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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Red Hot!

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The ratings are out for the week of February 5th through the 9th, and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives who gained an impressive +117,000 total viewers, and even more impressive is that the show under head writer Ron Carlivati is up +320,000 in viewers from last year at this time.

DAYS in the total viewer category is now only +156,000 viewers away from third place General Hospital (2,529,000  to 2,529,000, respectively). During the ratings week, the fallout from Andre’s murder played heavily in Salem.  In addition, DAYS is in 3rd place in the womens 18-49 demo ahead of The Bold and the Beautiful.  The 52-year-0ld daytime drama was the only network soap to show increases in all key demos for the week including: women 18-34 and 25-56.

The Young and the Restless gained +74,000 total viewers for the week, but they have tied an all-time low for the second week in a row for the ratings share in the womens 18-49 and 18-34 demo. The Bold and the Beautiful gained +26,000 total viewers, but both CBS Daytime dramas are down in viewers from last year at this time.  B&B also hit an all-time low in the 18-34 total viewer demo.

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As for General Hospital, the ABC soap was the only soap to lose total viewers for the week with -63,000. GH also lost viewers in all the key demos for the ratings period.  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,448,000 (+74,000/-96,000)
2. B&B 3,617,000 (+26,000/-55,000)
3. GH 2,685,000 (-63,000/+48,000)
4. DAYS 2,529,000 (+117,000/+320,000)

So, what do you think of the performance of DAYS is the ratings?  Which soap is the most on fire?  Which is not?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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rebecca1
rebecca1

Good for DOOL! I was thinking about some people feeling that the multiple personality story was just Ron doing the Vicki/Nicki…Jess/Tess OLTL and Connie/Kate GH stories…but Abigail didn’t just split into a different person; she took on the identity of her friend. Very different than having multiple personalities of yourself…each “fighting” to gain control and leading different lives. Abby as Gabby is an interesting twist to his other incarnations.

As for GH? I think it’s been great. Not sure when these numbers are calculated but if they’re after Genie Francis was “demoted” that probably accounts for the huge drop in ratings. I like Genie and I like Laura…not enough to stop watching and not enough to want the show to take such a hit that it’s canceled. If there is a correlation the powers-that-be have a choice to make: if they WANT the show to continue they’ll bring her back; if they want it to fail this might just be the out they needed to justify cancellation.

blake
blake

I agree, I really like “Gabigail”, she’s the best character on the show!

Harry
Harry

Numbers are down for GH because of a ton of viewers started boycotting GH when they got rid of Genie.

Jaime T
Jaime T

Im doing the same for the destruction of PATCH and the constant hiring of the worst

Celia
Celia

Isn’t she, though, blake?….. never thought this is where TPTB would go with Abbi….but, it’s working.
I said from the onset that the culprit would be Abbi or Gabi……the least people we would suspect.
However, I feel something is not right about this…..Abbi is being ‘maneuvered’ by something or someone.
Would Stefano kill his own son to reach some twisted goal? Yes!!

blake
blake

GH’s numbers have not been great even when Genie Francis was on. The show is in a rut, nothing exciting in a long time.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Yeeoooouuuch! Rebecca, you have properly called me out. Mea culpa…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I’ve certainly been a supporter of the Me Too movement and will continue as such. While I do miss the actor in that role, I wasn’t thinking: a moment of thoughtlessness on my part…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL, Jamesj! You know I luv ya…just a bit of tough luv to snap you back to your senses!:)

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Ha!

su0000
su0000

WHOA !!!!!
DAYS is now only +156,000 viewers away from third place General Hospital (2,529,000 to 2,529,000,,,,

RC will bring it home!!!
GH made a huge mistake letting Ron go and by doing so that created a biggly uuuuggge competition.

Ron Carlivati is up +320,000 in viewers from last year at this time.

( GH has lost more than gained )

If RC keeps rollin on Days will be atop GH sooner than latter

(( Day’s has Bad guys, real Bad Guys for excitement and thrills))
(( seems; many don’t want to watch GH a dull boring soap of Saints ))

GH needs to go back to it’s core , it’s cornerstone, the crime families and the good/bad guys along with exciting love stories and the couples and their life and death adventures ..

