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RATINGS: Good Week As All Soaps Add Viewers!

After a dismal ratings week previously, the week of March 3rd through March 7th showed that all four network soaps rebounded and gained in their total viewers numbers with The Young and the Restless adding the most viewers for the week with a +188,000  bringing their weekly total to 5,027,000!

Next, it was General Hospital, who this week saw the final airshows of Kimberly McCullough’s return as Robin, gained the ABC soap +94,000 viewers, bringing them to 2,972,000, and The Bold and the Beautiful added +94,000 total viewers with their total at 3,679,000.

Finally, Days of our Lives added +31,0000 totaling 2,717,000 for the week.  And while those increases for all four show are not staggering, they are not in the negative.  To view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON click here!

Now tell us, what is working on your favorite soaps?  What is not working?  It’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback, weigh-in on what would you do to ensure the ratings success of your favorite soap!

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AbbyS.
AbbyS.

On DOOL, John Black’s return has made the show appointment TV for me. Knowing/ hoping that there’s a Jarlena reunion in the future makes me tune in. I’m also enjoying the nice, slow pace of Hope and Aiden. He’s a newbie who is not being shoved in my face all the time. It’s a smart move to write him as nothing like Bo and not have him be related to Stefano (so far). Using Hope’s and Aiden’s kids as a way for the parents to meet is natural and original for DOOL.

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

Days is the best serial right now…i predicted the Hope and Aiden coupling and i knew one of the newbies would be evil…but i thought Liam would somehow be tied to Jordans mysterious past…like her abusive ex but i dont think that’ll happen now…i now think Jordan and Ben are in some protective witness program and this is why they change identities…still hoping Jordan and Ben are Eve’s children…maybe Eve was once involed with Liam and is coming to Salem to warn Jordan and Ben who are fleeing from him anyway?

Phil
Phil

Agree! DAYS is best right now… welcome back!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Yes!!!

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Well I had it! Im sick of Victor and sick of Cassie and this entire mess with Billy on Y&R . Bring back the classic vets and not Victor Im so finished with him and what he does

Izabel
Izabel

I Agree!

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

SUMMER BETTER BE JACKS KID NOT NICKS

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

Its good news for all soaps but the neilson system is outdated and discriminates against men and older viewers. Im certain these ratings would be much higher with a new ratings system that includes men and people of all ages and not just women of certain ages…we all buy things advertised on these shows!!!

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

GH today with Donna Mills first appearance as Ninas momma was its best in weeks…looks like Nathan is tied to Maddie…her son? her grandson? HER LOVER!!! Maybe they are working together to get Ninas money? They knocked off Ninas father too!!! OK, its not Couger Town but i do hope Nathan is Silas’s and Nina’s son like someone else said…and is this Jordan T.J.’s mommy???

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

Maybe Donna Mills character is Anthony Zaccharas sister and she was also Ric Lansings real mother and this is why she is funding the Jeromes to take Sonny down???

DAVID
DAVID

THEY NEED TO FIRE DEIDRE HALL AGAIN. HER ACTING REALLY REALLY SUCKS, RECAST HER WITH CONSTANCE TOWERS EX HELENA GH. ALSO KASSIE DEPAIVA, WILL BE GREAT AS EVE DONOVAN.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Crack is whack.

Mark
Mark

All the shows are good except for gh which is a confused mess.

Dan
Dan

I couldn’t disagree more, I’m loving GH right now. So many exciting storylines going on.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I, too, disagree. What do you mean by confused mess?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The “Is Abby pregnant”? storyline is spectacular!!!
Eric and Nicole are pulse pounding!!!
Hope and Aiden are great!!!
The weddings should be fun!!!
Welcome back John!!!
I like JJ falling for Paige!!!
Will Liam kill Jennifer?!?!?!
Jordan is the calm before the storm!!!

Days of our Lives is the time of OUR lives!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Abs dream… “wed” ??? when she was at a “DiMera doctor”

LOL… when he told EJ

doctor: as she’s coming too… “waking” up….

and she “didn’t” know… what had happened….

as she last heard… “she’s not now…” as in not preggers…

blew me away – I believed it

that was good drama

I still cannot believe how good DAYS is… going on two years strong… PLUS

LOVE DOOL

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Yes, I fell for that too!!! DAYS knows how to be chilling and funny at the same time!!! From the DAYSaster to now, DAYS is delectable!!! In your words, Patrick, DAYS deserves…repeat emmy win!!! OUR days…OUR lives…OUR win!!! Days of OUR Lives.

DAYS turns 49 on the 8th of November. NBC should change their logo to the hourglass at the beginning of DAYS 50th year!!! The peacock can dance in the sand!!!

