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RATINGS: GH Ties Y&R In Key Women 18-49 Demo! B&B Makes Gain In Demos As Well!

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The ratings for the week of April7-11th are out and once again the pendulum swung to all networks soaps losing viewers.  However, there was also some interesting gains in the key demos for a couple of your favorite daytime soaps!

First, General Hospital tied The Young and the Restless as the #1 soap in the key 18-49 women’s demo with the same ratings share! But in the total viewers in the demo category, Y&R is slightly ahead of GH for the week with an added 24,000.

In addition, it was CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful that looked the healthiest overall, being ahead of last year at this time in total viewers, and having solid gains in key demos including women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54.

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Overall, The Young and the Restless is still at number one with 4,432,000 total viewers for the week losing -112,000 the most of any soap.  B&B is in at number two, followed by GH in third, and then Days of our Lives. You can view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, it’s time for you to tell us and be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What are the positives on your favorite soaps, and what are the negatives?  What things would you beef up  … and what would you diminish on airtime of certain stories or characters? And most important, tell us which of the four network soaps right now is your favorite!

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aria
aria

i don’t know if any of the current storylines at GH are exciting me, its more like the stories are stagnant and really not going anywhere. i’m happy about rebecca herbts having more airtime, but its pretty much the same thing over and over again. some don’t even make sense or are completely pointless.

1. who the heck is “luke” suppose to be? reveal already, because this luke is really creeping me out.
2. Donna Mills i really feel sorry for her, i have no idea how RC duped her into thinking she was playing some juicy character… and for tricking us into thinking this character was going to have us drooling over her. and the “big ” reveal of her being Dr. Orbecht sister, was just duh and a cheap plot..
3. every villian gettin away with any crime is also a joke. Ava, Dr. O, Britt, Sonny. all get away with their crimes, and then we have to watch them add new victims, how boring.
4. new really uninteresting characters: the new guy maxie brought home, he’s so annoying i haven’t even bother to learn his name, thats how much i dislike him.
5. RC making once interesting characters boring, I feel so sorry i see Duke, talk about stagnant, poor AJ is more interesting dead and haunting Sonny then he ever was alive.

and please, i keep hearing Jason might come back? hope its not true, we don’t need the character back, just let him be dead for now, or frozen. same for starvos.

PatF
PatF

GH continues to plod along with its bloated cast and over the top cartoony storylines. Something’s gotta give.

harry
harry

I agree–GH has become unwatchable. You have new characters who are connected to other new people and suddenly you don’t know or care about any of them. And when you do see a familiar face in the sea of changing faces, that face is hitting on young girls, threatening children and snorting cocaine.
And Sonny needs to take a long walk off the Port Charles pier. He has become tired and redundant.

Shay
Shay

Really…I suggest a redux of Lhasa Fever…..it could knock off a lot of annoying characters, not the least of which would include SABRINA, Carlos, Rafe, Molly, TJ, Jordan, Felix and maybe even Ava and/or Kiki. Plus whoever is impersonating Puke Spencer!

su0000
su0000

The only numbers the advertisers/sponsors care about are the the key 18-49 demo numbers..
Those are the golden numbers that keep our soaps on the air..

GH is putting the fear in Y&R…

harry
harry

and you’re putting the fear in sane people everywhere.

FAS
FAS

What do you mean, Harry? I must be mentally challenged, I do not get your meaning??!!
All I can say is that, if my age group counts for anything, Y&R was my favorite soap ever…no longer the case. I find the people boring and, no offense, but older people in their 60’s or so, groping each other are not very appealing to watch. Jill and Tristan make me sick. What about all these younger people with those ridiculous hairstyles…buns and stuff. C’mon, now. Another ridiculously pathetic recurrent storyline is Nick and Sharon. How many times have we seen these two break up and make up? It is a repeated story…so predictable and mundane. Their lackluster story and fleshy scenes have lost their sizzle and my interest. This is not the young and the restless…it is the old and the restful….more originality, please.!!!
In my opinion, and that’s all it is, GH encompasses passion, intrigue, love, hate. mystery, unrequited love, betrayal, deceit, crime, comedic relief, steamy sex (Julian and Alexis) etc. I love it. I would get rid of many characters, such as Sonny, for one…but, at least, this soap keeps me interested.

lisa
lisa

I live in Canada ,I’ve already seen the next episode so I won’t spill the beans.
What I’m curious to know is this girl somehow related to Cassie OR did Victor go to great lengths to find a girl who looked enough like Cassie and then have her surgically enhanced….Hmmmm !
Regardless, Victor needs to answer for his misdeeds – Sharon does too,but Victor really needs a whooping !

