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RATINGS: General Hospital Goes On Upswing! Shows Gains Across All Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 24-28th and it was ABC’s General Hospital, who has been in decline of late in the all key demos and total viewership, that bounced back with a positive week in all main ratings categories!

In fact, GH was the only daytime drama series to gain total viewers for the week with +62,000.  Y&R, B&B, and even DAYS, which was expected to perform much better with the first murder in the serial killer storyline, and the return of Stephen Nichols as Patch, albeit for a millisecond at the end of the Friday episode, all ended up in the minus for that category in the ratings period.

GH’s week consisted of Denise being revealed as Ava Jerome (Maura West) on the witness stand in the wrap-up of the Silas Clay (Michael Easton) murder mystery, and the last second reveal on the Friday cliffhanger that it appeared as if Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills) was the culprit.  The big news for GH is that it finally had gains in the women 18-49 demo, where it had been previously hitting all-time lows for the last several weeks.  GH also gained in the 18-34 and 25-54 demos.

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However, Days of our Lives has moved into the #2 spot in the 18-34 demo and is at #3 in the 18-49 demo.  Still all eyes are on the NBC soap opera about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, with so many big returns slated in the coming weeks and more of the new writers, Josh Griffith and Dena Higley’s stories about to kick off.  A move for DAYS to #3 over GH in  total viewers could still be imminent.  Can GH stave off DAYS?  It will be interesting to see how the ratings shake out in the coming weeks.

The CBS soaps of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful while slightly down in total viewers for the week with minus 43,000 and 41,000, respectively, continue to hold on to their #1 and #2  spot.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, do you think General Hospital can continue to bounce back and have another positive week in the ratings? Do you think it’s only temporary?  Do you think fans will tune back in to make sure the one and only ABC soap opera left on the air is supported while it makes its head writer transition in the scripts on to the screen come October?  Do you think DAYS is going to move into the #3 position shortly …  or will GH continue to hold them off?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Its good GH is on the up but will it last…maybe Anna’s return will help…got me a little more interested again—i actually watched an entire episode…lol…still the show isnt great it isnt too bad but i feel Days will eventually take over the number 3 spot…hey, even if one watches a soap and dislikes the other, lets hope they manage to stick around for many years to come!!!

Carolina
Carolina

Wait a minute!

I thought this was the summer that “General Hospital” was supposed to drop below “Days of Our Lives” in the ratings. What happened to that?

Guess “GH” just hasn’t become as bad as “Days”

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS is low in the ratings, but very high in entertainment!!!!! Viewers have to tune in to see how good it is!

Bonnie
Bonnie

it actually has this is the first week it was above.

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

Days is slowly improving…itll surpass GH by the end of the year unless GHs new writers make positive changes…i watch both so i hope they both do well!!!

Marie
Marie

Oh GH is way worse than DAYS. DAYS is getting better than every week. I almost feel like quit watching GH!

Tim S.
Tim S.

Days is getting better.. I am back to Days and GH is slowing for me… we will see how the new writing is.. but I don’t have my hopes high for this duo…. they were let go from Young and Restless for low ratings.. why why why why . .would they think they could help ratings at GH… I am very disappointed in whoever hired them…BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

Loves GH
Loves GH

Liz and Jake are my favorites. Wish she would tell him the truth, the guy is head over heels in love with her.

Maria
Maria

I can’t see him staying too much in love with her if she told him the truth! Think of how upset he was when she came clean about hiding Danny’s paternity? The only way he MIGHT not totally hate her is if she tells him the truth and he doesn’t remember who he is. He MIGHT be upset but eventually get over it if he still has no idea who he is he only knows his love for Liz.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

agreed, Liz keeping this secret ruins the beautiful love story they had. He probably won’t trust her after this and, of course, he’ll go back to Sam, blah

CeeCee
CeeCee

Not necessarily, maddie. Blah, is right, though…LOL.
Jake may not pair up with Sam. I hope these lady-writers don’t revisit that scenario. I really think that partnering Kelly with Billy in the Nikolas exploit-thingy was contrived to test the waters…..to see how these two interact. I think I could……I think I could…..I think I could…..Ahhhh, poof….it’s gone, gone, gone. Perhaps, it does work for the Sam/Jason fans. However, one must remember Billy is not Steve….thank-ye, gods! Sam was in love with Jason, the mobster. Since then, she has been introduced to a ‘cleaner’, for lack of a more ‘appropriate’ word, environment. Thus, her perspective is different; I would say calmer; not walking on eggshells, per se. So, Jake could fit that bill. albeit I see no spice, I see no furtive looks of come hither….I ‘hear’ no heavy breathing, that strong, encompassing feeling that enraptures the body, mind, heart and soul.
Furthermore, it would be an injustice to put Billy through the Sam-torture. I thought I had seen something, but naw…..Sam’s personality needs refurbishing. Yeah!
Nonetheless, as far as Elizabeth is concerned…..it is never good to keep secrets in a relationship…..specifically, such an enormous, dangerously explosive secret…..never ends well. Elizabeth has lost my respect. Even if she decides, at this late date, to tell Jake the truth, I will still hold it against her for making him, and everyone close to Jason/Jake suffer this way, especially his children.
But, who’s to say he will have to be coupled with anyone? Jake needs the time and freedom to get reacquainted with family and friends. as Jake….he is brand new. Let him grow into a Quartermaine….his rightful name. The best thing the writers could do would be to let Jake be, for a long while. Give him distance from any affairs of the heart. Allow him to take it all in….past and present, so that he can make wise and sound decisions for his future….not go head-long into any relationship.

