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RATINGS: General Hospital and The Young and the Restless Have Strong Week!

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The ratings are in for the week of March 25th – March 29th, which was a key week for two daytime soap operas.  This, it was reflected in the total viewers tuning into see what is going to happen on General Hospital as it has its lead-in week to it’s 50th anniversary episodes and The Nurses’ Ball, and The Young and the Restless which on March 26th celebrated its 40th anniversary.   In addition, one fantastic overall note to the stats in this rating period, all four network soap operas are up in viewers significantly from this time last year in 2012!

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Breaking this down, General Hospital added a astounding +303,000 viewers for the ratings period!  We think the number may be even higher when the next rating period numbers come to light! GH came in third among the network soaps with total viewers at 2,754,000, but the lone ABC soap is up 449,000 viewers from the previous date last year!  With all the returns, blasts from the pasts, and the events leading up to The Nurses’ Ball, and Luke and Laura’s battles with Helena Cassadine, GH fans had a lot of story to keep up to date on!

Over at The Young and the Restless, as Nikki and Victor celebrating their “I do’s”, Adam was shot and then there was that bomb!  Those episodes and the aftermath gave Y&R, which ushered in its 40th years during the ratings week, 4,755,000 viewers.  That is gain of +44,000 for the ratings week, but an amazing +631,000 total since the same time last year.   The show continues to have its stronghold as the number one soap.  Does this mean that the regime of Phelps and Griffith are bringing it to Y&R?

While The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives both lost viewers for the ratings week, B&B -99,000 and DAYS -56,000, they are still well ahead of their numbers from last year at this time. The Bold and the Beautiful is up  +408,000, while Days of our Lives is up  +134,000.   To view the entire ratings picture courtesy of Soap Opera Network click here!

Alrighty then, time to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What is working for you on General Hospital and The Young and the Restless?    What would you fix to The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives that you think would put them in the plus column for adding viewership?  Have you been pleased and excited with the events leading to GH’s 50th anniversary celebration , and Y&R’s 40th anniversary episodes?   Weigh-in!

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Derrick
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Derrick

Eventhough I don’t watch GH, Happy 50th!!!

Keep it going Y&R….You’re on a roll!!!!!

Jeffery
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Jeffery

It’s so nice to see fans of other shows supporting the industry as a whole. It blows my mind that more people watch Y&R than GH, even though I love both. I’m hopeful for Y&R to recover and flourish, just as GH has done in recent months. And I’m even more hopeful that Prospect Park has two runaway hits with my favorite, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and its sister soap opera, ALL MY CHILDREN. May they all succeed like gangbusters (whatever that’s supposed to mean!).

susan M.
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susan M.

One Life To Live is my favorite soap also!

Dawn D
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Dawn D

I’m so enjoying all the returns to GH. Love the pairing of Liz and A.J., Ellie and Spin, of course Patrick and Sabrina!! I also enjoy the other two soaps Y&R (I love S.B. is back) and a little dissappointed in B&B Brooke/Hope and Caroline what pathetic women and now Bill also. Love Steffy and Liam (even tho Liam is and idiot) also loving Maya and Rick and I never liked Rick before. Hope Brooke’s Bedroom fails and Thomas gets his chance. Let Taylor enjoy some happiness with Eric. Looking fwd to the renewed OLTL coming and will give AMC… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

If Robin ever comes back, I prefer Patrick with her than Sabrina! She is sweet & all
but it isn’t the same. Robin , Patrick, & Emma are a family.

Christy
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Christy

if/when Robin comes back…. doubt she’ll be the same either! ;-(

Bart
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Bart

Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith are doing an EXCELLENT job of re-invigorating “Y & R” and cleaning up the mess that Maria Arena Bell made during her tenure! Despite all the trashing I have read since JFP took over as the EP of “Y & R”, I think she has done a commendable job of working with the debacle MAB left!! Josh Griffith is an Emmy-award winning scribe and I have enjoyed everything I have seen since he took over the Head Writer reins!!

Keep up the good work!

PS – HAPPY 50th, “General Hospital”!!

Derrick
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Derrick

Bingo!

jim
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jim

I hope GH keeps it up long after the nurses ball. Ratings prove there is still fans who want ‘love in the afternoon.’ Now email this ratings report to Brian Frons…stat! lol

susan M.
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susan M.

We should e-mail Gh’s ratings to Brian Frons!

spencer smith
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spencer smith

amen to this!!! Brian Frons jumped the gun and made a very unwise decision.

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

I LOVE SAM MCALL CHARACTER!!

HER DRESS WAS DIVINE!!

FAR AS YR GOES, I SOMETIME WATCH BUT I’M NOT A FAN)

NOW STEVE BURTON!!!!!!

HE NEEDS TO COMEBACK AND GO TO-TO WITH MICHAEL EASTON

BUT I LOVE JASAM & MCBAM

Ces
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Ces

Yeah GH!!
Days deserves to be on the bottom with their horrible Daniel/Chloe/Jen crap.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

GH IS THE BOMB. I wonder how many of us watch GH and are not accounted for in the ratings? What gives? someone please explain how us long time viewers can get counted for watching our beloved GH? Everything is working for me on GH love that they are spreading out the air time and giving us a variety of cast. I dont care how many days a week each appear, just so we can see the variety of cast members. I love this new concept I see daily…..

su0000
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su0000

WEll, Y&R (and BB) is shown in 32 countries and GH is USA and Canada ..

