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RATINGS: Big Week For Days of our Lives!

Courtesy/NBC

The latest ratings are out for the week of January 15-19 and it was Days of our Lives which showed the most gains in total viewers, as many of the DiMera clan threatened to kill Andre (Thaao Penghlis), and then he was actually murdered, thus beginning a new whodunit on DAYS!

Days of our Lives added the most total viewers for the week with + 52,000, and now for the first time in a long time the 52-year-old daytime drama has over 2.5 million weekly viewers up + 238,000 from last year at this time. In addition, DAYS was the only soap to gain viewers in the key womens 18-34 demo.  Since Ron Carlivati took over the head writing gig at DAYS, this week’s ratings mark a total viewer and total household high during his tenure.

The only other soap to gain viewers for the week was The Young and the Restless adding + 30,000 total viewers.  Y&R was down in key demos, but stayed on par in women 18-34.  Its sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful was down slightly for the week in total viewers, but showed gains in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

Finally, General Hospital was the daytime drama which lost the most viewers for the ratings period down -83,000. The ABC soap was also down in all key demos.  To check out the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,840,000 (+30,000/+177,000)
2. B&B 3,912,000 (-23,000/+44,000)
3. GH 2,732,000 (-83,000/-32,000)
4. DAYS 2,531,000 (+52,000/+238,000)

So, which soap is telling the most intriguing stories these days?  Which is not? Which soap do you think deserves to be the top-rated of them all?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Patricia L Nolan-Hall
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Patricia L Nolan-Hall

If GH is wondering what is wrong with their ratings, they need only look to the fans angry at the dismissal of Genie Francis in the middle of a story that had grabbed our imaginations. Of course, that is if they care about the program at all, and this isn’t part of a network plan to ditch the show.

Steve
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Steve

This ratings period is for the week just before Genie was demoted. The news hit the internet that Friday. Her final air date was Tuesday of the following week.

Patricia L Nolan-Hall
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Patricia L Nolan-Hall

There’s TV ratings time and real time. I still have the nagging feeling that the network is giving us the old ATWT/GL shuffle.

Gianni862
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Gianni862

Exactly …. ABC is run by money hungry power hungry individuals who care less about their viewers. It’s a pattern in prime time as well as daytime. Someone above replaced the behind the scenes folks at GH to finally put their last daytime drama in a coffin … Sounds crazy? Not at all! Evidence and history prove it

MICHELLE
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MICHELLE

AMEN… these idiots still believe the audience is stupid!

Rodd
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Rodd

True that, Patricia!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Correct, Patricia! I haven’t watched GH since the last day Genie was on–and don’t plan to.
I have viewed GH since the day it began–with Angie and her “burn” story.
No more without Genie. No more ignominy for Genie: no more for me.
Genie has endured so much bad treatment and indignity at the hands of GH. And, I might add, so have the fans. Enough is enough.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Nancy..
You not watching does Not affect the ratings.
If you are not of a Neilsen household you are not counted..

Anyone not watching because of Genie leaving is simply doing absolutely doing nothing that would affect the ratings.

It is the Ratings the network look at, not taking notice of someone not watching because of Genie..
You are not counted, you are an estimate of 0.1 %

gianni862
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gianni862

But for everyone of us that stops watching because of how they handle the Show is a reflection of others as well…………AND Some of us ARE counted in various ratings systems….as well as Neilsen ratings… History proves that when people are vocal about these things there are others who feel the same way but are not as outspoken… IN the end….the network has decided to end their daytime drama run…. GH will be off the air by 2019

Katiek
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Katiek

Y&R & B&B is shown on Pop tv in the
Evening. Do these ratings count
Towards their overall ratings?

James
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James

They don’t account for the over-all ratings they get daily as they’re considered encore runs.

But if they keep meeting the ratings threshold set by Pop TV then that would justify keeping the two shows on its schedule for a very long time.

