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RATINGS: DAYS Nick & Gabi's Wedding Free-For-All Gives NBC Soap 2 Year High In Total Viewers!

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Courtesy/NBC

The ratings are out for the week of January 14th-18th and there is no question what the hottest soap that week was, and the viewers agreed!

NBC’s Days of our Lives scored big with the fall-out from Nick (Blake Berris) and Gabi’s (Camila Banus) wedding, where Will (Chandler Massey) admitted he was the father of Gabi’s unborn baby, as Chad (Casey Deidrick) made a scene that caused the reveal and Nick vowed revenge  on everyone that destroyed the nuptials!   In addition, it served to break up couples Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Rafe (Galen Gering), while causing a major rift in Will and Sonny’s (Freddie Smith) then blossoming relationship!

DAYS added +209,000 total viewers for the week, the most of any daytime drama, but more importantly spiked its total viewers number to a two year high! The last time DAYS saw these kind of ratings numbers for a week was back at the end of January in 2011! In addition, in the key women 18-49 demo, Days of our Lives was the soap to add the most viewers with + 55,000.  That is the highest numbers under the Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell writing regime.

The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless both added a few total viewers for the week as well.  B&B added +58,000 while The Young and the Restless added only +14,000. 

General Hospital was the only soap to lose total viewers with -56,000.   The three shows: Y&R, B&B, and GH remained the top three soaps in that order with DAYS still trailing in fourth.  However, with total viewers for the week numbers at 2,774,000, DAYS closed the gap on third place GH which had 2,800,000 total viewers for the ratings period.  View the complete ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So soapers time to be our  your Soap Opera Programming Exeucutive Armchair Quarterback! Do you agree that DAYS gave us one hell of a ride with Nick and Gabi’s wedding? Do you think DAYS can carry this momentum? What does General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless need to fix to keep you tuning-in? And, what is working that you would like to see more of, or are happy with? Weigh-in!

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Aria
Aria

GH is awesome more often than not but it still needs to fix things like characters in heavy storyline all of a sudden disappearing , I. E the duke/ Davison storyline where all the principle players disappear from the screen. Or the continuous lack of air time for fan fave Rebeca Herbts, what does the poor girl gotta do to get the air time that someone like Carly gets? They also tend to drag certain storylines forever, I’m lost and bored already with the Kate/ Connie storyline. I don’t get the point of it whatsoever.

Mary SF
Mary SF

When Days wants to, it can put on quite the show. The whole wedding was classic soap. All the drama and fall out- the performances that were spot on. Those two days reminded why I love soaps so much and why I was a fan of this one. And I was super impressed they didn’t wait for Feb sweeps to bring it out. It would have more self serving if they had, but it was a nice treat in the usually bland Jan on the soaps.

Chloe
Chloe

Well said!

And to answer Michael’s question, yes, I think they can carry this momentum IF they continue down the EJami road.

shawn
shawn

Gosh, you damn EJami-tards make me sick!!!! EJami DO NOT make the ratings. Only good storytelling does. Good stories bring in the numbers….plain and simple.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Definitely, if they go down the EJAMI road. THe wedding reveal was classic and well-written and very entertaining and EJAMI just sparkled. I love them!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

EJami fans continually spam the polls to inflate their numbers. Unfortunately, the producers & executives believe that the Rapist/Victim pairing is akin to romance. I think putting them together is an insult to victims of sexual assault.

Vicki
Vicki

@ Shawn: You are exactly right. Good ole Ejami storytelling;-)
@ No1_ILoveLucyFan: You must not be too offended. Still watchin the show I see;-)

JorgeAnn
JorgeAnn

As a EJami fan, I am proud of my couple, and if I want to give them credit for bringing in high ratings that is my right….RATINGS ARE IN THE EYES OF THE VIEWER. As for the name calling, your post should be deleted. I saw no rape scene, just the exterior of a car. Sami made a deal with EJ…not rape. This is a dead issue and bad writing according to Ken Corday.The rape scene actually occurred on GH between Luke and Laura.