Patrick
Patrick

hi Ceec:

2 things

1: “… that strong, encompassing feeling that enraptures the body, mind, heart and soul. ”

Kelly Monaco does not bring it; with Billy Miller. “End.” Rebecca Herbst .. of the three women in his life… Carly, Sam, and Liz… is thee strongest

the writers spiraled this storyline.. thinking they could make something out of “Jason” women… Carly, Sam, and Liz…. leave well enough alone.. and reunite “Jason” with his mother and aunt Traci… and salvage … Liz is his strongest potential

2. “…Jake needs the time and freedom to get reacquainted ” with himself

I’m still holding out hope.. that the Nikolas and Liz storyline… w/Hayden.. is their strongest get

as far as Liz: I don’t know.. my gut instinct… even if he found out.. Liz lied… his feelings are still stronger for Liz.. than it would be for Sam… what’s going to rise to the surface first?… regardless if he was still married to Sam.. and also has a child with

if the writers are going to go down that road… and he does the “right” thing… and attempts a reconciliation… with Sam… would be DOA… even with Daniel Edward…. Kelly Monaco… is not an exciting character… stilletos and black for fitting attire be damned. really? stince Steve Burton exited… she hasn’t stirred a single wanton lustful imaginative lead

GO with: Billy Miller mind. he said it himself… his best scene to date… the scene with Leslie Charleson….. mom Monica… let the Q’s lead

Ces
Ces

i cant stand that deceitful little b*tch. She needs to lose Jason! Hoping the new writers send her packing elsewhere.

Harry
Harry

Oh no, love our Miss Lizzy! Yes, I am terribly disappointed with her recent actions, but she is a beautiful, vulnerable character who is a member of the walking wounded club.
I am not into these idiotic JaSam vs Liaison wars, but if forced to choose between the ethereal and ovely Lizzy and the mumbling guttural Sam, I will choose Miss Lizzy.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

ROFL

I presume you are addressing the fans of Kelly Monaco

Julie
Julie

Totally agree. I switch the channel when she’s on. Of course she’s going to lose him. He hates liars and Liz surpassed lying a long time ago. What she’s doing is cruel and immoral!

luisa
luisa

im with you

Janie
Janie

Thank you Ces….I feel exactly the same way. I am SO SICK of Liz obsession with Jason. She had her chance at Jason decades ago….instead she chose Zander and ended up having his child Cameron who should be at least 15 or 16 by now….not 12. Personally I think “Sam” has more spark with the Billy Miller Jason than she does with Patrick.

Ces
Ces

I totally agree Janie, love Kelly with Billy Miller. He seems to wake her up a bit since this Jason is much more likely than Stone Cold Steve Burton was.

Liz needs to just stay home with her 20 kids and stay off-screen. She is a deceitful liar and I’m not even buying any chemistry with her and Jason/Jake. They are boring!

Ces
Ces

much more *lively* I meant 😉

Justin
Justin

I’m not going to get too excited about 62,000 viewers when it’s still down 200,000 from a year ago.

tina
tina

same here and I can’t stand the show anymore

Layla Kalich
Layla Kalich

At least numbers are going up instead of down.

luisa
luisa

that is good

Cary Giacalone
Cary Giacalone

It is hard to see how smug Victor is on Y&R is and not have the whole story come out for the entire town and for him to feel the hate he has earned, especially from his two grandchildren who lost their loves. Maybe like me the numbers are going down because others are sick of this as well.

Harry
Harry

Cary, you know who makes me the most sick? Victoria! I swear, she acts like her father is the second coming.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Harry; you’re so right! What has happened to Victoria? I don’t get it! She knows how vicious, manipulative, controlling and cruel her father is. She has personally had a taste of Victor’s wrath!!!! What gives?

Patrick
Patrick

all I can say… to this?

2 time emmy winner…

the actor… must be beside herself… (I would be)

having to continually act this out… as the daughter of… against her better judgment… go with

it’s laughable.. that she continues this path… and Nick.. get’s no backlash!

her fathers’ daughter… dang it! I have posted… that had BM continued in this role…that she just remove herself from the Newman and validate herself by aligning as an Abbott

Amelia Heinle… must be sick of acting the same ole same ole

I want Eric Braedon GONE done… MIA… fired… let go… exit with no manhood

Patrick
Patrick

thanks Ceec:

Amelia Heinle’ Victoria: “…She has personally had a taste of Victor’s wrath! ”

just another cruel insight to how the writers denigrate… and do not let WOMEN leverage enliven and elevate themselves…

i’m waiting for that day… when Nikki and Victoria… TAKE… “rise” and enervate themselves

I am so bored with Victor and Nick…

end

damien
damien

ol’ vic needs jail time!
it would be an amazing performance to see the emotional , vulnerable beaten down version of victor for a change! eric braedan can do emotional very well ! victors been mean and ruthless for so long now, the last writers turned him into a jerk and villian. even mab brought him down to the docks where he met the nun or had him escape to paris devestated after sabrina s death when ashley rescued him. victor has a soft side and it would be awesome to see the whole town turn on him and him have to start over!!! …. however that would take a real deep headwriter to spin that out like the legend bill bell or kay alden! … pratt is all plot with no layers! … we could see ashley and sharon visit him and forgive him because those were two characters he deeply respected and cared for and they brought a more humaine side to victor come out!
eric braedans victor deserves more complex writing not the one note evil side pratts been writing for him!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Victor has has jail time, damien. Doesn’t work. He should just be hanged!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

It is incredibly unsatisfying to have invested in this storyline for no payoff in the end. Victor must pay.

Harry
Harry

I agree with y’all. It was most unsatisfying to have not only Victor not pay for his truly evil and dastardly deeds, we don’t even get to see other characters learn about them! The only thing which was keeping some of us holding onto that dreadful Marco/Jack Doppelganger story line, was the prospect up Victor receiving his comeuppance. I really wanted Victoria to discover what her father had been doing behind the scenes too.
There was no pay off and it looks like there will not be one coming.
Speaking of Victoria, the Ice Princess needs a new romance which will jolt her out of her zombie-like state. I say hire Michael Easton and cast him as a detective for the Genoa City Police Department. Paul could use a new buddy and side kick and no one plays this part better than Michael. Then romantically pair him up with Victoria which would also put him a in position of going toe to toe with Victor.

Jts10000
Jts10000

I totally agree!

Janie
Janie

@Harry……You have an EXCELLENT IDEA. I for one am so tired of recasts. This Billy is better than the first recast…but…absolutely no one will ever be able to replace Billy Miller! The idea of Michael Easton coming in as a new detective for the GC police dept. is inspired. As for as pairing him with Victoria, I would not do that to my worst enemy. She has never been my favorite character on the show…but now, I absolutely DETEST her and wish someone would b*itch slap her into next week. I really do like the idea of Michael Easton joining the show. Seems like that’s all GH and Y&R do anymore is to exchange actors.

