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RATINGS: Soaps Bounce Back with Good Week!

Yes, we do report good news too!  On-Air On-Soaps is happy to say for the ratings period of April 9-13th, your favorite daytime dramas rebounded from a dismal previous week gaining viewers and doing well in key demos!

First off, The Young and the Restless came back strong gaining +349,000 viewers for the week with a total of over 4.3 million viewers remaining firmly in the number one spot.  It’s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful also gained viewers from the previous week adding + 167,000 viewers.  And, Days of our Lives which had been in a spiral perked up too!  The gang from Salem added a very good +221,000 viewers, while General Hospital, which just got its all important renewal pick-up from ABC lost only a tiny bit of viewers -27,000, but still remains at the bottom of the four soaps.  We can only believe that it’s disastrous lead-in, The Revolution is part of the main culprit here!

For this ratings period, the canceled One Life to Live replacement series dropped to a series low of 1.19 million eyeballs.  Can you imagine what GH would be looking like if One Life were still on the air?   Was there any reason on earth that One Life to Live should have been canceled when it ended with 2.9 million viewers tuning into the finale?  Many primetime and daytime series, would kill for numbers like that these days … just sayin’.

You can view the entire ratings week story via Soap Opera Network here!  And for more on the tanking The Revolution, you can view what TV Media Insights had to say about it all here!

So let us know what storylines you are digging that would make you want to tune-in to your favorite soap everyday? And what is missing …  so we can get even more eyeballs to keep the soap genre alive!

 

 

 

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WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Glad they bounced back! Hopefully, this positive trend will continue.

As for GH still losing some viewers, I think you’re right about “The Crap-olution” affecting its numbers.

barbara t
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barbara t

Wish I lived in landview to,and you are right about the crap-olution,abc should take it off the air now and put one life to live repeats on,that will bring the ratings up and give them time to put back together what they took apart,I miss all my friends from landview and would love to have them back.

Blake
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Blake

I would love that! I love watching OLTL reruns on soapnet, I have them all dvr’d.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I get so pissed-off OLTL should have nerver been cancelled!!!!!!!!!!!!OLTL & GH were team.. Watch OLTL and than GH….Now gh… Gh is mising it’s counterpart OLTL………………..I miss all the people of landview……….They had to brak the awesome team What a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GH has to do more better in their ratings…They are doing okay, but they have to do BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcia White
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Marcia White

Excellent idea, Barbara! You should be in charge of daytime programming at ABC. I’d have alot more respect for that network if you were running it! Yes, if ABC won’t bring OLTL back to it’s loyal fans, at least bring us some more reruns. I’ve been taping all the AMC and OLTL reruns on every nite and I love them. It’s been months since they took our shows off the air, I still miss them so much. I highly doubt The Chew and The Revolution will ever know such viewer loyalty. ABC really screwed up and became driven by greed.… Read more »

chris
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chris

A MASSIVE issue with GH is whats playing outon screne right now. How can Ron. C write a story where the rape victim is the bad guy and it’s about her husband’s pain. This is a real disrespectful s/l. And it’s been horrible since he’s got here. He stated he wants to test their love you mean to tell me that her being raped on there honeymoon and possible preg. by the rapist isn’t enough. There is a reason why he’s been getting backlash from this storyline it’s sick. This isn’t love in the afternoon this isn’t something you wanna… Read more »

david
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david

You never watched OLTL did you? OLTL was about romance. This sick crap is typical of GH and the Franco storyline that already existed BEFORE RC showed up.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

So right! I’m sick of all the mob BS on GH!

John Eric
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John Eric

As a viewer since 1973 who found the mob stories unbearable and the writing of Bob Guza terrible and in total disregard for the characters and show’s own history, I totally disagree with you here. Soaps are dying from all the negativity and discontent. Other lapsed viewers (GH had millions more) will read comments like yours and say “well I know I won’t be wasting my time checking out whats going on on GH” and eventually yes, it will be cancelled. There will always be characters and stories and couples and actors or characters you tolerate but actually dislike, but… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I agree. Ron C and Frank V have done wonders in such a short period of time! When I first heard about the OLTL characters heading to PC, I couldn’t imagine how they would fit in to the existing storylines/characters. Well, so far, Frank and Ron have done a brilliant job achieving this task. I’ve watched both OLTL and GH since I was in middle school and although I was extremely saddened by OLTL’s demise, I am thrilled with the direction GH is taking with Valentini/Carlivati at the helm. I actually look forward to watching GH everyday; something I hadn’t… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

