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RATINGS: Jeanne Cooper Tribute Episode Scores Y&R 5.1 Million Viewers! DAYS Hits 2 Year High!

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The ratings are out for the week of May 27-31st! And, it was an awesome week if you were a soap fan, because the ratings reflected that people were watching all four network soaps and each show scored additions to their viewer count and much more!

Let’s start with The Young and the Restless, who showed the power and the love of their legendary star, the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor)  in a very special tribute episode that aired on May 28th, right after Memorial Day! According to the latest ratings, the show was tune-in by close to 5.1 million fans! What an amazing and wonderful honor to Jeanne.  We thank you the fans, and Y&R for this one!  For the week, Y&R remained at number one!

The real winner show wise for the week has been the thrill-a-minute work on Days of our Lives! May Sweeps found the NBC soap on a real upswing and this ratings period the show scored it’s best numbers in 2 years! Thanks to the performances of Eileen Davidson and Eric Martsolf in Kristen being exposed for her lies and machinations,and the continuation of Will becoming a dad, Nick revealing his past in prison, and more!  DAYS added the most viewers for the week with  +314,000 viewers!  Total viewer was at 2,827,000! It also scored an 18 month high in the key 18-49 female demo, and had its highest household ratings share in two years!

The Bold and the Beautiful had another strong week adding +179, ooo viewers with a total of 3,590,000 and staying firmly in the second spot, while General Hospital which has fallen now behind Days of our Lives for the second week in a row and is now in the fourth spot, also added viewers of +146,000 for a total of 2,651,000. You can view the entire ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So soap fans, time to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback again! What do you think that is working on your favorite soaps that has you tuning-in? What show do you think needs some improvement? What do you think about the upswing in the ratings for DAYS? And, the number of people that tuned-in to watch Y&R’s Jeanne Cooper Tribute episode?  Share your thoughts!

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Jewell
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Jewell

That’s because CBS is the best, and they know how to treat their fans..

Harlee
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Harlee

Hear Hear…ITA

shawn
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shawn

LMAO, obviously, someone forgot that CBS canceled two of the longest-running soaps. Oh, yeah, they know how to treat their fans real good. SMH

Harlee
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Harlee

shawn, yes CBS did cancel 2 of their soap but CBS had to do something because P&G was ready to do the same thing, they wanted out of soap genre. Do I miss ATWT & GL ….like everyday but it is what it is and CBS has regrouped with a strong lineup backing each show. It took them almost 5 years to to win longtime viewers as myself back and CBS does a great in PR for their daytime lineup compared to the other networks which is non-existent.

madluv4ya
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madluv4ya

Agree! Love love love Y&R!!!

Harlee
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Harlee

The Sony daytime division is healthy! Sony is doing a happy dance….Days hands down has been delivering all month with good soap opera! Blake Berris has Emmy reels for next year, Eileen has the show’s balls, loving NicoleEricVargas nastiness, Sami is strong again loving SamiKate exchanges, Dannifer been more enjoyable & believable wJJ entrance, & YR is the distant 2nd in quality of delivering some great stories paying off (still doing in spade) Baldwins dejour…MichaelLaurenFen, Summer’s paternity is riding eerily high & entertaining, Phack, Traci’s return, Abbott house is popping again, Creepella (Carmine) is the most charming stalker I’ve watched… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

oh geez! you had me immediately intrigued with the Carmine “stalker”… this is all good buildup to see Tracy – all circuits busy. you know innately bottom line… that Lauren and Michael will find each other again… yet… to relive those memories. I laughed the other day, when, Gloria was talking to Michael in the hotel bar…. “… she jumps at everything in the night” i feel llike it’s been a quiet time… when the soaps good… you focus in. I couldn’t be happier for DAYS. ie: back to Daniel and Jenn. Nicole, Chloe, JJ. ie: target Daniel. DAYS has… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I have to Laugh…. when Gloria first heard the news that it was Lauren and not Michael that affaired.

it was like… Gloria was non-plussed for a start… that it wasn’t she that got to Carmine first.

LOL… and Phyllis more or less calling him a tramp.

