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RATINGS: DAYS Makes Gains In Total Viewers and Key Demos!

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Here we go! The latest ratings are out and for the week of August 21-25th, and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives which had the most noticeable gains in total viewers and key demos as new head writer, Ron Carlivati’s story arcs and pace are catching on with viewers.

In total viewers for the week, DAYS picked up + 117,000, which is the first time in a longtime we have seen gains of over 100,000 in the category for the crew in Salem.

Key demos for DAYS were also on the upswing.  They were the only daytime drama to be on the plus side in the womens 18-49 ratings share and demo viewers count, as well as illustrated the largest gain in the 25-54 audience, and stayed at even in the 18-34 category.

A definite battle for third place can be seen on the horizon between DAYS and GH, with the ABC daytime drama series losing another -68,000 total viewers this ratings period, and hitting new lows in the womens 18-49 viewers and ratings share.

However, the soap that received the highest gains in total viewers for the week was Y&R bringing in +197.000, while B&B lost -50,000 total viewers, but also hit a new low the womens 18-49 viewer count.

Check out the complete ratings picture via SON here.

Total Viewers

1. Y&R 4,363,000 (+197,000/-306,000)
2. B&B 3,414,000 (-50,000/-317,000)
3. GH 2,301,000 (-68,000/-221,000)
4. DAYS 2,131,000 (+117,000/-18,000)

So, what soap opera is delivering the best drama and keeps you tuning-in? What soap opera is not? What do you think of the performance of Days of our Lives  … is it indicative of higher ratings to come with so may big returns and intriguing storylines on the way? Comment below!

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Mo
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Mo

Glad to Days pick up viewers. I do see improvements in story since Ron’s writing began airing.

Alberto
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Alberto

Hurray for Ron Carlivati and the writing team at DAYS! I loved Ron’s stuff at GH and so I’ve started watching DAYS and it’s become a must-see soap for me. The actors seem to be having a blast with all the creative drama, romance and fun.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

My theory is that if viewers can see the actors are having fun while working then then viewers can have fun watching the show.So that could be one of the reasons why Days is doing so good right now because viewers and the show’s actors are both enchanted by the material Ron Carlivati is writing,

Julie Bailey
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Julie Bailey

Ive watched Days since day one. I love Rons writing. He adds life back into DAYS. I noticed his great writing since day one he started writing again. Every episode has you wanting for more. I love seeing the actors have fun on set and off. Thank you for getting Ron back to save the show. Id be lost without DAYS. Thank you.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I have a theory that if the actors are seen having fun while that helps the show’s fans get interested in Days again.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

I don’t know whether the Tripp storyline was Carlivati’s work, but it made the show watchable for me for the first time in a long time. Actually, even more depth would be great on Tripp’s conflict between very much wanting and needing a real family versus his discovering details about this family which understandably repulse him. The fascinating part is his simultaneously liking and appreciating them, while at the same time being repulsed by them. It also would add to the story by showing examples of Tripp’s loner way of life crashing up against the many traditions and the needs… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m really looking forward to when Tripp and Kayla , get past all the hurt. and reconcile and become that mother / child duo who take hold you could see it easily when he and Kayla would “make hospital rounds” as it were he’s a great actor and with Mary Beth Evans… this is tantamount to great stuff on the horizon. so, yeah, ( Gosh darned it ! I wish Ava was still alive ) i’m just waiting for Tripp to find his way. having Ava alive would have added so much more REEL… especially for.. Kayla and Steve.

Ric
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Ric

Of course GH lost some viewers for the week, it only aired for four days VS 5 days for all the other soaps including DOOL, which by the way is a big improvement of the previous writing regime.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The viewer totals are based on the “average” amount of viewers for the week, Ric, so all episode totals are added up and divided by the amount of episodes for that week, average being the key word. They’re not just added up.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Who is to say if GH had aired all 5 days they wouldn’t have lost even more viewers than they did?

