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Days of our Lives Scores Its Most-Watched Week In Two Years! Total Viewers Up To 2.914 Million!

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Days of our Lives is continuing its major uptick that began at the end of 2015, with news from NBC today that for the first week of 2016,  (January 4- January 8th), the series scored big in the ratings with its most-watched week of episodes in two years.

There is more excellent news with that for the long-running NBC soap opera which turned 50 this past November.  The series averaged 2.914 million viewers, that is the daytime drama series best numbers since the week of January 6th -10th, 2014 (2.991 million).

In addition, in the key womens demographic of 18-49, DAYS delivered its highest weeklong average rating in 18 months, with a 0.91 rating.  That rating is the highest for a week for the series since July 14-18, 2014 (0.93).

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Versus the same week last year, DAYS was up +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.91 vs. 0.82), up +11% in the women 18-34 demo (0.49 vs. 0.44) and up +19% in total viewers (2.914 million vs. 2.452 million).  Season to date, Days of our Lives has grown +3% versus last season in total viewers (2.869 million vs. 2.777 million, “most current”).

So, what drove more eyeballs to DAYS?  The drama of the death of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shaen Christian) following the horrific New Year’s Eve car crash, and the heartbreaking episodes and performances dealing with who will get the good doctor’s heart … Brady (Eric Martsolf) or Eric (Greg Vaughan) with Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) having to make that call!

And then there was that shocking Friday cliffhanger where Hope (Kristian Alfonso) shot and killed Stefano (Joe Mascolo) once and for all!  These dramatic moments were major factors in this great week for the audience at home, and for the hardworking producers, writers, actors, and behind-the-scenes crew at DAYS.

So, what do you think of DAYS best weekly performance in the ratings in two years?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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code85
code85

Right own keep it up Days. This is for all the doubters.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Prediction: DAYS will be renewed for TWO more Seasons….next week, right?

Patrick
Patrick

don’t mind admitting a few heart palpitations… till I hear as much

@Ricardo is saying the same thing

bells and whistles happy dance beaming from ear to ear heart taken w/ DAYS

Susan
Susan

I think it will be renewed for one more season at least.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If you miss a DAYS you miss a lot! High stakes drama all in a DAYS work! Five DAYS per week perfection! Vacation DAYS, sick DAYS or snow DAYS…don’t forget about DAYS!

My DAYS aren’t complete without DAYS!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Cute, 4ever, I love it. And, I agree. I look forward to most of what’s offered on Days, right now. (Well, not Hope’s stupid story).
I wanted to ask you, since you are an avid fan……What are the chances that Joey is Ava’s and Steve’s son? I believe that’s why she’s concocted all this. Well, weirder things have happened on Days, right? Lol. At first I thought that it was going to be another teen seduction. But, i’m starting to lean toward this new idea. Her actions do not bespeak any sexual connotations. Just a thought! Later.

Michael
Michael

I am betting that it will turn out that Joey was responsible for the accident that killed Daniel. First, notice that everyone talks about the number of cars involved in the pile up- but no details other than Eric’s drinking and close ups of Jen. The second to last time we saw Joey, Steve gave him that motorcycle, promised to give him fast track lessons, and made him promise not to tell Kayla. Then we see Joey at the Basic Black Party, getting rebuffed by Eva. The drama will unfold as Eric is exonnorated, but leaves Salem in search of redemption. Meanwhile, Stave and Kayla’s reunion will be short lived when Kayla finds out that Steve gave Joey a motorcycle without telling her- paving he way for Eva to set her plans in motion.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

No chance at all, CeeCee, which is why it’s a possibility, LOL!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@4ever.
Exactly, 4ever. I’ll buy that!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If Ava really had Steve’s baby, Chase is their son!

Ricardo
Ricardo

I am enjoying watching Days right now, next week they will renew Days for 2 years. That’s what I am hearing.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, Ricardo! I feel that is happening!!!! Let’s keep supporting, let’s keep watching, let’s keep praying?

LOVE LOVE LOVE DAYS!!! To more DAYS OF OUR LIVES, to come!!!!

su0000
su0000

Goes to show;
people like action, mystery, and yes murder..

GH is having its grave dug by J&S with the horribly dull love in the afternoon, that faded out long ago..
Couples are cool, GH had great couples, that now are looking rather smoochie ridiculous.