Jenn
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Jenn

The initial excitement over Steve’s return has worn off I see…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ve only been watching DOOL for a few months and it hooked my from the start. My pet peeve? Steve calling Kayla “baby” after every sentence; with an occasional “sweetness” thrown in for variety. Drives me nuts! Personally, I like the term “baby” but not every sentence; reminds me of the rebooted online version of OLTL when the F word was thrown in every other sentence. Again, not against the word…but did the writers ever hear of overkill? GH. I’m still loving it; not sure why the ratings have dipped. It may have SOMEthing to do with Genie Francis..but then… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca 1. I so agree about, Steve and his baby and sweetness, and his all over gushiness over his wife. Also would like to see them do something about his vagrant appearance. Maybe a haircut and shave would help.
As far as GH, I am also still loving it, and who does it really help, to give up something you love? Genie is fine, also loved her on Y&R as Cain’s mom, but are they obligated to keep any actor on, that they feel they can’t use at any given time?

Celia
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Celia

“Sweetness” is their thing….long-time watchers would be put-off and surprised if Steve did not call Kayla any of those endearment, Violet….especially, “sweetness”…. soo used to hearing it…music to my ears.
Go Steve
Go Kayla
Go Sweetness
Go Days!!

Shay
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Shay

You’re so right, CeeCee….I haven’t watched DOOL for decades, but I still recall Steve’s (aka, Patch’s”) nickname for Kayla just as surely as Bo’s reference to Hope as “Fancy Face!” It’s the attention to such little details as those that show deference to a soap’s past and links them to the present…too bad GH doesn’t show the same respect for its longtime characters!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hi Rebecca1,
Why do you think the 18-49 demo has dipped? Story lines too convoluted, violent, and unbelievable? Too much mob?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t think GH is violent, Nancy. I, like Su, think they talk a lot about it ie Sonny, Valentin, Julian, etc but not much is shown. Yes, we have the occasional shooting and/or murder but it’s not graphic/gory and not anywhere near a primetime crime show which usually garners high ratings. As for being unbelievable…when was GH ever known for being based in reality? Casey the Alien, the Ice Princess, Freezing the World, etc, etc… Maybe some of the others left when Nathan was killed off or they heard he would be. Don’t know. But, there’ll be an upswing… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Love Steve and “Sweetness.” Always have, always will.

damien
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damien

because you are a new viewer Rebecca1 thats why Steves vocabulary is bothering you
its so natural for longtime viewers because hes always shown this type of affection for her. its why the couples endured so long. they seem like a couple who are completely in love. steve and kayla rule. intime you will feel the same.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi damien… As I said it’s not the affection or the word “baby” that bothers me; it’s his saying it at the end of every sentence to her! LOL: “I’m starving, baby.” Want a sandwich, baby? Are you hungry, too, baby? I love cold pizza, baby. Want a slice, baby? Does my calling you baby after every sentence bother you, baby?” LOL… Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!! I like the characters and their relationship. I also love both actors; loved them as Stefan and Catherine on GH. But, “baby” after every single sentence just grates on my nerves. As did the “F” word on… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi everyone. Just jumping in here, for lack of a better place. My comment is not directed to any one person, but let it be duly noted, I have been chastised for my comment about Steve’s ” sweet” little pet names for Kayla. I love all these characters as much as anyone, and have probably watched this show, among others, longer than some of you have been alive. Sometimes, it just gets a little much, and while I’am at it, I will also say that Fancy Face annoyed me too, at times. So, kindly give an old lady a break.… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Dear Violet…

You are nothing if not an extremely sweet poster! You don’t have to apologize for anything…if the overuse of the word gets on your nerves as it does mine then it does! (And I think we’re right! 😉 Overkill !!!!!!!

🙂

Alan
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Alan

I think the ratings are a reflection of the lack of variety in the show’s storytelling. If you don’t like Sonny, Carly, Jason, Sam, or Drew there isn’t much for you to watch. Good soap opera storytelling has one story beginning while another story builds and yet another climaxes — the popular thought being that if you don’t like one plot you’re probably invested in one or two of the others. GH just plods along focused on the same five characters who never grow or learn. DAYS seems to be reaping the rewards of employing varied storytelling and not playing… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t necessarily think there’s too much mob or Jason; it’s the Carly hour I can’t take. She (I think more than Sonny) is in almost everything and I just can’t stand her. From her horrific treatment of AJ to Robin, Elizabeth, Sam, Franco, the list goes on and on (though they’ve had her come around to the three females who she felt took “her” Jason from her…to the fact she stole Michael, has in a sense stolen Ava’s baby and acts like Avery’s mother…ugh…her character alone is just reprehensible to me. When she furnished Jason’s apt I cringed. Loved… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Oh…and by diversified I don’t mean better…just that they actually do have quite a few stories juggling at the same time so if you don’t like one you can tune in for the others… I must admit, though, I took to Days immediately. Have a lot of catching up to do with who’s related to who but it’s all starting to connect. And, this will probably be because I’m a “newbie” but not sure about that dual role for Deidre Hall; her jailbird character was a tad too parody; reminded me of Nicki Smith on OLTL. Props to Ms. Hall… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

