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RATINGS: DAYS, Y&R, B&B Gain In Total Viewers; While GH Drops

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The ratings are out for the week of August 20-24th and three of your favorite daytime drama showed an increase in total viewers for the period, while one was in the minus column.

Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless gained +80,000, +53,000 and +56,000, respectively, while General Hospital lost – 56,000.

In the key demos of women 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54, DAYS, B&B, and Y&R showed increases, while GH lost viewers.  DAYS showed the most total viewer gains in the women 25-54, while Y&R showed the most gains in 18-49 and B&B in the 18-34.

In addition, GH tied an all-time low in the ratings share for 18-49 and 18-34.  Y&R tied an all-time low in the 18-34 ratings share.

To view the entire ratings picture via SON click here

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,150,000 (+56,000/-215,000)
2. B&B 3,406,000 (+53,000/-13,000)
3. GH 2,365,000 (-56,000/+64,000)
4. DAYS 2,135,000 (+80,000/-5,000)

So, which soap opera is giving you the best drama right now? Which soap do you think needs to make some changes on-screen?  If you were our soap opera armchair quarterback programming exec, what would you do to help the ratings for your favorite soap? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Rodd
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Rodd

Isn’t that the week that GH gave us a week full of reruns? They deserve lower ratings for that week. All that did was teach us how to get along without them. “Boo!” to whomever made that stupid decision.

Nique
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Nique

Nope the week after is when their was 2/3 days of reruns. I say 2/3 cause they skipped the actual day he died & went straight to his funeral on Monday. I found it highly stupid to air a funeral but not the ep where he died. Wtf is the point then

GramS
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GramS

No it wasn’t that week

Steve
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Steve

No, it’s the before the reruns.

methree
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methree

If they DID show a week of reruns – from back when Wendy Riche was in charge – the ratings would’ve gone UP.

Shay
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Shay

MeFour, methree!!! I was just thinking the exact same thing…

Satan
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Satan

There’s a reason why you will never see a classic rerun of GH aired on TV. It’s also the same reason SoapNet was pulled off the air, and why any full classic episodes which pop up on YouTube are yanked immediately. It’s not even about the quality of the material in the pre-2012 shows, because we all know that already. It’s because those shows were LONGER. First thing I noticed in February 2012, even before observing how much of the stench of OLTL had polluted the canvas was how much SHORTER the actual shows suddenly were. The actual running time… Read more »

Ash
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Ash

No this is the week before that

Jackie
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Jackie

I agree they have never done that before!!!!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

General Hospital really needs to trim its bloated cast so that characters and story lines are not dropped for weeks at a time. The stories need to unfold in a more direct manner to engage and maintain viewer interest. They should also go back to longer scenes with more emphasis on dialogue. Long live GH!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Mister Media, I been thinking of what you mentioned about longer scenes with more emphasis on dialogue…I do not like at all when they go from scene to scene so quickly and don’t have time to really get into the story and what the characters are discussing. I also agree on the bloated cast…

rose
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rose

The GH ratings don’t surprise me. I know I have harped on this before, but name one “happy,” exciting, non-Carly/Sonny/Morgan story line it has had for ages. So even I don’t watch attentively anymore. And it’s still continuing. With B&B, while it’s still a constant recycling of it’s major characters love lives, at least there was some comic relief at Liam and Hope’s wedding when the moms had the cake fight.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yea but Steffy’s strange sister-wife, we’re all one family, kumbaya robotic trance-like speech was stranger than almost any science fiction I’ve ever watched! If I had to look at those glazed eyes as she repeated the same mantra day after day I think I would have had to buy a new TV; I was one step from throwing the one I have through the window.

rose
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rose

Hi Rebecca1…I know what you mean about Steffy. I never liked the character. And they all say the same thing day after day. You can almost repeat it with them. Still I did like the cake fight. But GH is just one gloomy story after another. And now Oscar, after one baby dying ,another baby switching, Mike, more Morgan, Nathan.

su000
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su000

ehh.. doc Griffin will save Oscar.
He will preform a miracle surgery and then he’ll have his job back at the hospital and Oliver will live…

It’s a soap!

rose
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rose

I like the idea of Griffin stepping in.

Shay
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Shay

@su…Speaking of miracles, maybe Griffin will bank upon his presently dormant priestly skills and pray away the tumor! Could get him nominated for sainthood…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Actually, I kinda like Steffy, Rose. What I meant was she just went all ghandi-esque when she had the baby. I honestly don’t know if it was bad acting or good acting but I couldn’t bear to hear her anymore. I agree, the dialogue is beyond redundant; seems those writers have quite an easy time. Small cast, recycled stories and same dialogue for two weeks. And, yet, go figure, I STILL like the show! lol I think the fighting spirit Steffy is coming back; or hopefully at least some semblance of a normal human being. I don’t like Ingo in… Read more »

Pjc
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Pjc

SONY DO SOMETHING NOW!! y&R is about to dip below 4 million which i dont think it ever has before. B&B is only 600000 away from it when it has always been a million or more. AGAIN Y&R, family fights are not what we want to watch. No matter what Nick will forgive Victor the next time he gets a paper cut! The feud should be Jack vs Victor and all the cast collateral damage. jack should own Dark Horse and Nick work for him. This is such garbage it makes me laugh. nick hasnt had a real job in… Read more »

None
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None

I agree.that a good storyline u wrote.