GH was never a Traditional soap, it was never as the other soap it was stand alone unique.. until 2013. GH rocked, since 2013 GH has lost it’s being …

Celia
Celia

PS, su….I am so absentminded , LOL….forgot to prays both Days and Ron.
DOOL is starting to gain momentum….it’s bringing it !! Love the stories….can’t wait for Theresa to ‘sock it’ to Brady. Ugh…
I guess I haven’t given Ron enough credit. Good show!!

Celia
Celia

Praise….as I said, autocorrect has a mind of its own.
Also, su, have you started watching Days?…. or are you just comparing? I think you should, seiously, start watching, my friend….try it once, you’ll be hooked!

Gerri
Gerri

Not hooked turned off. Days has no romance its all about the villains and the good are written off. No heart in Carlivati’s soul less Days

su0000
su0000

hi Celia..
I tune into Days off and on mostly off lol
I have to give kudos to all that can watch 4 or 3 soaps I have to push GH and Y&R into my late-night hour before sleep.

good thing I watch online I can watch both soaps in an hour of time..

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

General Hospital needed to let Ron go. Sorry, but he was truly bad there. Yes, he might’ve had some bright spots, but, for the most part, his story-telling was stale and very boring to watch. And you saying GH lost its being in 2013 means you couldn’t have liked Carlivati’s regime, since he was there in 2013.

Honestly, I feel like the current regime of Shelly Altman and Chris Van Etten are doing a great job with the soap.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Agree, Scott. I think GH is more stable now and less ‘out there’ in its stories. Still, I find it lacking in many ways. GH always has been the more adventurous soap but after decades of Gothic sci-fi and mob violence, I long for something more authentic, especially with the hospital setting at the core.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I agree with you 100% Scott…

su0000
su0000

hi Scott..
I said ” since 2013 GH has lost it’s being ” ..
to mention; the black and white 50th was outstanding, it was noted as a ‘hall of fame” ..
RC is a brave writer, he will cross the traditional boundaries 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Iakovos…Mike’s alzheimer story is as authentic as it gets and extremely well done. Breaks my heart and I would have rather they brought Mike back for a different type of story so that we’d have this wonderful character on for the duration…but his diagnosis will end him unless they find out he’s been misdiagnosed or his medication halts the progression for years to come.

Hating the “diagnosis”; loving the heart and soul behind it. Both Max Gail and Maurice are about as real as it gets…incredibly poignant. Can’t watch their scenes without getting misty.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Iakovos, the issue is that GH can either be hot or cold; there is no “just right” with them, unfortunately. Chris Van Etten has added some stability, but it lacks in something ultra interesting to grasp onto.

blake
blake

I agree, so great to see Days finally getting the ratings it deserves!

Celia
Celia

DOOL has me enthralled…yet, I am still on the fence about Abbi as Gabi….makes no sense.
Is her mental disease so far gone for her to adopt Gabi’s persona? So very different from before….then again, Abby Devereaux is Laura’s granddaughter.
I await where this story leads with anticipation….

Shay
Shay

”Abbi as Gabi?” Sounds like a nursery rhyme….Lol.

Celia
Celia

I’m glad you tune in, at your convenience, SuzieQ……so do I…late, at night when the little ‘noisemakers’ are asleep—thank goodness for DVR’s, eh? relax-time….mostly, the only time my husband and I have alone, together.
But, I do watch during the day, as well….my son gets home from school just as GH comes on….he’s eight and still in love with Maxie, LOL…..albeit, he’s a bit confused about her little baby bump.
Ahh, to be that innocent, again….

Celia
Celia

HaHaHa…..you’re right, Shaybelle! Well, look at that !….Abbi Gabi…or a cartoon? Yabba dabba doo?..

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It would be more fun, Shay, with the return of Eugene, the cabbie! lol

Mateo
Mateo

DAYS has my respect for coming back fighting. Ron Carlivati is hot as hell when it comes to scripting the show. I would be happy to see DAYS and Y&R battle it out for ratings. While the cast on Y&R is perfection, the majority of their stories are lacking right now. Focus on people I don’t care about. But DAYS needs to keep the momentum going because they can do it under the pen of Ron. Kudos DAYS you won my respect back.

