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Billy Miller may push 'General Hospital' past 'The Young and the Restless'

Miller's shrewd hire could pack a power ratings' punch.
Photo by Christopher Polk

Is it possible that Billy Miller's addition to the cast of 'General Hospital' might help to push ABC's iconic steamer past 'The Bold and the Beautiful' (currently number 2 in the daytime ratings) and CBS' enduring steamer 'The Young and the Restless' within the near future? Toppling either show, especially one (YR) that has ruled the daytime ratings' roost for more than a quarter-century is hardly certain. But, majority fan power will set this developing storyline direction.

The loudest tale told in recent daytimeland history involved Michael Muhney's real-life career cliffhanger. Was the former 'Adam Newman' going to assume the role of 'Jason Morgan' on GH after his unusual removal from Genoa City's ranks last December? No, his old YR co-worker (Miller) nabbed that part, which should prove to be quite compelling for GH fans of all stripes.

While many soaps have often been supported by loyal fan bases, the shrinking number of daytime dramas has served to transform past clicks into fan factions. Clearly, the potential loss of the genre itself has unmasked a competitive side in certain souls. However, those personality points likely penetrate far deeper than the reflections from any HD screen could ever show.

GH's shrewd Miller selection paints another recently departed YR cast member (Michelle Stafford, 'Phyllis Summers Newman', now 'Nina Clay') into the Port Charles picture. Surely, the addition of an equally well-known, well-liked, talent will initially increase the sets of eyeballs that see this show on a regular basis. Many loyal, casual or simply curious soap fans want to know how Miller will reshape Steve Burton's (now 'Dylan McAvoy' on YR) former persona.

Special events enable longstanding shows to gain, or regain, audience members for certain windows in time. If GH creates and then sustains multiple engaging story arcs, while BB and YR both lose steam, ABC could eventually top the soap opera ratings, in certain statistical categories, or in total ratings for the first time in decades. Yes, Miller's hire has the potential to change the status quo.

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