Jimmy
Jimmy

It’d be nice if Victor would learn to not “surgically enhance” people anymore – look what happened when he payed Patty to have plastic surgery to ruin Jack’s life… that went to hell in a hand basket so fast, and Victor ended up getting shot!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Whats hurting Days for me is the going nowhere storyline of Jordon and Ben…having Jordan look at fake i.d.s on occasin-at least show a flashback of when she was this other person…i like to think Jordan was married to an abusive husband whom she attempted to kill but Ben stepped in and took the blame…Ben went to prison for two years and got an early release for good behavior…Jordons ex swore revenge and both Jordan and Ben went on the run with new identities…now in Salem both run into Jordans ex-LIAM! Liam reveals their true identity and another shocking secret…he raped their mother-Eve Donavan!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Another Days problem is John Black…dont bring characters like this back unless you have something good written for them…Days is still my no.1 soap!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why should Liam be tied just to Jen as yet another person trying to hurt her and break her up with Danial when he already have Anne and Teressa for that…just bring back Jack instead!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

DAYS biggest mistake in the past few years has been writing out Matthew Ashford and killing Jack off.

FAS
FAS

Sounds plausible, jimh, but I think Jordan is CIA….that’s the reason for the subterfuge and different identities.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

That seems possible…and if she is Shanes grandaughter he couldve helped her with her new identities…she seems to be running from someone and id like to know who? Ive watched soaps for 50 years and know one must be patient for stories to unfold but this one is going nowhere for me…hope they give us at least a hint of her mysterious past during May sweeps!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is a good soap but not a great one…it mishandled the A.J. storyline…he and Carly should have been paired as the next Alan and Monica…with Carly attracted to Franco the way Monica was attracted to Rick Webber years ago!!! And after they killed off A.J., they couldve at least showed Monica and Micheal comforting each other at the Q mansion!!! Trim some of the violence…Connie, Max, Carlos,Olivia, a day player, Franco, Heather, Elizabeth, Nik, Julian, A.J., have either been beaten, stabbed or shot which is too often in the storyline…i can tolerate some violent acts in my soap but it happens way too often on GH!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is my no.2 soap, and im starting to like B&B a little more…my problem with the latter is you have two sisters involvd with each others exs and two brothers in love with the same woman…favorite character is Quinn on this show!!! Y&R needs new writers…the show is well produced with good actors but im not addicted to it like the others!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was hoping for a Carly/A.J. romance too, I also liked A.J. with Liz for the time they were together. But for the life of me, I can’t root for Carly and Franco, mostly because Franco was GH’s most poorly conceived character in recent history. I love Roger Howarth, but I don’t like Franco or his crazy mother Heather either.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Roger shouldve played the son of Jimmy Lee…i like Robin M. and i liked Heather years ago but having her psycho and constantly sneaking out of the mental hospital got to be a bit too much!!!

FAS
FAS

How right you are, jimh..about the age stuff…my bad.

FAS
FAS

It is impossible for Jordan to be Shane’s granddaughter. She is too old and he is too young. They are only 27 years apart. Perhaps you meant to say Shane’s daughter? I don’t know if she is necessarily running from someone or something, exactly, albeit it does make a lot of sense. I am as irritated as you for this to be dragging. Maybe Jordan is there to crack a case. Whose, though?….Kristin? Stefano? Is she working with John Black? Is this why he’s back? Is she in Salem to protect someone? I want to know ASAP.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I too wish they’d reveal the real reason why Jordan is in Salem…what i wrote is just something i thought would be interesting but not necessarily happen that way…i know the real ages of the actors playing Shane and Eve but real ages of the actors and characters arent the same…i dont think Jordans age was revealed unless i missed it…however Shane could be slightly older than the actor…while Charles is really 59 Shane could be 65 now, Eve could be 45 and Jordan 26…they all could play and pass for different ages than they really are…soaps have been like that since they began on radio and soaps really dont care about the age difference between actors/characters…Susan Seaforth who plays Julie and the late Richard Guthrie who played her son David were like 7 years apart in real life but on the soap Julie and David’s ages(not revealed) were obviously quite different!!!

Shannon
Shannon

Days has become sooo boring. I miss Chandler and Ejill and think it is a shame the way they have gone with Ejami. I hated the “raping the priest” storyline. If Ejabby had ended after the first time I could have tolerated it but continuing it was stupid. Don’t even get me started with how long and stupid Dannifer is. It was a mistake that should be ended a loooooong time ago. Cheryl was not even given a chance and now she is leaving. Jordan has been given a chance and besides Dannifer what could be more boring than Rafe and Jordan. Eric being a priest has been an epic failure of a story. How could they waste Greg Vaughn’s best Assets. By the way why hasn’t Bo been resolved so that Hope could move on…I will watch Monday to watch Sami slam EJ and hopefully ABS. Hyprocritical Jen will be so proud of her hypocritical daughter!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I’m with you, Eric needs to marry Nicole so we can see him in a love scene on their wedding night – Greg Vaughan is (IMO) the best-looking guy on that show, he needs to be a romantic lead! ITA with your whole post.

