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RATINGS: Happy DAYS Are Here Again! NBC Soap Rebounds Post-Olympics!

Look like the masterminds at NBC and Days of our Lives efforts paid off, with the DAYSaster to carry viewers through the two weeks while NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in London took center stage.   While many lives in Salem hung in the balance during the gold medal break, upon the return of the series some characters were “killed-off”, and there was some key returns!  All in all, it gave DAYS some of it’s best ratings in quite some time!

When breaking down the numbers, DAYS gained + 218,000 total viewers and it is firmly in third place of the four daytime soaps with almost 2.7 million viewers for the rating period of August 13-17th.  DAYS also saw gains in every key demo and rating share for the week as well.  An NBC press release also touted the gains by stating, “DAYS equaled the show’s highest women 18-49 and women 18-34 ratings since the week of November 21-25, 2011.”

The show with the next biggest gains for the week was General Hospital! The series which is becoming can’t miss TV at this moment with its umbrella stories, gained + 147,000 in the total viewers category.   The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful held firmly onto the number one and two spot, even though both shows lost some viewers for the week.

Overall though, the soaps had a very good week August 13-17th.  Now if the series  can stick with  stories they are dishing out that are resonating with the fans, perhaps we can increase some more viewership!  View the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here.

Alright soapers, time to play Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  Tell us:  What is working on your favorite soaps right now?  What isn’t?  What changes would you make?  What characters are you clamoring to see more of? less of?  Weigh-in!

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Stephanie
Stephanie

I loved the DAYSaster, even though it meant the departure of Matthew Ashford. I always liked Jack…well, once he got over his creepy faze with Kayla back in the day.
I wish there was more balance of character air time though. Too much EJ/Sami/Will, not enough John and Marlena. I hope that now that Stefano is back and Kristen is coming it won’t become even more of The Days of DiMera’s Lives (unless of course, John is the DiMera that gets that air time). Hey, I know EJ/Sami have a huge fan base, I’m just saying I wish there was more balance!

Wallflower
Wallflower

James Scott and Ali Sweeney are captivating as EJ and Samantha explore their enduring love absent the standard baggage. They are a super couple for the new millennium if only the powers that be tell their story. If it turns into yet another retread triangle, I may tune out again. Write smart, write compelling, write nuanced characters of depth, and smart women and sought after demographics will watch. Look at the success of rom coms, romance novels, and 50 Shades. An audience is there for Days if they can move beyond their 1980s formula. That was my Jr High Days. Time to be my grown up Days now.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I agree with your comment. James and Alison are just soooooooo good to watch and I love them to bits. SAFE and EJOLE really pulled down the ratings and were sooo boring I literally pulled my hair out. However, I am worried as Gary Tomlin lusts after Galen Gering for whatever reason and seem to already want SAFE back together. If that happens Sami and Rafe should move to Stepford.

Scribbles
Scribbles

They spiked in November and they spiked during the heavily featured EJ and Sami.

Do the math at what fans want to see.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

i always liked Jack too. I hope they give Lucas a good story. Not really a big John fan, but I like soaps that balance the vets into the mix.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I hate EJami. I think its high time they were done with and the older characters, as well a snew ones, would be on more. I’m tired of the “Days of Sami’s Love Life” being on everyday.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I love EJAMI and hate EJOLE and boring old SAFE, but I do agree with you that the show is all about Sami’s love life.

Dmitri
Dmitri

While I am an EJole and Safe fan, I also enjoy Lumi, do to the heat they bring. I think EJole has heat, but Safe needs some spice in their relationship.

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
Avelina loves Santorini Greece

I dont like Ejole at all but your right SAFE lacks spice.

lisa
lisa

Ejole is just pathetic Safe is just boring..two ‘qualities’ which don’t lead me to watch a tv show..

Jen
Jen

I’m thrilled that the ratings were so high last week after Days was off due to the Olympics. I’m enjoying the EJami story & scenes. The last time the demos were moved 8 months ago was heavy EJami scenes. I can’t wait to see their story. It’s time they finally were given a chance to be together with no obstacles coming between them. Ali Sweeney & James Scott are doing an outstanding job with this story. Their chemistry is so strong, natural & hot they do
their best work with each other.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

GO EJAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They melt my screen and seem so suited with each other. Its about time they were given a chance to shine and become a supercouple.

Liz
Liz

I have been watching days a bit since the reboot. My biggest complaint is it moves so slow it somehow feels like its still in the seventies (never watched back then-strictly an ABC soaper. I’m trying to fill the void that the rat gave us.

What I love right now is GH. Cartini has saved the show IMO. I can’t wait to see the surprise on Monday. I am loving Todd, McBain, Luke & Anna. Hell I’m loving everything about it right now. I hope we will see more OLTL peeps & would love an AMC person or 2 thrown in the mix (paging Dr. David Hayward).

