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Days of our Lives Scores Most-Watched Week In 19 Months!

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It was a sorrowful week on Days of our Lives, but a big week for the NBC daytime drama series about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in just a few weeks time!

The long-running series garnered its most watch week in 19 months for the ratings week of October 12-16th.  The episodes surrounded the murder of Will Horton (Guy Wilson), and his loved ones dealing with the fallout including: return appearances by fan favorites, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Freddie Smith (Sonny).  The week featured dramatic and emotional performances from the DAYS cast in a storyline move that has been met with an onslaught of social media reactions on the decision to kill the legacy and LGBT character of Will.

According to NBC press release, DAYS scored very strong with a major increase of  2,647 million total viewers for the ratings period.  Additionally, the daytime drama matched its top-rated week among women 18-49 in nine months, and hit a 19-month high in total viewers.

For the week of Oct. 12-16, Days of our Lives (0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.46 rating among women 18-34) ranked #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and #6 in the women 18-34 race, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Scoring  2,647 million total viewers makes the episodes the most-watched week for Days of our Lives since the week of March 3-7, 2014 (2,717 million viewers). Among women 18-49, DAYS earned its highest rating in five weeks (since the week of Sept. 7-11, 0.80) and equaled its high in nine months (since Jan. 12-16, 0.86).

So, what do you think of DAYS ratings performance? Will it be all uphill and continue to increase as we head into the major story for the 50th anniversary celebration?  Share your thoughts and reactions to the numbers in the comment section below!

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Wilma Biddle
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Wilma Biddle

It has been a very sad week on the show but I am waiting to see what happens. I can’t wait to see what happens when Bo gets back. I have watched the show since it first started and I love it.

Kelly
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Kelly

I can’t wait for Bo to get back either. Sadly, Peter Reckell is back for only 13 weeks which means that Bo will be leaving Salem again sometime in December. Peter Reckell, after 17 year as Bo, wants to move on.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Bo will be back just in the nick of time. He will save Hope from Aiden’s necktie.

tim S
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tim S

Ready for some more killings..

Kelly
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Kelly

Definitely will happen.

su0000
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su0000

lol Tin S..
soaps are really really really boring with couples and love gone wrong junk..
Give a soap some darn good murders, shooting, stranglings and WALLA up goes the numbers! lol
younger people of the 21st century era of media just do not like loooooooooong love conversations and couples problems, they like action, intrigue, gripping stories.

tv and movies no longer have much involved love stories because it just not wanted.
soaps need to get out of the 80’s and into the 21st century if they are to get new viewers,

CeeCee
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CeeCee

And, Su. That’s exactly what’s wrong with Daytime programming. You do have a Lust/penchant for the macabre. What younger people are you talking about…of the 21st Century, you say? Well, isn’t that rich? No, Su, normal teens are not interested in crime stories, unless they are mentally unstable. You said once that your parents were both psychiatrists. I am more than certain, that is not what they advocate. C’mon, susu….really? I am a ‘younger’ person…I like action/adventure/fantasy, but I dislike crime/gore. When I watch a show that intrigues me, I cover my eyes during the ‘bad’ stuff.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

This sounds great until you read the actual numbers in the article. Sounds like Days is still last place among the remaining 4 daytime soaps, so killing off Will Horton didn’t elevate the show in that regard — but it did create a firestorm of bad press on social media. Highest rated episode in 19 months, really sad considering it wasn’t highly rated then either. I hope it was worth killing off a legacy character, doesn’t sound like it, though.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

DAYS has been in last place for years! Nothing new there. I would like to see them overtake GH because GH has been SO bad lately and DAYS has been SO good, but maybe the word just isn’t getting out fast enough. DAYS’ ratings do seem to be improving week-to-week.

code85
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code85

Days has not been last for years. You go 2009 or 2010 and they were not in last place. They were not last place in the 90s

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS is spectacular!!!!!

YesterDAYS (10-21-15) episode involving Aiden’s murderous visualization was absolutely spellbinding!!!!!

I “Hope” everything turns out alright!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I wholehearted agree that Aiden’s visualization of his killing of hope was spellbounding–marvelously done, giving shading to the character and allowing the viewer to connect emotionally to the scene. Days is succeeding for one simple reason–it is continuing to give the viewers what they have always wanted–great stories, great acting, great writing, get scene setups, and the characters they want to see–and–no small thing–giving legacy characters their dues. Patch kissed Kayla! We viewers believe now that there will be a happy ending for them. Patch is going to bring Bo home. Evil will be punished; Ben will be caught, and… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know, maddiehayes. At first, I was taken aback…confused. I had the TV on, but I wasn’t paying much attention as I was doing other stuff….then, when my brain settled on the show? spellbinding, indeed….riveting. It was soooo very clever what ‘they’ did. I was floored by the sheer outstanding staging of that scene. For Aiden to go over his sequence of action/activity was a stroke of ingenious madness.