Christy Livingston
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Christy Livingston

In the last year GH has rewritten everything we saw & heard to fit their agenda which is clearly inciting fan wars. They drop stories constantly & write on a daily basis instead of with continuity. It’s always dark and tragic with no romance or anything happy. They have Drew & Sam whose portrayers have, in F.Valentini’s own words “intense chemistry” yet rarely even let them share a scene but rather force Sam & Jason with two actors who look like they can’t stand each other; once again for the sake of fan wars instead of good writing. They display… Read more »

lmcee
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lmcee

Love & agree with everything you wrote. Kelly & Steve no longer have the chemistry they once did. It’s painful to watch

EET
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EET

What scenes? Sam has barely been on so she really hasn’t shared scenes with either to make fir any sort of triangle. I miss jasam.

su000
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su000

Notice;
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings.

sheesus who watches daytime LOL
really, Most All watch – anytime anywhere –
I have watched the soaps online for near a decade.
Not one person I know watches daytime TV, they work.
AND-
they do not record it, nobody records any loner lol

I put like zero confidence in these rating numbers.. watching/recording daytime is like an antique ..

ALB813
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ALB813

Except, these are numbers that count to the networks, not viewers who watch online. They don’t track that. It doesn’t make them any money. It’s live viewership or timeshifted viewership which they can track via a DVR on a legit service. This is how TV show survive.

su000
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su000

From Nielsen; No other company can match Nielsen’s depth and breadth when it comes to analyzing the mobile market; mobile phones, tablets, etc. Deploying On-Device Meters to measure smartphone activity As a result, we have the most comprehensive view of mobile devices and platforms and the deepest understanding of the ways consumers engage with them. We even hold patents for on-phone meters that allow detailed tracking of a participating panel of mobile subscribers. ——-AND—- People seem to believe if they watch the ratings go up If they don’t watch the ratings go down If they haven’t watched for months that… Read more »

dzzedee
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dzzedee

Of course GH drop! They haven’t been on for a week. Who is going tune into reruns. and horrible written stories, of brain tumor, evil twins.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No surprise here–Genie better come back–and fast!

Momo
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Momo

I don’t know why Days’ ratings aren’t higher.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree. Love it@

Satan
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Satan

Because the worst hack in the history of soap writing is killing the show?

Carol
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Carol

I also agree and I love Days too.

Timmm
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Timmm

With all the technology available, why they dont include DVR numbers is beyond me! I think Y&R’s ratings would be far less! Y&R is a complete mess! #1 Charlie, Devon and Nate are useless characters and the rest I will keep quiet about! #2 No one cares about Tessa or Crystal! They are a waste of time and the show is wasting Mariah! #3 The lady who plays Phyllis has the sex appeal of a chard of glass! [I actually have some compassion towards Summer!] #4 “Whose Jacks Daddy?” A complete fail! #5 Can we get a Billy Abbott that… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

KristiNa having Julian’s baby-lol….Jason is in an accident because of Sonny and becomes Jason Q-he saves Oliver’s life and decides to become a doctor…Drew will be torn between Kim and Margauex but Kim finds herself attracted to Dr. Jason Morgan who is planning to remarry Sam…Valentin becomes top villain and wants revenge after attempts on Nina’s life by local serial killer Ryan who kills off Amy. Peter and Stella and Finn..John McBain returns to help investigate the killings…when Jordan is murdered Mac becomes the new commissioner…Scott and Laura grow close when Laura is nearly murdered…Laura discovers the truth about Ryan… Read more »

None
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None

I agree with your #5. It not the same.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

As longtime followers of this site know, the SF in my name stands for Soap Fan. I have loved the genre since I was a little girl, watching the Edge of Night with my mother. When soaps were at their height of popularity I was juggling 5 or more at a time. Before the internet I waited with baited breath for the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, in hopes of getting a scoop on what might be next. I was truly a soap fan. I was convinced I would love my soaps either until I died, or the genre… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Oh, Mary SF…. this soap fan hears you and sadly has to agree with much of your assessment. Where is the romance? Where is the suspense? Serial storytelling is an art and, after reading bios on the amazing Mr. Bill Bell, and memoirs penned by Miss Kim Zimmer, Miss Susan Lucci and the late Miss Jeanne Cooper, I have to wonder what happened. Daytime was a fun day part with quiz shows, a few talk shows, the occasional off-network rerun, and our daytime dramas. I know the nature of the business is different with advances in technology but the art… Read more »

