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RATINGS: Days of our Lives #1 in 18-49 Demo for First Time Since 2006; Y&R Drops Below 3 Million Total Viewers for Second Week in a Row

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In a week which saw all four network daytime dramas airing five original episodes, there was some noteworthy changes to the ratings picture for the week of December 14-18th.

Foremost, NBC’s Days of our Lives came in at #1 for the key female 18-49 demo – this is the first time since the week of March 20-26th, 2006 that the soap has been in that position.  DAYS also was tops in the 18-49 ratings.  In addition, for the ratings week the show gained the most total viewers adding +128.000.

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Stories for the week included: Joey being freed from prison and reuniting with his parents, Steve and Kayla; while Charlie admitted to Ava that he raped Allie, and viewers learned he was Ava’s other son.

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On the converse, the top-rated The Young and the Restless has been under-performing in the ratings significantly since its return to production amid Covid-19. The show is now just under 3 million total viewers for the week for the second week in a row; even though they saw a gain of +23,000 for the week.  What is also significant is that year-to-year at this time, Y&R has lost -642,000 total viewers, according to the report from SON.

You can check out some of the numbers below for your favorite soaps.

Now it’s your turn to be our Soap Opera Armchair Quarterback.  Let us know, which soap do you think is delivering the best drama to you as we wind up 2020? What changes in story would you make to your favorite soaps to increase ratings; that you think would grab or bring back viewers?  Share your thoughts via the comment section.

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 2,993,000 (+23,000/-642,000)
2. B&B 2,588,000 (-38,000/-461,00
3. GH 2,176,000 (-14,000/-43,000)
4. DAYS 1,778,000 (+128,000/-129,000)

Households
1. Y&R 2.13/8 (same/-.59)
2. B&B 1.85/7 (-.04/-.43)
3. GH 1.56/6 (-.02/-.12)
4. DAYS 1.24/5 (+.09/-.19)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. DAYS 243,000 (+23,000/+10,000) *
2. Y&R 238,000 (-1,000/-69,000)
3. GH 233,000 (-32,000/-73,000)
4. B&B 217,000 (-19,000/-58,000)

* First time #1, with all the soaps airing, since March 20-24, 2006

Women 18-49 Rating
1. DAYS 0.37/5 (+.03/-.02) *
1. Y&R 0.37/5 (same/-.1) *
1. GH 0.36/4 (-.05/-.11) *
4. B&B 0.33/4 (-.03/-.09) <——- ties low **

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Christopher Corey
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Christopher Corey

Its time for Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith to go. The show is completely boring and lifeless. Nothing exciting about it and it needs a good jolt.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I totally agree and a cast shake-up!

Timothy Burtlow
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Timothy Burtlow

agree,needs a change, it’s boring and stale

George
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George

Agreed !!

SZima
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SZima

Congrats to Days, but that show is unwatchable to me.
If Y&R wants to retain their #1 status, they need to get rid of Adam PERIOD! I usually FF his scenes and the upcoming supposed storyline of him crashing Sharon’s wedding will be cringe-worthy for sure! Can not stand Adam being played by the current actor. And he is why I don’t “love to hate” Adam any more.
Sorry to those of you who like Adam these days.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

YES! Nothing against the actor, but the character behaves like a spoiled brat. And PLEASE give Victoria a life, instead channeling Meryl Streep from the Devil Wears Prada!

Karen Larrabure
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Karen Larrabure

I Agree with you .lol Victoria does need to get a life .

