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RATINGS: GH, DAYS, and B&B All Gain In Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 16th -20th and it was good news for three of the four daytime soaps, that all increased their viewership.  Topping the list with the most added viewers was Days of our Lives who badly needed a boost!  The show brought in +148,000 for the ratings period, and added the most viewers for the week in the key 18-49 female demo.  On the converse, DAYS is still having record lows in the 18-49 female rating share!

Over at General Hospital, things are looking better and better thanks to the hard work of Valentini and company.   GH posted another +125,000 and is nearing being at the 2.5 million viewer mark if they continue to make strides in the coming weeks!  The show also continues to be ahead of Days of our Lives in the rating,  And from this past week’s story with the Robin bombshells, it looks like the next rating period should be stronger too!   

The Bold and the Beautiful  continues to do well adding another + 75,000 viewers and even though many have complained about the constant airtime of Hope/Liam/Steffy its not driving viewers away significantly.

Finally, the show that has made all the headlines last week, The Young and the Restless, they are the only show to lose viewers once again losing another -13,000 in total viewers and the number one soap was down in viewers in the key 18-49 female demo.  So, could a changed not have happened soon enough?  Can the show get back on track with Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith steering the Genoa City ship?

Ok soapers, weigh-in!  How are you liking the stories on the four soaps?  What would you change?  What would you add to lure viewers back to daytime dramas?  Let us know your thoughts?   You can view the entire ratings via Soap Opera Network here!

 

 

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SMoKeeGyRL
SMoKeeGyRL

Eventho, some of us are angered by them taking away our precious soaps, should all watch the soap operas that are left before they take them away from us. Ratings are the key to keep them alive. Even if you don’t know the story line just turn your channel to them or record them daily. I did but I got hooked in watching BB and Y&R.

GH fan
GH fan

I hate that Y&R got rid of MAB…I am so scared of what JP will do to them..she hate vets!!!! If over the next few weeks they start moving away ect or getting killed off (ie Alan Q) I will be done with Y&R till MAB is back!!

Michael
Michael

GH fan,

Maria Arena Bell will NEVER return to Y&R. Also, it should be noted that Sony Pictures is not giving JFP total autonomy where Y&R is concerned. They will be keeping a very close eye on her as she unfolds her vision for Y&R.

Dabs
Dabs

As for Young & the Restless, first let’s get past this Christine thing and Rickie’s death, have the girl get her memory back it’s getting so old Get Christine off the show she is boring as hell. Get all that Rickie did finished, find the knife and let poor Paul go home. Let Phyllis get past all this.. she was totally a different person back then. Get Jack to walk again Get rid of Sharon too, many of us get so tired of her and she doesn’t add anything interesting to the show. Bring some NEW action to town. Oh and get rid of Chelsey’s mother she is a disgusting waste.

Susan
Susan

I’m loving GH again! You can finally see the work from FV/RC clean of all the past mess / agenda from the old regime. The show is much more balanced….and when I say balanced I do mean in part that their is much less Sonny & Jason (as they say,”Thank you Soap Jesus!”). More importantly, I LIKE most of the characters again. I was not an OLTL watcher but I am loving the transplant characters! Roger Howarth is amazing as is Michael Easton. I have become an instant fan of KDP (Blair) and hope to see much more of her in the future. It would take pages to express all the good that is now GH so I will settle with saying that Anna / FH is a dream come true character wise, I actual like Luke again which is no small feet to have been achieved, likewise I am liking Michael / CD for the first time ever and think his pairing with KA is a breath of fresh air. Speaking of a breath of fresh air, I am LOVING the JOHN & SAM pairing! MCBAM, as their fans are now calling them, have made me love watching Sam again…who knew she could smile, joke and have independent thoughts and conversations! (Not a dig at KM- more at her other pairing and they way her character was written in it) Now I can honestly say I am a fan of both Sam & Liz 🙂

My only hope is that we do see more Liz in the future. I think that RH is one of the most talented actors on the show but is way under utilized. They are doing a great job of redeeming her character but would really like to see her have her own storyline.

I think if you had to sum up the new regime’s greatest changes so far….I could do it in two words: Strong women !

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I think the drop in viewers for Y and R last week is BECAUSE of the head changes, not tje rradon for them. Not all fans are celebrating Maria”s ecit. I know Im not! Adding zjosh is good, but Jill is too fire happy, if she likes u, great, if not, start looking for another acting gig!

Nancy
Nancy

Let’s be serious, Jill Farren Phelps almost destroyed GH and trust me I watch Y&R also and the stories are horrible. They are just going to get worse with her at the helm. Good luck Young and the Restless.

barbara t. Loves one life to live
barbara t. Loves one life to live

Your right about that and hopefully she will take franco with her, because she likes him so much and puts him on the y&r and he will never again show his face in Port Charles.

Dee #1GH fan 4EVER
Dee #1GH fan 4EVER

I have been watching GH for over 30 yrs. My 2 fav soaps are GH & OLTL. I was sad OLTL got canceled. GH writers & staff are SO talented! Keep the drama going! Love GH 4eved!!!

SAVE OUR SOAPS! Trend #SOS!!

Alley
Alley

Me thinks Todd and Blair might have something to do with that ratings spike on GH. IMO, their amazing scenes were the best of the week.

More TnB, please!

Remedy
Remedy

I Agree!

