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DAYS Only Soap to Gain In Viewers Versus Same Time Last Year; Tops GH In Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of May 7-11.

The Bold and The Beautiful gained the most total viewers for the week with +38,000.  General Hospital was the only other daytime drama to gain total viewers, up +2,000.

However, when looking at the ratings picture overall, it is Days of Our Lives who is almost at +300,000 more viewers versus the same time last year, and it looks to have the healthiest future.

Days, once again, is nipping at the heels of GH for the 3rd spot, (Days last week held the #3 spot in total viewers).  The NBC drama has already past GH for the number three spots in the key womens 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

General Hospital also received more bad news.  It scored a new low in women 18-49 total viewers, and it has tied a low in the women 18-49 ratings share.  As well, GH tied an all-time low for the third week in a row in the women 18-34 ratings share.

Meanwhile, Y&R, which is still the ratings juggernaut soap-wise, lost another -13,000 viewers for the week.  They’ve also tied a low in households for the second straight week, and they’ve also tied a low in the women 18-49 ratings share.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings – via SON

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers

  1. Y&R 4,076,000 (-13,000/-92,000)
  2. B&B 3,265,000 (+38,000/-196,000)
  3. GH 2,290,000 (+2,000/-35,000)
  4. DAYS 2,238,000 (-63,000/+292,000)

So, what do you think of the ratings performance of your favorite soap opera?  Which show are you most disappointed by? Which show are you most excited by? What do you think could be done to infuse your favorite daytime drama with some additional excitement?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GH deserves the trouncing it’s getting. The show has long ignored the fans pleading to give us less Sonny & Carly. And it has just gotten worse. They bring SB back and write the WORST story for his return. The triangle of boredom and passivity. And worse of all Peter/Henrick is on almost every day in a story that destroys the background of one of GH’s most beloved characters. And the actor is HORRIBLE

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THANK YOU, LUCY D! I agree with you a 1,000%! Not only do a lot of viewers ask for less of Sonny and Carly; but, what do we get in response-Laura Wright’s out of work, live-in boyfriend, Wes Ramsey, on EVERY SINGLE DAY, in one of the most atrocious storylines ever retold! What makes it worse, is that the boyfriend can’t act! He thinks he is reciting Shakespeare-it’s dreadful. Also, Jason returns, and it is BORING-CENTRAL!

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they really messed Jason’s return up. it should have lit the show on fire and instead it turned into the Peter show

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I came back to GH after years away when Steve Burton returned but quickly stopped watching. I didn’t recognize most of the characters and they just didn’t grab my attention. I saw Tamara Braun and wanted her to be Carly again or at least interact with Maurice Benard but nothing. And I saw zero chemistry between Sam and Drew but tons with Sam and Jason. The story moved so slowly even if Sam and Jason finally got back together it wasn’t enough to hold my interest. Can’t believe Michelle Stafford left Y&R and the #1 soap for an also ran… Read more »

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”’Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings”’ It could All be a game changer if ratings were actual numbers.. A great many do not and can not watch ‘Live’ or ‘Same Day’ Media is watched at will, these days, and I’d bet a great many watch their soap next day, weekend binge, after midnight, etc, I have never accepted the numbers as accurate viewers. Still- GH needs to clean house and bring in writers that understand what GH was and should be. GH is not even near what it was, its core, it’s heart and soul of old. This FLUFFY… Read more »

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I wish i could put my finger on whats making GH viewers tune out, i still love the show but i even recognize that its lacking something. for me what the show needs to do is refocus and fine tune a few things and get rolling again . heres my list of what they need to do. 1. bring back genie francis and give her a big storyline like they did w/ SB from the get go…. 2. peter august got to go. i mean i love seeing finola hughes front and center but not in this storyline. 3. the… Read more »

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#3. I love when Drew pointed out to Jason.. ie: about whom Sam will be with. as he points out to JAson about “being” the NOBLE ONE. ???? what the? where’s the fight… when this trio lacks SO MUCH PASSIONISTA. don’t bother. geez! perhaps it’s Sam mode to be subservient any way. as she ogles Jason EYES… get it … okey dokey. MOVING right along.. WOW was this a big HIT … wink wink.. 4th and last place. Hey Frankie goes to Hollywood. you placed a lot of hoopla .. all your “eggs’ in one basket… cut the NOBLE histrionics..… Read more »

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#4. @GH. DUMP Roger Howarth… rehire Robin Christopher PRONTO. Rebecca Herbst as Liz Webber is all the SPARK Intrigue.. from the get go you NEED. YOU SAW this happen with Jake Dow. that’ Billy Miller. sumptuous… heated trigger. I feel like these posts are for naught. as I’ve posted.. are these writers even up to the challenge ? PEOPLE. under Frank Valentini regime: it’s been 3 years and no go. this cast has been so heralded.. so “desired” . LOOK outside the box… FIRE THE Corinthos’ . Plus Franco and Finn… FRESH…. simply means.. start writing for the cast

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hi aria..
your list of what GH needs is not mine lol
-Genie/Laura- I do not like the character and I’m ok with her being gone.
-I really like Peter and am waiting for his next chapter.
– Elizabeth is Boring, a stale character.
– I agree with you on ” sam and her two horn dogs (drew and jason ) ” LOL they are so not entertaining.
I hope Drew never ever has to be put with Sam again, she destroys the Drew character by making him stale.

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Aria, it’s time to cut ties with Parking Lot Pete. He’s one of the worst hires in one of the worst rewrites in history. # 3 made me laugh, “last cold coke in the desert!” hahaha

robert
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robert

congrats to Days. it is the only soap putting on quality tv right now. GH needs to realize that the Peter,Franco and Nelle show ain’t working,the show needs change. Y&R is boring.

Suzie RM
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When they let Genie go they lost me and a lot of other viewers. Things have continued to go downhill since then . Very sad

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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