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RATINGS: GH Has Ratings Bonanza! Highest Numbers Since Cartini Began in Port Charles!

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The ratings are out for the week of October 15th-19th and it was fantastic week for General Hospital!  In total viewers for the week, the lone ABC soap had its highest total since late February 2011 with 2,781,000, and that is an increase of 464,000 from this time the previous year! Translated that means:  GH  soared to an 18 month high and is up an impressive 83% year to year in the demo.  GH’s rating share for total households was a 2.1/7, and that is also the series highest total for the series since the week of March 21st 2011!

But the good news does not stop here!  GH was the soap that added the most viewers in the key female 18-49 demo for the week.  In addition, it was number one in the key demo of women 18-34, coupled with its highest rating share in that demo since the week of April 11, 2011!  All of these numbers are the highest performing ratings under executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati’s regime at General Hospital!

Daytime fans were thus defintely tuning into to see GH’s Sam being reunited with her baby, while Tea found out hers actually died.  Duke spinning his machinations on Anna, as Jason, Sam, and baby Daniel all went home together as a family.  Meanwhile, Lulu learned some devastating news, and then there was the big moment … when Jason was shot at the end of the Friday cliffhanger! Folks were watching to see how Steve Burton (Jason) would be written off the show!

The only other soap to gain viewers was Days of our Lives which gained +112,000 viewers who were checking in to Salem to see the return of Kristen Blake DiMera played by Eileen Davidson after 14 years away from the show.  DAYS ended the ratings period with 2,478,000 total viewers.

The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful did not have a good week!  Y&R lost -147,000 viewers while B&B lost the most for the ratings period with -203,000.  But with all that said, the two CBS soaps are still number one and number two, respectively.   However, keep an eye on GH!  If things continue on this upswing, they could give B&B a run for their money for the number two slot! You can check out the entire ratings period picture here courtesy of Soap Opera Network!

So soapers, what do you think of GH’s stellar week?  What Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have done to revitalize the soap?   Then, it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback for the week! What would you do to improve ratings to your favorite soaps?  What would you capitalize on to keep your ratings numbers increasing? What changes would you make to the storylines, if you think some aren’t working?  Let us know!

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aria
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aria

this is awesome news, i’m so glad GH is on the uprise, i feel like GH could be #1 again with time, and Gh feels like the Gloria Monty era.

Jesse
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Jesse

This is NOTHING like the Gloria Monty era. The Gloria Monty era was full of.couples to root for, and romance, and larger than life escapades. This era is full of character assassinations, ans dead babies, and gunshots, ans presumed deaths. If this regime.is NOT going.to reveal that this “duke” is actually Caesar Faison, or some other comparative creep, then they might as well cancel the show right now. I am young..I watched Anna and duke.when I was 11…this.is NOT Duke…and no amount of rewriting or years passed.could tell me.or.any viewer that it is.

Teller
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Teller

Umm, I have news for you dear. The actor playing Duke is the original Duke. You must have watched when they replaced Ian with another actor the last time the character was on and I am glad that Ian is back playing Duke, because he IS THE REAL THING!!!

Jesse
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Jesse

LOL. Um…DEAR….I know that Ian Buchanan played the original Duke. I also know that Greg Beecroft played Jonathan Paget the replacement Duke who died in Anna’s arms. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of soap opera history. I am talking about the CHARACTER…the character of Duke was a reluctant mobster…his throughline was that he wanted out…he was not a vicious criminal who would order the death of a young girl, and cold-heartedly dump bodies into the Port Charles river. I am saying that this incarnation of “Duke” had better turn out to be some sort of imposter with evil intentions. If… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I am finally! after what seems like too long….celebrating DAYS! DOOL is getting back on track… I swear.. as a life long fan…. Eileen Davidsons’ return… as the fiery Kristen… she’s stirring the pot… and Salem’s taking notice…. So are the fans… stick with Days! Mystery, Intrigue, tension.. of the sensual nature… Abound! quite frankly, it’s a hoot.. to see John Lust… and Marlena.. fighting the good doctor fight… Will and Sonny are a big part of DAYS… and, it’s just that… a part of… you can tell that the writing… pacing…. and the actors are on all cylindars… at… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree with most of what you said. I am tired of EJami and Sami taking up airtime with her lovelife, but I am liking Days right now, especially WilSon. Gabi and Nick sure are bringing the ratings!

