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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
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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
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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
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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
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Derrick

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

Matthew Place
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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
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Lawrence

Gh still holding strong!

Elhu
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Elhu

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

PatF
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PatF

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

lisa
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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
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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
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Margie

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

david
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david

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

john
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Iakovos
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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
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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
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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
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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
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carla

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

denisefan
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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
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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… Read more »

denisefan
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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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… Read more »

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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