Lia
Lia

Bull. Days is still in last place and the viewer gain are Tyler Christopher’s fans from GH. Carlivati’s story wouldn’t lead a thirsty horse to water.

Carrie
Carrie

I agree with you Lia.

Alan
Alan

DAYS is definitely benefiting from Ron’s love of the genre and his varied storytelling that is giving all the cast — including vets — airtime. The Abby/Gabby plot has a lot of potential and each episode advances story and leaves me wanting more. This is definitely the show to beat right now and I’m glad to see the ratings reflecting that.

B&B never holds my interest for long because of its repetitive brand of storytelling, plus any story that involves Liam, Wyatt, or Steffy as romantic leads has me changing the channel — I just don’t get the appeal of that trio. And whatever happend to those teens who had the twenty minute “Don’t text and drive” story last summer?

GH continues to be a Sonny-centric mess with liberal doses of daytime’s most boring triangle Jason/Sam/Drew. Out of five hours this week, I would venture to say I fast-forwarded through at least four hours of it simply because it featured Sonny, Carly, Sam, Jason, or Drew. Maura West and Michelle Stafford are the only reasons I even watch at this point.

Y&R is a complete disappointment. Mal Young has been head writer for almost six months and there doesn’t seem to be any long term story in place — actually I can’t think of anything resembling a story on the show right now, just lots of random scenes that don’t add up to anything worth investing my time in. The Chelsea exit was so out of left field and completely plot driven and after Friday’s episode I still don’t understand why Chelsea did anything she did (except that plot required her to do it because Melissa Claire Egan is leaving). A major problem with the show is its rushed pace with a lot things happening off camera that people talk about (Hilary’s insemination; Nikki’s affair with Arturo; Rainbow Gardens; Devon’s romance with Simone) and a general lack of direction for the characters. And as I asked in a previous post — if there is no story in place what is the show rushing to get to?

Shay
Shay

@Alan…Terming GH a “Sonny-centric mess” is a true understatement! Ditto for the strangely somnambulant Drew-Sam-Jason triangle to which you have alluded….it started out promisingly enough, but has become a real snoozer. However, in addition to that sad truth, how could anyone be surprised that this soap experienced a significant drop in ratings after unceremoniously dumping one of its most iconic, beloved and respected characters of all time, in favor of giving her role in the highly-anticipated mayoral storyline to an over-the-hill hussy obsessed with her own sexual gratification? Why the showrunners could even consider such an unsuitable substitute for the adored, substantial Laura in a woman who has apparently proudly become Port Charles’ “town bicycle” is beyond me! When one speaks of Alexis, the old saying “Any port in a storm” comes to mind, which is hardly an enviable position for any female to be in, let alone a former(?) lush and unapologetic libertine pushing 60 who repeatedly revels in behaving like she’s 16! Not exactly a role model for the youth of the city by any stretch of the imagination! If constantly propping up this seriously checkered character is the best GH has to offer, then this one-time top-notch show really has hopelessly lost the plot!

Celia
Celia

Alan, your logic never fails to amaze me…..it assuages any doubt that what you write is, indeed, what it is ( if that makes any sense).
Your style of penning what’s what makes it so simple to believe your word as gospel….have I told you lately what a great reviewer you are?—you truly have that rare gift of summarizing and encapsulating any writing without breaking a sweat…..
Thank you….I could read you forever, without boredom.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I agree Celia, I love Alan’s writing which he does extremely well.

Celia
Celia

@Kevin C.
Hey, Kevin,
For sure, my friend……Alan caught my eye not long after I started enjying the” The Michael Fairman On Air Soaps”, LOL, that’s a mouthful.
No flowery words….just tells it like it is, yeah!

Beth
Beth

So B&B’s 88th wedding for Bridge wasn’t Must See TV? And the return of the Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle Part 7 isn’t riveting for fans? I wish that B&B would take some risks, real risks, with story and try to improve the show. I’m a fan of Ingo Rademacher, but he’s floundering right now, unable to get traction, without a potential love interest, and with no real purpose. B&B is in bad, bad shape.

