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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
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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… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

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

harry
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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
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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
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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
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harry

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

FAS
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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… Read more »

lisa
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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
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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)
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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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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)
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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
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Jimmy

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

FAS
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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)
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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)
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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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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)
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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
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FAS

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

FAS
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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)
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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… Read more »

Shannon
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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… Read more »

maddiehayes
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

PatF
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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
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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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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… Read more »

Lawrence
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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
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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
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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
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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
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calie

So good to see Elizabeth back on our screens.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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