No soap opera has won more Daytime Emmys for Best Drama Series than ABC’s “General Hospital” (click through our gallery above for every winner in history). The ABC soap has won the top prize 13 times. And now, on the eve of the March 20 nominations announcement for the 2019 awards, we think “GH” is the front-runner to claim Emmy number-14.
Our official predictions are based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users, and “GH” is currently out front with leading odds of 49/20. That includes support from 14 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations, as well as 14 of our All-Star Top 24 who had the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions.
But “GH” wasn’t always such a Daytime Emmys juggernaut. The awards were first handed out in 1974, and in the first 20 years the ABC serial only won Best Drama Series twice (1981 and 1984). It wasn’t until 1995 that the show started to rack up win after win after win. In fact, “GH” won almost half of all Best Drama titles from then on: 11 victories over the next 24 years. It prevailed in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2017.
But NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” got the better of “GH” last year. It’s the defending champion, and it currently ranks second in our predictions with odds of 29/10 thanks in part to support from 7 of our Top 24 and 7 of our All-Stars. But “Days” has only won top honors four times during the entire history of the Daytime Emmys.
The only soap that comes close to matching “GH’s” all-time record is CBS’s “The Young and the Restless,” which has been the highest rated soap in daytime for decades. It has won Best Drama Series nine times, so it’s just one away from joining “GH” in the double digits. We rank it third in the race with odds of 82/25, and it’s backed by 3 of our Top 24 and 3 All-Stars.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” trails with 71/20 odds. The half-hour CBS soap has long been an Emmy underdog, though we mustn’t count it out since it spent a few years dominating the competition. It won Best Drama three times in a row from 2009-2011.
Do you agree with our prediction that “GH” is back in the catbird seat this year? Will “Days” defend its title? Or are we underestimating “Y&R” and “B&B”?
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