CONGRATS !! DOOL for the writers picking up their game and delivering !

tim S
tim S

Maybe a green episode of GH will put some life into it!! LOL..

Come on…. magazine coming out green saves the magazine…I like crazy stories but this one … NOT

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think it will, tim S. That’s the whole point. Of course, it is far fetched, Lol. But the planet is going green, haven’t you heard? HaHa.

Matt
Matt

GH was still ahead of Days in the ratings and GH is doing great numbers as well. The show is so much better than when ron was writing. J&S are doing a great job, congrats to them

Mister Media
Mister Media

The actors are killing it on Days right now! The stories are great, but the writers aren’t just writing BIG stories. They are also writing all the small but emotional beats that result from the big stories. Days may just have the best writing of all the soaps right now. Y&R had an amazing day today, but GH has been disappointingly lackluster and B&B is like a cartoon version of a soap. GH needs a new editing approach with longer scenes. The show could learn a lesson or two from Days!

jeremy
jeremy

Days is so Dull and Boring. Nothing exciting about this Cheap Soap with cheap sets, production :&

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I think the score is great. It is right up there with a motion picture thriller.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Don’t be an annoying little gnat just don’t watch it’s a good show no need of negativity

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

GH could learn a lesson from Days? Should they kill off Laura, Michael, Anna, and Mac for a lazy cheap temporary ratings bump? Should they sacrifice the long term all for a short term numbers surge? How about a death one week, then a funeral the next, and then keep repeating this pattern like Days? I got news for you that one trick pony gimmick will eventually run out. The fact that Days has to kill off so many characters in a very short amount of time is just flat out desperate reckless writing cause they know it’s the only way they can move out of last place for a week or two and then it’s back to status quo.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I should have been more clear – the lesson I was referring to had to do with the editing. The quick cuts on GH are too frequent. The scenes need more time to develop. I’m not a fan of numerous and gratuitous deaths, but they do give something for the actors to play if done well. Long live GH!

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

I couldn’t agree more… Now we have lame Theresa trying to start of clothing line… Gimme a Break!

Pjc722
Pjc722

Finally stefano is dead and for that much I hope the DiMera family. As much as I love a good villain family on a soap, for one family to do as much illegal and diabolical things as the Dimeras and nothing to happen to them such as jail just made the police/Brady’s look stupid.

Love that Hope did it. As some have said it should have been John. But amazing end to an era.

Susan
Susan

Stefano is dead; long live King Andre!!

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

I couldn’t disagree more. I never hated Hope, until now… pious and hypocritical. YOU DON’T KILL AN ICON LIKE STEFANO THE WAY THEY DID!!! Very disrespectful to the best actor ever on Days. So how is it a good storyline to have Hope kill a helpless, feeble and sick old man who had begun to stop all his evil?

nicholas
nicholas

Days of our lives is the outstanding daytime drama at the moment . You can forget about young and restless and bold and beautiful . Days of our lives is the soap to tune in right now . The writing is amazing and the acting is great . Those of you who watched Days in the 1980’s will be pleased to know that Patch and Kayla are back on and the wonderful A Martinez whom some of you will remember as Cruz Castillo from the late great soap ” Santa Barbara ” is now on Days playing a character named Eduardo !

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, A Martinez is wonderful as always. I hope to see more of his nicer side in reuniting with his family and with helping John. I don’t buy him as a bad guy because he was Cruz Castillo (nice guy) for so many years.

Mo
Mo

Awesome.

But I don’t want to keep seeing murders and death.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Glad to see it! Not happy with everything going on (the destruction of Eric & Nicole, for instance) but there are enough stories and moments I like to keep me watching every day. Can’t say that about last year’s DAYS.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I can’t understand the Ericole situation, maddie.

It’s as if Nicole lost Eric because Ari Z and the tan man are cozy in real life. Dan is out, but Nicole staying could require that Eric/GV is gone too. For what it’s worth, Ericole still have it! The angst is excruciating. Maybe the plan is an Eric recast.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

If they recast with Jensen Ackles, I’d be on board, LOL. DAYS has truly wasted GV and if it was so Ari and Shawn (?) could carry their real-life relationship onto the screen, it backfired. Not every real-life couple has great on-screen chemistry, in fact, hardly any of them do!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

If they do an Eric recast I hope GH scoops up GV as Lucky. I liked his version of Lucky and really hate the storyline that Lucky abandoned his children. I wonder if GV would return? If I recall correctly they unceremoniously dumped him when “the real Lucky” was available.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, 4ever. Nicole is left behind (as part of the cast, that is) because there is a love triangle brewing…… I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings and be repetitions ( I think I already said it, and for that I apologize), but, Brady is having dreams of sexy Nicole giving him that come hither look. HaHa.

