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RATINGS: All Soaps Gain In Total Viewers! DAYS and Y&R Up In Key Demos!

Days of our Lives overall showed some strong gains for the ratings period of the week of April 28th -May 2, 2014!  First, DAYS along with the three other networks soap operas gained in total viewers!

The Bold and the Beautiful scored the most additions  with + 202,000, followed by DAYS with + 87,000, Y&R with 68,000, and finally General Hospital with +22,000.

However in the key demos, Days of our Lives showed increases in women 18-49, 18-34, 25-54, and The Young and the Restless rebounded in the 18-49 in total viewers for the demo, and showed gains in the 25-54 category.   Y&R though still had it’s lowest all-time rating share once again in the 18-49 demo for a fourth week running! Check out the entire ratings picture here via SON.

Now its time for you to be this week’s Soap Opera Executive Armchair Quarterback! What is working for you on your favorite soaps?  What stories need fixing?  Who would you like to see return to you favorite soaps to give the series an extra lift?   Share your thoughts below!

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Mark
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Mark

Days is just the best show in all aspects. The other ones I fast forward thru.

Mama
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Mama

When you’re as low in the ratings basement as “Days of Our Lives” is, there’s only one place to go … and that’s up.

Not much news here.

N
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N

Loving GH right now, on DAYS would have loved EJ and Abby but know that is not happening, strange though the ratings are not as strong as when they were together in January and February …Also the April 21 episode of Alison Sweeney and James Scott did not bring in the ratings..

GH50
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GH50

GH has been down and stuck ever since they destroyed Robin and she left. The following weeks, the week of 3/10, GH lost 400,000 viewers and went down to 2.6 million viewers and stayed there the week of 3/17. It rebounded for one week, the week of 3/24, hitting 3,058,000 because of the baby reveal. The following week, week of 3/31, it went down to 2,875,000, even though it was the 51st Anniversary. Since then, the last four weeks, GH has been stuck in the 2.7 million range. The show is awful. They destroyed Robin and then AJ and they’ve… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Week to week ratings go up and down all the time.However in the latest ratings report GH is the only soap that went up in all the categories from the same time last year.Now i do think it’s a bad sign that as the week of April 28th progressed the ratings for GH went down each day.However the ratings only count for live and same day viewing.Plus since you brought up the weeks of March 10th and 31st all 4 soaps went down those 2 weeks.We don’t know why ratings are good one week and bad the next..I’m just glad… Read more »

moshane58
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moshane58

Why are you saying they destroyed Robin and she left. She only come back for a short time. She is producing a movie. John even helped her out getting her time at Grey’s to shadow the producers to help her to produce her own movie. She said she wanted to produce not be an actor anymore. She came back as a favor for them to give closure and Ron said he didn’t want to kill of her character hoping she would return someday. so can’t blame them she doesn’t want to do it anymore. Actors move on all the time.… Read more »

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

Why do you watch the show(im asking in a friendly manner)…yes, GH has problems and i disliked killing off yet another Q but most of the time i find the show still entertaining…it could definately be a lot better…all soaps go up and down ratingswise…i feel these show attract ‘temp’ viewers who only watch on occasion the way i do with Y&R…but i watch the other three almost dailey…supporting the genre or not or hoping for a turnaround i wouldnt watch a show if i thought it was consistantly bad…i just want to know if there is anything you do… Read more »

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

I also agree with what you said about how they dissed John Stamos and thought that childish and a childish prank in an attempt to attract fans and get their hopes up!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

I too thought it was cheap and crass of them to use Blackie Parrish as a ploy and then not deliver. John Stamos was more than willing to appear on the show last year but did not want to be boxed into a one day, one note performance. I am honestly surprised that Ron Carlivati still has a job. He quite obviously goes on Twitter when he is drunk…he lashes out at fans and actors with horrible tweets that drip with arrogance and sarcasm. Anyone in ANY professional capacity who uses social media to abuse others for whatever reason deserves… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Gee Andrew, ratings do go up and down all the time, which is why I gave an eight week example of a downward trend… up not so much. The year to year stuff is not the real measure here. That is ABC spin that goes out in press releases and what promoters use to populate the social media boards to try and spin the reality. Going back to last May and claiming a victory is misrepresenting the facts when you see that the ratings are down hundreds of thousands of viewers from several months ago. You really think that ABC… Read more »