Dmitri
Dmitri

EJami have nothing to do with these ratings, the wedding does. EJami weren’t on during the wedding Days. I’ve seen the ratings for the actual days. The days where EJ, Sami and Rafe are not on have higher ratings than the dys they are on. Why? Because we are TIRED of seeing the triangle and the EJami abuse.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I agree with Vicki and JorgeAnn. However, Dmitri was right when he said that EJAMI were not on during the wedding days. I am a die hard EJAMI but the high ratings are also due to the classic reveal of the real baby daddy and also less focus on Sami’s love life is really good as well. It was awful how they focused on that and she was going between EJ and Rafe. It was a turn off and Im glad that is not the front burner anymore.

Jules
Jules

Mary I agree, I’m glad they didn’t drag it longer either. Thank goodness for a milestone 12,000 episodes….in more ways than one :).

And Shawn, shame on you. I don’t know what the moderators allowed your vulgar comment through but you really need help if you take someone’s pleasure in a daytime soap opera couple so personally offensive.

Ces
Ces

Very well said! Good storytelling in any genre is what sells. Ejami aren’t the reason for the ratings any more than ten best Hollywood actors coming together to make a crap movie.

The written word is what brings in ratings and Days did a great job with Nick & Gabi’s wedding and episodes thereafter. Kudos to Ali Sweeney and Chandler Massey especially!! I love that boy!

Blake
Blake

These episodes deserved the high ratings it got! Days can bring it for sure but they need to more often! Kristen can’t be the only one to bring it all the time!

Patrick
Patrick

“When Days wants to, it can put on quite the show.”

Ditto…

it’s about time we feel good about DOOL.

Jules
Jules

It was an excellent day for DAYS, and it seemed pretty unanimous by everyone. I’m so glad the numbers reflected that. The show earned it.

Love DAYS! It’s the little engine that could! They don’t have the budget like B&B, the prestige like Y&R or the media/journalistic acclaim GH (for some odd reason) is receiving, but when push comes to shove they can put on a showstopping show. Congrats to them!

Patrick
Patrick

It would seem that GH has free reign and a loaded purse (cashola) to loosen their budget constraints.

Oye… for the DAYS of ole….

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keep on plugging and chuggging along Salem’ites!

TWO YEAR HIGH… we’re still in the thick of things.

I will say…. Blake Berris is giving a chilling performance as Nick, OYE! That scene with Justin… ie: Nick wanting to retain Legal help in gaining FULL Custody….. and it’s interesting to watch our Will grow as an actor… how this will play out….

Its a Horton baby girl on the way….

Geez! didn’t Sammi rip in to Adrienne… about what wills going thru as oppposed to Sonny not being told…. it’s just excellent to see Adrienne… altho… i don’t think Adrienne would have acted that way…. cowering under Sammi’s assault.

MK
MK

Looks like on GH, people were going through a vampire panic. Relax the story will be resolved next week. It was better this week (except with Kristina whining about Trey)

k/kay
k/kay

Do not want to burst your bubble but this vampire thing is not over surprises are in store a child from a rape? Between the characters of Caleb & that Barrington gal played by Erin Presley the actress has supposedly been on set filming and she too thinks John is Caleb. This may be a sly way of FV & RC keeping the actor Michael Easton on the show.

Ces
Ces

I don’t think they need a sly way to keep Michael Easton on the show, he’s got great chemistry with Kelly Monaco who kinda needs a storyline.. they need to have Jason’s memorial and move on. He (SB) has.

Patrick
Patrick

my only beef with this is; Lucy not be written in to a corner…. i want her “normal” to interact with Laura, Luke, Kevin, Mac, Scotty, Tracy, Monica… etc….

could never discount Heather.

k/kay
k/kay

I thought they wanted the character John back on OLTL that is the only reason I thought they were going down this road of the vampires again. I guess I am out of touch. Lol

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

The short-list is how many soap weddings have gone off without a hitch of som kind? This one was predictable if anything. Nick and Gabi have zero chemistry and even less history. They’ve known each other for what, 2 months? Ugh. What happened to story telling? Romance? Intrigue? I watch soaps for STORYLINES, not flash-in-the-pan ratings grabs. Unless NBC & Sony give Days more air-time and a better budget, I don’t think ratings will improve on the level they’re hoping for. The 40% cut they were hit with in ’08 really hurt the show, and indeed, the entire genre.

