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RATINGS: All Soaps Up In Total Viewers! B&B, GH & Y&R Gain In 18-49 Demo On Strength Of Emotional Stories!

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Here’s some good news going into the holidays for your favorite soaps, and with only be a small amount of daytime dramas left on your screens, even though we may squabble and take sides on what is our favorite soap of all-time or at the moment, when the ratings are up it helps the sum of the total!

And that was the case for the most part for the ratings for the week of December 8th through December 12th, which featured some emotional stories and more.  In total viewers all four network soaps were up!  Leading the pack with the most gains was The Bold and the Beautiful as expected with the final episodes of young heroine Kim Matula as Hope as she says her goodbyes to Liam (Scott Clifton) and heads off to Milan.  B&B gained +283,000 bringing its total to 3,770,000 . The show also gained in key demos; women 18-49, 18-34 (most of all soaps), but was in the minus column in women 25-54.

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Also with a strong showing was ABC’s General Hospital which had a week of drama that included Nina (Michelle Stafford) and Franco (Roger Howarth) being caught with Ava’s (Maura West) baby, Ava being arrested for Connie’s murder, Sonny (Maurice Benard) telling Carly (Laura Wright) to never come back to see him in prison, and the heartbreaking final scenes of Kelly Thiebaud as Britt.

GH was back over the 3 million mark with 3,035,000 gaining +70,000 in total viewers.  However, GH scored gains in all key women’s demos and the most in 18-49 and 25-54 categories of all the daytime dramas.

The Young and the Restless also delivered strong gains with +186,000 bringing its number one lead in total viewers to 4,758,000.  Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) finding out about Jack  (Peter Bergman) and Kelly’s (Cady McClain) relationship, the continued Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) return plot, and the reveal scene where Michael (Christian LeBlanc) tells Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) he has prostate cancer, Dylan’s (Steve Burton) marriage proposal to Avery ( Jessica Collins) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and Stitch (Sean Carrigan) having sex in the shower were just a few of the happenings in Genoa City.  Y&R remained in first place in all key demo categories 18-49, 18-34 (although they lost viewers in this demo), and 24-54.

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Finally, Days of our Lives also gained in total viewers adding +55,000 to come in for the week with 2, 445,000 which featured the further introduction of One Life to Live favorite, Melissa Archer as Serena Mason and her relationship with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan), what Melanie’s (Molly Burnett) secret is, and Will (Guy Wilson) coming home as Sonny (Freddie Smith) is still reeling from finding his ex Paul (Christopher Sean) is in Salem and more.  In key demos, DAYS gained in women 18-34, but was in the minus column in the 18-49 and  25-54.   View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, what do you think of the ratings week performances of your favorite soaps?  Put on your Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback hat and let us know, what is working for you on your soap? What would you do, if anything, to make it even better? Comment below.

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Im so happy Steffy is coming back to BB. I wish Sharon & Adam would be back together. on YR

I thought that Bold and Beautiful was amazing and loved the scenes with Lope. Fantastic. I already miss KM and hope that at least the character of Hope will be back soon.

Great news, but it would be fun to do a Fantasy Soap like those guys do with their Fantasy Football and Baseball. I would love to cherry pick my favorite characters/stories and put them into their own soap. I actually watch all four again, but there are still some couples/stories that I cannot watch because they bore me.

For me YnR has been doing everything right. I anticipate seeing it each day and hope the headwriting change doesn’t alter that. As for GH, which never seems to be able to hold on to its 3 million mark, 2013 has made me increasingly disenchanted with the far-fetched “stories.”. Recently centering more heavily on all this mob business again, which so many were grateful had been abandoned, GH is losing this viewer as of 1/1/15.

I know what you mean.
I lost interest in and dropped GH long ago.
It became too mob-ish, violent and depressing.
If at any random moment I decided to sneak
a peek, I am sure to see someone crying, someone
screaming, someone pointing a gun, someone about
to be shot, someone about to die, mob talk, jail scenes,
etc. etc. etc.
Ugh. Too much ugliness.

