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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

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Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days is the only soap worth watching. GH deserves to be in last place because it’s terrible

Totally agree Robert.

HARD KNOCKS : @Shelly AND Chris ; w/ Frank Valentini

I stand by my posts; General Hospital sucks

until you WRITE and FEATURE – less IS more – w/ Sonny and Carly… will the net gains be

give an EFFIN break . REALLY Frank ? you are that daft

AFFIRMATION

Yeah, this is just one week… yet it was thee week… Christmas holidays for TUNE IN. about the only thing that was worth remembering… was the repeat epi from 2005. 2005 where we got to see the oh so sublime MEN @work.

even Rebecca Herbst couldnt’ 100% focus… as she looked near unhinged with GREG VAUGHAN LOOKS so gorgeous… just the hottest

PLUS we got to see Ingo Rademacher…. !!!!! WOW those eyes have a life of their own.

THE TREAT : dag! Jaclyn Zeman was HOT .. she still is … a top draw… I love Bobbie to bits. any way off track… BRAD MAULE could ACT… steal the show why don’t you. he did

I saw Julie Berman – heart steal
I saw my Morgan as a youngster .. my baby
Monica is always a force … she’s thee show , even today
Tyler Christopher – the dream will never end

DAG and thru the roof… Greg Vaughan… @GH fired him to get the sullen moody soft spoken dark Jonathon Jackson… oh well. did I say Greg Vaughan is perfect @DAYS of OUR Lives

Ta-DA here ye here ye… even back in that 2005 episode… Sonny / Carly / Sam / Jason.. had no spark… LOOK in their eyes.. they are dead… still

the point is; no one recognizes @GH production … using Sonny and Carly to trap 18-49 women.. this is already in the pandemic stage… no 18 to 49 help on the way

it’s bad enough the first thing they know… this is a mobster family.. they are both old.. their kids are “boring” WHAT DO WE DO NOW

that doesn’t trap 18-49 year old women

STOP with the dullard.. you troupe out with so much

WHY would any one tune in to this.. yes, long time viewers are waiting.. but this

the desired demographic will not tune in to this… you lose

cannonball FIRE ‘this’

Climbing the charts – ON – any given week… the fluctuation will be

oh it’s with relish to see GH fall flat… thanks to Frank Valentini

WHAT GETS ME : 3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000) “from this time a year ago”

ALL the other 3 shows are at or near a 1/2 million viewers LESS; whereas @DAYs with -85,000

exemplary complimentary pat on the back… salute cheer Ron Carlivati.

Ron my man… my creed to you… WALK THE WALK

showcase and feature “your” TEAM give them a partay

Agree Patrick, Ron has brought Days back to must-see-TV!

I give props to Ron, the fantastic cast and production team for a jam-packed show every day. I have to watch on my DVR after work and when I think the show must soon be over, I look at the timing and often see that only 16-20 minutes have gone by. They make every minute mean something and I think that’s why they’re on the rise. Good on them!

I’ve watched DOOL since I was in kindergarten and remember a close-up on Francis Reed as my first soap memory. Hope to have many more memories for years to come.

“I” swear to you : I’ve thought the same thing

^^^ the whole post is read… just gavel

“…when I think the show must soon be over, I look at the timing and often see that only 16-20 minutes have gone by. They make every minute mean something and I think that’s why they’re on the rise”

@DAYS of OUR Lives; FEATURES

And they have so many characters in an episode, often you’ll see a character pop in the middle or the end of an episode. It might have to do with how they tape but it’s great.

It is good that GH fell to the bottom.
That happening should entice ABC to clean house and bring in new writers and producers.
or- They could let it fail til gone.

I watched 10 minutes of GH last night and tuned out.
I was too bored to sit through the rest of it and didn’t want to waste my time.

GH is too lackluster/stale/dull/boring to waste time on it, and that is a shame.

“Y & R” is a complete waste of time thanks to Mal “Canned like a Tuna” Young – abysmal storytelling all-around!! I cannot wait until Josh Griffith’s material starts airing and Mal Young’s “Y & R” goes to the wayside along with his career!!!

“Days” is now my new serialized daytime drama to watch!!!

@ Disney / ABC / General Hospital : @ DAYS of OUR Lives – N – @ Young and the Restless

have made and / are making changes… all within the last 2 years and reap the reward

General Hospital is stymied
General Hospital is LOSING w/Sonny and Carly; LOSING w/Sam and Jason; Losing w/Michael Franco Finn Peter

WHY ??? are you stuck with Frank Valentini ? Why not fire Shelly and Chris ?

Wonderful news, bravo to Days for the ratings going up. We need Vivian Alamain and her sidekick Ivan to come back to Days. They are hilarious. I miss my madam Vivian. Also bring back Anna Dimera and Bo Brady. Amen.

