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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
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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… Read more »

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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.… Read more »

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

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

lisa
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lisa

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

Jen
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Rodd
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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… Read more »

Scott
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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
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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
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Matt

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

shannon
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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
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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
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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

sorry that should say what his sister has been up to

RJ4
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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
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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… Read more »

anna
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anna

Loving Lucas and Sami 🙂

Charlotte
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Charlotte

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

Breaking News

Melissa Reeves Has NOT Been Fired From Days of our Lives

A technical error caused a bit of a firestorm on Monday night, and a retraction early Tuesday morning when an item appeared most notably on TV Line’s partner’s feed, Yahoo News, that had a headline stating that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) had been fired from Days of our Lives.

If site visitors and readers looked closely, there were actually two versions of the opening line that appeared.  One of which was noting that Reeves was apologizing for “catching heat” from co-stars and fans for backing a post by Candace Owens that was Anti-Black Lives Matter, and the other one that she was fired from the NBC soap opera.

TV Line early Monday morning issued this statement to clarify what happened and confirmed that Reeves had NOT been fired from DAYS: “Due to technical error, a story was briefly published on TVLine on Monday evening — and has since surfaced on several of our partner feeds, most notably Yahoo — that erroneously claims Days of Our Lives has fired Melissa Reeves. The story is false. Melissa Reeves has not been fired from Days of Our Lives. In the meantime, we apologize for the error.”

So, what do you think of the mix-up? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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