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RATINGS: DAYS Has Strong Week! Only Soap To Gain Viewers!

The ratings for the week of July 23rd- 27th are out and it is Days of our Lives hot on the heels of their big cliffhanger, The DAYSaster, (before the show went on a two week hiatus for the Summer Olympics on NBC) that stood tall among the rest of the daytime soaps.

DAYS moved into third place ahead of General Hospital, and was the only daytime drama to add viewers for the week adding  + 103,000.  DAYS also added the most female viewers in the key demo of 18-49 adding +87,ooo, and for the first time in long time, was not coming in with at an all-time low in the rating share for that demo as well.   Could the fact that DAYS was going on hiatus helped the series?

Over at General Hospital, the lone ABC soap tallied 2,432,000 total viewers for the ratings period, and about -50,000 lower  in total than third place DAYS.    However it was the CBS soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful that took the biggest hits for the ratings period.   B&B lost the most viewers for the week  -91,000, while Y&R lost another -60,000 but still is managing to hold up the number one spot because they are so far ahead of the other programs official numbers.

Check out the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here!  Then, it’s time to play “Soap Opera Armchair Quarterback Programming Executive”!  So, what would you do to keep the momentum of DAYS?  Did you like the DAYSaster?  What would be a good strategy for GH to move ahead of DAYS and capture the number three slot among soaps?  What can be done to help B&B and Y&R as their numbers were down this week? What would you like to see story wise on air on your favorite soap to make you want to tune-in?  Weigh-in and more importantly tune-in to your favorite soaps each day and watch the commercials!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie

Loved the Daysaster. Looking forward to the aftermath/fallout. I hope when Days comes back we get a more balanced show, with more of the characters more often. It’s been a tad lop-sided recently. Some characters getting WAY more airtime then others. I am in the “key” demo, and I don’t just want to see the younger set. I love my vets, especially Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall!

car
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car

I glad days of our lives gain viewers from the explosion cliffhanger and hears me hopen that aftermath. Keeps viewers tune in. Good days writers.cast.crew and producers.

Melissa
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Melissa

Dool never disappoints this viewer of 20 years, I’m in my 30s I enjoy the younger set a lot and some of the vets.

Scribbles
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Scribbles

The previous two weeks were must see t.v. for me. I hope they don’t throw away what they’ve already written and go backward like they did when they received 2.0 last November. Personally, I couldn’t care less about “the vets” there isn’t a whole lot left for them to do that they haven’t already done, but I know they’re beloved so to keep DAYS on the air, I’m willing to take one for the team. I am going to miss seeing Will and EJ interact but I am hopeful that this will be the beginning of a beautiful “friendship” for… Read more »

Waverly
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Waverly

The Daysaster and promise of new stories from writers who know the core of the characters we love has me checking back in!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

I think if in order for Gh ratings to go up bring more characters from OLTL., that ‘s what the viewers and fans want. After all those are the people that boost the ratings abc has not figured it out.

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto!!!!!

shannon
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shannon

Ejami, Ejami, Ejami !!!! General Hospital is the BEST soap right now I love everything about it. The only thing Days has is the chemistry between EJ and Sami and strange enough EJ and Will!!

Hope
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Hope

GH needs to capitalize on the momentum of the Robin story. For the first time in a long time I was extremely engaged in the show during the scenes concerning that story. That is because it has to do with GH characters and hopefully will be linked to the history of favorites like Anna and Robert. I found Jerry Jacks to be very engaging. But he needs to be the tip of the iceburg. I’m HOPING that he is the frontman for Faison. Jerry and Faison together would be a scary awesome team! I will say that the Robin story… Read more »

Glen
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Glen

GH gained over 700,000 viewers from their GAA lead-in and was down only slightly from the same week a year ago (when they had a much stronger lead-in with OLTL). They were also up a little in W18-49. After the disaster that was the previous regime, I never thought that I could be this enthused and excited about GH again, but FV and RC (and the wonderful cast and crew) have me anxiously anticipating every episode.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!!!!!!!! A lot of good stuff will be happening on Gh..I read it in soaps in depth …..Aug. issue…………………Everyone one should buy & read it and see for yourself…This should boost GH ratings up….

Jules
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Jules

GO DAYS! I will always root and support this underdog show.

Alley
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Alley

Ratings went up with Todd and Blair, and then back down again. Also, it was nice to be mainly Sonny and Jason free until last week. Overall, the show is much better now than it was last year.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree…….