Good for Days, and I’m hopeful GH will improve. Maybe after Y&R stops focusing on Chelsea and her exit, it can go back to compelling storytelling.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I do wish CBS had more creative control with The Bold and the Beautiful, because Brad Bell needs to be taken out of his positions. His dual role as executive producer and head writer is not working anymore, and a major shakeup is needed to give us something new and amazing! As for Ingo, I love him, but Thorne is not the right character for him. The storyline they’re telling could have been told with Winsor Harmon, and I don’t get why it wasn’t. It was a stupid recast decision by Bell, again, proving he cannot handle what his job is requiring of him right now.

Iakovos
Iakovos

More agreement, Scott. B&B is just in a holding pattern, a do-si-do of bedhopping and improbable romances. Lowest common denominator. No corporate drama. No lasting unions. No romance. What about relevant stories about #metoo or really spotlighting an issue for more than two special episodes. B&B is but empty calories, and not tasty ones at that.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Unfortunately, Brad Bell only does those kind of storylines — a-la the corporate takeover of Forrester, Maya’s transgender storyline, etc. — for Emmy submission. Then, once he’s done that, he goes back to his rinse-recycle pattern of story-telling. He is proof that keeping the same regime for a longer period of time does not always work. Yes, people may like him behind-the-scenes, but he is not the right person to be running the show anymore. I’m hoping that sometime this year we might get a shakeup.

Becky Franklin
Becky Franklin

Fantastic! This show is on fire as is Ron Carlivati. Loving double, the addition of Tyler Christopher, too many to mention. Love it all. Thanks Ron, cast and crew.

Gibbt
Gibbt

DAYS is tops at storytelling right now. RC has it hitting on so many fronts. GH continues to be hit & miss. B&B is one broken record. It is a recycling of stories & triangles. Y&R is simply awful. The Chelsea exit is insultingly poorly written, with the Jack/Ashley conflict ridiculous. The rest is a long boring slog. CBS needs to dump Mal Young. He’s terrible.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Hi Gibbt, YES, CBS get rid of Mal Young…I will watch for the 45th anniversary to see how he handles faves coming back but Y&R needs HELP BIG TIME, CBS/Sony, wake up and see that Mal Young is not the answer to this once wonderful show and please rehire Jack Allocco and David Kurtz to handle the background music.

Maca
Maca

I’m so happy for days I love days!!!!

rpm
rpm

Days continues its hot streak! Good for ron and the cast of Days!

Steven
Steven

Yes congrats too nbc soap.the best writer ever Ron Carlivati is the best in daytime can u bring back Molly Burnett please racheal Melvin

blake
blake

Great news and Days, and well deserved! Days is the best soap on right now thanks to Ron C and the cast and crew! Days is on fire! I’d love to see Days beat GH in the ratings!

Patrick
Patrick

can you imagine the buzz and enormity

that Days of OUR Lives is leavening : permeate and modify or transform (something) for the better

it’s REELING… on it’s own

Patrick
Patrick

i’m gobsmacked… LOL…by being 1 fan rejoicing

this is not a stab in the dark

Ron Carlivati has given me DAYS

Patrick
Patrick

Truly – from July 19, 2017 ( or thereabout)

ie: Hattie and Bonnie.. to when Bryan Dattilo started his RUN . he’s something

AND every thing in between: Eileen Davidson to Chandler Massey to Ali Sweeney

to current day story. I am still caught up in : Carrie , Anna, and Roman.

such light and delight that the heart warms

Patrick
Patrick

Ron Carlivati : May your team be ever present in building your dream

Patrick
Patrick

Salute : ” Like sand through the hourglass… so are the Days or OUR Lives”

bestow the best of show to

Patrick
Patrick

May , those +117,000 eyes multiply

yeah, I do want , that @GH – KNOW – what affect they are

I celebrate my two shows. they are far and away better than the top 2 @CBS.

bar none GH and DAYS production TEAMS are equivalent

Jaime
Jaime

I just do NOT like Ron Carlivati nor his constant need to repeat DID stories . Same as what he did on every program he worked on. enough already of rehash Ron. Tyler Christopher is so dull on Days its like watching a man sleepwalking. Taking off his shirt does not make u p for the fact that he is a boring actor.

Mo
Mo

I don’t think Tyler is that great an actor either. This is my first time seeing him so I’m surprised considering the hype and Emmy.

