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According To Nielsen, Twitter Causes Spike In TV Ratings in 29 Percent Of Shows!

Very interesting news out of Deadline.com today that shows that a study by Nielsen (the ratings folks) today provides statistical evidence that there is a link between Twitter chat and a rise in TV ratings for some shows.

The Twitter Causation Study analyzed minute-to-minute trends in Nielsen’s Live TV Ratings and Tweets for 221 broadcast primetime program episodes using Nielsen’s SocialGuide. T he findings showed that Live TV ratings had a statistically significant impact in related Tweets among 48 percent of the episodes sampled, and that the volume of Tweets caused statistically significant changes in Live TV Ratings among 29 percent of the episodes. “Using time series analysis, we saw a statistically significant causal influence indicating that a spike in TV ratings can increase the volume of Tweets, and, conversely, a spike in Tweets can increase tune-in,” Paul Donato, Chief Research Officer, Nielsen, said in a statement. “This rigorous, research-based approach provides our clients and the media industry as a whole with a better understanding of the interplay between Twitter and broadcast TV viewing.”

The study confirmed what many industry observers believed to be true — that increases in TV ratings during an episode caused more people to tweet more often. “These results substantiate what many of our TV partners have been telling us anecdotally for years: namely, that Twitter drives tune-in, especially for live, linear television programming,” said Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s Chief Operating Officer.  There is more to come on this subject. Nielsen and Twitter are set to begin publishing this fall a new “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating” that measures the volume of Twitter conversation about every program.”

Now of course, the Nielsen study did NOT include daytime shows, but it would be very interesting and important to see how the daytime soaps to with a spike in ratings based on live tweets and more! 

Do you think Twitter helps TV Ratings? Do you tend to watch shows if you get engaged with them on Twitter, and twitter chat, and live tweets?  Comment below!

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I just saw that on CNN, and it is the way of 21st century media..
Thing is; PP has twitter sessions with the soap stars while the show is airing to bring interest to all in twitter to tune in.. And that does effect ratings.
Problem is; that most the Boomers who watch the soaps do not know how to tweet and therefore the effort fails.

Internet shows have no ratings, they are classified as being the best via ”trending” and what is being Facebooked, Blogged and tweeted,,
The shows that get the most hype, notice, talked about, tweeted about, would be the top shows on the internet, some may see it as ratings by popularity.
Network tv, cable, shows brings in viewers through twitter, the tweets, during the airing.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Twitter or not, any show has to interest me to watch…i may peek at a show someone raves about but will i continue to watch…it depends if i like it or not.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Honestly did they really need a study to figure that out? It would seem obvious that more people watching a show will result in more Twits about it and more Twits about a show will increase viewers to said shows— I could have told them the same thing for a lot less that this study probably cost them to conduct.

shawn
shawn

Michael, how can we contact the Neilsen folks to do a study for daytime shows??

sue
sue

Michael, I am wondering how we can get a better executive producer for Y&R, and maybe a writer or 2. As you know this head of CBS daytime doesn’t know the back story about the soap, nor does she know whats is going on in front of her.. The executive producer doesn’t know much either , & they don’t do good casting. Fans write and get nothing done..
JFP needs to go like yesterday she is awful, and bring back real talent. What do you think is wrong and how can it be fixed. Sorry, I’m not a great writer like you, but you get the point
thank you

4everdays
4everdays

Call a spade a spade…YawneR.

George
George

Young and the Restless is in the worst shape, I have ever seen. I want the original background music, focus on the core characters. Less Dylan,Chelsea,Tyler….. There needs to be a huge letter writi g campaign to replace the current execs. Its so boring and painful to watch!!

Mad/hatter
Mad/hatter

George just google Jill Farren Phelps the EP and see the destruction she has left in her wake. Sony is running things they could care less about the history of the show. If anything comes up that they can fill this hour with it will be gone it is not even remotely the same show and we thought MAB was bad at least she did love the show I just feel she was to involved with other things to as I say direct traffic properly. She is a professional liar and I just wish in a way Stafford had had the guts to lay it on the line about her like Beverlee Mckinsey did years ago on Guiding Light.

4everdays
4everdays

If the shoe fits…YawneR.

George
George

Someone should start an email campaign to save the show young and the restless is going to start losing tons of viewers!

4everdays
4everdays

It is boring and causes snoring…YawneR.

bc
bc

Too bad that day soap operas are not using twitter to their advantage unlike scandal’s cast w/c live tweets w/ audience and encourages a dialogue w/ audience. Quite a number of soap opera actors and head writers tend to be very dismissive and argumentative and condescending to people who disagree w/ them on twitter according to message board comments.

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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