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RATINGS: GH Hits 3 Million Viewers! All Soaps Up For Final Week Of 2012!

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It looks like 2013 could truly shape up to be the year of the revenge of the soap fans!  The ratings are out for the week of December 24-28th, which is the final full week of 2012, and through the Christmas episodes, new episodes, and the encore presentations  (repeats are not taken into account) all four network daytime dramas ratings were up!

However, and most notable, General Hospital has fought all the way back, and for the first time since the end of the year in 2010, the ABC soap scored its highest viewer total!  GH came back to the 3 million mark in total viewers with 3,017,000 for the ratings period! That is a new high for the Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati regime in Port Charles.

In addition, the new regime at The Young and the Restless under executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith did exceptionally well too!  They added the most viewers for the week adding a whopping + 510,000 viewers and for the ratings week, Y&R is nearing the 5 million mark coming in with 4,851,000 total viewers.   Y&R also topped the 18-49 female demo with its highest numbers since Jill and Josh took over Genoa City!

The Bold and the Beautiful stayed at number two also picking up a healthy dose of viewers with a total of 3,550,000 for the ratings period.  Days of our Lives also showed gains adding another +252,000 in the total viewers department giving the NBC sudser, 2,547,000 for the week.   To view the complete ratings picture via Soap Opera Network  click here!

Ok soapers, time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  After taking a look at the numbers, what is is working on your favorite soaps?  What do you still want to improve upon or fix, that would keep you tuning in every day? And as we begin 2013, do you think this could be the year that daytime soaps have a viable comeback as perceived by the mainstream? Weigh in!

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Vanessa
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Vanessa

Could you please tell us how these numbers compare to the talk shows that air during daytime? Thank you!

Veronica
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Veronica

GH hit 3 million on Wednesday Dec 26 and GH also hit 3 million the previous Tuesday Dec 18 (a heavy Robin episode) as well as the day Robin talked to Emma on the phone in November.

aria
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aria

i’m happy about GH. hope 2013 gets better.

Patrick
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Patrick

DOOLs’ NEW YEARS EPISODE WAS JAM PACKED! Rafe/Sammi/EJ – Nicole IMO… Sammi looks more in LOVE w/RAFE. That New Years Eve Kiss was ooh la la… and like they were meant to be together… Sammi seems more assured and like a Woman w/Rafe. That Kiss that Nicole “stole” with EJ… was SEX… A man w/Power like EJ… was smoking… —————————– Sonny and Will…. was so Touching. When Sonny shared with Will.. last years wish list that Will falls in love with him…. WAS ROMANCE. —————————– Kristen/Marlena/John/Brady That fight between father/son, over Kristen, with Marlena rushing at the two of them,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Chloe is Back…. took me by surprise!

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Two Scoops Alert! Our little Abigail Deveraux, aka minx, jezebel, hot about town… is a “Golden Ring” Ingenue… as she keeps reassuring Mom Jenn.

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Days has it’s wheels’ Turning… That Hour Glass is drama’tizing.

Ces
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Ces

That’s awesome news for GH and fans!! I also want to say how much I loved yesterday’s episode!!! Laura Wright was awesome.

heidi
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heidi

Agree!!! Laura was awesome… but she usually is!!!

Ces
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Ces

You’re right, she is!! 🙂 More Todd & Carly!

michelle
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michelle

Yes Laura is awesome, but i wish there was some way Jason could go back to general city to finish out the scene with Sam and finding out that the baby is his biological son, and also Laura reunites with Luke, and also that Robyn hurry and come back to port charles.

Dawn Darling
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Dawn Darling

I’m happy the 3 soaps I watch now. GH, Y&R and B&B. Been watching soaps for 40+ years. Happy that Steve B will be on Y&R curious to what his character will be, but so glad he is off GH. His s/l on there was just awful the last 4 yrs. I don’t miss any of his s/l. Which has allowed me to enjoy GH more again.

Ryan
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Ryan

Just keep it up!!!! The show is fantastic.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I am glad to hear it, but I am sure people home for the holidays and able to watch may have bumped up the numbers artificially, meaning next week when things are back to normal, those numbers might dipped. But it is so obvious that there is still an audience out there and soaps are not are dead as some might like.

Blake
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Blake

Man they are really making Days look bad when you look at those numbers! Huge difference! And not long ago Days was ahead of GH, now GH is with a huge gap in viewers!

