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RATINGS: General Hospital Has Strong Week: Shows Gains In Total Viewers & Key Demos!

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Courtesy/ABC

The ratingsa are out for the week of December 14-18th, and it was ABC’s General Hospital that was the only daytime drama to show gains in total viewers and key demos, while all the other soaps were down.  This was also the week that President Obama’s press conference pre-empt the Friday episode of GH, altogether.

In story for the week, Liz (Rebecca Herbst) was wondering if Jason (Billy Miller) would come back to her after he found out she lied to him for months, Patrick (Jason Thompson), Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna (Finola Hughes) found Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) wherabouts and learned the truth of her captivity, and those were just a few of the plot points that drove the week.

GH added +172,000 total viewers for the week totaling 2,817,000 and remained in#3 spot, and in key women demos was at  #2 in 18-49, 18-34, and #3  in 25-54, while adding viewers in each demo category.

Days of our Lives lost the most viewers for the week – 80,000 and fell back to under 2.5million total viewers.  The NBC soap opera celebrating its 50th season also took a hit in all the key demos in the minus column.  CBS The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful continue to hold steady at #1 and #2 even they saw some small losses for the week.  View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,774,000 (-12,000/-38,000)
2. B&B 3,597,000 (-48,000/-170,000)
3. GH 2,817,000 (+172,000/-100,000)
4. DAYS 2,465,000 (-80,000/+150,000)

So what did you think of the ratings performance of your favorite soap?  Which soap is the best right now as we close out 2015?  Which is keeping your interest?  Which is not? Let us know in the comment section below!

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

D ays is all gloom and doom which is a turn off..Days needs romance and adventue not death of the week…People tuned in to see Robert Scorpio at GH-all sops need a true hero and this soap is sorely lacking one!!!…GH isnt all gloom and doom at the moment and ratings are up-are you listening Days plus fans wanted scrubs reunited but we will see what happens in the weeks ahead now nothing big happening and we loose Scorpio again!!!

su0000
su0000

Hi Jimh!!!
yes!
Tristan/Scorpio
Kim/Robin
and Jerry can make the MIA fans tune in, who wouldn’t lol
I will really miss Tristan/Scorpio, now that he has returned it’s hard to let him go 🙁
I will miss Patrick, but will see him as Billy, so that is cool
Robin, ehhh, it finally will end.

And– Anna and Scorpio are pure gold!!!
none other as them together in whichever manner of love & adventure..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Except for Sonny and Carly? Ha!
Does anyone know how many times, AND to how many different women Sonny has opened his heart with these words? ” ….the woman I love more than anything else in the world.” Did he avow those very words to Carly before he shot her?

tim S
tim S

I agree about Days and was glad to see it.. hope it does turn around soon.. but glad the storylines are moving along fast and not predictable. .was nice to see Ciara was taken and kidnapped.. never saw that coming..

Great writing at Days!! Keep up the good work.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, I agree. I was so happy and stunned, really, that little Thomas’ real daddy came through so fast. I was prepared to wait years for the revelation. I did a double take, albeit I knew that the baby would get sick and needing blood or something. Nonetheless, I expected a longer time for it to happen. Is Chad going to repel that news or embrace it?

Alan
Alan

GH is benefiting from Robin’s brief return and her reconciliation with Patrick. I’m guessing once they leave town and we go back to Sonny 5 days a week the ratings will go back down.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I agree! The Scorpios make up for having to FF 3/4 of it, but the way the show is now, I don’t think I can watch once Robin and Robert are gone. I think Robert is going to be back for a few weeks in January .. that’s what I’m holding on to.

Matt
Matt

Even since Sonny has returned he has not been on 5 times per week. Elizabeth, Jason, and Sam thats a whole different story, there the ones hogging the screen time

Rose
Rose

Jimh…your first two lines could have been said of the Fluke story. You’d think other writers would learn.

robert
robert

your right on about DAYS. i’ve heard their killing more people off

Adam
Adam

I agree about Days, they have Daniel dying this week and coming up it looks like Stefano and/or Victor are going to die.

