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Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Week Episodes Brings In Another 20-Month High In Total Viewers!

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The 50th anniversary week for NBC’s Days of our Lives will go down as most memorable for the iconic soap opera with lots of fanfare before, during, and after the celebration.  But what a great way to ring in your golden anniversary with this excellent bit of news!

During DAYS anniversary week episodes airing November 9th through the 13th ( the shows golden anniversary was Sun Nov 8th), the series continued its upward climb in total viewers and increased numbers in the important key womens demo categories.

According to NBC, Days of our Lives has once again delivered its most-watched week in 20 months, averaging 2,806,000 viewers for the daytime ratings week of November 9-13, making it the most-watched week for the iconic soap opera since February 17-21, 2014 (2.836,000).

The November 9th episode was in particularily compelling with Bo (Peter Reckell)  saving the day for Hope (Kristian Alfonso)  as she was about to die at the hands of her new husband, Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove). Then  Bo and Aiden fighting to the death, which saw Aiden killed.  Ben (Rob Scott Wikson) trying to have sex with a pregnant and scared-to-death Abigial (Kate Mansi) realizing her fiance’ is the serial killer, while Chad (Billy Flynn) struggled behind bars to remember what happened that led him there, and Sami (Alison Sweeney) returning to Salem trying to bring down the DiMeras armed with ammunition from her husband EJ, who Sami thinks may now be alive!

And in more ratings numbers:  in addition to this being the show’s most-watched week since February 2014, in women 18-49 rating, the 0.89 makes it the top-scoring week for Days of our Lives in the past year (since October 13-17, 2014, 0.89), while equaling the show’s high in nearly 14 months (since September 15-19, 2014, 0.90). Among women 18-34, last week’s 0.53 rating is the show’s strongest in 18 months (since May 12-16, 2014, 0.53) and matches its best since one week before that (May 5-9, 2014, 0.56).  And overall for the past three weeks; DAYS total viewers have grown week-by-week as well as growth in women 18-49 and 18-34.

So what did you think of Days of our Lives anniversary week of episodes? Happy to know the show is still surging upward? Comment below!

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Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Congratulations Days!!! Keep up the good work.

code85
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code85

Right own, true Days fan

Nick D.
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Nick D.

The writers did a great job timing the stories to peak at the 50th and seem to being doing a good job of keeping the momentum going after that as well! While I don’t disagree it’s been a little dark (esp. with Bo’s medical condition coming on top of everything else), to be honest the show was already pretty dark under TomSell – at least now it is also entertaining and well–written. Feels like a much more intelligent show these days, for lack of a better description. Enjoying this new era quite a bit – looking forward to the Belle… Read more »

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

Good!

Mo
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Mo

Keep it going. Hope the viewers will continue to watch.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

This is great for DAYS but it means another soap has to take that last place position. I hate that—I wish they could all be number 1—all the shows are so good and I don’t want to lose anymore family members.

Guest
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It was already renewed!

mike
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mike

A bad sign is that NBC has not given Days a renewal as an anniversary gift. If they were planning on keeping the show this would have been the time to announce.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

It got renewed for another season back in July.

mike
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mike

Days last renewal in 2014 was for 2 years keeping the show on only until September 2016.

Mary
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Mary

I don’t know this can be considered a positive sign; Kristin Alfonso has just renewed her contract on DOOL.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

DAYS is better than it’s been in a long, long time. I’m glad ratings are going up, but I’m mystified why they are still in 4th place. I wish they’d done the anniversary episode the way they’ve done in the past, awash in flashbacks and reminisces. They’ve been very stingy with the flashbacks, IMO. Even non-fans would tune in for an episode like that, out of curiosity. I know I’d watch a Y&R or B&B retrospective, even though I don’t usually watch either of those soaps.

code85
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code85

Days was in third for a couple of weeks and they have been putting up soild gains unlike inconsistent GH.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn is on FIRE! They have a real gem with this guy. He needs to be on more.

tatiana
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tatiana

I agree about Billy Flynn. I tuned back into Days for the 50th anniversary and to watch Bo and Hope and Steve and Kayla reunite. I am a little disappointed that they did not have a ton of flashbacks in the last week to make us feel all nostalgic. Even the 2 flashbacks they had this week for Bo were terrible. I could come up with 10 better ones just off the top of my head! I am not really happy with the Bope reunion and Bo dying storyline. It feels too rushed. Maybe if they hadn’t kept Bo in… Read more »

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

He and Kate Mansi both are…in that cabin fire promo!…lol

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like him.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I love it all and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Abe, Theo and Lani!!!

Blake
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Blake

Congrats to Days! Well deserved! And with the way things look it should continue having great ratings. Ken and his crew just need to keep bringing it!

Reney
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Reney

I have loved Bo and Hope since the 80’s.They were so young, lively and so beautiful.My favorite super couple for along time.EJ and Sami my other favorite.Bo and Hope’s lovestory is iconic.I literally shed tears as Bo and Hope were in that park saying
and remembering their vows and their life together.It was very touching and so heartbreaking.Peter R. thanks for all your great talent..You made the character Bo become so beloved..he will never be forgotten.Thanks for all the great tv memories.

