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RATINGS: It’s All About The Bold and the Beautiful!

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The ratings are out for the final week of May Sweeps – May 18th-22nd – and it was CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful as suspected that came out as the daytime drama series with the biggest gains, and in fact, the only soap to gain total viewers for the ratings week!  In addition, B&B was up in total viewers in the key women demos 18-49 and 18-34.

The story of Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) being revealed as a transgender woman, and the fallout it has on her career and her love life, and that of the career of her boyfriend, Rick Forrester (Jacob Young), and his struggle to hold on to the CEO position at Forrester Creations was top-notch story.

In addition, how Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and his Spencer publications is using Maya’s very personal story and turning into sensationalism to hurt Rick, and to sell magazines and drive traffic to their online platforms, really caught viewers attention.

And in the case of Monday’s news of Caitlyn Jenner appearing for the first time and on the cover of Vanity Fair and tweeting an emotional message:  “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me,” the story on B&B couldn’t be more relevant and current.

B&B came close to almost 4 million total viewers for the ratings week.  The Young and the Restless, General Hospital and Days of our Lives all ended up in the minus column for total viewers for the rating period, with GH slightly down with -2,000.

So, what do you think about the performance of The Bold and the Beautiful and the timeliness of this storyline and its twists and turns? Comment below!

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Jody
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Jody

The writing of this story has been stupendous…add the superb acting chops of Jacob Yound and Kara Moseley and you have a recipe for excellence.

Marsha
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Marsha

The Bold & The Beautiful is the ONLY soap that is being solidly written these days. It’s actually believable and I look forward to watching it. I’ve turn Y&R off until CBS & Sony come to their senses and dump the horror duo of Phleps & Pratt. They have made that show unwatchable. DAYS is on such a downward spiral, that it is doubtful that it will ever recover. As far as GH goes, it’s a convoluted mess. It has a better shot at re-gaining its footing, but it better get on track fast. The daytime soap genre is faltering,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

please tune in to DAYS , August, 2015… when the new writing team for DAYS premieres

it’s the 50th anniversary

shows shift change and deserve that chance to premiere their work

su0000
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su0000

hi Patrick..
I am going to tune in and check it out 🙂

davlestev1
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davlestev1

DO tune in..too much online that the 50th into 2016 is the last year if numbers remain so low. Don’t be moaning and crying if you suddenly find DAYS off the NBC schedule as of next September. It doesn’t even need to happen at all if people just tune in..DVR..get others to do it and push the ratings up whether it’s your favorite or not. How many favorites can you have out of 4..ALL..how would the landscape look with just 3..BLEAK…WATCH WATCH WATCH!!!!

robert
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robert

strong week for B&B. they are the best soap right now

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Kudos to B&B!

But this is what I find ridiculous about the show: it’s a half-hour show, and yet they continue wasting precious moments of airtime with exterior (some new) shots of Los Angeles. It seems they are adding increasingly more time to these exterior shots. We get it! The action takes place in Los Angeles. It just seems like unnecessary padding to me…

Lynda Westlake
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Lynda Westlake

I agree totally, but it helps to know when to stop when FF through the commercials

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Lynda: Well, that’s one benefit…

JUDY
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JUDY

I HAVE OFTEN THOUGHT THE SAME…WE GET IT!!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Judy: Great minds think alike…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

This story, at it’s heart, is a love story– whether these two people can overcome their issues and stay together– yes, the issues are a bit different than most couples go through, but that doesn’t change the heart of the story. There are two ways to approach soaps, the campy plot driven way, or the character driven way, where the characters are the star, not the action. B&B right now is the only soap left that hasn’t dipped its hand into the campy style. The transgender story could have been told in a campy way, but they wrote it beautifully… Read more »

Lucy Ewing
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Lucy Ewing

I believe Y&R +400,000 viewers same week over last year.

PatF
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PatF

Yes. Up almost a half million viewers over a year ago.

I don’t like Pratt but am surprised that it wasn’t mentioned.

Lia
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Lia

It has been amazing. Jacob and Karla have kept me running to the television every afternoon for the next episode. Rays is clearly the new IT couple.