Adam
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Adam

Well all of this controversy over Will definitely worked out, 19 months ago was when Kristen, EJ and Sami were still on. Since this is about last week’s ratings we can’t count Sami as part of the spike cause correct me if I’m wrong but she was on this week.

Why weren’t ratings released for last week though? It wasn’t even on soapoperanetwork website like it usually is.

Mark
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Mark

Great news!

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

Sounds like they are starting to make a “killing” in the ratings…but will it all “die” down after the 50th and be a “slow death” as once again Days will get “strangled” by the competition and remain “buried” in 4th place?… maybe Days and GH could end in a “tie” for third?…lol

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wow! Enjoy that war of words–you “slay” me–clever. Are those shows calling you yet for your writing expertise? LOL

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Clever.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Very good, “Jimmy!”

Patrick
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Patrick

you really treat us to humor….

with all our inner mindset carrying drama ; at the forefront

you frontburner us with laughter

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, now. Here goes the jimh we all know and love. Your play-on-words (puns) surely made a “killing”. LOL. luv-ya, Jimmy.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Glad to see people are tuning in. The performers deserve it. The cast are giving it their all IMO.

Patrick
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Patrick

gosh, aren’t they tho

leaves me … awestruck and wanting the best for my show of shows

“every” actor who has shared on this blog… plus tweets

on just how excited they are with the scripts and the energy at the studio…

dang it tho… DAYS is headlining … so it is!

my favorite pastime… is Happy

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Patrick, I’m so happy that your show is bringing you joy. It’s a pleasure to read your posts. I’m loving Days too. Soapy goodness. 🙂

Days faces ratings challenges that the other soaps don’t, due to the affiliates scheduling and it not airing at all in some major markets. I would love to see it overtake GH because it is the superior show IMO.

Tina
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Tina

Very good week. But days must follow through on the EJ is alive story

Katiek
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Katiek

I recently started watching Days again when I
Heard Steve and Bo were coming back.
I was shocked Will was murdered, I know many
Didn’t like the actor, I feel the character had been
Written horribly and ruined with his affairs, but
Killing him? I just hope Lucas gets a much needed
Story out of this.

jen
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jen

My prediction: By December, the ratings will have tanked and in January the show will announce they are canceled with a final air date in September.

code85
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code85

Really?

Christine
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Christine

Honestly, these numbers seem like heavy spin by NBC, but it’s nice that Days is on an upswing. It sure beats the alternative. Fingers crossed that this eventually leads to some kind of renewal for the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

“fingers crossed…”

bar none

this simply has to be it

renewed energy vim and vigor and leading daytime

NBC / Sony / Days of OUR Lives

hey! if NBC is lauding their achievement… let it be

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

It should be obvious by now that beloved vets, romance and good writing is what brings in the viewers. March 3-7, 2014, saw the return of Drake Hogestyn as John Black. Nicole & Eric had some romantic moments. That alone would have been enough for me to tune in. As someone else noted, EJ and Sami were still on in those days. They were a very popular pair, and DAYS burned a lot of bridges with their fans in the way their exit was handled. Even though I’m a Lumi fan forever, I am glad to see DAYS has taken… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well they would be in big trouble if that story and fall out didn’t bump up the numbers– but whether those numbers hold in the weeks to come will be the real issue. I am finding the story telling to be a bit uneven. Some episodes are so compelling that sometimes I watch them again later in the afternoon via time shifting on my satellite, then the next day I am falling asleep in the middle of it— I like to see the pacing improve–right now they are way too much time of somethings (like Daniel and Nicole doing a… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I am finding the story telling to be a bit uneven ” I feel like i’m watching two shows the days of ole and the new DAYS , ie: August 17, 2015 full steam ahead…. ie: DAYS of ole ??? huh? whenever they show… (what carried? DAYS… and I can no longer stand… and no longer, find interesting… ) because their was so much of them… Daniel, Eric, Brady, Nicole, and Jennifer to watch them now… they haven’t even integrated them at all with the new storylines and new actors… is that telling? I was embarassed watching Daniel and Nicole… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“another” well done ep’…. DAYS production is treating Daniel Cosgrove’ Aiden; is this days current new leading man…. the natural ease he shares on screen with Hope… is astronomical… look at how happy Hope is… ( do you think, she’d lend/help him out with money, if she wasn’t ? ) my first thought after that well done production that DAYS treated us to … That Aiden realizes what the heck he’s doing !!!! stop … what ails you and live in this new life of yours… with your new lover/fiance… and his son, with Ciara how can a person not… Read more »

janet
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janet

Patrick I agree. Days is shooting its self in the foot with getting rid of D.Cosgrove. he and Hope have great on screen chemistry>Bo is not staying, so let him and Hope reunite for a while, and when its over get back with Aiden. Also shouldn’t Bo come home to a daughter he shared the screen with before.