MB
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MB

Yup, an extra day could have meant a lower average for GH not higher. The four days means nothing, GH lost viewers the week before as well, now it is at all time lows. Franco comes back, more people tune out, it’s happened before.

Mateo
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Mateo

I dismissed DAYS after all the great characters left or died off. I tried to tune in and keep up but the stories were so boring and the actors were so bad. It’s amazing what a new writer and some story direction will do. I started watching again when Ron Carlivati took over and all I can say is I can’t wait to see Sami, Kristen, Eve and Billie all come back to the scene. The humor is bitingly funny. Judi Evans is stealing EVERY scene she is in as both Adrienne and Bonnie. Her comic timing is EVERYTHING. Deidre… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I totally agree with your assessment of Judi Evans. She owns this storyline. I love watching her. She’s bright and funny and energized. I love seeing Bonnie dancing as fast as she can when she’s stumped by something. Judi plays that so well. I’m also glad to see more of Lucas. When the doppelgänger story is over, I so hope Adrienne and Lucas are kept front and center on the show.

I’m so looking forward to what Ron has in store for Eve, Sami, Kristen and Will.

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, Llanview717…… the seasoned thespians are doing their best and then some….the younger crew, some deplorable, some ok, some do excel.
It’s the storylines that get to me….compounded by John and Marlena; silly, silly and more silly.
Just my opinion.
Judi Evans Luciano is flawless.

Celia
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Celia

I do like Bonnie, Mateo…mostly, I prefer Hattie’s personality over Marlena’s …hilarious.
I agree about Sami’s and Will’s return. The anticipation is making me salivate, LOL. Billie? Not so much.
But, if truth be known, I am not very impressed with Ron’s work….There’s still a lack of mystery and suspense for me. I suppose the repetition of plot-lines kills the climax.
Whatever happened to “who doneit”? Too simplistic.

Celia
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Celia

PS.
And, YES, definitely awaiting Kristen. I wish Susan wound peek in.
Lest I forget….the enchanting Vivian—love her from here to forevermore.

Patrick
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Patrick

here ye – here ye : “…The humor is bitingly funny. Judi Evans is stealing EVERY scene ” I truly have to prop and add once again… Thaao Penghlis… Andre is always up to something. his humor is infectious. you want to root for the guy.. and yes it’s even that much more devilish that he’s a DiMera. as he commented to himself after talking with Kate. ” this marginalizing has to be stopped ” @Llainviewer77 – “…She’s bright and funny and energized. ” THIS IS how I want Adrienne to be… !!!!! yes ? watch Wally Kurth response as… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m very happy for DAYS. I knew Ron would start spinning some awesome stories and i do love the work he’s put out. DAYS still has a way to go to make that big dent in the ratings but this is a plus.

Jimh
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Jimh

Days has improved except for its tiredly insipid double switch story which has been done to death…would rather seen Marlena and John buy a house that Marlena thinks could be haunted…she even sees the ghost of her dead sister Samantha Evans and hears a baby crying that makes her think of her dead child Don Craig JR from her first marriage to Don Craig….John thinks Marlena is loosing her mind and so does Marlena…until a visiting Kate sees a strange figure of a woman in an upper floor attic window…all are unaware there is a secret room in the huge… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

GH shoot out was bad…here this goon is about to take out Sonny and Jason but turns to Sam as she enters instead of shooting them then Sam…Superman Jason rushes to shield Sam and is shot by the goon while Sonny stands there like a motionless rock, watches his true love get shot instead of going for the goon while he is distracted…Sonny does shoot the goon but this shoot out was just so grade school…when will Sonny admit his true feelings for Jason…i would like to have a scene with Carly catching Sonny and Jason naked in bed together…Sonny… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

So Oliver is going to be the son of Dante and Brenda Barret???

