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RATINGS: OLTL hits # 2 in total households & tops GH in total viewers!

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The proof is the pudding, ABC! Look at the new evidence to UN-support your decision out today.  The just canceled One Life to Live rose to new heights in the just released ratings of the week of April 18-22nd!  OLTL hit # 2 in total households tying with B&B.  And here is the REAL kicker. One Life to Live bested General Hospital in total viewers! That’s right, the one show the network saved.

OLTL added another 263,000 viewers for the ratings period, and held at a solid #3 above GH which was in at #4.  In addition, One Life was dangerously close to the number # 2 spot held by B&B. So does this data sound like a show you would pull the plug on?  Check out the ratings from Soap Opera Network after the jump!

Ratings Report for the Week of April 18-22, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,704,000 (+228,000/-293,000)
2. B&B 2,849,000 (+157,000/-458,000)
3. OLTL 2,762,000 (+263,000/+507,000)
4. GH 2,547,000 (+10,000/-61,000)
5. AMC 2,521,000 (+177,000/+53,000)
6. DAYS 2,403,000 (+49,000/-103,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (same/-.3)
2. B&B 2.0/6 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (3rd straight week)
2. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3) *
4. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.9/6 (same/same)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/-.2) <—- ties low (6th straight week)

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Please say that this will make a difference, or at least helps OLTL find a better new home. ABC is permanently tainted, even if they do change their mind.

OLTL and GH are my favorite soaps. BOTH should stay on the air for years to come.

Although GH maintains in lead in the important age demographics, OLTL is also giving a very respectable showing in that age group. OLTL deserves another chance. Both shows have continued value.

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 913,000 (+32,000/-215,000)
2. GH 713,000 (-58,000/-133,000)
3. OLTL 690,000 (+22,000/+62,000)
4. DAYS 630,000 (+33,000/-109,000)
5. B&B 525,000 (+9,000/-175,000)
6. AMC 520,000 (-20,000/-85,000)

DAYS is soooooo bad at the moment- they need a miracle to pull themselves out of the mess that they have done to themselves. TPTB need to see that their current storylines are not what people want to see. However, glad to see OLTL doing great and they have great writing and they deserve the high ratings.

Hey all you OLTL fans….keep up the good work. Keep tuning in, like never before. Tell a friend, neighbor, family member to tune in. Let’s keep moving those ratings! I won’t be satisfied until we top Y&R, then what will the network have to say to justify a cancellation?

NBC…pick up this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you imagine what this show could do with a little support and promotion from the network?

This is wonderful news! oh how I wish it’d make a difference to tptb

Mr. Fairman could you tell us how well One Life is doing on Soap Net in comparison to the other shows?

Could it be because OLTL is filmed in NY? Their taxes and cost of everthing is out of sight! Just asking!

Clearly this shows ABC really needs to re-think their decision. To be up 507,000 viewers from last year is HUGE. To come so close to B&B is also huge. I think ABC should hold a meeting ASAP to discuss what is going on. This is more than fans rallying. There are a lot of people out there who don’t want to see these shows go and they recognize how great OLTL is these days. High numbers = $$$ ABC… that’s what you want, right?

I can’t beleive you are taking off “2” good show such as OLTL and AMC, I have watched these shows since they started, so sad to see them go. You must have a better idea some where.

Way to go OLTL!!!!

With ratings numbers like this ABC should really rethink their stupid decision to cancel this wonderful show. What happens if it hits number one in the ratings? Will it still be cancelled? There are thousands of avid fans like myself that will continue to support this show and boycott ABC.

Shame on abc! They clearly made a huge mistake!
I can’t imagine not having amc and oltl anymore.
Shame on Oprah also. We all reached out to her for her help and not only did she refuse to pick them u on her network, but she didn’t even offer to help campaign for them and all their loyal fans, to save them!

U ..was suppose to be UP. Sorry.

Folks, you do realize that we are talking about being ranked #2 among five low-rated shows (Y&R still gets decent ratings). The ratings going up a few tenths of a point aren’t going to make any difference in the show’s profitability. This doesn’t change the last 5 years of awful ratings. Stop being so delusional.

Rude much?

OLTL gained half a million viewers over last year this week. That is tremendous.

I don’t understand why ABC doesn’t cut ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ back to half-hour. Then again, I take it that ABC has no interest in saving the soaps, and has no interest in reversing the cancellation decision. I wish that CBS/P&G could have done the same with ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘As the World Turns’.

I would certainly be interested in seeing NBC picking up AMC and OLTL, and airing both soaps in the half-hour format in the 2PM hour. NBC cutting ‘The Today Show’ back to its original 2-hour format… and airing a newly revived ‘Later Today’ talk show in the 9AM hour. Just a thought.

I really hope we do get picked up b another network.

Please save OLTL! EVERYONE watch and encourage your friends too.

How can General Hospital be safe with the one plot month after month involving the mob and very seldom having very little to do with a hospital.The show uses the same characters ,Jason,Carly,Sam,Sonny,and Michael every day and have done away with core families.They have glorified the mob and made buffoons of the police dept. so if any show has to be canceled ,how in the world does this show not make the list as number 1 ?

OLTL is one of the Best. But died once new characters were brought in and the ulimately END of STARR & COLE
Buddy chose to leave BUT I chose to leave sooner, right before he did.

I’m a dedicated fan of OLTL and watch everyday when I can when I can’t I DVR AMC and OLTL but when I saw this article I was kind of shocked to see how OLTL’s rating were a little high, fingers crossed that a network picks up both these institutions soon.

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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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Matthew Atkinson Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful and Previews a Major Change in Thomas’ Life that “Shocks” Everyone

This Friday, June 21st, marks the first on-screen appearance of Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester) on The Bold and the Beautiful since March of this year. In story, Thomas packed up and headed to Paris with his son, Douglas in tow, after Hope (Annika Noelle) turned down his marriage proposal for the second time.

Viewers have waited anxiously for his come back pondering, that when Thomas returns, would he go right back to pursuing Hope? What would be his demeanor after timeParis? Well, we are about to find out.

However, Hope now seems to be somewhat becoming obsessed with Finn (Tanner Novlan), Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) husband, and has developed feelings for him. Might Thomas’ return to Los Angeles have him finding Hope and Finn in a comprising situation?

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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest on his imminent return, Atkinson shared on the Finn/Hope potential pairing, “From Thomas’ point of view, he knows nothing about it, and so maybe that helps my point of view.”

Teasing what to look for when Thomas returns to the canvas, Atkinson dropped, “Thomas has had one particular very large change in his life since he left town. And when he comes back, it is something that shocks everyone.” What would “shock” the family and everyone who knows him? Could it be that Thomas got engaged or married to another women, while he was in Europe?

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Atkinson weighed-in on the fan response and support for those viewers missing him on-screen during his time away from the show, expressing, “I just never expected the response that I’ve gotten and we’ve gotten from the fans, especially (with) Thomas leaving. I can’t speak for all the fans, but there’s a wealth of people that are either really, really upset that Thomas is gone for a period or really sad. (They) reach out and they’re like, ‘Hey, when are you back? When are you back? When are you back?’ That just speaks to their care for this character.'”

So, what do you think will be the shocking change in Thomas’ life that is revealed when he returns to Los Angeles? Comment below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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