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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 !

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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