Tristan
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Tristan

To GH50 and Johnny: Allow me to thank you both for exceptionally intelligent, detailed, passionate posts. I agree with both of you 100%. GH is becoming dark and sleazy; it is sinking into a moral black hole. It lacks a strong moral core, represented by stalwart and steadfast characters that provide a needed positivity and light to a program: like Steve and Audrey Hardy, Rick and Lesley Webber, Laura Spencer…Characters like these are crucial to balance the quirky, or the naughty, or the evil in ancillary characters. They provide the promise of good triumphing over evil, eventually; the promise of… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Those of you posting about how GH has been “ruined” and “dismantled”, and every other creative adjective in the book must be watching a different GH then me, that’s all I can say.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

GH50,Johnny and Tristan i read your respective posts and you had some good points respectvely.However if you can only find the bad points about GH then why are you still watching it and talking about it?If you want GH to change then maybe the way to do that is to stop watching.If you keep watching GH even you are hating it that’s not going to cause the show to change IMO.Also GH50 regarding Robin KMC’s return was only for a few months.So no matter how the show wrote her off Robin would have left her husband and daughter.Now i guess… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

GH for the vast majority of its history was emotionally compelling. The current team is replacing the depth, drama and heart that we came to know and love with sleaze, excessive camp and unrealistic plot points where each is more outrageous than the last (and needs to be to keep a modicum of viewers). The reliance on cheap gimmicks (crypt sex, introducing a favorite character only to realize they aren’t really appearing) may be funny for RC and FV as they laugh among themselves, but it just reeks of a classless attitude and a disrespect of the audience. It is… Read more »

Lawrence
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Lawrence

How is days strong when they have been last in the key demo’s for months. Yeah the ratings increased since last week but they are not that exciting. Y and r but is still low. Gh is doing ok ratings wise even though they sunk in the key demos.

Jules
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Jules

DAYS is just a better soap. GH is a mockery of itself, overstuffed with a cast that ranges from stunt casting to nobodies. All talk, no substance. YR is boring and B&B was never my cup of tea. DAYS is well paced, utilizes most of its cast very well, has complex characters, character driven plots that don’t always have the most predictable outcome (…though who can’t see Gabi as being the one to shoot Nick from a mile away? But I digress.). They are doing daytime DRAMA better than any show right now. I’m proud of my little soap that… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Days moves at a graceful pace like soaps should and has a classic ripple effect. General hospital moves so fast and has so many newbies and boring characters it just gets choppy and confusing and messy. Y&R is ok right now but kind of like a ship with holes in the bottom and B and B is just a little time waster in between shows

Patrick
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Patrick

on the latest issue of SOD : on the cover Picture of Peter Reckell : on DAYS : “I would come back” certainly seems like the best time… to take advantage of : and, I really like Hope and Aiden MORE : Shane and Kimberly… to visit their daughters… Eve and Theresa I certainly can’t imagine what’s happened to John Black EJ Sami and Nick ARE just as on par a big miss… as Adam, Billy, Phillis… OK I digress some… but its OUR Days cumulative cast : DOOL is it of the 4 on air : have to quote… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I disagree. I love Days, but EJami and Dannifer take up too much screentime. I hate EJami, and I think Sami will leave him when she learns of the Abby romps. I like Dannifer but they need a better storyline than countless interlopers. Everything else moves at a snail’s pace. Why is John back in Salem? Like Marlena said, he has nothing there for him, and we barely see him anyways. I say they should send him packing and bring Bo back, even if I do want Hope with Aiden. I want to see more of Abe and Maxine, as… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Fix the Eric and Nicole love story. I truly loved it and they had to bring in that whole evidence deal. Plus I hate the deal about Eric always stating that he would have stayed a priest if he was cleared. Either he loves Nicole or not. Finally, the box fix please no more Jennifer and Daniel. Jennifer was such a beloved character. They have turned her into someone I don’t even know.

Rj
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Rj

I agree with you. The Eric and Nicole love story could be good if they give them a good storyline. AZ is one of the best actors on the show, and GV is good, so the writers have to step up to the plate with this. I also agree about Jennifer and Daniel. They are both good characters and actors, but their romance just doesn’t seem to do it. Although it was a little better recently.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree as well. I loved Dannifer before. But, like EJami, they take up too much screentime. Have them get married and send them on a backburner. I loved Ericole until they had her screw up again. Now, I hope Eric leaves her and that Nicole can steal Rafe away from Bore-dan…oops, I mean Jordan. LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ll harbor some sour grapes

YES!