Jules
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Jules

With 4 shows under this ratings scale, it’s important to keep in mind that no one is a loser and no one is a winner. 4th place with 4 shows left may officially be called “last place” but no one is really winning when we can only say we have 4 soaps on the air. That said…. WOOOOHOOOOO DAYS!!! So proud of my little engine that could! They deserved it and much more. Kudos to everybody for the great work! And also…. I’ve made my feelings about GH very clear. I won’t gloat but I’m definitely not disappointed. The days… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

The only thing that surprises me about the ratings is how they keep growing for B&B which is just a mess!

Harlee
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Harlee

I just disagree, B&B is bringing it such a classic style of soap…why I’m enjoying it…but do understand it’s not everyone cup of tea. To me is has some tight stories happening on canvas.

shawn
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shawn

You’re right about DAYS being “thrill a minute” work. May has been an incredible month of high stakes drama. Bravo to the little show that could.

Liza
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Liza

Wow on JC’s tribute, and it was done well too. They should have ran everything they had over 3 days because I thought the bonus footage they didn’t run was just as wonderful. I’ll bet Katherine Chancellors funeral will do well too because viewers who haven’t watched for many years will tune back in. I hope Y&R and does it right and lets viewers see the classic long running Y&R characters they are familiar with, and have followed, over the decades. It could give them a new beginning because it just not older viewers who know the vets. Children in… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

We are all hoping for this!

There is years of story from Kay….it’s a goldmine waiting to happen if it’s done correctly. I hope Phelps and Josh are smart enough to see this and take Kay’s story to the next level with Jill Foster!

Mo
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Mo

Yes, I think they should have done two days. After 40 years with the show, she was more than deserving.

Harlee
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Harlee

Sigh…we need Kay back to write that type of true story….sounds heavenly…it needs to be umbrella story for the whole canvas…Katherine Chancellor’s death reverberating through GC establishment a true thunderstruck moment and play all the beats wvets surrounded & loved by Katherine have a story…icing it with most emotional story of all Jill’s grief and loss….

Derrick
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Derrick

Everyone is hoping for this!!! They are busy trying to plan and write the end of Katherine Chancellor!

Mo
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Mo

Glad to see more people watching Days. It has been really good and deserves higher ratings.

jimh
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jimh

Days is reeeaaal good right now…but wish it was that way every month instead of just for may sweeps. GH is getting good again now with RH as Franco help keeping the Qs front and center…delicious scenes with them!

Derek
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Derek

Goes to show soap viewers are still out there. They just need good shows to tune in.

su0000
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su0000

ALL the soaps have their up times and down times..
All the soaps have their fans and loved by their fans, no matter if they are up or down, they all winners in someway or another.

With the exception of Y&R which is rigged by countries.. lol

Leah
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Leah

I’m so happy 5.1M viewers tuned in for JC . Sbe is/was iconic! But, she gave Y&R 35+ years! The viewership should have been higher.

I do not mean to take anything away, but this is telling about the genre as a whole.

blake
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blake

Great for Days, they have had the best month in a long time and I hope it stays this good for a long time!

And great for Jeanne Cooper’s memorial episode getting over 5 millon viewers! That’s fantastic!

I’m surprised that Frank and Ron on GH isn’t doing better creative wise. They were on fire most of the time they were with OLTL and the ratings also.

david
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david

general hospital there ratings are falling again. if this keeps up. they will have to make changes. get rid of franco britt scotty and sean. bring back robert scorpio back full time. days of our loves is on fire now. eileen davidson as kristen dimera is so evil but good acting. like susan says kristen is mean mean mean.lol. jeanne cooper the tribute was well done. it should have been 2 hours. but i enjoyed it and i really really cried. i miss jeanne cooper so much.

k/kay
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k/kay

They wrote Robert Scorpio in a corner why we did that story of Robin is beyond me. Should have let her stay dead and then if she ever wanted to come back they could have wrote a story then. Total screw up Robert Scorpio was one of the best characters ever on that show instead I am stuck with Roger Howarth’s overacting camp.

Nikki
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Nikki

I’m so happy that Jeanne got this win with ratings, it shows how much us fans love(d) her. I wasn’t completely happy with the tribute, but I was happy Y&R did something rather than nothing especially since I have no faith that Katherine’s onscreen send off will be deserving.