Harry
Harry

Daniel died? How can you tell?

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
In a hurry here….but, as I skimmed through, I just had to comment here, LOL.
There you go, Harry…your sardonic humor, which I love so much, gets me each and every time. I got the sarcasm, Harry. You are one witty genius, my friend. Happy and Healthy New Year.
Poor, poor Daniel!!!!

Carolina
Carolina

“Days of Our Funerals” deserves to be cancelled (if the rumors are true). It’s so depressing, just a sad memory of what the show used to be.

Ces
Ces

Days has not been good. Best thing about the show recently was Ben and he’s gone. The rest of the stories are boring.

AJQ
AJQ

GH numbers are not complete and should be qualified.

GH did not air on Friday due to the Presidential news conference so the GH numbers are based on only four days.

Friday is always GH’s lowest rated day, by a lot. That would drag down the total viewer number and the demos.

Friday was the lowest day for the other three soaps. Take out Friday and they all do better on a four day average. Y&R would be up from last week and last year counting only Mon-Thurs like GH.

So based on the same Mon-Thurs average, GH would not be the only soap to make gains and the overall GH numbers would almost certainly be lower with a Friday episode counted in the average.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Not to mention, here in Southern California we had that bomb hoax that shut down ALL of LAUSD schools and some private ones. The news was on all day, though they never had anything new to report. I don’t remember Y&R being on that day nor DOOL.

Matt
Matt

Then all the other times when other shows do not have complete ratings they should not qualify. The networks are allowed a certian number of episodes per year ot not have count. GH was not on the East Coast on that Friday and in the west coast they aired a repeat. The other shows get the same chance, so stop your GH hatred.

AJQ
AJQ

Well Matt, you missed the point. Your answer of networks are allowed a number of episodes a year to not count, whatever, that’s irrelevant and doesn’t really make much sense to the point I was making.

The point is that the spin on this is that GH was the only show to show gains for the week, and the fact is Y&R would as well if it was measured on the same four day average. That’s just a fact and a fair point.

If there are weeks where other shows are preempted and that would help boost their ratings it would be valid to point that out as well, as it occurs, and I would. So please refrain from the hater stuff. It’s silly. I try to have more substantive and mature conversations.

Matt
Matt

The point is that the other shows get the same spin, regardless it was a good week for GH of the 4 episodes that aired. You have no idea what numbers the show would have done that is pure speculation on your part. You have an agenda against GH, you were on another board stating the same crap. When someone shot you down there you tried to blow it off. Again you would only be speculating if GH had a 5th day what there number would have been. We get it you don’t like the show, but anytime something good is said about it you try to turn into a negative, it gets old and boring, and its far from mature on your part.

AJQ
AJQ

No Matt, you do miss the point and your explanations are off point.

First, in my original post, I simply stated that Friday is always the lowest rated day on GH and that would drag the numbers down. That is a valid point, you may not like it, but it is valid.

The larger point, aside from whether GH numbers would be lower, now follow me here, is that Y&R would be up if it was only based on the four days that GH was. That is also a fact and means that the spin for GH isn’t really accurate or really the spin against Y&R is somewhat unfair. That is not hate or an agenda, it is a rational and intelligent point. It is actually a positive argument for Y&R.

Now the larger point here is that you feel the need to make this a personal discussion, to call me out, use the terms hate, agenda, troll me, whatever. I like to just post my thoughts on the show not on other posters who I don’t know. If running interference on social media for GH, attacking people individually, thinking you are somehow devaluing their comments by doing so, is something you just like to do or if it is your job, so be it.

I think I have made valid points based on the numbers and circumstances, and I think people can see that. Whether they are posted by someone who as you claim “hates GH” would be irrelevant anyway and I think where you try to call out some agenda on my part, you have exposed yours quite clearly.

