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RATINGS: General Hospital Gains Most Viewers! All Soaps Up!

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The ratings are out for the week of January 18th through January 22nd, and it was a good week for all four network daytime drama series as each showed gains.  As well, each show is ahead of its total viewing audience numbers from last year at this time.

However, it was ABC’s General Hospital who gained the most viewers adding +116,000.  In story during the ratings week, Lulu (Emme Rylan) rescued Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) from the cabin fire, Johnny (Brandon Barash) exited one more time, the Lulu and Valerie catfight broke out, and the further disintegration of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu’s marriage ensued.   GH fans also had the opportunity to see fan favorites Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna (Finola Hughes), working together to try to find the whereabouts of Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise).  With that and other stories, GH brought its total viewer average count to 3,131,000.

Days of our Lives added the second highest number of viewers for the week with +85,000 in episodes that saw Hope (Kristian Alfonso) confessing to murder, then later sharing an unexpected kiss with Rafe (Galen Gering), John (Drake Hogestyn) finding himself in a stunning betrayal over his biological parents, and more.  The 50 year old soap opera came in with a total viewer tally of  2,872,000, and that is +473,000 from last year at this time.  Y&R is the only show ahead of DAYS in terms of audience growth in numbers from a year ago.

Speaking of The Young and the Resstless, the CBS soap continued to lead the pack in the number one spot,  gaining +39,000 viewers, and giving the series + 5,308,000 in total viewers for the ratings week.  Meanwhile, The Bold and the Beautiful is still holding very strong hitting over the 4 million mark in total viewers again, and gaining +65,000.  In the key demos, GH was the only soap to increase viewers in women 18-49, while DAYS was the only soap to increase viewers in women 18-34.  In the category of women 25-54, Y&R, DAYS and GH were up, with GH gaining the most viewers.  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,308,000 (+39,000/+567,000)
2. B&B 4,063,000 (+65,000/+313,000)
3. GH 3,131,000 (+116,000/+226,000)
4. DAYS 2,872,000 (+81,000/+473,000)

So, what do you think about the total viewer number and increase from last year at this time on your favorite soap?  What do you think about all the soaps solid ratings performances at the start of 2016? Do you feel they can sustain it? Which of the four soaps is working best right now?  Which is not?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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mysty
mysty

Robert and Anna were on doing their thing too. I’ve been really loving them

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ITA, they are really the main reason I’m still watching. They have such great chemistry!

Tristan
Tristan

Anna and Robert for the win! Now, can we please get a contract for Tristan Rogers? I’d want him teamed with Anna of course, as they are the gold standard, but some story with Laura would be wonderful!!!!

Harry
Harry

Yep–it is Robert and Anna all the way.
I have no use for any of those other loser couples.

Ces
Ces

Wish Brandon could have stuck around!!

Tristan
Tristan

True, dat!

Harry
Harry

Damn, Ces.
He is so damn brilliant.
He reminds me of a a more handsome and more modern version of Jimmy Cagney in White Heat.
My one lament is that his crackling talent was wasted on this lame storyline involving the whole Lulu/Dante/Valerie silliness which was so beneath him.
I also wish they would have allowed him to go on to play Chopin on the piano.
Why does Johnny have to go while lesser talents such as Julian, Morgan, Carlos, Sonny and Franco get to stay?

Tristan
Tristan

Brandon Barash is so amazing. He literally lights up the screen, without saying anything. And yes, Harry, he makes the actors you mentioned seem like sleep-walking amateurs. Barash is a true leading man and it is shameful he is not on GH in that capacity. When you think about it, Barash and Tristan Rogers have more chemistry between them than the rest of GH’s male cast members combined. And neither are on contract. Go figure!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Johnny ‘Cagney’ needs to stay…”Look at me ma…im top of the world!!!”…lol

Natalie
Natalie

I agree! Love Brandon Barash! I understand having Morgan on as he is Sonny’s son and now is bi-polar. However, I have no interest in Carlos or Franco. They are great actors, but dislike the characters and feel they have little place in Port Charles.

