Photo: Everett Collection. Genie Francis as Laura Webber on “General Hospital,” 1981. The wedding of Luke and Laura was watched by a whopping 30 million viewers, making it the highest-rated hour in the history of American soap operas.
Concurrently, it is the world’s third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world’s second-longest televised soap opera still in production.
General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. It is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 11 wins.
I have been watching for about 36/37 of those years!
Still not on board with the decision to kill off AJ. Such a legacy character. And he was resurrected not that long ago. To lose another Quartermaine just for some Sonny angst… Not a good decision in my opinion.