Days is by far the best soap on the air right now!

blake
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blake

Amen!

Celia
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Celia

You bet…..

Shay
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Shay

Now if only the DOOL threads could be, too….so much for Salem being the place to escape, CeeCeeGirl!!!!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, there, Hmmmm. ….you noticed? I loooove DOOL and I looove Y&R with a passion….been watching since forever….if I need backstories or character reference, I have a private encyclopedia; my grandmother…..who, by the way, called Sonny libidinous, the other day…HaHa… Having minored in linguistics—-specifically French and Italian ( English goes without saying), I am well-equipped for the challenge. No deterrent for me…..after a while, people will take “whatever” at face value. To me, Shay? DOOL is so many steps above GH, albeit I am enjoying a few storylines …..love what’s to come with the scheming Nelle,, Valentin and his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

One would have to be blind as a bat not to notice, CeeCeeGirl! But I hear ya!……Your gran is quite the treasure trove of information, not to mention very gifted in her powers of observation ….”libidinous?” That’s putting it mildly!…(Oh, by the way….the latest season of “Shetland” has just commenced, so I am again entranced by the beautiful tranqulity of the Scottish landscapes and the baffling mysteries at hand…..is she watching it, too????) Having said that, I give both DOOL and Y&R great credit for remaining much more faithful to their legacy characters and soap histories than GH has in… Read more »

Barbie
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Barbie

I’ve lost respect for GH with the horrible rewrites and actor shuffling just to accommodate the return of Steve Burton. The show unfortunately chose to put all their eggs into 1 basket and it shows in the lack of creative storylines for the rest of the cast. If the show continues to focus on the 3 most annoying characters -Sonny, Jason, Carly-and glorify their negative behaviors, viewers will continue to tune out.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What you said, Barbie! 🙂

Nitefly
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Nitefly

I haven’t seen GH since Laura’s (Genie Francis) last appearance. When she is back, I am back.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Metoo! 🙂

Jimh
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Jimh

Well…too much Sonny is a bad thing…they can write for Sonny for over 20 years but cant write a simple Mayoral race for Genie…Jason may as well change his name to Corinthos just like traitor Micheal…Nelle pretends to sleep with Sonny ect and Micheal is so angry about that but can give a pass to Sonny who murdered his real father AJ!…sick of Mama Bear Carly and her three little bears Sonny, Micheal and Jason who she treats like children…Jason is a grown man who can make his own choices…proof is in the ratings-bring back Genie full time and stop… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for making these points, Jimh! Well said!

Jimh
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Jimh

Thanks…i might not always reply but i do enjoy reading your posts !!!

Celia
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Celia

You go, Jimmy!!!!
Confounding how and why Sonny (and gang) is venerated. I don’t get it !!!! Not sympathetic and not simpatico.
The biggest difference between Sonny and all the other baddies on my soaps ( Stefano, Victor K, Victor N, Vivian etc.) is that they do not pretend to be sainted.

Jimh
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Jimh

I did stop watching but did tune in to see Max Gail even if it did involve Sonny…i did like Rita but she seems too good to be true-wouldnt mind her staying-wish she was related to Nelle…Sonny and Carly would flip…will watch full time if Genie returns full time!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Jimh! I always enjoy reading your posts as well! Take care, Friend.

Celia
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Celia

The main plotline will be Sonny and Carly….with Nelle doing every nasty rhing under the sun to disrupt their halcyon days, ugh….I can’t help but root-root for her, Jimmy.
this soap is becoming too transparent…..Peter will be a major character…..not too thrilled about that.

