Perhaps because ABC owns General Hospital outright, the network sometimes doesn’t announce if their sole surviving soap opera has been renewed for another season. (They didn’t make an announcement about the 2016-17 season.) Of course, they’d certainly let us know if the show had been cancelled. Will GH survive to see a 55th season (2017-18)? How will it do in the ratings? Stay tuned.
Debuting on April 1st of 1963, General Hospital revolves around the loves, lives, and deaths of the people of Port Charles, New York. The current season’s cast includes Vinessa Antoine, Maurice Benard, Teresa Castillo, Tyler Christopher, Matt Cohen, William deVry, Chad Duell, Sonya Eddy, Jane Elliot, Kathleen Gati, Nancy Lee Grahn, Carolyn Hennesy, Rebecca Herbst, Roger Howarth, Finola Hughes, Lisa Lo Cicero, Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco, Ryan Paevey, Haley Pullos, Brytni Sarpy, Kirsten Storms, Robert Palmer Watkins, Maura West, Laura Wright, and Dominic Zamprogna.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. You can see how the ratings for the four soap operas compare here.
Note: If you’re not seeing the updated chart, please try reloading the page or view it here.
For comparisons: The 2015-16 season of General Hospital averaged a 0.75 rating in the 18-49 female demographic with 2.77 million total viewers.
Raw data courtesy Soap Opera Network.
What do you think? Do you still like General Hospital TV series? Would you like to see it cancelled or renewed for additional seasons?