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RATINGS: B&B and Y&R Have Strong Week! All Soaps Show Gains!

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Courtesy/CBS

For the ratings period of March 17th-21st, it was the CBS Daytime lineup of soaps;  The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless that showed a significant gain in the total viewing audience numbers! In addition, General Hospital and Days of our Lives also saw some small gains.  This comes off a bad ratings week previously, when all the soaps lost viewers.

In the latest numbers, The Bold and the Beautiful added + 356,000 viewers for the ratings week giving it a total of 3,885,000, while The Young an the Restless added +288,000 giving it 4,942,000 for the week in total viewers.  Y&R was also the number one show in all the key demos.

Over at ABC”s General Hospital, the series added +41,000 giving it a total for the week of 2,641,000, and for NBC’s Days of our Lives, they added +30,000  giving it 2,476,000 for the ratings period.   To view the entire ratings picture via SON click here!

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Time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! With the ups and downs in the ratings over the last month or so, where one week soaps are down, one week they are up, what is working on your favorite soaps?  Which soap has your tuning in the most?  What changes would you make that you think would help increase viewership and make the viewers stay put?  Let us know!

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

My favorite soap is Days but i wish Jen had a different storyline: first Anne causes her trouble, then Theressa, then Liam…REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT!!! Also, Eric and Nicole’s storyline is starting to bore me…a great twist would be Nicole coming clean for a change…Erics story is one that should be wrapped up much sooner…i can wait months for stories to unfold but Erics isnt one of them…Sonny and Wills wedding should bring in more viewers…it would be a real treat and a suprise if Days finally does a wedding without something going wrong but i wont hold my breath!!! GH has improved somewhat but i wish they stopped making Dr.O do criminal acts and not doing time for them…cant we have a good old fashion soap villain who plots and schemes without causing physical harm like a Lisa Hughes, Rachel Davis, and Erica Kane ect.? When is someone going to realize Silas had a lookalike brother who couldve tried to kill Nina unless Madelyn did it herself? Could Vincent Izzary be secretly joining GH as Valentin Cassidine and be the one behind Lukes strange behavoir instead of Victor, Jerry or even someone related to the Balkin!!! Dont you just love no saint Lulu throwing it in Britts face what a bad person Britt is when Lulu herself once got pregnant by stepbrother Dillion while he was married to Georgie and then aborted the baby?(which wouldve gave the show another Q)…Sonny needs his head knocked in talking about A.J. killing Connie, especially with all the mob violence and death Sonny has caused in Port Chuck!!! Wait til he finds out Ava killed Connie but after they get married and she’ll probable get pregnant with yet another one of Sonnys children!!!The’ll marry after Ava convinces Sonny she wont be able to testify against him at his trial for shooting A.J. if they become husband and wife!!! Will Olivia see any of this comin?…lol Im watching Bold and Beautiful…i like Ally, Quinn and Wyatt…ive watched little of this show in the past…liked Sally Spectra but im becoming more of a regular…i like it better on tvgn at nite!!!!

Marc
Marc

Very impressive considering they have to go against the ncaa tournament that week

Patty
Patty

If TPTB don’t realize that it is the pairing of Katie and Ridge and Hope and Wyatt, and just for kicks, Quinn and Bill, they need to wake up and smell the 21st Century !!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Weekly ratings go up and down– basically the soaps are holding their own– which is okay.

My beef for the week is with DAYS. There have been a couple of scenes in the park or outside St. Luke’s and there are leaves on the trees and nice green grass on the ground. Come on– Salem is supposed to be somewhere near Chicago is it not? When does it look like summertime in the middle of March??? Doesn’t DAYS have some kind of department that is supposed to make sure the scenery is matching the calender on air date even if they are filming months in advance? Maybe it is annoying me so much because it is still very cold and tons of snow where I live– and if I don’t get a nice warm March neither should the folks in Salem. LOL.

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

I dont even recall if it even snowed in Salem this year…lol

k/kay
k/kay

Don’t watch it anymore but are they doing what GH&Y&R do the women wear sleeveless dresses in the dead of winter? I was thinking the other day when we had like how many soaps to choose from so if you did not like one you were bored you could go to another now you have 4 and for me since I watch 3 off and on if they were cancelled tomorrow I would not care they are that bad. Not trying to be a downer but if you watch clips of the old ones on you tube you find out in 2014 the writing is just terrible. I have to say I do not have one couple I care about maybe a little of Sharon & Nick on Y&R but that is it. Sad day at my house! Lol

k/kay
k/kay

Sorry for being such a downer I just watched about 15 minutes of Eden & Crus from Santa Barbara and man what a couple! Miss those great actors!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Evergreens stay green year round.

Sammie jo
Sammie jo

Thrilled to read that Y&R hasn’t “gone down the toilet” as predicted by the MM fanbase.
” while The Young an the Restless added +288,000 giving it 4,942,000 for the week in total viewers. Y&R was also the number one show in all the key demos”

su0000
su0000

The Young an the Restless is not all that great..
From the 32 countries that air the Y&R it has to be getting numbers from at the least one of those countries, somehow..

General Hospital is by far the best soap and DOOL too, both better than Y&R..

