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


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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  1. SMoKeeGyRL

    July 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    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.

  2. GH fan

    July 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    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

      July 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

      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

      July 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

      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.

  3. Susan

    July 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    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 !

  4. Eileen Hargis

    July 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

    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!

  5. Nancy

    July 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

    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

      July 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

      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.

  6. Dee #1GH fan 4EVER

    July 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

    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!!

  7. Alley

    July 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    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

      September 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      I Agree!

  8. Dawn D

    July 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    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 😉

  9. stephanie

    July 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

    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!

  10. Dale

    July 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    GH is the bomb these days…

  11. Cindy

    July 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    GH is off the charts good!

  12. Carly

    July 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    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.

  13. Theresa

    July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    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.

  14. Joan Faist

    July 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    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

      August 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      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!

  15. thayzee fan

    July 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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

    • Pasha from Sweden

      August 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

      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?

  16. Shelley

    July 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    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.

  17. Avelina loves Santorini Greece

    July 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I love DAYS. Go EJAMI forever.

  18. Matt

    July 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

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

  19. Marisa

    July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    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

  20. Kelly

    July 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

    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!

  21. chaeberrie

    July 31, 2012 at 6:54 am

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

  22. Kathy Benoit

    August 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

    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.

  23. Carol Byrd

    August 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    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

      August 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      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

        August 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

        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

        August 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

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

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys Draws Over 3 Million Viewers For CBS Telecast with Return to Network TV

Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


The ladies of CBS’s The Talk hosted the event; each virtually from their homes, in an event filled with at-home acceptance speeches and presenters, and clip packages. The show was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International

So, what do you think of the ratings performance of this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below.

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Y&R Wins Drama Series, Jason Thompson and Heather Tom Take Top Acting Honors During 47th Annual Daytime Emmys

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented tonight on CBS in the first virtual Emmys ceremony and broadcast.

It was CBS’ The Young and the Restless that won big on the night taking home 8 trophies; including Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Lead Actor for Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), who finally won an Emmy on his sixth acting nomination, but first for Y&R.

In an historic moment, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) tied Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) by winning a record-tying sixth Daytime Emmy for her role as Katie Logan Spencer in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, General Hospital) won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award having won years earlier for her work Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives.   Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) won for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, his second Emmy but first in more than 13 years.  He previously won for Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful were the next shows that won the most Emmys for the night with 4

In a statement, NATAS, President and CEO, Adam Sharp shares: “Tonight, we did not let the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 keep up from honoring some of the most talented contributors to our Daytime Television community.  We celebrated not only the best programming and performances of the last year, but reflected on the legacy of Daytime’s biggest moments and icons.”

The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Thompson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tamara Braun, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Eva LaRue, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Directing Team in  a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series


Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

So, what do you think about this year’s winners? Were you thrilled or was your favorite snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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How The Virtual Daytime Emmys Came Together And Will Look and Feel

Friday night, daytime fans, soap fans, and all the hard working people in front of the camera and behind the scenes that make your favorite soap operas come to life; will be awaiting the announcement in 15 categories to see who is the recipients of this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmys.

The show finally back on network TV and on CBS, and according to Variety the show is going to be pre-taped, but to keep the element of surprise, presenters  appearing on the Emmys were asked to tape 5 different envelope openings — and every nominee in the major categories presented will have been asked to tape an acceptance speech.

As for keeping the winners’ identities under wraps, NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp shared: “We’ve established an internal process so that actual knowledge of the winner is kept as a need-to-know basis on a category-by-category basis.  Certainly as we get closer to final delivery of the show, on the week of the 26th, there will be those who start seeing the whole picture come together. But obviously, a big goal of that is keeping that circle small.”

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Look for more clips and visuals than usual in the virtual Daytime Emmys.  According to ATI’s, Al Schwartz who is executive producing the telecast: “Since it’s pre-taped, we can really present, for the viewers’ entertainment, the best possible visuals for each nominee. There’s going to be time to breathe in this show. And also, there’s time to keep the pacing up, so that it doesn’t get monotonous.”

The ladies of The Talk serve as hosts for Daytime’s biggest night, even though everyone will be shown from their homes.  It all starts at 8 p. m. EST/7 p. m. CST and tape delayed on the west coast airing at 8 p. m. PST.

So, how do you think the first ever virtual Daytime Emmys will be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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