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GOOD NEWS: GH Has Solid Gains Over Last Year In Viewers For Week! All Soaps Up In Women 18-49 Demo! BAD NEWS: All Soaps Down In Total Viewers For Ratings Week!

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Depending on how you interpret the latest ratings for your favorite network daytime dramas for the week of May 5-May 9th, there was some good news, and some bad!

First, let’s start with the positive!  When looking at General Hospital’s numbers for total viewers from last year for the ratings week compared to this year, the lone ABC soap opera is up by close to +200,000 viewers, with + 191,000.  GH scored it’s highest number of total viewers for the week on Thursday, May 8th when the 2014 Nurses Ball kicked off its four-day event.

Elsewhere, all network soaps operas showed gains in the key demo of 18-49 women!  It was Days of our Lives that added the most viewers in this category with +61,000 as Nick Fallon was shot at the end of the week!  And it was also Days of our Lives that added the most viewers in the 25-54 women’s demo.   In addition, all soaps were up in the 18-34 women’s demo.

Now as for the bad news:  all soaps lost total viewers for the ratings week with The Bold and the Beautiful losing the most with -132,000.  And over at The Young and the Restless, the soap continues to be stalled with tying their all-time low in the ratings share for the key 18-49 women’s demo for the fifth week in a row!  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here!

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David
David

Days of our lives is doing great, nbc renewed days until september 2016. All. of the storylines I love, i cannot wait until eve donovan played by kassie Depsiva comes to Days. Also kristen played by Eileen Davidson is coming back too. Give the emmy to Eileen Davidson she deserves to win it. Gh sorry to say this, abc will cancel it sooner than later. Gh had lost its edge. they need to make changes to the writing team now, or gh is a goner. that’s my opinion.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days is my favorite but as long as GH ratings are better than days i doubt it’ll be cancelled unless the ratings take a nosedive!!!

David
David

I meant kassie Depaiva. lol. I spelled her last name wrong.

Nikki
Nikki

Y&R very boring… Taking way too long to tell a story. Miss the acting of Michael Muhney ….
He was phenomenal. Neil looks like he is sleeping with his daughter!!! A lot of bad acting…
I don’t even taoe it anymore. If I miss an episode , I don’t care!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Don’t be a YawneR when you can stay awake for DAYS!

Rosanne
Rosanne

LOL.. thats a good one… love DAYS .. except Daniel and Jennifer.. sorry.. Dannifer fans

su0000
su0000

GH went high with all enjoying the Nurses Ball, always a fan favorite, and a not miss event..

Y&R is past terrible to horrible, I’m surprised it is still hanging in there..

When it comes to ratings;
they are nothing but a bitch fest, when posted lol
usually a feeding for the habitual complainers to blame something LOL ..

Many states are enjoying warm outdoor weather that they have not had in 7 months..
Soooo.. outdoors and lawns and gardens make busy people, the ratings are good..

Ratings are a roller-coaster up and down up and down.. No big deal..
I do not really care about the numbers..
As long as I am enjoying/loving my soap, and I am, I could care less about numbers 🙂

GH50
GH50

Not so sure everyone enjoyed the Nurses Ball. The first day hit 2,893,000 viewers. The second day it dropped 286,000 viewers to 2,607,000. So apparently a lot of people didn’t enjoy it and decided it wasn’t a non miss event.

There certainly are different ways to look at the ratings for GH, but the objective way is negatively. Yes the ratings are up from this time last year, May 2013, but they are down from the fall of 2012 and they are down from Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. And the show will have to do a total nose dive the next few months to not be higher June –August than June –August 2013. Why?

May ushered in the Chew episode and the subsequent reintroduction of the OLTL3, Franco, Silas and Kiki. The ratings took a dive from that point through the summer. They rebounded and averaged in the 3 million range when Robin came back and then took a dive again in March when she left.

GH had reached 2.7-2.8 million viewers back in the Fall of 2012 coming out of the Jerry Jax return, Sam getting her baby back, AJ returning and Faison being unmasked, and held well through the 50th. It then took a downward turn and only rebounded with Robin, averaging in the 3 million range, and then quickly turned down again the week after she left, losing over 400,000 viewers and not doing much better than that for the nine weeks since.

