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RATINGS: General Hospital Gains Most Viewers In Total Audience And All Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of February 2nd through February 6h, and for this period it was ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital that scored strong numbers, and added viewers across the board.

GH went back over the 3 million mark in total viewers increasing their total to 3,156,00 and added + 169,000 – the most of all four network daytime dramas for the week.  Y&R added +102,000, and DAYS added +67.000 to their total viewer count, as well.  The action in Port Charles that week was surrounding the two bombs that were set to explode! One, to kill Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and the other to kill the residents of Port Charles aboard the Haunted Star.

This was the week viewers also learned that Fluke could possibly be the real Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary), that Sonny (Maurice Benard) saved the day and then got pardoned, and that “Jake” (Billy Miller) fessed up to being under the control of Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and more.  GH also scored the most gains in all key womens demos: 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54.

Days of our Lives, which had the major drama of Sonny (Freddie Smith) being stabbed and his emergency surgery, and the set-up of the fallout between Will (Guy Wilson), Sonny and Paul (Christopher Sean), gave the NBC soap a bit of a boost in key demos ; women 18-49 and 25-54.  However,  DAYS is still  is being out-performed by all three other network daytime dramas.  CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful was the only show to lose total viewers for the week.  To view the entire ratings via SON click here.

So, what do you think of GH’s performance for the ratings week?  Thus far, which soap opera is delivering the best February Sweeps?  Comment below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Had the Haunted Star blew up with the cast in it, and having a few killed off and others missing in the river it wouldve made for a more explosive week…also, Nathan and Dante shouldve been trapped in the Spenser home with only the corpse able to escape…lol…’See ya suckers!’ the corpse chuckles back at the rubble with the trap men underneath…they couldve said Helene used mind control on the corpse…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sounds like an Abbot and Costello movie, jimh…LOL.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Isnt that what ive been watching…lol

Timmm
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Timmm

Scooby Doo! They borrow the van that they used for the prison break.

Fred: Nicholas
Velma: Carly
Daphne: Kiki
Shaggy: Spinelli
Scooby: Foster

They solve the Fluke mystery WAY before the PCPD! They pull off Fluke’s mask and its “Old man Spencer!” Another mask “Its 70’s Disco Luke!” Another mask and its “Christopher Cross singing, “Think of Laura” Another mask and it is Laura! Another mask and its “Sofia Vergara” from ABC’s “Modern Family!” Another mask and its…

Carrie Jay
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Carrie Jay

Sharon and Adam are the sexiest couple on daytime better than Jason and Kelly 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Carrie. I agree. No Chelsea and Adam please! Sadly, Nick and Sharon always end up together eventually.
Another sexy couple was Ronan and Phyllis/Michelle S.

There’s nothing sexy about Kelly Monaco. Posing for PLAYBOY does not sexy make. She is no Pam Anderson, she has beauty and sex appeal. Kelly has the sex appeal of a doorknob. I hope Billy Miller looks elsewhere now that he knows who he is. Furthermore, I cannot envision Steve Burton…Dillar the Pillar as the sexy, romantic type.

DaysFan
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DaysFan

I, for one, and I know that I am not the only one – though the banshees will come on here in a meltdown to shriek otherwise (viewership is low, not nonexistent, if you can read), am really enjoying an Ejami free Days. Writing needs some improvement, but we do not need that couple back to survive. Just better written stories. I’ve enjoyed it more since they left than I have for a really long time. I know I can turn it on, and even if a part is kinda boring, I don’t have to worry about being ready to… Read more »

harry
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harry

I don’t watch Days, but I have many friends who do and yes, you’re correct when you say that you are not the only one who is enjoying Days more sans Ejami.
It sounds like Days is on fire these days–there’s a lot of buzz.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Get in on the action, harry!

swag
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swag

Kristen is on her way back with the baby, I can’t wait!

harry
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harry

I will 4Ever Days. I am hearing really good reports. I am happy for Days fans.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely, DaysFan. I though I would really miss Sami, but I must admit, I am glad not to inhale the unhealthy relationship that was Ejami. My favorite character right now is Paul, so I hope his storyline will be one of meaning and substance….not another wishy-washy recycled triangle.

Brett Bradley-Howarth
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Brett Bradley-Howarth

Always glad to see any of the soaps doing well, but GH’s Fluke story has been awful!

Kalle
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Kalle

yes, I totally agree with you.

