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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
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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
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Nancy Wizner

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

Karen
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Karen

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

ethel
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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
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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
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david

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

Jessica
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Jessica

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

Shamrock67
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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… Read more »

Deborah
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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
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My2Cents

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

lew
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

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‘As The Curtain Rises’ – Broadway’s Podcast Soap Opera Featuring Michael Urie

Leave it to the stars of the Great White Way to come up with a clever digital podcast during these trying times we all face amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Enter Broadway’s podcast soap,  As the Curtain Rises, which premiered on October 22nd and is posting new episodes.

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On December 3rd, the latest installment dropped featuring former Ugly Betty star Michael Urie who is featured in the cast in the role of Bobby.

 

Here is the premise of the show: After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).

Check out previous episodes of the podcast here.

You can watch Urie do his thing in the role of Bobby in this teaser released on social media below.

Then let us know, what do you think of the concept of the Broadway spoof on soaps? Comment below.

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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