Patrick
Patrick

“… Y&R is the only show ahead of DAYS in terms of audience growth in numbers from a year ago ”

I’ll take this….

it’s my understanding that NBC and Sony start negotiations the first of February

puhlease

su0000
su0000

Good to see ALL the soaps going up, that is a good thing..

I had no doubt that fan favorites;
Robert (Tristan Rogers)
Anna (Finola Hughes)
the exit of Johnny (Brandon Barash)
and even Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) would bring them in.. 🙂

GH is the lowest in bring in new viewers since last year..
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

GH 3,131,000 (last week +116,000/ last year +226,000)

(((DAYS 2,872,000 (+81,000/+473,000) <– WOW!))

Tristan
Tristan

su0000: we totally agree. Yes, Robert, Anna, Johnny and that scoundrel Carlos draw viewers!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Rafe and Hope did not kiss.

To all you women between the ages of 18-49, thank you for making DAYS the only soap to gain from the same week last year in your demo!

Location shoot airing soon: Brady and the mystery woman at the beach!

blake
blake

Days is doing a location shoot? Awesome! And there’s a mystery woman???

Also, am I dreaming or did I see them do a location shoot at a high school last week? Days was on in the cafeteria at work and I thought I saw that.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes, blake, DAYS has had several indoor location shoots in the last couple months:

The warehouse where Hope met the evil Dr. and where Stefano was disposed of.
The high school.
The runway and party for the fashion show.
The auditorium for the photo shoots.

Now, Brady has already had a dream of a beach at the end of Wednesday’s episode which will lead him on a trip to Malibu where he will meet the mystery woman who’s haunting his dreams…

Mr. X
Mr. X

Some of his stories could use some work IMO but kudos to Chuck Pratt. I’ve been enjoying Y&R recently more than any other time since he began writing for the soap.

blake
blake

I agree. I never thought I would say it but Pratt’s Y&R is the most entertaining soap on now.

su0000
su0000

Y&R was always my #2 soap
GH was my forever #1 soap..
However now; I FF through most of GH and none of Y&R, making Y&R my #1 soap, now..

Patrick
Patrick

Days of OUR Lives : Wednesday ep’

Eric is released from the hospital

mom Marlena and dad Roman are “holding” on Eric

he is IMMEDIATELY read his rights….

heart tugging pull at all the heart

poignant moment

argh! ruined by Nicole… (ala a Carly moment) butts in and has to have her moment

all good and well… production! this is cry at the moment stuff !

Eric

susan
susan

Young and the restless is the best soap ever and deserves being #1!!!

jlh
jlh

I’ve enjoyed seeing Robert back in action–and with Anna to boot–but I’m borderline shocked that the character I’m most interested in right now is KIKI!!! The actress has really made that character her own, and as much as I adore Kristen Alderson, her Kiki did nothing for me but wince at her name. Hope some good stuff is coming up with this Jerome.

Patrick
Patrick

isn’t she, tho? the one word I come up with, with regard to Kiki

Enthralled : 1.capture the fascinated attention of:

synonyms: captivate · charm · enchant · bewitch · fascinate ·
[more]

archaic

enslave.

I just couldn’t be happier for Hayley Erin and… Maura West with the cutest of the cutest; Avery

what a family

hopefully the tug of war won’t last too long between mother and daughter… not that Kiki doesn’t have good reason… but you can see the natural ease in which this mother daughter act… I imagine if they teamed up together… all that they could do…. teach those Corinthos’ men a lesson

Live Jerome women! too much treat

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Proof there is viewers for soaps…enough said.

su0000
su0000

hi Jimh 🙂
nothing like breastfeeding story to bring ’em in …… lol

blake
blake

Yep. So much for “soaps are a dying breed” BS

Phil
Phil

I agree that Robert and Anna play a part in this ratings increase, but Jason and Sam do too. I am really enjoying GH these days. Loving the new writers despite what others are saying.

