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RATINGS: All Soaps Gain In Total Viewers Except DAYS Down, But Expectations Are High NBC Soap Will Rebound For 50th!

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The ratings are out for one of the key weeks of May Sweeps 2015 for the week of episodes airing May 4th through the 8th. 

General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored best, gaining in total viewers, while also showing gains in the key women 18-49 demo.  But for GH, even though they showed gains in the that key demo, they still unfortunately hit their all-time low in the demo rating share for the third week in a row.

The total audience gains for the week, while not off the charts impressive was good news.  The ratings revealed gains in total viewers of +80,000 for The Bold and the Beautiful and Y&R, and +79,00o for GH.

However for NBC Days of our Lives, the show still struggles and was the lone soap to lose viewers losing -71, 000 for the ratings week.   Additionally, the show that is set to turn 50 was down -203.000 from the previous year.  In addition, in all key demos DAYS was in the minus column as well.

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While viewers have to wait a through summer for the new stories to kick-in from new head writers Dena Higley and Josh Griffith, reports and expectations are high that the series will have a major ratings spike when all the returns begin on-screen for it’s 50th anniversary milestone and beyond. The exciting returns include:  Stephen Nichols (Patch), Thaao Penghlis (Tony/Andre?), and Peter Reckell (Bo), coupled with lots of anticipated new arrivals including: A Martinez and more!

What are your thoughts on the latest ratings?  Do you think DAYS will be on the right track with rumored exciting story and their returns? Will it have a major rebound?  Are General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful delivering big time during this May Sweeps? What soap is keeping you interested the most?  Share your thoughts below!

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4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS was trending up in the ratings the last couple weeks, which included all demos. However, those ratings weren’t reported on this site…I wonder why?

All the soaps will yo-yo in the ratings and eventually DAYS will trend up for several months in celebration of it’s 50 years!!!!!

Be afraid, be very afraid haters!

Annaluvsduke
Annaluvsduke

Of course Days will go up with the guests appearances for the 50th but will it be old viewers checking in to see old favorites and will they stay once their favorites leave. Days lost its greatness during the Jim Reily years and never recovered. If Days new writers dont change things around other than depending on guests appearances by old favs the ratings will go down to cancellationville. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. There is good reason the show remains in 4th place.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Wally Kurth (Justin), Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) are not guests. They are on contract. Thaao Penglis (Tony/Andre) will not be a guest. He was put on contract. The status of Peter Reckell (Bo) and Stephen Nichols (Steve) was not disclosed, but I’m sure they’ll be on for at least 6 months…clearly not guests.

I am awake. DAYS has already made vast improvements. The ratings system is outdated. That’s why a soap such as Y&R can continue being high rated when it’s crap stinks just as much (if not more) than the other soaps. You wake up!

Mama
Mama

I gave up on “Days of Our Lives” around 1989/1990 when it started becoming trashy. Never looked back.

Made the sane move and started watching ABC soaps instead.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS has a great mix of trashy and classy, but it’s OK for you to like cartoony. Occasionally, I like obsurd cartoonish stories too!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great rebound to Mama, 4ever….do love that sarcasm…LOL.

Allan
Allan

Days Ratings better improve, or it will face cancellation next year. I love Days, but right now I am not liking the soap.

Dena
Dena

Honey, nobody is.

Lawrence
Lawrence

530,000 is horrible for GH in women. GH ratings were not all of that for a reveal week. I was expecting at least 3 million

Josh
Josh

3 of the 4 soaps are down for the year in Women 18-49, why single out GH? It seems to be a trend across the entire industry, as opposed to one particular soap. GH came very close to 3 million early in the week when the Nurses Ball was in full swing. Would have liked to see them hit the 3 million mark again, but a gain period is a good thing, in my view.

Guest
Guest

GH was a HUGE disappointment for the NB!!! NO Stone Mention!!! And NO Robin!!!! The NB 94- 2001 was held in June. They could have waited for Kimberly to return. They should have done a best of the NB 94-2001 starting with Stone and Robin- Romeo and Juliet… and a montage to show what the NB was all about. It was 20 years since Stone passed away. And where was half the town?!?! Sonny, Monica, Bobbie, Tracy, Scott, Kevin, Lesley, etc…
RC is backburning characters again for BIG EVENTS HUGE mistake!!!!
Sabrina was in more acts and she is not even a practicing nurse anymore….. she is a Nanny!!! It has turned more about the person who revived the NB …. smh… GH is becoming unrecognizable ….Think I will be tuning out with Tony Leaves. I started watching over 43+ years ago….. I miss GH!!!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I know it’s a nostalgic event. But, IMO, the actual Nurses Ball is probably a snoozefest for most viewers. Without some “star” acts (like Rick Springfield or Jack Wagner), many people would rather wait until the weekend to fast forward thru amateur hour & hit the meaty scenes. That results in lower live ratings. Maybe it’s just me. But, the highlight this year was watching Britt reunite with Brad. They were the two most joyful characters in the entire storyline. If GH stays on the air, they need to do the NB every OTHER year IMO.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