the did storyline was already in the works way before ron took over

barbara t
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barbara t

That has to stop now ,jason is so upset to find out that franco is his twin brother ,how he is treating Sam is heartless ,but then again jason is heartless ,Hello sam was raped by that monster lets talk about her pain and what she is going through,Hopefully in the near future we find out that jason(even though I am pissed off at him Now) is the father Of Sams baby.And yes CHRIS ,I am not happy at the way Sam is getting treated ,the last thing I would want to do is go to Sonnys stupid birthday party… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I would like to see Sam turn to John for consolation. Love the references made to a “past life” as a homage to Caleb and Livvie. Honestly, I’m getting bored with Sam and Jason. Like Barbara T, I too am enjoying the OLTL crossovers. They’re are being integrated onto the canvas beautifully.

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gin9rrsnap

That storyline was set in motion long before RC got there. He had no choice. As for Konnie – I haven’t had this much fun watching GH in a long, long time. KUDOS to RC and FV.

chris
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chris

If you are saying RC had no choice for this Franco s/l isn’t so far from true. He came out his mouth and said THIS is what he wanted to do. He wrote the Robin s/l so of course he had time to do this. How is a rape vicitm fun.

barbara t
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barbara t

Watching kate/connie is good ,Im enjoying that to.connie isnt taking any shit off kate ,the other day in the mirror scene,that was a riot and very good acting,liking kate/connie even more.I cant wait to see connie introduce herself to sonny in johnnys bed (priceless) thats a good old fashion soap opera and I love it ,Its been years since he has been with connie cant wait to see the look on sonnys face .I will have to watch that scene over,and over again.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Ditto.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

AMEN! I loved OLTL, it was my favorite soap. But they need to lighten up. I know they have a mess to clean up from the previous regime, but the viewers are sick of the violence and depressing storylines. We want adventure, mystery, romance and a little levity. At least I do.

barbara t
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barbara t

Chris,what do you mean,how is a rape victim fun?That I am not seeing I am pissed off at jason for thinking of himself first ,and sams rape is like a after thought,also I have read somewhere that there will be a big change to jason,Maybe this is the start.I still trust Rons writing ,he has something going and I bet you it will be good it always is.

Blake
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Blake

GH did stories like this wayyyyyy before Ron and Frank got there.

Robert
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Robert

While I like the news, one of the four soaps will always be at the bottom. It is just a fact. With over 2 million viewers a week and Days of Our Lives barely beating GH in terms of ratings, GH will be fine. ABC will not be making the mistake of cancelling this soap even after their one year reprieve. Hopefully next year Agnes will have the rights to her soaps so that our beloved AMC and OLTL can go somewhere else.

Oprah should reconsider having them on her network. She could use the viewers!

barbara t
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barbara t

Robert ,I hope you are right about abc/disney not cancelling general hospital in a year.and that agnus nixon gets her stories back and we can watch them on a network that cares about those two classic soaps and how they should continue.Oprah should reconsider and she should also put the daytime emmys on her network to .

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I sent Oprah a message on her Facebook requesting just that (daytime emmys). It would do wonders for her network and we would be able to watch our favorite daytime stars on the red carpet.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

ABC doesn’t care about ratings when it comes to the soaps! If they did, they never would’ve cancelled the highly rated OLTL! Did you see the kind of crap Doprah has on OWN? She would never put high quality soaps on or the daytime emmys! She only shows garbage!

Chantal
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Chantal

She probably can’t afford it, production cost is what keeps the networks away from soaps nowadays…

Blake
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Blake

I’m scared that both Days and GH will be cancelled next year. They both have contracts for another year. All soap fans need to support all the shows and keep them on the air.

aria
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aria

they should give GH , OLTL time period already, and have the GMA afternoon addition air in the slot they plan to give to Katie Couric, why wait till september? just do it already, and leave GH alone and not mess w/ it period.

James
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James

GH’s ratings woes are primarily due to the Revolution tinkering around only a million viewers. I think if GH had OLTL as a lead-in with the way it’s being written now that it might be giving B&B a run for it’s money. That being said, GH is still not perfected. They cannot become complacent especially with ABC testing GMA. If the root cause of the ratings issue (it’s not all lead-in if a show is written well) isn’t determined ABC will opt for GMA if it does well.