If only they could get Peter Reckell to return as Bo Brady!

I agree bring back Vivian and Ivan ,Days could use some laughs.

Days is must watch every day i agree about gh it should be last and bold better do something fast wayne is not cutting it

I’m pleased with DOOL, they have my attention. I appreciate the Y&R getting rid of Mal Young and can hardly wait for Josh Griffith and Anthony (Tony) Morina’s material to air. The Bold and The Beautiful is unbearable to watch, I recently began to FF now I can get through it in less than 5 min. It is the same stories, wash, rinse and repeat. Can Brad Bell come up with nothing more than Hope/Liam/Steffy or Bill/Brooke/Ridge triangles ad nauseam? One, two, maybe three occasions per year this show will write a new story focusing on other characters that allow firing on all cylinders. I am ready to tune out completely. GH has a great cast with much potential but the Carly/Sonny/Jason/Sam show is awful. It’s sad that each show has the potential to be great and they are being led down a path of destruction with talentless leadership. Fix the problem before we have no soap operas left to watch.

GH is on its last leg, I see GH being cancelled next year. I quit watching 2 years ago. Days is on fire, thanks to Ron. Days is the soap to watch, ratings have gone up, and Days is here to stay.

It’s about time Days of Our Lives returns to number three, because it is miles more entertaining than General Hospital.

Amen to this!

Days deserves all the praise its getting lately! From the renewal to the ratings boost!
The show has the best cast new and vets! Its nonstop plot development, cliffhangers everday cantmiss! It boogles my mind how large the Salem cast is yet they all have a storyline some major or minor! The writers are on overdrive and the cast give it their all!
Kudos and keep it going!
My only wish in 2019 is a arc for my fave 90s supercouples Carrie/ Austin and Belle/ShawnD( the original) ! Days has been so fun returning faves im getting a lil greedy! Lol, Pls Ron make it happen

I can’t wait for another Roman family reunion with Carrie AND Anna. this should be where they start with a solid much loved trio. MUCH LOVED.
@Ron Carlivati, Sir –
Christie Clark last visit was va va voom all decked out looking as sexy as all get out. this lady has sensuality ooze. Rafe NEEDS MUST HAVE a solid sexual relationship… Carrie can still carry a child. FLESH OUT. GET sexy back.

Roman and Anna . best stuff … To see Roman dancing cause he’s getting some, brings on the charm, his comedic to nurture to dramatic effect spills cause he’s that mans man AND this is all due to Josh Taylor

@RC this would be my one wish as well… along with just opening up that garden scenes where secrets spill… that crawling ivy… just get rid of it.. all the audience knows that’s what goes on. Lively, OPEN, love that cast.

you are the best

Is Carrie supposed to return? I thought she was, she should at least be on for the 55th anniversary in late Augst/early September. I know she couldn’t make it for the past one since she and her family were traveling the world (great for them!)

I always loved Carrie and want her back on the show!

Carrie will be back for the Memorial of Caroline Brady. But the Actress that play’s Carrie now lives in London with her family. So she said she still loves to come back to Days when it can be worked out. But not so easy anymore being she lives so far away.

Agree Damien, Days is on fire and has been since Ron C. took over as head writer a year and a half ago. Amazing writing, directing, acting/actors, crew, etc!

Congratulations and well deserved Days!

Days has been on fire ever since Ron C. took over a year and a half ago. Well Ron, the writing team, the cast and the crew! So glad the show was renewed for another year, it really is the best show.

I’m looking forward to the Caroline Brady memorial/funeral. I’m ready to have that breakdown lol. And imagine what Ron will have and who he’ll bring back for the 55th anniversary episodes!

Hey this old fart of 66 loves Days see even us old folks love Days.I don’t miss an episode ever.I do miss Marci though. So does my best friend. Kate is a good actress we just like Marci better.Leo is a riot. Just look at some of his outfits.Days needs a little bit more humor .Bring back Vivian.

I’m loving Days. However, I like General Hospital for the Ryan Chamberlain story; I’m glad that Victor’s back on Y.& R.(He makes it much better)

Congrats to Days , the cast & writing team, well deserved and well written story telling.I wish Y&R & GH were as good, sadly the writing on Y&R & GH is terrible , both soaps have a great long running characters but very poor storytelling

I dont put a lot of faith in these polls since Y&R is so bad and STILL #1? GH is bad but more watchable right now than Y&R! CBS supports their soaps a bit more so maybe thats why they stay on top. Where I live, that god awful Strahan show is the lead for GH! PUKE!

Y&R > GH

Good for Days. The show is really good and glad more people are watching.

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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