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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Gains The Most Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of September 5th through the 9th, and it appears that the first week of new DAYS head writing team, Dena Higley and Ryan Quan, has given the NBC soap an uptick in viewership!  Higley and Quan’s first major storyline revolves around the three super-villains (Orpheus, Clyde and Xander) inflitrating Salem to cause havoc for many beloved characters, and it seems to be piquing viewers interest.

DAYS gained the most total viewers for the week adding +91,000, bringing their average weekly tally to 2,249,000.  In addition, DAYS also gained the most viewers in the key 18-34 and 25-54 womens demos for the week.  The series also added eyeballs in the 18-49 female category.  While the jury is still out, and it’s only Higley and Quan’s first week of material that has aired, fans of the long-running soap are hoping that the show will continue to generate excitement so the numbers continue in the positive.

The only other soap to gain viewers for the week was ABC’s General Hospital.  The show added +32,000, bringing their total to 2,620,000. GH also added the most viewers in the womens 18-49 demo with +14,000.  The gang in Port Charles also saw small bumps to the positive in the 18-34 and 25-54 categories.  On the negative side, GH tied an all-time low for the 7th straight week on viewers 18-34 ratings share.

It was not a good week for the CBS Daytime soaps of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Y&R lost the most viewers of all the network soaps for the week with -136,000, and tied an all-time low in the ratings share for women 18-49, and in addition was on the minus side in the demo categories.  The Bold and the Beautiful while losing -59,000 in total viewership, also hit an all-time low in the 18-49 womens demo, as well as tying all-time lows in the ratings share of 18-49 and 18-34 female fans.

Of note: Monday’s episode of the ratings period did not count for those shows that aired repeat broadcasts due to Labor Day.  To view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON, view it here.Nmbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,624,000 (-136,000/+61,000)
2. B&B 3,699,000 (-59,000/+251,000)
3. GH 2,620,000 (+32,000/-145,000)
4. DAYS 2,249,000 (+91,000/-221,000)

So, what soap delivered the best drama during the ratings week? Which daytime drama is piquing your interest right now? Which is not? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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This past week’s DAYS episodes for which the ratings haven’t been tabulated were even better! This coming week is when the prison escapees orchestrate a blackout! Chills and thrills ahead!

Days did seem a little better this week-still hate seeing Teresa being let go…GH still feels disjointed…but its ok…i believe Finn was married to Finns daughter-but Finn doesnt know Paul was his wife’s poppa-so whatever happened to his daughter Paul blames Finn(maybe he experimented on her hoping to cure his illness and it backfired resulting in Susan’s death or maybe an operation that went wrong crippling her or something) so Paul is killing people at the hospital to frame Finn…this serial killer story is dumb and an epic fail…all these murders at the hospital…why would anyone want to continue to work or be a patient there…where are security cameras and wouldnt the hospital have police or security guards everywhere?…ya’ thunk!!!-lol

And Nelle is most likely Nina’s daughter like in my original guess …???

“OH” – OK … – Wow –

“added eyeballs” gains

LOL

my DAYS

listen Ryan Quan and Dena Higley… CLEAN SLATE… all the opportunities lies with

foreseeable gains :

Leann Hunley ; Anna DiMera
Christie Clark : Carrie Brady
Austin Peck : Austin Reed

Patsy Pease ; Kimberly Donovan
Charles Shaughnessy ; Shane Donovan

Kassie DePaiva: Eve Donovan

THE BEST

Still not watching. Now I’m watching Y&R and will be glued to it big time with SSM back as head writer!

I’m intrigued with the new HW at Y&R as well. After the Tyler Christopher debacle at GH I am done there, and I am wondering whether I should move to Y&R or just simply find another interest and give up soaps all together at this point.

IMO Y&R is worth a try, esp with SSM back on board. Also, you may want to give Brit soaps a try: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, and Eastenders. These soaps are top notch. Hope this helps!

Days is the best!!!!

James Read and Kassie DePaivs brought me back. Wake Days TPTB. Say nope to Hope.