Harry
Harry

Janie, I do not disagree, however, think how hot Amelia and Michael would look together. They have the same coloring, the same cobalt blue eyes–they go together.
Yes, I really am that shallow.

TRAIVS THOMAS
TRAIVS THOMAS

What drives me crazy is that GH gets taken to task so much, but YR is complete garbage for me, yet the ratings have been up. Are people truly loving this or is it a watch out of habit kind of thing. Ugh I have 2 months worth of eps on the dvr cause everytime I watch Im so disgusted I just stop. I think Im just gonna finally stop watching YR. Hate watching is just so not healthy.

Patrick
Patrick

ditto!

the best marquee yet!

“… YR is complete garbage for me, yet the ratings have been up. ”

it’s completely out of habit… knowing this and just imagining EB’ mug… blech!

DAYS and GH are far and away the better of the 4 remain

Jts10000
Jts10000

So true

Harry
Harry

Travis, simply put–Y&R at least finishes a story and the pacing holds steady. I lost interest in GH due to the fragmented, disjointed approach to story telling, the plot devices, the lack of character development and the terrible pacing.
Y&R has it’s problems for sure and is FAR from perfect but for me, it can still tell a decent story.
I am hoping GH will get better and if I hear that it does, like the Terminator says, I will be back.

Harry
Harry

Oh heck–its not, it’s. Sorry!
And since I came back to fix my mistake, I must say Travis that if watching was purely about habit, I would still be watching GH. It took A LOT of garbage to break my thirty year plus habit.

TRAIVS THOMAS
TRAIVS THOMAS

Well to be honest, I havent been watching either. Yeah YR may finish a story, but the SL’s are awful. This past Victor SL was predictable and I feel like Pratt has turned him into a Stefano Dimera clone. I guess my point is I always expect Gold Star Storytelling from YR. And damn I feel like after Kay Alden and John F Smith were run out of town, this show has never been the same.

GH may have its ups and downs, but at least in my opinion the show is still rooted in its wheel house. I tow the line on Camp, but at least I know that its a part of the shows DNA from the 80’s. For me YR just has people with Character names I know, but thats not the YR I know. Hmmm kinda ironic, Ive actually been watching full eps of Days again vs not watching BOTH YR & GH.

And we all have diff opinons on what’s decent and for me thats def not the YR right now.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I second Harry’s sentiments.

Harry
Harry

Travis, you are right of course. I am lowering my barometer of expectations–just trying to hold on I guess.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Did Adam kill Delia? What the music box mystery solved? Was Gus Hilary’s dad? Where are Leslie and her brother? What happened to Mariah and said brother? Y&R has a lot of unsolved mysteries as do GH.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Please support DAYS. They’re fighting hard with a great new writing team. DAYS is ON FIRE!!!!! And be kind to GH also.

Harry
Harry

4Ever Days–yes, I am there!

CeeCee
CeeCee

DAYS is super, right now, 4ever. You’re right…I’ve been scorched a few times, these past few weeks…LOL. Now that Bo is in the picture, the show will get even hotter as it picks us steam. I am anticipating seeing Hope, Aidan and Bo in a scene…there will be a charged silence that speaks volumes; or, an all-out-old-fashioned-fight! Can’t wait!
LOL…we are kind to GH…I love it…just exposing a few flaws. No worries, 4ever. Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

The-watch-out-of-habit certainly plays into it, Travis. It’s hard to let go. I prefer GH to Y&R , which has been my fave for years. I just do not buy into that bunch of caca anymore. But, I will not stop watching. It’s bad enough having list all the other soaps….better this caca than nothing at all…LOL.

I love gh
I love gh

I’m not really sure, but Y&R is the only soap on at 11:00 in my market. It has no competition and never has. Plus, it’s still early enough for people with evening shifts to watch before work whereas later shows don’t offer that. I’ve always wondered if this contributes to why their numbers are so much higher. It’s a great soap, for sure, but the numbers have long baffled me.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmmm. Never thought about it that way, I love gh……makes so much sense!

Harry
Harry

Travis:
I wanted to let you know that after taking three weeks off I watched GH today and it was quite good! Billy Miller came alive as Jason today after he shot the three henchmen dead in order to save Sonny and TJ’s life. That look in his eye after he shot the men demonstrated that Jake is morphing into Stone Cold.
I loved it.
Overall the show was good and guess what? There was no Ava, Nina, Franco, Madeline, etc. The only bad thing was Carly’s flip hair style which was reminiscent of Tammy Wynette famous for singing “Stand By Your Man.” Perhaps that was by design. And of course Sparkle Pony trotted in wearing a garish dress with too much fru fru and bows. I think there were ribbons in her mane too.
I have decided that whenever a scene is lacking that they should have the actor or actress hold Baby Avery. That baby is so endearing, charming and adorable one finds oneself just smiling at her while not paying attention to the dialogue. I swear, if they put Baby Avery in every GH scene ratings will go through the rood! That baby is two legged antidepressant, and I am not even a baby person.

TRAIVS THOMAS
TRAIVS THOMAS

I guess I need to Binge watch this weekend. I dont mind Franco as much because of RH, BUT my biggest issue is that since being revealed that he’s Scott’s son they only have a relationship when it only suits the SL. He has an entire family, unless TPTB think Im gonna forget the Baldwins. There is so much rich history to draw from and the chance to truly tell a father/son story. But they keep ignoring 2 gifted actors that could truly bring amazing performances for rushed relationships.

Im not sure why I even keep hoping for a chance for Kin and Roger to truly shine together. This show has seemed to wipe out any family existence Pre-JFP. I mean has Scott even told Franco he has grandparents. I truly hate when soaps just “Forget” families.

My biggest gripe with every Soap is there is no longer a true sense of family and friends. They all just seem to be a bunch of people that just happen to live in the same town that run into each other when its SL dictated. Damn on Bold, characters meet, a month later are madly in love, and 2 months later they are engaged and at the alter. I know soaps needed to pick up the pace, but damn there are no beats played anymore, no struggle, no mountains to overcome.

LMAO, the Jason reveal seems to be the only Long Form Story taking place out of all the soaps. I guess I need to stop holding on to my Soap memories growing up with my Grams as a child and just embrace the Plot driven method of today’s soaps. If not, Im gonna always be annoyed.