Timmm
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Timmm

Peter does have some slight resemblance to Nathan. I watched him lean towards Nathan’s casket and I could see them being brothers. I just hope he is not Anna’s son. Valentin says Anna had a girl. Is it a smoke screen? Probably. But then again, Griffin is so feminine, I could see him being Anna’s daughter! And Frisco, why couldnt he be there for Maxie? Maybe he was unavailable? Maybe he is through with daytime? I dont know. I hope some day he returns full time and unseats that moron Jordan and becomes Police Commissioner!

Celia
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Celia

PS.
Are you still watching Y&R, Jimmy? Wouldn’t it be great if Genie came back as Genevieve? I loved her ‘association’ with Victor…..she truly had that elusive savoir-faire when dealing with him….always even-toned but to the point.
The only dissent is being Cane’s mother…he doesn’t deserve her. LOL. He doesn’t deserve anyone…
Colin should return with Jill, as well…..imagine what a tumultuous triangle that would make…..!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Jimmy,
I like Max….but, I can’t help thinking of Kinda-sorta-little-off-kilter Det, “Wojo”—-I can’t seem to take him too seriously, as Sonny’s father. LOL.
Barney Miller was my dad’s favorite sitcom, back in the day…..he still watches repeats. …Oh, and Kojak ( sp?).

Shay
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Shay

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jimh!!!! Hope you are well……

Rick
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Rick

Why are rating levels even news anymore? It’s always the same order.:YR,BB, GH, DOOL. Ok, so GH and DOOL may flip flop on who’s up or down (in some demo) when the ratings are announced, but really the networks are going to do what they want to do regardless of viewer input. The actors and all involved work hard to put on a daily program, some s/ls fail while others ‘take off” but basically we all want the last 4 remaining network soaps to remain on the air. Feedback from the network would be useful to better understand what they… Read more »

Lucy D
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Lucy D

These are BEFORE the Genie boycott. The ratings are down because whoever is in charge thinks viewers want more Sonny, when they clearly don’t. If there’s anything other than outrage at how Genie was treated that her firing revealed it’s that viewers are SICK of Sonny. The social reaction on Twitter has not been kind. Ratings are headed down cause they took a great potential triangle and made a mess of it. There’s no passion on any side. It’s just really boring–the whole story is told and acted in monotones The rewriting of Anna’s history is a travesty. Days (and… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Lucy D ..
You can boycott all you want but it makes absolutely no difference in the rating numbers.
Only, only the Neilsen households are counted in the ratings.
If you are not of the Nielsen rating families then your boycotting is not noticed in the rating numbers…
You are less than a 1% estimate of what the Neilsen families watch 🙁

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

This is a reply to your reply to my not watching. I didn’t say anything about Neilsens. I was simply speaking about the ignominy and how long I had watched–from the very first episode of GH. and the fact that I had not watched since Genie’s last scenes and that enough is enough.
Ratings, smatings. 🙂 : ) 🙂
It’s feelings I’m talking about!!!!!!!

Lucy D
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Lucy D

I didn’t say I was boycotting. I said before THE boycott.
I’m aware of how the ratings work.

I’m also aware TIIC check social media & the comment line. So I’ve voiced my opinion there

blake
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blake

Su0000 live watching and watching DVR within 48 are counted with ratings.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Lucy, you say it well.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

Thanks Nancy

blake
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blake

Glad you are watching Days now Lucy, it really is the best soap again since Ron C. started writing last summer.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

It really is. I can’t wait to watch every day. It’s got it all!

Celia
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Celia

Happy watching, Lucy R.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

Thanks Celia. I haven’t totally given up on GH yet, but there’s not a lot for me to enjoy. Days entertains me every day

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shay,
We are on the same wavelength, as most long-time watchers. ‘Sweetness’ is Steve’s and Kayla’s trademark….as is, ‘baby’. It’s what separates this couple from all the rest…little, nuances all their own. Without the ‘sweetness’, there would be no Steve and Kayla.
When Steve was ‘away’ for an interminate amount of time, I missed not only him, but also, the sweetness, HaHa.