I agree, Hope has been on the front burner forever. We need a serious break from her for a while.

I agree too; Hope & Rafe suck as a couple, and Hope is such a bland character now. Wish she’d be backburnered for a month!

I’m not surprised about DAYS. They have all those great-looking guys like Eric Martsolf, Casey Moss, Christopher Sean, Robert Scott Wilson (now gone), plus the return of Freddie Smith. Talk about an embarrassment of riches! It almost makes up for all those dreary sets and violent plots. Almost.

i’m going to nudge you over… “almost” their

LOL

“…Talk about an embarrassment of riches! ”

menfolk, LIVE

you left off Billy Flynn and Wally Kurth… Daniel Cosgrove, Galen Gerring

It’s true, even the actors that play Rafe, Aiden and with Austin Peck coming back too.

Well it is about time Days did something to liven up the show.It was good to see Cassie back as well.

Did anyone get a chance to check out Kate ( ex-Abby) on the Lifetime Movie Channel this past Friday night? Lets just say she was the complete opposite of Abby.More like Ben however she did a great job .It was a very good movie you should check it out if you can. Speaking for myself I loved it,but then again I love suspense and mysteries.

Been watching this show forever this is the best I have seen it in two years they really need to keep this Orpheus thing going and maybe bring his wife back like she had Amnesia or something so his broken heart will mend I love this show it’s the only one not follow one day I’ll get to meet all those people because God knows I feel like I know them but in reality I just know the characters not the people

DOOL and GH have been great this week. The death of Sabrina and attack on Monica. Whoa!!!! And bad guys on DAYS waiting I the wings to strike with a city wide blackout? Thrilling times ahead. Especially as we enter the holidays and rating always go up. Come DOOL, keep it coming strong for another year!!

I’m glad Days will have Carrie, Austin, Kimberly, Shane and Nancy back, I just hope they aren’t short term. The show needs the big guns. I just wish they wouldn’t only do it in the last few months of each year just to be renewed.

But I’m really glad that Y&R has Sally back and Pratt out, I’m excited to see what she and Mal Young bring.

Days has been good a few weeks now and General Hospital hasn’t been bad. I’m enjoying all four Soaps , now. Keep this good writing going. Except for Sonny , I ‘m excited about G.H ; they’re giving him too much of a free rein to listen in on police business and enter jail cells freely.

General Hospital & Days are the best!!! Love Cassie, hope Days keeps one of its best on the show! Also keep Teresa, love her! These two sisters make a great team along with Nicole. Kayla is being a baby about Steve, if she loves him take him back… would she want him with another woman? Bringing back the 3 evils certainly is entertaining. I don’t care for Carrie Brady and Austin, their boring. I hope Kate Mansi changes her mind and comes back!! For goodness sake, give Jennifer a MAN !!
As for GH… I love Finn!! They have some outstanding actors on GH!!
As for Bold and the Beautiful…. Steffy is a spoiled baby, she needs to go back to Wyatt if she really loves him and stop using Quinn as an excuse for pinning after Liam! She’s already cheated on Wyatt by kissing Liam. Wyatt should dump her and Liam should hook up with someone else, boo hoo Steffy.

Days of OUR Lives : NEW headwriting team; September 6, 2016; Ryan Quan and Dena Higley

GH : renewal stat : September 18, 2016; FV and Jelly… same trio from a year ago

Y&R: NEW EP : Mal Young… and new headwriter Sally Sussman

steady influx

comings and goings are

So happy past favorites are returning…but for how long?? HELLO new writers…STOP killing off favorite for characters!!! GET BACK TO CORE FAMILIES!!! Maybe Jennifer (YES give her a man/solid story) is head of Horton family and Kayla/Steve (Kayla’s brain surgery knocks some sense into her) head of Brady family!! Write some stories that made DOOL so great to begin with!! Stop the revolving door and please try to remember the characters history (Phillip returned with his previously amputated leg in tact…really?!?!). Long time viewers are not dumb. And how many dead people come back to life? Didn’t Ken Corday say the dead will remain dead?!?!

