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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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Lucy D
Lucy D

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

dmr
dmr

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!

robert
robert

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

Jen
Jen

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 character like Nina on what is alternating now as the lowest rated soap. I’ll be sticking with my CBS shows where I recognize the cast.

su000
su000

”’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 version of GH has been its slow death.
(also- General Hospital has become Lazy, very Lazy)

tidbit/ RC is the youngest writer and that shows as obvious.
Also- RC is a brave writer.
days will take over GH, wait for it.

aria
aria

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 sam and her two horn dogs (drew and jason ) is boring as hell too, these two act like she’s the last cold coke in the desert,
4. i want to see Elizabeth more, she would of made jason return more interesting if she was more involved, her interactions w/ jason have been limited to that of an acquaintance. i saw a glimmer of hope today when liz and franco were planning their wedding and franco asked liz bout her never seen family( her parents, sister sarah and even hayden now) hopefully something is coming down the pipe involving the webber family) so heres to hoping..

Patrick
Patrick

#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.. why should Steve Burton be so amenable OR catered two. GH will feature the trio of Spinelli, Sam , and Jason… turning .. let them burn

WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT HIT ?!?! Jerry Jax?!?! Helena is still alive ? PEOPLE these “Villains” are so old… never wooden.. but .. will not serve the desired demographic… 18-35 ? oh well. GH had that chance with Valentin. now he’s taken a beating . taking the blame for Anna son… and mucking up his marriage once again… oh that stung… as Nina tells him… LEAVE while your daughter still LOVES you. that hurts

so what will Frank VAlentini do? FIRE Shelley… I don’t know that Chris added any thing either.

what I’ve posted must mean ??? no matter how much posts have lamented how GH was not being served by Ron Carlivati… PEOPLE it’s been 3 years.. under Frank /Shelly / JEan/ Chris…

in one year.. Ron Carlivati @DAYS has WON the triple crown PLUS supplanted GH. no small feat. at this time… RC couldn’t have crashed GH… in three years.. Frank Valentini did this

Patrick
Patrick

#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

su000
su000

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.

dmr
dmr

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
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
Suzie RM

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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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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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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