Justin
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Justin

I am not sure these days that a lead in means anything at all really. I watched As The World Turns on CBS for 20 plus years without giving a shish about Y&R or B & B. Lead IN Lead OUT…made no nevermind. Yes, I did watch them once or twice a year if I saw someone interesting joining the cast (usually for a month or so, because they would eventually be killed off.) These days with TIVO and digital recording lead ins and lead outs mean Jack Squat! Since ATWT was cancelled, I did watch Y & R more,… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

I agree. I have never paid any attention to the shows on before my soaps. I watch what I want. I can, however, understand the logic. Some people who may not have anything else to do may just sit and watch because that’s what’s on.

Heather
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Heather

I hate The Revolution. But in all fairness to The Revolution, I don’t think it has anyting to do with the ratings of GH. GH had these same awful ratings when OLTL was there.

GH has been on a downward spiral since May or June of last year.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. I am enjoying GH right now for the most part, but I really want to see it get to 50. I think ABC/D blew it when they cancelled AMC & OLTL and viewers left in droves.

Val
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Val

The fact is that GH did lose viewers. The mob continues to be their focus. If viewers thought the mob was the end all, we’d be tuning in faithfully all this time. But that is not the case. Lower ratings are because the love affair with Sonny & Jason comes mostly from TPTB. Viewers turned out in droves to see Tristan Rogers come back as Scorpio, and his return got this year’s only 2.0. Logic would suggest that if TPTB balanced the show and gave us Robert back, the ratings would increase. Instead we get a mix of mob &… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

I never understood why they have had the mob on the show this long. I don’t get the love for Sonny and Jason, they are just thugs who do horrible things to people and keep getting away with it, especially Sonny.

david
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david

I never got the mob angle either. I assumed it was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of HBO’s The Sopranos.

ricardo
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ricardo

i am very happy that the soap operas are picking up in the ratings. we need to support our remaining 4 soaps. thank god that the revolution finally got cancelled. we have to continue to fight for general hospital to remain on air. please watch general hospital because it is getting really good now. please bring back jackie zeman as bobbie spencer. i really miss her alot. also please bring back kassie depaiva and put her on contract.

John Eric
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John Eric

Ricardo, I totally agree with you about us needing to support the 4 remaining soaps. If you are a soap fan, Soap Classics is also releasing multi episode sets of special, hand-picked classic episodes of special occasions and specific themes for the longest running shows in broadcast history, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. There may be future releases from them of Search For Tomorrow, Another World, The Edge of Night and Texas, too, with fan support through buying the GL & ATWT DVD sets. I think General Hospital is better than its been in years and has dramatically… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

They have to put Kassie depava on contract she belongs with todd and starr.

Blake
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Blake

Yeah they need Blair, Tea and Victor Jr. on contract.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I agree Ricardo. Bring back Bobbie Spencer, we all need to watch the remaining 4 soaps, and yes, GH IS getting good now. 🙂

Fran
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Fran

GH is nothing like OLTL. OLTL ratings for last year was much better than GH right now. The only thing is similar is the DID storyline. As far as the Revolution goes, ABC/D needs to get rid of it right now. Their disastrous ratings are pulling GH down with it. GH is so much better than it use to be. Loving the Kate/Connie and Jason/Sam storyline. Frank and Ron are doing a fantastic job finally giving Jason and Sam and Kate/Sonny a storyline that is watchable and full of drama. Instead of them sitting around hugging all the time.

ethel
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ethel

that you michael for posting this – your site is the first one i visit daily because i can always count on you for the latest soap news……..

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Looks like some of these commenters don’t care about the remaining soaps.
I miss my soaps dearly and I will watch Days and GH to help the cause and I will continue to boycott ABC except for GH out of respect for the staff and actors of my favorites soaps.

Chantal
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Chantal

The revolution has nothing to do with GH’s ratings. If you think the success of your show is linked to the show before, you are doomed to fail…

Emily
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Emily

Yayyyy!!! I love my soaps and hope they have a long life span, despite the networks wanting to phase’em out for boring, who care’s, cheaper talk shows. I for one don’t want to see a slew of that kind of tv (talki shows) during the 3 hour stretch of daytime. I’m excited about May sweeps. Always looked forward to sweeps and what’s in store. I miss my Soap Opera Weekly, but enjoy reading all these on-line soap boards. Rgt now I’m watching GH and DOOL, mostly GH. I watched Kimberely McCullough’s interviews w/her soap “family” and they’re the best, should… Read more »

GariAnne
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GariAnne

I’m glad GH is staying around. But I know it was a huge mistake cancelling OLTL. I really want it back on the air. No matter how many characters are cross-over to GH, its just not the same. I watched everyday. When i couldn’t watch, I bought a TV receiver radio, then a VCR, now a DVD-R. Never missed a day. I hate ABC.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

The Rev-pollution is over, so mow our soaps can thrive! Yay!

