last scenes with his on-screen father. Jackson may see this move as not postponing the inevitable. ABC affiliates are currently lining up new programming to take over the 48-year old soap operas long-standing 3 o’clock time slot across the country for the 2012-2013 season.

GH Teasers: Week of November 7 Edition

Chris Haston/NBC

( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 7, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12428): Jason receives a wedding gift from Franco. Kate and Carly are at each other’s throats. Lucky feels a presence at the church. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12429): Steven discovers Olivia bought something important. Sonny and Kate share a slow dance. Dante and Lulu go home. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12430): Robin finds Patrick returning home late from the hospital. Johnny helps out Kate. Sonny pays Olivia a visit. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #12431): Jason and Sam are on the lookout for Franco. A new doctor arrives in Port Charles. Mac makes a very important announcement. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #12432): Carly gets to know Shawn a little better. Elizabeth receives an unexpected visitor. Sam becomes upset. (Rated: TVP)

GH Recap: Monday, November 7, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, November 7, 2011.


Jason receives Franco’s wedding gift.

Carly milks a moment with Johnny for everything its got, spoiling Sonny for a fight. Shawn steps in to referee just as Kate and Carly go for each other’s jugular.

Matt takes care of Elizabeth – how will Maxie react when she discovers the two together?

Lucky visits the church and feels a presence, and we see someone is watching over him.

Spinelli finds his new expertise: online sports betting.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Steven discovers Olivia has bought something important.
  • Sonny and Kate slow dance.
  • Dante and Lulu return home.

Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert

Beginning in September 2012, ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Florida will begin airing a new daily syndicated talk show from comedian and radio host Steve Harvey reports the Orlando Sentinel. The affiliate plans to launch the program in the soon to be vacated 3:00 PM timeslot, which will be ceded to affiliates nationally by the ABC Television Network at that time. Does this mean to ultimate demise of “General Hospital,” which currently occupies the timeslot? Before you say yes, let’s take a moment to think rationally.

As previously reported, the Disney/ABC Television Group (herein after referred to as the DATG) announced in June of this year that it plans to launch a new daily syndicated talk show of its own with Katie Couric as host. Appropriately titled “Katie,” the Couric hosted talker is already cleared to air on more than 60% of the country on a number of ABC affiliates including the ABC O&O stations in New York and Los Angeles (WABC and KABC, respectively). Although the initial idea was to give ABC affiliates a new program to air in the current “GH” slot as well as provide DATG with a broader profit share than that of a soap opera, the DATG’s ultimate goal is to make money. With “Katie” syndicated, any affiliate including affiliates from NBC, CBS, FOX, etc could pick up the series. This was confirmed on Monday, October 24 when the company announced that Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING had picked up “Katie” over the ABC affiliate KOMO. With news of WFTV picking up Harvey’s talk show, word leaked that NBC’s competing Orlando affiliate WESH Channel 2 had chosen to pick up Katie’s show, although there is no guarantee the station will air “Katie” at 3:00 PM as planned by the DATG in much of the country. So what does this mean for “General Hospital?” At no point has ABC or the DATG announced that “General Hospital” has in fact been canceled. This has been made ever more clear as a network spokesperson has repeatedly reminded us and our readers of the following:

“The announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of ‘General Hospital.’ Rather it means that in September 2012 we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows. We’ll have options for the Daytime daypart just like we do each year with Primetime. We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want, will be the ones that continue. There are MANY options that could happen…only time will tell…we are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business. The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it.”

While that statement may not help calm the fears of the fans of “General Hospital” from thinking the end is near, the fact that WFTV has picked up Steve Harvey does not mean that the soap will be canceled just because various ABC affiliates are now announcing their post “GH” at 3:00 PM plans. Remember the affiliates didn’t make the decision to stop airing “GH” in its current timeslot. Disney/ABC, when it announced its deal with Katie Couric in June, informed their stations that as of September 2012 they will no longer be providing a national network product in the timeslot for the first time in more than 48 years. WFTV, by not picking up “Katie,” needed another program to air in the vacated timeslot as all the ABC affiliates will be doing beginning in September 2012. Some stations may find themselves airing other syndicated programs, including that from Steve Harvey, or even programming another hour of their local news. In fact, a North Carolina ABC affiliate is rumored to be putting on Anderson Cooper‘s new show in the “GH” slot beginning in September.

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