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DAYS Celebrates Airing Of 13,000th Episode!

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It’s a big day in Salem and for fans of NBC’s Days of our Lives!  The show will air today another astounding milestone in its 51-year plus history with its 13,000th episode broadcast.

In it look for some very special returns from: Christine Clark (Carrie), Austin Peck (Austin) and Leann Hunley (Anna) as the focus on the mystery of where’s Stefano shifts to some heavy drama going town in Europe!

NBC will also commemorate the airing of DAYS 13K with special Facebook Live chats happening throughout the morning and afternoon pacific time with cast members.  Here is the rundown:  9am PT – Deidre Hall & Lauren Koslow, 11am PT – Kristian Alfonso & Mary Beth Evans , 12pm PT – Billy Flynn, Camila Banus, & Marci Miller and 1pm PT – Christopher Sean & Freddie Smith will wrap up the chatfest.

Fans can submit their questions for the cast on the NBC DAYS facebook page here

Below check out Kristian Alfonso (Hope) talking in a recent press junket about what it means to be part of a show that has broadcast an amazing 13,000 episodes and then share your congrats to DAYS for its enduring legacy in the world of daytime drama in the comment section below!

 

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Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

They cannot find the real Stefano, so I think they will all find that Will is still alive and that somehow Stefano had a hand in hiding him away. This being a soap and with Stefano and his many henchman, anything is possible!

Dylan
Dylan

I cant get behind that. However….something that would right a terrible wrong from 11 years ago is if they found out thst Stefano had really had Zack all these years. The Jim Reilly storyline where Chelsea killed Zack was one of the most disgusting, pointless, disturbing, mean spjrited storylines EVER….and that is saying a lot over his craptastic body of work. That young actor who played Zack in Hope’s stsnd alone episode was a natural and shared a beautiful rapport with Hope. If he is not available they could find someone. The overwhelming joy at having her son back would be awesome for her to play…and give the show back a legacy leading man! I thought that was the direction the show was going in several times over the years…when Alice had some big secret on Stefano, and a couple other times. I always love when any vestiges of a Jim Reilly storyline is obliterated!!!!

mark
mark

Puhleez Jim Reilly kept that show from being cancelled and all the other soaps copied his gothic storylines. Everyone laughed at marlenas possession but they watched.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hope it continues and the rumors it being replace by a Meygan Kelly talk show are false!…i dont always like Days but i still need my afternoon Soap watching habit!!!

Judy
Judy

Me too I have watched all my life I DVR it had wonderfull storys back then but it still like a old friend we can pray it will stay on the air

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

My favorite era was the 70s when most of the Hortons was the shows focus…there were also the Peters, Andersons and Grant families…it was so great when Bill Bell was in charge of the stories-he knew what the viewers wanted…i consider the late 60s to late 70s Days Golden era when it was at its best and most popular…cast changes and outlandish stories in the 80s up to now changed the show completely…i did enjoy some of the stuff in the 80s up to now but nothing beats its golden era imho!

Judy
Judy

You are so right I miss the golden era and I miss another world too

Kevin C
Kevin C

Jimh, I so totally agree about the golden era and I also enjoyed some of the stuff in the 80’s up till now even though I no longer watch…Bo and Hope, Justin and Adrienne and Patch and Kayla, Kimberly and Shane…all their love stories were great.

mark
mark

Days is the best

Nicholas
Nicholas

yes it is , it has improved so much . i am impressed at how well it is at the moment . young and restless and bold and beautiful are trainwrecks in comparision . i only watch Days now !

Chris
Chris

Wow, all rainbows and sunshine for this show?!?! I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I predict that this will be the final milestone Days will see. The writing is on the wall everywhere that this show will soon be done. It’s very sad, but not surprising at all. Ken Corday and his staff have destroyed Days. They should be ashamed of the level of quality this show has deteriorated to. They’ve lied and lied and proven over and over that they don’t care one iota about the fans and don’t know what they’re doing.

Case in point: The show is moving to the 12 pm noon hour in NYC next Monday. If NBC was truly happy with the show, do you really think they’d allow the show be shifted in the nation’s largest market to a less desirable, less watched hour? This is the final nail in the coffin, IMO.

rocky83
rocky83

Honestly, time to put a fork in this bomb! #OnlyCatsHave9Lives

davlestev1
davlestev1

Then thank goodness it’s a soap with some steady numbers and most likely will extend another year. .so as Gloria told Chloe. .MEOWWW!!!