“…Y&R though still had it’s LOWEST ALL-TIME rating share once again in the 18-49 demo for a FOURTH WEEK running

Hello Michael Muhney
Hello Billy Miller
Hello Michelle Stafford

su0000
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su0000

they are all missed and Y&R is empty without them..
No, no replacement will cure their loss..
All 3 characters the actors own them, replacements will fail..
Billy=fail …. not working by a long shot..

I knew Y&R would wait 6 months for the Adam fans to calm down before putting the new Adam on screen..
there will be backlash, and whomever the actor is trying to be Adam, is very barve..

ANA
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ANA

I truly would like to know why most of the actors don’t want to come back to work @ Y&R ,humm why it’s that?.. Specially Michelle stafford ,totally declined going back there!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

ANA, They don’t want to drown. The captain (JFP) ran the ship into an iceberg and now the ship (Y&R) is sinking! BTW, EB had a small role in “Titanic”. He’ll be sinking twice!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I just wish I could find a career that is high profile, high paying and where I could literally ruin the product everywhere I go and still get hired for the next opportunity… hey JFP, how do you do it?

Jared
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Jared

Yes, JFP certainly knows how to fall on her feet. I see it at my job every day, though. In this country, networking, audacity and good old fashioned b.s. are what get you places, not necessarily talent and know-how. There are probably hundreds of thousands of people who are more talented than Y&R’s current producers and writers and would love to produce and write for this gem of a soap. However, we’re making a huge assumption that, behind the scenes, Sony and CBS truly want Y&R to succeed in the long term. I don’t know. JFP has one proven track… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

The ratings are a stupid game..
soap fans love to jump in and play the blame game when the ratings come out..
thing is;
They ALL go up and down up and down, one week this soap next week that soap..

sopa ratings prove nothing in the realm of things, they are stupid ..
all that counts is how much I love to watch my soap no matter what the numbers are.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I agree.Plus i think we the fans of soaps should be happy that all 4 went up this week and all were up from the same time last year.I know people have their favorite soap and want that one to succeed but you can want that and not want the other ones to fail.Plus the networks may have their own way of analyzing what the ratings really mean.Plus as you pointed out and i have to soaps go up and down all the time from week to week.So maybe the important thing that networks take a look at is how… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

As long as YR is number one in total viewers, all is right with the world. 26 YEARS and counting!

Go CBS.

Jared
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Jared

The demo group thing is totally dumb. Sorry to women 18-49, but I don’t want you deciding what soaps there are to watch and what ones there aren’t.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

OMG, DAYS ratings should skyrocket! Nick died!! It’s been so great to have Julie/SSH and Maggie/SR in substantial scenes!!! This past weeks episodes, which have been excellent, will be in next weeks ratings. Today’s episode was everlasting brilliance!!! The stage is set for must see TV!!! Who killed Nick? Now is a great time to tune in and be a little detective!

Salem population: 1 less
Days of our Lives viewers: 100’s of 1,000’s more!

Isn’t it time to play in the sand?

PatF
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PatF

With all the characters/actors leaving, being murdered or possessed, you’ll end up with just Maggie and Marlena sitting in rocking chairs counting down the Days…

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I would rather play in the sand than wear red lipstick! If you want, you can do both.

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

Blake Berris could still return as Nicks twin Rick…i still believe Percy shot him(maybe Nick refused to help him because he is really Rick?)…other suspects you might think of: Chaz Bono, Sara Gilbert, Christina Crawford or his own mother Jessica Fallon…lol

Anne North
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Anne North

I still say it was Jordan’s cat that pulled the trigger.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Why not Ciara playing with her daddy’s gun?

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Go GH all the way…. Great writing .. stories that move at a good clip … non predictable story lines.. .. Go Go Go.. GH is def the best soap on daytime TV these days.

Sally
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Sally

I started watching Days again after many years away since Robin left GH. WOW. It is awesome. I love almost every story. Hope it continues to gain. Go Days!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Welcome back, Sally!

