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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
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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.… Read more »

Rose
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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)
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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
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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)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

Addison
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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)
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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
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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
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Curaçaoman

Amen to everything said above.

PennySoap
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PennySoap

Ditto!

Phil
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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
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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
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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
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su0000

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

Timmm
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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
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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
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Nickolas

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

Natalie Simmons
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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… Read more »

Latifah
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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
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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… Read more »

Mary SF
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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… Read more »

Billie Broils
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 !!

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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