Marc
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Marc

In fairness to Days it s in a time slot designed to lose . Its head to head against the #1 soap. NBC should do itself and Days a favor and switch the show to 3 pm . It will keep its own audience and gain the soapers that want to watch soaps all afternoon

Omar
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Omar

Hey Marc, that is a great idea..Hopefully Days will get back on track..I started watching around after the Summer Olympics of 2012..The show got me hooked with in a few episodes and truly was the best soap in daytime for almost 2 years, hence their Daytime Emmy award for Best Soap

But boy this show went down the dumps quickly..Losing interesting characters played by solid actors left and right..Introducing new storylines that linger and lingggggggger with zero reward at the end..I had to stop watching in December.

I will tune back in and hopefully the new PTB will bring the spark back.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Omar, DAYS has made great strides in the last few weeks! You’re missing a lot!!

Chris
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Chris

It’s not that simple. NBC cannot do that because 3 pm is not a network time slot for them. It contractually belongs to individual stations for syndicated or local programming.

Guest
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It airs at the same GH does in my time zone… GH is in 3rd place . Been watching GH for over 43 years but I just might switch over to DOOL after all these years!! GH has turned in a Spoof of what it once was…. 🙁

kaffen
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kaffen

Yes the wrapped up the Psycho storyline

And now..let’s get to the Jason and Silas story line with Sam

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Jason and Silas? Ha! That might have been interesting. Now it’ll be the Sam, Patrick, Jason, Liz throw Robin in every few months and Rick plotting to win back Liz story…mix n match…

Carolyn
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Carolyn

The Fluke story line on GH has bored me to death. The Valentine’s Day program was a huge disappointment.

Days has had some exciting moments between the Sonny/Will/Paul triangle and the Hope/Aidan horror story. I’ve been most interested in these two story lines.

Y&R has potential — I hope it pans out because right now I can play the entire show on FFWD and know what’s happening.

Bold & Beautiful – Needs some February sweeps action; it’s stalled.

Omar
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Omar

I agree with you Carolyn…The FLUKE story line on GH was boring all along, but we were hoping for a huge and shocking surprise at the end..We got nothing but a stupid revelation..Really GH writers???..Still I watch and like the show for the pure sense of solid acting by their huge cast. I think Days needs some serious help since I last watched..I will tune in to see how is doing. Y&R seems to be getting back on track but then it starts to get back to stale mode…Still the huge cast has some serious acting chops and fun to… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Omar, The Fluke storyline has not ended. They are just now in the middle February sweeps. While I did expect it to end by the end of sweeps, I don’t even think this anymore, since Fluke announced he was ready to start the next “chapter”, and the spoilers are still full of Helena says this, Helena says that. By the way, she’s been on for 3 months straight. (Since Thanksgiving.) I’ve taken to doing something I haven’t done in years-fast-forwarding through Tony Geary scenes. Fluke was fun at 1st, but TG’s been back for months & it’s still going. A… Read more »

vinman
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vinman

Best comment I’ve heard !
You would think Sony would had thought of that too.

Elle
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Elle

I doubt the Fluke storyline had anything to do with the ratings increase.

Kalle
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Kalle

yes, amen to that!

Timmm
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Timmm

Probably not BUT we all keep talking about it!

Suzanne Taylor Stephan
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Suzanne Taylor Stephan

I have been watching 51 years since April 1, 1963! I used to watch all the ABC soaps when they were on less than an hour but when they went to an hour each I just stuck with GH!!!! I have never been sorry!

Timmm
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Timmm

God bless you.

harry
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harry

That’s because love means never having to say you’re sorry.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I definitely think GH is having the best sweeps story going– Y&R is second, Days is third and B&B is fourth because it has fallen into their lets repeat everything that happened last week mode. All they did this week was talked about what happened last week it became really tedious to watch.

Shari
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Shari

Well I for one am loving GH. Like Fluke Or not, it has people talking, guessing and debating. I think its been fun and the ratings are proof that like it or not, people are watching!

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree plus I am a huge TG fan. People bitch about Eric Braeden on Y&R to but he is another guy that once he is gone, there will never be another like him. Love him!

aria
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aria

the rating # are so pointless, its the same game week after week month after month with Y&R at #1 BB at#2 and GH#3 and dool #4 it would take a miracle for this order to change, its a joke really the landscape of daytime is set in stone, the only thing that can explain why Y& R hasn’t been dethroned is because their audience is older and they are set in their ways, and the show can be crap and they still have that large audience that won’t go down till they start dropping dead .

