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General Hospital Ratings: Series Hits 6-Year High in Total Viewers; Sweeps #1 in ALL Key Demos

Robin's (Kimberly McCullough) reunion with her daughter (Brooklynn Silzer) and husband drives ratings; Photo courtesy ABC

ABC’s General Hospital continues to post ratings gains, lifting the network’s entire daytime lineup. Not only did General Hospital post an almost six-year high in total viewers, but the 50-year old soap opera swept the key demographics — ranking at the daytime drama in Women 18-49, Women 25-34 and Women 18-34.

General Hospital’s ratings bolstered ABC’s performance overall, with the alphabet network ranking as the #1 network in daytime, a near two year high.

ABC’s press release is below:

[textblock style=”6″]With a Near 3-Year High, “General Hospital” Is the #1 Program in Daytime for the 1st Time in Over 6 years in Women 25-54

As the citizens of Port Charles reel from learning Robin is alive and AJ’s murder trial continues, “General Hospital” ranked as the #1 program in Daytime for the first time in over 6 years in Women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating), and also ranked #1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key women demos in over six years – both since week of 7/16/07.

Moreover, this week stood as the series’ most-watched week in nearly six years in Total Viewers (3.31 million), in over two-and-a-half years in Women 18-49 and close to 3 years in Women 25-54 – since weeks of 1/21/08, 3/21/11 and 12/27/10, respectively.

Friday’s telecast surged to a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.45 million) and near 3 year high in Women 25-54 (1.24 million/2.0 rating) – since 1/21/08 and 2/21/11, respectively.

Further, “General Hospital” is pacing for its best season in 7 years in Total Viewers – since the 2006/07 season.

“General Hospital” posted the biggest year-to-year gains of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+30% – 3.31 million vs. 2.54 million), Women 18-49 (+44% – 880,000 vs. 609,000) and Women 25-54 (+55% – 1.18 million vs. 760,000).

Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, weeks of 12/02/13 and 12/3/12, Live + Same Day. Program rankings based on U.S. ratings and include ties. Gapped/Breakout/Specials programming excluded.[/textblock]

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC, with same-day episodes available on-demand via Hulu.com and ABC.com.

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