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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Co-Host Greg Rikaart & Guests: James Patrick Stuart, Robin Strasser and Hayley Erin

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If you missed this past Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman holiday episode, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the  audio player above.  For the last episode of 2018, Michael welcomes his special guest co-host, Daytime Emmy-winner, currently tearing it up on Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Leo).

To get listeners in the yuletide spirit, the themed-broadcast featured special guests: General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Vslentin), just departed General Hospital cast member, and soon-to-be-seen in the new Freeform series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki), and One Life to Live favorite and icon, the incomparable Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian).

During this festive night of chat, James Patrick Stuart was the first guest talking with Michael and Greg while on his way to the GH Holiday Party.  James filled listeners in on playing the scenes that aired this past week where Valentin pours his heart out to Nina (Michelle Stafford), and the two come back together, but Valentin’s secret (that he hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s long-lost daughter), is a definitive threat to their newfound happiness.  In addition, James talks about the release of his Christmas song on You Tube, his rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem, and his upcoming appearance at the GH Fan Festival with several members of the cast at Elvis’ Graceland, the weekend of January 18-20.

Next, soap icon, Robin Strasser called-in to Soap Nation Live from New York City.  Robin talked about her collaboration over the years on-screen with Erika Slezak (Viki) as one of soap opera’s all-time classic duos, how much she misses, and the fans miss One Life to Live, exiting a part you have played for many years and moving on with your life, a key David (Tuc Watkins) and Dorian scene on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life, and so much more. Robin also answered questions from listeners who called-in.

Later, Hayley Erin joins Soap Nation Live!, where she discussed: Kiki’s brutal exit from GH at the hands of serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom), how her on-screen GH mom, Maura West (Ava) delivered a gut-wrenching performance when Ava found out her daughter was dead, and what it has been like taping her new show, PPL: The Perfectionists.  In addition, Hayley answers questions from listeners who are missing her on the GH canvas.

Throughout the show, Greg and Michael chatted, about Greg’s performances as DAYS’ Leo Starke, the interloper in Sonny and Will’s relationship, who has insinuated himself into their lives via blackmail.  Greg previews what will go down on the Christmas episode of Days, and how there could be changes ahead in the New Year for Leo, while he continues to be a wrecking ball in the lives of the Kiriakis family and more.

In our staple Game Show trivia segment, a lucky caller, who answers Elvis Presley trivia in celebration of GH’s upcoming Graceland event, won some GH swag.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Liveyou can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Greg, James, Robin, and Hayley above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast … and Merry Christmas from all of us at Soap Nation Live!

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Greg your character is unwatchable on Days. Go back to YR

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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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DAYS Preview – Week of January 7, 2019

This week on Days of our Lives; after two bombshells about her boyfriend surface, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is not pleased.  First, she learns he was the guy that kidnapped Gabi (Camila Banus) and brought him to Stefan (Tyler Christopher).  Later, Ciara overhears a key conversation that does not sit well with her … at all.  Is it curtains for #Cin?

Meanwhile, Xander (Paul Telfer) intends to move back into the Kiriakis mansion, now that he has ammunition in that flash drive thanks to Eve (Kassie DePaivba) on Titan. Looks like Leo’s (Greg Rikaart) new housemate might become quite the ally to take down the entire family for their own gain.

Chad (Billy Flynn) is trying to do everything he can to make Abigail (Kate Mansi) forgive him, and what he does for her is quite special. But what could it be?

And, we learn that Haley (Thia Megia) has ties to Salem and an explosive secret.

Check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC for the action this week in Salem and then these other teasers below:

Monday, January 7

Jack runs into Kayla and discovers a dark moment from his past.

Tuesday, January 8

Julie helps Chad plan a special date with Abigail.

Wednesday, January 9

Leo meets Xander for the first time — and is immediately smitten.

Thursday, January 10

Eric reveals he’s made a decision about Holly’s custody case.

Friday, January 11

Brady and Chloe share a close moment.

Now, which storyline are you most intrigued by this week on DAYS? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH icon Genie Francis chats with Michael Fairman about her return to the soap as Laura after being taken off-contract earlier this year. Leave A Comment

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Kate Mansi as Abigail

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