Patrick
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Patrick

nice response

i’m excited for Jacob Young… I LOVED his work on AMC
I am thrilled that Karla work is being acknowledged… what a tough storyline
posts have already lauded her for an emmy nomination and “deserved” win

dang! I loved and hated Jacob Young’ work on AMC as JR…. so this intrigues me… as he never accepted his romance with Marissa.. was over… she left him.. and started a romance with Bianca… YES …. : loved this

so the angst and turmoil… for Rick Forrester is frontburner

Lia
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Lia

I’m excited for both actors, and would like to see both win an Emmy next year. Great love story for them.

su0000
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su0000

B&B was up in total viewers in the key women demos 18-49 and 18-34.
We have had the similar ‘ups’ for Y&R and GH and even Days..
It all depends what the doggie in the window is to get them to come and look..
Seems a transgender was the winning ticket/the doggie .. lol

I once tried tried to watch B&B and its people especially the women were too phony/plastic.. lol..

Happy for the B&B fans..

Patrick
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Patrick

i agree with… whatever it takes to “lure” in viewers

at the end of the day

my days… continues the tradition of relationships… family… love…

familial ties bonds and tribulations

being a Salem’ite

Salute

su0000
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su0000

Patrick !
you do so love your soap!
I like seeing that 🙂
hope it has a loooong run !

Blake
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Blake

Proof that great writing and storytelling will bring on the ratings. B&B has been killing it this year especially with the Maya and Rick storyline. Well done B&B!

damien
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damien

surprise, surprise…. young and the restless lost viewers!? nooo…….. you mean fake jack having heart to hearts with genoas finest when the viewers know he s a fake isnt touching? real jack realizing cuckoo kelly who was once torn and full of grief but suddenly over the top looney and dead isnt exciting? nikki off the wagon after she desperatly forces neil to an aaa meeting and consquently kils christines baby but doesnt learn her lesson again, isnt must see tv? sharon pathetic again for another of nicks relative not romantic enough? victor not evil enough with no ounce of… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

oh shucks

3 points

#1. “… sharon pathetic again “… this has to be the all time biggest fan outcry

#2. “… viewers are already over pratts fill the plot holes ” he fills them with dung

#3. “… he s a fake isnt touching ” Peter Bergman… has been reduced… wow that’s spiral

I will forever lament, stronghold, and soapbox… “I cant’ stand what has happened to #1”

madluv4u
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madluv4u

There are just too many twists and turns over at Y&R now. It becomes difficult to follow and after you start to not care about the characters who are already not acting like themselves. Well, this is where I am finding myself these days, and it gives me a headache to watch.

Brett
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Brett

B&B is great right now, I just hope we’re not slipping into a Liam Steffy Ivy nightmare triangle.

Lia
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Lia

Yeah, it’s happening. Lol

Mo
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Mo

It’s a shame Days didn’t do better. Hopefully these great stories by these stupendous writers will deliver more eyeballs.

Rob
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Rob

The only problem I have with this story is how Maya and Rick have been so God awful to everyone and now suddenly were supposed to root for them.

Lia
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Lia

Who said you have to feel sorry for them? Examine why Rick has been awful to them. Did Caroline, Ridge and Ivy do anything to him? To Maya?

Rob
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Rob

What’s to examine, they were horrible to everyone. I don’t feel sorry for them, I cant root for them because they are hideous human beings. Little Ricky is his mother’s son through and through.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rob, I totally agree with you. Also, because Rick has been such an incredible jerk to everyone (as you say), I was fully expecting him to reject Maya once the truth was revealed. BTW, if someone shoots a gun in my presence and/or is condescending to me, I don’t root for him!

Beth
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Beth

I haven’t always enjoyed Brad Bell’s writing, but I think he’s doing a good job with this story. The transgender reveal has happened and it’s now taking a small backseat to the corporate maneuvers with a lot of different pieces to the story: Bill publishing the news about Maya; Steffy’s return and how that impacts Liam, Ivy and Wyatt; Ridge and Eric’s past issues; Ridge and Rick’s past issues; what it means to be loyal and to be family; and Maya and Rick’s love story. I also have to give credit where it’s due to Thorsten Kaye for giving some… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

While the storyline on Rick and Maya is attention getting, what happens when the gimmick gets old? This is merely a trend. It’s not necessarily revealing storytelling. I give kudos to B&B for being adventurous. I think the Bell production/writing team has strength but it hardly makes up for the lousy stories they told prior to this. They may have gained audiences but audiences are fickle. They tend to tune out when they get bored. DAYS is solid evidence of that. And all the bitching and moaning about Y&R is doing nothing. Ratings keep climbing and the Pratt/Phelps regime keeps… Read more »

Ollie
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Ollie

I LOVE B &B!!! Wonderful acting. I’m 59 and have watched B &B and Y & R since the beginning!! But B &B is the best it’s ever been. All characters are
at their peak!! Now don’t let Ally kill Steffy. Get her some help! I miss Michael Muhney but the new Adam is doing his best.