Charday
Charday

GH is my fav daytime: Negatives on GH—Sonny, Franco, Kiki, and Carly. I hope they’re leading up to Sonny going away to prison for life for murdering AJ. Positives on GH: all Quartermaines (the few that aren’t dead!), Britt,Dr. O, the Jeromes, Luke, Sabrina and Patrick, Carlos, the Cassadines, all the gay guys, and even ole Liz(ard).

DALLAS is my favorite nightime.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Oh, man, DALLAS is fantastic! Who knew Linda Gray would be as fantastic in her 70’s as she was back on DALLAS’ original run?

Jimmy
Jimmy

Imagine if GH actually followed through with sending Sonny to prison? THAT would be very interesting. I agree with Franco, I love Roger Howarth but I see no need for the character.

Personally, I can’t stand Britt after what she did to Dante and Lulu, I really want her to go away for a long time. I also hate the actor playing Nathan, Ryan Paevey.

This new Luke is really creeping me out, and if I had to place a bet on it, I’d say it’s Bill Eckert, because anyone else (especially Faison or Jerry Jax in a mask) would be stupid. I hope the story is resolved soon.

I also don’t really like Sabrina and Patrick together, I wish the show would either keep Kimberly McCullough on permanently or recast Robin because Patrick’s love for Sabrina is nothing compared to what he feels for Robin. I hope the show writes out Carlos and Sabrina together when Teresa Castillo goes on maternity leave.

I love the Q’s and wish they hadn’t killed A.J., but then again Sean Kanan wasn’t given the material he deserved. I also really like Madeline and Obrecht being sisters, that was a great plot twist!

Overall, I think GH is really good right now, but there are areas that could be (and really should be) cleaned up and resolved.

PatF
PatF

ALL the soaps are starting to show signs of weakening as ALL soaps are now down in every demo over last year. ALL.

The ONLY show that is up anywhere is BB in total viewers over last year.

And Days is treading into dangerous territory at a 1.7. Yikes.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Eileen Davidson is returning to DAYS soon, and Kassie DePaiva will be making her debut as Eve soon too, so that should send the number of viewers up.

As for GH, I think in terms of story it’s doing the best, but there are definitely areas that could use some cleaning up, like the whole Luke craziness. But there are some great aspects to the show, like Madeline and Obrecht’s connection, and the fallout from A.J.’s death (which I wish didn’t happen!)

Y&R has been going down since Jeanne Cooper died. As the months pressed on after that, the show started losing its fire. Then Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney all left, and now Elizabeth Hendrickson is on her way out. On top of that, there are several stories that aren’t attracting viewers, like Avery’s cooking show (stupid, pointless and boring as hell) and the whole faux Cassie craziness.

B&B is doing the best in terms of viewers, but story wise it’s repeating the Liam, Steffy and Hope triangle with Liam, Hope and Wyatt. Quinn is amazing, and I’m enjoying Ally’s story, but the Bill/Brooke/Ridge/Katie quadrangle is getting ridiculous. For the most part, story wise, B&B has been subpar for several years now.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont know if Elizabeth Hendrickson would do another soap but id think she’d be the pefect recast for Robin on GH!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Stories on all four soaps should be picking up steam soon with May sweeps not too far off. These lulls in stories are natural and long time viewers like me know soap opera watching is a marathon not a sprint.

Those viewers who expect, even demand constant action are watching the wrong genre. Nighttime soaps and series with their shorter seasons, and less episodes are the genre to watch if you need constant stimulation.

Daytime soaps, no manner how good, all of them hit these periods where washing your curtains can be more exciting than what is on screen– but hang in there, the good stuff is always a coming on a soap– and when it does, all the lookie lou’s come back and the numbers bounce back up again.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Gh just has way too many cast members and campy writing at times. The thing with Gh you might tune into a really good episode and then you might tune into a crappy one that will lose your interest. Depends on what mood Ron is in now adays.

andrew hass
andrew hass

It was a bad week for all the soaps but the fact that all 4 went down and not just one or 2 may just mean no one was interested in soaps that week.Plus it was the second straight week that all 4 went down i think.

FAS
FAS

I can’t believe this! Is Nikolas suddenly interested in Liz? Does he have a turn on turn off switch? I understand Britt did the unspeakable, but, geesh,overnight he is into liz again when not too long ago he told her straight out his heart belonged to Britt? …….right!