Shari
Shari

For the most part, all the storylines are working for me. Its the little details that get missed that bother me and mostly because they bother my husband, who watches the show from behind hos iphone but criticizes. I actually tweeted Rob C about it and he tweeted me back but it really was a lame response lol. I am talking about the AJ shooting. My husband keeps saying all they need to do is pull up the security footage from Ava’s building and check who came and went and what time. I agree but I also know its a soap. Ron tweeted me back saying “Ava would have paid soneone off to take out the security cam in her building a long time ago because she is in the mob.” This is a good “cover” but I’d have been happier if Ron thought about that detail and wrote it in. It seems to me that if the audience can see these details, then the writers should be able to predict and handle them before the shows are written and puy in a sentence that references it. Have Dante or Anna say “oddly enough, there id no security footage in this building” or have Sonny say “i got Max to retrieve the security footage ” or anything like that.
Another thing. I read the TV Guide interview with Ron but honestly, once I saw that Robin was in a NYC lab, I was annoyed with how she was written out. I love KM and am a long time GH watcher but I must admit that I am ready for Robin to either be written off the show completely or for a recast. Its all about Emma for me. I can handle Luke leaving all the time because his storyline doesn’t involve him being a father to little children but for a show who’s main demographic is women (and many who either have or have had young kids) the fact thst she left her daughter so quickly aftet coming back from the dead, and promsing Emma she’d never leave again, doesn’t sit well for most. I don’t agree with what Ron said. He said he had to write it this way so Patrick can move forward and not be stagnant but I feel thst with the knowledge that Robin is alive somewhere and the fact that he chose her over Sabrina, the Scrubs fans will not be ready to move on and the character of Patrick can not suddenly act single. They didn’t break up. She just left and they keep saying they are soulmates and meant to be together. That is angst for Patrick but not moving on.
Haha I suppose my response shows how involved O amagain. A whole lot better than the days when I FF through 45 mins of the show.

su0000
su0000

The number of watchers is nit as important as ”who” is watching.

advertisers care more about demographics. If they want to reach young adults, they don’t care that your soap is number one with people 55 and older. Not what they want.
A Nielsen report is divided into a long list of age groups. While it may be tiresome to compare the numbers between women ages 18-34 versus men ages 25-54, these are the numbers that matter most to advertisers.
Nielsen can’t monitor every home in a city, much less the entire country, so it chooses a small number of people to represent the nation. 15 people watch a show they turn it to 15,000.
So it is good thing when a Nielsen box is in a home of younger people who watch soaps.
But if 4 people live in the house and all watch only one is counted.

I do not understand why ratings are so important to soap fans why can;t they just watch and enjoy and let the number to the networks who see the numbers different than us .. They calculate so much more from time to place etc etc to see what they want for their numbers.

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

You are right about some especially demos but if 4 people are in a home doing neilsons all 4 is registered and participate in the research not just 1…yes, 18 to 49 is still the most important age group but they still keep record of all in that house of whoever is watching what…thats how they learn what childrens shows kids are watching and how they knew 50% of Edge Of Nights viewers were men, and how many over 50 are watching certain shows…i was part of the neilsons when there were 4 in my house and all were included…Now i dont mind advertisers prefer 18 to 49 and i am grateful that the soaps are pulling in a young audience but when the ratings come up id like to see men included too even if it is just 18 to 49 and im also curious about the 50 plus who are watching as well because i believe the numbers are really higher and would like to see what those numbers are…advertisers would still be getting that age demo they want regardless if the over 50 were also included!!!

GH50
GH50

Total viewers, older viewers are important. All this talk about demos is great and makes people sound like they know something but there is a larger picture that is important. GH for example reaches approx 250,000 women 18-34 and about 700,000 women 18-49. Advertising is sold on a cost per thousand basis. If you only sold to advertisers targeting those demos, about 700,000 people, you could not generate enough ad dollars to sustain the show. The bulk of the advertising revenue is generated by the advertisers paying to reach the other 2 million viewers.The younger demos are important because they are additive and expand the advertiser pool, but without the 50+ advertisers a daytime show can’t exist.

If GH had the additional 3 million viewers 50+, that Y&R has, it would be much more profitable. GH has more viewers w18-34 than Y&R, but it’s only about 50,000 eyeballs. How much money can you charge to reach 50,000 more people? There isn’t that much of a difference in the w18-49 numbers between GH and Y&R. But Y&R generates a lot more money in ad revenue because of the extra 2 million plus viewers, mostly older viewers, that they reach.