Days Of Our Lives

‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’ Josh Flagg to Make Guest Appearance on Days of our Lives

From real estate agent to soap opera star, that’s where Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles star Josh Flagg finds himself when he visits Salem and Days of our Lives on-air next spring.

According to a report from PEOPLE.com, Flagg will appear in the May 12th, 2023 episode streaming on Peacock.

The details of his character’s arc is being kept under wraps. But when looking at the first look exclusive, Flagg appears in scenes with DAYS Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Abigail Klein (Stephanie).

When questioned how he came to be cast on DAYS, Flagg shared that the Days of our Lives casting team reached out to him because they thought he would “play this particular character very well.”

Turns out that Josh is a longtime fan of Days of our Lives and recalls watching the soap with his mother growing up.

In addition to his DAYS stint, look for Josh tomorrow night, December 8th, when an all-new season of MDLLA bows on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.

So, what do you think of Josh Flagg coming to DAYS? Is he playing a real estate agent? Comment below.

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Anne Heche Final Autopsy Reveals No illegal Substances in Her System at the Time of Fatal Car Crash

The final autopsy report is in, which puts a bit more into perspective what happened to Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), when she crashed her car into a home back in August, which ultimately took her life.

It has been suggested for months that Heche was impaired while driving erratically on August 5th, which ultimately caused her to crash and suffer a life-ending brain injury.

However, the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner‘s office revealed that the final toxicology results (concluded from blood and urine tests taken when Heche went to the hospital) showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. That indicates past use, the examiner confirmed. Results also showed prior use of marijuana, but not at the time of injury. There was no alcohol detected in Heche’s system either.

There had been speculation that Anne was inebriated at the time of the accident which was further fueled by an image that appeared to show a liquor bottle in the front seat of her vehicle.  In addition, the Fentanyl detected in Heche’s system was administered in the hospital after her injuries were sustained.

The medical examiner had determined that Anne died of inhalation and thermal injuries. She was trapped in her Mini Cooper for around 30 minutes before she was rescued by first responders. The official report lists sternal fracture due to blunt trauma as another “significant condition.”

Heche was hospitalized immediately following the fiery car crash. She went into a coma and was declared brain dead the evening of August 11th.  However, her body was kept on life support until August 14th when her organ recipients had been found.  She was 53-years-old at the time of her death.

What do you think about the autopsy report on the death of Anne Heche and the ending of such a talented and respected actress? Comment below.

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AEW

Tony Khan Confirms William Regal’s Exit from AEW to Return to WWE

On Wednesday, ahead of tonight’s AEW Dynamite on TBS, and to promote Saturday’s Ring of Honor Final Battle pay-per-view, AEW President Tony Khan spoke with the media and answered questions on several topics.

Chief among them is the status of William Regal who reportedly is heading back to the WWE.  In story, Regal was taken out by MJF on last week’s AEW Dynamite, after Regal helped MJF become the AEW World Champion during the main event at the Full Gear pay-per-view in November.   During last week’s episode, Regal was carried out of the ring by stretcher after being clobbered in the head from behind with brass knuckles by the new champ in another swerve.

Today on the media call, Khan reportedly explained the Regal situation sharing that Regal approached AEW executive Megha Parekh and requested to be released form his contract so he could go back and work his “golden years” coaching his son, Charlie Dempsey, and to the WWE.

This all went down around the time Khan was with his mother in Toronto, who was undergoing a major operation when doctors found that she had a spot on her heart and if the spot was removed, that it the best chance of stopping the strokes she was having.  She has already had two strokes, previously.

During this time, Khan arranged a call with Regal and shared that Regal had good intentions for wanting to go back. He was very empathic to the situation, given what he was going through with his mother and his own family at the time.

Khan added that Regal is still with AEW through the holidays, but he wishes William all the best and that it was “hard to see him go”, and they’re going to make some on-screen sacrifices to help him do the right thing for his family.  In addition, Regal’s release was on the condition that he could not be on TV next year, meaning Regal could then only work behind the scenes at WWE, anyway.

Tonight on ‘Dynamite’ look for Khan to address the William Regal situation.

Reports from Pro Wrestling.net, Fightful.com, David Bixenspan

So, what do you think of William Regal obtaining his release from AEW to go coach his son and return behind the scenes to work with the WWE in 2023? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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