It is incorrect to compare now to the same time last year and say it is a positive ratings trend. At that time GH had lost momentum and gains from a few months earlier. And GH made much larger gains for several months since then and lost them all. It is not positive to be up 191,000 viewers from a year ago, when you are down 300,000 viewers from 2 months ago. The ratings are down, trending down and have been for over two months.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont trust the rating system at all…my niece missed the first day of the nb and watched the second day…i only tune in to Y&R only a few times a month…there are some who only watch certain episodes of each soap…it depends on what is going on in the show that might temporarily interest some like Robins return for example, and some will only watch when they have the time or if they like something on better thats oppisite…like maybe certain guest appearances on a talk show theyll watch that instead…yes, GH has problems and could be better…i do agree with you there…some episodes are real good and entertaining then there is the bad boring moments like Carly/Franco in the airplane that felt like just a filler moment and as if it wasnt any part of the show!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

GH might have lost 300,000 viewers from 2 months ago but how did the other soaps do in the same 2 month period?So GH may have lost 300,000 viewers in the last 2 months but the other soaps may have lost more.So it could be interesting to find out over the last 2 months how many viewers the other soaps lost too.Plus GH is in 1st or 2nd place in all the key demos.Plus earlier this year there was that cold front that hit the U.S.that kept most people inside and had them watching soaps.Plus all 4 went down last week.I know there were weeks when GH was the only soap that went down and some weeks when they were the only soap that went up.

andrew hass
andrew hass

The ratings for the week of February 24-28 2014:Y&R:4839,000 B&B :3,585,000 GH:2,877,000 DOOL:2,686,000 For the week of March 3-7:Y&R:5,027,000 B&B:3,679,000 GH:2,972,000 DOOL:2,717,000 Now for the week of May 5-9:Y&R:4,475,000 B&B:3,403,000 GH:2,759,000 DOOL:2,434,000.So between the weeks of Febuaryb 24-28 and May 5-9 Y&R lost 364,000 viewers,B&B lost 182,000,GH lost 118,000 and DOOL lost 252,000.Then between the weeks of March 3-7 and May 5-9 Y&R lost 552,000 viewers,B&B lost 276,000,GH lost 213,000and DOOL lost 283,000.So yeah GH lost viewers over the last 2 months or so but they lost the least amount.

GH50
GH50

Here’s the problem Andrew, There’s no point to comparing GH to CBS soaps and their being up or down? They are doing bigger numbers than GH and they aren’t on a network that may cancel them. They have nothing to prove.

Here’s the bottom line, 2.7 million total viewers is not a good number for GH. It is worse when they were at 3 million. And the 3 million was still a lot lower than the CBS soaps.The CBS soaps are still over 750,000 to 1.7 million higher in viewers.

It doesn’t matter what is going on over at CBS or NBC for that matter. GH needs to be profitable to stay on the air and if it continues along the same trajectory it won’t be. I wouldn’t worry about the other soaps and look for comparisons because ABC doesn’t care about them. They care about the ability to sell enough advertising at higher enough rates to make a profit on GH.

Numbers are quantitative and qualitative. There is a story in the GH ratings if one cares to apply some analysis. The ratings spiked when Robin came back and stayed up. The very week after she left, with an exit story that many didn’t like, the show lost 400,000 thousand viewers and has been down since. In the past two months many have complained about the writing getting worse, the pacing getting worse, the killing of AJ, the infiltration of the Westbourne’s, etc. If people don’t want to connect the dots and keep looking for silver linings while ignoring the facts, they can feel free to do so, but I don’t know who that helps.

The Nurses ball debuted to almost 2.9 million viewers and lost almost 300,000 the second day. If people think that big a drop has nothing to do with a bunch of people not liking what they saw the first day, then again, feel free, but it seems pretty obvious. To try and compare those days to other soaps makes no sense. The Nurses ball should be a huge event and if people don’t tune in, or tune out, that tells you something.

Bottom line, GH numbers are not good, for whatever reason, the trend is down, and they can’t afford it. If the CBS soaps are down, so what? They aren’t in jeopardy and if the quality of those shows are declining as well, again so what? What does that have to do with GH?

andrew hass
andrew hass

I wasn’t comparing GH to the other soaps but since you pointed out that GH lost viewers over the last 2 months that the other 3 lost viewers too.As for the week of May 5th GH stayed over the 2.0 range everyday.As for Robin and how she left i think even if GH had given her the best exit story ever some fans still would have complained because i think it’s easier for them to blame the show for Kimberly McCullough wanting to leave again than her.Also you are right that since ABC owns General Hospital outright they can cancel it anytime they want but as far as i know GH isn’t in jeopardy of been cancelled unless you know something.Also CBS renewed Y&R and B&B through 2017 and NBC renewed DOOL through 2016 but if they really wanted to i’m sure they could find a way to cancel them sooner.Plus even though Y&R and DOOL got multi year extensions maybe CBS and NBC have the option of voiding the deals after each year.As for ABC they may look at the ratings at GH but they may have other ways of judging GH too.AZlso ABC may have learned something from cancelling AMC and OLTL in regards to sponsors.Plus as long as GH can stay under budget ABC might be happy.

