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RATINGS: DAYS Has Good Week With The Return Of Eileen Davidson!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 28th through August 1st, and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives which was the only soap to show gains in total viewers, and of course, that times out with the on-screen return of Daytime Emmy winner Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera!  Davidson’s story began the other week with Kristen kidnapping Daniel (Shawn Christian) and it has been revealing itself from there.

DAYS was also up in the key demographics: Women 18-49 (+73K, the most gain of any soap), Women 18-34 (+6K, the only soap to show gains) and Women 25-54 (+81K, the most of any soap, and only GH also showed gains in this demo category).

On the minus side of the ratings: it was The Young and the Restless who lost the most total viewers for the ratings period with -140,000, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful which lost -66,000, and then General Hospital which lost only -14,000.  DAYS still remains in fourth place among all network soaps even though they picked up viewers with the return of Davidson.  Question is:  Will they be able to sustain and add more viewers and keep them during and after Davidson’s stint?   You can view the entire ratings courtesy of SON here.

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,381,000 (-140,000/-311,000)
2. B&B 3,447,000 (-66,000/-150,000)
3. GH 2,868,000 (-14,000/+427,000)
4. DAYS 2,356,000 (+70,000/-100,000)

Now it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! Tell us:  What is working on your favorite soap? What would you change or fix?  How would you go about it, if so? Did you tune-in to DAYS to watch the return of Kristen DiMera? Let us know!

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CeeCee
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CeeCee

It looks like Daniel and Kristen will become involved. Too much tension.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

When Kristen was in that chair with her legs crossed i actually thought she was going to give Danial a ‘Basic Instinct’ moment if you know what i mean?…lol…then when they were fighting in that storage room i thought they were going to start making out…lol…got so hot i had to run outside and buy me a popcycle from the Ice Cream Man…lol…I wish Days pulled a shocking twist and had Dullnial working with the Dimeras!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, jimh. I love your comments. They seem to come so naturally, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got that vibe. As yourself, I really thought they were going to go at it. They were face to face, breath to breath., ..almost scandalous…lol…I actually covered my 2-month old’s eyes….lol….and, I wanted them to kiss…passionately…lol….what’s wrong with me? Lol

Omar
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Omar

Lol ..I thought she was going to vomit split pea soup all over his face when they were fighting in the storage room..She just oozes sexual chemistry with any actor she is involved with, even Marlena!

Patrick
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Patrick

way too funny : Jimh… ceecee…Omar

Eileen Davidson… has in her arsenal… a bag of tricks… to overthrow… our zeal…. penchant… drive for…. whet

LOL

time to park

LOL : Omar “…even Marlena”

in one of the last SOD issues…. Deidre Hall herself said : Eileen Davidson fascinates

“what more needs to be said”

if she needs to know any thing…. it’s on DAYS that she’ll soldify her career… and it’s DAYS that will feature …. the one and only… Eileen Davidson

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, excellent post, Omar. She does exude sexuality, doesn’t she? I even sense it, and I’m a girl.

Phil
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Phil

There is so much going on at DAYS right now that Eileen is just the delicious frosting on the cake. Just keep telling the stories the way that you are DAYS and you will remain my fav!

Mark
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Mark

Days is simply the best soap it is a treat to watch every day!

GH50
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GH50

Y&R losing 140,000 viewers in a week is no big deal. They are consistently in the range of 4.5 million viewers, that is their audience, just like B&B is in the 3.5 million range on average. A few thousand here and there, in Y&R’s case accounting for about -3% in a week is not any concern. Y&R is also number one in all the demos and is now beating GH in 18-34 as well. GH is hanging in with 2.8-2.9 million total viewers. But their demos are slipping. Number three in 18-49 and 25-54 and now number two in 18-34… Read more »

Lawrence
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Lawrence

You are exactly right. Y and R is just maintaining its audience along with B and B. No big deal there. GH is up from last year. As long Gh is 2.6 or higher, no reason to worry. I agree about the demos. They have been low for the last couple of weeks and I think the over focus and Nina and the Maxie storyline are just not bringing in younger viewers along with what you said.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with almost everything you are saying except for the stunt part about Robin…sure some diehard Robin fans will tune in just to see her but i dont considered her returns a stunt to add ratings every few months even if they do rise…Kim, for the 100th time, only agreed to appear so often because of her other career…directing…i doubt tptb say the ratings are down so lets bring in Robin…her scenes were filmed months ago and the ratings have gone up and down without her…if she was on full time i sincerly doubt the ratings would stay consistent…there… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Jimh- The reason I refer to Robin as a stunt is because I do think they plan her appearances every few months in the hopes that whatever the ratings are at the time, they will get some kind of spike. And they usually do. I think to some extent that is a result of KMC fans tuning in to see her, but also because it means that a stagnant story will be moved forward. I agree that if she were on full time the ratings probably wouldn’t stay consistently up. That would be a result of two things. One actor… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I do understand what you are saying and after thinking it over it does seem a bit like stunt casting…Felicia, Mac, Duke, Anna, Lucy, Scott, Bobbie and especially Monica are all iconic characters and deserve better…so does the audience!!!

