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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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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!!!

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

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

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!!

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!

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

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

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!

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????

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

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.

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.

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.


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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‘Santa Barbara’ Episodes May See Light of Day Yet; Will the Beloved Soap Opera Come to Streaming?

For decades, soap opera fans around the world have wanted a chance to see Santa Barbara episodes again. The soap, which first aired on NBC back on July 30, 1984 aired for only 9 seasons until the network pulled the plug after diminishing ratings and multiple changes in writing and producing regimes. The show last aired on January 15th, 1993.

Santa Barbara was co-created and initially produced and co-written by the legendary team of Bridget and Jerome Dobson. At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmys, Jerome was honored with the Gold Circle medal for his over 50 years of work and accomplishments within the medium. Sadly his wife, Bridget passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 85.

The show featured an all-star soap cast throughout its run which included, at times: Marcy Walker, A Martinez, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Wright, Justin Deas, Eileen Davidson, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn, Kim Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Jed Allan, Louise Sorel. Judith McConnell, Roscoe Born, Sydney Penny, Todd McKee, Terry Lester, Justin Gocke, Nicolas Coster and many more.

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During a livestream conversation on Friday, June 21st, Jerome Dobson and A Martinez visited the Michael Fairman Channel to reminisce about the success and ups and downs of Santa Barbara and much more.

Many people in the live chat and many around the world (Santa Barbara was very popular internationally) have wanted to know with the legal issues it appears had plagued the show for years, if there would be a chance that fans could ever see Santa Barbara episodes again, and if they could become available or streamed?

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Dobson shared exclusively, “Well, there’s some legal footwork being done right now about that kind of possibility. There’s been so much demand to see Santa Barbara, and so it’s not totally out of the question.” Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) reaction to that possibility was that of “Wow!” That was also the same reaction by several viewers watching the live conversation in the chat, because that would be a soap dream come true for many.

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So, do you hope that the legalities can finally be worked out and you could relive the seasons of ‘Santa Barbara’ all over again? Let us know in the comment section below. You can check out the live chat with A and Jerome below, the moment happens around the 56:18 mark.

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General Hospital

Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives New Gabi, Cherie Jimenez, Debut Date Revealed; Shares She First Auditioned for Role 15 Years Ago

In a not-then-but-now real-life story, Days of our Lives incoming Gabi Hernandez, actress Cherie Jimenez took to Instagram on Friday after it was revealed by Deadline, that her first airdate as the recast Gabi is next week on June 27th!

Jimenez has replaced longtime DAYS star, Camila Banus in the role. Previously, Banus made the decision to step away from the part after taking on the role in 2010. Camila was with the series on and off through 2023. To facilitate her exit, Gabi was sent to prison for the murder of Li Shin, only she didn’t commit the crime.

Cherie shared her emotions on finally being able to talk about being the new Gabi Hernandez DiMera. She expressed, “WOW ✨🎬 My heart is filled with immense gratitude over the opportunity of a lifetime. I am GABI HERNANDEZ DIMERA on the iconic DAYS OF OUR LIVES ⏳❤️‍🔥 It has been an absolute dream working on DAYS.”

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As for her time so far at DAYS, Jimenez added,”These past 7 months I have worked harder than I ever have and now I get to share it with the world. Everyday I walk onto set I am in awe that I’ve been given the opportunity to live my dream. I get to work with the most phenomenal & hardworking cast and crew I’ve ever had the honor to work alongside.”

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Jimenez, thanked among others the series producer, director and writers for trusting in her including: Janet Drucker, Noel Maxam, Ron Carlivati and Ken Corday, and her agents for helping her along the way in her show business journey.

She concluded with the most ironic twist of all, Cherie recalled, “At 22 years old an audition for the role of Gabi on Days of our Lives came into my life. It was not meant for me then. Now 15 years later at 36 years old the universe told me I was now ready to step into this role…Thank you ✨ …I am just beginning ✨”

So, are you looking forward to the debut of Cherie as the new Gabriella Hernandez DiMera? Comment below.

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