Judy
Judy

12 noon is a good time for it is lunch hour the station can but it on any place i it wants to it on 1’00 in austin tx would be nice if it was on12 then we woundnt have to wait a hour for it to start it and Y& R is one at 11”oo hear

Mollie
Mollie

The shift to noon in NYC is VERY telling. All so that Access Hollywood Live can get a better time slot.

When the big affiliates start airing the show out of pattern – it’s a sign of doom (same thing happened with Guiding Light in its last few years).

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Now is not the time to mourn or complain, as no official announcement has been made. As for moving to noon in NYC, it’s a smart move-as DAYS gets slaughtered by going head to head with YR anyway…

Chris
Chris

I’m merely giving an objective, honest, outside opinion about what I think is going to happen to the show. You don’t have to have an advanced degree in television production to conclude that Days is in a world of trouble.

And how exactly will the move to 12 pm in NYC be a “smart move”? Explain yourself on that. The last half hour of Days on NBC would still compete against the first half hour of powerhouse Y&R on CBS, which airs from 12:30-1:30 pm. So now Days won’t get “slaughtered”?? Yes, a portion of Days’ remaining viewers would DVR the show, but the most people who watch live TV that time of day (especially older folks) have viewing patterns and routines that they’ve had for many years, even decades. It’s not easy to suddenly change things on a dime, even if they’re aware of the change.

When affiliates in large markets move a soap’s time slot after it aired in the same place for so many years and start airing the show out of pattern, when it was already getting dismal numbers in its longtime time slot, it’s a telling sign that the axe is near.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I stand by what I say-and I know of what I speak-as DAYS has aired out of pattern here in Denver for years-3, now 2 MT

James
James

Doesn’t Y&R air in the noontime slot in a lot of markets as well? I don’t see the problem about that.

Chris
Chris

Y&R airs from 12:30-1:30 pm on CBS in NYC and presumably most other eastern time zone markets as well. So now on NBC, Days would compete directly against Y&R’s first half hour as opposed to the last half hour. If the show was floundering before, what exactly makes you think it will suddenly fare a lot better? Personally, I just don’t see it.

James
James

If Nielsen viewers can stay loyal to Days, surely those from NYC can follow to where the show will be placed, especially if it’s not too far from where it was previously.

Chris
Chris

Days was already sharply losing a huge chunk of viewership at 1 pm, which is the time slot it held for so many years in NYC and other large markets. Clearly, not nearly enough people were staying loyal to the show in that hour. So now we’re supposed to believe that every one of those remaining viewers and then some will magically find/still be watching the show after this move? I’m just being realistic when I say that I believe that’s wishful thinking, especially given the terrible writing that has alienated so many fans.

Think about it: If NBC was even remotely pleased with Days’ performance, do you really think they’d sign off on allowing its flagship affiliate in the nation’s largest market (and presumably some in other big markets) to move the show out of pattern to a lower-watched/cleared hour? I mean, shows like this are not shifted for no reason at all. Don’t be naive. The ship is sinking, sadly.

James
James

While DOOL’s ratings are always half of what Y&R is getting, its average has been relatively stable for the past few years, gaining and losing on a weekly basis. To describe it as a “sinking ship” would be inaccurate as it is more of a modest performer whose performance may or may no longer be enough for NBC to sustain any longer.

There are many other factors to consider especially the possible high risk of launching a new network daytime talk show and have it compete against numerous others in a crowded genre within daytime where. Even if it is cheap, if Megyn Kelly’s talk show fail to even outmatch DAYS’ numbers if it ever replaces it, or if it is not performing well against talk shows in whatever timeslot it would be placed in at different markets, then it will be doomed to fail.

Dylan
Dylan

Love me some Kristian……but whoa! What was she on during this interview? Lol. At first she is rambling about the most episodes on a network or cable. As The World turns and Guiding Light were both well past 50. And General Hospital is as well. Then…I almost laughed out loud when she knocked on wood and said she has never repeated a storyline! LMAO! Um…sweetie….how many times has Hope been presumed dead? How many times has she been roughed up in jail? How many times has she been kidnapped? How many times did her and Bo reunite? I love seeing actors as themselves…and in this case…I also want 1500 milligrams of whatever Ms. Alfonso has! Lol. Love her dearly. Hope DAYS isnt cancelled, but if it is it has had an amazing legendary run

k/kay
k/kay

Thanks Dylan I have not laughed this hard in a long time I also had no idea what she was trying to say ?