Carol
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Carol

General Hospital has been fantastic. I wish more viewers would tune in and find out for themselves. I have been enjoying every storyline that is going on at the moment. I know that the new head writer has so much more good stuff in store for us. I really think that ABC needs to start doing promos of the show. I have not seen any promos during their morning shows that I watch. I watch GMA, Live with Kelly and Rachel Ray. There are many people who watch these shows that have no idea how good General Hospital has been.… Read more »

david
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david

The absence of promos for GH isn’t encouraging. It’s as if ABC is bidding its time until it can find a cheaper replacement. Or maybe ABC desperately needs advertising revenue that it cannot afford to spare the time to promote GH. I think the attitude among executives is that if people aren’t already soap viewers they are not going to start, which is inaccurate. Compared to other soaps, in its last year, OLTL was gaining more young viewers than any other soap. OLTL was actually creating a young fan base, coveted by advertisers, that would have sustained it and had… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

I think ABC is secretly hoping that GMA2 will bail them out of the mess they’ve created. That’s not to say that GH will be cancelled in September-the turnaround would be too short, BUT if GMA2 draws numbers this summer, GH’s days will be numbered all over again

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Daytime Stars Attend the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade’ 2021 (PHOTOS)

Sunday night after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returned for its 89th edition to mark the tinseltown start to the holiday season.

Several stars of your favorite soaps were participating and riding down in cars on the parade route in front of the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard.

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) appeared along with former cast member, Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke).

The Bold and the Beautiful was represented by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Sean Kanan (Deacon), and former B&B star, Andrea Evans (Ex-Tawny).  Days of our Lives was represented by Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Judi Evans (Bonnie) on the parade route.  The Young and the Restless’ Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Kate Linder (Esther) also attended, as did Patrika Darbo (Ex-Days, Ex- B&B).

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The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood served as grand marshal of the parade, and her co-host from the daytime talk show, Jerry O’Connell, also made an appearance.

The parade will be broadcast as a two-hour special on The CW December 17th at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out some photos from the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2021 below.

Then, let us know, who were you most happy to see getting the chance to hang out with Santa? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!
Real life love-birds, GH's Wes Ramsey and Laura Wright.
Dressed in the holiday spirit ... Y&R's Kate Linder.
GH's Tristan Rogers strikes a pose with Santa!
B&B's Sean Kanan along with wife, Michele Kanan, and their oh-so-adorable dog!
Santa had no idea he is standing next to thee Sheila Carter! B&B's Kimberlin Brown with the man of the hour.
The Talk's Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
DAYS Judi Evans and Deidre Hall with their very special guest, Santa!
GH's Carolyn Hennesy has a new friend!
Soap favorites: Patrika Darbo (Days, B&B) and Ian Buchanan (GH, B&B, AMC).
Driving down the parade route, DAYS and Fifth Dimension favorites, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
DAYS Deidre Hall and Judi Evans snapping some pics on their parade route.
B&B's Kimberlin Brown accompanied by former B&B star, Andrea Evans and her daughter, Kai, riding down Hollywood Blvd.
The GH car with Ian Buchanan, Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey heads down Hollywood Blvd too!
Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) Days of our Lives Extended Winter Preview Promo

As has been tradition, NBC has dropped their extended bombshell-filled Days of our Lives winter preview for everyone following the annual Day of Days event.

DAYS fan know that on Monday, the second annual virtual edition of the fan fest had its premiere and streamed here, and with it, came this promo of what’s to come in Salem through the holidays and into the new year.

Look for: a shocking return from Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) that fits perfectly into the MarDevil  (Deidre Hall) repossession storyline and you’ll see why, Brady (Eric Martsolf) being seemingly arrested for the murder of Phillip Kiriakis (Jay Johnson), and Ava (Tamara Braun) becoming unhinged, and Sami (Alison Sweeney ) walks in on EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) between the sheets!

Meanwhile, the annual Horton family Christmas has taken a devilish turn, and Eileen Davidson appears some more as the OG Kristen delivered by Satan.

Check out the preview below. Then let us know which story are you most excited to see via the comment secton.

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