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yeah, Jim, what the hell happened there? Why didn’t Max (who picked up the gun) shoot the guy instead of tossing it to Sonny? For a minute I thought it was like the Olympic relay, where you have to pass the baton or else it doesn’t count. Goofy! And Sam the idiot who can’t resist saying “Jason” every ten seconds really picks her moments. Carly would have taken him out without breaking a heel. Naturally I resent the time Billy will be offscreen now. Maybe Sam should use that time to resume her psychiatric sessions. She definitely needs a major… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Max had the gun first. Wasted time tossing to Sonny. Fake drama. When will Varni & Valentini realize the Sonny show ain’t working?

Celia
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Celia

Ohhh, Jimmy…you’re the best. I just noticed your comment…broke out into peals of laughter.
Talk about LOL. luv-ya!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jim…dude…that is TRULY FUNNY…lol.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Here’s to your twist on Brain damaged Jason and St Sonny. LOL.

I swear to god we have this same shoot out every few months. Pointless.

I suppose we’re all grateful that brain damaged Jason didn’t end up with his 25th case of brain damage. (Dude is a medical miracle of superior reflexes after sustained, repeated brain damage.)

Two Jasons = Two Gurnies in the Brain Damage Ward.

Nick
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Nick

Call me cynical, but let’s pump the brakes for a moment. Has the bar really been set this low? If you gave them truth serum, do you really think that NBC executives behind closed doors (regardless of what a few may say publicly) are happy with these numbers? It just speaks to how putrid the ratings were before (and still are). This will only mean something if Days shows consistent growth over many weeks, and I have my doubts with an overrated, recycled hack like “Re-Ron” Carlivati behind the wheel. It’s been proven before that with his nonsensical brand of… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I agree…lets give it a few months and see if the ratings hold and improve…i hope it does but i will wait and see before i play my Celebration record and do a happy dance!!!-lol

Phil
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Phil

Love DAYS! I can see it overtaking my other soap GH! Personally if I were to rate the soaps, and yeah I occasionally watch the bore that CBS soaps, so here are my ratings:

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

Scott
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Scott

The humor has definitely picked up. Salem is not as dark as it has been. Loving the interaction of the characters with each other. Between Adrienne/Bonnie and Maggie to Marlena/Hattie and Andre to the power foursome Chad, Abby, Paul and Sonny’s double wedding. Cannot wait for the big wedding day surprise of Will and Sami showing up!!!!!!!!! The only other thing I would like fixed is the Hope/Rafe pairing. They are so boring together and have no chemistry. With Ciara coming back, maybe they can bring back Aidan and his son, Chase. Hope and Aidan had awesome chemistry even when… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

hope and rafe are awesome together aiden and hope had no chemistry just my apenion

Patrick
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Patrick

” I ” am pleasantly surprised by how little .. up to this point.. on how Rafe and Hope , as a couple, are not being featured. this is a big plus. the difference is just too obvious. Hope looks near haggie maggied OUT… ( and that is no diss on Maggie Horton ) Rafe , for all intent and purpose… is still a viable younger , still stud, MUFFIN Hope had pure gold with Daniel Cosgrove and Lauren Boles… Hope with Rafe ? meh i’m ALSO ecstatic that Jenny Bear is also backburner. just because THEY ARE Grans Jewels…… Read more »

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Plus maybe Ron Carlivati has plans to break up Rafe and Hope eventually but he knows he’s got to do it slowly and not have Hope and Rafe break up for no reason.Plus i read that both Hope and Rafe will want the commissioner’s job and so maybe their professional lives will impact their personal lives if one of them becomes the other’s boss.Plus with Sami returning and considering he’s her ex Rafe might interact with her and even get caught up in one of her messes which Hope may not like.

Ric
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Ric

It amazes me how my post was deleted, there was no negative talk all I said was it’s unfair to say GH lost viewers when it only aired 4 times that week VS 5 times like the other soaps, I also mentioned that the writing on DOOL was an improvement over the previous writing regime! This is not a negative comment.

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

Your post wasn’t deleted. Scroll up about 15 posts.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Hey Ric! Your post was not deleted. Look up there! I see it.
You are right, by the way.