Matt
Matt

No one is trolling oyu, I didn’t attack you, i stated the facts based on posts you tend to make. If you don’t like it get a thicker skin/ I far from trolled you, but as usual you want to play victim to further your agenda. The ratings went up end of story, I bet if they went down and people said oh if they had been on that additional day yo would be shooting them down, because its only when someone has your same opinions that its ok to state them, then you try to bully others from stating theirs

Harry
Harry

I want to stress that the ratings went up because of the return of the Scorpios. It would be nice if they were afforded longer scenes.
I cannot fathom why TPTB do not note the spike in ratings when The Scorpios (including Mac) are featured and make a connection between cause and effect.
The ratings plunge when Nina, Franco, Ava Morgan and Kiki are featured and yet, they are constantly inserted into the drama fold whenever rating boasting characters like Robin, Mac and Robert Scorpio make an appearance.
The numbers don’t lie

Timmm
Timmm

I love Michelle and Roger but their characters/stories suck!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I totally agree with both your points AJQ and Harry. Many viewers (I included) tuned in last week to see the return of the beloved Robert Scorpio and the reunion and coming HEA of Scrubs. That said, I have no interest in seeing (in order of the repulsion that give me) Franco, Nina, Ava, Kiki and Morgan as the Scrubs story wraps up. If we could get rid of the Cartini four I would tolerate Morgan as a legacy character.

Have to also say I am perplexed that Matt talks about the other shows getting the same opportunity to air a repeat if GH is pre-empted. How so, when the other shows all air before GH – with production teams that aren’t necessarily aware that GH isn’t going to air later. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Matt
Matt

Elizabeth, the ratings systems allow the networks to not count a certain number of episodes per year. Other shows choose to do this when they are full day preemptions, or a holiday etc. However once those are used up they cannot do so. There were other weeks where this worked to the advantage of the other shows. It has nothing to do with the other shows airing a repeat, it has to do with the other shows being allowed to not count the rating for a particular day. As I said they can do this a certain times per year, has nothing to do with airing a repeat.

Delila
Delila

Well, I tuned in that week specifically to see Robert, I knew he was coming back that week, so I started watching GH again that week to see him….Now Robert is MIA ugh and I’m pissed, here hoping he’s back on the screen soon…How can I get attached to other characters if the one I’m watching the show for (Robert) is barely on and when he’s on it’s VERY short scenes?.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I know, they bait the audience with Robert, then hope we’ll fall in love with the other characters. But there’s no real love or romance, so what’s to love?

Harry
Harry

Then they cut out a really sweet and poignant scene which transpired between Robert and Anna so creepy Ava and disgusting Paul could have more air time.

Ces
Ces

Harry, i find Paul to be so slimy and Ava with her weird mouth movements drive me crazy. Id be happy if both left! Hate that we got 2 minutes of Robert & Anna; guess GH didnt want us too excited since Tristan was leaving again! Also, didnt Felicia goto Paris to watch Emma? So, why wasnt she invited over?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Harry, it makes me so mad they cut out a Robert&Anna scene so we could have more Ava&Paul. WHO is watching for THEM?! I think these ratings make it pretty obvious people are tuning in for the Scorpios. Maybe tiic will get a clue.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I actually started off with excitement when Paul was introduced, I loved the actor when he was on Desperate Housewives and thought there was all sorts of interesting story potential with him and Tracy. Instead he had to become YET another criminal within the mob, who nonsensically somehow and someway became the DA in town (what was that, the third DA in the course of four months’ time? Yeah, THAT makes sense.)

And the story with Ava is just tawdry and uninteresting. So, yeah, no reason to stick around for that.

su0000
su0000

It was a good time for GH numbers to advance..
with-
Tristan returning
Robin returning
Patrick’s exit story
that makes those who dropped out to tune in to see Patrick and Robin one last time and say ”goodbye….
I expected the rise, of course..

robert
robert

was not surprised GH was up. it featured the return of Robin and Robert. looks like people’s tuning in to see Patrick’s final episodes. also GH had only 4 episodes to be counted,and Friday is usually always their lowest rated day. Y&R still continues to be a strong number 1,they probably would of been up for the week if not for the news conference. DAYS is way too dark,really depressing. they got a temporarily bounce for the 50th,now their back down again. the soap i’ve really been losing interest in is B&B,the quality has really gone down this fall. lots of storyline is being recycled. B&B is so boring right now

