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RATINGS: All Soaps Down, But Y&R and DAYS Show Uptick In 18-49 Key Demo!

The ratings are out for the week of October 31st through November 4th, and overall it was not a good week for your favorite network daytime drama series. All four came up with losses in the total viewer column led by The Young and the Restless with -32,000.

ABC’s General Hospital lost the least with -3,000 average total viewers.  All soaps are well-behind where they were last week at that time a year ago, except The Bold and the Beautiful who while losing -29,000 for this ratings period is still up +168,000 from this same time last year.

Days of our Lives is down from this year at this year overall, but last year at this time was the series 50th anniversary storylines centering around the return of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) and his subsequent death.

The good news for DAYS is that it gained (+8,000) in the all important 18-49 womens demo for this ratings period.   Only one other soap, Y&R also showed gains in the demo (+22,000).   Y&R also gained across the board in all key demos as well, the only soap to do so, adding 18-34 and 25-54 viewers.

Unfortunately, General Hospital was down in all key demos.  It was the only soap to do so for the ratings week.  You can view the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)

1. The Young and the Restless 4,594,000 (-32,000/-265,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,688,000 (-29,000/+168,000)
3. General Hospital 2,638,000 (-3,000/-239,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,172,000 (-10,000/-549,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. The Young and the Restless 596,000 (+22,000/-197,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 491,000 (-10,000/-57,000)
3. General Hospital 450,000 (-2,000/-109,000)
4. Days of our Lives 379,000 (+8,000/-176,000)

So, it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Executive Armchair Quarterback:  Which soap opera do you think is working?  Which soap opera needs the most help? What constructive ways would you attempt to fix it if you were in charge? Share your thoughts and plans in the comment section below!

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Mister Media
Mister Media

Days Of Our Lives is not working. It’s like a ship adrift at sea. The show has abused the good will of its audience repeatedly. The Bold And The Beautiful is working, mainly because it sets its bar so low that it is successful in achieving what it sets out to do – which isn’t much. The Young And The Restless is working best of all at the moment. It has great dialogue and some really committed actors. Finally, my soap, General Hospital. GH has the best cast in daytime but it has not been working for quite a while. The reasons are quite obvious to most readers of this site – a bloated cast, plot driven storytelling, characters sidelined and story lines abandoned and left unresolved. My biggest problem with GH is the way it is edited. All the quick cuts from scene to scene destroy the momentum and undercut the drama. It needs longer scenes with better dialogue that actually move the story along. It needs to focus on a limited number of stories which actually have a beginning, a middle and a resolution before appearing on screen. It should stop re-writing its own history and utilize its rich history in a more compelling way. I watch the show out of loyalty and because of the amazing actors, but I do not enjoy it that much. It’s frustrating – all of the elements for a great soap are there but the powers that be are either unwilling or unable to produce a show of substance. I’ll keep watching in the hope that it will get it better. Long live GH!

Rose
Rose

I agree with you on most points Mister Media when critiquing GH. I’d like to add that most all stories have been pretty depressive starting mainly with Fluke. Most recently there’s Sabrina, Morgan, and Nicholas dying in unpleasant ways followed by mourning/funerals; GH’s serial killer; Tracy, Monica, Finn, almost dying; GH shutting down for a while; Alexis/Julian/slit throat/ court case/, etc….Whew! I have to come up for air. Where is love, adventure, happiness/weddings, longer-term marriages, fun? It’s not to say there can’t be a little of the “depressive” kind of story, just not a diet of it.

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

Dragging out Morgans death showcasing too much Sonny and Carly plus Finns disease and connecting Hayden to it(two characters i find pointless) is a major problem here and all that other gloominess you mentioned is a real turn off-barely watched this week!!!

cooks7570
cooks7570

I want the Sonny pity party to end. GH should not be this depressing. GH is just plain awful right now.

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

It is depressing…im battling my own depression as it is-why i rarely watch anymore!!!

Addison
Addison

The Mourning Morgan show has gone on way too long and it’s just a drag. This has been arguably the worse November for Americans of all time–we could use some good old fashioned escapism served up with side of levity. I mean, really, can GH please stop indulging Maurice Benard’s desire to win that Emmy? His ego is hurting the show and henceforth, causing the ratings to plummet.

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

Days need s too get out of that dark tunnel its trapped in…nothing but unhappy people week after week…they need to find some light at the end of the tunnel before it ends in permanent darknes scalled cancelation!!!