Shay
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Shay

@Rhonda….I couldn’t agree with you more about GH’s Nina and the manner in which she is portrayed…I’m totally underwhelmed by this character and haven’t appreciated her omnipresence from Day One. You have previously made brilliant observations regarding her upon which I have fully concurred. As for Franco, I really hope that the Burton return gives this guy something meaningful to do….I don’t necessarily buy into the notion that he is a twin to whomever Steve will be playing, but he clearly possesses some historical perspective on the mysterious situation which seems to be coming down the pike. Lastly, I cannot… Read more »

Sally
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Sally

I see nothing wrong with what you said. It isn’t fair to make that statement about losing viewers when the playing field wasn’t fair.

Mo
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Mo

Your post wasn’t deleted. Look up.

Kelly
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Kelly

Will always be my favorite soap❤️❤️

Libby
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Libby

Thankful for Ron and Sheri. Cannot wait to see what future holds.

su0000
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su0000

I can see Days passing GH..
RC vs Shelly .. bwa!
RC will overtake, no problem just give him time.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Ron Carlivati has amped up DAYS! And speaking of amps, John and Marlena are facing a whole heaping amount of amps…Electroconvulsive Therapy…amperage at it’s finest!!!

Jamie
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Jamie

Nice to see Days getting some viewers back. unfortunately, I’m not one of them. Dena Higley just ruined it for me. Several of my fave actors were fired for the short return of a few for the 50th. Daniel Cosgrove was brought back due to fan outrage and when Dena came back from her “leave”, she fired him again. The show is disrespectful to actors and fans. Good luck to Ron though. He will need it with couples like Rafe and Hope. I know many people who refuse to watch just because of them.

Judy
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Judy

I love Hope and Rafe together I never liked daniel Cosgrove I was so glad when he left all my friends love Hope and Rafe to

Timmm
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Timmm

I seriously dont know how Y&R increased their numbers? The show is god awful! They lost any hope of bringing Adam back, Nick, Nikki, Victoria, Billy, Graham, The Winters clan, Chelsea, Phyllis and Curly Sue are all in horrible stories or suck! Michael and Lauren are hardly ever on. Jill is so retired! It is just so sad. General Hospital. Sonny is in another shootout and his SON Dante is the lead investigator! Carly all the sudden doesnt want dirt on Nelle! Nathan and Amy and that Man Landers shit is below what a third grader would write! Nina will… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I agree with most of what you said about GH, but strongly consider the Q mansion sets to be some of the best on daytime.

Shay
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Shay

Excellent GH observations, Timmmbo! There are far too many schizophrenic legacy characters roaming about Port Charles who cannot seem to remember last week—let alone recall their own backstories—when it comes to behaving in a logical fashion….it’s reached the point of the ridiculous….and why? Mainly sloppy writing by those who obviously have no grasp on the show’s great history! It’s insane….these days all we’re treated to is an endless parade of nonsensical, repetitive vignettes that go nowhere and mean nothing! As if this complete ruination of tried-and-true characters weren’t enough, we also have to endure the indignity of completely worthless newbies… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Shay, I seem to agree with your every point.
Megan McCain? YES!
And Franco and Nina seem homeless. They just float around aimlessly and I love Roger Howarth. Michelle Stafford? Not so much. By that I mean I don’t appreciate her acting choices.

Heather Castro
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Heather Castro

Love DOOL! I am 42 and have been watching for 28yrs! DOOL always been my only soap! Kudos to Carlivati for his writings and what he has brought to the table! Love seeing “blasts from the past,” it brings back memories!

Rose
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Rose

Congratulations Days! Looks like Ron is working his magic again. I can definitely see a difference and am enjoying it a lot more lately.

Myrtle
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Myrtle

Ron has brought humor and storytelling back to the canvas. Bryan Danilo and Judi Evans are killing it and you can feel the energy in the cast.

