Vanessa Marcil, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003) A network expects a payoff in the ratings when a big star returns. Vanessa Marcil’s return as Brenda did just that. Viewership dropped to 4 million the weeks before her return. In just six months, GH hit a peak of 5.3 million viewers- the highest in years. Unfortunately, the network would not concede to scheduling requests got the new mother, and the ratings high occurred the same week she left. That Vanessa Marcil won the Emmy that year may have changed their minds, but the actress moved on to primetime.