Boop
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Boop

Sorry to you since you don’t care about Adam. As far as I’m concerned , the only people who interest me on the show are Victor , Adam , and Faith.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG, what a combination. It’s pretty bad when you have to wrack your brain and still can’t figure out what characters in a show you are interested in anymore, but I’ll stick with it until it fizzles out or gets better. I think Billy still shows interest but not with Lily. I do like Chance but not Abby’s obsession to have a baby, which will probably split them up. There is only one word for Adam, pitiful! No one has any use for him, especially his family, except Victor. I do not look forward to Faith possibly becoming an alcoholic… Read more »

diane joy naismith
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diane joy naismith

adam has got to go he ruins the show

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Congratulations to Days of Our Lives. This soap, along with General Hospital have been the top two soaps of 2020. It is high time CBS look at both of their soaps, and make some major changes.
#FIREANTHONYMORINA #FIREJOSHGRIFFITH #HIREWENDYRICHE #SAVEYR #GETRIDOFBRADLEYBELL

Boop
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Boop

I love Days of Our Lives!

mike
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mike

Y&R is unwatchable. bad writing of characters you don’t want to see.

Damien
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Damien

Congrats to Days, it really deserves the attention! Its writing is constantly happening and gaining momentum! …now hopefully they can invest in sets and modernizing the scenery! $$$ Young and restless on the other hand is a complete embarrassment for the show and cbs/ sony. What a travesty what its become. Lets be honest the dismal 3 mill viewers only tune in out of habit and loyalty to the actors. Their is absolutly nothing onscreen that is remotely intresting. The ‘ young and restless characters act like seniors and vice versa of the older characters. No one cares if Jack… Read more »

Christopher Corey
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Christopher Corey

Anthony Morina is just to blame as JG. Hes producing a lifeless blah show. There needs to be a new EP.

Harry
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Harry

I agree with your every word, Damian. As far as Summer is concerned? She was more interesting as the bad girl trying to seduce her mother’s significant other or jealously trying to throw monkey wrenches into Kyle’s relationship with Lola. This writing regime swooped in and suddenly made Summer a perfect little angel with a heart of gold and while she’s still spoiled and self-entitled, she’s now also quite BORING!

Gloria
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Gloria

I think they hurt the young and restless when they broke up billy and Victoria and that Victoria never learned the trr to it’s what her father did to her about billy also she’s to belongs without nick not try he’s a poor actor

Ray
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Ray

I think DOOL has found a potential new family dynasty. How about concentrating on the Vitali mob family ties and take the show into the future? I have been surprised DOOL has a rape storyline that has featured a young woman blaming an innocent man for rape. It has seemed that Allie has been sketchy with her recollections of what happened after she passed out. The fans seemed to love Charlie from the beginning and making him the rapist is not a great long-term plan for a character that held a lot of promise. Now, the show will once again… Read more »

Timothy Burtlow
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Timothy Burtlow

congrats Days,Y&R needs a new head writer,show is so boring

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Congrats to Days; however, due to an ongoing dispute with TEGNA, (the company that owns a number of CBS and ABC stations) and AT&T Uverse and Direct TV, many ABC and CBS stations throughout the US were unable to watch their soaps. I watched GH on ABCgo.com.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

Tegna also owns NBC affiliates

Patrick
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Patrick

SHOOT and/or SHUCKS… yeah, i’m certain my city is a major affiliate. I agree w/ that this could be the reason… for the dip @CBS had been in blackout , i think for about 3 weeks. surprisingly i’ve never gone thru that… and my first thoughts – I don’t watch CBS Soaps. NEVERtheLESS… MY DAYS , oh my days to surface at #1 in key demographics… I clearly hear the disgruntle of Y&R Fan… and it’s kinda amazing to show REAL numbers,perhaps… the disparity between Y&R AND DAYS : #1. 2,993,000 – #4. 1,778,000 = 1,215,000. it’s astonishing how far… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I’m not surprised Y&R’s ratings have tanked. I fast forward through almost the entire show only stopping to see Theo, Lola and Mariah. I do kind of like Sharon and Rey. But Theo is gone and Lola and Mariah have been relegated to playing the role of listening and supportive friend with no story of their own. Jason Thompson is an amazing talent but the one-man Billy show is tedious and boring. Last week an entire episode was dedicated to Billy’s nightmare. I hate fiction within fiction on soap operas! Then there’s Adam on rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat.… Read more »

Lala
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Lala

Thank you . I very much agree with you ! Lola & Kyle s overnight split was ridiculous.