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Ratings are not pointless to the network. Ratings are crucial to programming, setting ad rates, and their bottom line. Remember ratings aren’t about what is good or bad, ratings just measure how many people are watching– why they watch matters little to networks. It is fans who make ratings some kind of competition that proves their show is better because the ratings are better or they get their nose out joint because they think their soap should be number one. So in that regard ratings are pointless because if you love a show, if it still is on the air… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Mary sf very good point thnks for knocking some sense into me!

Laurie
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Laurie

Aria, I’ve always been interested with ratings, charts, graphs, ect (boring, right?), and I even made a living collecting them for a while, but I have major reservations are the Nielson ratings system. I use common sense, lol, and other means to reach my conclusions, as do most of us I guess. While I have been behind the scenes, I haven’t been behind 1 particular shows scenes directly, still-I’ve never been able to fully invest in the show because I feel there are a couple folks there calling way more shots than their title/job duties call for. I feel like… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS has quickly turned around! I’m loving the show again!! There’s room for improvement, but I’m very happy!!! I hope the new writers continue the onward and upward trend.

I hope DAYS manages to use an hourglass in a storyline for the 50th anniversary…Does anyone have storyline ideas as to how a hourglass would be used?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

yeah, anything that involves Kristen! she could make an hourglass work. Maybe, the sand is EJ’s remains and somehow the magical Kristen DiMera does some hocus pocus and brings EJ back to life.
Oh, I don’t know. haha-ha. That’s something great to think about!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, Theresa suddenly remembers what happen to her with that evil Dr. and realizes he stole her embryo and planted it into Kristen(who will make it look like she was his victim too)…Theresa tells Clint, unaware he is working for that dr.(name escapes me) and Clint kidnaps her and takes her to that doctor…he injects her with some chemical that will kill her in an hour…she is tied up…he puts an hour glass in front of her to taunt her…he and Clyde flee…Miss Nancy Drew…i mean Melanie discovers Clint and the Dr. Evil were in cahoots, finds where they are… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sorry meant Clint not Clyde…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Good idea, jimh! I love it. I don’t have a storyline idea, but I did think of a small plot point: A human size hourglass that releases all the sand in 1 hour, but the neck has a stopper to keep the sand on top until it’s time to count down the minutes. As the sand goes through the hourglass, a device is slowly revealed hidden in the sand…slowly but surely it is revealed to be a bomb set to go off when the last of the grains of sand runs through! Maybe it can be set up at the… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

They should the hide the hourglass in their sets and make it a game for us to find it– because God knows those sets could use something to make them more interesting-LOL

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

They should put it in the town square…lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

lol Mary, You’re not playing fair! You wouldn’t really do that. What story would revolve around the hourglass? BTW, I was salivating when I first saw the Victor’s nightclub and Aiden’s cabin!!! They look good to me!!

Special note: One day, all soaps will have bigger budget cuts and DAYS is doing a fantastic job! Will the others?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, they could have a large hour glass in the time square with a bomb in it and when it explodes the sand spills out and covers Clyde, Ben, Jordan, Daniel and Melanie who all suffocate to death…bonus: the town is destroyed and Days gets new sets…lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sorry, meant town not time…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well you have a point, no one can creatively reused sets like Days does. I have seen one set be five or six locations depending how they dress the set. So I give them props for that. But what I meant was they could do some kind of interactive contest. They would place an hourglass throughout the sets for say a week, and we would have to try to catch them all, then go online and say where there were and when. Then the winner of the contest could win an commemorative hourglass, or something from the show as a… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

A contest like that would be fun…sounds like Where’s Waldo…lol

december baby
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december baby

GH did that with an Emmy statue a few years ago. It wasn’t a contest. But for a week, the Emmy would show up in scenes – on a bookshelf, at the nurse’s station, on someone’s desk, It was fun to “find” it so a contest would be great.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I would love a contest like that, Mary!

It can be a one of a kind hourglass! They should also have thousands of others mass produced that actually spin while playing the theme music…and maybe they can be signed by cast members at the purchasers request!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Like 4everDays said too…it could play the Days theme…An Hour Glass Music Box as the prize with Days 50th engraved on it…and 50 people would be declared winners drawn from all those who got the answers correct!!!

