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RATINGS: Soaps Down in Key Demo! Are You Tuning Out During The Summer?

The ratings are out for the week of July 29th through August 2nd and it was not a good week for the four network daytime dramas.  Three of them, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives were all down in total viewers, while The Bold and the Beautiful was the only soap to show a small gain of + 2,000 total viewers.

In the big picture: Y&R remained in first place as usual with 4,692,000 total viewers, followed by B&B with 3,597,000, and then came DAYS with 2,456,000.  GH was back at the bottom in the fourth spot with a total of 2,441,000. But again, over recent weeks the #3 and #4 spot has changed back and forth between DAYS and GH.

The more interesting part of the rating picture is that all four soap were down in the key 18-49 female demo! The Young and the Restless lost the most females in that category, where many fans have voiced their displeasure over the storylines.  Days of our Lives also did not do well, but because of the Olympics in 2012 airing in August there is no comparison to the previous year for this week.   To review the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON, click here!

Now the question for you, our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterbacks!  Is it just that the summer season and the fact that people are out and about on summer vacation and enjoying their time off from school and work bringing the rating down, which would seem a natural assumption?  Or, do you think its the summer and that the storylines are not grabbing you and you are not tuning-in because of that?  If that is the case, what do you think need to be adjusted on your favorite soap for you to watch it?  Let us know your thoughts! Comment below.

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caroldee
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caroldee

NO did not stop watching my soap for anything.. GH must watch TV.. Other soaps are dull right now..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im not worried…its nearing the end of summer…people attending county fairs, off on vacations and preparing for back to school…also im used to the ratings…CBS always in same place…GH & DAYS going back and forth in 3rd and 4th place…GH will go up again as Maxis and Connies stories heat up…same…same…same…when in the daytime ratings game!

Sharon
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Sharon

What I find interesting is that B&B is out front and that is one soap I don’t bother to watch. It’s repetitive, boring and silly!!!

shawn
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shawn

I can’t even find the words for Y&R. The stories are just uninteresting. I’m loving DAYS right now, although last week started off with a whimper (ahem, Dannifer) it ended with a bang (Marlena/Kristen).

4everdays
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4everdays

Will you do me a favor? Next time, type YawneR. It would make my DAYS!

Diane Dunn
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Diane Dunn

I watch GH every day when I get home from work on TIVO, I watch AMC and OLTL on Hulu Plus, typically the day the new episodes air. How are these numbers determined? My TV is certainly “watching” GH every weekday, and has been for decades. Oh, but I am outside that key demo now, aren’t I? Still not sure why that is the key demo, when those of us older than 49 have money to spend. 🙂

Derrick
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Derrick

Y&R has gotten better. Yes, Dylan and Chelsea storyline is boring but the writing is good and let’s not forget that Mrs. C’s death is coming so that should boost ratings. Very happy B&B is showing improvement in ratings!

4everdays
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4everdays

The pacing is that of a snail. It is torture watching without falling asleep.
That’s why I call it…

Torrey
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Torrey

I haven’t been able to watch Y&R because of the stand-off that Time Warner Cable is having with CBS in my area….so until that’s resolved, I can’t watch.

Rob
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Rob

same here and its really pissing me off, but if you have TVGN its on at 7pm

4everdays
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4everdays

Your DAYS will be better!

Kate
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Kate

I have recently stopped watching Y&R after decades of viewership. The show is barely recognizable, and is simply The Young and the Restless in name only. Steve Burton has, unfortunately, become the central focus of the show at the expense of many other Y&R actors who play integral roles. The storylines are dumbed down, sloppy, and driven by non-essential characters and contrived plots.

However, I am really enjoying the other three network soaps. The storylines, for the most part, are fun, engaging, character driven, and intelligible.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is a bit unfair to blame Steve Burton– the sad fact– the show is dull as dirt lately; I mean when they can make wonderful characters like Lauren and Michael, Neil, Adam and Nicholas boring as hell– that is a weakness in the writing– it wouldn’t matter who they had on right now– without a decent story– it would be pointless.

4everdays
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4everdays

Why not say YawneR? You do not need permission. It’s not trademarked.

KatieK
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KatieK

I wil NEVER understand how Y&R is number 1. The show has been ruined. Sharon is a mess, They have dragged the Chlseasa baby story out, This Rose thing is dumb. I adore Steve Burton, but Dylan is a drip, & making me dislike Chelsea. Don’t get me started on Carmine. I rarely tune in anymore. They have such great actors over there, to bad their talents are suffering.

4everdays
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4everdays

I suffer when I watch…

T
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T

I think it’s the summer. I am still watching but must say GH was getting stagnant but is starting to pick up again!!