Mary
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Mary

I also cried at the end of the episode today. I knew Bo was going to die but the knowledge didn’t make it less heartbreaking to watch. I only wish that Marlena and John had both been at that family gathering in the pub.

mark
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mark

Congratulations DAYS YOURE SIMPLY THE BEST BETTER THAN ALL THE REST(LESS).

Ray
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Ray

The Friday episode was fantastic. I loved that only six characters were on during the hour (Caroline, Ciera, Steve, Kayla, Hope and Bo). The flashbacks today was DOOL at its best. I wish they would have shown more scenes in New Orleans. Thank you Kristian and Peter for incredible work. As much as I have loved the past few months, I am ready for some happy storylines. The deaths of Paige, Will and Aidan have been tough. If we have to see Hope have a nervous breakdown, it might be too much. Give us some great love stories. I am… Read more »

Belle
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Belle

I like Chad; he is on fire. However, Abby is too weepy.
I want Abe with Maxine. What happened to their pairing? I hope the writers didn’t think that she wasn’t young enough for him because Alexis was too young. Abe needs a love interest. Put him back with Maxine!

Patrick
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Patrick

when my favorite lady love… Mary Beth Evans…. ( who is stand alone… knocking it out of the park) when Kayla hurts ( I hurt) when she told Bo… about his brain tumor and Bo having guessed at the outcome… didn’t lessen all the hurt and ache Kayla breaking down with Steve… to this forever couple… as much as it hurts these two… is an inroad to their finding their way back to teach other applause… to Peter Reckell… Stephen Nichols.. and Mary Beth Evans… making it all so real tip my hat to the command performance of Kristian Alfonso…… Read more »

jj
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jj

It just keeps getting worse. Now you kill off Bo??? Shocked at the path the show is taking! Having the highest ratings in a year and a half isn’t that great with all of the returning characters. You would think it would be even more. And I”m sure there are many just like me that will stop watching once the 50th anniversary is over and Eve (one of the best characters in years!) leaves the canvas.

Sad in Salem
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Sad in Salem

Not entirely surprising the ratings went up. First off, knowing it was the show’s 50th brings extra curiosity and attention. And throwing 10 pounds of murders and drama in a 5 pound sack makes it extra exciting I suppose
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However it almost looks like dumping fuel before a crash landing. A lot of their main characters are being written off and won’t be available for more outrageous story lines come next sweeps week… Those new kids better get some good scripts and spend lots of time with the acting coach.

Breaking News

Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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James Scott Comments: “I Will Never. Never. Never. Never. Never, Go Back to Hollywood Let Alone DOOL”

Those hoping that finally James Scott would return to his signature daytime soap role of EJ DiMera on Days of our Lives, now that Alison Sweeney is on her way back to the show this fall for a longer run as Sami, can count those hopes now dashed and for good.

In a post on his Instagram account for his meditation and contemplations Sunday morning Zoom series and website, Scott posed with Deepak Chopra.  When a fans posted a comment in the IG account how they miss him on DAYS and to come back with Sami, James replied, “Hi – thanks for joining me here. Please know that I will never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Go back to Hollywood let alone DOOL. There is notbing interesting there for me. J”

Fan favorite James Scott, who has been MIA from the acting profession for awhile now is running The Whisper Within – and as detailed by the website, Scott explains how he left acting to be more involved with meditation and helping others find inner-peace – “In 2014, after a successful career in the entertainment industry, I found myself with everything and nothing.  I had money, celebrity, and status and the grief to match it. I had worked tirelessly for the better part of two decades to attain wealth and validation, yet no external thing could touch the emptiness I felt and the worthlessness I experienced.  I knew that something unknown wished to be known—something I could feel only through its apparent absence. In my despair and depression, I faced a simple choice: to change my lived experience or to end it. One felt impossible; the other easy I had already spent so much time reading self-help books, attending workshops and retreats, drinking concoctions with shamans, exploring tantra and abstaining from sex all together, dancing and singing, and many more practices, which had done little or nothing to abate the loneliness.

 

Desperate and in despair, still seeking, still suffering, I found my way to an Indian meditation center. I went for a week and stayed for a year. It was there in my own reflection that I found the teacher I had been seeking silently waiting to be known. At first, there was rage and anger, but eventually the intensity of the fire burned low and sadness took its place. I cried and cried until I cried myself empty and something new arose: beneath it all, I discovered a newfound peace. Like a fragrance arising from deep within, I heard the sound of the silence that can never be spoken: the eternal wisdom of the whisper within.  To live from this place is my practice and my path. To inspire others to do the same is my purpose.”

So, what do you think about James’ comments and path that he has now gone down for his life?  Do you think its time for DAYS to finally re-cast EJ? Comment below.

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