Gary
Gary

Very good news, but ABC is giving GH 6 months to turn it around or its cancelled.

Justin
Justin

How do you know this?

Gary
Gary

I heard the news on the radio today.

Carolina
Carolina

People at the “Days of Our Lives” fan websites are spreading this untrue rumor.

Timmm
Timmm

Dont waste your time asking. Its BS!

Harry
Harry

It seems to me that ABC has gone out of its way to kill General Hospital just as they did AMC and OLTL.

Donny
Donny

I agree with you Harry, ABC want GH gone period. hope ABC choke on it, for cancelling AMC and OLTL. I will never forgive them.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Harry. Every time I hear about the death of those forever-imprinted-in-my-brain, wonderful soaps; I hurt. It’s a heartache!

Chris
Chris

Sadly, I believe you on that, but how do you know that for sure?

Aria
Aria

Are you with TV guide,? Entertainment weekly? Soap opera digest ? CNN! ? Let’s not start any cancellation rumors please, all we need is the oltl crowd ready to Burrie GH and try to resurrect the very dead oltl.

Felicia
Felicia

Aria you need to calm down. Abc want General Hospital to fail That means the soap will be cancelled sooner than later. Lets face it, abc will replace GH with a cooking show or talk show. abc cancelled our beloved OLTL and now they will cancel GH. Lets enjoy watching Gh. Because time is running out.

Josh
Josh

It’s funny, the last time I saw “Gary” post the same exact thing on this site, he also heard it on the radio “today” that time also. This rumor has been making the rounds for a few months now, it’s already been debunked by those in the know. ABC isn’t happy with GH, that’s a fact. Which is why changes were made. But there was no such deadline or ultimatum put on the show. Stop spreading false rumors.

Chris
Chris

You seem like an all-knowing inside expert on GH’s situation. How do YOU know this info for sure? Just because someone on the outside has a blunt opinion (or a fact that they found out somewhere, not sure which applies here) that you don’t want to hear, that doesn’t give you the right to be rude.

Harry
Harry

Josh, I just want to know what radio station is reporting this–ha! Is it the classic rock station which constantly plays “Stairway to Heaven”?
Aria, as a loyal OLTL fan with many OLTL friends who are also fans, I can assure you that I most definitely do not harbor any fantasies about GH being canceled. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Because I know, just as any OLTL or AMC fan knows, that Disney wants to get out of the soap business. This was leaked out just about the time OLTL and AMC were canceled. But then The Revolution and Katie Couric (which basically replaced the aforementioned soaps) failed miserably and were canceled.
Most of us OLTL fans do not want GH to be canceled in favor of a OLTL rebirth. But we do harbor a fantasy that Disney/ABC executive suits will recognize the fact that silly talk shows can not replace our stories, our soaps.
Even those of us who bitch about GH are really rooting for its survival.

Josh
Josh

Chris, I heard it on the radio. Right after they read the lottery numbers and I won $10 million, and a unicorn flew past my window. :p

Harry, LOL, I too would like to know about this radio station. A radio station that talks about soaps, I must be missing out!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do not believe that. I need honest-to-goodness facts……not word-of-mouth. If that happens, I will go into mourning and wear black.

Patrick
Patrick

this site is so good for commiserating

when it’s announced near back to back… that DAYS and GH are w/ nuWRITING team

it’s easier to go with ebb and flow… and ride the crest of dissatisfaction and wait till October… when GH turns

and celebrate DAYS with catapult

yes… I get this… leaving Y&R for GH… and knowing the dire straits of Port Charles….

Oy! I’ll read all posts and sit this out… dust the pom pom and ready myself

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, is right , Patrick…too funny. But, I did not leave Y&R for GH. I just think GH is at a better place than Y&R right now. I will NEVER leave Y&Y. I am too loyal. LOL.

Chris
Chris

Yes, it’s a baby step but quite frankly, those ratings for GH are still pretty bad. The numbers are not going to sharply fall EVERY SINGLE week, and it’s still down 200K viewers from last year. As the expression goes, a broken clock will still be right twice a day.

The show is probably going to need at least as many weeks on the plus side to negate however many weeks it’s been reaching all-time lows.

Eve
Eve

I agree. People aren’t looking at the numbers from a year earlier.

The show is going to need a major overhaul, but I hear the new writers are going to focus on Sonny, so not sure how the numbers will improve.

TRAIVS THOMAS
TRAIVS THOMAS

The character that drove me away during the JFP years. No thanks I’ll pass. He ate the show so much in the past. WHY, please tell me WHY?????

AJQ
AJQ

Seriously, it’s fine to try and be positive about GH. It’s appropriate to say that at least the bleeding stopped for a week and there was a slight increase in viewership.

But using the stat that it was the only soap to increase is so misleading and inappropriate. It is technically true for the week but does not convey the real story.
The changes in the week to the negative for the other soaps was nominal as was GH’s increases. But GH is the show that was completely in the tank and is still #4 in the demo.

The reality is GH is down over 200,000 from the same week last year in total viewers and 18-49.

Total viewers from last year, Y&R Up 244,000. B&B Up 96,000. Days Up 121,000, GH Down 244,000.

18-49, Y&R down 21,000, B&B down 42,000, Days down 16,000, GH down 208,000.

So, be positive that the bleeding at GH stopped. Be positive there was a slight increase. But the comparison to the other soaps is misleading and not a credible example.

Also, GH will go up in September. It is bound to, TV viewership in general increases in the fall. The key is how much it goes up and how it will do compared to the previous year.

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

YEAH

blake
blake

Days is still doing great in most of the demos, and in household numbers they are right on GH’s heels.

Ces
Ces

other than Days bringing back favorites the show is still not exciting to watch. Im still amazed that Josh Taylor is playing Roman. Fan faves wont make me return.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The writing is exciting! The returns should draw viewers back, but the writing will keep them tuning in. I’ve been a DAYS fan for over 30 years and I know it’s exciting!!!!!

Carolina
Carolina

I agree. I stopped my “Days” habit back in 1991 or 1992 and never looked back.