David
David

GH50 has nothing better do but complain. If anyone has anything positive to say GH50 automatically comes with the same weekly complaints. TV shows numbers change at different times of the year. The numbers are still much higher than they were 1 year ago. And 2 years ago the numbers were not higher, as that was when GH was hitting horrible numbers. But hey keep watching and complaining about a show you dislike. If that is what keeps you happy keep it up just don’t get upset at people for being positive about the show. Why is it anytime someone is positive they are accused of being a cheerleader? Yet if you get called a hater you get mad

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

GH50 has factually laid out a damning but objective analysis as to what is going on with viewership. If you do not understand the difference between that and a ‘complaint” then perhaps you should reference a dictionary. I agree with you that TV ratings may not be comparable between different seasons. But GH50 is also correct that changes in viewership are not numerically comparable between a show with 2.7 million viewers versus one with 4.7 million viewers.

You act like GH50 is the only one making the critiques of this show under this regime. I invite you to read the many other boards out there with very similar if not identical comments. Even the TV Guide website gets hundreds of comments with negative feedback every time Michael Logan interviews RC, FV or one of the GH cast. And they all reflect disappointment around the camp, the lack of heart, the plot point driven stories, the bad pacing, the dumbed down characters, the propping of all the newbies, the bait and switching of the vets, the focus on the OLTL cast, the disrespectful arrogance of RC, the holes in any and every story, and the loss of the once iconic show known as General Hospital. Sorry, some of us think it is better to speak up in hopes that someone with some power or influence will get a clue and take some action before its too late.

GH50
GH50

I state my opinion about the show because that’s what the comment section is for. Michael Fairman is a respected soap journalist and he opens his column to debate and ideas. There are plenty of places for readers to go if they only want to hear people talking about how great the show is no matter what. I’ve watched GH for 34 years and I am absolutely appalled that a show that has such a deep and rich history and has been such a big part of my life for so long has been reduced to one big mess.

Mr. Fairman provides a forum for me and others to post our feelings, comments and analysis and I take advantage of that. Once people start calling people out for their opinions and whether or not they are spending their time wisely stating them often tells me that they have no substantive argument to make.

If people want to be positive about the show, go ahead and be positive about the writing, producing, storytelling, acting, anything you want. But in terms of wasting time, maybe people shouldn’t spend their time spinning ratings numbers positively when they are not. The show has lost momentum. It has lost viewers in the past months and it is at a level of viewers that is not at all impressive.

The trajectory is not up, so being up from last year means nothing if it is stagnant and possibly on the way down. If GH was growing incrementally over the last year, and consistently on the rise, that would at least tell a different story. When you hit decent numbers over 3 million and then lose hundreds of thousands of people, there’s a problem.

andrew hass
andrew hass

GH50 you have every right to your opinion and i respect your view whether i agree with or disagree with it.As for GH i want it to do better but ratings may not tell a whole story about how a soap is doing.Ratings reflect live and same day viewing.Some people might record GH but watch all 5 episodes of the week all at the same time.Plus all 4 soaps has lost viewers over the last few months.Also the fires in California and other weather around the nation might have affected the ratings somewhat too .So i would be more worried when GH is the only soap that goes down and not just for one week but a few weeks in a row.However the fact that all 4 went down this week and it’s not the first week that has happened in recent weeks just means fans are not watching soaps for whatever reason.As for GH reaching 3 million viewers i hope no one was expecting the numbers to stay up that high.Plus in overall viewers GH might be down but in the key demos they are up.We the fans look at the ratings and if they are up we think the show is doing good and if they are down we think the show is doing bad.However the network and TPTB at GH may have other ways of telling if the show is doing good or bad.

GH50
GH50

Andrew, i really don’t want to be combative, but your points really have no merit on an empirical basis. The Nielsen system is what is used to set advertising rates. It doesn’t matter if it tells the whole story or if people DVR and watch all week at once. That is true of other soaps as well. The ratings are the ratings and the raw numbers that those rating represent are what is important. Advertising is sold on a cost per point/cost per thousand basis. It is that simple. The less viewers you have the less you can charge, the less revenue you take in, the less profitable the show is. It’s that simple.