Pat
Pat

Days has become a total embarrassment and deserves these awful ratings. It is downright shameful what Ken Corday, the producers, and the inept revolving door of hack writers have allowed this once iconic show to become. They have disgusted and alienated so many longtime fans. Besides myself, a good number of people I personally know who watched the show regularly for decades tuned out for good earlier this year and honestly don’t even care if/when it gets cancelled (probably within the next few months). I’m sure there are plenty more who feel that way. Very, very sad.

Curaçaoman
Curaçaoman

Amen to everything said above.

PennySoap
PennySoap

Ditto!

Phil
Phil

Enjoying both DAYS and GH right now! CBS soaps annoy me ever since the Procter and Gamble shows were cancelled! Especially miss GL!

Alan
Alan

I have officially given up on GH.

A soap should offer an escape from the horrors of the real world. I don’t find it a “break” to watch a show that does nothing but endlessly glorify a career criminal who murdered an innocent man and beat the rap.

Lulu
Lulu

I agree ! Plus, the writing is uneven; it seems that everyone hates the same bad guys except Sonny . For example , Anna is stopping the Casadine guy from taking his daughter with him because he’s a bad guy and nobody likes him; yet, everyone loves Sonny who’s killed everyone except his mother.

su0000
su0000

It seems, to me;
the soaps are being written for people in nursing and retirement homes, and that’s none of us..

Timmm
Timmm

Well, you are mostly correct. The formulas that were used 20 and 30 years ago are still being used. The problem is trying to attract young viewers and not alienating older folks.

Paul
Paul

Still shocks me that days has 2.1 and GH 2.6 million viewers and they are still on tv but sooo many soaps that died before has more viewers and still canned.

I’m reminded of Another World being canceled over Sunset beachwhole AW had more viewers than either current BOTTOM 2 soaps. AMC n OLTL I believe had 2.6 millimion viewers the months leading up to going off the air.

Sad really that soaps haven’t learned anything in 3 – 4 years!

Nickolas
Nickolas

Just wanted to correct your statement. AW was canceled in favor of Passions, not Sunset Beach.

Natalie Simmons
Natalie Simmons

After being a 30 year viewer of the soaps The Young and Restless and The Bold and Beautiful. I notice with The Young and the Restless the writters are tring to write the show like a night time drama. The storylines are to long and most of the time the writters seem to forget what they wrote previouly, causing confusion we as views are very detailed when it comes to your storyline we since when the storyline has gone too long and see’s where the storyline seems to unravel. The Bold and Beautiful on the other hand what happened to the other characters what happened to the core essense of the show about fashion. The storylines I know them by hard they have become so predictable because the storylines are all the same. Please, stop this Brook and Ridge storyline it’s 2016 . No, one seems to care about morals and respect for each ones family. The Bold and Beautiful has lost alot of their viewers because the writers think we are dumb and can just write about anything just to get a rating. I love the soaps but the standard they once lived by has disappeared. Just utter mess!!

Latifah
Latifah

I think Steve Burton, should come back and shake things up on GH,because I haven’t been watching it’s to boring right now,let the real jason and sam be together, and give the story line a shocking twist, I have some ideas like Billy miller isn’t really jason and Helena did some a crazy twist to make the people think that Billy miller is really jason, but he is really jason twin brother,I think that plot just might work and get the fans on the edge of their feet!!!!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

As a newcomer to Bold & Beautiful I have to say it grabbed me from the beginning, I love the way it’s filmed; the sets are stunning and I like characters, relationships, rivalries, ties, romance, dialog. I’ve followed just a bit of the boards here on this show since I’ve only been down to GH after OLTL left the house…so I know a bit about the dynamics, triangles ( of which there seems to be several) do it might get old fast but for now it’s a go for me.

Ditto for Y&R in terms of being a new viewer and I can take it or leave it. I think if zi allowed myself to get immersed in it Ri’d enjoy it…but I don’t find any of it compelling…and I don’t feel a pull toward any of the characters…save for Travis and the currently but soon to be resurrected Billy.