Marie
Marie

You are missing out then. Cuz it’s really great right now & that’s the first time I can say that since Ali Sweeney & James Scott left.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Days, Ces. However, I really do understand exactly what you imply about Josh/Roman/Chris K. I can barely ken what words he puts together. His diction was always bad, now, with age, it has become indecipherable. His speech is worse than Sonny Corinthos’.
Then, there’s John Black….his face goes through indescribable amounts of expressions, all at the same time….so hard to take him seriously…..and, the love-fest between him and Marlena; acting like young lovers, is really getting to me. How many times have they been down this road? Then, OMG!, there’s that stupid non-descript-colored rose ( not you, sweet, Rose) that keeps making an appearance between them. What’s up with that rose…..is it supposed to symbolize something?
I love Bo coming back, though….and, Patch….they are exciting men/actors.
I hope that once this momentous second/third coming’s excitement wears down a bit, Theresa’s venture into the business world comes to fruition, or maybe sooner. I love her and perhaps her life will have true meaning….then, as a plus, gets Brady out of her mind and heart and concentrates on a new love. A man equal to her sensibilities; a man who understands the real Theresa and what makes her tick; a man who loves her as she is….no frills or fru-frus. A man who accepts her flaws ( the flaws must be harmless, though….lol) with the good. Yes, I know, I am dreaming a fairytale. Well, it’s easy for me….I have THAT man!

Ces
Ces

I’m feeling that I shouldn’t have “popped” in the other day Carolina — Like you, I stopped my days habit about 5 years ago (after a 10 year break previously) started in 1982 …
What I saw recently were a bunch of newbies? Theresa, Ben, DULL Abigail (always was an annoying character), Kayla screaming at bland Joey, annoying Nicole with her little Dutch Boy haircut and Hope in bed with some straight collar guy that looked boring too.
As much as I LOVE STephen Nichols and Peter Reckell — don’t think those two alone can make me keep tuning it. Even John & Doc who I used to LOVE, nauseated me the other day. That’s no good 🙁

Ces
Ces

LMAO CeeCee at the yellow rose!!! I was thinking the same thing the other day when he pulled it out and gave it to DOC. I absolutely use to love Deidre Hall/Marlena but I’m not sure what it is about her now that drives me up the friggin wall.. That “closing the eyes thing, the lips, the constipated look on her face” idk …. I just know these two irritate the crap out of me now.
I don’t know who this Theresa character is? I just know I didn’t like the actress on GH as Maxie so ….. probably don’t like her on DOOL either.
Love Peter. Love Stephen. Love Thaao/Andre — just don’t think they can hold my interest again 🙁

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are making me laugh so hard, Ces. Dutch-boy haircut…???! Hilarious.
You’re right, Bo and Patch can’t do it alone.
BTW…I can’t stand boring pie-faced Aidan either. Later.

Joni
Joni

Its a small increase. Nothing to write home about.

Timmm
Timmm

Better than a decline!

Rose
Rose

Timmm…Hear! Hear!

Harry
Harry

Shoot, Joni. I already wrote home about it!

Madelyn
Madelyn

Maybe if they would find a way to bring Steve Burton back…..I’m sure that would be a big spike

Monica
Monica

Steve Burton will never come back to GH, You’re dreaming Lol. Steve is very happy with The Young and The Restless.

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

I love Steve on Y and R as Dylan. He is a great actor and loving the Shylan pairing

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah because he is lighting up the screen on Y&R! Its not about actors, GH ha

Timmm
Timmm

GH has the talent, they need the writing!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree with Timmm. GH has a very talented cast. The writing needs to capitalize on that.

Harry
Harry

Timm, Steve Burton is the Perry Como of daytime.

blake
blake

Y&R has done bad in the key demos for weeks now. B&B and Days are close to beating Y&R in many of the key demos.

chuck
chuck

they sure are Blake, the numbers were just terrible they didn’t gain much some but they are way down from where they were not long ago when the show was Gaining in every category

damien
damien

people will tire of pratts flash and splash writing! mab first year was light years ahead of pratts crap( ashleys rescues vic in paris, adam gaslights her, sharon baby switch, nina returns for phillips body, cane phillip switch) and after a couple of years look what happened!… pratt is running out of tricks up his sleeve and its a matter of time before ratings drop!!!

blake
blake

God I hope so.

chuck
chuck

They have dropped In all the key demos, They were gaining there for the longest time but now in the past few weeks or so they have started to go down ever so slightly. This IMO is the biggest drop the show has had since Pratt started, he doesn’t have anymore tricks the show is unwatchable

CeeCee
CeeCee

I like that phrase, damien….’flash and splash’……so apropos.

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

They have ruined the Sharon character again and I can’t stand to watch it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Avelina. Here, I thought, Sharon was settling into normal domesticity, and BAM….she is losing it again. I don’t understand why the writers went through so much trouble to heal this wounded bird, just to shoot her in the head and our hearts again. Makes no sense to me….unless, Case is exiting the show.

Stefano cute greek boy
Stefano cute greek boy

I agree Sharon is nuts again, same ridicoulous repeat story lines. Sharon has turned into a poutana and crazy biotch.

Steven
Steven

I think some of the views are tuning back in, because they know that the material from the new Head Writers is about to air!

I don’t know if is this month or next month when Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante fully take over as Head Writers, but there’s been a change in the tone of the writing with Jean Passanante back on staff.

The ratings are a good start, but GH still has a long way to go!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I give all the credit to Scotty 🙂

Alan
Alan

Let’s wait and see what the numbers are for this week’s worth of Corinthos centric episodes. Watching Sonny and Carly moon over each other, Michael move towards forgiveness of the man who killed his father, and Morgan be Morgan had me switch over and check out the action on DOOL for the first time in a decade.

I think GH dumping Ron Carlivati will prove to be the best thing that has happened to DAYS in a long time…

KM
KM

GH’s new HWs definitely have their work cut out for them and, yes, I do think DOOL will slip past GH in the ratings. I’m thinking about checking it out myself.

GH is paying a very steep price for a very long stretch of neglecting character development and story movement. I’ve been a life long daily GH watcher but I’ve been finding myself drifting away missing more and more episodes lately and not really caring because there’s just nothing going on and no characters to care about.

