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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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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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