GH. I’ll hang with GH, but after watching Stone and Barbara Jean’s death scenes from days of yore that MF posted the other day…the contrast from the deep, deep connections between the characters and the emotionally compelling drama of those stories to the current relationships and drama is striking. People complain that GH is too dark, too depressing now, but it was beyond so back then with those stories sired. Stone’s illness and death gutted me, more so than any GH current stories even with the rash of recent deaths. The older GH stories were so gut-wrenching…even in rewatching those clips. And the ties between the characters were so strong..you FELT their connection to each other….The writers need to go back and take notes as to what made those friends and families so compelling, so vital…that it was hard to separate fantasy from reality.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have watched soaps for a very long time, and I loved the genre, but even this vet of soap watching has thrown in the towel– I stopped watching Days daily a while back, I might flip to it during a commercial but rarely remember– as for GH it is on the fast track on being next on my list— there is not one story on GH that has my attention– and this is supposed to be November sweeps– this is supposed to be their A game— if this is their best stuff heaven help us when the Christmas doldrums hit— B&B is okay but I can only take that show in small doses so I was never a daily follower of that soap– And like others I am hanging in for Y&R– hoping the new direction will make this soap must watch t.v. again— otherwise I would be flipping stations to find something more interesting to watch, which happens a lot more than I would like with Y&R.

Billie Broils
Billie Broils

Bold,/Beautiful: I love the changed Quinn, her and Eric make a good couple, please dont insert Katy to change her back to the crazy Quinn, I want Ridge Steffy Pam Rick have to apoligize to Eric and Quinn, DONT MESS THIS COUPLE UP THEY ARE GOOD TOGETHER.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Gh is gold in terms of acting. The Morgan storyline proves it. However, the focus needs to change a bit. Maybe a natural disaster story the night of the next Nurses ball could serve as a reset. Some new characters are working but some are clearly not. Valery : needs to be gone. Ditto for Dillon and Kiki. We dont need them anymore. Nina is a keeper and so is Franco and the priest. A reset could fix things and set the focus to new stories.

Moe
Moe

Y&R bring Adam back and let him and Chelsea. Be happy for a change . Days of our lives give Teresa and Brady a chance and it’s time for Chad and his wife return and be together my 2 favourite shows

Stephen
Stephen

“Days of our Lives is down from this year at this year overall, but last year at this time was the series 50th anniversary storylines centering around the return of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) and his subsequent death.”

Did you seriously just write that Mr. Fairman?

Days is down from 2015
…and 2014
… and 2013
… and 2012
… and 2011
… and every other year!

Days has just had its worst October ever, and is on course for its worst November sweeps ever. They are SUBSTANTIALLY down from all preceding years.

judy
judy

All they have to do is get a new Thressa why do that story with the sum bag from her past I still love days its like a dear old friend young and restless too

Patricia
Patricia

So sick of Y & R’s writers selective memory. Why are they NOT bringing up the issue that Chelsea knew that Connor was not Dylon’s son and lied about it to him . Sharon was a victim in this baby scam. Sharon, unlike Chelsea, did not know that Christian was not theirs. When is Nick, finally, going to take responsibility for this whole mess and what he did to Dr Addison ? Can’t wait until Christian’s true paternity surfaces and Nick and Chelsea get what they deserve for being so hateful !!

Breaking News

‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Staying Put At DAYS As Head Writer

In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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Judith Chapman Dishes On Diana On All-New Episode Of “Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast”

Oh, the mother from hell has certainly come to NBC’s Days of our Lives ,now that it has been revealed that Diana Cooper is in actuality none other than Diana Colville, who shared a romantic past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), and is Leo aka Matthew’s (Greg Rikaart) worst nightmare!

Daytime fan favorite, Judith Chapman is back on Days of our Lives in this delicious new take on Diana, and on the latest installment of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During her interview with host Michael Fairman, Judith talks about how she was asked to take on the role, and found herself reunited with her former on-screen son from Y&R, Greg Rikaart.  She also teases what is to come in this twisted mother and son relationship, reveals what it has been like working with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, and talks about her former soap opera roles that included: Natalie Bannon on As the World Turns, Ginny Blake, General Hospital, Charlotte Greer on Ryan’s Hope, Angelica Deveraux on Days and Gloria Fisher Bardwell on Y&R- quite the resume.   When not on TV, Judith can be found in the theatre, where she is currently starring as Tallulah Bankhead in the show, Looped now through February 10th in Palm Springs, California.

Later in the podcast, John Aniston (Victor) stops by Suzanne Rogers  (Maggie) dressing room, where the duo talk about how they work together running scenes, and going through a tape day, and some fun historical anecdotes from Salem, and more.

To get the extended version of this interview with Judith, make sure to download it via iTunes and all major pod platforms.  To listen to the NBC.com version make sure to click here and enjoy.

Let us know what was your favorite part of our chat with Judith and if you are loving her thus far as Diana on DAYS via the comment section below.

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