And no one should be worried if GH is the only soap that goes down. It’s not about up and down, it’s about numbers. raw numbers. eyeballs. audience size. The larger the audience the more you can charge for advertising. That’s it. The CBS soaps can afford to lose viewers now because their raw numbers are so much higher. They are extremely more profitable than GH because of the sheer numbers.

The “key” demos don’t count if you don’t have the mass. You can’t charge enough for ad time for 200,000 women 18-34 or 650,000 18-49 and sustain the show. They are additive. They help and are could to have. They expand your advertisng base. Without the mass of older viewers, you can’t sell enough ad time at high enough rates to be profitable. I have been in advertisng for 25 years. I have managed hundreds of millions of dollars in ad budgets. I know the facts. I know how networks and TV stations price their inventory.

As for all the excuses of fires and weather, I can tell you that the ratings in the New York market, where there have been no fires or adverse weather, the ratings are significantly down. The first and second week of the Nurses Ball and this current week.

andrew hass
andrew hass

GH50 i don’t want to be combative with you either and i think for now i think we should agree to disagree about the ratings for GH and what they mean.That been said ABC could cancel GH tomorrow or keep it on for a long time to come.However ABC may consider a lot of things before cancelling GH and not just the ratings or advertising.Plus ABC might be happy if GH keeps staying under budget.Like i said i think we should agree to disagree because whatever happens will happen and nothing we can do about it.All we can do is keep supporting and watching GH

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

If those Nielson boxes were to have cameras, the numbers for Y&R would be way down because advertisers would not want to pay big money for sleepers. If they’re sleeping, how can they change the channel? YawneR viewers Yawn & Rest!

Patrick
Patrick

@4

in my lifetime… I want to see Y&R ratings… #2 .. or #3… or #4

that’s it

#1 DAYS
#2 GH
#3 B&B
#4 Y&R

Nick
Nick

David, people like GH50 above are perfectly entitled to come on here and give honest opinions about GH as well as insight about ratings trends without being ridiculed.

So let me get this straight: Just because someone (god forbid) has the audacity to not shower GH with endless praise and gush about how wonderful it is, and actually give insight and pieces of ratings data that are not 100% positive, that person in your world is automatically “complaining” or “hating”? Please grow up already, man. If you can’t take dissenting responses like that, then I suggest that you stay away from threads like this.

For crying out loud, there’s nothing wrong with expressing constructive criticism about a TV show, especially one that’s been on as long as GH. In fact, believe it or not, it’s a healthy thing to do. I’m sure GH50 and many others have been watching for years out of habit and want the show to continue on well into the future. They don’t seem to like everything they see on the show, so they vent about what can and needs to be done better. So what? Do you really expect those fans to stay silent? Get real.

harry
harry

David, I repeat–long time viewers GET to voice their opinions about a soap they’ve watched most of their adult lives without the likes of you or that SUOOO person coming in here and questioning their (our) motives, our state of happiness, our overall temperament, and finally, who we are outside of soap opera forums. I assure you, I am a very happy and kind person in real life and I bet GH50 is too. It’s just that I do become rather cantankerous when I see a soap I have watched since I was twelve (that means GH really celebrated their 88th anniversary) disintegrate into pure camp devoid of any heart. That doesn’t make me a bad person any more than it makes you a bad person for loving GH as it is now. So you and the others who engage in such immature mud slinging in the name of positive thinking just knock it off–will ya?

harry
harry

Dear SU000:

We all understand that you’re a GH cheerleader. I am honestly happy that this day time serial makes you happy. However, why must you persist in calling people complainers, bitter or worse yet, unhappy with their own lives when they don’t enjoy GH as much as you do? Yet, you continually call other soaps, such as Y&R horrible, boring and dreadful. Why is it okay for you to complain but it is not for others?

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

Y&R, BB are still getting such corny S/L Y&R is pathetic I now record it so that I can FF 60 %of the hour, I am bitterly disappointed with it every day !

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

It would be nice to see if you would feel the need to FF that much of DAYS.

