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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

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The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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Joanne
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Billy Miller’s exit cost GH a lot of viewers. People have had enough of the “Steve Burton Show”. Y&R is beyond pathetic. Their large elderly audience has kept them #1, Josh Griffith’s writing is running them off by the hundreds of thousands.

DzzDee
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DzzDee

Your opinion only. Steve Burton is a fine actor and make a great Jason character.

Chris
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Chris

Agree. Steve Burton isn’t the problem. terrible writing, overwrought direction and the dragging out of this ridiculous Shiloh storyline is. I am one of the lost viewers, and I’m sure there will be more if they don’t find a way to tie in some classic ABC soaps into GH… I’d start by finally writing the OLTL and AMC crossovers now. Bo and Nora are already known to the Current GH watchers.. have Matthew and Destiny be parents to a new kid in one of the GH Kids classes, Nora and Bo relocate to help M&D with their family and get… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I don’t think it’s Burton’s fault that the stories are badly written and all over the place. I agree with you about Miller though. Both he and the fans were given a raw deal. Drew leaves without even been given an exit story line and Franco is the one who gets his memories. To say this story arc is anti-climatic and unsatisfying is the understatement of the century/

Boop
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Boop

I agree; G.H. gives Jason and Sonny too much of a free rein in police business. Also, we never see Laura at her office; she’s too friendly with the mob element. I’m trying to understand the comment about Y&R’s large elderly audience aiding in its number one status ; I hope that’s not a demeaning statement about the elderly . Since you evidently aren’t there yet , one day that statement will slap you hard in the face.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Congrats DAYS! Awesome news to get 3rd ranking! And WISE words from… Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”. So True! I am behind a few months with DAYS and hope to catch up soon and I definitely look forward to watching Robin’s version of Vivian! I know she was the 1st Rachel Cory on Another World, but I only began watching AW after her departure. I know from OLTL, that Robin Strasser is a powerhouse of a performer and am so pleased that she’s in Daytime and on DAYS. I can’t wait to see her scenes. And, yeah, Robin is… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

They have been slipping for weeks maybe time to let it gi

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Hm, it seems like Josh Griffith’s plan of resetting Y&R to storylines from 2 years ago isn’t paying off yet. Happy for Days; it is the most consistently entertaining soap right now.

Claudio
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Claudio

Bravo to Days, the show is on fire right now. I miss my madam Louise Sorel as Vivian, she is the original Vivian Alamain, I love Robin Strasser but sorry folks she is not Vivian to me. Thank God Robin only signed for 15 episodes. The storylines are on fire right now, GH is terrible right now, the ratings are falling for GH. Not a good show right now.

Boop
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Boop

Strasser is holding her own ; which I knew that she would. I want her to stay!

Emma
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Emma

Days Of Our Lives deserves the big ratings, they are getting right now. The only thing that I want right now, is to bring back Bo Brady, recast the role if they have to. DR Rolf can revive Bo Brady.

Satan
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Satan

No more recasts as long as ReRon is writing. Every one so far has been horrible.

The one time they tried a Bo Brady recast he was barely tolerable, and if you watch GH you know how ReRon wrote for that guy. Hard pass on that!

Chris
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Chris

The new ( not so new now) Kristen is doing a knock out job! I also love Tyler Christopher but his replacement is great! Now he’s leaving 🙁
My point is ..great job recasts!

Satan
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Satan

The “new” Kristen is a cartoon character. Original Kristen always had some borderline psychopath tendencies, but this is version is as much of a joke as Susan (who was actually written that way). Same with the current miscast “Vivian” and whatever that bugeyed freak was a few months back who bore no resemblance whatsoever to the historical Diana Colville. And for the love of all that’s unholy, don’t get a Devil started on that unwatchable mess that has blasphemized the unholy name of Eve Donovan. Nothinng against Brandon Barash, but all I see when I look at him is Johnny… Read more »

Boop
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Boop

You’re living up to your name , Satan ; however, you don’t bother this saint with those comments.

