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RATINGS: All Soaps Up In Total Viewers!

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In the ratings released for the week of September 29th through October 3rd, it was good week for all four network soap operas in terms of total viewers with each showing gains!

The show that gained the most was ABC’s General Hospital, which benefited from the arrival on-screen of a bandaged Billy Miller (Jason).  GH gained +103,000 and put its total viewer tally to over the 3 million mark once again! However in the key demos, it was NBC’s Days of our Lives and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful that each showed gains in viewers on the positive side: women 18-34 (although B&B did not gain viewers it held the same as last week), 18-49, and 25-54! 

Here’s a look at the total viewers picture via SON below: with numbers based on  Live+Same Day ratings.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

1. Y&R 4,568,000 (+24,000/-184,000)
2. B&B 3,716,000 (+79,000/+195,000)
3. GH 3,041,000 (+103,000/+310,000)
4. DAYS 2,484,000 (+49,000/+58,000)

So which soap opera do you think was on fire the most for the rating period?  Do you think all four of the network soaps are on an upswing? Do you think each soap is making improvements on the casting side and story side to try to entice you to keep viewing and staying with their brand of storytelling each week?  Share your thoughts below!

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robert
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robert

strong week for the soaps. Impressed with B&B. Next week we’ll see how Ej’s death on Days did ,and Phyllis’s return at the Shick wedding on Y&R did

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The scene in the morgue with EJ’s body and Sami (DOOL) really did me in, I cried my eyes out….something which I had not done in a long, long time watching a soap.
This scene was much more poignant and heart wrenching than anything happening on Y&R.
The part where Sami was feeling for EJ’s heartbeat? Well, that had me sobbing like an idiot.
Wow and double WOW.
Is EJ really dead?

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

He is only dead for now…we will probably see him later at some tropical resort with his Samikins on a beach drinking something with one of those little unbrellas thingies in it…but if we dont, and E.J. is truly dead, will come back to life if the actor ever decides to return to the show…i see the guy doing a lot of primetime work or joining GH as Valentin Cassidine!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All soaps are picking up as stories build up for November sweeps– in general the best months for soaps are October, November, February, April and May– so for the next few weeks all soaps should be picking up in the ratings as compared to the summer when soaps tend to go a bit flat. Looking forward to some good entertainment ahead on every show in the weeks to come until the holiday season when once again stories tend to level off as we start preparing for Christmas.

Ellen Turner
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Ellen Turner

I believe that Y&R has definitely heated up and GH is beginning to heat up slowly

Mark
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Mark

I’m gonna start watching gh with billy miller

harry
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harry

You’re going to watch GH with Billy Miller, Mark? Cool!

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

All My Soaps had an interesting week…E.J.s and eventually Samis departure might change things for Days in the weeks ahead and itll be interesting to see which direction things go…itll also be interesting to see what happens when Melissa Archer joins Days later this year…Billy Millers did a fine job in those hospital scenes…im certain his joining the show and improved writing helped GH…cant wait next week for my soaps…got to see some episodes of ‘The Doctors’ and i loved it…just wish it was on a major cable channel…Liz Hubbard and the rest were as great as i rembered and… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Failed to add: Gina T.(Phylis) and better writing at Y&R is also getting me to tune in to that show a little more…Cant also wait for October 31st at GH: The Bride Of Francostein episode…better known as the wedding of two ‘monsters’ normally called Franco and Carly…lol

su0000
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su0000

ohhhh damit! it’s gonna be good..
Franco’s Halloween wedding will be the #1soap wedding, of the year LOL
It for sure will not bore me.. no mushy stuff, it will rock!!
its gotta be great!! I can’t wait to hear the music …
The monster mash…………………

”’The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, “The Crypt-Kicker Five”
They played the mash They played the monster mash
The monster mash It was a graveyard smash!!!!!!!
gonna love this wedding!!!

DaleReshotnik
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DaleReshotnik

GH IS THE BEST SOAP ON TV!!!! SO HAPPY ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF BILLY MILLER ON THE SHOW!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR MONDAY’S EPISODE WHEN THEY SHOW HIS HANDSOME FACE!!!!! :):):):):):):):):)

Donny
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Donny

That is great news, that the ratings are up. General Hospital and the Young and The Restless is on fire now. I am enjoying Gina Tagnoni as the new Phyllis Summers, Gina is a terrific actress and honestly I forgot about Michelle Stafford in the role of Phyllis. Gina has got be hooked again on the Young and The Restless. I smell another emmy for Gina in the future or sooner , maybe next year. I loved watching Gina, on guiding Light as Dinah Marler. She won 2 daytime emmys on Guiding LIght as Dinah Marler. General hospital is also… Read more »

Kayleen Jackson
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Kayleen Jackson

I think Y&R and GH are going to explode with Phyllis and Adam on Y&R and Billy Miller on GH. I love all the soaps, except Days.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I love DAYS!