I started watching Days with my grandmother than with my mother,. My daughter watched it with my mother and herdaughter my grand daughter watches it with me. Four generations of DOOL fans. Would’t change to another soap for any reason. We all have our good and bad days weeks months ., but i’m still fairhful to the show. Love all the DOOL family keep up all the good work.

DOOL needs to get those ratings up, tho. Way too low. DOOL needs to overtake GH before year’s end to really have a chance to shine.

Well, GH is doing everything possible to ensure DOOL’s chances.

I have watched B&B for a while, only 30 mins, a guilty pleasure most of the time. I’ll watch Y&R now that Sally Sussman is back as HW. I won’t watch DOOL or GH until things improve, so I won’t be watching either for the next year or so.

Are you kidding me? DAYS’s numbers are still close to all-time lows and way below TomSell’s number last numbers, especially in the key demos. They’re still below 400,000 in women 18-49 and have been so for six months. Just to compare: TomSell had ONE single week below 400,000 and before they were fired, the numbers were always around or above 500,000. Higley has destroyed this show, and no amount of desperate spin can change that. It’s totally insane that NBC allows Higley to stay as head writer for even one more day. Her Days-truction, i. e. murdering, axing and destroying fan faves to “celebrate” the 50th anniversary, resulted in the lowest ratings ever. And those ridiculous “gains” are only more proof of the disastrous state this show is in. The ex-viewers just don’t care about the show anymore, as long as Higley is there and the whole damage she did isn’t COMPLETELY undone! #BringTomSellBack

You don’t know what you’re talking about, Megan!

These ratings are for the first week of the new writing team of DH & RQ. She wasn’t writing when DAYS was less exciting which caused lower ratings. And Ryan Quan has never been a Co-headwriter for DAYS until now.

Megan, ITA. For me DOOL is a Daysaster! I cannot watch until it improves. Same for GH. Not going to wast time on shows I no longer enjoy. Thanks for the great post!

The show still isn’t good and the ratings are still terrible. Higley and Griffin helped destroy Days and she is still there further ruining the show with her anti-fan agenda and pandering to her favorites.

I’m glad to see Orpheus back because it gives Jarlena and Stayla a story. Love the flashbacks! Soaps should always show lots of flashbacks when they bring back a long-gone character, to refresh our memories! And there are plenty of newer viewers who don’t know who the character is (Orpheus was even before MY time!) so bravo to DAYS. Clyde and Orpheus are funny together, but I could have done without him and Zander.

I’m glad the ratings are better, because the ratings in the most recent SOD are abysmal.

I’m enjoying Orpheus. I may have seen him when he was first on, but it was so long ago, I don’t remember. I googled the storyline to refresh my memory. It is also nice that the show has some flashbacks.

I hope the show continues to improve. One way would be to get Kate out of her foyer. Move her into the house. It’s ridiculous that she conducts all her business in the hallway.

Okay, this may be a little off-topic but on Days of Our Lives, young Claire has been left behind contingent on the agreement that she stays with Marlena and John and stays under their watchful eye. Okay, that is at least believable.
So Marlena confronts young Claire and says “we promised to keep you safe, and there are bad people around”.
Marlena then brings Claire to the Park.
Yes, all right, uh huh, because the Park is definitely a safe haven. I always say, if you want to feel safe and secure, find a Park because nothing bad ever happens in
a Park.
HONESTLY for goodness sake build another Set!

DOOL is improving, and so is B&B. Unfortunately, they still aren’t where they need to be. On B&B, I’m so sick of Ridge and Steffy! Annoying, selfish, bratty little twats! Send them OUT! As for DOOL, it’s getting good but Ciara is such a brat and Claire is starting to become one as well. I’m also beyond bored of the Aiden/Hope/Rafe storyline. Hope and Rafe have no chemistry and are totally our of character. Aiden has no reason to be on the show. And Andre is a bland character. Did we really need yet another villain?

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

Photo: JPI

Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

Photo: JPI

From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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