Dawn D
Dawn D

I’ve been enjoying GH so much again. Frank and Ron are moving the s/l’s plus not having agenda s/l hogging the screen is all good. Starting to see Jason M. coming back more he really has been a “borg” for 4 yrs. I for one am stoked about all the “returning” characters and first glimse is Robin fighting to get away from Dr Evil or should I say Ewen 😉

stephanie
stephanie

Love that Sony & CBS fnally gave the Hack MAB the boot. The show had become a boring and stupid mess. She never gave any fallout from big reveals. The latest one is the hit and run storyline with Phyllis & Christine from 18 years ago. MAB decided to make Christine the bad guy for wanting jutice done to the person that tried to kill her years ago while Phyllis the attempted murderer is being supported by everyone. I really hope since MAB was fired for bad ratings that the new writers and EP will fix this storyline and have Phyllis pay then back burn her for a couple of months since she was front burner for the last 3 months or so and the ratings never increased. I would also love for them to break up Sharon & Victor and try and repair the character Sharon, Could careless what they do with Victor!

Dale
Dale

GH is the bomb these days…

Cindy
Cindy

GH is off the charts good!

Carly
Carly

Of course the ratings are up on all the soaps. Soap opera fans have no choice but to watch the few soaps that are left. Especially since the horrible shows they replaced our soaps with. If you are a soap fan, since they canceled GL,AMC,OLTL is there any other choice except to watch these three.

Theresa
Theresa

Loving GH..always have! Praying their ratings keep going up and ABC/D has the sense to keep it and not cancel it. Have always watched YnR off and on…but the story lines are just horrid anymore so am drifting away from watching it.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Loving GH and DAYS right now. Sorry to see DAYS be off the air for 2 weeks. Hope this won’t cause a drop in viewers. NBC needs to have lots of promos on through this time to keep the interest alive.

Patrick
Patrick

I am loving GH and DAYS. I’m caught up in the Olympics… and i’ve yet to see one promo for DAYS. course, i’m not watching in the afternooons.

DAYS Fans…. DOOL is 2nd in my book – of the 4 soaps available.

Love the Fab 5! The FIERCE 5….. Lady’s Gymnastics – Team USA – GOLD!

thayzee fan
thayzee fan

b&b please put thomas and dayzee together they have a large fanbase

Pasha from Sweden
Pasha from Sweden

YES! A thousand procent, They are the only young adults with any sparks on B&B. Jeez, is the eye humping EPIC! I just joined their fanboard and I can’t get enough of their videos on YT. Doesn’t Brad Bell know chemistry is King for any couple?

Shelley
Shelley

This is great news that the ratings are up especially for my favorite soap GH! What a smart idea of Frank Valentini, Executive Producer of GH, to bring Michael Easton onto General Hospital and pair him with his former leading lady Kelly Monaco! These 2 actors have still got it! Amazing onscreen chemistry and the ability to draw viewers into the story and make them care about Sam and McBain aka McBam! They are the reason this former viewer tuned back into GH! I am also enjoying everything with crazy Heather. Robin Mattson must have a blast playing her.

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
Avelina loves Santorini Greece

I love DAYS. Go EJAMI forever.

Matt
Matt

Days was amazing. NBC needs to advertise during the break so people will continue to watch.

Marisa
Marisa

Loving GH again!!! Loving the OLTL characters!!! Loving the improved GH characters. LOVING LESS SONNY!!! WE NEED MORE STRONG / SMART WOMEN ON GH!! We need more families on GH. No more victims or shrinking violets!!! Let’s face it we all know Connie is the smart one!!! At least she knows Sonny is no good for women

Kelly
Kelly

I think Todd and Blair were amazing last week, their love for each other is incredible.
Please bring Kassie Depavia back and get TnB back together!

chaeberrie
chaeberrie

I love all the shows, they are great especially GH. Its great right now and has an even mixture

Kathy Benoit
Kathy Benoit

I’ve watched GH since it began. I love this show but I have to work so I DVR everyday and watch as soon as I get home. I love the added OLTL characters. OLTL was my 2nd favorite. I have an Aunt with a brain injury and she loves GH and I quizz her every week on it. She loves Luke and Sonny. (don’t we all) I can’t wait for Anna to find Robin and Jason to find out about his son. I LOVE TODD! I would say ditch Trey, Kristina, Kate and Ian to boost ratings. Give us more crazy Heather, Jason, Sonny, Luke, Robin and Sam. Give us more OLTL stars. Would love to see Todd and Carly hook up. I love Starr and Michael. I also started watching B&B when OLTL was cancelled. Yes, I agree too much Steffy and Liam. They need to end it with them. It’s getting boring. I’m ready to turn that off.

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

Been watching GH a very long time. Years. Love Jason and Sam and was so excited when they married. their story has been horrible ever since they got married. Shaking up GH is one thing but destroying a Golden couple like JaSam with contrived BS is another. John McBain does not have half the chemistry he once had with “Livvie”. Now he is just a cheating man and a dead beat dad. None of the couples on GH are rootable anymore and GH is off my screen for good,

Carly
Carly

I think it is great for the OLTL fans to have their favorites on GH. I was never a fan of OLTL so it doesn’t excite me to watch them on GH. I am not a fan of Michael and Starr, not a JM and Sam fan, and certainly not a Todd and Carly for which I am sure is next on the agenda. I realize that new characters come and go on soaps all the time, but combining OLTL and GH doesn’t work for me. I am glad though that it is working for many and the OLTL fans brought the GH ratings up.

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

I am glad to hear some fans are loving it. Unfortunately not everyone is. Maybe when the writing gives the GH characters something to laugh about, brings some romance in their lives, remember their true characters and not change them for HW agneda….them others will start to enjoy GH once again too.

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

sorry..typing too fast..”change them for HW “agenda”..”then” others will start to enjoy…..

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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