Celia
Celia

Oh, my!! Be still mine heart…. really, Mo?? I never thought I’d see anyone else say he/she did not give acting accolades to Tyler. I agree with you. I did not like him as Nikolas Cassadine, and I am extremely disappointed in Stefan……falls short for me….hype is right.

Harry
Harry

Interesting, Jaime, Mo and Celia.
I sometimes wonder if certain actors are just playing the part in such a way as to reflect a certain brooding, non-emoting personality, or if they just aren’t very good actors. For instance, January Jones was so good at playing the seemingly hollow ice princess Betty Draper in Mad Men. I have not seen January in many other movies or shows so I was never able to deduce whether she was just strongly adept at playing a character who represses her emotions and therefore, comes off cold or if that is just all the actress can play. I mean, in real life you often meet people who seem to be poor actors in their real lives! Does that even remotely make sense?
So, now I learn that Tyler is playing the same part with a different name so perhaps he is not that great of an actor.
Well, good–hope he comes back to GH along with Genie Frances. He worked just fine for me as Nikolas Cassadine.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I love Tyler, Harry, and I think he’s doing a great job over at Days. I don’t think it’s his acting that’s the problem; they cast him in a very similar role. Like Nicolas, Stefan O (his character) is well-bred, rich, a business shark and cool on the surface. There really wasn’t much room for him to stretch in such a similar role. IF he had been cast as a James Franco “Franco” role and he was still Nicolas-esque; I’d say he had no range. But the role is too similar to lable him one-note.

What he does do in my opinion is deliver his lines very naturally and believably. And just his stance, his gestures, his little nuances whether it’s rocking back and forth when he’s sizing someone up or a raised eyebrow…works for me.

I’d love to see him reprise Nicolas on GH one day. Seems doubtful but never say never. In the meantime I’m really glad he’s at Days.

Jimh
Jimh

Days is the only soap i watch everyday….i will go back to GH full time once Genie is back full time…Y&R-the actors save this show….not into B&B…but if something ever interest me i will tune in!!!

Celia
Celia

The GH thrill is gone, eh, Jimmy—in the same boat, here, my friend, for more reasons than Genie!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Jimh…

I have such a different take on Genie and GH. Yes to Genie. She’s a vet and exudes warmth, hearth, home. For me, that’s almost the problem. Not that I’d want that to change…she’s warm n’ fuzzy. But that’s all she’s been for so long that I don’t tune in for her. She’s nice to see…but they’ve made her grandma way before her time…from her grandmothering role to her clothes. I found most of her scenes pleasant but not must-see TV.

Kevin, on the other hand, has always held my interest. He was always involved in interesting stories…from his wacky (but much loved Lucy) days, to his “troubled” brother…and back to his Lucy/”Doc” days…just always loved him. And, now, even without Laura, they have him involved with Franco…which I enjoy. I hope that Andre is back to stay…but I wonder if he’s going to find his way back to shrinking people at GH…if so, there better be room for TWO psychologists! Love them both!

Back to Genie. So. I get that she was about to embark on her mayoral story. Might have been good; dunno. Even IF they listen to fan outcry (which I can see being a real possibility) and bring Genie back full time, I hope they give her something interesting to do/say because otherwise I just find her scenes like a warm glass of milk…comforting with a resulting yawn….

Debra m
Debra m

I am so happy for DOOL. They were so close to be canceled and here they are gaining ratings. Hope it continues. Ron has a love for the soaps and it shows. I am also a long time viewer of GH. The show needs improvement, I want it to continue on for years.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I might be in a minority here, but although Days is vastly better than it was I don’t find it as good as some are saying. I am from the school that daytime drama bread and butter was and should be romance and I am finding not just Days, but all the soaps on air right now solely lacking in that department. There isn’t one couple anywhere that I am invested in–even the super couples of old have lost their magic– perhaps I am getting too old that I am missing what passes for romance nowadays, but I find without solid romance, soaps are just prime time wannabes.