su0000
su0000

The only reason Y&R has been #1 for umpteen years is not because every year the stories have been great, they have not been that good, and Y&R was boring and stagnate.
But- Y&R is shown in 32 countries as is the BB..
There is something, someway, that gives them both those ratings even through the awful times which were many in past years…

Perhaps ABC should also go international ..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think international showings affect American ratings, but Sony does make money selling the broadcast rights to other countries, so this gives them more cash to reinvest into the shows, allowing for bigger budgets and the like. But the ratings are determine by Americans and Americans alone. Personally, my theory has always been the time slot for these two shows is golden. In most States I think it is on around noon hour- more viewers are available to watch on their lunch hour. Put GH on at the same time in the same markets and we might see a real showdown between the two.

su0000
su0000

– Nielsen ratings are not only in America..
But there is something that keeps Y&R at #1 for years on end when the past years it has not been all that good .. …
I know, I watch Y&R lol ..

Patrick
Patrick

I think it’s because…. Y&R starts at 12 noon… in my time zone… and people… normally… and are so used to: turning the TV on… and it plays and is counted.. whether they watch it or not…

do i think it’s no… #1….. NO.

unfortunately…. DAYS and GH are on at the same time, as well… so hence… give or take… less or more viewers… so, much stronger competition….

I can’t fault DAYS for being 4th….. 4th… (last) in the ratings… .

Derrick
Derrick

Guys Y&R is #1
Deal with it……..

Ann
Ann

The wedding fiasco was good soapy fun and I loved every bit of it. But I don’t think DAYS will be able to keep it up, they never do.

Ces
Ces

they do have a tendency to drop the ball after a great show, don’t they?

Tsuds
Tsuds

Ces… Have finally took Days off of my DVR taping schedule.. No more Days… Time to move on!!

Ces
Ces

oh no! What did you in? 🙂 I tell ya, I absolutely HATE this Daniel/Jen/Chloe
crap. It’s like a redux of Jen/Nicole/Daniel. Seriously, can’t they all fall for a man that’s not such a wuss?! Extra hour for you!

dorothyg
dorothyg

PLease…the wedding reveal was Monday…Those who think it was the wedding fallout are sadly mistaken…The Ejami’s know Ejami is coming and knew that most of the week they would be on. The week was Ejami all the way….You have no idea how many Ejami just gave up on them ever being together so just quit watching…They…We…are back

JorgeAnn
JorgeAnn

ITA!! EJami has brought back a lot of fans. There is no long term viewership or commitment for Gabi and Nick.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Agreed! I cant wait for EJAMI.

Tanya
Tanya

Um…I certainly didn’t watch for Gabi/Nick. I watch for Will/Sonny and this wedding had everything to do with the drama of the baby reveal. I don’t care about Ejami. If they get together, fine. If they don’t, fine. I just wish Sami would make up her fracken mind. But this fan is a WilSon fan all the way!

Niiyaah
Niiyaah

I can’t wait for EJAMI!

Tsuds
Tsuds

Does anyone know when the Nurses Ball will be ? They have been talking about it for months.. will it be Feb, March, April, or May… I am getting a little tired of GH just talking about it and planning it..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really enjoyed the wedding ep & fallout. DOOL has been great and deserves the improved ratings. Congrats!