Patrick
Patrick

her train of thought is very telling… hence her weak delivery of anything more than what she repeatedly does

romance
and familial bonding

outside of that… her being a police officer … pretty much does the acting for her.

WHY @DAYS behind the scenes features Hope and Rafe… is a smack in the face of how dumbed down are we ?

Yike

this cast is on top… WITH GH

come on

Judy
Judy

love hope and rafe together

Ray
Ray

If someone thinks the show is so bad that it is “time to stick a fork in this bomb,” than simply don’t watch it or waste your time writing negative comments about a show that obviously so many people still enjoy. I think moving the show to noon in NYC could be a good thing. It might provide more people an opportunity to watch it during lunch.

If the rumors are true, is there any way for the show to be profitable if they cut it back to 30 minutes? It seems “Bold and Beautiful” has thrived for years.

I think the show is getting back on track. Abigail/Chad/Gabi are firing on all cylinders. Paul/Sonny is a great pairing. I would love to see the show move into another direction instead of rehashing ANOTHER “Is Stefano alive?” plotline. This storyline has been done too many times.

I love the idea that Stefano has been holding Zack hostage. Although it would be another “coming back from the dead” storyline, it would drive story for years.

I like the diversity “DOOL” has been showing in the past few years. Hispanic, Asian, black and gay is part of society. I am still trying to like the nu-Valerie, but it seems she should be a lot older than actress playing her. Wasn’t her storyline 35+ years ago? Please bring back David Banning (Gregg Marx).

Another great idea is to get Peter Blake’s character back on the show. I think another Dimera child would be great for Chad and Andre.

Wishing the show several more years of success! Stay positive fans.

Chris
Chris

Ray, commenters are entitled to express their opinion about the show, no matter how negative it may be. If you still like it and don’t want to read comments like that, then you should not be on sites/message boards like this.

“…show that obviously so many people still enjoy.” — Have you actually watched/seen the quality of the show and taken a look at the numbers for Days consistently over the past year-plus? If that comment was true, then “obviously” the show would not be in danger of being cancelled.

And if Days was tanking at 1 pm in NYC (in the time slot it held for decades) then how exactly will moving the show an hour earlier be a good move? It will still be up against part of Y&R. If anything, those few who do choose to put it on will probably choke on their lunch before changing the channel. IMO, it’s the beginning of the end.

I’m sorry, but it’s reached a point where I have to be realistic about where this show stands. Yes, a good portion of its (remaining) fans will stay positive, but I can tell you that many people I know who currently watch (or watched) Days don’t care anymore and are resigned to its fate. That’s probably the way the silent majority feels.

Ray
Ray

I think it would be better if negative people who do not respect the shows stay off websites that are about promoting the genre. Do I think the show is at its best? No. Do I want to see hundreds of people lose their jobs if the show is cancelled? No.

Mo
Mo

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nicholas
Nicholas

it has improved so much ! leann hunley is back as anna ! and carrie and austin are back as well . patch and kayla are on the show as well so it is more than time for you to watch the show everyday when it screens on nbc . writing has improved a lot as well . talk to your friends , neighbours , work colleagues about it , get them to watch it . promote it yourself by facebooking and twittering about it . it’s by watching this show and getting the people you know to watch it that this show has the best chance of continuing for years to come .

damien
damien

days has become my favorite soap these days!
lani/ jj / gabi/ chad/ abigail is keeping me glued ! classic soap romances
the stefano hunts been fun and suspenceful awaiting all the old returns of faves!
cant wait for eric to come home too
even hope in prison has been getting good
adriennes cancer is endearing because of the triangle with her , lucas and justin
days is balancing the right mix of romance , suspence and topical issuses…
go days go!

Tony
Tony

Why aren’t the Hayes in this photo?

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is great but I sure do hate the rumors that the show is about to be cancelled. Every time this kind of rumor started, I always got upset. I can see where people are getting their information from this time though.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know yet… @DAYS – CHOSE – to RUIN the greatest character, for …. HOPE ?