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

If there is one more scene between Nicole and Daniel with those too long drawn out glances and just ONE MORE flashback scene of Nicole shredding those stupid papers “that might have cleared Eric and thus he might have gone back to being a Priest” – geez, they need to get on with it already – it’s waaaay too drawn out – so I just MAY start to FF through some of those scenes, they are getting awfully repetitious – I love the show, but some of the storylines need to get a move on – another storyline that is moving at a Turtle’s pace is Jordan’s ‘mysterious’ background –

louisa
louisa

I’m one of the new viewers DAYS added…an ABC soap fan watching because One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva is joining the show soon. The stories this month are soapy great–and they are keeping me coming back for more. I only wish Nick Fallon was still alive! Even without Kassie, I would still watch.

I watch GH out of habit, but I hate the mob stories, the lack of romance, and the way characters disappear for months. DAYS has that small-town soap feel that GH had when I first started watching, but is gone now.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Kassie DePaiva first appears June 18th on Days of our Lives!

Patrick
Patrick

thats still a long ways away…

I’ll make it… gala premiere

along… with… our beloved… Eileen Davidson

I so HOPE that DAYS rehires Peter Reckell, BO

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like Days but characters do disapear here too: Bo’s gone and the show rarely deals with it, John came back for a few episodes then vanished and Justin and Adrienne should be around for Sonny during Nicks murder storyline, and Roman, Caroline and Kayla plus Abe are rarely shown especially during a big storyline such as Nicks murder and you’d think the show would bring back Jessica, Nicks momma, for this!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nick could return as a twin brother named Rick…maybe!!!

Jewell
Jewell

I don’t pay much attention to the ratings,they constantly change,I think depend in on storyline, I’m just happy all four soaps got renewed..

Mark
Mark

Days is consistent in all aspects and that is just not the case with the other three shows although they all have good points. I look forward to watching days every day it’s like a treat, the other shows it’s sometimes a chore.

Patrick
Patrick

I do not… watch B&B

I am not living a millionaire’s life…

for all intent and purpose… Y&R and GH .. are not any where… near… the caliber
DAYS is unrequited pull

soapgal
soapgal

Am loving Days , the murder of Nick was so soapy & the actor was so amazing in his scenes through it all , love watching this soap opera.

Not too in tune with GH’s NB , thursday was the start of their NB , seems like what ever happened on Thursday didn’t make it interesting enough to want to tune in on Friday to see more of the NB.

Ok well ..Gooo Days

alec
alec

For GH, given how much they invested in the Nurseball, I can’t say it is a very satisfying ratings for them. Even the shirtless Magic Milo can’t bring up the ratings on Friday.
I basically watch GH as Ryan Carnes is back as Lucas. I like him a lot. I absolutely enjoy Lucas scenes with Brad (by Parry Shen). I think they two have very natural and special chemistry on screen. I also like Britt a lot. I think Kelly is just amazing. Other than that, I also enjoy several storylines but overall the show is blah.

NATHALIE
NATHALIE

Since MM got fired, Y&R has been pretty boring to me that is. With David Tom returning instead of Billy Miller…hes not vickys husband material. Then with Cady Mcclain as the new Kelly, i just dont like her…liked the first one, Cynthia Watros. She was good and i though that she fited very well with Jack. The storylines arent going anywhere. Love Camryn Grimes, but not as Mariah…loved her way better as Cassie. MY point is that i dont like any of the present storylines..its just not going anywhere

Then, love GH but i thought that this year, the nurses ball sucked compared to other years.

Days, i used to watched it..but not anymore. I think that T&R are headed their way. bad ! the only storyline i liked on days was when nick got shot. good one. Y&r is going down, now that Choloe is leaving the show on May 27..stupid storyline there to make her look like a nut to have her out of the show…what is with the writers ???

Last and for all……..BB……..absolutely hate that animal rescue storyline. y?? and dont forget that Hope, dating 2 guys at onces, gives a bad influence on teenage girls, meaning that its ok to date 2 guys at onces..? what is up with that. ???
This has been going on for yrs..she cannot make her mind off of whyatt or Liam who she wants to be with??? ridiculous ! im so not watching that ridiculous show anymore..

thats a wrap !

andrew hass
andrew hass

I don’t really care about the week to week ratings that much because they can go up or down all the time.The fact that all 4 soaps went down just means people weren’t watching soaps that week for whatever reason.Plus i think this is the 3rd time in 4 weeks that all 4 soaps went down.I think the most important thing is that for 3 of the 4 soaps they had gains from the previous year.