Trent
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Trent

I couldn’t more excited or proud of my GH! Love you all.

ELENI
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ELENI

I hope GH continues to have their ratings up..with the story lines they do keep us @ the edge of our seats .looking forward to AJ return I watched Fridays episode he’s definitely back .he will definitely stir up some trouble ,can’t wait to see what his son Michael does when he sees him .I know I will be watching .November sweeps is here ….

jp
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jp

Bravo, GH. Thank you to the talented producers, writers, cast and crew for bringing back our beloved Port Charles. I came back to GH after many years away due to the lack of creativity and mob stories under the previous regimes. One Life to Live will always be my favorite soap of all-time. I am glad I get a taste of them everyday, but this is GH. I feel it’s on its way to be the soap it once was. We just need some fan favorites like Bobbi (Jackie Zeman), Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) Laura (Genie Francis) and some others.… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with everything you said….OLTL will alway’s be my favorite soap of all time
also…I am really enjoy watching GH everyday! I like Tracy a lot. There others I like
also…I like the orginial A. J. we saw on Fri. Didn’t like his replacement.. Hurray for GH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jac
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Jac

The ratings were ok, but I doubt it has anything to do with Sam getting her baby back. I think people tuned in to see how Cartini was going to write off 21 year vet Steve Burton. To be quite honest, if Cartini has to keep pulling stunts like bringing back Old Charecters just to bring in viewers, eventually that’s going to get old, because the problem is, once he brings them back and the hype is over, the stories he’s writing for them fall flat and are either A) Boring or B) Stupid because they make no sense. Right… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

Fan here who LIKES Kelly Monaco/Sam’s character. Don’t feel like she’s being too portrayed; makes sense with the baby switch story line, her quest to find Jason, her friendship with Spinelli, her rivalry with Carly…

I think the mix/balance of characters and story line is working; would like to see McBain back to his ol’ OLTL self and better woven into GH.

Melissa
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Melissa

Some of us like Sam.Steve did not carry
Kelly.She’s awesome.Not really happy
Jason was shot in the back and dumped in the
Harbor.wanted a better send off for Steve.

susan M.
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susan M.

I totally disagree with comment on 10/27 at 6:16 A.m.

susan M.
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susan M.

I will continue to support GH…

susan M.
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susan M.

That was a depressing comment,,, On 10/27 at 6:18a.m.

sarah
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sarah

Just no to the op. This is the mantra of the do called buttercup groupies, people that steve burton himself called bitter people, when they started spreading rumors tht he and kelly’s event was cancelled due to poor ticket sells, he had to come out on twitter to put them strai check t. Same group that said he doesnt like working with kelly snd he in multiple interviews proved otherwise, then when all their efforts to sabotage kelly/steve failed thry started campaigning to have kelly fired. This all because of a failed pairing. Interestingly enough is thst they are kniwn… Read more »

Jackee
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Jackee

Wrong “Jac” you know, there are a lot of us out there, don’t know who you are talking about, but I hope you get over your anger. Have a nice day!

Dawn D
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Dawn D

ITA Jaq! I love how folks use ratings to push more Sam/Kelly M. I believe it was the end of Jason/Steve B. filming that garnered the ratings. The ratings the last 4 yrs have not supported the Jason/Sam pairing. I’m looking forward to the A.J. s/l and who ever else they bring back. They need some fresh stuff. Kate needs to be intergrated. Love Michael/Starr. I want a good mix of s/l’s with compelling. I would also love to see Jake back to be the first son and cause issue’s to which son inherits the Q money that was Jason’s… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Just a real happy camper here! Love GH and everyone involved with it.

PGP
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PGP

GH is on fire..I’d like to see it boot Y&R out of first…this week I say ratings should look like this:

1. GH
2. DAYS
3. B&B
4. Y&R

caroldee
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caroldee

You are so right!!

patsy
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patsy

Loved GH, so agree that it is much better than Y&R. The storylines at Y&R have been horrible. I love that SK is back at GH and not Y&R,

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Yes, but sadly the CBS soaps will probably claim first and second place, despite their constant crappy storytelling!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Will never happen.

toscanti
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toscanti

Congrats to GH, the show has been very good of late and ended well on Friday with the return of Sean Kanan as “AJ”. Y&R has been 100% better and gets better each day with new head writer Josh Griffith, the recasting of both Noah and Summer has been very successful. These two kids can act their asses off. Looking forward to more. B&B has been amazing with Stephanie dying of lung cancer and saying her goodbyes. Tuned out of DOOL I just find it boring.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Once again due to OlTL actors and the baby switch. Tea you rock as an actress!