I understand it’s going to take time to turn that huge ship around and I can see the quick patches they’re trying to make but…how is anyone supposed to care about Silas’s murder when we were never given a story that made us care about Silas? Ditto Morgan being instantly bi-polar.

Interesting that today’s episode actually did pay some attention to family ties and connections. I thought is was a glaring writing misstep that characters like Bobbie, Carly Laura and Lulu were so absent from the big Fluke story to the point that
that I’d actually forgotten that Carly was Bobbie’s daughter.

Layla Kalich
Layla Kalich

I think one of the reasons why GH has tanked so much is they focused on that Fluke storyline forever. When it finally concluded nobody even really cared they just wanted it over.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, your right but Tony was sick and that stretched it too long AND they botched Tony’s exit! Now, what the hell is their excuse on dragging out Jake’s identity!

Barbara Darlin
Barbara Darlin

GH had almost no where to go BUT up. Any lower and they’d be off the air.

If the new writers can bring new stories, not centering on the mob, there is hope.

Layla Kalich
Layla Kalich

New writing to focus on Sonny and family..So I doubt the mob will be over.

Timmm
Timmm

I understand it is a show about a hospital but the mob has been in play since 1981 so its something that probably will never change. I dont mind the mob. Its brought some exciting moments BUT they should refocus their writing back to the hospital.

Fanny
Fanny

HALLELUJAH❗️

su0000
su0000

”In fact, GH was the only daytime drama series to gain total viewers for the week with +62,000. Y&R, B&B, and even DAYS,[-] , all ended up in the minus for that category in the ratings period.”

That ^^ is Ron at work at his best.

Ron is the only one to save GH, and he is proving he can change lanes and bring GH up.
RC has put his heart & soul into GH, he knows its history, well.. He honors the gone vets and brings them in when he can, Ron is GH in many ways..

He was not solely responsible for Tony’s long long story ..
But– his writing of the black & white 52nd was phenomenal and one of the best soap stories ever via the reporting critics.
no way on this earth could Jean and Shelly write as that.

I said– soon as the Luke story ends, that RC would come back full force and rock it, and he has.
Since Luke’s exit GH has been on fire!! Ron has even changed it up.. We all have noticed the change/direction.

It was huge mistake to let Ron go and snooze queens are a bigger mistake.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I will ask you again, are you Ron Carlivati or a relative of his? In the years I have visited this site, I have never seen anyone come to the defense of a writer like you, Su2000. I am sure Ron will land on his feet and do very well.

su0000
su0000

well, Lew S..
I’m a negative person nor a hater..
I luv Ron’s work and say so..
People can bitch and complain,however; It just as easy to say something positive because nothing is ever all bad….
So– the haters can spew their hate, I will say how much I like GH and Ron’s writing because I do.. I really enjoy GH ..

I suppose it is rather shocking to read positive comments ..
GH is my soap, I support it.
I am also a Packer fan and anybody who disses the Pac there will be sporting war.
,,,,,, It is called LOYALTY ..

Rose
Rose

Su…I sure didn’t like what Ron did with Sonny and GH story Friday when Sonny was shot and possibly killed before the wedding. Particularly brutal and unnecessary as one of his goodbye stories. Especially after the Fluke thing.

Lew S.
Lew S.

SU, I admire your loyalty to Ron and GH. I think Ron is creative and innovative. But, characters were created that a lot of people didn’t cared about and stories dragged for quite some time. Was he sacrificed by ABC? Hell yeah! GH has great talent and I will think Frank Valentini will do his best to turn the show around. It is the last remaining soap for ABC and I would like to see it succeed. The same goes for Days of Our Lives. I hope Ron is given the opportunity to write for nighttime television, because I think he will truly excel there. By the way, I am a big fan of Michelle Stafford (love her!). I hope she is given the material to prove what a great actress she is. Love Gina Tognoni and she is making Phyllis her own on Y&R, but Michelle was the bomb!

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hi SU, I admire your loyalty to Ron. He is creative and innovative and he did help to rescue GH from cancellation a few years back. But, he also created characters that many didn’t care for and storylines dragged for quite some time. Did ABC use him as a scapegoat? Hell yeah! I think Frank Valentini will do his best to turn GH around and I pray that ABC will give him the time to do that. I hope Ron turns up on a nighttime drama, because I think his writing style will truly excel there. By the way, I am a huge fan of Michelle Stafford (love her!). Gina Tognoni is making the character of Phyllis her own on Y&R, but Michelle was the bomb! The writers need to give her a story worthy of her talent.

jeanne
jeanne

i hope that it will keep going up with the new team and we will be up to Y &R in no time we can’t lose hour G.H this is the only one left

rebecca1
rebecca1

I thinkt people should tune in, turn on, record or just have GH on as background noise even if they don’t currently enjoy the show. Personally, I still like it and would hate for it to be wiped out forever. We know from experience once a soap is gone we can rant, rave, write, call….not going to matter. I’m glad the numbers are up but they’ve gotta keep moving in that direction if we want to argue and rip each other apart for our different opinions for years to come.

Jts10000
Jts10000

People keep watching or there will be no GH. I agree with Rebecca

Kimmy
Kimmy

I totally agree also!! If I have to leave the house during GH I leave it on the TV and then watch it later on demand or computer. I do not want to see it get cancelled….it is my favorite soap and always will be!!

Kristine
Kristine

Honestly, the headline here is laughable. GH is still in 3rd or 4th place in all key demo categories. That’s hardly “going on an upswing”. Just because for once it actually did not set yet another new all-time low mark is hardly a reason to celebrate. Just sayin’.

Rosie
Rosie

GH will not recover, Abc will make a decision and cancel the soap.

BeBry
BeBry

All with Carlivati’s stories and writing. I have long maintained the real reason for the ratings drop were the drawn out (due to Geary’s own sick leave) and very dark (Geary’s preference) Fluke resolution and the shoehorned 10-week Luke goodbye story. They were hard to watch.

But for 2 years prior RC delivered steady ratings gains and then once Luke was gone, the ratings started up again under RC’s writing. ABC needed to give RC a partner to ground his flights of fancy and keep him in check, but with OLTL and GH’s steady rises under him, and only a few temporary dips, I genuinely believe ABC scapegoated him out of panic and made a mistake throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Rose
Rose

Tend to agree with you about the decline being the long, draw out, dark Tony/Fluke/Luke combo, and for the possibility of RC being ABC’s scapegoat.

