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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.

gin9rrsnap
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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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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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