Rj
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Rj

Don’t get me wrong, I am sorry to see James, Allison, and Blake leave – they are strong characters, but I have been watching a bit more to see how it is all going to play out eventhough James and Allison are going to be on the show for awhile yet. Will they go out with a bang or ride off into the sunset? Without James and Allison to keep ratings up, the writers are really going to have to step up to the plate and have strong and good storylines for the whole cast. They have been very focused… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I agree.Plus with James and Allison leaving that could free up money for the show to use to bring back other actors.Plus depending on how Sami and EJ that could create stories for other characters on the show.I’m sure Sami and EJ won’t just decide to take their kids and leave town and that’s it for their exit.

Rj
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Rj

I will miss them because they were entertaining to watch, but since they have chosen to leave I hope the writers will use this as an opportunity to really branch out instead of falling a part. They have to bring in some strong new (or past) characters, and write really strong storylines for all. Of course, I would be glad to see James, Allison, Blake return some day (although it may be doubtful) , and at first I thought wow, what is Days going to do without James and Allison, but now I think it could be an opportunity to… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Bringing up ratings? EJami haven’t brought up ratings in a long time! It was EJabby that really gave ratings boosts! Every episode THEY had was 2.0 at minimum! EJami’s whole episode dedicated to them with EJ’s daydream only garnered a 1.9!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

It was a great week for all the soaps all around.

moshane58
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moshane58

I’m loving GH. So many different storylines going on. To bad only Nielsen box holders have the say and that is very few..Glad all soaps are up. sure don’t need to loose anymore..

mgb357
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mgb357

hmm soaps gaining audience… will the network bosses recognize this trend????

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well as a longtime soap fan and viewer of the last remaining four it is with a heavy heart that I say all four soaps right now are flat. I will not go into a long discussion about what I find lacking in each of them, all I know, for the first time in long time I am actually thinking it is time to stop watching all of them. And if this is A game for May Sweeps then I hate to think how dull the summer is going to be this year. Maybe I have just watched too long,… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS is on fire! The decisions that CBS have made linking Y&R and B&B with their talk show and game shows is nothing but greed!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sadly, DAYS for me is not on fire, for me it is barely simmering. I have watched Days a very long time, and I have honestly seen everything I am seeing now before and done better. I know you believe Days can do no wrong so I will not debate the point– but I am glad you are enjoying it, I wish I could. As for CBS and ABC using their soaps as advertisement platforms, for products or for their own shows, whether their motives are greed or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters to me is the disrespect it… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, MarySF. I’m a B&B and DAYS fan, but both shows are very boring at the moment. The only good Sweeps Days event was Nick’s death, and even that is going to end soon. Everything else is dragging out very slowly, like Jordan’s past, Nicole’s secret, Brady’s addictions, etc. SO boring!

B&B is a bit more interesting but the problem is that the Wyatt-Hope-Liam love triangle is just another recycled storyline and written very poorly. Plus, Brill, a couple I loathe, is taking up too much airtime.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

Well, DAYS OF OUR LIVES is a great show – plenty of drama, intrigue, lots of overacting which is great – right now, everyone is wondering who killed Nick and it’s going to turn out to NOT be the hired hit man (Not giving anything away, I don’t know for sure, but let’s face it – it won’t be that Nick died at the hands of the professional hit man) – and we know it could be the “usual suspects” of Salem – I have only been watching DOOL since the new year and because abc-tv let ALL MY CHILDREN… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I’m sure you’ll continue to be a happy viewer, Tony. Kassie DePaiva will be on DAYS soon!!!

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

Even though Days has its problems it is pretty good overall. The pacing is good and there is drama on a consistent basis. They have some newbies but its not crazy stunt casting or glaring. Unlike GH and Y&R where its the parade of newbies. Y&R especially bring on newbies each more boring than the last. The only standout is Ray Wise and he seems to make about 2 appearances per month!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… The pacing is good and there is drama on a consistent basis. They have some newbies but its not crazy stunt casting or glaring”

there is some REALLY good press for DAYS : couldn’t be happier

Ray Wise : in Genoa City : I totally agree… he’s a serious stand out… charismatic with loads of presence… I had hoped Gloria would tangle mix and weave with….

not that Nikki has dumped dead Victor again… could she be close to ?
what about a coop with Jess Walton’ Jill ?

