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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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robert
robert

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

blake
blake

Totally agree Robert.

Patrick
Patrick

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

Patrick
Patrick

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

Patrick
Patrick

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’

Patrick
Patrick

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

blake
blake

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

Rodd
Rodd

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.

Patrick
Patrick

“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

blake
blake

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.

su000
su000

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.

Bart
Bart

“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!!!

Patrick
Patrick

@ 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 ?

Claudio
Claudio

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.

blake
blake

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

Carol
Carol

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

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

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

Toscanti
Toscanti

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.

Helen
Helen

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.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

blake
blake

Amen to this!

Damien
Damien

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

Patrick
Patrick

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

blake
blake

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!

Nancy
Nancy

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.

blake
blake

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!

Blake
Blake

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!

Carol
Carol

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.

Boop
Boop

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)

soapgal
soapgal

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

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Y&R > GH

Momo
Momo

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

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Jason Canela Announces He Is Exiting The Young and the Restless

While currently involved on-screen in romantic trouble between Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Mia (Noemi Gonzalez),  Jason Canela (Arturo) took to social media Monday morning to share the news that he is departing the CNS Daytime drama series.

In his post, Canela says: “I feel blessed to have been a part of something so special! I appreciate each and every single person that makes up part of the family! Our makeup team, our crew, our security! Without them there is nothing  The team behind the camera is what makes it all worth it.”

This came on top of his Jason’s post which expressed: “When I signed my 1 year contract with Y&R I was excited because for the first time in 3 years living in this city I was able to call a studio like ‘Television City’ home.  Add to that the incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of working with to create genuine relationships with … like Peter Bergman,Melissa Ordway, Jordi Vilasuso, Sasha Calle and Noemi Gonzalez  just to name a few. (Sorry guys, but Peter is my favorite).  I feel blessed to have been part of something so special like The Young and the Restless family.  It’s time to turn the page and see what beautiful stories I am blessed enough to be part of next.  I want to send all my love and positive vibes to the Y&R fans who have been so welcoming since day 1! Appreciate the love and no worries, The Rosales family will still be cooking up some drama in Genoa City, so keeping looking out for them, and showing them all the love they deserve.”

No airdate at this time has been given for Canela’s last appearance on Y&R.

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Judith Light Joins Bette Midler In Ryan Murphy’s Upcoming Netflix Series, ‘The Politician’

Over the weekend, Ryan Murphy dropped an exciting casting bombshell to those attending Saturday night’s PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles on his FX series, Pose.  Murphy disclosed to the audience, that he has a “diva update”.   With that, Murphy announced that 2-time Tony and Daytime Emmy winner, Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) and the legendary Bette Midler have signed on and joined his stellar cast for his new Netflix series, The Politician.

Their roles are still undisclosed, but they will join Tony Award winner, Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen)  who plays the leading role,, and other Murphy favorites  Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange.   The show will premiere on September 27th,

Light has previously worked with Murphy on last year’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, in which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination.

The Politician stars Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student vying for Student Body President at elite private school Saint Sebastian High School.  The loglines for the series read: “To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.”

Midler tweeted when it was revealed she was part of the series: “ gave the “Diva Update” last night…Yes, Judith Light and I have joined the fantastic cast of “The Politician” premiering on Netflix Sept 27. Great writing, great fun and great insight! See you on TV!!”

So, what do you think of Judith along with Bette being added to the cast of Murphy’s The Politician? Comment below.

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In exciting casting news for Dynasty fans, the series has cast the key role of Dominique Deveraux on the CW reboot of the classic soap.   The part was played by  Diahann Carroll (pictured below) in the ABC version of the series.

Michael Michele known for her run on Queen Sugar as Darlene and on Fox’s Star as Ayanna has landed the promo role.

According to TV Line, look for Dominique to appear on-screen before the series ends its current second season.  Discussions are already being had if Michael could very well become a series regular for season three.

For the back-story, Dominique is Blake’s estranged half sister who is said to be a “fabulously elegant, self-made woman, known for her outrageous fashion sense and penchant for drama. Dominique will return to Atlanta after a long stint in New York City where she spent the past several years seeking fame and adulation… to no avail.  Now Dominique is home to reconnect with her estranged children, but does she really want to be part of their lives, or will she just disappoint them all over again? And what will the Carringtons have to say about her sudden, mysterious return?”

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This casting news came at the right tine for Dynasty; hot on the heels of the announcement that Nicollette Sheridan is departing as Alexis Carrington.

Dynasty airs Friday nights on the CW at 9PM ET/8 CT.

So, what do you think of the casting of Michael Michele as the new Dominique? Comment below.

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