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

GH Recap: Friday, October 28, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, October 28, 2011.


Jason and Sam discuss his relationship with Carly as Carly charges at Shawn, pissed. We realize Franco is still watching even as Carly and Shawn leave Hawaii.

Lucky arrives in Ireland but is warned away from visiting the church Siobhan wrote about in her letter. Soon, we see a mysterious woman facing Lucky.

Lulu confides in Ethan with her fears about Dante. Will Lulu break of her secret engagement to Dante?

Tracy is stunned when Luke talks about the future.

What starts as brotherly love at the hospital turns sour when Dante questions Michael about the warehouse incident.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Kate thinks about her past with Sonny.
  • Sonny plans a family dinner.
  • Kristina questions her future.

Thomas A. Montalto/Montalto Photos

( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of October 31, 2011.


Johnny turns to Steve for help. Claudia weighs on the mind of the Zacchara men. On Monday, October 31, a determined Ethan returns to Wyndemere. Elsewhere, Ethan’s brother remains as determined on his search for answers. Lucky faces a surprising outcome. Luke is spotted at an unexpected place. Later, Luke butt heads with another family member. Everybody but the person she most wants to remembers Maxie’s special day. Maxie lashes out at Spinelli. Can Matt save Elizabeth’s life on Tuesday, November 1? Carly finds Shawn on an apparent date with another woman on Thursday, November 3. The dramatics are on as Carly reacts to Shawn’s “betrayal.” Patrick and Robin put together something special for Emma. Sam and Jason make the most of their last day in paradise. Where exactly does Jason Morgan end up on Friday, November 4?

The Inside Story: The Last Supper, of Sorts
Kristina begins to have second thoughts as time ticks down to her leaving her friends and family behind for Yale. Sonny invites Kate to a family dinner he’s throwing in honor of his daughter. Dante and Lulu consider announcing their engagement at the dinner but will Lulu’s fears end the engagement before the main course? Later, will Diane’s update unhinge Dante’s father? Kristina, Michael, Abby, Olivia, Dante, Lulu and Alexis arrive for the big dinner celebration on Wednesday, November 2. Olivia has another worrisome spell. Molly helps Kristina as she packs for Yale. The Davis women share a heartfelt moment. Sonny appears to be at peace. Kate interrupts the dinner. Dante and Michael go at it again about the warehouse. Lulu confronts Olivia. Sonny and Kristina have a heart to heart. Ethan pleasantly surprises Kristina before she takes off for Yale.


  • Jason receives a belated wedding gift from Franco.
  • Steve makes a surprising discovery.
  • A new doctor arrives at General Hospital.
  • Johnny lends Kate a hand; meanwhile, Sonny worries about Olivia.
  • Elizabeth is the recipient of a surprising visitor.

( — Ratings Report for the Week of October 17-21, 2011

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,479,000 (-12,000/-383,000)
2. B&B 3,067,000 (+78,000/-120,000)
3. OLTL 2,593,000 (+13,000/+239,000)
4. DAYS 2,393,000 (+50,000/-138,000)
5. GH 2,317,000 (-31,000/-63,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/same)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (+.1/-.1)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 906,000 (-47,000/-105,000)
2. OLTL 608,000 (-7,000/-17,000)
3. GH 597,000 (-18,000/-145,000)
4. B&B 583,000 (-37,000/-49,000)
5. DAYS 580,000 (-31,000/-72,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.9/6 (-.1/same)
2. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—–— ties low
2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—–— ties low

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 43,000 (-14,000/-2,000)
2. OLTL 41,000 (-4,000/+22,000)
3. B&B 28,000 (-2,000/-8,000)
4. DAYS 25,000 (+6,000/-18,000)
5. GH 12,000 (-11,000/-12,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.1)
3. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.2)
3. B&B 0.5/3 (same/same)
5. GH 0.4/3 (-.1/-.2) <—–— ties low

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,045,000 (+13,000/-114,000)
2. B&B 679,000 (+52,000/+7,000)
3. OLTL 530,000 (+22,000/+91,000)
4. DAYS 517,000 (-16,000/-83,000)
5. GH 440,000 (-28,000/-21,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.4/2,927,000
Tuesday: 2.3/3,100,000
Wednesday: 2.4/3,072,000
Thursday: 2.3/3,115,000
Friday: 2.4/3,120,000

Monday: 1.8/2,362,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,342,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,685,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,458,000
Friday: 1.6/2,129,000

Monday: 1.8/2,380,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,537,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,393,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,204,000
Friday: 1.5/2,072,000

Monday: 2.0/2,769,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,631,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,721,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,518,000
Friday: 1.7/2,313,000

Monday: 3.4/4,505,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,671,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,458,000
Thursday: 3.2/4,333,000
Friday: 3.2/4,368,000


For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through October 23, 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. GH 1.1
2. DAYS 1.1
4. OLTL 1.0
5. B&B 0.9


Ratings Archive

GH Recap: Thursday, October 27, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, October 27, 2011.


Something is not adding up for Robin. Anthony and Johnny discuss the consequences of waking up a coma patient.

Carly and Shawn start drinking.

Michael learns that Carly and Shawn have “gone on vacation” in Hawaii. Furious, he takes out his frustration on arriving Abby with her stripper friends.

Brought in by Spinelli, Elizabeth gets medical care from Monica. Later, the mystery man is inside Wyndemere.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Dante questions Michael.
  • Luke surprises Tracy.
  • Jason and Sam discuss his relationship with Carly.