Vicki
Vicki

So lets just deal with the elephant that people keep dragging back into the room: The day EJ raped Sami.
When EJ came to Salem he came specifically to wreak havoc on the Brady’s. The story was written in such a way that we weren’t supposed to know his intentions initially. When the writers continued writing EJ’s character they were writing for EJ….not for Ejami. They did not set out to write a story about a woman who falls in love with her rapist. I repeat: They did not set out to write a story about a woman who falls in love with her rapist. Unfortunate for them (and fortunate for us) something happened. That something was called Chemistry! It was a chemistry that transformed EJ the rapist and Sami the victim into EJAMI. The powers that be tried for a long time to ignore and deny this chemistry. I am also sure their reluctance to put Ejami together over the years was because of the rape. The rape was a part of EJ Dimera’s character, not a part of Ejami’s storyline. I was initially going to say that EJ raping Sami was a mistake, but it wasn’t a mistake. It would have worked, If only James Scott and Allsion Seewney didn’t have such amazing chemistry and work so well together. EJ could have just raped Sami and we all could have just hated him as we always did with the Dimera’s. At least that is what was supposed to happen. So how long are we going to continue to punish James Scott and Allison Sweeney for something that was outside of their control? And yes, not allowing them the opportunity to be together on screen as EJ and Sami would be punishing these two actors as anyone watching knows that Allison Sweeney and James Scott bring out the best in each other when it comes down to their acting together. For all those still on the rape soap box: Lets not get lost in fiction. Don’t be angry at EJ, be angry at the writers for not noticing sooner that James Scott and Allison Sweeney are Ejami. Then forgive the writers and allow yourselves to enjoy the amazing love story these two actors work so hard to portray. Finally, for anyone healing from a rape or sexual assault I must say that Daytime drama is not the place to expect sympathy and compassion on such matters. My heart does go out to you and I pray you can somehow put this issue to rest as you continue on your journey to healing.

Patrick
Patrick

Here ye…. I too, wish people could disbend belief…. so, it’s said… we get lost and caught up in that hour of fantasy….

not since the DAYSaster… has EJ been what he’s capable of….. even i have to say…. once and for all… to keep days in the front lines….. give EJ and Sammi romance…. if not… geez! his scenes with Will…. getting him a Lawyer… listening to Will about his troubles… giving him a hug… showing a different side of EJ….
They should be back working together.

Give EJ a Story… if it’s not with Sammi…. then something! He’s high-calibur. Hire Christie Clark *CARRIE” for Rafe – Case Closed.

Dmitri
Dmitri

EJami was not the reason for the ratings, the wedding was. EJami weren’t even on the days of the wedding. It was about Gabi, Will and Nick. Not everything is about, has to be about, or will be about EJ and Sami. I’m tired of them always being on, showcase the vets! Bring back Bope! Give us some mystery! EJami are boring and overdone. Tired of their loud-breathing and hate boinks.

Patrick
Patrick

Grans’ Jewels’
Hope Brady & Jennifer Horton.

The Super couple mode in question.

God…. I wish Kayla was w/Patch!
I wish Kim and Shane.
I wish Tony and Anna.

This is my opinion….

to save these two heroines…. two of DAYS’ finest.

Bring back Jason Brooks…. Peter Blake.

you can’t not argue… that who could replace Bo and Jack?

What if Jason Brooks… was the one… (Kristens’ convincing us) she’s/HE’s changed….

Jennifer simmered… oozed passion….

why couldn’t Hope?

Soaps have to change

Sadly enough….

Romance.. w/a tried and true venerable… must have… character… so what if it’s the DiMera’s who are front and center and the core family in Salem? it’s not the mob…. and if power and control are the forte… so be it… the DiMeras… without question.. belong front and center….

Stefano…. w/Kate
Kristen
Peter… WISHFUL THINKING….
EJ
Chad.

I think Peter Blake.. romancing… either Hope or Jennifer… would solve… what to do with .. and give life to Hope and Jennifer… sans the super couple mode they’ve been entrapped…? sorry… I love these characters with bo and Jack…

Time.. is what it is…

Who could move these two forward…

Jason Brooks… and/or Robert Kelker-kelly…

Patrick
Patrick

I think it’s time for Peter Blake to come home…. to help out Kristen…. All of Salem seems to hate Kristen…. she needs some allies to help her out… hopefully, in the future, we’ll see Jason Brooks..

i know this goes against redeeming Peter, as a love interest for the entrapped, what to do with…. Hope and Jennifer….

re-hiring Peter would give so much potential to the show as a whole… and for so many of the actors currently on.

Shawn
Shawn

That would only work if they recast. No way in hell NBC/DAYS would consider rehiring Jason brooks.