Boop
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Boop

I totally agree with you , Chris. Keep the good re-casts coming.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I am anxious to see how or who will kill off Stefan. I hope they get rid of his mother as well. I can not stand that woman! I liked Robin Strasser years ago on OLTL, but now she is a little long in the tooth, to put it bluntly, and all that makeup and dyed hair does more harm than good.

Boop
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Boop

Keep living ; then tell us about your looks.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Boop
I am 86 and all the money in the world could not make me look like she does. Furthermore, I wasn’t commenting on her real looks but mostly the theatrical makeup and God awful wigs.

Boop
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Boop

Thanks Violet for correcting me. Assumptions are truly just what the word means. I assumed that you were a younger person writing about an older one . Thanks again for informing me . Plus, God bless you at 86 ; I’m trying to make my three score years and ten. (70)

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Boop,
No worries, it was just a misunderstanding.Seventy? ha, ha you are still a spring chicken, I’m an old hen.

Melinda Waugh
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Melinda Waugh

Bring back boe Peter

mike
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mike

Everyone tuned in to see Robin, and it was worth it.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I was wondering if that would have had an impact because I can’t help but think that you’re right.

Chris
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Chris

She’s wonderful!

Timothy Burtlow
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Timothy Burtlow

Y&R needs to get rid of Josh,it’s clear recreating the past isn’t working

DzzDee
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DzzDee

I am going have to start watching DOOL, I like Dorian on OLTL

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

good for days the show is the best of the bunch restless and hospital are both unwatchable it is about time days got the credit it deserves

Chris
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Chris

My big complaint about GH is they draaaaag story lines on way too long ….The Drew thing and Michael’s baby!
Come on now

Tom
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Tom

GH was the only one of the 4 that didn’t air a new episode on Labor Day. The numbers are skewed because of this, let’s not get too upset.

DMRR
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DMRR

#GH in last place doesn’t surprise me. Boyfriends leading the charge in scenes and storylines result in bad ratings. Horrible actor.

Harry
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Harry

I wanted to point out that I didn’t watch Y&R for a few weeks because of the wrangling which was occurring between AT&T and CBS. CBS was blacked out for about 3 weeks for me and hence, no Y&R. I believe the ratings are reflective of his.
GH is in last place because Frank Valentine refuses to give viewers what they want and continues to force feed us his favorites. It’s abysmal and depressing, and I fast forward through much of it.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Harry,
OMG, three weeks with no Y&R? Did you have any withdrawal symptoms? I would have. I’ve never heard of a network doing that, but after the past few days, I almost wish CNN would do just that.

Momo
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Momo

Good for Days. It’s the best of the four. Watch!!!

su000
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su000

GH needs new writers new everything.
It has grown old and stale, a moldy soap..
Get rid of All the writers and producers and bring in new fresh minds,
Out with the old in with the new.
If not GH will die from stagnation.

Boop
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Boop

If Sonny , Jason , Carly , and Sam aren’t anchors around the residents’ necks; nobody else is! Days is my number one Soap.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

These overall ratings are TERRIBLE. While there may be a momentary increase for one or more of them (such as Days in this rating period), the trend for every one of them is downward and has been that way for years. How much lower can each of these shows drop before one (or more) of them is taken off the air? Whether you personally loved or hated an individual producer or head writer for any of these shows over the past decade, none of them are delivering where it truly counts —- ratings. I’ve been a soap watcher for decades… Read more »

david adam
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david adam

I love days of our life life so are the days of our life

david adam
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david adam

i love days of our life how do i write to the one who plays jack.

LIS
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LIS

We shall see if it can maintain its increase but I doubt it. Days always blows it. However, I love the Julie character and her interactions with her grandson Eli and Gabi, she is fierce, and this is coming from an African American. Wish they would bring back her son and Eli’s father David as well as Valerie to give Abe something to do.

Deborah OShane
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Deborah OShane

Days of Our Lives is the only soa I Watch i have been watching it since 1965. Getting better every. Day

Debra
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Debra

Please get Gabbi out Eli and Lani together and get rid of Princess Gina FOREVER

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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