Disney/ABC Television Group

( — Since we reported an update to ABC’s decision to hand over the “General Hospital” timeslot in September 2012 back to its affiliates in the Disney/ABC Television Groups plan to launch a new talk show hosted by Katie Couric, fans have been up in arms over the possible demise of a daytime institution (on top of the demises of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”) after a number of them started calling their local ABC affiliates and reportedly were told that the network had informed them they would be pulling “GH” off the ABC Daytime schedule as early as June 2012. Now an ABC Daytime representative tells Soap Opera Network that those rumors are just “not true.”

“This is not true…our ABC stations have not been told that the ‘General Hospital’ time slot will end in June. The confusion probably lies in giving back the ‘GH’ ‘Time Period’ to the stations come September 2012,” said the rep who reminds us of the following statement issued back in June of this year:

“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.”

GH Alerts: Week of October 31 Edition


( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of October 31, 2011.


  • Monday: Sonny plans a family dinner. Kate thinks about her past with Sonny. Kristina questions her future.
  • Tuesday: Diane breaks news of Brenda to Sonny. Johnny works out a deal with Steve for his father. Maxie is upset at Spinelli.
  • Wednesday: Sonny finds momentary peace. Olivia gets lightheaded. Jason and Sam’s last day in paradise.
  • Thursday: Dante and Michael are at odds. At Jake’s, Carly becomes upset at Shawn. Emma’s birthday draws near.
  • Friday: Anthony reminds Johnny about Claudia. Sonny witnesses Carly’s blowup. Jason awakes to a surprise.

GH Recap: Wednesday, October 26, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, October 26, 2011.


Robin awakens with something on her forehead.

Carly reveals the truth about Jax to Jason, swearing him to secrecy even from Sam. Carly later shares a charged moment with Shawn.

Kate finishes what they started at Jake’s – and kisses Sonny. They talk about motivations, and later, Kate makes lunch plans with Sonny.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Johnny and Anthony have a heated discussion.
  • Drinks for Carly and Shawn.
  • Who’s at Wyndemere?

GH Recap: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scott Garfield/ABC

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 25, 2011.


Robin and Lisa fight. Maxie gets through to Matt, but he says it is too late Elizabeth lays near lifeless, and we see a ghostly illumination. Someone finds her. Johnny has different plans from his father Anthony.

Carly and Shawn draw away.

Sam posits to Jason that a baby may change their lives entirely. Later, Jason gets a call that Franco is in Canada. Are they safe?

On the Next General Hospital

  • Carly reveals a secret to Jason.
  • Kate has unfinished business to complete.
  • Sonny makes plans.

Disney/ABC Television Group

( — As previously reported, ABC soap opera “General Hospital” will lose its coveted 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 when the network hands the hour back to its local affiliates. The move will leave ABC’s daytime lineup with just three hours left to program with “The View” already secured in the 11:00 AM ET/10:00 AM CT/PT slot. New talk shows “The Chew” and “The Revolution” will go head-to-head with “General Hospital” when it comes to the almighty dollar (ie. which show brings in enough income relative to cost) in a battle for the remaining two hours (1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT/PT; 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/PT). In place of “GH” beginning in September 2012 will be the new Disney/ABC Domestic Television syndicated series “Katie,” hosted by journalist Katie Couric, which was just cleared in over 60% of the country just six weeks after the sales period began.

Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television announced via press release that “Katie” has been sold to a number of station broadcast groups including Allbritton Communications, Belo Corporation, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, LIN Broadcasting, McGraw-Hill, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and Young Broadcasting. The talk show was most recently picked up by ABC affiliates WFAA Dallas, WCVB Boston, WSB Atlanta, WJLA Washington DC, WXYZ Detroit, KNXV Phoenix, and WFTS Tampa along with NBC affiliate KING Seattle, among others.

“To have garnered such exceptional clearances in this short period of time is attributable to the enduring strength of the Katie Couric brand and her wide-ranging appeal as one of the brightest, most talented and most dynamic personalities in the business,” commented Marinelli. “We are enormously pleased to partner with such a stellar group of stations across the country.”

Upon announcing the shows development back in June, Disney/ABC Domestic Television also announced that ABC’s Owned & Operated Stations Group encompassing New York’s WABC, Los Angeles’ KABC, Chicago’s WLS, Philadelphia’s WPVI, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose”s KGO, Houston’s KTRK, Durham/Raleigh/Fayetteville’s WTVD and Fresno’s KFSN would immediately begin carrying the show at launch.

Disney/ABC Television Group

( — Yesterday afternoon, Soap Opera Digest reported that “General Hospital” has named breakdown writer Shelly Altman as its Co-Head Writer working alongside Head Writer Garin Wolf. Per the magazine’s website Altman’s new role is effective immediately.

In July, Soap Opera Network first reported on Altman’s move to “General Hospital” after 11 years at ABC’s “One Life to Live.” At the time Altman was joined by Tracey Thomson on the breakdown team replacing Meg Bennett and David Goldschmid, who were both fired following the termination of Bennett’s husband Robert Guza, Jr., who Wolf replaced back in May.

Before joining “One Life to Live” in 1999 as an Associate Head Writer, Altman worked at NBC’s “Another World” from 1995-1999 in the same position. She received five Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Writing Team. Her last four nominations being at “OLTL” (2002, 2006, 2008 and 2009) and her first at “AW” (1996). Altman won the award in 2008 while at “OLTL” under the writing team headed up by Ron Carlivati and Dena Higley.

In July 2010, Altman wrote a blog for The Writers Guild of America East which can be viewed here.

As Soap Opera Network went to press, a “GH” representative was unavailable for comment.

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