Rj
Rj

I thought the wedding scene and aftermath were good. Even if I knew what was going to happen, I tuned in to see how it would all play out. I particularly liked the conversations of family and friends after the ‘reveal’. Frankly, I am not a big fan of the Nick/Gabi relationship, but the conflict/ dilemma of Gabi having Will’s baby because he is gay , and how it all plays /works out among Gabi/Nick/Will/Sonny is somewhat interesting. I like the Will/Sonny relationship a lot. Sonny has been great , and Will has been excellent.

I would like Days to have more of a surprise element because a lot is predictable, but I do think that creating these human dilemmas/conflicts then bringing in many of the characters together in a larger scene like the wedding is a decent formula to draw viewers in.

Niiyaah
Niiyaah

please those who think i was the wedding that brought the ratings up are all mistaken.Ejami is coming now!

Shawn
Shawn

Monday: Gabi/Nick wedding, baby reveal
Tuesday: The fallout
Wednesday: Marlena/Hope, Kate/Jennifer, Danloe
Thursday: Marlena/Kristen, Danloe, Ericole
Friday: Jarlena, Chloe/Anne set up Jennifer.

EJami were no where near the action last week. So, shut it up and give it a rest.

Niiyaah
Niiyaah

Ejami was on, on tuesday when she came from the church Ej was waiting for her at home!

shawn
shawn

And u think that irrelevant miniscule moment was the reason for DAYS +.2 bump. Y’all are even sicker than I thought.

Lia
Lia

Love Nick and Gabi, so I want more, more, more of them. Ejami disgust me. Her rapist…C’mon. Everything else is just awesome though.

GH needs to finish off Maxie, Britney, Sabrina, Felix and all of the other filler charcters that don’t really contribute much to the show….And put the focus back on their vets. RC’s kooky characters just aren’t working.

B&B needs to get Taylor over Ridge and the vendetta against Brooke once and for all. She’s beautiful, smart and a great mom. Move her forward into a new life with a new man….And not RIDGE’s father for Pete’s sake. Yuck!

Liam needs to decide and stick with it. Mature him and give him a VOICE, because the fans are sick of his indecisiveness. What truly bothers me about this show is how the women have relationships with brothers, their fathers their sons etc. Brooke has been with Ridge, Thorne, Eric and kissed Thomas! THen she started in on her daughters husbands, and now her sister’s. Same thing with Taylor who is now going to be with Eric. Ugh! Bring on NEW guys for these women…Mature the women!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

OK. I’ll drop the EJami hate. For the record though, I’ve never bashed Ali nor James – to the contrary, I’ve told people that they are not to be held responsible for the actions of their characters. If TPTB want EJami and they have a genuine following, I can respect that – just because I’m not fond of them doesn’t mean I won’t watch. What gets me though, is that so many characters are being written out of character right now and the supercouples are all split. John would never leave Marlena, nor Salem. She would never think for a second that he would be sleeping with Kristen if she weren’t with Brady. Brady stole Titan from Victor & he’s falling for Kristens lies? Bo is…where again? Parking the car? In the bathroom with the sports section? Patch & Kayla divorced…(I think it’d be cool if Bo died & the body was found, but then disappeared & at the very end of an episode, we saw the Fancy Face drifting in the fog…with 2 figures on board & the sound of a harmonica playing as they drifted into the night…but I digress). The only split that was believable was Abe and Lexie – but that entire storyline was just amazing! I’ll give EJami fans what they want and tolerate the pairing – because Ali & James are just astounding actors, but I wish TPTB at Days would allow at least one couple to be happy. John & Marlena are the foundation couple much like Tom & Alice were back in the day…they need that on the show for the other pairings to look up to & get advice from. OK, off my soapbox & thanks to those who called me out on it – no hard feelings I hope.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Soaps have a long history of redeeming rapists when the actor who played the rapist becomes popular. Luke on GH, Jake Mckinnon on AW, and even Jack on Days raped his future his future sister in law Kayla. If Days truly want Ejami together, and if they haven’t done so, they should address it, bring it out into the open, like they did with Jack and Kayla when the character Jack caught on with his romance with Jennifer.
It would be great if writers had a crystal ball to know in advance if a character catches on- like EJ did. I think originally he was just suppose to come to town and cause trouble and leave. Redeeming them sometimes has to happen, but the best way to redeem the character is have the character admit to it, own up to it- and not sweep under the rug and pretend it never happened.