Needless to say, Ron and Frank continue to be daytime’s super team. They made GH watchable again and have really brought the ratings up. I would love to see them beat B&B’s ratings since it’s almost close.

When will Days admit that other than the Kristen/Brady/Marlena/John story it sucks. Gabi and Daniel are not working, never will and they need to go!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Is it the characters you don’t like or the actors playing them? In my opinion if these roles were recast they could be interesting characters, but it is the acting that is making these characters so unlikable. As for GH, it is on fire for sure, but the rate they are going through story line, I wonder how long the dream team can keep this pace up.

Blake
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Blake

Well with Gabi she would definitely have to be recast with a much better actress. Daniel, I’m not sure if he would be better with a different actor. But they are constantly trying to make him work. First as Melanie’s dad, then as Maggie’s son, then with Nicole, now being with Jenn not long after she lost Jack. And now the father of Chloe’s baby.

Patrick
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Patrick

I have to believe that DAYS is doing OK… considering… that DAYS and GH are competing with each other in many markets and time zones….

Blake
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Blake

I keep hearing that Days does extremely well in online viewership. And that means a lot to NBC.

cr
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cr

80% of percent of days is right now and story with kristien is good, jen and daniel is weak story and chloe should bring sparks to that.

Saundra
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Saundra

Interesting for Y&R. Hope it will last.

Derrick
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Derrick

Let’s hope! Y&R has been good lately with Jack’s drug storyline!

heidi
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heidi

GH has been great!!! However… I really want to see what is happening with Robert, Anna, Robin and Duke. It’s been weeks… what we have had in those weeks has been great… but there is too much time between this story arc. I would recommend Brit and her identity of Faison’s daughter be done soon… we want her to leave. Christina should have gone off with Trey. I am up to my eyeballs with Connie… how can we get Jerry Jax interesting in keeping Connie locked up somewhere in Switzerland for an indefinite amount of time and bring Robin back…… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I know soaps are suppose to keep you in suspense but this is getting silly, waiting to find out what is going on over in Europe with Anna the gang. So I agree, great story telling, but better balance between arcs would be nice.

Patrick
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Patrick

does any one… know the status of Kimberly McCullough school and or Directors’ Program is lasting?

I would much prefer they wait till she’s ready to come back full time to COMMIT to, IMO, one of the ALL TIME GREATEST LOVE STORIES…. and keep as they are…. doing this justice.

and that means’ even letting Patrick falter some… with this cinderella/femme fetale storyline. which is like filler till KM can assume her role full-time.

Lu Anne Cesare
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Lu Anne Cesare

Great news for GH viewers! I personally like the return of the old fan favorites. Duke, Anna, Robert, Lucy etc. I just hope they continue with their stories and not just bring them back for short storylines just to get the ratings. Always wondered how these audience numbers were compiled?

boes
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boes

Gh is firing on all burners. Even Spinelli, for the FIRST TIME EVER, is a character I enjoy. (Starr, not so much.) FV and RC have and continue to do a fabulous job. However, I’ve stopped watching Y&R. I hated what MAB had done to the show, but even though the dialogue is much better, there is still too much airtime eaten up by the same over-exposed characters, characters like Mrs. C. continue to act wildly OOC, and Victor and Nikki still haven’t been buried, although it’s obvious they both died years ago. The show stinks. And IMO, JFP hasn’t… Read more »

Nano56
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Nano56

Amen to this post. JFP has turned YR unwatchable to me. Thank goodness for GH

Derrick
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Derrick

Y&R has been great to me!

Derrick
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Derrick

Very excellent ratings for Y&R………….Please continue to go up, the writing has been good!!!!

GH hits 3 million……….oh dear……………..watch out B&B! Up your game!

Happy all soaps went up!

Blake
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Blake

Yes B&B needs to look out for GH for sure!

cr
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cr

It is great that all these soap operas gain viewers during this week of the hoildays. May all four of them stay on the air. I pulling for days of our lives and young and the restless to pull it through.

robert
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robert

Great news for soaps.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I’m so happy for GH, particularly now that Genie Francis is coming back to the show. I love the show but what is missing for me is consistency. For example, Starr and Michael went to bed on Christmas Eve and then the next time we saw them it was New Year’s Eve. Were they in bed together that whole time? Did Michael ever call AJ or Sonny to apologize for not showing up that night? What has Lucy been doing this entire time? Where have Anna, John McBain, Robert and Duke been? Are they still in Europe trying to find… Read more »

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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