The only way to really grow ratings and increase ad revenue is by attracting more older viewers. They are the majority of the people home during the day. The potential 18-49 daytime universe is much smaller and could not sustain a daytime soap. Y&R kicks butt.

Sharonda
Sharonda

Well, I know they didn’t gain an increase by me, I’ve been too busy for over a month and am only able to watch via YouTube for GH (which has sucked since Robin left) and Days. Screw Y&R! I don’t care about the characters over there anymore. Spring Break and vacation time helped these increases, they’ll fall again after March is over.

Tony Evans
Tony Evans

Of course the soaps are doing well, there are only FOUR of them left and what else do “soap” fans have to watch? I gave up praying and hoping for ALL MY CHILDREN to come back, and now I watch Days of Our Lives which is – well, it’s all right, a tad predictable (Like Abby possibly being pregnant) but it’s well acted. The fact that three actors from AMC are on Days of Our Lives helps me get through it. I know that sounds absurd and I don’t mean to offend long-time viewers of Days. I enjoy watching it, just find it a bit bland at times….and a little draggy sometimes….I mean how much longer are Nicole and Eric going to give each other these cow eye glances and how much longer is Nicole going to regret shredding those documents that might prove him to be innocent – it’s like, geez get on with it already LoL – but the actors are all proficient and the characters are likeable in Salem.

Vicky
Vicky

I turned off Y&R on my set and DVR for the whole month, so don’t blame me for JFP and CBS/SONY not bringing Billy Miller Back and ruining our show! Shame on the rest of you for letting her laugh at the fans and arrogantly think she can destroy the show and the sheep will keep watching.

PatF
PatF

5 million is a LOT of sheep.

Grazing on YR! Congrats CBS soaps!!!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

YawneR puts the viewers to sleep before they can change the channel.

PatF
PatF

Zzzzz….

Sorry, your comment made me Yawn.

Sue
Sue

If Y&R doesn’t do it for you of course you should stop watching, reading updates and no more tweets! Give it a break,, If I stop watching I”ll stop everything.. of course the last 3 producers/ writers have ruined Y&R, don’t know if it will ever come back, soaps will not be around many more yrs.. For now I will continue to watch, word being “for now”

Patty
Patty

I have only been watching GH once a week. They have so many different story lines being juggled that it moves at a very slow pace. It’s too frustrating to watch. With all of the stories, there is NOT 1 love story happening. It’s “love in the afternoon” not constant turmoil !!!!!!!!!

Barbara
Barbara

I am a great Y&R fan, but do watch B&B fairly often. I would probably watch it more often if Wyatt wasn’t on. I usually do something else while he is on. His acting turns me off, & his Mother is beginning to annoy me too. Am enjoying Y&R a lot right now. Hoping for a real reunion for Nick & Sharon. Victor is an annoyance too. He needs to lose sometimes.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

One word: Jarlena. #DropsTheMic

Sue
Sue

Summer fits better with Nick, that being said I hope she is Jack’s kid! Jack doesn’t need to lose again!.. I heard MS is coming back as Phyllis?? Anybody know?? I would hope for a recast not a fan fav. of MS…+ MS said she was not coming back, if she does, jobs must be hard to get and the dollars bring them back every time.. also way too many actors without jobs!!

Izabel
Izabel

3RD GENERATION Y&R FAN… Runs in the family lol. Being a faithful fan, for me, has only become painfully hard these last few months. Screw JFP… All this soap needs to do is stick with the wow factor characters, bring in decent younger talent, amp up the storylines and get rid of victor. Plzzz get it together!!! Let’s go ynr! #FOREVER-mrs.c,phyllis,billy,ADAM,chloe 🙁 :@

Jimmy
Jimmy

On GH, I would love if Ric turned out to be working with a very much alive Claudia Zacchara, since his father, Trevor Lansing, was secretly running the Zacchara mob for years. Then, Madeline would turn out to be Claudia’s mother, Anthony’s ex-wife, and they’d all be working together.

I’d really like it if Madeline turns out to be Victor Cassadine’s current/ex-wife, and he would be Nina’s father. That would make sense, as Nina was being kept in the same facility where Victor brought Robin.

I also think Nathan is Madeline’s son, so Nina’s brother, and Vinessa Antoine’s character will turn out to be T.J.’s mother.

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

Loving B&B! The show is a fun, beautifully produced guilty pleasure. I don’t miss an episode. If I forget to DVR, I watch online. B&B reminds me of early Loving but a bit more updated. Glad all the soaps are doing well.

Barbara
Barbara

Hope Phyllis and her portrayer Michelle do not come back. Don’t miss either of them.

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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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