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RATINGS: B&B and Y&R Have Solid Week! All Soaps Add Total Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 26th-30th, and it was very solid week for The Bold and the Beautiful, and also a good week for The Young and the Restless.

B&B added +302,000 total viewers more than any other network soap opera!  With Wyatt confronting Bill, the future of Forrester, and more, B&B the only half-hour network drama, is doing very well with total viewers at 3,592,000. B&B also added the most viewers in the key 18-49 female demo adding +83,000.

Over at Y&R, the top rated soap opera added +164,000 in the total viewers category making its weekly count at 4,618,000, as the residual effects of Katherine’s letters played out, as well as all the other storylines on the show.

Meanwhile, General Hospital also added viewers adding +55,000 for its total of 2.673,000 while remaining ahead of Days of our Lives.  GH also stayed atop of the women 18-34 demo even though they, and the other soaps, lost viewers in the category.  As for Days of our Lives, it added+36,000,  and totaled in at 2,419,000 for the week for total viewers.   View the entire ratings picture here courtesy of SON!

OK, so it’s time for you to be our weekly Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! What soaps do you think are on the right path storyline-wise?  Which soap has the most compelling storylines right now?  Which soap opera do you think needs the most help?   Comment below!

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Lily
Lily

I want to watch Rafe and Jordan’s story take off on Days, but it’s moving soooo slowly! When I tune into see what happens next they aren’t on or their scenes are a millisecond in length.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well to be fair Rafe can barely lift his hand up, so I wouldn’t expect things to heat up between these two for a while. And that can be a good thing. The best love stories take time to built. It is the anticipation you are feeling that makes the suspense and waiting great— so when they finally do come together– it will be all the sweeter. I honestly hope they don’t rush it, but yeah, they could move it along a little bit.

Lily
Lily

Very well said! And yes I agree the best love stories do take time and leave the viewers holding their breath for the next moments to happen. This budding story with Rafe and Jordan definitely has that potential if the writers will foster it with care. I don’t mind a gradual build at all if it’s done delectably. But I sure do wish the show would give them more attention than they currently are in order to engage us in their story.

Derrick
Derrick

And look for Y&R to go UP BIG next week due to Katherine’s memorial!

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

The article states all soaps down in 18-34, but B&B actually gained 21,000 viewers if SON is correct. Congrats to B&B on impressive year-to-year gains!

Lawrence
Lawrence

Gh still holding strong!

Elhu
Elhu

So happy about this, and let’s hope it continues!!!! Enjoy the storylines very much!!!

PatF
PatF

This is also the last week of ratings that are impacted by the CBS blackout.

lisa
lisa

Time to cancel gh. replace it with a talk show. i want too see more reality shows on abc. keep days of our lives on nbc. days is a good soap. gh sucks big time. One life to live will not come back. trust me. The reboot was a sleeper. horrible storylines and bad acting.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I love Gh! Hope it gets to it’s 60th anniverssary. Keep up the good work Ron and Frank we are with you.

Margie
Margie

Lisa sounds like a real lovely person.
OLTL will be back. 2014.

david
david

My inside sources tell me. abc wants gh out of there line up early next year. lets hope its just a rumour.

john
john

I agree with you lisa. general hospital will get cancelled, next year. replace general hospital with a new talk show. I’m fed up with general hospital. really boring stories. its the franco show. boring boring .

Paul
Paul

Don’t know what show Lisa and John are watching, but it isn’t GH. Under the current regime, the show is not only thoroughly interesting and entertaining, but it’s VERY BALANCED. It’s the negative propaganda from the haters that is boring!

tony
tony

John and lisa need to take there medication. General hospital are on fire now. the ratings are way better than last year. please bring back tristan rogers as robert scorpio. sign him to a contract. gh is here to stay. gh rocks. john and lisa are miserable people.

Rose
Rose

Sorry you ‘re not liking General Hospital lately. But I have to question the wisdom of anyone wanting another reality show. If you don’t like GH anymore, just don’t watch.

Nick
Nick

Paul, understand that everyone is entitled to express their opinion without being stepped on and called juvenile names. If you can’t accept negative opinions about GH, then I suggest that you do something else with your time and don’t read message boards online. Different strokes for different folks. Not everyone has the same tastes. Just because you personally like GH does not mean that every person on the planet likes it as well.