Dan
Dan

I totally agree with you, Phil. I think Jean & Shelly have done a good job since taking over, and the viewership numbers back that up. It took a while to build the show back up from the horrendous 2.4 to 2.5 million viewers that they were doing when Ron Carlivati got fired. They’re up approx 600,000-700,000 viewers since then, which is wonderful news.

If you’re a fan of GH, there’s no way you can’t be happy about that. As long as they can keep those numbers at a respectable level, we should continue to have our GH for many years to come. Which is what we should all want, regardless of whether you’re a fan of the current regime or not.

Just goes to show that simple, character driven stories work. Focusing on characters that the audience likes and are emotionally invested in, and moving the pace a little quicker. You don’t need someone returning from the dead every other week, or ridiculous, over the top stories like people having sex in a mausoleum, or villains pulling off masks like an episode of Scooby Doo.

robert
robert

it’s good to see all the soaps up from last year. they probably got a holiday boost with the holiday. i’ve actually been enjoying Y&R the most right now

Mary SF
Mary SF

Perhaps that blizzard that hit most of States last week had something to do with the bump in numbers– I mean if you can’t go anyway because of three feet of snow, staying home and catching up on your soaps seems a good way to ride out a storm. I would think that storm, and the holiday that Monday, had more to do with the numbers being up than the actual stories.

blake
blake

Not really because it didn’t hit until Friday.

Mary SF
Mary SF

After following soaps and the ratings game for years the basic fact is ratings go up when there are more eyeballs watching the screen and in most cases for soaps the reasons the number of eyeballs increased are two fold. If the stories are hot, as in the case in sweeps or if there is an outside cause leading people who normally not at home to be home, like during holidays. Since there was no stories on any the soaps that week that warrant an increase, it is logical to assume the holiday on Monday and the blizzard on Friday contribute to those increases. It may not be the sole factor, but if next week numbers go down as much as they went up this week, then my theory that it was outside factors like the holiday and the weather caused increase more than stories stands. This applies only to those who normally do not watch, which are usually the people that cause the ups and downs of the numbers, loyal viewers are the base and their numbers are fairly constant.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

You are so right, Mary SF, and claiming the ratings “miraculously” went up without any acts of God is laughable. I really wish they would stop this kind of boasting. It is just like when a new show is hyped up and premiered and then it is suddenly “the number one show on television” and then the next week is tanks. Yippee!

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

It is so beyond time to stop with the “live + same day” way to count the ratings. I, for one, have become busy during the day and now as a stay-at-home parent I do not regularly watch my shows until later that night or on the weekends.

It is time that DVR viewing/recording get in on the action as the live + same day is not the whole picture of a show’s success or failure.

Patrick
Patrick

I read somewhere… that… if you watch what you DVR within 3 days… it counts

so.. this is what I hope… and try my best to contribute to these ratings

so ; I don’t have to binge them all.. just keep up within 3 days of recording

su0000
su0000

here yah go, Patrick;

There are three types of viewing Nielsen regularly measures and reports.

Live viewing, live plus same day DVR viewing (these are the most commonly reported numbers) and live viewing plus seven days of DVR viewing. Almost all of our overnight and weekly data uses the live plus same day measurement. But we do also report some live plus seven data.

But the advertising is bought and sold based on Nielsen data we almost never see, commonly referred to as C3 or C+3 which stands for live viewing of commercials plus three days worth of commercial viewing on DVRs. That’s right, they actually measure how many are watching the commercials.

So far as we can tell DVR viewing doesn’t meaningfully add to a networks ability to make money, and more people watching shows via DVR isn’t good news for the networks.

As you might expect, most people using DVRs usually avoid commercials. As of this writing our experience has been that the C3 data doesn’t differ significantly from the live viewing, and that the relative performance of shows using the live plus same day DVR viewing is a good proxy for predicting success or failure

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

YES!

This is the fourth week in a row that GH is over three million viewers! Bravo to the writers, producers, and actors!

