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



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!


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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  1. Derrick

    April 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

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

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

    • Jeffery

      April 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

      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.

        April 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

        One Life To Live is my favorite soap also!

  2. Dawn D

    April 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    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 a try also.

    • susan M.

      April 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

      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

        April 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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

  3. Bart

    April 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    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

      April 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm


  4. jim

    April 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

    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.

      April 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

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

      • spencer smith

        April 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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


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  6. Ces

    April 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

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

  7. Sal Piscioneri

    April 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

    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

      April 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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

      • Gillian

        April 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        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)

        April 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

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

  8. Mary SF

    April 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    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 Brad Bell has just run out of ideas– it is getting to the point he might be just using old scripts to write new ones. If ever a show needed a head to toe shake up it is this one. At this point I would be willingly to give his sister in law MAB a crack at this show– it might be horrible, but at least it will be something different- this show’s look, writing and characters are stuck in a time warp that left them in the 90’s. I still try to watch but most of the time I end up changing the channel. I love soaps, but it comes a point it becomes too painful to watch this once great soap become a cartoon version of what it once was.

    • Ces

      April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      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..

  9. jimh

    April 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    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 two reasons to celebrate: the return of the nurses ball, and BIG ratings for GH!

    • jimh

      April 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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

      • susan M.

        April 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        No wonder she is such a WITCHED WIITCH!

      • Ces

        April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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

    • jimh

      April 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      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!

  10. Dmitri

    April 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    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

      April 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      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.

  11. Jerrilynn Thomas

    April 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    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 just get his memory back so we can watch how he balances his old and new life.

    Days of Our Lives just sucks. When you start to root for Jenn and Brady to just get their butts kicked because they are just plain stupid and trusting, you know it’s time to find something else to watch. I fast forward through their scenes.

    Now as for The Bold & the Beautiful, they can just cancel it. It’s so incestuous because the cast is small. They have to fit everyone into 30 minutes. They recycle relationships. I used to relate to Brook as the under dog. I even got past the Deacon mess. But sleeping with your sister’s husband because she said she was fed up and giving him to you is just trifling. Taylor blasts Brooke for sleeping with every Forester male but she’s done the same.

    Hope was with Liam first but because her daughter wanted him Taylor f felt it was okay to push the relationship instead of telling her to go find someone unattached. Eric is sex starved. They could have found a new woman no one knew. Sleeping with another one of your “son’s” ex wives again” . Since when Steffy and Thomas call him by his first name. Just last month he was grandpa.

    Caroline was great when they first brought her on. Now there are just no words for her. The Bold & the Beautifu has been steadily going down hill. They should have kept As the World Turns and cancelled it.

    • Ces

      April 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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

      • Jerrilynn Thomas

        April 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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

      • Ces

        April 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        agree Jerrilynn!! haha.

    • Derrick

      April 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      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

        April 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        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.

  12. susan M.

    April 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. spencer smith

    April 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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

  14. David

    April 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    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

      April 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      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!!

  15. robert

    April 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

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

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one of their discussion below. You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Targets September Production Restart

Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.


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