And if you really think that anyone who does not care for GH is a “hater” who is spewing “negative propaganda”, then you are truly paranoid and one sick puppy. That’s total BS. I am so beyond sick and tired of seeing commenters use the term “hater”, which has to be the most tired, overused word on the planet. All it does is prove that you’re an immature baby who can’t tolerate anyone who thinks differently than you without whining. In other words, “No matter what, my words are the only ones that count and anyone with a dissenting point of view is dead wrong.” Stay classy, man.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would imagine all four soaps are fairly solid in the ratings. I hope increased viewership levels continue. That is what we need. I still believe “everything old is new again” and we will see some appreciation of daytime drama again.

Jules
Jules

Glad all shows are up….that’s just good news for the medium. I think for that week all the shows had something going for them so it’s easy to see how the ratings would reflect that. Onward and upward for all!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I do admit it was a little refreshing to see something on B&B that wasn’t a love triangle. Although now that Steffy is gone– we see them starting a new one between Liam Wyatt and Hope. I think Brad Bell would go into withdrawal if he can’t have a love triangle going somewhere— but it is nice change of pace while it lasted.

Harlee
Harlee

This is good news for the soaps. It’s no wonder BB is up by leaps & bounds compared to any other soap. It’s simply producing the best soap opera right now. I’m loving BB, CBS should be very proud of this little soap, not so much for YR.

carla
carla

I love bold and the beautiful. All soaps should 30 minutes that way we can have more on the air.

denisefan
denisefan

I’m in favor of cancelling all for network soap operas and investing in new serials. There are some popular novelists who would make great scribes in the daytime format.

Mary SF
Mary SF

You have a point, there comes a time there is only so much one can do with a certain group of characters, and soaps that have been on for over twenty years. They are struggling to find fresh ways of telling stories with characters that had so much happen to them in one life time it hard to imagine in real these characters wouldn’t be in the hospital for exhaustion. LOL.
Unfortunately I do not believe networks would invest money in new serials once the old guard falls away. Those novelists you spoke of would not come cheap and frankly the eyeballs available during the daytime don’t warrant that expense. If these soaps go– they will be replaced with cheaper reality shows or syndicated shows at half the cost.

denisefan
denisefan

Novelists may very well be a great investment. That they won’t come cheap is an assumption… that they will bring viewers and ad revenue, and therefore be cost effective, is the bottom line.

Investigate how Nielsen estimate viewer data…… there is a great leap of faith to believe that their sampling can be generalized to report with certainty a national audience.

Rose
Rose

I started watching B & B after the ABC purge. Glad to see Rena Sofer added as Quinn. I just hope they start “letting her loose” like in her role as Lois in General Hospital.

aria
aria

GH needs to stay consistent, it needs to really feature the vets more, its really sad seeing Finola and Genie playing basically extras on the show. i ‘m loving the show when it shows everyone in good storylines, it showed us that in august but then it goes back to just showing the same people over and over again. theres 5 days a week, i don’t get why they can’t use the vets more in their own storyline.

Rose
Rose

What are other daytime shows pulling in #wise in comparison to soaps? Also, I know you always want to bring in younger viewers, but I get fed up with this fixation on the 18-49 demo. If you look at B&B ‘s, 302,000 viewers with only 83,000 between 18-49, why not say hoorah to the other 219,000 new viewers not in this “preferred” demo.

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

Harlee and I may not agree on everything, but we do agree where B&B is concerned. Classic soap. Interesting show every day. Characters are just unpredictable enough to be interesting. Character-driven plots — not plotting for the sake of plotting. I like to see the day-to-day life of characters, not just plot points every day or “filler”. Brad said in an interview (and I paraphrase) he was making B&B must-see every day — and he is delivering! Hard to believe Kay Alden isn’t right there beside him, because Kay wrote great teens/younger characters when she was HW at Y&R. I wish Brad and Kay could be consultants for Y&R (if not headwriters). Y&R needs serious attention because it’s losing its identity. Y&R no longer feels like Y&R: It’s starting to feel really generic.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Days of Our Lives is in need of major help. When everything revolves around Sami and EJ, it dips. Characters leaving right and left or changing faces. Where the hell is John
??? Are we supposed to believe that Marlena doesnt love him anymore?? Are they insane????? No eonder they are 4th out of four soaps. Where is the romance, Justin and his wife at odds. Rafe with nobody, Abby too, Jennifer being played like a fool by a teenager, Nicole pining, Eric duped, come on, do something, this is a mess. Bring back John for a fight to win back his doc!!!!@!

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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TODAY: Ron Carlivati’s Dad Appears on DAYS

Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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Make sure to check out today’s episode of Days of our Lives for this fun moment with Ron’s dad! Comment below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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To listen to the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem’ download it now on iTunes here, or head on over to NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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