What we need to make this a home run, slam dunk or any other metaphor is the return alive and for food to Salem of Jack Deveraux as only Matt Ashford can play him.

Judy
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Judy

Would love to see him come back to

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Not feeling it. It’s unrecognizable.

rose
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rose

Nancy…If you are talking about GH I am so with you. Even the Sonny/Jason/Max shootout…which I absolutely didn’t like or the emphasis on Sonny and Carly…was a pale comparison to the Sonny of old. Core stories used to be around the Q’s, Luke/Laura. Sonny, Cassadines. the hospital And it’s really hard for me to believe that the Q’s with all of their dalliances from the past don’t have enough “relatives” to visit Port Charles. Or the Cassadines. What about the Ward family for instance?

Lia
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Lia

You can thank the superb acting that wrapped up Joey’s story, and Abe’s arrest. I also loved Theo and Claire that week. The rest was pure trash, and that’s why ratings didn’t soar.

Dave
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Dave

DAYS AND B&B are by far the two. Eat shows right now. Keep me coming!!!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

AND, one other thing that really pisses me off about the horrible writing on GH. How in the HELL can Monica walk right by Sonny and not spit on him? ONCE again he is in the middle of one of her sons being shot or killed! Oh yeah, and now Sam doesnt care if Jason is there to back Sonny when we watched THREE months of her fantasizing and eventually shooting Sonny because she felt he was a danger to Jason and her family. Complete garbage!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

THIS! THIS! THIS!!!!

How does Michael have a tingle of feeling for the man who murdered his father for no good reason?

St Sonny my A$$. Say, what is he smuggling? It has to be drugs, guns or sex trafficking. GH keeps dancing around this. He’s a felon. I’ve got no patience or sympathy for the character. And the actor is resilient at chewing the thickest scenery.

Qs: STAT
Laura: Four days a week
Sonny: six month vacao

Timmm
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Timmm

Reality:

Sonny gets a day off.
Laura will not resign!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tomas…EXACTLY!!!!! Sonny is nothing but a COWARDLY SLIMEBALL!!!!! Oh…and I’m actually surprised that there’s any scenery left for MB to horribly chew on…lol.

Have a good one, Tomas.

rose
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rose

Tomas…Totqlly agree with you about St Sonny. If I remember right he is supposed to be better than the other crime lords because he doesn’t smuggle drugs or allow them in his territory. But even if he doesn’t…big deal. The rest of what he probably does is bad enough. Especially for a show that is supposed to be built about the merits of a hospital. Seems that a lot of the healing we are seeing, though, is for, or because of, the their shootings. And now Carly is going to rationalize staying with Sonny because she always knew what he… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

I don’t know why anyone pays attention to this you have four soaps left and until the suits upstairs find something else to replace them with they are here to stay. I am bored so I have not watched in forever Brad Bell brings the great Kimberlin Brown back and yep he turns it into a cartoon .

Barbara
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Barbara

You do realize that your most loyal viewers, the ones how have watched since the ’60’s are now in their 70’s. Or their kids who are in their 50’s & 60’s. Why don’t seniors count. Seniors have money. A lot of money. We buy stuff we see advertised. What’s the deal? Are you even counting us in the ratings??? Poor on you if you’re not!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You are counted in the viewer totals, Barbara. According to Nielsen, older viewers aren’t the important demographic because they are loyal to the same products they’ve been buying for years. They’re not easily persuaded to try new name products.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Its numbers, so please don’t take this personally.

Millenials and Gen Xers out number Boomers. Its circle of life. And while seniors may have more income they spends less of it than those raising a family, buying a home, buying new furniture and back to school clothes. I don’t see pamper ads during a football game, but they are standard fair for daytime.

Your viewership matters. But advertisers pay bills and they determine this.