Mark
Mark

Hello Mary. I some what agree with you. They no longer keep couples together long enough for you to root for them and want to fight for them. I know that drama keeps the soap turning but if you don’t care about the characters then it doesn’t matter if they are together or not. It is not just romance they are missing, it is just everyday happiness they don’t get. They do seem to thrive on the happiness they get from the clam chowder at Brady’s Pub. lol I have watched Days since I was a young kid. I use to watch others but they were canceled or I quit watching because they became boring. I have came close to quitting Days a few times, but I have such fond memories of watching it with my mom and grandmaw. It makes me feel close to them still. If that makes any sense.

Jimh
Jimh

Romance is dead in daytime….it needs to be revived…no supercouples whatsoever…it also needs some humor thrown in to balance out the bleakness!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree with you, Jimh! Romance is indeed dead in daytime–haven’t seen a truly romantic scene in the longest time. Sex scene, yes–romance, no.
And, yes, needs humor; nothing worse than a humorless soap.

rose
rose

Jimh…absolutely agree. Also add adventure to your list .

Kevin C
Kevin C

Hi Mary SF, I am right with you on everything you said…I am not finding any of the soaps compelling and they have all lost their direction of the hey day of what they were…

robert
robert

Days is on a roll,so entertaining. all B&B is doing is recycling the same stories we’ve seen for years,i can’t take another Steffy,Liam,Hope triangle. GH has been average,i think the show would improve if there was less focus on Sonny. Y&R continues to be a dissapointment,Mal Young has been head writer for 4 months now and i haven’t liked what i have seen Chelsea’s exit story makes no sense and so many of the characters have no direction,why don’t Michael and Lauren have any story?

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

Love , love , love what Ron Carlivati has been doing both to and for “DAYS OF OUR LIVES”. The drama is riveting, has been helping to keep me at the very edge of my seat, if you know what I mean.

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

I’m loving the twist that not only does it seem like “Abigail” / “Abby” is the one that “did away with” Andre, but also the intertwining of yet this other twist that seems as if “Abby” / “Abigail” has some issues with either “Disassociative Personality Disorder” and / or “Multiple Personality Disorder”.

Celia
Celia

An eye-opener, indeed, Ashland. Nice way of putting it, on your part.
I don’t know if I buy it, though….do you, Ashland? Abby never suffered from MPD…..are we to believe it is DPD?
Whatever it is, I don’t remember any given time spent on her ailment…..she sorta-kinda flipped and disappeared.
So, yeah….this is, definitely, a twist. For Abby to transform/morf into Gabi, tells me she is very jealous of her—-perhaps resents Gabi sleeping with her husband—perhaps she envies her popularity as a model, her label.
Abby’s resentment could possibly be manifesting itself in this criminally destructive manner….many possibilities there. ….seems to me Abby wants Gabi to burn.

k/kay
k/kay

B&B is totally off the track someone needs to step in and Ingo comes off as the new Thorne as creepy! Don Diamont must need a paycheck bad to deal with how they have destroyed his character. The 600 wedding for Brooke the show never has had the ratings Capitol did even when Bill was writing

mike
mike

Now NBC has to step up with at least a 2 year renewal

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Days of Our Lives has gone from my #4 soap to my #2 soap, and that’s due to the creative team of Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson and Ryan Quan. Yes, I was skeptical of Carlivati becoming head writer of the soap following his miserable reign at General Hospital and the fact I hated One Life to Live under his regime (in comparing to clips I watched on YouTube, though, I still don’t like that soap), but some time away from daytime has clearly brought some creativity back to him.

Yes, he may be repeating [some] storylines, but I definitely between having the duo of Anderson and Quan to reign him in is helping him out tremendously. I can only hope that this momentum is kept up, and that we can continue to see the ratings rise and sustain themselves, because I do believe NBC might have more faith in renewing the soap again with these ratings in comparison to what we’ve been used to seeing.