Anthony R
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Anthony R

Ditto!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I doubt it. I mean, Anna and all the GH vets, you from, from the actual SHOW are responsible.

Lana Schuster
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Lana Schuster

Congratulations! Ive been watching GH since high school in 1983 and nothing makes me happier than this great news! I am loving Todd on GH. He is a great addition to the cast chemistry. I love most of the storylines going right now. Getting a little tired of Connie although all the slaps she got this week were pretty funny.
Xoxo
Lana (loyal fan!!!)

Chris
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Chris

Jason deserved a better send off it was lame!

caroldee
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caroldee

AGREEEE 100%

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree .. Maybe he will show up in Port Charles some day..Never fgound his body….

Melissa
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Melissa

So true! He deserved better!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m not too concern Y&R lost some numbers this week. Most of those people are what I call the Lookie Lous- those who tune in when something exciting happens ( Sharon burning the ranch) but then tune out when it is over. The show has a solid core of faithful followers who have watched the good, the bad and the ugly over the years. MAB did take this core group to the brink, and many who were about to jump ship aren’t sold this new team can bring this show back to it’s former glory. November sweeps are coming, and… Read more »

Rosanna
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Rosanna

id love to bring more group themed storylines like the Nurses Ball or a winter ball called SnowFlake Ball, I would also like to see strong women, I would like Anna Devane`s character to know be even tougher, more families shown.

Elhu
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Elhu

Since they have mentioned the Nurse’s Ball a few times, and Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe – who often ran the Ball) is “rumored” to be returning, I think we might get the Nurse’s Ball again, which I also would be thrilled with.

Susan
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Susan

Revealed when Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson taped “Who wants to be a Millionaire” last Thursday (and she won $$$$$ for charity – DO watch!!) – they ARE doing the Nurses Ball!!! Cartini is bringing it back!!!!! 🙂 (Actually got to meet and take a pic with Ron that day – NICE guy!!!)

Elhu
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Elhu

Thanks Susan, that is great news!!! Sounds like you had a fun time as well !!! Do you know when the Who Wants to be a Millionaire shows will air?

caroldee
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caroldee

WHAT did they expect..they KILL off a veteran actor on this show and NO ONE would watch it.. Please… it is important to loyal followers. Good writing and acting..this show should be on TOP of the boards for their accomplishments.

Jen
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Jen

GH had a good week because it is a good show right now. No it’s not perfect but nothing even is. It’s entertaining and the cast & crew are really giving it their all. You can tell they really want their show to stay on the air and care what the fans think,

As for YR and BB, sadly I’m not surprised they are losing viewers. BB is still focused on it’s poorly received love triangle. YR’s storylines have been a mess and cast is behaving like a bunch of spoiled Divas.

Joe
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Joe

Ive said it time and again…nobody but NOBODY in daytime does it better than Frank and Ron. AND Nobody but NOBODY knows how to use a shows HISTORY better and the use the incredible talent they have in their actors than them,too! They should be running ABC. racFINALLY, it’s no longer the Mafia/Sonny show. That being said, they haven’t forgotten about it, just used the characters is better storylines! Baby Switching, DID, crazy escaped loons on killing sprees. KUDOS all around! NOW if they could JUST bring on a few more OLTL people all will be right with the universe:)

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I half way agree Joe! Would like to see more OLTL people. Mainly Melissa Archer and Kassie DePaiva and not just every now and then – contract! The reason it is so good is because of the OLTL storylines (DID, baby DNA, etc)! Only tuned in for Steve Burton’s exit, don’t see anything else holding me there for GH.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Hell – just bring back OLTL!!!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree-so glad that the old writers were fired. Sonny and the mafia were boring, now new storylines and new characters are great!

Jennifer Cuthrell
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Jennifer Cuthrell

Everything is great right now except the loss of Steve Burton. We need him back!

susan M.
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susan M.