louisa
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louisa

Days really is a great soap! There are so many good stories that keep me tuning in everyday. I really look forward to it! GH is losing me with the mob focus.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m a new Days viewer and am enjoying all the current story lines. I am looking forward to getting to know Kristen. Obviously, she’s crazy as they come. I so hope Daniel gets over himself and makes up with Jennifer. That Sami is absolutely out of control and I hope her son, Will, tells all and succeeds in stopping her wrath or at least slowing her down. Kassie DePaiva has fit in perfectly and she’s a trump as Eve. My heart is just broken for poor Eric. I really like him. I can’t wait to see what they are going… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Crazy Kristen will want to make Theresa pay for marrying Brady…which will turn Eve and Kristen into battling bitches!!!

Joshua
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Joshua

My mind boggles, how is Y&R always number one? I watched it for two months thinking well since there are only four soaps left I would give them all a shot over summer break. Y&R consistently put me to sleep. Its music, characters, and story lines seem to never actually go anywhere. #DAYS #DOOL has been my favorite for 18 years, the only area Days is lacking in is the budget department. I will admit that every other soap has far better sets. GH has actually gotten me hooked I love love love it!!!! B&B is ok sometimes I like… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

Social media skews much younger. It’s a known fact that CBS has a much older audience.

My Mother for example, doesn’t even have a computer, smart phone, and has NEVER been on Facebook and Twitter. However she’s watched YR for over 20 years.

Nielsen could be rigged, I guess, but then you’d have to rule out GH’s ratings wins in the early and mid 80’s when they were number one for about 8 years running.

Tom Polar
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Tom Polar

I’m a relatively new viewer and DAYS has me fairly hooked, even though some storylines seem to move at a turtle’s pace. As for Eric, after all his sanctimonious rhetoric about returning to the Priesthood, he declined to accept his reinstatment. I guess most of us saw that coming – but he should either get together with Nicole or give it a rest already, geez. I like Kassie’s interpretation of Eve but it’s a little one-dimensional ~ she needs to eventually show some layers to the character – what made her this way, why is she so self-centered, why does… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

With Eve, you kind of have to know her backstory, which of course played out in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when you weren’t a viewer. It would be nice if viewers were reminded more of how she grew into the person she is today. Days has always been black and white with how people view one another. For as much as Marlena is bugging me with the judgment right now, I could easily remember Martha Madison playing Belle was even worse with the self-righteous stuff, LOL! I’d say the most fleshed-out younger female characters on right now are… Read more »

Marc R. Jimenez
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Marc R. Jimenez

They Should’ve signed Eileen Davidson to a Longer Contract what an Outstanding Beauty she brings it to DAYS 100% what a Talented Actress she is on DAYS Ken Corday wake up get the RATINGS UP Characters like this need to stay on Front Line Bring some strong Talented Actress & Actors & clean up House the Ones that don’t pain out .. Wheres Bo Brady Peter Reckell if he doesn’t want to come back move on already with Hope in a New Direction thats Peter Reckell loss Kristian Alfonso now needs to move forward its way to Long & your… Read more »

Steeeeeven
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Steeeeeven

I’ve been loving Kristen’s return, I just wish they didn’t waste so much time with her and uninteresting Daniel. Eileen is a phenomenal actress and will be great interacting with Brady, Marlena, and other core characters. I would also like to think that some of the other good storylines are bringing in more viewers. One of my favorites recently has been the scenes with Eve and Theresa. Days has definitely been on fire lately and hopefully they can keep this up

Patrick
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Patrick

thank you steeeeeven

I thought the same thing… what’s with all this time with just daniel?

Eve and Theresa are so fresh… so alive… so incumbent upon them to let it all out… enliven and turn BIG

LOL

I love Eve and Theresa… as the Donovan sisters! hey…. !

I hope Kristen is stirring the pot… BIG… so that ALL of Salem… reels… with DiMera mystique

I LOVE DAYS of OUR Lives

just bring me Justin/Addriene/Kayla/Tad/Anne

Steeeeeven
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Steeeeeven

Yes agreed Patrick! I really wished Kristen would have kidnapped a more interesting character. Maybe even Adrienne or Sonny to try and get close to Brady. Oh well though we’ll have fun seeing her interact with all of the other Salemites this week!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Daniel is tptb’s pet, don’t you know? ….their hero…be still my heart…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Okay; so Daniel was knocked down and out by some empty boxes. Let them do “it” and get it over with…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The tousled hair; the absolute look of defiance on her face at the police station; the pale hue to her features…Eileen/Kristen is still so incredibly gorgeous.
This must be “face the music/pay the piper” day.