Vicki
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Vicki

I thought E.J. and Sami were the two best people on the show. I think the show will lose some of its fun and glamour without them. I also think some viewers will leave as well.

jeremy
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jeremy

Loving GH, with nathan/maxie, alexis/julian,sam/patrick,elizabeth/nujason,carly/sonny,nina/franco,morgan/ava, and the list goes and goes.. Cannot wait for todays episode 😉 love my GH!!

brenda
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brenda

I wonder how the Nielsen glitch will affect the GH ratings. Haven’t seen the adjusted numbers for daytime yet.

Shay
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Shay

“GH” has considerably upped its game over the past month….between the gripping C-C action and added/returning talents of Billy Miller, Donna Mills and Sebastian Roche’, we have been treated to some top-notch plotlines and performances. Jerry was totally sublime yesterday holding court in that Amsterdam cafe’ surrounded by Tracy, “Sweet Sam” and Patrick. (Loved the tongue-in-cheek nod to SR’s vampire role in “The Originals!”) Somehow I just sensed last Friday when that door opened that “Jacks was back”….actually made me think “FLuke Who”…. cares?” That farce has gone on for so long, I’m almost past it….not the showrunners’ fault,, of… Read more »

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

Could Jerry still been Fluke…Jerry could been Fluke and is now holding Luke hostage, and plans to frame Luke for Flukes doings when it was really Jerry as Fluke and not Luke as Fluke???

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, jimh, There is a strong possibility that Jerry is Fluke. The real Luke is in a dormant state….a stupor, actually, induced by all the mind-altering drugs he probably ingests as meals. I agree with your deduction, though…makes so much sense. What confuses me is that Jerry seemed to be genuinely surprised to hear that Michael presently holds the reins of ELQ; while, if I remember correctly, Fluke already knew that…..so, it should not have come as a surprise if Jerry were Fluke. Unless Jerry was putting on an act for Traci’s benefit. I do believe that Fluke has now… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Not in my mind, jimh….Remember, not only was Jerry suffering those injuries from his swandive off the MetroCourt, but he was near extinction due to polonium poisoning….I cannot believe he bounced back so quickly as to have been traipsing about Port Charles throughout the spring. Besides, I still cannot envision that suave, silver-tongued snake comporting himself in the perverse manner in which FLuke became so renowned.

harry
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harry

GH has shown remarkable improvement.
However, I still irritated by the dumbing down of the women. Anna, Lulu, Carly, Alexis and of course, Traci.
Traci has been so utterly clueless and uncharacteristically gullible that she is starting to remind me of one of those Catfish victims Dr Phil constantly features on his show.

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Harry…there is remarkable improvement when I can actually sit through three entire episodes in a row and remain relatively riveted….(I am speaking of Friday, Monday and yesterday.) Of course, I find myself less enthralled with today’s preview, but one must take what one can, and give credit where credit is due. But you’ve a real point in finding issue with the growing phenom of Port Charles’ fairer sex being”stuck on stupid.” Tracy’s been rolling downhill for an age, particularly in relation to her blind allegiance to Luke/FLuke, but also please tell me that any well-traveled cosmopolitan female who came… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Shay, why did God bless you with the gift of glib and not the rest of us? ( and i mean that as the utmost compliment) . I had no clue who Julia Wainwright was, so I had to research her….you’re just too much…too funny. Should have guessed it was your second favorite soap star. Oh, you don’t like the word ‘star’ being used? How about ‘performer?’ Take that any way you wish, Shay. Yes? LOL. You know, Shay, I must agree with you about Tracy…..never mind coming from the Pepsi generation, the 60’s, but she is supposedly a well-traveled… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, CeeCee, there are times when I’m not certain whether my irrepressible glibness is a blessing or a curse, but if it helps makes your day, then I will favor the former! (Thank you for that….) As for your terming NLG a soap “star,” I have no quarrel with that … believe it or not, I actually enjoyed her work on “Santa Barbara.” Along with Lane Davies, she comprised a truly epic “supercouple.” They were magic together. I simply cannot say the same for the needy, obnoxious “Alexis” and her failed string of inappropriate Port Charles conquests…..in my eyes, lightning… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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