Pgw
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Pgw

I agree with Barbie on several things .The show has made some decisions that has lost viewers..fans .It is not the Sonny,SB,Carly show. Bring back Genie/Laura ,and Nikolas character since I am sure Tyler will not be leaving Days,but Nick Stabile was quite good .Stop with all the new people qwhen

su0000
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su0000

GH is circling the drain because the writers are turning GH into something that is Not GH. GH once wore the crown of ” not a traditional” soap. It had what no other soap had.. the mob, the villains, the grey characters the intriguing families as the bad and the good Cassidines. GH was Adventure, Suspense, intrigue, mysteries, thrills, high drama, and yes intense love stories. GH has lost its’ soul, it has lost its’ way. The writers need to dust off the scripts from the 80-90’s and bring back the glory days GH with a 21st-century spin. Every single… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said, su0000! NOW, you’re talking.

IRENE M ADAMS
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IRENE M ADAMS

Only watch Days. Good show. Great character development. Someone knows how to plan.

blake
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blake

Yes, Days is the best soap on.

Celia
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Celia

So many new Days viewers, blake….blows the mind….

blake
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blake

Great news for Days, and well deserved!

Alan
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Alan

DAYS is the show to beat right now. Romance, mystery, humor, family — the show is delivering everything a soap should be right now. B&B is a total miss for me with its tired recycling of the same old couples/plots/formula. GH is a mess with Laura’s absence, Anna’s retconned Faison baby, the boring Jason/Sam/Drew triangle, and the show’s continued insistence on making Sonny be a part of everything. Y&R is almost completely unwatchable at this point with its lack of stories or direction. Each episode just feels like a collection of scenes about people who kind of resemble characters we… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like what Y&R is doing to Chelsea either. I think it would have been better for Adam to return and Chelsea and Connor go away with him.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Mo. why is Chelsea being written out this way?….I am not into the character ( since Adam left), but, if she goes out in shame, there will be no doors open. I want Adam back….. I want Chelsea back….as recasts, if all else fails.
I t seems that SuperVictor saved the day….Chelsea is safe for now. Lauren bought it, but Phyllis is not convinced. I guess it takes one to know one.
If Adam is alive, then he and Chelsea must find another way to get into the proverbial getaway-car.

MICHELLE
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MICHELLE

Well…no sympathy here! If you didn’t get rid of Genie Francis just as “Laura” was to get a bonafide story of her own, the ratings wouldn’t have hit the skids! Bad move GH and a VERY STUPID ONE! Of course, ABC IS the network that did get rid of All My Children and One Life To Live, so this is no surprise! I guess TPTB are trying to get General Hospital canceled also!! UGH!! UGH!! UGH!!

Timmm
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Timmm

GH’s ratings are down because of the nails on the chalkboard characters and stories of Nelle, Griffin, Franco, Alexis, Amy, Jordan, Lulu, Peter and goofy Mike, not because of Genie! Let it go!

Celia
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Celia

I agree with most of your list, my Timmmy ( still luv-ya, LOL)—except for Nelle and Griffin.
Nelle is fun to watch—she is such an entertaining chameleon…. those luminous eyes can fill with so much evil one moment, and with a torrent of tears, the next.
Besides, she is sticking it to Carly….and Sonny….and hopefully, wah-wah-I-want-mommy-Michael. Be still mine heart ! I seek….no, demand satisfaction. LOL.
Griffin? Well, my handsome, Cyber-friend, T—-he’s just too hot to let go. He is, actually, the only absolutely drop-dead-gorgeous guy left on this show!

Timmm
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Timmm

I luv you to my little cyber Valentine! Nelle, okay, I’ll give you that, she lights up Carly! Griffin, he is just too pretty! Just not manly enough! Handsome, yes. I guess his main problem is he hasnt found his way on the show. Him and Liz would have been good together. Speaking of couples, I am thinking Michael and Kiki might be ready for a second go? Nelle would hit the roof!

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, my T……Happy Valentine’s Day….
….now, you better make sure you take your better half to an elegant restaurant ….’festoon’ her with heart-shaped bonbons and red roses….no Burger King, tomorrow night, you hear?
Yes…. I got the same vibe from Michael and Kiki. Poor Kiki….I sooo liked her with Dillon. ….terrible move by TPTB.
Michael is too gloomy for me and whether he feels he is his own man, he is completely and subconsciously under his mother’s influence. That virago could drive the most sane person batty.
Griffin! Sigh! Hunky-dory! Shhh….don’t tell Jude. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Timmmbo! I have to agree with “Double C””” on this one…Nelle and Griffin should stay. However, I’ll add Nina to your must-go list, which will not please her…LOL. Hey, we all have our own favorites…and bete noires!