Pat
Pat

It could really go either way, but I personally think Days will get some kind of renewal, although I’d be very surprised if it’s for two years. It barely squeaked a two year renewal in last time largely because of the 50th upcoming. Supposedly, some execs at NBC wanted to dump the show and Sony did some sweet talking. Honestly, I just don’t see the show as being any better right now. One murder after another. That’s not a soap opera, that’s a formula for cancellation. Fans/viewers will only take so much of that, and the ones raving about how great the show is are the ones whose faves are still on there. Kill one of them off and see how quick their opinion changes. I’m not sure how these ratings can be spun positively. If vet returns and this fast-paced action hasn’t raised the numbers at this point, what will they do when they actually have to write something ongoing?

Phil
Phil

Personally, I am liking DAYS most right now but only if you take Sam and Jason out of the GH equation. CBS shows bore the crap out of me!

Melissa
Melissa

But will probably start watching Y&R now that JT is headed that way.

Phil
Phil

I don’t think I will watch it…. JT is a great actor, but I will not watch the show just because he is joining…besides Steve Burton is there too, and I am NOT a fan of his!

mike
mike

Expect NBC to announce Days is cancelled in January.

blake
blake

I wouldn’t be surprised. I would be sad though, especially for the cast and crew. Days is the only soap left that I like and I have no desire to watch the other three.

Ken Corday really dropped the ball when EJ, Sami, Kristen and Nick left. We were stuck with bad stories like Serena and the elephant, and JJ and Eve. Ken waited about a year before he decided “hey, the anniversary is coming up. Now let’s get the show interesting again.”

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, that elephant idiocy…..still sticks to the craw. What a useless, stupid storyline….complete waste of time. I agree with your comment, blake.

Patrick
Patrick

@Blake

I really think your post speaks volumes

I truly place most of the blame… directly on Ken Corday shoulders… for being so careless and irresponsible

which is further proof… the show… for a year plus… was running on empty, no direction… unmanned

how could he have let it go that long?

case in point?!?!

Chandler Massey last airdate; December 31, 2013
both EJ and Sami exited Salem, onscreen; October, 2014.. which would make them exiting as early as April, 2014…

for all of 2014; DAYS floundered

ie: year, 2015… let’s rebound and start airing with new production value(s) August 17, 2015… bearing in mind the 6 month ahead of schedule.

holding out hope that an announcement is made soon… “renew”

blake
blake

Yeah CeeCee, bless Melissa Archer’s heart. She will have the elephant story attached to her from now on. I thought she deserved much better than that, but all of the stories at that time were horrid.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, blake. I was so excited when Melissa walked on the Days’ stage. I vehemently protested about the demeaning role ‘they’ attached to her name; as it was done to Kassie D.
I surely hope this show will go on forever, I love it that much. I would be very disappointed to think otherwise. Happy New Year.

blake
blake

Thank you so much CeeCee, you also!

code85
code85

Really?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If that happens, expect me to turn…4ever BITTER!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m still holding on to the hope… that the 3 networks… wouldn’t not go without one serial… to beacon our daytime experience

I just can’t imagine… yet… if they go this route… it’s like putting a nail on all that is daytime

when its clear… that so many shows in all the tv medium have little to ‘NO” shelf life

keep the one constant blazing… Life in Salem! Days of OUR Lives

Mary SF
Mary SF

Sadly, it will only take one network to pulled the plug on their remaining soap to have all them follow suit. Right now each network is keeping the status quo, but if NBC does cancel Days, then they can be claim the title of the network that killed the daytime drama.

blake
blake

I agree, it would be great if Days was renewed even if it was for a year. They seem to be really trying to keep viewers, unlike this time last year.

JUDY K
JUDY K

GOOD NEWS…..GOOD SOAP ALL WEEK……AND DO NOT FORGET BILLY MILLER !

Kimberly
Kimberly

Love General Hospital..hard to believe they have 2 million less viewers then Y&R…Try to watch Y&R “boring”. Maybe put GH back on at 3:00. I started watching after school back in the 70’s. Miss Steve Burton, his character Dylan is not interesting. I tried.