Vicki
Vicki

Thanks Mary. They actually did address it two years ago I believe it was. Also, thanks No1 ILoveLucyFan. I enjoyed reading your post! Absolutely no hard feelings!

Flo
Flo

EJ & Sami discussed it in 2008. If you want to watch the clip, go to youTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-BgJZOh_cU
EJ and Sami 5/15/2008.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks Flo- watched the clip. IMO the show has dealt with it. Sami gave him a clean slate- but obviously some fans have not– I just like good story telling, if it is a good story I really don’t care who is with who, because I know soap couples come and go- I stopped rooting for particular characters to be together long time ago just to avoid the frustration of the see-saw that all soap couples go through.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Flo, I’ve never seen that scene…thank you for the link. While I don’t see the chemistry between EJ & Sami, I know others do, so as long as TPTB bring John back to Salem & Marlena, I can deal with the whole EJami thing.

mercedes vettese
mercedes vettese

The wedding fall out was yes an issue that was finally addressed , however ,there are other issues finally getting addressed .EJAMI = the higher viewership and ratings gain …Thank you TPTB for realizing this extraordinary relationship for what it is and finally worthy of a chance to unfold on screen .

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The only thing about the wedding disaster I enjoyed was that Gabi didn’t get her happy ending, and that Alison Sweeney (Sami) got to act her ass off!!! EJami do nothing for me. I want her with Lucas, or with someone new all-together.

Y&R has been really amazing since JFP/JG took over. It’s been more consistent and really a much more grounded, enjoyable soap. The only gripe I have had is with the recasts they’ve done, and the annoyance of Jack’s addiction storyline in the beginning.

B&B really did a beautiful job with Stephanie’s death and dealing with her aftermath. I feel like there should be more consistency like that, instead of the constant love triangles of the series. Hope/Liam/Steffy is beyond stale, Brooke VS. Taylor is not working for me anymore, and this whole Bill/Katie thing needs to end. I’ve loved them together, but Katie needs excitement and something more stable for her and William.

GH is a HOT MESS, minus the HOT. The vampire storyline has to be one of the most comical things (and not in a good way). I’m tired of the influx of new characters dominating the scene. I want more Anna/Duke/Robert, I’m tired of Robin being “dead”, and some core characters need to return like Jax and Bobbie. I’m not excited about Genie Francis’ return and can bet you it’ll stale out within no time. Get rid of Sabrina, Britt and Felix. All of them need to go. They add nothing but annoyance to the plot.

Derrick
Derrick

Wow! Very happy for DAYS. The wedding reveal was beautifully written! Congrats DAYS. Now if you can keep the ratings going!

Happy Y&R & B&B went up too!

R.P Johnson
R.P Johnson

DOOL has been incredible lately. The return of Kristen amd Chloe have been fantastic. I wish the show would have moved Eric in a different direction. It seems slow and dull, especially his scenes with Nicole. If he was not a priest, they could be funny and hot. Ari Zucker has chemistry with everyone. I want to see Sami, Nicole, Kristen, Kate and Chloe have some interaction and would love to see Kristen and Kate in a business power struggle. I love Maggie and would to see her do something besides obsess over Daniel. I also wish DOOL would get a new hairstylist and wardrobe department. Jennifer looks like she is raiding Alice’s closet. Make her more fun and sassy. I vote to trim the cast and get rid of people who have no history with the show. Why did DOOL recast Cameron, who only has history as Lexie’s brother? Adrienne and Justin need to be used in a great storyline involving Victor. Why is Stefano never on the show and only appears via phone or skype? Wouldn’t it be fun to see Abe be paid with the sassy black nurse at the hospital. Kayla is boring as toast, so bring back Stephanie. Lastly, please either bring Bo back or make his character disappear. Peter Reckell’s departure is killing Hope’s character.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Daniel & Jennifer are a cure for insomnia and watching Maggie pimp them is just painful. I love Eileen Davidson, but I want to punch Kritter in the throat until she stops twitching. The Nick/Gabi/Will/Sonny thing is pretty boring, IMO and the rest of it is filler. I must admit though, I like how Chloe and Annie are messing with Jennifer. Brady is a drooling moron, and I’m looking forward to seeing Nicole really ROYALLY screw with Kristen. Nic is familiar with all things DiMera and I’m hoping she is the one to bring John back to Salem. Then have him & Mar re-unite in a nice slow-burn romance way, re-marry and become the foundation couple of Days. Deidre & Drake have been overlooked for a front-burner storyline for too long now, and quite frankly, they’ve earned one!