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Mary SF, so very well said and written…I agree with you 100% and I have been watching since the middle 70’s…It is such a disgrace what these shows have come to…I am still watching 3 but barely holding on and I don’t know how much longer I can do so…I keep on hanging on thinking and hoping things will change but like I mentioned in a previous post regarding CBS/SONY regarding Y&R, they are not listening to us…

Mary SFIM
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Mary SFIM

And the sad thing is that the popularity of a prime time show like “This is Us” proves there is a strong market for well written, character based dramas— those stories never lose their appeal, yet for some reason, someone like Mal Young just has to say he has some “story ideas” and two writers who trying to bring that back to daytime barely had time to turn the ship around, when Mal Young took over the ship and set it straight back on course toward the iceberg of mediocrity . The characters are so badly written and scripted that… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

That was very eloquently——and accurately—-put, Mary SFIM! During the heyday of soaps, I watched/recorded multiple afternoon dramas, on top of all the great primetime soapy offerings! It was quite an effort to keep up with the viewing even with the help of three VCRs! However, like you, I can now no longer stomach most of what ails daytime, particularly GH, which is the only show I’ve followed for quite some time….it’s totally insufferable seeing those modern-day ignominious creatures and nonsensical storylines emanating from Port Charles, especially considering its once-glorious past which held us in such thrall! Most days, I simply… Read more »

rose
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rose

Mary SF…I’ve been thinking a lot about your comment, so I wanted to add my own thoughts for those of us who are bemoaning what’s been happening to our soaps. And it’s not just soaps. Like chicken, try to find a real good tasting tomato in the stores, even what they call field grown. Personal service. Or phone/internet/tv service. But you can’t ignore things have changed especially since more women are working daytime than before, the internet/social media have changed everything with no end in sight, kids grow up spending more time with tech than outdoors or a book, and… Read more »

CATHY
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CATHY

since they moved the they put Gh BACK at the 3pm est time slot the ratings will go back up it’s a bad time slot! I’ve been watching for 50 years and since they moved the time sometimes it hard for me to watch the episodes!

Connie
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Connie

I would reunite Drew and Sam have them get re-married THIER chemistry is pure GOLD this couple is still in the top 3 of every soap magazine poll and other polls GH needs to wise up the Jason/SB ship sailed a long time ago Jason is in the past Drew and Sam are the present and future

lieueitak
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lieueitak

While Y&R appears to be bleeding viewers the most right now, it looks like the other soaps have made superficial gains that they have trouble turning into meaningful increases in viewership that they can maintain over time. I can’t say I’m surprised based on the product being presented to viewers. My advice to all of the shows would be to hire fresh writing talent and take more chances with the writing while still respecting the past. As far as advice for specific shows go: Y&R should probably get rid of Mal Young at this point. His turn as headwriter was… Read more »

Sean Robbins
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Sean Robbins

I completely agree with you. As far as “I think Y&R needs to find a writing team that combines the strengths of Chuck Pratt and Sally Sussman (but not necessarily those two people)” goes I think a good choice could be Robert Guza Jr and Meg Bennett. Bennett would, of course, know the history. While Guza has gotten some flak over the years, I think most of it is unwarranted. You would get a balanced canvas, with excellent pacing and a sense of empathy and poetic justice in the writing. This keeps the show fresh and engaging.

Momo
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Momo

Is Doug Davidson gone from Y&R?

Kevin C
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Kevin C

GOOD queestion Momo, it’s sad since Mal Young as taken over he has really put Doug Davidson on the back burner..

Blake
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Blake

Explains why GH brought Laura back right after these ratings came out.

Y&R needs to fire Mal Young for the mess it has become. Can’t believe Sony fired Davidson/Paul

Patrick
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Patrick

“I’m so proud of this”

Patrick
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Patrick

@Days of OUR Lives comes out first

Missing Michael Logan
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Missing Michael Logan

GH is the only daytime drama up from 2017

Carol
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Carol

Days is the best.Today show made me sad because of Marlana dying I just lost my mom this past June so the story really bothered me and hit home,my mom was 90 and she was very sick ,with the family being there at the end of the show it reminded me of my family sitting around when my mom passed.I couldnt be there but I Still feel sick because of her dying.Now I just read earlier that Deidre Hall has left Days.I am surprised.

Sharon Y Sims
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Sharon Y Sims

No Jasam!! That’s why

Christy Livingston
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Christy Livingston

For all the viewers who want Steve B to be Jason Q….. you had Jason Q with Billy Miller. It is exactly how the writers told him to play it and he did but SB’s fans wanted StoneCold back – Billy’s JM was too soft they said. Well, you got what you wanted. The real Jason Morgan. The one whose “family” is,in his own words, Sonny, Carly & Michael & who felt the worst thing that happened the night he got shot was “Bernie died”.
Enjoy your boy – he’s back.

Que for you
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Que for you

Half the problem is how they calculate ratings! Rarely do people watch live or watch the commercials… they do t count those watching online at all …

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