As the citizens of Port Charles reel from learning Robin is alive, and AJ’s murder trial general_hospital_20x3continues, ABC’s General Hospital overtook CBS’ The Young And The Restless for the first time in more than six years to rank No. 1 in Daytime among women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating) the week of December 2. General Hospital also ranked No. 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 female demos in more than six years.

General Hospital averaged 3.31 million viewers overall – its most watched week in nearly six years. The daytime drama is pacing to nab its most watched season in the-young-and-the-restless-logo_1745__130403191752seven years. Turns out, returning legacy characters and sensational storylines brings back lost viewers.

“Whatevs,” CBS responded – or words to that effect, noting Y&R is No. 1 ranked this season among women 25-54 and 18-49. Y&R has been No. 1 in that 25-54 bracket for 354 of the past 356 weeks, and No. 1 in that 18-49 bracket for 349 of the past 352 weeks, CBS noted. And, Y&R is celebrating its 1,300th consecutive week — or 25 years —  as the No. 1 daytime drama in overall audience, with the release of the Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 2.  Y&R is averaging 5.1 million viewers – its largest audience to start a season since 2011-12.