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

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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!

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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