Timmm
Timmm

I’m happy for GH. ALL the Scorpios including Mac should have gotten a big Christmas bonus!

Harry
Harry

I totally agree, Timm.

jeremy
jeremy

GH, was AWESOME that week.. It was must See TV lol 🙂

code85
code85

If yall notice Days highest rates day was Monday when Hope rescue Ciara and it was full when suspense, adventure , and mystery. Way higher than the nxt episode which focus on Couples. I notice a pattern , Dec 7-11 they gain +81,000 and there was action that week and dr . malcom die. Folks we can alwalways get we want from the writers. We wanted New ones on Days after complaing and now some of want New ones again. I see another pattern.

code85
code85

Folks sure were sure not watching the show when there romance and love in 2014. Days was actually up 150,000 from last year.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Maybe the reason no one was watching the “romance” stories is because what passes for romance on soaps nowadays is pathetic. I don’t know one soap left that writes decent romance stories anymore– if done properly romance stories could be as big of draw as the murder of the week. However neither the powers that be or viewers with the attention span of a gnat has the patience that epic love stories require, so all we get are quick hook ups between characters that no one cares about– bedroom scenes aren’t romance–which is why I turned out.

code85
code85

I will agree. What I was refering to White sell and Tonkin writing it was focus most on lust and love. Elephant statues Lol

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Mary, you said it all! I guess I’m just another “annoying ’80s fan” who remembers the supercouples of old and we got to see every little moment of their falling in love, and by the time they finally kissed – oh my! We were doing cartwheels around the living room! We don’t get that from soaps anymore because tiic think their audience wants “instant gratification”. And maybe they’re right. But it’s ruining soaps.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Mary. Finally someone who sees romance as it is meant to be seen or imagined. Romance, as it is purported/depicted on soaps; TV or cinema, in general, is a roll in the hay. Sleeping around and sharing partners. I am not from the 70’s or 80’s soaps, but I can appreciate true romance. As I said previously, romance never gets old/passe’. Sadly, this is what we are given. This is what younger people want? I don’t think so! It is the fare that is offered, therefore, it is all that youth sees. Whatever the younger generation is exposed to, that is exactly what they expect to see and eventually demand. Too bad! Perhaps, I sound a bit cynical? Lol. Sorry!
Happy New Year, Mary.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

What romance and love are you talking about because I don’t remember any good storylines happening last year. Brady & Melanie? Eric & can’t even remember her name anymore, played by Melissa Archer? No couples with chemistry, that’s for sure

blake
blake

I agree that it is impressive that Days is up 150K from last year.

Melissa
Melissa

Loving the return of Mac Scorpio. Wouldn’t it be great if Robert joined Mac and Anna to go after Paul and Carlos? Can we please, please see Felicia? If GH wants to bring the romance, why not show us more of a happy Mac and Felicia while Lulu and Dante implode? Speaking of which, I hate to root for a bad guy, but am kind of hoping Johnny succeeds in running Valerie out of town. Like the actress a lot, but the character has run her course, it seems to me.

Shay
Shay

@Melissa…..I concur that a more permanent return for Robert would be most welcome! If one blinked, they most likely would have missed him during his far-too-brief reappearance in Paris. Alas, I must admit I truly do not miss Felicia one iota, but it was very good indeed to see Mac back in the investigative saddle with Anna. ‘Twas a lovely change from his most recent previous antics where he was either slinging gin and ribs or humiliating himself with “Mr. Marbles!” Let’s just say his latest “spy stint” with Ms. Devane was refreshing, to say the least, and went a long way toward restoring the former Commissioner Scorpio’s manhood, which he sadly lost during the Cartini regime! (Time to bring him back to his old job, too, as an interim replacement for the highly-ineffectual Jordan….the PCPD becomes more of a laughing stock with each passing day with its ridiculous cast of clueless Keystone Kops!)

