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RATINGS: OLTL holding strong! B&B sinks to new low!

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Ah the irony. As we stated last week, One Life to Live, (that just canceled soap), is still holding strong in total viewers slightly under GH. OLTL is also  number three for women 18-49, a key demographic, and getting dangerously close to upping the ABC Daytime mainstay General Hospital! And, this is a show that should be axed from the network? Call me perplexed.

The info of One Life to Live being at number three and number four in key ratings was just posted by Soap Opera Network for the week of April 11-15th.  In other ratings news, the show that took the worst hit was The Bold and the Beautiful who hit an all-time low losing, wait for this, a record -508.000 viewers.  Not good folks.  B&B also tied its record lows in the key demos of 18-49 females.   DAYS isn’t doing much better tying or setting new lows in key demographics.

If more soaps are not to be “killed-off” then people have got to tune-in.  Let’s get some eyeballs to the televisions!  Even if some of the soaps storyline are giving us an eyesore! What’s a soaper to do?  After the jump, review the ratings.

Ratings Report for the Week of April 11-15, 2011

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,466,000 (-97,000/-436,000)
2. B&B 2,692,000 (-135,000/-508,000) <—- new low *
3. GH 2,537,000 (-68,000/-43,000)
4. OLTL 2,499,000 (-131,000/+246,000)
5. DAYS 2,354,000 (-9,000/-209,000)
6. AMC 2,344,000 (+41,000/-82,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 881,000 (-13,000/-189,000)
2. GH 771,000 (-29,000/-64,000)
3. OLTL 668,000 (-31,000/+68,000)
4. DAYS 597,000 (-17,000/-145,000) <—- new low *
5. AMC 540,000 (+38,000/+21,000)
6. B&B 516,000 (+13,000/-179,000)

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Todd
Todd

Maybe niki smith will push the ratings up even higher…and then roger howarth. I wouldnt be shocked if oltl takes number 2 spot soon. This decision was premature. I am beyond angry. Oltl is my all time favorite show. I cant imagine a day without viki and dorian.

sondra
sondra

Oprah seems to have forgotten where she came from, however the fact that she felt the need to respond show we must have a lot of soap opera fans getting through.

lisa
lisa

WOO HOO !!! NICE !!!

I’m in the 18 to 49 demagraphic -back end to be precise !!!

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE OLTL !!

WILL KEEP WATCHING !!

Sue
Sue

Advertisers should change their thinking about ‘key’ demographics. Can’t believe that they don’t care about millions of soap viewers per show. I am older than the key age and can guarantee that I spend more than most 18 year olds!

Chris
Chris

With the counting of viewers, does it count those of us who watch OLTL or AMC on soap net in the evenings or recording from ABC ? I record daily OLTL and General hospital from soap net due to shows not getting cut out due to breaking news etc. Just wondering because I’m sure theres lot’s of us.

Jon Jensen
Jon Jensen

One Life to Live is always amazing. Not a big fan of Niki but happy to see that Jean Randolph may be making an appearance soon.

martha
martha

I’m a fan of all three abc soaps I watch them daily via DVR. I am devasted about oltl…I think its the best one! I hope something will change cause I can’t imagine not watching it…shame on Oprah ! I can’t believe she said no!! I think oltl has the best actors & actresses ..

birdie
birdie

B&B should feature Jack Wagner prominently instead of using him for thinly disguised advertisements, diseases of the week, a sounding board, etc. Then they might win back some of those 18-49 females. Nick Marone was a strong, dynamic and refreshing character, but he’s been written into bland territory and is more and more like the other characters.

Liz
Liz

B&B Should stop causing conflict with Liam and Hope.I find Liam charming. I am a 41 yr old who adores this couple together. I think B&B is losing ratings because no romance lasts long enough for anyone to enjoy. Thomas and Brooke is a ridiculous storyline. I’m glad to see Adrienne Frantz (AMBER) back but I cant stand her mother (TAWNY). Also they dragged her down putting her back into a bimbo storyline. She was awesome on Y&R! Good golly she is too old to be messing around with Oliver and Liam anyway.I’ve been watching since day one and know the whole history of Amber and Rick. It’s sick to place Amber a generation older than Liam,Oliver and Hope into a love circle. They are teeny boppers compared to Amber.

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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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