Nanci
A least GH runs on entertainment, and none are diseased or dying.. lol
Y&R characters are diseased peoples lol..
the big story is watching a man die of horrible disease, cancer.. ohh what fun!
— Y&R cancer’
Delia, Ashley, Michale, Lily, Delia died anyway,,
ohh yah Jennifer Brook died from Y&R cancer..
Hope was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer,
Katherine Chancellor had surgery for a brain tumor and a breast cancer scare.
Colleen dies to give Victor a heart
Paul get a transplant too
Niel is blind
Dylan has PTSD
Niki an alcoholic & Multiple Sclerosis
Sharon is Bipolar
Y&R drama has always run on diseases and death,,
good lord they should quarantine the soap … LOL

Watching people suffer and die of a variety of ailments is not fun, really it isn’t..
It takes them a year to suffer and die.. people have to watch them suffer to their deaths!
Y&R characters all need to go General Hospital and let the fine doctors cure them or put them in river and have done with it LOL .

GH, someone will get shot and be thrown in the river.. no need to get depressed they usually are very bad guys who end up in the river..
and they usually do not die..
GH will have a shoot-out and yet no bodies piled up lol ..
As a matter of fact, not one character on GH is diseased and dying of cancer or another disease.. all are healthy, hot and sexy, and live very very exciting lives!!
RC and team don’t write diseases they write good stuff that is not depressing, good entertainment..

Long live ALL the soaps.. they are loved !!!

You are right about the part with someone crying and screaming…that was me…Obama interupted my soaps again…lol

Nah, no diseases on GH (rolling eyes), just plutonium poisoning or whatever Luke and Jerry were dying of not too long ago.

If they keep wearing those magical masks they might come down with an epidemic of latex poisoning or something.

Yes, when I started watching GH again in 2013 I was disappointed to still see the guns & violence-mob, mob, mob. It used to be just bad people trying to kill a family or something, mob would take them out, move on. Recently though Sonny’s been trying to kill just whoever makes him mad or might tell something on him. He’s lost his mind. Still, I complain, then ignore it. But as of late, it has slowed down considerably. Pretty sure only 1 person got shot during all of sweeps, and he didn’t die. Sonny’s bodyguard. Now Nathan is in the hospital w/a shoulder wound. He’s a cop, but the shooter shot to wound him only. Kinda weird for GH, especially since Shawn the hitman has missed his last 37 murder attempts. He’s like a virgin all over again. LOL. I can only hope that this means the murdering has slowed down. Everyone’s pointing guns at each other but not using them. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking it will stay slowed down.
IMO, the female demos would rise much more for females if they’d put all the violence on the backburner. Not the excitement, just murder.

@su0000 And you have totally hit on my problem with GH! Realism! Cancer is a fact of life, people are diagnosed and dying from it every day. In your life you will know at least one person, if not more (unfortunately) who will suffer the disease. Let me ask you a question: when was the last time your (let’s say) best friend suddenly pulled off a plastic mask to reveal they were someone else? When did you know of someone hog tied and thrown into a hole in the ground (oh, and let’s not forget the person hired to bring the captive food and water)? When is the last time a magistrate, out of Court, saw you at a restaurant and forbade you to see another party? When is the last time you traveled from point A to point B in nanoseconds? How often do you see guns flashed around (but rarely does anyone get shot)? Who do you know who got shot in the heart and is walking around perfectly fine today? For that matter, how many presumed dead people have you known? I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Hey, a little fantasy is fine, but GH overdoes it. At least for me. But, hey, if that’s the kind of mindless entertainment you enjoy, have at it.