I can only hope… that the characters of Anna, Carrie, Austin… are back for their own story… AND NOT be propped to do in Stefano and … alas… Hope gets her life back

with little to no regard for , how the audience… would delight in seeing these three characters back in Salem for a much longer story.

who truly wants to see just Rafe and Hope

seriously

in the latest SOD issue… it’s Anna DiMera who’s carrying on about how she wants justice for the love of her life… Tony DiMera

REALLY? this is what we RUIN ( one of the best their is, Leann Hunley ) …. so Hope and Rafe can get out of jail free card?

Kristian and Galen… are not even in the same league of daytimes best

Patrick
Patrick

PS: I should add… had @DAYS decide to resurrect Stefano…

Gosh… how I would love… if Ray Wise ( ex-Ian Ward, Y&R) , would do it.

in my dream of DREAM… Jed Allan ( ex’ CC Capwell )

lordy… zap me now

there’s no one like Joseph Mascolo

In a SOD issue not long ago… celebrating Joseph Mascolo….

his wife… shared

“Joseph was a big ole’ bear, with a puppy dog heart”

Drake
Drake

Plain and simple, Days is a sinking ship. This is particularly sad for me since Days is the soap that made me love soaps (I grew up watching the Jim Reilly era). In my opinion, only one person can turn the tide here and his name is Ron Carlivati. His pacing, tone and style would be a perfect match for Days. He could be the fix Days so desperately needs. A last ditch effort that is completely worth a shot.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

..well it sure needs SOMETHING because I grew up watching One Life to Live and All My Children and have given this show, Days of Our Lives a 3 year watch and I’m really done – I just put it on in the background and iron my lab coats or scrubs – it doesn’t draw me in at all. The writing and the dragged out to death storylines are tedious to endure.

Sylvia
Sylvia

Sad to say, but the countdown is on. DAYS has been on a steady spiral downward for over a year. This ship is going to sink.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Hate to say it, but this show is just so bloody awful – in 2013 – 2014 it showed promise – but to me, since the summer of 2016 it has gone downhill – the writing is just dreadful and the storylines are so weak and come across like it’s 1985 ~ the show is also hurt by the severe lack of sets – yes, I know it’s a soap and not a major movie production, but they are not even creative – how many dinner conversations can be had at Brady’s Pub and just how many confessions and murders can take place in Fake Leaf Park? I think the actors do their best but they cannot overcome horrific writing.

Judy
Judy

Its on it 11”oo Y&R and days is on 1;;00 in austin tx and in amarllo its on 11.oo and days is at 2;oo I live in austin now GHis also on at one 1’00 never watch that one just get DVR and tape both show and call the station and compian

Susan
Susan

I am so happy that LeAnn Hunley is back. I have missed Anna. Now if only the writers could bring back Tony.

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

Me to.to make it really interesting I would love to see Elaine Princi back too.

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

If you are a Kate Mansi fan check out both lifetime and lifetime movie channel.She was in 2 murder mysteries,The Boyfriend Killer and Unwanted Guests I saw both movies last night and believe me you won’t want to miss them She was bad in both of them far cry from her role on role on Days.

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Judith Chapman Confirms She Is Back On DAYS And As Leo’s Mom

Exciting news DAYS fans, those rumblings were true! Judith Chapman will be playing the trouble-making Leo Stark’s (Greg Rikaart) mother on Days of our Lives.  And that reunites Chapman with Rikaart as mother and son.

As soap fans know, they played Gloria and Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless for many years together.  Now they will be playing a new mother/son dynamic duo in Salem. But, just what kind of twisted relationship might they have, since Leo has given clues that she was a bad mom?

Soap Opera Digest revealed that Judith will play Diana.   Her first airdate will be on January 29th.  DAYS fans know Judith from her time as Angelica Deveraux from 1989-1991, and most recently when she returned to the show for the 2018 Halloween episode doing a guest-turn as Angelica AKA Satan in Hattie’s (Deidre Hall) nightmare.

Chapman confirmed her arrival on the Salem scene in a tweet today, stating “And I don’t have to keep the secret either Mitch Sandusky! What a GREAT way to start 2019… More articles to come in TV Guide Magazine and Soap Opera Digest… and to be reunited with my TV son.

Diana will have a past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), which could cause trouble for John and Marlena’s wedded bliss.

So, excited to know Judith will once again tear up the soap-screen, but this time back on DAYS? Comment below.

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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Breaking News

NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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