However, The Young and the Restless continues to be my #1. They are on fire and are giving me genuine entertainment for a soap opera. So, my order is:

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

Iakovos
Iakovos

Third point in your win column, Scott. Don’t you think Mr. Young is just trying to finish out previous stories, hence the shifts and quick finishes recent weeks? I do hope Dina returns I like the soap showed a family dealing with Alzheimer’s and even a wealthy powerful family cannot win. I like Hillary and her machinations. I like the revival of Sharon. I was bummed at the haste of Chelsea’s turn and exit but don’t you sense she has heard from Adam and we are to believe life will go on for them happily away from Genoa City? I was so hoping for a brief cameo Friday of Justin Hartley waiting for Chelsea and Connor. It is time for the Christian paternity secret to be revealed. I think Mr. Young is building and soon there will be a long-term story that will engage all. Eager tosee what this anniversary parade of vets means, yes?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Mal, to me, is [finally] getting into the stories he is wanting to tell. He inherited a state of a soap from someone who wasn’t in it for the right reasons, and he is. As for the Alzheimer’s storyline with Dina, I do believe it will come back. Marla Adams is still apart of the cast, and with the return of Melissa Ordway’s Abby, I do believe she’ll be popping back up to play. So far, I am loving the pace and direction of The Young and the Restless; it’s what I’ve been saying needs to happen to American soaps for the past few years!

Patrick
Patrick

Ron C. had 1 1/2 years off between GH & DOOL.

he began his headwriting duties January 2017. which premiered July 19, 2017

so that brings us currently – 7 months and 1 week later.

PER my fave part of your post.

“…I do believe NBC might have more faith in renewing the soap again with these ratings “

Reed
Reed

I usually defer to su0000 on ratings matters, but for your eye-rolling pleasure are a few visuals to give you a sense of how things are going six weeks into 2018, courtesy of Soap Opera Network. Days is definitely enjoying a renaissance under Carlivati and the momentum is clearly with them. What does this all mean? Who knows, just keep supporting your shows! And to GH, although much improved, Carlivati is eating your lunch and nipping at your heels, so pick up the pace! 2018 Total Viewers for Week Ending: | 5-Jan | 12-Jan | 19-Jan | 26-Jan | 2-Feb | 9-Feb | YTD Avg Y&R | 4,823,000 | 4,810,000 | 4,840,000 | 4,470,000 | 4,374,000 | 4,448,000 | 4,627,500 B&B | 3,943,000 | 3,935,000 | 3,912,000 | 3,664,000 | 3,591,000 | 3,617,000 | 3,777,000 GH | 2,889,000 | 2,815,000 | 2,732,000 | 2,726,000 | 2,748,000 | 2,685,000 | 2,765,833 DAYS | 2,467,000 | 2,479,000 | 2,531,000 | 2,412,000 | 2,412,000 | 2,529,000 | 2,471,667 14,122,000 | 14,039,000 | 14,015,000 | 13,272,000 | 13,125,000 | 13,279,000 | 13,642,000 2018 Total Viewers Incr/(Decr) Vs. Prior Week Ending: | 5-Jan | 12-Jan | 19-Jan | 26-Jan | 2-Feb | 9-Feb | YTD Avg DAYS | -29,000 | 12,000 | 52,000 | -119,000 | 0 | 117,000 | 5,500 GH | 136,000 | -74,000 | -83,000 | -6,000 | 22,000 | -63,000 | -11,333 B&B | 172,000 | -8,000 | -23,000 | -248,000 | -73,000 | 26,000 | -25,667 Y&R | 23,000 | -13,000 | 30,000 | -370,000 | -96,000 | 74,000 | -58,667 | 302,000 | -83,000 | -24,000 | -743,000 | -147,000 | 154,000 | -90,167 2018 Total Viewers Incr/(Decr) Vs. Prior Year: | 5-Jan | 12-Jan | 19-Jan | 26-Jan | 2-Feb | 9-Feb | YTD Avg DAYS | 76,000 | 127,000 | 238,000 | 152,000 | 163,000 | 320,000 | 179,333 GH | 71,000 | 162,000 | -32,000 | 90,000 | 29,000 | 48,000 | 61,333 B&B | -147,000 | 144,000 | 44,000 | -170,000 | -99,000 | -55,000 | -47,167 Y&R | -161,000 | 123,000 | 177,000 | -297,000 | -210,000 | -96,000 | -77,333 | -161,000 | 556,000 | 427,000 | -225,000 | -117,000 | 217,000 | 116,167

Reed
Reed

P.S. visually, it looked better when it was submitted. I was sabotaged by the lack of functionality on this site. An “A” for effort and a “D” for the ratings…where are all of the viewers going?

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…It looks great, Reed! Definite A for effort and comprehensive info!