Shelly
Shelly

Soap fans have been screaming for years that good writing, good acting, involving all generations without underwear model newbies and stupid gimmicks (clones, bringing people back from the dead, vampires, etc.) will keep us watching . Y & R are you paying attention???

shawn
shawn

Obviously, they’re not. If they think that Steve Burton and four shirtless hunks will bring up ratings, they’re sadly mistaken.

Shelly
Shelly

Steve Burton is Jason. Period. Just like Genie Francis is Laura, Tristen Rogers is Robert Scorpio, and Stephen Nichols is Patch. I’m confused as to why they cut their losses with these other daytime stars (too recognizable in another role) and now they’re betting the farm on Steve Burton.

cr
cr

Vampires oh is not gh doing story like that, y&r to my knowledge has never did one of those. Get real shelly ever soap has bought somebody from the dead , yes I want good writing and acting, but you got have style and substance to go with that techincal stuff.

shelly
shelly

I think you may have misunderstood my response (seriously, don’t post at such a late hour). My point was to to let the ptb know that old school storytelling will bring back the daytime viewer. Incidentally, I’m not thrilled with the resurgence of the gh/ Pc vampire storyline. I never suggested that y & r resorted to such campy foolishness. But that show has become completely unrecognizable to me.

cr
cr

I have a job so I post when I can, old school storytelling is what all soaps need, but all soaps are gonna half to change their selves to fit these days and times.( this generation).Ill post when I have time bossy.

Robert
Robert

Days was the best soap last week, and the viewers agreed.

cr
cr

So true

mo
mo

AWESOME! Some super great eps. More to continue. Days is my fave soap, much better than number 1 Y&R.

cr
cr

I agree with you

Teres
Teres

TIred of the fans debating about Ejami…it is so polarized ….that is exactly what makes it good daytime drama. What made and continues to make the whole Nick/Gabi story so good is that it has affected and interweaved so many characters making for a nice on screen mix. The pregnancy plot point has resulted in multiple characters interacting & reacting & being affected in ways that stay true to their nature. Also looks like there will be lots of subplots as a result. Gotta respect that writing!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

No, I don’t “gotta” respect writing. Especially when it takes 2 people that barely know each other and pair them up to get married. Or 2 other people that are beyond dull and shove them down our throats to get us to buy the writers idea that they are a supercouple in the making. Nick & Gabi are WAY too young for any of this to work and watching it blow up in their faces is the only thing to look forward to. The Jennifer/Daniel pairing is an insult to viewers who still miss Jack. Sami is unrecognizable and unwatchable. EJ is a shadow of his former self. Hope without Bo? John leaving Salem & Marlena? No – I refuse to respect writing that turns characters inside-out to suit the whims of lazy writers who refuse to pay attention to the history of the soap while at the same time insulting the viewers who have been watching for years. The powers that be at NBC & Sony need to help Corday find writers who will write storylines for the characters, not re-write characters to suit their half-***ed storylines.

