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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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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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