Sadly, the ratings info (and how it is collated) is antiquated and sends the entirely wrong message to storytellers like Pratt over on #YR. (All he needs is this sort of weak positive enforcement to feel justified in his methodic crucification of a 42-yr old ground-breaking serial. Don’t be surprised if he feels now justified in penning some sort of massacre at Crimson Lights or blowing-up Newman Towers!) It’s all flash-and-gore with that one; qualified talented visionaries like the late Bill Bell, Douglas Marland and James E. Reilly musty be rolling in their gaves seeing what this hack is being allowed to pass-off as daytime drama! (Send him back to primetime where he belongs!)

denisefan
denisefan

Completely agree with you Geoffrey. The Nielsen ratings are not generalizable. Would love to see a renaissance of the daytime dramas… perhaps a network will hire a popular novel writers who pens great serial characters and settings.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Days of our Lives is nice, but boring. The sets are very outdated and extremely limited, and I can’t stand that fake leaf park set used for every other scene (or so it seems anyway). The storylines need some help, this nonsense right now of Marlena being threatened to be thrown out the window in Italy is so absurd. Showing the clip of her possession from the 90’s was kind of silly. Honestly, they do need to come up with some compelling storylines and please please PLEASE get some new sets. I know it’s a soap, I know there are budgets, and I think the years of soaps actually going on location are long over, but they still need to come up with something. Otherwise, the sand may just run out soon…..

Amber
Amber

Days Of Our Lives will not get renewed next year. The soap is so boring now, I fast forward the boring scenes lol. I love the gay storyline. that’s it. Kassie depaiva is not Eve, I am sorry but that’s how I feel. Charlotte Ross rocked it as Eve Donovan. Kassie was terrific as Blair Kramer, but miscast as Eve Donovan.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Yet they just a daytime Emmy for art direction and set decoration– go figure?

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I realize that all soaps have limited sets, although in the 90’s soap sets were far more extensive and creative over at ABC for shows such as “all my children”. They occasionally went outdoors for certain scenes, as opposed to the current Days of Our Lives, where everyone is thinking out loud in the Fake Leaf indoor park set. How they won an award for that….

robert
robert

Even with some criticism Y&R is still doing great,well in front in the demos. Days is bad ,but I have hope for the fall with the 50th I guess the Nurses Ball didn’t help GH,they are having an awful season in the young demos. GH is aging rapidly. They have been at demo lows for months now

PatF
PatF

Shocked that #YR was up with one of Pratt’s worst weeks in storytelling.

Also shocked that the nurses ball didn’t do more for GH. Maybe it’s time to wrap that up.

su0000
su0000

GH is doing well-
This the only rating the sponsors pay attention to;
is the key women 18-49 demo, GH does well..
and-
Y&R and B&B gained +80,000
GH gained +79.000
All is well …

I think DOOL will pick up during and after its’ 50th ..

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Days has been focused on the Will-Sonny-Paul thing. Never good for ratings.

Lew S
Lew S

Everyone thinks the answer is to bring on a bunch of teenagers/twentysomethings and vets – NO! Write compelling stories that include the young and old(er). Soaps were once about family and there was a hero/heroine to root for. We had couples that grew into super couples and it didn’t happen over one or two episodes or a morth. I understand the soaps are desperate and last ditch efforts are now the norm. But, they need to check their history and steal from what worked. Also, bring on writers and executive producers who are creative and have a vision for the future. Taking crap and throwing it against the wall to see if it sticks, no longer works.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great post. Agree…

Fred
Fred

Days needs to bring back Leann Hunley as Anna, and bring back Louise Sorel Vivian Alamain.

code
code

That would be cool

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Leann. Louise is such a magnificent, natural actress…but, she both scares me and fascinates me at the same time. LOL.

Ray
Ray

I have watched DOOlL since the days of Roman sleeping on Marlena’s floor. I have to agree that about the comments about the sets. Can we have the peer back? Marlena house, which later was Abe and Lexie’s?

I want to see more character development. Eve, Theresa, Clyde are cardboard villains. Let us know why they are so bad and allow them to have some redeeming characters. As soon as Theresa found out her baby was alive, the character could have turned a corner and made us start cheering that she would get back with Brady. But, she still seems too self absorbed.

The one character that baffles me in Melanie. If she is going to be paired with an older man (her dad’s best friend), why does she talk in that little girl voice and look stoned when she is delivering her lines. She could have had a great storyline with Chad and Abigail.

Can the writers give Jennifer a new love interest? I am so tired of Daniel, Eric and Brady trading women. This does not happen among friends.

There is so much dead weight on the show. The writers need to give us relatable stories. I have said before that I would like to see Hope or Marlena be diagnosed with breast cancer. I would like to see Nicole have some family in Salem. She continues to be one of the best assets on the show. Make her family a core part of the landscape.

I read today that Claire is being aged to a 15 year old. I do not like the idea that Hope is going to be a grandmother to a teenager when Ciara is only eight or nine years old.

I am excited Thaao, Peter and Stephen are coming back. I am not sure if it is long-term, but if not, bring back Chloe, Phillip, Mimi, Shawn and Phillip. That 30-something age is missing on the show.