Gillian
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Gillian

So Y&R’s ratings include all countries, not just North America? I didn’t realize that. GH is on fire and has been for about a year or so. GREAT job to all involved! I also watch Y&R and I find myself fast forwarding through most of B&B. Nothing compares to GH IMHO. 😉

Mickey (from Italy)
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Mickey (from Italy)

Y&R’s ratings DON’T include all countries, obviously 🙂

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I really hope the ptb over at NBC are paying attention and do something to revive Days soon. They have great characters and wonderful actors to portray them, all they need is a story- the writing at Days is at all time low– even Kristen is becoming boring due to lack of direction in the writing department. I am really rooting for Days to get better– if it happened with GH and Y&R, it is not too late for this show to make a come back. As for B&B– that show too needs a new head writer– I think poor… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I couldn’t agree with you more about Days. It’s extremely painfully boringggg!!! No direction whatsoever! great characters. Great actors and crappy writing makes for a poor soap. blah..

jimh
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jimh

Britt Pregnant! No Robin, ok! Frisco leaving, no suprise here! Noah does have an uncanny resembalance to Rick Springfield, lol! Richard Simmons out of the closet…why im not suprised, lol! He should have disguised as a waiter and served Lucy roast duck, lol! Why Lucy upset Richards lyrics might upset Monica, then didnt seem to care what Mac and his dummy said about Frisco? Magic Milos dance company needed a little more dance practice, and some, not Felix…lol…could use a little time in the tanning booth! And where is that dang boat heading for Luke and Laura? But we get… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

P.S. Faison, Dr.O and Britt…the new Cassidines?

susan M.
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susan M.

No wonder she is such a WITCHED WIITCH!

Ces
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Ces

I kinda like this new twist even though I hate Britt, she fits in with these nuts quite well 🙂

jimh
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jimh

Here’s an outrageous plot twist: Britchs carrying Dante and Lulu’s surrogate baby to pass it off as Patrick and Britch just got lucky that Maxi got pregnant by Spinneli or when Maxi showed up at the hospital after her doggie encounter a clever Britch managed to get a hold of Spins donor supply and she used that to make certain Maxi was pregnant! And since Olivia has seen a dog at the hospital it could represent Britch!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

DOOL is terribly boring now. EJami are gross and Dannifer, while good, are on way too much with a shit storyline to boot! I will not be tuning in. Glad to see the other soaps doing well!

Ces
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Ces

I can’t stand Chloe. I can’t stand Jennifer being such a wuss either and Daniel looks constipated most the time! I HATE this storyline so much!!! It’s worse than the Nicole/Jen/Daniel crap – far worse. Make it end. Days is horrible right now.

Jerrilynn Thomas
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Jerrilynn Thomas

I love GH! I am so glad that they broke up Patrick and Britt. I am just waiting to see what her bomb shell announcement is going to be. The nurses ball has been so much fun. I spent almost 50 hours watching content from SoapNet when the GH marathon was on last weekend. The best time of my life. I laughed and cried. Now I’m watching classic episodes on YouTube after seeing the first episode. Y&R is great but the Lauren storyline is a turnoff. They are wasting Steve Burton’s talent. He needs to go back to GH and… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

glad I’m not the only one that wants to strangle Jen & Brady on Days!

Jerrilynn Thomas
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Jerrilynn Thomas

🙂 They take being on the righteous side too far. You can only be a victim for so long.

Ces
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Ces

agree Jerrilynn!! haha.

Derrick
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Derrick

Y&R Lauren storyline is a turnoff?????????
I’m actually enjoying it.

Steve Burton’s character is a waste but I would probably give it more time!!!

Bart
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Bart

So am I, Derrick – I’ve had a crush on Tracey Bregman for a very long time!!

The Dylan character is pretty good, IMO – needs more development and more interaction with GC inhabitants, but I’m giving it time as well. No problems with Steve Burton here – never saw him on GH, but he’s doing an admirable job on Y & R, IMO.

susan M.
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susan M.

Richard Simmons was a pyschopath on GH today! He was acting like a two year old that didn’t get his way. I thought he was mean & nasty on today’s episode of Gh & locking Lucy in the dressing room. And being carried away before he ruined the Nurses
Ball…Rick Springfield rocked today on GH!! Jessie’s Girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spencer smith
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spencer smith

Brian Frons should hold his head in shame. As they would say on soaps, apparently the only taste he has is in his mouth.

David
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David

Was that fall she took why B&B’s Caroline went from sweet to bitch in a blink? HATE her now and NOT in a someone you love to hate way, and also Dayzee is a freak for supporting her against Maya. Cannot wait for my soaps OLTL and AMC to return.

Derrick
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Derrick

What on earth were the writers thinking??? I don’t like what they did to Caroline!!! I’m hoping that fall would explain her behavior!!

robert
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robert

Y&R is on fire right now. Been impressed by the new regime.

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Mike Manning On His DAYS Departure: “Thank You to NBC, to Everyone Involved, and Most of All to the Fans That Were Along for the Ride With This Crazy Character.”

Now it’s the end of the line for Charlie on Days of our Lives, his portrayer Mike Manning took to his Instagram for some parting words of his time in Salem playing this very bad dude.

As Days fans know, many people wanted Charlie dead, and now he is! Thus begins a good old fashioned soap murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera, the question now is, who ultimately did the deed?

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After getting a copy of the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, which features, “Who Killed Charlie?” on the cover, Manning shared in a post on Friday: Everybody has a motive to want this guy dead.” 😂 Not exactly how I pictured my first soap magazine cover, but at least we’re having a good time with it. It’s been fun Salem. I’ll love you all forever. ✌🏼💙. Thank you to NBC, to everyone involved, and most of all to the fans that were along for the ride w/ this crazy character. You’re amazing. I’ll always be grateful for you.  Excited to share what’s next as soon as I can.   Arrivederci. -Charlie/Mike”

So place your bets on who will turn out to be the murderer via the comment section below and let us know what you thoughts on Mike’s run on DAYS!

 

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as we know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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