Well I will say it again: THEY DIDN’T find his body…A good possibilty he will be back. But not right away…..Probably when we least expect it…

SARAH
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SARAH

kudos to gh for the great ratings week but we all know everyone tuned into see jason finale show, i agree with jennifer we need steve burton back asap the show will do well but without him it will not be the same and i am a huge maurice benard fan and will continue to watch because of him but do not like duke lavery story line at all in fact they could write him out tommorrow once he is caught for the being the second shooter at the dock and we all know that is coming soon hopefully for… Read more »

kathleen johnson
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kathleen johnson

i guess they are going to have jason might be dead no body so how can they close the case guess dante will have a never ending case with this one
or sam and john will be together and then jason will show up

Elhu
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Elhu

I was sure that very beloved Jason/Steve Burton’s last week would be wonderful for the ratings, and I am thrilled that it was. Here is hoping the ratings remain high. I know GH can get back to the top-rated show it used to be. Steve Burton is already sorely missed, and while, imo, no one can replace him, bringing Sean Kanan/AJ back into the mix was a good move, to offset the loss of Jason. The only difference is that, while Jason’s character had a profession that is less than stellar, he really was a very likable character, while AJ… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love all the soaps, but GH is definitely my fave and I tune in for every episode. I haven’t watched any soap other than OLTL everyday in a long time. I think the balance of characters, faster pace, and showcasing the vets are why I’m so invested again. And Todd! I’d like to see them do the Nurses Ball for sweeps and bring in as many characters as possible for that event. I don’t like it when there is a big event and important characters are not in attendance. Also, Jason and Edward deserve exceptional memorials, also with all of… Read more »

Annalee
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Annalee

This is such GREAT news!
With all the fans doing their/our part….
What is cool is I feel like I am part of something!
With the actors tweets, the producers, You Michael, especially, thanks for keeping it real, on the table and ever so exciting to watch!!!! Muwahhhh

cassie
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cassie

GH…
I feel that to increase your viewers, start with more U stream video one on ones…I believe that always leaves a great thought in viewers minds..they share it, show it, and particpate in it, its like being a part of it. After all, all us viewers including myself try to live even a wee bit vicariously thru them. lol

terri
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terri

I am so happy foGH and th e hard work of everyone but still missing my OLTLL that void is still great.

Robert
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Robert

GH on the ABC will now see their mistake and fix their error because Katie will tank and the Crap is hard to swallow!

SARAH
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SARAH

i agree robert, katie needs to go , what a waste of all the money ABC pd her
and the loss of amc and oltl , they know what a screw up cancelling the 2 other soaps so i hope the chew is next to go

they deserve to have all the shows that replaced the soaps tank

Phil
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Phil

The summer of 2011 I got my 2 nieces (24, 26) hooked on GH. I visited them last week and we watched. Some of their comments are definitely good insight into the state of soaps and why a younger generation isn’t watching. Just a few: “why cry for Jason or any character who dies, they’ll come back from the dead at some point in the future”, “the ‘close calls’ and ‘almosts’ are rediculous, i mean, how many times did Todd ‘almost’ reveal the truth about the babies”, “the slapstick humor of Todd and Luke is just stupid”, “nothing is a… Read more »

ricardo
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ricardo

bring back jackie zeman as bobbie spencer. we all miss bobbie spencer. alan also needs to come back

Dmitri
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Dmitri

DAYS really needs to do better…They’re on the right track, but still they need something better and more exciting to happen.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

DAYS, for me, has been on fire since its reboot in Sept. 2011! And now it’s steadily burning. I have a feeling this fall is going to really burn in the best way possible!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I think they were doing well (except for EJami having sex a year ago) until Safe/EJole split, Lumi split, and the EJami build. Also, the Gabi-Chad-Andrew storyline was very bad, and Sami has been front and center for far too long with all her love triangles, while the college kids (mostly) and veterans were backburnered. WilSon took FOREVER to get going, and I wanted them to have a slow start! Daniel, Jennifer and Nicole were on too much and began to annoy the crap out of me. Nicole lost her baby, which was stupid. However, they just took too long.… Read more »

SUSAN
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SUSAN

agree robert 100%

Larry
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Larry

I never watched GH before,I watched OLTL,now its GH and the reason I started to watch was the adding of some people from OLTL.

myamcbriar
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myamcbriar

I’m very happy to hear that.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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