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

GO EJAMI!!!!!!

Brian
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Brian

EJILL!!!

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

AND EJILL!!!!!!! I love them.

Scott
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Scott

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best soap opera on television since “As the World Turns” right now. I love it. Now rehire Sarah Joy Brown!!

Brian
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Brian

Which show, Days or GH? I love both but GH is on fire right now.

Scott
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Scott

I was speaking of DAYS. I find GH absolutely boring and dragged out.

susan M.
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susan M.

I like were Gh is going…..Find it interesting & exciting …….

Scott
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Scott

I’m sure some do, I don’t. I find it very predictable and very boring.

susan M.
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susan M.

I like the story to do with Robin.. There will be exciting stuff happening in Aug….

susan M.
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susan M.

Never watched Days… Faison on GH…..It would explode…I think it’s 50/50 on what characters are on Mon.-Fri. Everyone gets their turn…..Don’t like Joe Jr. either or Kristina………………….

Brian
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Brian

Loving GH now. Best show on TV. Jerry back was huge shock to me. Loved seeing Robin also. I really hope Faison is involved too. The ratings should be much higher for This awesome show.

Nancy
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Nancy

Every time I see GH, which is every day. I get so excited that it is coming on and then it is so wonderful, I am happy. That is the depth of this great show. To make me that happy to see it every day means something to me. Meanwhile Y&R has sunk to an all time low as far as I am concerned. Why the heck someone would put Victor with Sharon I can’t even believe it. It makes me want to vomit. That is the sign of a crappy show. I stopped recording it so if I watch… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

DAYS is my #1 show….and honestly… I was an avid… everyday Y&R fan… it still surprises me.. that i left that show… and started watching GH… I’m so glad I did… I love GH… i’m with you… Nanc…. I look forward to the whole hour.

People. Give DAYS a shot… I rank it right up their, ratings wise… with GH.

1. GH
2. DAYS
3. B&B
4. Y&R

susan
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susan

i agree with both nancy and patrick i love GH my no 1 soap for me

i agree victor and sharon make me sick, weird, no longer dvr it or could care less
if i watch it, days is better but \joe mascolo was back on days

love sonny and jason i also think alot of air time on gh is given to starr, todd
too much, its GH not oltl but do love john mcbain

Brian
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Brian

Am I the only one who thought the Daysaster was a dud? Mostly because I know they are killing off one of my all time favorite characters Jack! This is a huge slap in the face to long time fans of the show. If they were going to kill long time characters off at least kill a boring one like Austin. Carrie and Austin could have stayed for the charity event and Austin be killed in the explosion to free Carrie up to be with Rafe. Instead they are killing Jack and Madison and putting Jennifer with Brady which is… Read more »

shannon
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shannon

The only thing that really interests me on Days is EJ. EJ and Will…. EJ and Sami.

brittany
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brittany

ya

Patrick
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Patrick

did you watch days 14 years ago… when Eileen Davidson was on? She rocked.. and was it. I am beside myself… LOL… waiting for her STAR return… Kristen and Peter Blake with Daddy Stefano were supreme… they were high brow and added so much class to DAYS… these three were in a class all to themselves. Imagine… these three back… i so wish Jason Brooks would come back, these three with EJ and Chad… Stellar company. the DiMera’s are back in top form.

Matt
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Matt

Ew, if they put Jennifer with Brady, I’m not sure I can watch. His character has already flatlined and having him paired with Jennifer (who looks like she could be his mother) will just be the kiss of death for him. Another reason soaps are tanking, crazy pairings! BTW I’ll be ffing through all MR scenes from now anyway.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

It looks like Brady and Melanie are coming…ew. Jennifer belongs with Daniel.

Matt
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Matt

Wish MR had kept her tweet to herself, now she has created a PR nightmare for Days and Sony. The show is already in trouble, and her tweet with a “winky face” did NOTHING to help — but LOTS to hurt. Days and the other actors do not deserve to be harmed by her not being able to think before she tweets. She harmed her fellow actors, Days and her employer (Sony) to support fast food. If she had taken a half sec to think that Days is doing a gay SL and this could hurt the show, then maybe… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Didn’t think guys like watching soaps. My husband doesn’t care for them, he likes action stuff….