I can’t even remember the last time that happened to be honest but don’t recall it happening in this current decade. I beleive the highest it went was two or three weeks in a row of being over three million viewers during RC’s ratings surge in late 2013 to early 2015.

Timmm
Timmm

GH is up and Frank Valenti has HUGE news! I Two pieces of good news for us GHers! Robert and Anna together is enough to boost numbers. Seeing those two bust into C&S room the other day was great! R&A just ooze chemistry! HOWEVER, by the end of the week, Friday [1-29-2016], it was horrible! I FF through 3/4 of the show. Mayor Lomax recast and current story is horrible. Lulu looked like a fool trying to seduce DOGnte! Billy Miller seems like he is REALLY under Helena’s spell. He is acting like a mummy! BM has the chops to act, enough of this memory loss BS! I love GH, I’m just venting and here is my biggest “BITCH OF THE WEEK”, how in the blue hell do you not seek medical help for Jake the MOMENT he returns home after being with Helena for all those years? Everyone knows her evilness, especially her mother and father. Dumb, VERY dumb! I hope Frank’s HUGE news lifts my spirits after Fridays show. How about Wally and Tristan full time and bring back Greg as Lucky?

Rose
Rose

Interesting observation…when looking at total numbers of viewers for The Chew and The View the soaps hold their own or are better. Unless I’m missing something. Again makes you wonder why the OLTL and AMC cancellations except maybe costs to produce.

Donna M
Donna M

have to wait and see if Gh revival is for real. love TR and hope he stays..too bad for Y&R if he does. but as a vet lover not too linterested in most of Gh..frankly don’t even know who these people are and don’t care much for Alexis, sonny and crew.
Big new from FV..if it aint’ frisco …or lucky or TR for permanent…dont’ care. and wont’ make me a regular again. BTW wtf with laura…no romance or even a n inkiling yet. not interested in Scotty redo although llike KS…
When Gh bought in the recent newbees they should have instead bought back Cristina, serena sly or someone we were connnect to.
would like to see a returned frisco with laura since no FF renuinon can happen.
think there is a lot os story there ..lulu would probably lhave her panties in a twad over that. how about lucky coming back? maybe frisco can help him to see he has to tough it our or risk losing evrything…WSB…frisco not jordan or valerie or paul… jmho

Breaking News

‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Staying Put At DAYS As Head Writer

In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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Judith Chapman Dishes On Diana On All-New Episode Of “Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast”

Oh, the mother from hell has certainly come to NBC’s Days of our Lives ,now that it has been revealed that Diana Cooper is in actuality none other than Diana Colville, who shared a romantic past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), and is Leo aka Matthew’s (Greg Rikaart) worst nightmare!

Daytime fan favorite, Judith Chapman is back on Days of our Lives in this delicious new take on Diana, and on the latest installment of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During her interview with host Michael Fairman, Judith talks about how she was asked to take on the role, and found herself reunited with her former on-screen son from Y&R, Greg Rikaart.  She also teases what is to come in this twisted mother and son relationship, reveals what it has been like working with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, and talks about her former soap opera roles that included: Natalie Bannon on As the World Turns, Ginny Blake, General Hospital, Charlotte Greer on Ryan’s Hope, Angelica Deveraux on Days and Gloria Fisher Bardwell on Y&R- quite the resume.   When not on TV, Judith can be found in the theatre, where she is currently starring as Tallulah Bankhead in the show, Looped now through February 10th in Palm Springs, California.

Later in the podcast, John Aniston (Victor) stops by Suzanne Rogers  (Maggie) dressing room, where the duo talk about how they work together running scenes, and going through a tape day, and some fun historical anecdotes from Salem, and more.

To get the extended version of this interview with Judith, make sure to download it via iTunes and all major pod platforms.  To listen to the NBC.com version make sure to click here and enjoy.

Let us know what was your favorite part of our chat with Judith and if you are loving her thus far as Diana on DAYS via the comment section below.

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