FAS
FAS

Okay, so Carlos is in jail. Ava is threatening to do Sabrrrina and her baby harm. Carrrrlos ‘s body shakes with fear….visibly. What’s the story here, writers? Are we now to feel a newfound softness for him? Is this predicament with which he now finds himself supposed to endear him to us? No dice. Get a younger version and clean him up……let him do time, then we shall see…but the fates are against him.

calie
calie

So good to see Elizabeth back on our screens.

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Arianne Zucker Chats On Her Return; Days Stars Take To Daytime Emmy Red Carpet On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On an all-new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Arianne Zucker talks about her exciting return to the show, and once again being in front and center story following Nicole seeing the love of her life, Eric (Greg Vaughan) had attempted to move on in the love life department with Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), and then the shocking devastation at the death of her daughter, Holly.

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On the podcast with host Michael Fairman, Ari weighs-in on her most recently aired scenes, and talks about some of Nicole’s past wild storylines including; the infamous flesh eating bacteria storyline and when Nicole attempted to raise Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) baby as her own until the truth finally, finally came to light!

Then, Fairman takes you to the red carpet at the just completed 46th annual Daytime Emmys where he chats with some of the most notable residents of Salem including actors: Galen Gering (Rafe), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Martha Madison (Belle), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and more.

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Make sure to check out the podcast one of two ways: 1) Go directly to iTunes here, or you can hear it on NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Let us know what you think of Nicole’s return and Days’ night at the Daytime Emmys via the comment section below.

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Ron Carlivati Interview – Days of our Lives – 46th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati chats with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Carlivati and his writing team were nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series; an award they won last year.

Ron reveals to Michael that the reels submitted in the writing category were different than those submitted for Outstanding Drama Series; with the writing submissions centering around Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) wedding and her shooting … and then the aftermath in the hospital where Marlena’s children and John have to say goodbye to her fearing she will not pull through her medical crisis.

Later, Carlivati discusses how he has become more firmly entrenched in the land of Salem after being an ABC Daytime guy for most of his life; following writing for One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Watch the interview below.  Then let us know, what did you think of Ron’s choice for the writing award? Should DAYS have toppled Y&R on the strength of those reels? Comment below.

For more 46th annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet and backstage interviews visit the Michael Fairman Channel here.

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46th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Video Interviews

Last weekend on Sunday May 5th and Friday May 3rd, the stars of daytime took to the red carpet at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards and Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

From the nominees, presenters, and cast members from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless plus favorites from Morning, Children’s and Talk Show programming, these ladies and gents were dressed to impress and on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and for a job well-done in the world of daytime programming.

Many of your favorites stopped to chat with the media, including Michael Fairman TV’s, host Michael Fairman, who has now posted all of his “46th Annual Daytime Red Carpet Emmy conversations” up on his You Tube Channel, The Michael Fairman Channel.

Make sure to “subscribe”, so you can get all the latest celebrity interviews, and more, if you have not done so before.

Here is the complete line-up of video interviews from the Daytime Emmy Red Carpet on The Michael Fairman Channel from last weekend.

You can click on their hyperlink below to take you directly to the video.

Then at the comment section below, you can let us know what was your favorite chatter on the red carpet!

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Days of our Lives

Ron Carlivati

Billy Flynn, Sal Stowers and Arianne Zucker

Marci Miller and Tyler Christopher

Galen Gering

Lauren Koslow

Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers

Eric Martsolf

Rob Scott Wilson

Greg Rikaart

Victoria Konefal

Ken Corday and Mary Beth Evans

Martha Madison

Thaao Penghlis and Leann Hunley

Olivia Rose Keegan

Suzanne Rogers

Stacy Haiduk and Thia Megia

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General Hospital

Maura West

Laura Wright

Steve Burton

Jon Lindstrom

Garren Stitt

Hayley Erin and Chloe Lanier

Eden McCoy

Max Gail and Vernee Watson

Chad Duell and Courtney Hope

Patricia Bethune

Photo: MF TV

The Bold and the Beautiful

Heather Tom

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Don Diamont

Katherine Kelly Lang

Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger

Wayne Brady

Annika Noelle

Brad and Colleen Bell

Ashley Jones

Photo: MF TV

The Young and the Restless

Bryton James

Mishael Morgan

Beth Maitland

Cait Fairbanks

Victoria Rowell

Zach Tinker

Sasha Calle

Hunter King

Kate Linder

Photo: MF TV

Daytime Stars and Digital Series

Abby Cadabby and Elmo – Sesame Street

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron

Sean Samuels – Giants

Gregori Martin and Wendy Riche – The Bay

Lauren Lake – Paternity Court

John Michael Higgins – America Says

Check out a few of our red carpet interviews below.

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