jim
jim

I think they need to fix the missing Bo thing stat. I know children and some adult characters disappear for weeks but at least they do appear. Heres a Bo story: Hope and the Bradys recieve tragic news that Bo allegedly drowned in a boat accident but no body found.(In case they get Peter Reckal back in the future.) A distraught Hope drowns her sorrows in drink. Maggie, a former alcholic, worries about Hope’s increase drinking but Hopes in denial and refuses Maggie’s help. Doug and Julie try to help the troubled Hope but she sneaks drinks behind their back and is now an alcholic. Sonny is struck by a hit-and-run driver and is in a coma for weeks. A drunken Hope is to blame for Sonnys accident when its proven Hope’s car hit him. Its later revealed Nick borrowed Hope’s car without permission and the one who hit Sonny. A tearful Will is by Sonnys side, and when Will says he’ll always love him, a weak Sonny warmly tells Will he’ll always love him. In Italy Stephano is in hospital for high blood pressure. He sees an unconcious man in another room and tells the nurse its his son E.J. but Stephano lied. The man is unable to move or open his eyes but is able to say just one word:Hope. BO BRADY IS ALIVE. But a devious Stephano plans not to reveal his identity. What evil plans does he have for Bo?

jim
jim

Sorry for duplicat post below. I thought i deleted this first one when i backspaced to do a rewrite. I was planning to add the Chelsea character to explain how the writers could bring her back with my possible story idea where shed cause Hope some trouble causing Hope’s drinking to increase. I just wanted to show they could still do interesting stuff for these characters if they really wanted to.

jim
jim

OOPS! When i backspaced to edit, i didnt realize identical posts would appear.

Jim
Jim

DOOL needs to fix this Bo thing stat. Story could be: Hope and the Bradys recieve tragic news that Bo alleged died in boat accident but body found(til the get Reckal back)A distraught Hope drowns her sorrows in drink and a concerned Maggie, a former alcholic, confronts Hope about her drinking but Hope’s in denial and refuses her help. Doug and Julie try to help the troubled Hope but she sneaks drinks behind their back. After Sonny is struck by a hit and run driver, a drunked Hope is arrested for Sonny’s accident when Roman discovers Hope’s car was the one that hit Sonny. Its revealed Nick borrowed Hope’s car without her permission and is the one responsible for what happened. A tearful Will is by Sonnys bedside and the moment Will says ill always love you, Sonny finally wakes up from his coma and Sonny weakly says ill always love you. They embrace. Meanwhile, in Itally Stephano is in hospital for high blood pressure. He sees an unconciuos man in another room and tells the nurse its his son E.J. But its a lie. The man is unable to move or open his eyes but manages to say one word, ‘HOPE’. The man is the thougt dead Bo Brady! But for some sinister reason Stephano doesnt want to reveal his true identity!

Jim
Jim

i met no body found

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Yep, no body found. Or, the body is found & then disappears again for some bizarre reason…tornado? Anyway…Days has a usual episode at the end of a ratings period & after the closing credits, just before they give up the air time…we see the Fancy Face drifting in the fog…with three figures on it…two are standing and talking, while the other is sitting…and we hear that one playing a harmonica. Patch! The other two are Jack and Bo – and they’re off on some cool adventure that brings ALL 3 of them back! Yeah, I’m dreamin, I know…

jim
jim

My previous post was to show that the DOOL people could do storyline for Bo and Hope if they really wanted to do it. Bo would be lost at sea until they can work things out to get Peter Reckal to come back and if he did the part with him and Stephano would be a way to write him back in. This was all just a suggestion, nothing more. If they cant wotk it out with the actor then they should recast or kill Bo off. They could do a storyline as Hope a single mother, bring Shawn D back, and sometime down the road find romance with Rafe or someone new.

jim
jim

P.S. I was tired of no believable absence explantion for Bo unless he went up the Horton staircase and dispeared. If he just came back after a lengthy absence visiting Shawn and Belle or just killed off i could accept it. I do hear they may mention something today about it.

angie
angie

great ideas, jim. id watch it. but i predict a hope and rafe pairing and bo killed off.

cr
cr

Those are kknded good ideas, I would not kill off bo , I would recast him with a great actor maybe mark collier, lorenzo lamas, jack scalia, robert kelker kelly, etc. And hope and rafe pairing is a diaster waiting, days is trying to gain ground and writers need to write decent stories or good ones and tread lighty were the fans or viewers are concern.

cr
cr

We can have opinions on what made days ratings shoot up, all day and nite, but simple fact is that the show gain a lot of viewers and being a days fans, I’m glad, no matter what cause it.

jim
jim

me too

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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