Donald Miller
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Donald Miller

only reason i can’t see it is because time warner and XCBS are acting like kids and aruging over a little money grow up and get us back on the air so we can watch it

brian
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brian

I watch GH every day that it is on… but live in Canada.. so my view isn’t counted any where… i wish it was counted… ABC needs some REAL viewer numbers.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It counts in Canada– trust me CityTV/Rogers which runs GH here, is keeping tabs. If they were not getting numbers here they might not carry it on their station. Not everyone has cable or a satellite dish, so it is important to have good ratings here too, so a Canadian station carries it for those who still rely on bunny ears. But I do get what you mean, if the American numbers are in the toilet and it is cancelled there, no matter what our numbers are up here– it is cancelled for us too.

brian
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brian

I pvr it everyday on CityTv in Winnipeg, i hope pvr’s count.

haley
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haley

Y&R needs to end the Chelsea and Dylan show it is the worst baby lie on all of soaps. SBU and MCE have no chemistry whatsoever. They are also being shoved down our throats.

4everdays
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4everdays

Instead of shoving people down our throats, the need to have people
open our tired eyes.

Nancy
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Nancy

I still tune into GH occasionally if I know the vets are going to be on; however, the show is being written far more for the newbies, teens and OLTLivers. It’s a real sore spot when they pimp the vets to get a ratings boost during the 50th anniversary and push Laura to the backburner in lieu of these others who are so incredibly boring. Of course, they don’t care what I think because I don’t fit into one of their target demographic groups.

Margy
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Margy

The “kids” storyline on GH has been tedious & boring. Let’s put Anna, Tracy, Luke & Laura on the front burner. Let’s find Robin. And killing Kelly Sullivan off is a big mistake

carla
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carla

General hospital was intolerable with the franco mess. Im back the story lines have really picked up with the veteran cast members. Amc and oltl are the best they have ever been.

Tali
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Tali

Every Monday morning I watch OLTL on Hulu, can’t wait for the finale and season 2 to begin. The other soaps – don’t watch, altho’ will be watching Y & R when Katherine gets killed off. I boycott ABC in the daytime and will unless OLTL is put back on there and even then I love watching on Hulu so never again ABC.

Elise
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Elise

It is indeed summer, and during vacation time people don’t watch within 48 hours after air time (which is what I hear gets compiled). I myself was gone all of last week, and ended up catching up on youtube during work as I didn’t have time to watch them all at night as I usually do. Too many to catch up! Ratings will go up in september for sure, it’s just normal to see ratings dip during summer time.

boes
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boes

I’ve stopped watching Y&R and GH completely because both shows stink bigtime these days.
I’ll check back in to Y&R to see Katherine’s funeral but after that I think I’m done.
As for GH, the show has become unwatchable to me. Even the characters I enjoy, such as Tracy have become unwatchable. I don’t see myself watching either soap again long term unless there are some SEVERE changes.

And B&B and always been an unfunny joke of a show.

Thank GOD for the OLTL and AMC reboots!

susan M.
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susan M.

Well I am still watching GH and enjoying it. And supporting GH .. Tracy is alway’s a blast in my opinion. I alway’s enjoy watching her whenever she is on.. I watch GH
Mon.-Fri. and will continue to do so.. All soaps hit a snag once in a while & doesn’t mean we should stop watching them.. I will continue to support ,watch ,& and enjoy GH.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Not worried! Ratings ebb and flow all of the time; they’ll be up again and will most definitely be down again, but I’ll still be here….. right in front of my DVR nightly to watch the best show out there; the Young and the Restless! 🙂

Lainey
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Lainey

Does anyone know the name of the deliciously evil lady playing Britch’s mother. I love how they have her sing.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dr. O…Britts mommy…is played by Kathleen Gati…i enjoyed her today as well…especially the singing part. P.S. whenever you need a name you can google it…

susan M.
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susan M.

She is a real evil witch.. She wants revenge (with Anna).. But Duke drank the champagne…Anf Lucy recognized her at the floating rib….

Bill
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Bill

No wonder that b&b went up! It is the best show ever!

4everdays
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4everdays

Is that a joke? The reason I ask is B&B is one big joke!!!

carol
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carol

I watch GH daily — it’s must-see for me. Y&R is extremely boring. Same recycled s/l’s every day with only talking and no action scenes. I watch OLTL on Hulu without fail.

susan M.
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susan M.

I watch GH daily also…. And OLTL & AMC on hulu!

