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RATINGS: DAYS falls to last place! Other soaps show gains!

The ratings are out for the week of October 10-14th and Days of our Lives did not have a good week.  The rebooted series fell into fifth place of the five network soaps and lost 107,000 viewers.  Although, when you look close at the numbers not many viewers separate #4 General Hospital to DAYS, just 5,000 to be exact!

The Young and the Restless received the biggest boost during the ratings period adding +282,000 viewers. The Bold and the Beautiful stayed at number two, but added +125,000 and One Life to Live stayed a number three and added +162,000 viewers from the previous week.

So what shows are working for you?  What are not?  Let us know! To view the entire ratings and key demos from Soap Opera Network click here!

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susan perkins
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susan perkins

one word, CRYSTAL!

Lew
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Lew

Days is on the right track. Hey, there are only five soaps left. There shouldn’t be a surprise with the flip-flopping.

Todd
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Todd

U am surprised oltl gained. Th e show lost all of its monentun with the 2 Todds story. The Gigi story is a mess. Who cares who shot Victor now. The paternity is taking forever….everyone knows except Natalie and John. Even the dog knows. The Chew is a terrible lead in.

Avelina
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Avelina

They should give EJAMI a chance!

Mary
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Mary

Agreed, Avelina! That’s what I’ve love to see!

But, Days’ biggest problem right now is balance. The returning vets have all the air time, and the continuing actors have been shoved to the background. How can Days expect to hold on to their fans if they’re not getting any rewards? You can’t assume the audience who’ve been watching these past few years know who the vets are or care about them that much. Plus, did they bring back the right vets? John and Marlena make sense, and so does Jack if Jennifer is on, but Carrie and Austin? Uh-uh. Boring!

Brian
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Brian

I’m surprised Days dropped in ratings. I think they could have kept Carly on the show and Chloe too. Maybe they will bring one or both of them back if the ratings don’t improve. Out of the stars that left those are the only ones I really miss. I also think that EJ has not been front and center like usual which might be a reason for some to tune out. Every fan is going to have their faves though and you can’t please everyone. I wish that Days could find a good balance though and attract viewers again because… Read more »

Red
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Red

@Brian – Totally agree with you. Since the Days’ reboot, all of the returns are suddenly front and center. To me, that was too drastic. They need more balance. But I also think that the writing is far better and a quick turnaround in the ratings wasn’t going to happen overnight. If the stories get people talking, then the ratings will gradually increase. The main problem is I can’t see any of these stories right now drawing new viewers in. They need a buzz story and I don’t think “John as Bernie Madoff” or “EJ for Mayor” or “Rafe/Sami/Austin/Carrie” could… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

3 words:Nadia,Crystal.Jay

The show needs them

jp
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jp

I am so glad OLTL rebounded this week in the ratings. I am sure in true OLTL fashion that the revelation of Liam’s paternity will be a big event. I am assuming it’s going to happen at Natalie’s and Brody’s engagement party. Im sure OLTL will deliver it with a knock out punch. To me, OLTL can do no wrong. It has been on fire.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

The ratings are bound to fluctuate a little bit. However it would help if storylines would move a little faster. Dragging out a storyline can cause viewers to become impatient. Also, I don’t watch other soaps. Many viewers may watch more than one. If Y&R, B&B or GH has a storyline that is climaxing, that could possibly cause a slight shift in the ratings. Attention spans are not what they used to be. So picking up the pace a little might help. But I don’t think there is anything to really worry about.

Anne-Marie
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Anne-Marie

Bring back Crystal and Nadia, give them decent storylines – and the audience will follow

Blake
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Blake

OLTL is smart because they seem to pick up steam especially when it seems to be getting stale. I know the baby’s paternity has been going for so long and it’s fustrating but that’s how soaps should be, keep us wondering if the climax is about to happen.
Todd’s story has picked up since he confessed to kiling Irene but who knows what will happen with him after shooting Victor (and proving he was brainwashed). Hell, Irene could be alive for all we know (I hope not!)
And I am glad to see Gigi awake and that story pick up also!

RJ
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RJ

I agree with so much that has been said. I do think the storylines, characters, etc. are much better now, but they have to move the storylines a long more quickly or people get bored and lose interest. I think it is good that they have brought back some of the old characters, but they have to get into their storylines more, and they may need some tweaking to get them in the ‘groove.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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