The writers need to give Eric a pulse. Greg Vaughn is a powerhouse actor. His acting on GH during the drug addiction storyline was amazing.

I can’t wait to see Serena leave the show. Horribly boring character.

Why has Abe and Maxie been forgotten?

Can we have another town disaster and it kill off all of the boring characters?

Lew S
Lew S

I totally agree with you!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Ray….why can’t I have expressed what you just did. My sentiments, exactly.
How well you have pinpointed Melanie made me do a double-take. That’s it! She looks like she in another dimension. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Nonetheless, I have always liked her.
As yourself, I am so sick of these three men and their stupid drama. The most boring trio ever.
And, Nicole. Just let it go…writers please, why do you always have her embroiled in silly things that end up proving naught, except getting her in a constant heap of trouble.

Theresa is my favorite. She’s kind of nuts, but funny nuts. I’s like to see her in more scenes with Anne. Together, they could start a comedy team. But, yeah, you are right. This is the one moment for Theresa to use this gift of time which fell on her lap and take advantage of it. As a Mom, it is the perfect opportunity to turn a new leaf in her warped view on life.

Eric is a dummy…..he still hasn’t learned his lesson. Again, you are correct. He is one of the best, but the writers turned him into a teen-ager, in the throes of first love, and, tripping over his own two feet .

Missmeka1987
Missmeka1987

Last week when Days was basically the only soap up in ratings nobody made it a topic Why?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

And the week before that was a big jump in ratings. I believe it is to give the false impression that DAYS only goes down. Y&R went down more than 300,000 last report, but it wasn’t mentioned here. When GH goes down…not a peep here. Picking and choosing what weeks ratings are featured is flat out unfair.

Be fair, Michael Fairman or should I say Michael man?

su0000
su0000

I noticed, and I do not watch DOOL..
I do believe they are doing all possible to bring DOOL back up, it is more than obvious they are doing everything possible, there is budget they have to work with but the effort they are making to bring it up is noticeable, just by my reading of it, seems they are trying..
I believe DOOL will have a great comeback !

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Because April isn’t a sweeps month. February, May, October – those are sweeps months when the ratings are considered more important than other months.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

There are 4 ratings months: February, May, July and November.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

This May Sweeps actually started Thursday, April 23rd.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Yes, you are correct, 4ever. But, July still seems odd for sweeps IMO, considering it’s prime vacation time when everyone’s viewing schedule is interrupted for travelling. It would be like having sweeps over the Christmas/New Year break.

Derrick
Derrick

Really hope DAYS do pretty good during the 50th…………I’m still worried!
Happy for CBS!

Brian Cooper
Brian Cooper

The new writers are going to kill Days. When they were there before the rating went down, now they want to kill the Sonny Paul and Will story line all together, even if it’s the story line saving the show.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Co-headwriter Josh Griffith never worked at DAYS until now. Dena Higley knows the history of the show. I feel they’ll do a great job!

Who says they want to kill the Will, Sonny and Paul storyline?

Patrick
Patrick

Head “writing” team : change : effective February 16, 2015
Producer (s) : change : effective March 2, 2015

so…. we are to assume ??? that 6 months after these announcements… we should see how these new regimes are melding ????

AUGUST 15, 2016 : roughly 1 1/2 months prior to thee actual November, 2015 50th anniversary gala.

this is from 4ever: “… Co-headwriter Josh Griffith never worked at DAYS until now. Dena Higley knows the history of the show. ”

it appears that we are on a 3 month wait

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes, Patrick, we’re about 60 episodes away from rock solid DAYS!!!!!

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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On an all-new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Arianne Zucker talks about her exciting return to the show, and once again being in front and center story following Nicole seeing the love of her life, Eric (Greg Vaughan) had attempted to move on in the love life department with Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), and then the shocking devastation at the death of her daughter, Holly.

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On the podcast with host Michael Fairman, Ari weighs-in on her most recently aired scenes, and talks about some of Nicole’s past wild storylines including; the infamous flesh eating bacteria storyline and when Nicole attempted to raise Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) baby as her own until the truth finally, finally came to light!

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Then, Fairman takes you to the red carpet at the just completed 46th annual Daytime Emmys where he chats with some of the most notable residents of Salem including actors: Galen Gering (Rafe), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Martha Madison (Belle), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and more.

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Make sure to check out the podcast one of two ways: 1) Go directly to iTunes here, or you can hear it on NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Let us know what you think of Nicole’s return and Days’ night at the Daytime Emmys via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati chats with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Carlivati and his writing team were nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series; an award they won last year.

Ron reveals to Michael that the reels submitted in the writing category were different than those submitted for Outstanding Drama Series; with the writing submissions centering around Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) wedding and her shooting … and then the aftermath in the hospital where Marlena’s children and John have to say goodbye to her fearing she will not pull through her medical crisis.

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Later, Carlivati discusses how he has become more firmly entrenched in the land of Salem after being an ABC Daytime guy for most of his life; following writing for One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Watch the interview below.  Then let us know, what did you think of Ron’s choice for the writing award? Should DAYS have toppled Y&R on the strength of those reels? Comment below.

For more 46th annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet and backstage interviews visit the Michael Fairman Channel here.

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