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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
susan perkins

one word, CRYSTAL!

Lew
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
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
Avelina

They should give EJAMI a chance!

Mary
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
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 the writing is 1000 times better than Dena Higley’s stuff.

Red
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 be called “must see tv”. But at least it’s a start.

OLTL made a serious misstep with the Gigi returns sl but at least it means Cutter will get more airtime because Josh Kelly is the most charismatic new actor daytime has seen in a long time. Very talented, great comic timing, makes even the most seemingly unlikable character charming and endearing and may I also say he’s terrific eye candy. This guy is going places, mark my words. But I do expect the ratings to tick up once Liam’s paternity is (finally) revealed and the Victor murder case is solved.

Y&R is in bad shape right now but the Devon sl is promising (how ever will they redeem DM’s character?) and the return of Patti is encouraging – but only if it’s long term. SH was sorely missed.

B&B is just dreadful right now. They turned Liam from a knight in shining armor to a worthless pig in a matter of weeks. Just can’t root for him anymore. Bridget and Owen suddenly pushed to the forefront seems so forced and phony but at least Jackie is getting some much deserve airtime again. The only sl with any possibilities is Thorne’s return. I would like to see Ridge finally put in his place. But not enough to put up with the rest of the current crap that the writers are shoving down our throats. If this win them the Emmy again this year, daytime is definitely doomed.

As for GH, two words – totally unwatchable.

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

3 words:Nadia,Crystal.Jay

The show needs them

jp
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
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
Anne-Marie

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

Blake
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
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 Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS New Summer Promo Reveals The Returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Louise Sorel

Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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Former Y&R Star, Emily O’Brien Set to Debut On Days of our Lives

You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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