Jerry
Jerry

GIVE MARY BETH EVANS HER DAMN CONTRACT BACK DAYS

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…good actresses like her are hard to find these days(pun intended…lol)

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

And Wally Kurth & Judi Evans!!

cinicic
cinicic

Yes from me too. With Sami and EJ out, it is a good time for Kayla to come front and center. Not a slew of new people related to Jordan or anyone else. Kayla and maybe Patch. And Patch couldn’t come home all this time for a good reason and he knows where the heck Bo is. 🙂

kiki smith
kiki smith

The Nurses Ball was AWFUL, and what is with the is Men dancing together and stripping and Nurses Ball written on their asses. Nobody want to see this!

Donny
Donny

Oh KIki grow up, Then why are you watching gh? Turn it off, if it offends you. Lol. It seems you have no sence of humour. Life is too short, why be miserable. The nurses ball was great.

harry
harry

That Magic Milo scene reminded me of the volleyball scene from Top Gun.

Sandra
Sandra

Writing on Y&R is terrible. I only like 1 s/l. Most of the couples are boring! They need to bring back a classic character to shake it up. Not actors’ fault. The executives are to blame.

harry
harry

Some of is the fault of the actors. For instance, the actor who plays Tyler sounds like the high school football player being asked to read aloud in his English class. He’s awful. Then the Winter’s family seem to suck the oxygen out of the room. DeYawn was voted the most boring billionaire for good reason and Lily always talks like some bratty and sassy Valley Girl no matter what scene she is in. They have been attaching bells and whistles to the character of Neil ever since Drucilla allegedly died but all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men cannot make Neil interesting again. No, not even that hot little number who is younger than Lily of the Valley Girls.
Actors who rise above the bad writing? That would be Peter Bergman and Tristan Rogers.

su0000
su0000

LOL
….. The Young & Yawn ..

The Young and Restless has only a couple ”young” and nothing is restless..

ALL the once ”young” are now grandparents on the Y&R..
It needs a name change..

The Old and Restive …. lol

Alan
Alan

It doesn’t help that the Winters family, Cane, Jill, Colin, and Hillary are continually isolated and rarely interact with anyone other than themselves. Back in the day, the Winters family were key players — now you could edit their scenes out and it wouldn’t matter because nothing they do affects anyone but their small group.

Beth
Beth

GH is the only soap worth watching. It continues to do very well in the desirable demos, and that is all that matters to advertisers.

Paula Jackson
Paula Jackson

The Young & The Restless is one long boring hour. Who is interesting? Nobody. A bunch of newbies playing characters no one cares about. Dullan and Betty Crocker at a bake off? Are you kidding me? Who is writing this trash? David Tom is a huge FAIL as Billy Abbott. He can’t tie Billy Miller’s shoes. Michelle Stafford saw the hand writing on the wall and bolted. She knew how bad it was going to get and she was right! Of course, Michael Muhney’s absence has created such a huge hole in the show, it’s like there is no more soul to the show. They’ll never replace him. Oh they can recast the role of Adam Newman, but they can’t replace Muhney and JFP knows it. They’ve lost over 20% of their audience since January. That’s no coincidence either. The old ladies might like Eric Braeden, but his act is stale and old.

janet
janet

All soaps are down in total viewers? I wonder why? No I don’t.

Jared
Jared

1) Y&R is #1 and probably always will be, as long as these soaps are on TV.

2)Demo groups are dumb, period. Sorry if it comes off rude, but I couldn’t give a flip what women 18-49 watch. I’m male and in my 40’s, and I matter just as much.

3) MM and BM are gone. One got fired. The other quit. Not everyone is a fan, and I’m quite sure a quiet majority of us viewers believe a show is bigger than a couple actors with a vocal minority of fans. I’m thrilled David Tom is back, and I think that they can find a very talented actor to play Adam and make us forget about the prior two portrayers. Also, I’m a fan of Michelle Stafford, too, and I believe she was the star of Y&R, but she also CHOSE to leave for the sinking mafia ship that is GH. I wish her the best, and I will miss her as Phyllis, but there was a Y&R before Michelle Stafford and there will be a Y&R long after her departure.

4) Y&R is boring, but it has always been a slow moving character-driven show punctuated by dramatic events. I do believe JFP and her writing team are woefully wrong for this show, but they are an improvement over LML’s and MAB’s disastrous destructive regimes.

5) GH and DAYS aren’t intriguing enough for me to record, now that Soap Net is off the air.

6) B&B, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, is the best show on right now. It’s trashy over-the-top melodramatic fun, and that’s what soap should be.

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

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STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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