Where are all the viewers going? Millions have jumped ship; too many other boats (cable, etc) in the sea; but that took decades. The remaining ebb and flow….

Patrick
Patrick

Reed – sincere “Thank You” for all the effort. ESPECIALLY

“…And to GH, although much improved, Carlivati is eating your lunch and nipping at your heels “

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Great work and commentary, Reed! Thank you!

Reed
Reed

James, thanks! I’ll rely on you for your wonderful memory of great show moments and the characters that we love anytime! I, however, can generally be trusted with numbers or pithy comments.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks a million, Reed! And please keep the numbers and pithy comments coming! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R must just have so many more loyal fans? I dont see how this load of crap is STILL #1? Dina and Victor are the only good thing about the show and they are in their twilight years. I like Sharon and Mariah, thats it! Devon is so bad, Hillary has screwed over everyone on the show but somehow will survive. I know, Victor has and still does but he does it to protect his family. Who is Hillary doing it for? HER! Jill is AWOL and Jason Thompson still does nothing for me. And last but not least, Gina as Phyllis is HORRIBLE! She is so mean. That smirk of hers! Who would want to get anywhere near her? And why does she have such anger towards Chelsea? What freakin business is it of hers? I am fine with Chelsea leaving town but I had only wished she would have hit Phyllis with her car on the way out! The show is horrible and mark my words, they will hire back Michael Muhney as the shows night in shinning armor! Thats great but they better have decent writers and a competent EP in place!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

“The show is horrible and mark my words, they will hire back Michael Muhney as the shows night in shinning armor!”:

Timmm, I would be most happy with that!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t watch the show, Jamesj75, but it would be a real slap in the face to the “me too” movement to hire Muhney back. There was enough talk to support the actress who accused him…and the fact that he didn’t sue for defamation says a lot. There are plenty of other actors in the sea; if major film stars can be replaced so too can daytime actors.

Mo
Mo

This is awesome. The show has definitely improved since Ron took over so I am glad to see more people are watching. I hope Days moves up in the standings, but one thing at a time. Yay!

xmascarol
xmascarol

Great job days.love the split personality story.I watch the show every single day never miss it.

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

Days,should be #2. I don’t watch Y&R right now,but I just don’t see them ever losing 1 spot. Viewers habits. Days has good stories and good characters. Much for young and older.

Those watching soaps have routines. Days is good enough for me to take break during the day. I did that for Guiding Light to see what Reva was up to.

See writers from GL there.

blake
blake

Agree Irene, Days should be at least #2 in the ratings.

Yeah, Days has Lorraine Broderick on the writing team, she was great writing for Guiding Light and I believe on All My Children.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Great job Days I just wonder how long it will take for Chad to realize that Abby has a split personality.I think sooner or later Gabby will come out in front of everyone.I must say that Marci is doping a great job playing someone with a mental illness. I think she looks better in the dark hair then the blond even my friend said so.I am not to sure though if Vivian will keep her mouth shut about seeing Gabby-Abby.Days just keep up the good work and I jsut bet your ratings will continue to grow.

rose
rose

Getting, growing, and keeping audience is not easy in the soap world. But one thing I do like that CBS does is promote their soaps with teaser ads. Just saw one on CBS (serious) news this morning for Y&R. It get’s me ready for the afternoon show and what’s up with Chelsea and Nick, etc. Wish ABC would do the same for GH.

dolly gordon
dolly gordon

if GH is minus 63000 viewers and Days is 117,000 plus, i have to wonder if the addition of tyler christopher to Days made a difference, certainly some of his fans must have followed him, and he is doing an excellent job in the part he is playing…plus Days has more inclusive story lines, interracial, gay, drawing more minority groups to the soap, keep up the good work Days, we dont want to lose you, i still cry over the loss of Another World

J T
J T

I personally am CANCELLING DAYS OF NOT OUR LIVES BUT Days of Villains only and Ron Carlivati’s follies! You like to promote whatever the producers say whether or not we care. Well for one: Eve is miscast, Brady has no charisma, Stefan is rather dull, monotoned, more Hattie Bonnie makes me sick, casting the twits from space is absurd when you are throwing out Patch for this crap. Mr Fariman, be fair for a change instead of rehashing NBC’s PR dept.

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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