I like Ray Wise

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I gotta disagree. DAYS has been dragging several things out far too long. A perfect example is the Jordan storyline.

Rapids
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Rapids

The networks look at trending over the course of a year, unfortunately ratings and demographics have deteriorated significantly over the years. There is always a weekly bump just before and during sweeps When storylines may get to the payoff point. Mary SF, I quit soaps altogether a few years ago, it was a relief not to bother with them. I still have a soft spot in my heart for the good old days but that was at least twenty years ago. The stories and characters seemed so dated, and boring. I still follow the industry through the Internet but I… Read more »

janet
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janet

A lot of thought went into comments this time. Why do we watch a show that pushes our buttons. because most of us have watched for years and like some of the characters. We don’t like our intelligence stepped on, and we *most of us * want to see evil pay.Shoot someone in cold blood for no reason and get away with it twice? I have shut the show off. I am home and I dvr go on the boards and see what happened. If I want to see it I watch. I have not watched the end of the… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I tape DAYS OF OUR LIVES and watch it at night, and it’s a very classic soap opera, with proper soap opera “good guys/gals” and villians. I enjoy the acting, which is top notch – and no, I don’t take it too seriously but I enjoy it nevertheless. Being a newer viewer, I don’t always know the history of each character and how they all connect (for example, I don’t quite “get” what Marlena has against Nicole) but I garner enough info here and there from the dialogue – and of course, right now the key storyline is “who shot… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I enjoy the acting, which is top notch”

YES : ALL this on DOOL : our DAYS

ie: Marlena… mother of “Father” Eric… her child… only wants the BEST for him… doesn’t he knock you out

DAYS delivers classic…

of the 4 left on air : its DAYS unlike no other

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Tony when I was starting to watch GH last year for the first time, I found the website soap opera central an invaluable resource. Each soap has a history section, and a who’s who section– I would suggest you try that site when you need more information about the back story of a character on DAYS. I believe Mr. Fairman has a link to that site on his page.

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

Google the show and each character…thatll help you learn more about Days…i started with the very first show in 1965 and watched up until 1980 when many cast members were fired when tptb decided to revamp…then i came back a little over 30 years ago and have watched on and off since then.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loving the May sweeps stories on all the shows. DOOL & GH have been must see for me.

carinamia
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carinamia

Y&R has been in my family through a couple generations now, me being the youngest viewer. I’m familiar that back in the day the quality of drama was better and recently this soap might be at its worst, but having said that I want to have the faith it will get better. LOVED MICHAEL MUHNEY and praying he comes back because Adam was the reason I got into it 🙁 I’m still a fan, but don’t watch as much as before now that he and some of the others are gone. *Miss JFP, please listen to the fans and put… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I’m a big B&B and DAYS fan, but both shows have been boring lately. Days just drags things out for far too long and shows the same 4 characters everyday (Sami, EJ, Jennifer, Daniel) with barely any vets. B&B’s love triangle between Hope and the two half-brothers is also boring. I hope the shows crank up the heat for summer otherwise I’ll be tuning out and reading summaries instead.

carol
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carol

I’m disappointed that General Hospital is not doing better in the ratings. I watch both Y&R and Bold and Beautiful and it’s so much better than either of those shows. Particularly Y&R which has so many boring characters Lily, Cain, Tyler, Kevin etc. Losing Billy Miller was a huge blow.

Love so many of the One Life actors who have come over to General Hospital. The story lines are great.

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DAYS Billy Flynn and Wife Gina Comparetto Expecting Their First Child

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives’ Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and his wife, actress, Gina Comparetto, on the news that the couple are expecting their first child!

The duo wed back in 2016, and now in a series of beautiful Instagram posts on Comparetto’s account, Billy and Gina shared the news publicly of their baby on the way with some photos to mark the occasion.

Gina expressed: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes 👶🏼…. Thank you to my dear, talented friend @jessieco_photo for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will cherish them forever and we love you! ❤️. Thank you @makeupmaryann for the gorgeous, 60s-inspired hair & makeup that you did! You’re truly the best! ❤️

Then, in a another set of photos it simply says: “Mom & Dad 💘” while Billy and Gina look over the book “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting.”

In the newest post, their are more adorable pics this time stating: “Party of 3 ❤️”

You can check all of them out below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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