I think ABC is trying to lure us back & they know the only way to have better ratings is to try & change our opinion about them being evil rat bastards. I really think at this point it would be impossible for our shows to come back so I appreciate it every time Frank throws us a bone. Not enough however to start watching the alphabet network. Except GH, of course.

susan M.
susan M.

Great news for GH gained more viewers +147,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Writers from ex-OLTL ….KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

I found the whole thing kind of a let down. The last fifteen mintues before the Olympics was a thinly blocked set of scenes to set up who went where and why before the explisions. Two weeks later, Sami is hanging in peril above spilt water and sparking electrical cords. The poor girl, we’re to assume, could have been electrocuted had she fallen. In comes Will, who’s able toa ssess the situation in two seconds and help pull his mother to safety. A few scenes later all are acting and moving about as if all the water and electrical danger was cleaned up….Then there was Ian suddenly acting like a bad mad Shakespearean actor lamenting the dearly departed Madison as the only woman he ever loved while Kate’s heart was ripped out. It all seemed rather forced….And why were Maggie, Victor, Julie and Doug even brought to the gala? We never saw them after the explosion; just Bo or Hope mentioning they got out….The fire and EMT’s were allowing more people to sit or walk around the place the second day after the show returned, then the first. Eeryone that could, would have been moved out of that building asap and not allowed to walk in and out at will. Silly….And for as ripped up as Salem is supposed to be after the ecplosion, it seems it only knocked over one or two bushes in the town square….That being said, I thought having the elevator cable snap was dramatic, but the pulling open of the elevator doors and blocking given to the actors was very weak. If Jennifer was horrifed by her husband dropping to his death, you could have fooled me. She acted more like, “Gee, I think I move here, frown there, sigh and hug someone over there. Am I done yet?”…Jack used to be an important character to DAYS. Having a few people hug the daylights out of Jen and Abigail and say they’re sorry for their lost eighty times a show before shipping them out of town is not paying tribute to the character. I think DAYS had a lot of potential to drag out the peril the characters could have been in for a few more shows and played a lot more of the beats. It all seemed rather plastic and rushed to me. That JMHO.

Scott
Scott

That’s because Days of our Lives is the perfect soap opera. It’s current, relateable and realistic while maintaining some of the old-school dramas. I hope the ratings keep going up, the show has been amazing in its September 2011 recharge, aside from that horrirfic Alamania storyline.

Patrick
Patrick

The Will… coming out… coming of age… coming in to his own…. ala Marlena… was truly what kept DAYS afloat IMO… and catapulted DAYS fans interest. The Gabi/Will story angle… was so unneccessary….. I just can’t see that happening… however… I do like the angst of “gay” bashing…. and knowing how to deal with that…. Geez.. this is quick…post… have to say something… Will and Sonny are a winsome twosome….

Matt
Matt

The Daysaster was amazing. Really enjoyed Days last week. The key is can Days keep those ratings.

shannon
shannon

General Hospital is the best soap right now. I can’t believe they turned it around. On Days I love the chemistry of Ejami and I can’t believe the writers have never taken advantage of the chemistry between Alison Sweeney and James Scott. Last week was great. This week the new/old writers have put us to sleep with Rafe and Gabi. People have already stopped watching and soon I will be right with them!

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
Avelina loves Santorini Greece

We do need our nap and I will be going to sleep watching monotone Rafe and his awful sister. Maybe Saint Rafe should find out what his sister has been up tocratger than follow my EJAMI to the safehouse. He was acting all high and mighty and blamed Sami for the end of their relationship when he was also falling in lovd with Carrie.

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
Avelina loves Santorini Greece

sorry that should say what his sister has been up to

RJ4
RJ4

I have liked Days better the last couple of weeks – the scenes, character interactions, the pace. It has seemed that they have tightened it up a bit, and it is more focused, but I hope that they stay with it because they have done that before, and then lost it by going into too many different directions, pulling people apart, etc. They should continue to stay focused on the ‘core’ group of characters, and keep developing good storylines around them, and then have other characters in and out peridically.

rose
rose

Love Ian Buchanan (Duke) coming back to General Hospital. It is a nice counter balance to the younger kid stories. And as evil as he is, I like seeing “Jerry Jax” wreaking his havoc like nobody else can (well, almost nobody). And how about Cesar Faison, maybe not right away…can’t have too many bad guys at the same time. He also has a history with Anna, and they really need someone to come back to PC and renovate Windermere to it’s ” former glory.” Since the demise of the Quartermaines and their mansion, all we have left is the hospital , Metro Court and Kelly’s.

anna
anna

Loving Lucas and Sami 🙂

Charlotte
Charlotte

Ej/Sami/Lucas is a great triangle but to cancel Lucas out and replace him with dull Rafe..what a mistake..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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