Y&R gets the numbers that makes it the most watched but not the best..

I watch Y&R every day, I am a number, and usually nood off when I’m not FFing, but I watch out of habit and hope more than anything..
This year has been the worst..
And it’s major stories;
Summers daddy– has been going nowhere for an year!!
The music box story has been a total fail and going on for a year!
Dylan and Avery are an ‘Yawn..
Tyler and Abby are wallpaper
Michael and Lauren are dullsville
New Billy is a whiner
Summer does nothing
Sharon has been a nut case for an year and that has become stupid.
and on and on and on with ”dull … snore!!!!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Exactly! The most watched does not mean the best. They push that #1 crap too much! People that decide to finally give soaps a try turn to #1 and think the soaps need to be buried because #1 is crappy! #1 is bad for the soaps!

Brenda
Brenda

You need to give up your weekly rant every time YR goes up. Nielson said they only count US viewers. YR is #1. n

Harlee
Harlee

So su0000 at it again being childish nincompoop screaming about YR and propping up GH…just typical. You must have a miserable, lonely life with so much loneliness in your life to berate a soap opera! OK! maybe you don’t like YR, fair enough but your array of rants speaks volumes about your posts and having posted so many well this is also showing what kind of person shining through in your rants.

GH isn’t my kind of soap style in writing but you don’t see me seething in my posts and degrading GH in every turn. I have some realistic problems with YR right now you have made some valid points but I also after 41 years watching I’m finding other stories that have been enjoying compared to 2 years ago.

I give thanks that I have Dominic in my life everyday and I’m sane about my soap operas.

Carly
Carly

I agree with you 100% su0000!!! Well said.

PatF
PatF

Typical comments from su…

I don’t understand why you’d watch a show that bores you.

That’s why I can’t watch the cartoony GH, and choose not to.

The other three shows are traditional soaps. But surprised to see Days is now down over last year…

Harlee
Harlee

HERE HERE P~ this is soooo typical from su0000…I had to comment over the asinine post. He does this on every thread about YR. I might have some minor problems with YR but this kind of posting is ridiculously forth telling in the individual.

PatF
PatF

Comments like that are just foolish, and transparent.

Stick to what you know…”the best” soap GH.

I’ll be in GC and LA.

Fran
Fran

My favorite is Bold & the Beautiful by far. I love the new Ridge but I want to see a different attitude with Brook. It’s always Ridge breaks Brooks heart goes with Caroline/Doc then he comes back to Brook with opened arms who always takes him back until the next girl and it’s a merry-go-round. I know he can’t live happily ever with Katie or that would be the end of the story but I would like to see him gradually get tired of her and try to get Brook back, who finally says NO and really makes him realize he’s not the cream-of-the-crop he thinks he is. As for Y & R that show has been a bore since we lost MM and it’s a good workout hour!

Barbara
Barbara

My favourite has always been Y& R so was glad they did so well. I also watch B&B sometimes, but I would be happier if Wyatt & Quinn weren’t on all the time. Can’t tolerate too much of them. I think Y&R is better without MM & MS.

Patty
Patty

Well the old saying, “if you don’t like what you’re watching , you can always change the channel” , is where I am headed. Bell, in spite of the tremendous popularity of Katie and Ridge’s story line is insistent on going back to the 20th century with Brooke and Ridge. Another way of showing who is REALLY running B & B…KKL ! Eric has become Brooke’s latest lap dog ! “The Chew”, is so much more satisfying ! Au revoir B & B !

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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Arianne Zucker Chats On Her Return; Days Stars Take To Daytime Emmy Red Carpet On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On an all-new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Arianne Zucker talks about her exciting return to the show, and once again being in front and center story following Nicole seeing the love of her life, Eric (Greg Vaughan) had attempted to move on in the love life department with Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), and then the shocking devastation at the death of her daughter, Holly.

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On the podcast with host Michael Fairman, Ari weighs-in on her most recently aired scenes, and talks about some of Nicole’s past wild storylines including; the infamous flesh eating bacteria storyline and when Nicole attempted to raise Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) baby as her own until the truth finally, finally came to light!

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Then, Fairman takes you to the red carpet at the just completed 46th annual Daytime Emmys where he chats with some of the most notable residents of Salem including actors: Galen Gering (Rafe), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Martha Madison (Belle), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and more.

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Make sure to check out the podcast one of two ways: 1) Go directly to iTunes here, or you can hear it on NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Let us know what you think of Nicole’s return and Days’ night at the Daytime Emmys via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati chats with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Carlivati and his writing team were nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series; an award they won last year.

Ron reveals to Michael that the reels submitted in the writing category were different than those submitted for Outstanding Drama Series; with the writing submissions centering around Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) wedding and her shooting … and then the aftermath in the hospital where Marlena’s children and John have to say goodbye to her fearing she will not pull through her medical crisis.

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Later, Carlivati discusses how he has become more firmly entrenched in the land of Salem after being an ABC Daytime guy for most of his life; following writing for One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Watch the interview below.  Then let us know, what did you think of Ron’s choice for the writing award? Should DAYS have toppled Y&R on the strength of those reels? Comment below.

For more 46th annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet and backstage interviews visit the Michael Fairman Channel here.

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