Melissa
Melissa

Great point about Mac not only being brought back, but being brought back in a role befitting him. I love that he is using his investigative skills again.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

How I wish the Scorpios – ALL the Scorpios – could be front-and-center again on GH. I really cannot stand any more of the mobsters, they’ve worn out their welcome.

Justin
Justin

Oh, Maddiehayes, I completely agree with you. What really makes me sick is that the mobsters seem to now be what the show is calling their main family. Did you catch the christmas episode? It all took place at Scummy’s, sorry Sonny’s, with all of them there celebrating, as is Sonny didn’t murder AJ and Carly didn’t cover it up. Can we please have some decent characters on this show?!?

Shay
Shay

@maddiehayes….Please forgive me, my “marvelous maddiehayes!” When I typed my holiday greetings list of favorite MF posters, I skipped over your name! I had it scribbled down on a sheet of paper along with the others, but when I actually posted it wasn’t included. MY BAD! So, a belated Merry Christmas—and at least a timely Happy New Year—to you!!! Oh, and I second your motion on the Scorpios!!!!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I’m wondering why they haven’t made more of the Scorpio’s past w/Paul Hornsby. Back when Mac was introduced, he was actually hired by Paul Hornsby to cause trouble for his brother, Robert, who was police commissioner at the time. They have all these characters back on the canvas. But, it’s not being mined for the layers of history & complexity it could bring. The potential to build an audience with flashbacks of the real actors are there, and to keep a popular character like Robert for more than just dressing up as Father Christmas. But, it’s all being wasted for talky, talky scenes of characters rehashing useless exposition. Did Sam & Patrick really required 20 minutes to recap what they have acted out for the past 2 weeks? GEEZ!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Thank you Shay – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Well Justin, it really does seem like GH is trying to go back to the days of Guza. They just don’t get it. Ratings went UP when Carlivati was at the helm, bringing back fan faves. But RC’s insistence on pushing his own creations at the expense of the vets fans loved wrecked the show. And this Jasam/Liason war he restarted has been poorly engineered. Jason should have had a strong connection to both women. His sudden interest in Sam rings false, considering how very much in love he was with Elizabeth all year. And he should have had a stronger pull to the Quartermaines. Now it’s all about Sonny and Carly again. I’ll be so disappointed if he goes back to that life.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

CBS is very unhappy with B&B’s ratings. There are rumblings CBS will pull the plug, but B&B could continue on the web because of it’s international appeal. Some are saying a ‘The Talk’ 30 minute spin-off will take B&B’s place.

Phil
Phil

I don’t think CBS will cancel either soap anytime soon. I am not sure any of the remaining soaps will be canned just yet. Not that I would be surprised if one were, but with the bad luck ABC is having replacing their canned soaps, I am thinking they may wait a year or two.

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

Not before “Deaths of Our Lives”!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Just to be clear…for anyone not sure…DAYS is on NBC. B&B is on CBS. The decisions to renew and cancel programs are made by people within their own network. Networks can and often have canceled programs with higher ratings than competing networks programs…including soaps.

My with is for all the soaps to remain. Happy New Year, Matthew!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*my wish

Mateo
Mateo

General Hospital always has a story going. I feel like I care, if only a little bit, for every character. The cast is always perfect and well acted even if the stories sometimes come off short. The rescue of Robin. The romance of Patrick and Robin is sincere. There is reality to it. Even though they won’t be around. Anna Devane is stunning in every performance. The Quartermaines are both riveting and hilarious to watch. More Monica and Tracy. I love Jason and Sam and even pathetic little Liz. Nicolas and Hayden are gold together. I love how the story just goes on without a hitch. Even those who hate Sonny and Carly which I will never understand. I love those two together and I love the family of those two. Morgan, Michael, Dante and all the rest. The actors for the most part stay the same and there aren’t the over the top stories that DAYS always has. DAYS pulls stunts to get viewers. This current stunt of bringing back 80’s couples is so beyond the pale boring and stupid. Patch and Kayla? Seriously??? They are so beyond stupid together and that wretched actress playing Ava like a poor woman’s portrayal of Alexis Carrington from Dynasty. The young batch of actors playing Ciara, Chase, Joey and the austistic one…who I can not even remember the name of. The only one with a shred of acting skill is Joey. And his is limited. The stories are inane and can they kill any other people off? I mean seriously what a way to reduce cast. And what they did to the gay characters on the show is beyond disgusting. I am surprised they didn’t have Stefano use HIV infected needles to knock them off. What is wrong with DAYS is that they are so busy living in the past they can’t see what a sham of a show they have now. The characters worth investing in they give minimal time to. How many times can we be subjected to John Black’s inane desire to discover who he is. Get over it JOHN…you’ll meet your maker before you discover why you are the way you are. Marlena is a snooze. Someone get the devil back since they are rehashing old stories over and over.

