The renewal is not a surprise since the show is striving and coming off its best season as far as ratings in quite awhile. With the cancellation of the Katie Couric show, “General Hospital” is by the strongest show in the current daytime lineup. GH’s success also disputes the trend that the genre as a whole is fading.
ABC hasn’t officially announced the renewal since they directly own the show, but it comes after the renewal of the other remaining soaps as CBS has renewed its two soaps, “The Young And The Restless” and “The Bold & The Beautiful’ and NBC has renewed “Days Of Our Lives”.
According to Deadline, the show is “pacing for its best season in 7 years in total viewers and is on tract to post a 3-year high in W18-49. During the most recent week of available data, the Jan. 7 episode of GH ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 6 years.”
Although viewers may be disappointed or annoyed with current storylines, the show still continues to strive. More importantly, the soap opera genre seems to no longer be on live support. Like characters on “General Hospital”, the genre has returned from the dead.