Libby
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Libby

Congrats to all the Soaps. It is amazing and quite fitting that 5.1M viewers tuned into #YR. I agree with others that even if you are a lapsed or casual viewer – you were likely to tune in as a tribute to legendary Jeanne Cooper. It was the BEST tribte program any soap has ever broadcast in my yrs of viewing soaps. Cast, crew and EP, Jill Farren Phelps, deserve many thanks. DAYS rating is so encouraging. EJAMI is coming into its own love story that fans have waited years to see. Eilleen Davidson and Eric Martsolf have sold a… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

have Patrick and Sabrina consummated their relationship? I wonder how long they are going to drag this out… will they or won’t they? too busy with Brittany. —— for some reason. i’m surprised… that no one’s mentioning yet… what is EJ up to? ie: bringing his fathers’ dynasty to a crumble? ie: his father is too distracted because of Kate. I don’t believe that… but.. Kate is a HOOT. I like seeing EJ with Justin… if this gives him story and screen time… it’s good stuff to watch. having watched him on GH, as Ned… DAYS had better deliver and… Read more »

David
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David

If the shows were competing in the same time slot then I can see saying oh well this show is better than that. But you have to wonder if all 4 shows aired at the same time how they would fare against each other

Great to see GH rise after all the complaining you read. Tells you what a small portion of the audience was upset

Joshua
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Joshua

Why is it that when ratings are released, people only talk about “Days of Our Lives” and how completely awful it is and/or how proud they are of it.

???

Philip Chase
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Philip Chase

I still feel Ron and Frank have done a great job with the “GH3” forced recast. Roger Howarth is magnificent as the new member of the Quartermaine family. Hope he’s fated to spend years in Port Charles. Blake Berris has rivaled Howarth’s record in first, being hated by viewers, and with the revelations of his experience in prison, has become the best appreciated DAYS actor, although Eileen Davidson has been at the top of her acting game. Y&R won all our love with the too brief tribute to beloved Ms. Cooper. Like soaps of yore, the show has great family… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I really liked Chandler Massey’ interview with MF.

when Chandler stated that Nick is the most interesting character on DAYS now… and that MF stated that Chandler is the “heart” of the show… ie: i’ve always thought that… Marlena.. handing the torch to Sammi… and she to Will. it’s time appropriate and relevant.

Blake Barris has entranced me. so many factors are fact… with DAYS right now.

it’s all cyclical… and i’m enjoying DAYS.

Cubsfan3
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Cubsfan3

I am so happy for all the soaps, especially CBS. Thrilled to see the numbers for the tribute to Jeanne Cooper.

Also happy to see B&B doing so well. Love the stories and the direction of the show. Love seeing more of the characters on and look forward to the new cast coming.

Kathy
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Kathy

Days has been great lately. Every day I look forward to it–especially Ejami and the Nick story. I’m so happy to see it getting back in the groove and that this is reflected in the ratings.

calie
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calie

I agree, it has been off for 2 days and I miss my daily dose of Days.

Becky Lystad
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Becky Lystad

Jeanne Cooper is an icon. She has been in my living room for an hour for years.

Derrick
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Derrick

Yay, DAYS on a roll!
JC’s tribute got 5.1 million viewers. Congrats Y&R and B&B is doing good also!

Lilith Niflheim
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Lilith Niflheim

Nice that the ratings for B&B follow my own personal taste… Since Steffy is finally hitting karma and Hope’s up for some happiness I’m finally getting interested again after 2 years of being frustrated with the Steffy Show. Now only if they could make some sense of the Brill mess and I’d be one happy camper… Oh well, you can’t win them all!

Brenda
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Brenda

Y&R has been great lately.

Beacon
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Beacon

In what universe has Y&R been great recently?

shawn
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shawn

EXACTLY!!!

Brenda
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Brenda

In the universe where I have watched for over 30 years and have seen many ups and downs and I think the show has been great lately.

Harlee
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Harlee

YR has been very good lately maybe not great still to much Dylan but the stories for the vets has been entertaining.

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

Photo: JPI

Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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