Jamiekins
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Jamiekins

Days needs to give Eileen whatever she wants so she can stay for a long while! They also need to stop recasting everyone, it gets confusing for the older people and I’m sorry but the previous actors were hotter to us younger folks. They also really need to bring back the sense of paranormal whimsy that days used to have. I remember I started watching when Marlena got possessed by the devil and I kept watching for Vivian and Ivan’s antics and all of Celeste’s “Vizzzions” and oh my god do you remember how fun the show was when Laura… Read more »

Jamiekins
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Jamiekins

I forgot to add but it kind of goes without saying I also LOVED Susan Banks and her “mean mean mean vampire” catch phrase.

Bunny Coterwas Towne
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Bunny Coterwas Towne

I really thought Kristen was goin to get away! glad she is back.I can’t wait wait everyone will think about her tomorrow! She deserves to be in jail.Eric is going to freak so is Marlana.Love Days.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Kristen has actually made Daniel at bit more interesting— he used to be the bad boy dude sleeping his way through the ladies– he turned deadly dull when they elevated him to sainthood in order to crown him the new Tom Horton of Salem. Right now, all soaps are having their annual summer slump– most stories are just setting things up for September and October to come to a head in November sweeps. It is good week just to maintain your core audience during the summer months. But looking forward to Phyllis waking on Y&R– liking the new actress without… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Very happy to have Kristen back in Salem. There is so much to love about Days right now. I am even enjoying the characters I love to hate (looking at you Jen & Abby).

I really don’t know how Y&R stays at number 1. I consider myself a Y&R fan and currently I find very little to keep me interested in that show. DOOL has the lowest budget and other production limitations, but seem to use their resources wisely. I never miss an ep. Hope it can keep the momentum going!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I sooo feel the same way, MB.

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Kristian Alfonso Shares Upcoming Role In V.C. Andrews Lifetime Movie Event Series, ‘All That Glitters’ and ‘Hidden Jewel’

Days of our Lives favorite, Kristian Alfonso (Ex-Hope) has joined Marilu Henner, Richard Harmon, Jennifer Laporte , and Evan Roderick in the cast of Lifetime’s four-movie V.C. Andrews event focused on the Landry family.

In V.C. Andrews’s All that Glitters and Hidden Jewel ( the 3rd and 4th installments) Alfonso will appear in the the Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 editions, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

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Kristian takes on the role of Gladys Tate, the mother of Ruby Landry’s childhood sweetheart who will move heaven and earth to keep the two apart.

The actress took to her Instagram to share the casting news and her upcoming appearances: “I’m so #happy #🎆 I can finally share this with #you all 🙂 @lifetimetv #vcandrews see #you also in #😉 #march . I hear there’s a #storm #coming ! #💃🏻 #😘”

Interestingly enough, and has previously announced, another daytime favorite Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R) will be featured in the first two films of the V.C. Andrews series on March 20 and 21st, Ruby and Pearls in the Mist.

It will be great to see Alfonso in a more, what appears to be, villainess turn! So, will you be checking out Kristian in her upcoming role? Comment below.

 

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Season 6 Renewal by OWN; Ahead of its Season 5 Premiere

A month before its 5th season is set to bow, Queen Sugar has been renewed for its sixth season by OWN as it was announced on Thursday.  The first of its 10 episode season will drop on February 16th.

Set in rural Louisiana and the fictional community of St. Josephine, the series focuses on the trio of Bordelon siblings, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe, and their extended family.  Days of our Lives favorite, Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric), has been previously recurring on the show in the role of Calvin.

Queen Sugar creator Ava DuVernay said of the pick-up to Deadline: “What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar.  On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family.”

After having to shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it gave DuVernay time to retool the series remaining season episode and to incorporate the pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer and the general election. Production on Season 5 of the series did not begin until September of last year and ran till December 2020.

In a statement, Oprah Winfrey shared: “The way Ava creates space to allow these characters to embody real-world experiences is television at its finest and we are proud to continue this ground-breaking series. I hear from so many people that they see themselves in the Bordelon family, and my hope is that through this kind of storytelling the hearts and minds of people are opened for a deeper understanding and empathy of one another.”

Greg Vaughan shared via Instagram on the renewal: “Let’s GO!!! 🎉💥🎉💥@queensugarown @warnerbrostv #QS6 #breakingnews”

So, glad to know there will be plenty of  Queen Sugar to go around? Comment below.

 

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