Rodd
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Rodd

First, congratulations to DAYS! Second, I will forever wonder about how these ratings are obtained/measured. I’ve never been asked what I watch and I’ve been watching soaps since I was a kid.
Second, how GH isn’t doing better in the ratings when it is firing on all cylinders almost all the time since returning is beyond me, again. Watch GH if you aren’t. It’s super-good!

Margie Ranc
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Margie Ranc

agree

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith has to go, he should have been sent out the door last summer when he let Gina T (the best actress of our generation) for Michelle S. The biggest mistake and for CBS to let him do that was CBS fault as well. Bring back Gina T and she will bring many back to the show. Get rid of Josh immediately like yesterday. Y&R was so exciting for 5 straight years with Gina T on it and the whole cast was awesome, after letting GINA T go, the show went to shits! Bye Bye Josh… Read more »

Rachel
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Rachel

I watch GH and Y&R. Y&R seems to be missing the mark on chemistry between characters. It’s not the COVID distance thing, it’s IMO, bad pairings. As much as I like Michelle Stafford, I prefer Gina Tognoni’s fire, energy, and strength in her version of Phyllis. I liked her with Billy and believed that chemistry. I’m a huge fan of Jason Thompson, but I’m tired of the Billy woes. Billy, played by Scott, shines better as a cocky, confident guy than a weak Billy. Billy is best when he’s on the verge of a relationship he probably shouldn’t be in,… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Bravo Rachel! Well said. You pretty much crystallized my sentiments about both GH and Y&R for me.

Matthew M
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Matthew M

Curious, GH and Days seem to be able to produce their shows with actors still interacting while on CBS it is overly obviously how they are shooting around COVID – same sets every day – people not even shaking hands… yet on Days and GH – everyone is up close! Can you explain it?

Ozzie Lee
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Ozzie Lee

I’m astounded that Josh Griffith is still the head writer. The show is circling the drain of boring-ness. No compelling stories…or dialogue. Just NOTHING…of substance. I haven’t watched in months. Just waiting to read the announcement that Josh Griffith has been replaced.

Boop
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Boop

General Hospital : I’ll say what I’ve always said about the show ; it’s too one sided in favor of Sonny and family. I fail to understand how everyone in Sonny’s family love him and the other mob family members hate their family ; however , love Sonny. It still puzzles me as to how Michael calls the man who killed his father , dad without a second thought. Plus, how Sam hates Julian , yet , loves Jason and Sonny . I don’t have to be reminded that Julian tried to kill her mother ; however , Sonny and… Read more »

Diane Hansen
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Diane Hansen

That’s what happens when you kill off half of the best super couple (Justin & Adrienne)

Momo
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Momo

Good for Days. It is the best soap on TV. I don’t know why their ratings aren’t higher.

Su000
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Su000

Y&R is weak,no longer impressive..
I believe the way it gets high viewers/ratings all these year is by a high tech VPN or something in-kind- a maneuver behind the curtain to pull in those numbers.
During the past decades there have been many soaps much better than Y&R.
It is not probable for Y&R to never once, not once fall behind another soap.
Someone should look into that, yes they should.

Louie Y
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Louie Y

Days is so bad right now with all the plot driven out of character writing. The only thing that saves it for me is the actors involved in this rape mess. I do no understand how that show gained over 100K from week to week and others had such small numbers. There has been no trend indication. I understand it was a pretty significant anniversary week so maybe fans tuned into see if something special was happening. Leave dead people such as obsessive Ava and others dead. It’s ridiculous.

Brandy
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Brandy

Not surprised B&B is doing so badly. The writing is atrocious, especially for the Steffy and Hope characters. I’d be willing to put money on that same writing is why women from the 18-49 category have switched off. We’ve seen some awesome declarations from both Steffy and Hope in the past about how they were done with the Toxic Liam, and then they backtrack. Who wants to see that?!

Deanna
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Deanna

Adam is just not a good actor ! He should’ve stuck to Modelling. He just can’t do it and I’m FF all his scenes ! He sounds like he’s yelling his lines when talking to his paralyzed wife . ‍♀️

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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