Celia
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Celia

Nooooo….it does not please me!!!! Nina MUST stay!!!! LOL.
HVD, Shay…ma belle amie.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shayster, Michelle needs to return to Y&R and Devon needs to apply at Applebees!

Shay
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Shay

From your lips to the “SoapGod’s” ears, Timmm….I totally agree! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Timmm
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Timmm

Happy V Day to you to my little feline friend!

Mo
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Mo

Yay for Days!

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh, and by the way, everyone who hated all Victor’s screen time wish, which by the way has diminished, look what you get now “The Devon Hour!” Enjoy!

Mo
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Mo

I’m still confused as to why Hilary sold GC Buzz.

Celia
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Celia

Hmmmm, Mo…..thanks for bringing that up. I am at a loss, here. I’m sure there is a reason….If there is, I forgot.
I seem to remember someone wanting to buy it and if so, Mariah and others would lose their jobs? So, Devon stepped in?….not sure, though.

Celia
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Celia

I know….I’ll take despicable Victor anytime.
However, T….I doubt the viewers had anything to do with Victor’s ‘s peek-a-boo appearances.
Perhaps, he would rather spend time with his family in these; his later years of life.
Devon is a joke….and, propping him up as the billionaire philanthropist and dashing week-end-Don Juan-about-town-and-universe, makes him look even more foolish. He does not cut the impressive figure of the tycoon he is purported to portray.

Timmm
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Timmm

Victor woll never retire but yeah, maybe he is slowing down on purpose. I think they are gearing up for a big story that involves him, this Spring. Could be Adam, Chloe and Kevin involved?

Devon sucks! Kay gave him 2 BILLION dollars and he did nothing to deserve it! EVERY scene he is in he weakens the scene because he sucks!

K/kay
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K/kay

I think that Devon is getting a lot of air time and story that probably would have gone to the character of Neil but since KSJ is still of the show just a guess.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

no you’re correct. They said that somewhere, that Devon is getting scenes originally intended for Neil. So I’m cutting them some slack there

Timmm
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Timmm

Kay, that is a good theory.

Celia
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Celia

Very good guess, Kay….as always. My issue is the way Devon is written…..no substance; no lure. All about Tessa and her insipid music….no storyline……cannot be a sub for Neil. But, I get it…..just give core and meat to Devn’s persona. Neil is a sight for sore eyes, with the added fringe benefit of talent. I suggest TPTB put Devon and Hilary in bed and make a baby…. For Mishael and the showrunners ‘puttng’ this pregnancy ‘thing’, constantly, center stage, suggests she is already pregnant, in real life. Maybe?? I, at least, think that Devon and Hilary will end up together,… Read more »

Jeffrey P Bailey
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Jeffrey P Bailey

Days still is not as good as GH. There are still sparks of brilliance at GH and when Ron was there it was even better. There was a synergy with him and all the writers. Thatis why GH just won a Writers’ Guild Award. I hate all the stories for the most part on Days right now. I did like the Bonnie/T-BOZ and that doppelganer thing though.

Patrick
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Patrick

SONY – NBC – Days of OUR Lives… The Queen has arrived

pass the torch and let the reign begin

From one Brady sister to another… Sami Brady to Carrie Brady.

Christie Clark is flabbergasting… just ALL – out – their PRESENT knowing ALIVE and dang she’s never been HOTTER

R – A – F – E your lover is back.

we need this fierce lady

she’s the absolute beacon and our sands through the hourglass.

Trumpster Fire
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Trumpster Fire

These ratings are a shadow of what the soaps once possessed. Interestingly, only B&B never “struggled.” Even Y&R took a nosedive in the late 70’s. But kind of cool to see how GH and DAYS have gone back and forth like yo-yo’s

Lia
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Okay, let’s be real here. The ratings increased because the GH fans who miss Tyler like crazy came over to watch him on Days. It has nothing to do with Carlivati poor writing because the Whodunit isn’t that great. Keep it, real people. Tyler increased those ratings not story.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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