jonboy
I see what you described in movies and in TV drama show, commely..
That is exactly how they are written..
Pick a drama sitcom..
one shot and in next 12 minutes back at work..
They get on a plane and in flick of the screen they are in Afghanistan..
People are getting shot and within minutes are walking around in movies and on tv..
as a matter of fact..
In 60 minutes time ones whole lifetime can been shown..
That is how movies and TV shows work.. 🙂
and in tv and movie drama .. people are hog tied and thrown in hiles and not feed lol .. and much much worse..
As for the masks.. have you ever watched spy movies or even Mission Impossible, 007..
Yes, jonboy I have seen it all in other shows outside of GH..

some get married and within 17 minutes we see them a week into their honeymoon..
It is how it is done, jonboy ..
And even a soap can be entertaining.. that is why many watch, to be entertained is a weird sorta way lol..

jonboy.. soaps will never be in real life time..
GH like movies and drama tv series, are total fiction for entertainment .. 🙂

But we are not talking about a weekly drama, comedy series or spy movies. We are talking about a continuing daytime drama. In reference to your last statement regarding these shows being “total fiction for entertainment”, soaps have also been known to educate as well as entertain. Despite your obvious deference to cancer, bipolar and stories of the like, these types of stories can also educate us, the viewer. How is anything that goes on in GH ever going to do that? GH is pure escapism. If that’s as far as your mind wants to expand, then by all means enjoy it. I need something more.

Certainly a good thing that GH is above 3 million and has been hovering around that mark since Nov sweeps. But GH scored the most gains in 18-49 and 25-54? GH is down HUGE in all three demos from last year, down 20-30% while, Y&R and B&B are either up or basically flat. That has to be a concern.

Y&R is really good right now. Adam and Phyliss back causing problems. Yea! The only thing that would make it better is if they would bring in Vincent I(David from AMC). He was such a good actor. It is fun to actually look forward to seeing the next episode. After the loss of AMC, I never thought I would enjoy another soap. Thanks Y&R for really good daytime entertainment.

I’m a bit surprised by these numbers, usually around this time of year ratings drop a bit because of the holidays– of course the week being mentioned was the wrap up from Nov. sweeps, so these numbers might be going down next week. But right now I am enjoying all four soaps, which is rare.

On Y&R I am finding JH’s Adam believable, as well as GT’s Phyllis—both are two of the better recasts to date. On B&B the drama has been non stop of late. GH actors are making really silly stories wonderful with their acting skills, such a joy to watch them. And Days, well it has been sluggish for a while, not quite up to it’s old steam, but it is improving which is a good sign.

So if these trends continue it will be a Merry Christmas to all soap fans and to all soap fans a good night. ( or in our case a good afternoon unless preempted by Obama) LOL.

Watch B&B because Steffy will be returning, I wanted to be up with the play rather then reading blogs. Also to see the boring departure of Hope, never felt anything.

Su,
So true about the sicknesses, etc. with Y and R, but most were long ago.
Except for Delia of course, a storyline I hated. With GH, the violence is
always ongoing and front and center. With so much real-life violence on
the news, I would not want a soap I watch to just add to it.

Jimh,
I know! I was majorly mad when Obama came on toward the end
of Y and R today. That happens too often!

Nanci
There is not a lot of violence in GH..
There are numerous stories, none have violence..
what you refer to as violence is a mob shooting, and they are not common..
a prison fight is rare/1st one, actually….
Your comment
” violence is always ongoing and front and center”
..Is false…..
There are numerous great stories in GH.. ..
they are suspenseful, intriguing, full of surprises, humorous, twists and turns, and and they are not violent..
there is variety of non violent entertainment.. love and other good stuff ..

GH is not a traditional soap, it is modern and awesome!!!

Dang it, Su.
This is funny, though.
I started thinking Hmmm, I would
hope to give GH another chance.
So just a bit ago I turned it on, and
what was immediately on the screen
was a black man (dont know his name)
pointing a gun at a crouching guy.
Oh well. I tried.

I wish someone would really address the mess DAYS is in. No one is helping it stay on the air by whitewashing it’s serious problems

Days Of Our Lives

Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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