But as for the steady rating gains 2 years prior you mentioned, RC pulled viewers in with shiny new beads… new A+ actors who ended up being caricatures of themselves, except maybe Billy. Actors who then didn’t have strong stories written for them that made any sense with GH. Then there were the stories that seemed to be pulled from the sky and seemed to go nowhere anyone cared about. At least they are trying to wrap up some of the orphan stories before the new/old writing team starts. And many viewers we not happy how they ended Silas, I have to think especially the OLTL new viewers to GH.

su0000
su0000

How it happened.. anyone can google it..
Tony ha one foot out the door, he was done ready to go.
Frank did not want to lose him.
Frank called Luke into his office and told him of a great story for him, he could play the dark character he always wanted and Frank laid out the Fluke story to Tony and Tony luved it and stayed on with GH to play it.

If not for offering him Fluke dark story Tony would have been gone, and none of this would have happened (keeping the story alive for 6 months/half the year waiting on Tony’s return.
It was not total Ron’s fault, nope ..
other forces were at work giving Tony a grad exit.

Anyways, that all has ended and RC has been giving great characters and their stories since Luke’s exit.
Jean and Shelly can not top Ron’s writing this past month.

Dylan
Dylan

More like throwing Carlivati out with the Tequila.

Ethan
Ethan

Good one Dylan Lol.

JUDY
JUDY

EVERYONE SHOULD STOP THEIR BITCHING……THEY WILL REALLY LET LOOSE WHEN THESE SHOWS ARE CANCELLED AND THEY HAVE NOTHING ON AIR!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Judy!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I don’t watch GH – never have. No disrespect to the show, it is just one soap that I never bothered to watch. I didn’t even watch when Luke married Laura! Of course I saw clips and photos of that episode, but since I was not a GH viewer I was not excited about that wedding.

However, my paternal grandmother watched GH. (In fact, my earliest memories of soaps is my grandmother watching GH and ATWT!) I used to hear her talk about a character named Jesse! I found out later by reading who “Jesse” was. So that is my history with GH.

I wish the show well. Greg Vaughn, who I e enjoy as Eric on Days, is a GH alum. So for Greg and my late paternal grandmother, I am glad for the GH boost.

Timmm
Timmm

Sweet. Greg was a recast of Luke and Laura’s son Lucky and he did a great job on GH and DAYS is lucky to have him on their show.

Samantha
Samantha

I think the return of the original Sloane is helping the upswing… I’m one of those soap watchers who left GH a while back – and who tuned in from time to time just to see if it had gotten better (didn’t like the story lines/writing). When they introduced the Sloane character though, that got my attention, because the actor, Robb Derringer, who originated the role brought a style I liked. He had subtlety and class – and when he played his scenes, esp. with Anna, you could see there was “life behind the eyes,” meaning a well-crafted character who wasn’t just spitting out lines that were handed to him. I like excellence. And I see that with Finola Hughes too. So, when those two acted together, it was like magic to watch. When Derringer was let go and when the story lines seemed to go in such strange directions – so much so that I felt bad for the actors, who were also given lines that didn’t even sound like their already establish characters – I said good-bye for a while too. But when I heard that they brought back the first Sloane in addition to new writers, I started watching again (this past week). I’m really looking forward to seeing where the two new head writers take GH. But I have to admit that the reason I tuned in again now was to see the return of Robb Derringer as Sloane. And he didn’t disappoint. His returning scenes with Finola/Anna were amazing. Their chemistry was off the charts and, as I mentioned before, I love the in-depth work they both bring to their roles. It’s like a breath of fresh air for this old soap, and I hope the rumor being spread about Sloane’s short run on this show is false. If it’s true, what a stupid move. So much potential there in story material… They both have that classic Hollywood romantic persona…and just the right amount of strength and sensitivity. (I used to see some of the same qualities in the pairing of Elizabeth and the original Lucky, and wish that there were a way to make that happen again too, although that was a different type of chemistry, but just as beautiful.) If that rumor turns out to be true though, I hope that it turns out to be one of those only-in-soaps moments, where nothing is really as it seems… Please new writers, if you’re reading this, please keep Sloane. Derringer plays him perfectly and is the epitome of the perfect leading-man type, whose story we want to follow. And, hey, if you keep him and the fan base he’s created…well, then there’s a portion of your GH audience that is bound to stay tuned for each new episode.

Timmm
Timmm

Welcome back.

Samantha
Samantha

Thank you, Timmm! 🙂

su0000
su0000

Samantha-
Everything you are now liking about GH is by RC..
RC’s stories/writing is now playing out until mid-Oct.
What you liked is under Ron, if the new writers run with it, time will tell.

k/kay
k/kay

This is not Altman & Passantes first time up to bat for GH: Altman 2011-2013 passante 2001-2005 2012-2013, they recycle writers like baseball players football players !

Samantha
Samantha

Thank you, Su! Yep, I realized that one day last week when his name came up on the screen. I wonder why last week was so good then, and other big portions (like the horrid storyline about Luke, skeleton, etc.) and poor writing crept in over the last few months? But, again, it was Sloane that drew me back in to watch really. And, yep, that was an RC creation. I just do hope very much that the new writers keep him. And even if that character “dies,” well…it’s a soap and I have hope for a quick resurrection! 😉 (The one thing that I detested though last week was the flashback of Silas being stabbed. That was so disconcerting and unnecessary. But…in the world of soaps…she was remembering back…and hopefully her memory was faulty… Still, I don’t like that kind of gruesome stuff. If it keeps up, I won’t be back. I don’t want those images stuck in my head; we get that crap on primetime. So sick of it. I really want these writers to make GH top-notch again. Okay. That’s it for now. lol… 🙂

Tskyent
Tskyent

G.h story lines were so jamed up some of them still have no ending.. As for Y&R the story lines are the same .

