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RATINGS: All Soaps Up In Total Viewers!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

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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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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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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