code85
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code85

I disagree with both of you. Daniel Cosgrove is talented, but every show he has been on is last couple of years has been canceled. Get my drift. The writers half be given some credit for his performances, they give him enough meaty story to act out.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Kudos to all the actors. They have given outstanding performances after Will’s murder. Poor Lucas is just breaking my heart. I can’t stand it. He is just devastated by the loss of his son. I hope Adrienne can help him.

edie bailey
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edie bailey

Llanviewer717 You said it perfectly. Bravo to Bryan R Dattilo, who is my favorite actor on Days and has truly been brilliant and I hope he submits his recent material for Emmy consideration. Watching his utter devastation upon the loss of his son Will has been utterly unbearable, as you stated. It was especially cruel, coming so soon after Adrienne broke up with him. As it appears she has finally concluded that her marriage to Justin is not salvageable–and has already reached out to comfort him–I sincerely hope that they will rekindle their beautiful romance. It’s so hard to watch… Read more »

mike
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mike

The next week will be the true tell. Did they piss off enough viewers by killing Will to have a ratings drop.

jj
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jj

It’s like a train wreck. People watch just to see what is happening. Unfortunately they will still end up losing alot of long time fans like me. I bet in 2-3 months they will have the worst ratings ever.

Amy V
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Amy V

I have watched the show for 30 years, and I was devastated! I just keep watching for a new twist that wl make me happy.b I was really angry with so much death!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Judi Evans STARs LOL…. my dream lady… oh there are so many… I stand by my post… she’s 1 of 2 in Salem yes ! alongside my Mary Beth Evans…. these gals forefront lead and pull me they make me smile beam laugh and yearn for romance simply radiant Adrienne pulled out all the stops… even if… Justin and Sonny, emphatically stated she doesn’t put herself first… oy! she wasn’t having any of it… from Justin…. “we have legal papers ” proving you are not a part of my life any more…. to that affect and it’s huge LOL –… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am not surprised. Ben was riveting…WOW!!
Plus, as maddiehayes said, bringing in the many vets, cinched it, albeit I am already tired of Bo and Steve being held captive. I hope the action will start now. I am sure both these seasoned thespians will give us what we want…..Awesome, swashbuckling entertainment.

mark
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mark

LOVE YOU DAYS HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

janet
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janet

After not having watched Days for years. I am enjoying it now. Will I don’t care about. Sammi the brain dead idiot married to the man who raped her ?I hear she is leaving so EJammi gone I can stay..never liked her with him. I like the murder mystery and of course, the returns. If Bo isn’t staying I wish they had left Aiden alone. I like Danial Cosgrove and I do like Aiden. Nice to see Caroline and Victor, never understood why these two actors were not put together. even at their age they have great on screen chemistry.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Awww, Janet. Will was part of the edifice that made Days. A fundamental brick was removed. The remaining Horton name will soon be no more. I don’t think TPTB did get their ducks in a row here…..Will’s death was a random, willy-nilly, thoughtless and senseless action.

PGP
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PGP

I may be in the minority here, but I love having Gabby back on this show. I also sort of like the possible pairing of JJ and Gabby!

suzi
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suzi

i am shocked that i am reading so much negativity. i think the show is great! i have only been watching about 5 years but it has really perked up and moved some stories along. i think Days needed to really shake things up and shock some viewers….the show has been on brink of cancellation since I have watched it. Let the writers/EP try something different. To be honest it seems like FINALLY the actors arent retreading half the prior days dialogue from the day before every day! THAT was horrible! my only complaint is just a personal thing….i cringe… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

I think the new writers need much help…they go into too many directions & calculate story line miserably…they are rather lazy and unimaginative in their efforts and need a substantial boost …hire someone who knows how to write for goodness sake !

code85
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code85

Not everything in life is a bed of roses.

Katzie
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Katzie

I, too, am sorta surprised at all the negativity about the changes at Days. The very day the new writers took over was the day the show became exciting again. The Days preview that is up on YouTube is more like a movie preview – there is excitement and drama coming up! Days has become Must See TV again. I will miss some people however, like Paige, Will, and Aiden. But since this is now a show I look so forward to, the changes are worth it. I am sad Bo will only be back for a short time, tho.… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Great post, Katzie!

DAYS has gone from good to ON FIRE!!!!!

code85
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code85

Days is number 3 in viewers out doing GH by 1,000 viewers.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Woohoo! Congrats Days. You deserve it.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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