Around 30 million viewers tuned in to watch "General Hospital" on November 16, 1981, to see the wedding of Laura Baldwin and Luke Spencer. More viewers watched the episode than any other daytime soap opera episode before or since.
In one top-rated "General Hospital" episode, Luke Spencer, believing he was going to be killed by mobsters, drunkenly date-raped his then-employee, Laura Baldwin. In another highly watched episode shown in black and white, Luke and Laura made the most of the situation while locked in a department store overnight.
Actors Anthony Geary and Genie Francis portrayed Luke and Laura. During its 1980s heyday, "General Hospital" was TV's highest-rated soap opera.