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RATINGS: B&B & GH have Good Weeks! All Soaps up in Female 18-49 demo!

The ratings are in for the week of October 24th -28th and it was a good week for most of the five network soaps and in particular for CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s General Hospital who added the most eyeballs to their daily drama.  B&B added the most with + 113,000 viewers, and has clearly gotten the number two slot pretty much locked up at this point.  GH added +56,000 viewers for the ratings week.

In the key female 18-49 demographic, which last week had all soaps losing numbers, they were all back up again led by One Life to Live and General Hospital who added the most viewers in this category and gained in their ratings share.

Days of our Lives was the only soap to lose viewers for the week.  Now view the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network by clicking here!

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dena
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dena

Blah, Blah, up & down, fake ratings and horrible story lines, soap opera’s are the past. I’d rather watch the even trashier reality show’s at least they focus on all the characters.

Blake
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Blake

then why are you even on here?

dena
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dena

To get reply’s like this. If you don’t like what you see, maybe you should ignore it.

leah
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leah

i wish you anti soap people would just check out and not announce you are leaving. Your like an awful blight… just go already and leave those of us alone who do care about soaps and soap life…

dena
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dena

I wish you pro soap people would lighten up and stop thinking this is crap is real, it’s all for entertainment purposes and sometime it just doesn’t serve it’s purpose.

Blake
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Blake

Well then take your own advice dena and ignore the article. hypocrite!

dena
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dena

First and foremost I wasn’t ignoring the article, “That’s why I responded”! I did respond to you because you responded to my comment! Like I said, if you don’t like what you see, ignore it, Hypocrit!

My2Cents
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My2Cents

I hope GH doesn’t take this that there writing is good. Though Friday was ‘plausable’ it still has far to go.

Jenna
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Jenna

ABC Daytime is going to sink like a stone once the Soaps are gone. Love my OLTL and GH… don’t watch anything else on ABC. BTW, have the ad networks noted that The Chew is still on when OLTL is slated to begin at 2pm EST? I think they are taking a few extra ratings points by going over into what should be OLTL because people tune in a minute before or so before, or on the hour for OLTL. Instead of commercials btw the two show they go right from The Chew to OLTL. ABC must be desperate, LOL!

leah
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leah

wow. that is why i accident wound up watching a few minutes of the chew… the show was horrible.. can you say sinking stone-in a really deep lake.

Blake
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Blake

yeah I had noticed that when i turned to oltl one day and saw that horrible chew show so i immediately turned it to another channel til it was exactly 2:00. I agree that ABC must be desperate to get people to watch that mess of a show.
Once OLTL is off abc i will be done with abc for good.

adriana8900
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adriana8900

sonny and brenda needs to reunite 2012

Jared
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Jared

Looks like some passive aggressiveness above. Gotta love those people that sign on anonymous message boards just to be hateful. Oh, gotta love life in 2011. hehe Anyway, on to my take for the week. At #1, I caught some of Y&R’s episodes on Soapnet: not too bad this week, unlike prior weeks, but a far cry from the glory days. MAB needs to give me her pen so that I can fix her mess. hehe. At #2, I never got into B&B. It’s a little (OK, a LOT) too incestuous for me. Does anyone know the population of LA?… Read more »

tina
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tina

Your grades are so hateful, but I get it, it’s your opinion. Thank goodness we can still have an opinion in 2011.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I do love my soaps but have for the last few years been unhappy with how stories are written and produced. It might not help that everyone gets so focused on spoliers and such. The surprise in these shows is often missing because it’s all dissected before the chapters even play. Also, people do not like to invest time or thought anymore. News stories are reduced to sound bites. Businessmen do not want any more the basics. Good storytelling takes time to build and unfurl. If the people do not have the patience, the how can we expect the webs… Read more »

Sun45
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Sun45

I have one thing to say about GH its simply unwatchable. I’m not a fan anymore I’ve put GH in the past where it belongs.

Lucy
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Lucy

Days is freaking boring..no wonder ratings are bad bad bad maybe with the exiting spoiler between Ej and Sami there is some hope for drama and exiting storylines but i don’t have much hope..and yeah OLTL is the best soap right now but yep like it or not Dena is right daytime soaps are pretty dead when you see great storytelling, dialogue, good acting and chemistry on prime time soaps you know that cheesy conservative daytime soaps are not needed anymore..

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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