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RATINGS: B&B, OLTL & DAYS gain some viewers, but all soaps down in Women 18-49 demo!

The ratings are out for the week of October 17th-21st and while there were total viewership gains by some of the soaps, all of them were down in the key 18-49 female demographic!  Let’s take a closer week.

The Bold and the Beautiful remained in second place again this week with the most gained viewers of +75,000.  One Life to Live is again in third and added 13,000, while Days of our Lives gained + 50,000 eyeballs.  DAYS  is now  fourth of the five soaps with the bottom position going to General Hospital who lost the most viewers last week. The Young and the Restless stayed in the top slot again, even though they also lost some viewers this past week.

In the key 18-49 demo all soaps lost viewers and rating share and Days of our Lives and General Hospital tied all time lows for the share.  View the entire ratings via Soap Opera Network by clicking here!

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Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

How about 50 and up! We’re NOT dead! So strange that when we were 18 – 49, we counted. We have always been the viewers of the Soaps. Now because we are 50+ we don’t count? Come on – really????? Something needs to be corrected here. Talk about discrimination!!!

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

By the way, if they counted 50 and up, the ratings would probably be sky high!

Karen
Karen

I guess they don’t think 50 and over are purchasing consumers!

ethel
ethel

it’s not just the folks who do the ratings – its all over our so called united states – look at corporate america: most workers in their late 40’s on up are scared of loosing their job because of age – there is just no respect for us anywhere……….i know because i will be 60 next month!!

vik
vik

AND also,,,ive been watching since i was YOUNGER than 18, now cus 53, and still watching..we’re not counted at all as relevant viewers? whats the dif. I STILL HAVE TO BUY SHAMPOO!

david
david

At the link to the ratings, notice OLTL beats GH in every category.

Jessica
Jessica

Too bad all of those OLTL viewers weren’t watching when it actually mattered.

Shamrock67
Shamrock67

Well this is a first for me, but I really needed to get this off my chest! I have been a daytime fan since the 70s & I grew up watching Another World, Days, & GH. It was a family thing, 3 generations of women in front of a b & w TV watching the “stories”. Over the years we have seen a lot of silly stuff on our soaps, but through thick & thin we have stuck by them. Well in the era of them dropping off like flies, I think that the TPTB should be a little more attentive to the the people who actually care what happens to them. Use our vets! On GH this week I was over the moon to see the characters of Alexis & Luke actually having an interesting, funny & pertinant conversation at the landmark Kelly’s. It was a reprieve from the Cruise from Hell, where between the pre-buscent activities of over indulging in alcohol to uncomfortable make out sessions and a really bad “Gilligan & Ginger” rowing the boat made me shake my head. Don’t get me wrong, I love the actors that portray the characters, in my humble opiniion GH has the creme of the creme in daytime, the problem is the writing. One would think that the network with the soon to be one remaining Soap would at least have the respect & pride to provide quality storylines. There are other network soaps that have much better storylines with far less talented actors than GH and they are doing well in the ratings. ABC you have a goldmine of talent on your hands, so please start using it!

Deborah
Deborah

I am 58 years old. I have watched soaps for 40 years and NEVER have I been polled!!! Do I NOT count??? I don’t know who does this POLLING but I bet there are alot of people like me who have never been counted!! If I am not home I am recording my soaps. How do those of us who have NEVER been polled or counted go about doing so????

My2Cents
My2Cents

I would like to see the ratings all in all for the soaps.
Who is 1st with viewers and who is last?

lew
lew

I have to say that I am extremely disappointed by the writing of Garin Wolf. I expected so much more after they released Bob Guza. But instead of positive changes, we still have an excess of Sonny,Carly, Jason and the mob. ENUF!!!!! If the powers that be at GH want this soap to succeed, revamp it quickly. FRONZIE is waiting to give them their pink slip and to open the door to Katie Couric.

jp
jp

OLTL is doing better in the ratings than GH because it has a better group of writers, actors and storyline. The powers at be value the history and legacy of OLTL. I can not say the same for GH. ABC had to get rid of its powerhouse soap and keep the one its canceling on its own come next june.

My2Cents
My2Cents

The one thing OLTL does that GH doesn’t, is honor their VETS.
For that alone, this show stands out.
Besides, GH is the worse it has been in the 35 years I have been watching it.

HAPPPPYYY HALLOWEENIE!!

Jared
Jared

I agree with most of everyone up there. Yes, it sucks how this country and its corporations and youth disrespect age. It’s simply a tragedy. Also, One Life to Live IS better than GH and has been for most of the last few years in every way. Soapy, over-the-top storytelling grounded in relatable cross-generational character interactions trumps godfather wannabe mob plots every day of the week. DAYS is improving since the reboot. I’m glad to see Marlena back as the matriarch where she belongs. Speaking of another show that respects its veterans, DAYS is up there with ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Y&R, my favorite show from the 80’s to the mid 00’s, is simply unwatchable. MAB, give me your pen and let me fix this mess! Stat! B&B? Never could stand it. Too incestuous for me. How many people in LA, and these people can’t find people from other families to date? Someone clue me in, please. Happy Halloween, my soap loving friends!

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General Hospital Serves Up Holiday Promo

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? As 2018 has whirled by so fast, your favorite soap operas are starting to offer up good tidings to all of their fans.  On  Monday, ABC has just released this holiday video from General Hospital, “25 Days of Christmas”.

In the video, photos and imagery of the characters on the Port Charles are rotated through as Holiday card snapshots.

Leslie Charleson’s (Monica” voice is heard to kick-off the video saying, “Prepare to be spellbound”.

In their tweet on social media, GH says, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Check it out below. Then let us know what you thoughts of the promo via the comment section below.

 

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General Hospital Set To Pay Tribute To The Late Susan Brown

2018 has taken with it some beloved soap opera veterans.  One of them was GH fan favorite, Susan Brown, who died at 86 of Alzheimer’s at the end of August.

GH viewers remember Susan’s performances as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin.  Gail was Monica’s (Leslie Charleson) best friend, and eventually she married Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and was a stepmother to Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Kin took to Twitter last week and revealed that General Hospital taped a tribute to Susan that will be seen in an upcoming episode.

In a tweet, he shared, “A tribute show to Susan shot in the can airing soon!”

With GH’s tape schedule we would presume that sometime in January we will be seeing how GH addresses Susan’s passing and thus the fate of Gail.

So, are you glad to hear GH will be doing something very special to honor Susan?

Do you hope that there are major emotional scenes within it for Kin Shriner and Leslie Charleson?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Network Exec, Angelica McDaniel On Y&R’s Staying Power: “We Have This Award-Winning, Ratings-Generating, Money-Making Show, And It Really Adds Value To CBS.”

This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

So, what do you think about Y&R? Will it remain if and when all other soaps have come to theirconclusion? Do you think it will continue on for years to come, given its position at number #1? Comment below!

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