Sorry. No offense to you or anyone else. Younger viewers matter to advertisers

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m celebrating the resurgence of ; ” Days of OUR Lives “

Patrick
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Patrick

I will take this show… DOOL over any of the other three that remain with

remain steadfast and not overload on the pros and cons

DAYS is ON

Patrick
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Patrick

Ron Carlivati…

re – ron
re – tread
re – peat

pay no mind. steer this vessel… your mind… and patiently whet that pen to paper… keep that lap top stirring

this show has the sophiscation wit and aplomp like no other in all it’s history

Patrick
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Patrick

“TA – DA ”

drum roll –

JimH : “…when will Sonny admit his true feelings for Jason…i would like to have a scene with Carly catching Sonny and Jason naked in bed together ”

Timmmm : Reality:

Sonny gets a day off.
Laura will not resign!

just soooo doggone FUN’ny

Spencer C.
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Spencer C.

When Ron and Dena wrote OLTL together, they were magic. When Ron had to write off OLTL He did a great job in the allotted time, however, his chartoonishness didn’t work on GH and is really destroying Days. If Neilson was going for the 12-16 demographic, the show would still fail, even though the story telling is great for young teens, there’s nothing to invest them in the drama because they’re too young. Younguns need a reason for drama, and us oldies are watching our favorite show die as a cartoon. Too bad the advertising industry hasn’t realised that Neilson… Read more »

clb
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clb

Temporary boost for Days. It will not take over GH but Port Charles needs a revival soon. Where’s the fresh writing and new plots? GH should be at 3 Million viewers and not 2.3. If not, let’s bring back Guiding Light for 1/2 hour. NBC — are you listening?

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Days has gained some viewers. But they wont sustain them. Too little and way too late.

Patrick
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Patrick

too little and way too late – ????

WITH

Eileen Davidson
Kassie DePaiva
Ali Sweeney
Chandler Massey
Louise Sorel
Tyler Christopher
and YES Lisa Rinna

ON THE HORIZON

channel surf… stay out of the way

Patrick
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Patrick

Hello Eileen Hargis – I apologize for stating, “stay out of the way”

it’s truly an exciting time for the diehard

i’m giddy and cheerleading RC

Salute

Jaime
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Jaime

Everyone I know is dropping Days. Ron C’s production is amateurish. The so called comedy isnt funny but seems to be telling viewers soaps are for idiots. Ron is ignoring some of the finer actors 100%, but keeps propping some of the weakest links.

Im so turned off. Used to love this show but this is not loveable

Celia
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Celia

Right, Jamie. My sister lived and breathed Days….she hasn’t watched in months….She asks me what’s going on and if any life has been injected into the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

I can’t believe what a jump DAYS has had… YES.. is having LOOK @the 4 running. DAYS has leaps and bounds to go I will laud and stand with Ron Carlivati even he will laugh with… the expectation level is no where near.. what once was WHAT ONCE WAS… GOLD / classic / gems / must see / budget abound this is not the dynasty era so I will stand with RC and battle cry.. this is the best their is LOOK at whats coming Eileen Davidson Kassie DePaiva Ali Sweeney Chandler Massey Louise Sorel Tyler Christopher and YES Lisa… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Lisa Rinna

there is never an * at your presence

you earn your way… and it’s lighted

Spencer C.
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Spencer C.

Like I said above, Patrick, Nielson , says they had a jump, but Nielson doesn’t know squat. They don’t know how many people are sitting in the minority of rooms they monitor, nor what those people think about what they think about what they are watching. All we know for sure is that Neilson manages the money flow for the industries. Ron did a great job ending OLTL. He nearly ended GH, but then ABC decided to keep it in a meager effort to not lose even more primetime viewers. They probably will anyway since most of their new line… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Patrick, my dear friend…Yea, yea, and more yea. These are powerful and most looked-for thespians. The problem is the nonsensical storyline attached to practically all of the above mentioned actors.
Many of us would say, “So what!?!?”….give me something to tickle my fancy; then let’s parley. LOL.
So far, Ron has not delivered….not to me, anyway.

Patrick
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Patrick

@DAYS – 117,000 plus eyes. stay tuned

we got this

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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