Liz
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Liz

All the so called explosion was boring.Can we get some good writing on GH?

su0000
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su0000

Hi Liz..
GH has many other stories besides the Fluke story that have been on going during the Fluke story..
Ava and her delivery of the baby and Nina and Franco to date have been awesome as are other great stories..
GH has not been only Fluke/Luke, it is the lead story but still there is much going on as Anna’s firing and Jake and Liz etc.. lots of excitement.. 🙂

janet
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janet

maybe our blizzards in the east are helping GH I shut the show off, even stuck in this house won’t make me watch it any more.
Someone should find out who is counting the people watching.

su0000
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su0000

Good for you , janet
now you no longer need to suffer through a soap that is not for you, not everyone can be a fan of GH (only special ones who ”get it” get it… lol 😉

GH is has gathered a cool million viewers since is was on the chopping block-
GH is loved by millions..
Hope you find a soap you will enjoy to watch.. Try DOOL, it has loyal fans..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I knew this would make you happy, Su. And, I am happy for you. Really!!
I agree with you. I do not regret tuning in this show. And, albeit I sometimes want to pull out my hair with the ridiculousness of some of the storylines, I love GH.

Timmm
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Timmm

It always makes me laugh when people quit watching the show they are a fan of or once watched it regularly. It is your right but your not a fan. To me, GH is like family. No family is perfect but if you love them, you shouldnt shut them off.

PATSY BOYD
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PATSY BOYD

GENERAL HOSPTIAL IS THE BEST. HAVE WATCHED IT FOR MANY YEARS.

Brenda
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Brenda

I love GH been watching it for years, yes the fluke story has to end now , but I thinks it’s been so exciting I love this soap , wish sonny would shave his beard though.

lm cee
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lm cee

Jasam is the reason I started watching GH, they were the reason I stopped and now they are the reason I am watching again. I am back to DVR and watching live when I know they will be on. If they aren’t on I am not watching. Besides JASAM there is no reason to watch. The rest of the show is boring. I wish they could either get rid of Ron or get him some help. This show is just to campy to me. I would like more realistic stories. Shirtless men don’t make a show. They need to be… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Ron does a good job and I love campy because it separates itself from the others. HOWEVER, I dont think he can write a good love story?

jeremy
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jeremy

Despite all the negative comments about GH, im a true die hard GH fan forever #1 in my books lol Congrats GH 😉

Jaime
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Jaime

Fluke?! really?

Brian
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Brian

Glad to see GH was rewarded for that exciting week of shows with increased viewership numbers. It goes to show that despite all the negativity out there, the majority of the GH audience seems to be enjoying the Fluke storyline, since that story was the centerpiece of that week’s shows.

Laurie
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Laurie

I have a question. In this day of modern technology, why do we have to wait a few weeks for soap opera ratings to come out, thus confusing fans, when all the ratings for other shows come out, in many cases, the very next day?
PS- I’ve always been skeptical of the accuracy of the Nielson system.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think the PCPD handles the ratings!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am looking forward to the Sonny/Paul/Will triangle, with Will emerging as the loser he is.
I am REALLY awaiting Kristen’s return with Theresa’s baby. K has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Did she even have sex with Brady nine months ago? I don’t think so….she was was in bed playing touchsies with Daniel. ….served no purpose as there was no er€£$!on ….the unsexy interlude

Other than the never-ending Fluke, guess-who game, GH has had the best storylines this past couple of years. It does deserve any, if all accolades given.

AJ
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AJ

Nice to hear that GH is doing well. Unfortunately, they lost me as a viewer when they started rewriting history AGAIN and gave Jason a twin. This is 1 of 3 soaps that I actually viewed on day 1. It was my job to watch GH after school so I could update my mother when she got home from work. This was before Internet, VCRs, etc. We got our updates in the Saturday morning paper. Stuck with GH thru all sorts of ups and downs, but the lack of focus on the heart of the show — the Webbers, Cassidines,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Come back AJ! I dont like when they rewrite history. I think the problem was GH acted like a kid in a candy store when OLTL was cancelled and signed some of their big talent. When Prospect Park laid the smack down, GH had to regroup with their OLTL actors and go to plan B. It sucks. Howarth, Easton and Alderson’s characters from OLTL were working. Frank and Ron had to re imagine those three characters because of the lawsuit and it has been horrible. ALL three are talented but Kiki, just the name is horrible and she is leaving,… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

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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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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