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

Proof people still like drama in their daytime…as long as the writers write good stories.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn. That fine actor is what has me watching.

I am also enjoying the character development of Theresa by the fabulous Jen Lilley, but I hope they do not make her too goody two shoes too quickly. She needs to keep that naughty side just a bit.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I hate to say this, but the Liason/Jasam thing just might be working for GH. I was shocked to see Monday’s episode (with both Liason AND Jasam) was the highest-rated, while the Scorpio-Drake epi (my personal favorite episode in months!) was the lowest rated of the week! It’s truly mind-boggling, but Jasam and Liason have loads of fans. And as long as GH can keep ALL of them dangling and hoping, they will get them to tune in. But just how long can they keep shippers dangling before they get fed up? And what happens when they finally close the door on Liason and go with Jasam for the win? Stay tuned … or NOT.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Of course people turn in, these type of stories always bring in eyeballs, but in the end what are you going to do– keep killing people? Eventually a soap needs a solid story board with stories that are woven over time. If a soap subscribes to the Ron C form of writing, your stories have to keep getting more outlandish or out there in order to top or compete with what was done, and in the long term a soap can’t do that.

Prime time can because they have only so many episodes a year, but a daytime soap will quickly run out of steam. I know viewers hate the lull times– but honestly high impact stories like the ones Days just did will get you a bump in the ratings but long term it doesn’t help, which is why I keep saying daytime needs to stop writing for ratings and just write– quality writing will bring in the viewers without having to resort to cheap melodrama that like fireworks are dazzling while it lasts, but soon fades away leaving nothing– and then you lose the audience you just gained.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

So happy for Days. Hope the renewal announcement comes soon!

Rj
Rj

I watched because I was curious to see how all was going to happen, but as other have said I hope they move away from all the death. Hard to keep watching everyone so sad. Romance, Mystery, Intrigue and adventure are fine from here on in. I think that all the actors have done an excellent job. They have a strong cast now, so they need to keep giving them good storylines to perform. I agree that Chad – Billy Flynn has stepped out as a strong and leading character. Kudos to him. Look forward to seeing more.
Congratulations to the cast, writers, crew, producers, directors, etc. for once again turning Days around. I hope they can keep it up.

Ces
Ces

Billy Flynn, Stephen & Mary Beth are about the only three I am watching for. I dont like this stupid Hope story or how they killed Stefano off, John searching for his parents ran its course a long time ago, not interested in Theresa or her screeching, lame bad actors in the teen storyline, and a new dearh every week. I’m not sure I want to juggle Days & GH but then again GH has had its dull days too! What we need are fresh writers snd more original storytelling.

Ces
Ces

*death*

blake
blake

Congrats Days, well deserved! With these healthy ratings and demos NBC/Sony would be smart to keep Days on at least for another two years. According to rumors it’s already happening and I hope so!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, well played by DAYS, they won, jointly won top honors last year for Best Drama, they will WIN again this Spring. Word on the street is a renewal is in the works? That’s fabulous. They deserve to live another two years. Hopefully, we’ll know for sure middle/late of next week.

KateA
KateA

I am watching because Vincent I starts on Monday….I think. He does evil very well. He is suppose to have a close connection to the DiMera family. Really looking forward to seeing him back on the screen, causing problems. I am totally enjoying Michael Knight on Y&R. Sure wish there was a way to get Susan Lucci back. Yes, still missing All My Children.

Guppy Gal
Guppy Gal

I can barely make myself keep watching this show. It all death and destruction all day every day! If I want to see that I can watch the nightly news. What happened to love in the afternoon? I have lost track of how many have been killed in the last year!

Lonny
Lonny

I’m not sure why people are tuning in for death and sadness. I’m about ready to turn the channel if it doesn’t get better soon. This is not my DOOL. I want to see family, love, happiness not murdering the entire town.

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

The way they killed Stefano off was extremely aweful writing!!! I mean this guy was an icon and this is the way you treat him? Why not have him go away to an island or something? To have him shot by the pious and hypocritical Hope was pathetic. He was my favorite character ever and deserved a better exit!!!!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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