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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
Vanessa

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

Veronica
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
aria

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

Patrick
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…

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Sonny and Will…. was so Touching. When Sonny shared with Will.. last years wish list that Will falls in love with him…. WAS ROMANCE.

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Kristen/Marlena/John/Brady

That fight between father/son, over Kristen, with Marlena rushing at the two of them, really threw me… I did not expect that… the ramifications and story fallout is GOOD…. I did laugh out loud when Kristen happened upon the scene in salem square and she wet herself…

with good writing… this 4-some could be quite good…. they need to show John, manning up every now and then… and not be so stuffy… Marlena’s ball and chain… curbing his libido… C’mon John.
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Nick/Gabbi/Will

Will telling Nick – I won’t let my child be raised by a bigot…. and telling Nick “i’m not your gay boy”….

Nick telling Will – you gave Gabi and I this baby… etc….

Nick Fallons’ acting is on par believeable (surprising me)… even i don’t know what to expect… ie: his job interview with Kate was power play toying…

Homophobia is wrong on so many levels… but it happens… and it’s a storyline that needs be brought to light….

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Kristen and Marlenas bantering…. Kristen telling Marlena she wants and or wishes her dead…. within or by the end of the year… and that she may be her Mother in law….? LOL.

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It looks like… OK… I soap box enthusiasm… DAYS hopefully, is steering toward it’s full potential.
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had to re-post this… simply pressing.

Patrick
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
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
heidi

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

Ces
Ces

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

michelle
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
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
Ryan

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

Mary SF
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
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
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
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
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
Blake

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

cr
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
Saundra

Interesting for Y&R. Hope it will last.

Derrick
Derrick

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

heidi
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… even if she isn’t on much! As much as I like Ellie… I really want SPIXIE!!! Would love Jax to come back he is so great with Carly. Since we don’t have Jason back as Jason Q yet.. to possibly get involved with Carly. So glad Genie is coming back as Laura and hope they do that well. Would love Luke back too.

Love the use of the entire cast and like the quicker story arcs… but don’t like how much time goes on between getting back to all of them. Otherwise love the cast and the show!!! GH rocks!

Mary SF
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
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
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
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 improved it, just switched around the awfulness. And now with SB coming on board, I fear it will slide into the horror of the other shows she’s helmed.

So GREAT news for GH, and my condolences to Y&R.

Nano56
Nano56

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

Derrick
Derrick

Y&R has been great to me!

Derrick
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
Blake

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

cr
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
robert

Great news for soaps.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
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 Robin? Why would Anna & Robert miss Christmas with their granddaughter given that this is the first Xmas without Robin?

While I applaud Ron & Frank for wanting to beef up the Nurses, why are two new characters fighting over Patrick when Elizabeth and Maxie both have chemistry with Patrick and there would be very real conflict when and if Robin ever comes back to the show. How much more poignant it would be if Elizabeth and Patrick bonded over being single parents and slowly fell in love and then Robin came back. Or Maxie moves in with Patrick while she deals with her pregnancy while Spinelli gets back together with Ellie who continuing the Affair to Remember theme, can’t walk because of the accident?

By the way, what woman in her right mind, would have sex have she just suffered a miscarriage? I know Maxie was pregnant for like 5 seconds but seriously? Alexis and Shawn have no chemistry and I don’t understand why Shawn can’t work at the Metro Court as Carly’s head of security. I’m not also not sure how Ron & Frank are going to dig Johnny, Todd and Kate/Connie out of the hole are three are in, since they’ve committed multiple felonies.

I love the fact that John McBain and Todd have been seemlessly woven into the fabric of Port Charles, and that the show is more balanced and not mob, mob, mob 5 days a week. I love the fact that AJ is back and that Ned will be back for a few more episodes (thanks Days of Our Lives for letting Wally have 2 jobs!). Hopefully Skye will be back for more episodes as well. Kudos for giving both Anna and Tracy prominent roles proving most viewers know, that actresses over 40 are just as viable as younger actresses.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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