Timmm
Timmm

Too many actors on the show.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Over the years of watching many a soap I can honestly say I have forgotten more stories than I remember. I haven’t enjoyed everything I have seen on the screen nor liked every character, but I do know this. Daytime drama has been one of the best storytelling genre out there. Even prime time soaps have all limited their seasons to 10 shows a year because they know they cannot maintain quality and ideas over a longer period of time, but daytime drama has done it for years. The fact very few shows reach 10 seasons let alone the forty plus years the remaining soaps have except for BB says something about how truly remarkable and unique this form of storytelling has been.

I don’t care what state any show is in right now, for I have seen worse, and better, but the climate is different in this world, so I don’t know whether networks will give any daytime drama the chance to naturally ride the tide back to their upswing– but regardless, of what might be, I just what to give a profound thank you to all the hard working men and women of daytime dramas, who are and who have put in an effort to entertain me for these last forty some years I have been a daytime soap fan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great post, Mary SF.

Samantha rainey
Samantha rainey

Who shot Sonny

Timmm
Timmm

The rumor is Ric but I hope not.

scott
scott

I have to say that I have enjoyed the Morgan/Bi Polar storyline…..Bryan Craig’s performance this week was so honest and so real…I actually cried when he stated that “maybe he was just a loser”….his acting has been awesome…..and Sonny telling him that he would be there for him whether he took his medication or not was heartbreaking as well….the scenes with these two was really great and touching to watch….however, lol, DAYS is literally on FIRE with the new writing team of Josh and Dena….the storys are coming together and making sense…the scenes are longer….I’m actually rooting for Teresa to one up Nicole and take control of Basic Black…the scenes with Maggie and Teresa talking about Teresa’s passion for drawing/designing was right on….I actually felt something for Teresa and loved her enthusiasm for designing…the wedding vows between Doc and John were just as awesome….shed a couple tears….I love Joey’s attitude with the headmaster and Kayla…..look forward to the return of Bo….Patch and Victor working together….just a feeling DAYS will overtake GH….hopefully the two shows can somehow pass Y&R and B&B in the ratings….not sure how those two soaps have remained #1 and #2 all these years…repeat love triangles, doppelgangers….Victor Newman getting away with everything…the Forresters never having to pay for any of their crimes…..repeat repeat repeat same story different characters….

Ces
Ces

I agree. I also think Bryan Craig is doing a great job!! Loved he scenes with him and Maurice; they have excellent father/son chemistry.

I quite enjoyed Friday’s episode minus Valerie/Lulu’s stupid hug. If only Lulu knew that she shagged her hubby!

Jts10000
Jts10000

So true about y&r and b&b. Especially b&b.

Patrick
Patrick

“… the return of Stephen Nichols as Patch, albeit for a millisecond at the end of the Friday episode, all ended up in the minus for that category in the ratings ”

that millisecond is all that matters

Days of OUR Lives… soars

Robert
Robert

General Hospital is on life support, please pull the plug. This soap has gone down hill.

Jts10000
Jts10000

Why? Let us enjoy it.

tlove
tlove

Really glad to see GH stats rising. Albeit them being down from last year. I am causally optimistic that the new HW’s will turn the show around for the good as this is the only soap me and my family watch these days. I dont believe my Mom has missed a show in over 30 year’s. I use to watch Days back during the Bo and Carly. And Bo and Billy but i stopped watching around the time Hope came back and GH has been my daytime soap since. With the exception of my dark years with how they trashed Elizabeth and “Killing” baby Jake.

Its hard to go to any site these days to express yourself completely, except for MF site so for this Sir, this fan thanks you. FB GH site is a Cluster F@#! of Jason w/sam fans. Twitter is almost as bad and worse in most cases with certain stans harassing others b/c they see things differently.

As for the show itself I’m hoping for a more balanced show with all keys player’s guiding their own s/l while interacting with every character across the canvas in some way. For my own personal wishes, Jason in all his personas forgive Elizabeth. I have been thinking of different scenarios and I’ve only come up with Elizabeth hitting her head and forgetting that she was ever “gifted” with this secret turned Lie. Luckily the HW’s are more creative as I only see my girl Broken. I hate seeing her like that. As i said before i understood why she did it initially but she has carried the lie to long now. She is almost unrecognizable. They only give us fleeting glimpses of the Elizabeth we fell in love with. I know charcters evolve but not in the way she has been written when they (as i believe) wanted to destory the Elizabeth Webber character.

Also I am hoping that Jason is going to be very busy with the chaos that is his life to do a return as Sonny beck and call, man of all affairs. There is so much speculation that Jason is running to Sonny rescue all over again. The S/M sites are all Jason is about to save Sonny and remember everything. Please don’t have Jason to miraculously save the day. Running into danger without the benefit of a gun all to throw the characters back together. I love Sonny and i dont mind the mob as long as its a one man show. I’m hoping the Sonny doesnt go back to needing Jason to fix all of the Crap that his choices made for him and his family.

Ces
Ces

I read the spoiler and I think Jake/Jason is going to save the day.

Please make that story end already!! Everyone in town knows Jake is Jason except those that matter! Laura should have never left town with that secret.

tlove
tlove

Not surprised. But for once, I’d really love for Sonny to save his own skin. He is this larger then life character but requires Jason to save him? I want Jason and Sonny as seperate entities guiding their own s/l. Best friends yes, business partners, maybe but not with Jason at his beck and call. Jason has enough to deal with once he is actually Jason. I honestly don’t like when the s/l are forced. But I’m in total agreement that the reveal can’t happen soon enough. I hate that it went on this long.

Ces
Ces

I SO agree with you! I was hoping that Sonny would actually be his own damn hero for once and shoot that guy; not get shot himself and needing help. Doh..
This Jake stuff needs to end and Liz needs to get what is coming to her. In fact, I want Jake/Jason to despise her for it!

tlove
tlove

Also all the hypocrites rooting for Jason to swoop in and save Sonny so that Jason can remember who he is and go running back to Sam . Sonny killed what was Monica’s last surviving son/child. Jason and Sonny should have some major issues to overcome as well . Elizabeth is lying (her behind off

tlove
tlove

Looks as if part of my comments was cut off… But to be brief i want the story line to end. I want this to go the ground and get the Jason and Sam relationship cleared up once and for all. I want Jason and Elizabeth to be a destiny couple. But they both have so many knots to unravel separately and some joint issues to overcome then i want them both to EARN one another. As i see it they are both to blame for the mess

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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