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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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  1. Todd

    April 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    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.

  2. sondra

    April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

    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.

  3. lisa

    April 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    WOO HOO !!! NICE !!!

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

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE OLTL !!

    WILL KEEP WATCHING !!

  4. Sue

    April 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

    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!

  5. Chris

    April 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    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.

  6. Jon Jensen

    April 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    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.

  7. martha

    April 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    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 ..

  8. birdie

    April 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    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.

  9. Liz

    April 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    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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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one of their discussion below. You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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B&B’s Denise Richards Reveals Her Husband Aaron Phypers Will Be Stand-In During Ridge Forrester Intimate Scenes

On Tuesday’s edition of CBS Daytime’s The Talk@Home, The Bold and the Beautiful and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Denise Richards (Shauna) appeared on the series.

During her segment, Denise discussed how she felt about B&B being the first American TV show back in production amidst the coronavirus pandemic and if she felt safe returning to work.  Richards also discussed how the love scenes and more intimate moments of the series will be done either with real-life partners standing in for their on-screen love interests, or a blow-up doll.

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Denise expressed: “I’m excited to go back to work. I think it’s important for us to also be safe, but to move forward. And Brad Bell [executive producer and head writer, B&B) has implemented a very safe environment, I feel, for all of us, so I think it’s important.”

As to the COVID-19 testing protocols, Richards explained:  “Every week we’re tested. If there are more than two actors, we have mannequins. If there is an intimate scene, they’ve asked us if our significant other can step in for that person. Otherwise, we’ll be doing a love scene with a doll.”

It was then Denise confirmed that her husband, Aaron Phypers, will be stepping in for intimate scenes with love interest Ridge Forrester, played by Thorsten Kaye: “He (Phypers) is standing in. And he came with me today. He had to have his COVID test too, every week the whole cast does. He starts standing in next week.”

Watch what Denise shared on her return to B&B below.

Then let us know what you think of B&B’s love scene or intimate moment protocol in order to get new episodes in the can safely for everyone involved via the comment section.

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Who Will Be B&B’s New Love Interest For Steffy Forrester?

The Bold and the Beautiful is back in production, the first soap to do so amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and there has been much speculation and talk for awhile now as to just what the future holds in story for one of its leading stars, Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester).

It appears that instead of re-treading a romance for Steffy with Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) or his son, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), the series is about to bring in some new suitors into Steffy’s romantic life!

According to B&B’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, he has big plans for Jacqui in the months ahead, as he related to TV Insider.

When Bell was asked about the new love interest coming in to the show for Steffy,  he revealed: “We have a great story coming up for Jacqui. Steffy has been committed to her work, her daughter Kelly…but people have been wondering when a new man will enter her life. He’s coming. She’ll have a period of time where, in fact, quite a few men will be after her – as they should be. She’s spectacular and unique. I’m thrilled to say that this next chapter will be very much about Steffy. I always feel comfortable putting drama in the hands of Jacqui Wood.”

In addition, recently on  The Michael Fairman Channel’s recent Daytime-Emmy virtual chat with Wood, Scott Clifton and Heather Tom, the actress also alluded to a potential new love interest for Steffy, too.   You can watch that below.

So, who would you suggest to play opposite Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as her new love interest?  Share your casting thoughts via the comment section.

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