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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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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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