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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…..

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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