Matt
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Matt

Susan, what a rotten thing to say! I didn’t think you were that kind of person. You are saying this simply because you don’t agree with what I posted. How sad. ;-(

susan M.
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susan M.

It didn’t mean anything rotten ..And it has nothing to do with your comments at all.. You are totally off base…I don’t see anything rotten about my comment..You took it the wrong way……………….Has nothing to do with your post…How sad ,WHAT???? I was just trying to make conversation. I see e few guys on this site watch the soaps..All I was trying to say I didn’t think guys where interested in the soaps.I thought it was just a girl thing..But I was wrong about that. I was surprised that men like to watch the soaps too…That’s all…I wasn’t trying to… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Lots of men watch soaps … just as lots of men write for the soaps. How far off the road do you live???

susan M.
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susan M.

How far off the road do I live !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is not very nice… You don’t have to get nasty over it…I will avoid making harmless comments on any of your posts… I know men write for the soaps…You surprised me by your comments…To one soap lover to another let us just enjoy watching the soaps…Over and out…………….

Matt
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Matt

Susan, I am sorry if I mistook what you said as a dig, but it did seem like an odd statement in this day and time. I guess we’re all a bit sensitive. Unlike MR, I 100% apologize to you because your comments have always been among my faves. I guess that’s why I was surprised. Glad you’re not a rotten person. I was just so surprised at the comments I saw elsewhere. Days is in trouble and I don’t want the show and its stars damaged by boycotting because of MR’s comments. Again, my apologies. I couldn’t imagine you… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Matt, apology accepted……. And I am glad you enjoy reading my comments..I get very passionate with my comments especially when it comes to OLTL & GH……….Feel free to reply to any of my comments.. I like reading the comments that i get in response to my comments….By the way OLTL was my favorite soap !!!! And I miss it still & always will. I have the cast picture & look at it everyday !!!!!!!! And GH ‘s new time in Sept. Taking OLTL’s timeslot seems weird to me..GH as long as I could remember has always been on at 3:00..I… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I am a dude and I LOVE Days of Our Lives! Tied with Degrassi for my favorite show ever!

Matt
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Matt

Thank you, Susan. I do enjoy reading your comments. I hated seeing OLTL and AMC canceled, so I have stood strong with fans of both shows and have never watched either of the replacement shows (The Chew, The Revolution, etc.) I just don’t want any of the remaining soaps canceled. I am glad you have GH to watch, but I agree it’ll be weird seeing GH in OLTL’s old time. Still I’d rather see a soap in any of the time slots than more reality TV junk. Again, thanks for accepting my apology, Susan.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

The Chew…I think it will be gone soon. Plus, GAA is not doing well in the ratings either. Maybe OLTL or AMC will return because talk shows and reality TV are not working for ABC Daytime.

susan M.
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susan M.

I want that too. But Mr. Lee said they had no plans in reviving OLTL or AMC…That they were constantrating on GH & it’s new time in Sept…At OLTL timeslot at 2:00pm….I can’t stand The Chew or GAA..Never watch those crappy shows at all…They should be canceled ASAP!!!!! I want my stories in the afternoon not these reality/cooking/talk shows..I want OLTL & miss it a lot still….

Dmitri
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Dmitri

With all these departures, EJami scenes (which I personally hate), and WilSon kissing, I think that more viewers will keep coming in. The only thing I see turning away viewers is the end of Lumi, and the coming of Safe.

Breaking News

Melissa Reeves Has NOT Been Fired From Days of our Lives

A technical error caused a bit of a firestorm on Monday night, and a retraction early Tuesday morning when an item appeared most notably on TV Line’s partner’s feed, Yahoo News, that had a headline stating that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) had been fired from Days of our Lives.

If site visitors and readers looked closely, there were actually two versions of the opening line that appeared.  One of which was noting that Reeves was apologizing for “catching heat” from co-stars and fans for backing a post by Candace Owens that was Anti-Black Lives Matter, and the other one that she was fired from the NBC soap opera.

TV Line early Monday morning issued this statement to clarify what happened and confirmed that Reeves had NOT been fired from DAYS: “Due to technical error, a story was briefly published on TVLine on Monday evening — and has since surfaced on several of our partner feeds, most notably Yahoo — that erroneously claims Days of Our Lives has fired Melissa Reeves. The story is false. Melissa Reeves has not been fired from Days of Our Lives. In the meantime, we apologize for the error.”

So, what do you think of the mix-up? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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