code85
code85

Is that B& B does over and over again. You know I have decided not comment on this website. These site is tearing down a show, character, actor , and cry foul when it’s cancel. It just shows you can’t please everybody.

Melissa
Melissa

I have to admit I am enjoying the Corinthos family unit, largely because the stories are focused on family and not Sonny’s mob activities. Although I have never really bought how quickly and decisively Michael forgave Sonny for killing AJ. That bothers me a lot, but at least Michael is maintaining his ties to the Quatermaines and it’s no longer and either/or situation.

The Patrick-Robin reunion really fell flat for me. It feels more like two old friends getting back together than beloved spouses. Where’s the passion? Why is Robin dressed in a dreary denim shirt on New Year’s Eve? And why in the world would Emma be off on sleepover just after her Mom reappeared after a multi-year absence?

Am really curious about how they are going to write them out of town. It will take some skillful storytelling to explain why the entire family is leaving behind everyone they love just as Robin has returned home.

Rj
Rj

Have only been watching bits and pieces of Days because I do not like all the deaths and muders. I have avoided watching those, but yesterday I saw a little more of the show, and I like the Brady/Theresa romance, Belle was good, and I have to say I enjoyed the fashion show (and I am not much of a fashionista). If Days keeps up romance and other types of mystery and intrigue without murders and deaths ratings may pick up. Who wants to see deaths and murders over and over again? I thought the show was good yesterday.

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Rj

I just want to add – I liked many others on yesterday as well – I still like seeing Kayla and Patch, Chad is good (interesting to see how the actor I think it is Billy has really developed in the role), Nicole and Kate are always great, etc.

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Chris

Days has killed to many of there fan favorites starting with Will Horton. Will was a character fans watched grow up and loved. The Wilson story line brought Days new fans and killing him killed the new fans interest in the show. Viewers that started watching after AMC and OLTL were canceled are lost with the new/returned characters since they don’t know the characters history in Salem. The death of main characters on the show and general gloom as a result are turning off viewers. Bringing back Bo just to have him die was upsetting to old time viewers who loved the character. Fix Days Mr. Corday, Bring back Will and Sonny, bring back romance, stop the deaths, stop shooting the show so far in advance so you can fix story lines using the feedback from fans.

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Next Week On DAYS: Caroline’s Loved Ones Gather to Mourn Her Passing

Grab the hankies as Days of our Lives pays tribute to the late Peggy McCay and her beloved character of Caroline Brady next week on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers know, McCay passe away over six months ago in October of 2018, and now fans will see how the show will deal with the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.  Back for special episodes include Christie Clark (Carrie) who came back to Los Angeles to film the memorial from her home in England, while Alison Sweeney (Sami) also makes another emotional return to the series, as does Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas).

Look for Caroline’s family and dearest friends to all come together at the Brady Pub via an Irish-Catholic wake,

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As previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Sweeney related on coming back for this special moment in DAYS history to honor McCay:  “I think the script was written so beautifully with everyone having a chance to honor her and say nice things about Caroline that reminded us all of the things about Peggy, things we had done with her, or moments we had with her.”

Check out the latest promo featuring the death of Caroline below, then let us know, if you will be watching this emotional episode featuring many Days of our Lives favorites in the comment section, and if you will miss Caroline Brady on-screen, and what she meant to the Brady’s and the town of Salem.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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