Nan
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Nan

I have tuned out go Gh since their 50th. I had high hopes that the vets would not be all hype and disappointed in how sparingly they are used. Plus the pace of writing and s/l doesn’t seem to mesh well. I did tune int today to see about Mac and Felicia’s wedding surprise but its clear Gh is on low budget. Please gh wardrobe , buy Mac a new shirt besides that blue tee which appears to be his uniform. The memento for s/l is too sart and stop, see the characters one day and dad later it may… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I watch all year around and with the soaps available to see in other formats off hours (SOAPnet, TVGN, online) I can follow when I want. That said, I am disappiointed in some shows’ plot lines. That will happen. I remain an old-school guy, fond of the tight families (a la AS THE WORLD TURNS) and rich histories. Y&R seems to be re-inventing itself while reviving its storied past. DAYS is new to me (since all the cancellations) but it is closest to my beloved model. GH has so many characters and plots, it seems to be a little messy.… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

Gosh, I could have written your comment! I know soaps “ebb & flow”-different characters are put on the back burner for a while-sometimes we don’t love a storyline but we just wait it out. It always comes back around, right? I too love the richness of the families on soaps & I agree right now, Days is really doing that. I love how Jennifer lives in the Horton house & made the donuts (ha) & they have the book club & you see Jennifer, Hope, Julie, Kayla, Adrienne & Nicole-these characters played by THE SAME actresses have been on for… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

I think its probably summer because I’m loving GH but honestly I have not watched one show all summer live and its rare for me to watch even on same day. I usually wake up before anyone else in my household and when I do, I put on my earphones, go to WATCH ABC on my ipad, and watch the show. Its easy, convenient, and because its usually around 5:00 in the morning the chances of being interrupted are slim. I do ALWAYS make sure that I watch on the abc.com site rather than HULU or anywhere else because I’ve… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

……………. The soaps are failing because they are on daytime TV…………….. The soaps are no longer daytime viewing and they would do very much better if aired in evening when women, men, 18-49 people are home. People do not watch daytime tv as they once did,, And there are the younger who have moved onto internet viewing.. Many people are dropping cable and using their internet TV’s and/or Roku and in kind to watch their tv shows.. What is killing the daytime soaps, is being shown in the daytime. People’s ways of watching media has changed drastically in past years… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

. ……. Daytime TV is killing the soaps…… People are no longer home during the daytime to watch daytime soaps and a great many are watching TV via their iPads, phones, internet TV’s, Roku and internet devices. The 18-49 have moved onto internet viewing to watch their fav shows.. Collage students no longer lug TV’s with them to collage, they watch by PC or even their phones.. It is mainly the Boomers keeping daytime TV alive. Cable is mostly what 18-49 watch, with exception of a network tv prime-time favorite, during the evening.. The soaps would do well shown during… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

kill one of the posts..
pc froze, wrote second post somehow both posted ..sorry … glitch

4everdays
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4everdays

Your posts reminded me of Botchy&Bothersome.

Ali Aw
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Ali Aw

The new HOT TOP SOAPS TO WATCH. 1.) THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL 2.) DAYS OF OUR LIVES 3.) GENERAL HOSPITAL 4.) ALL MY CHILDREN 5.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE. THE BOLD AND BEAUIFUL- At first I wasn’t the biggest fan, of this soap because of how Brooke has slithered her way. Again into Eric’s life, and how she did it. And it’s always has been that way. Then it took a180 turn. In a couple months. Because for once we, finally saw more of the Spencer family and, the Logan family. And how they operate in action. And now… Read more »

John
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John

The rating system is a joke – how is YR # 1 when NYC Time Warner dropped CBS ???GH is must see TV !!!

4everdays
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4everdays

I hope GH does not flatline. I’m not a big fan, but it deserves more
attention than YawneR. I think the ratings are wrong. DOOL and GH
should have the most viewers.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Not suprised at all at gh ratings. I believe the fan club was that week and people left town to attend that.

Tori
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Tori

So sick of GH wasting the talents of the gifted Genie Francis! Bring back SN as Stefan,they had romance & chemistry! Having her continue to whine & chase after Luke (who looks more like Laura’s grandfather) and who gets all the great storylines is so over done & boring as hell! Laura doesn’t need Luke to survive & be a strong woman and it’s continually insulting to both the character,actress & her fans to see her portrayed as such. The writers and producer who continue to treat her this way should be ashamed of themselves!

Heather
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Heather

I DVR Y&R & B&B because so much is going on in my life and my family’s. I however do want to say that I do not like the direction Y&R has been going in for months. They are letting the veterans go for people who have no ties to GC and it is sickening. The lying and the manipulations are getting old FAST!!! I’m sorry, but this is how I feel. One more thing that has bugged me is that since the death of Ms. Jeanne Cooper and they are just now going to air the episode to say… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

To be fair, most soaps are written way in advance, so Jeanne’s death changed whatever they had planned. They had to go back, rewrite and come up with whole new storyline, get that into production and then aired— That stuff doesn’t happened overnight. If they had rushed it would have been a lame exit, like the one they came up with Phyllis at the last moment. They addressed Jeanne’s passing at the time with a lovely personal memorial show, which a lot of soaps do not give their legacy actors– so that was special. In my opinion if there was… Read more »

Dolores Henderson
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Dolores Henderson

I dvr GH and watch oltl online regularly. ;It’s really too bad you don’t include over 50 fans.for they are the ones most likely to be home during the day , & arelikely to have
more monr-

mae
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mae

I still watch Y&R everyday on my lunch break. I catch Days and GH at night on Soap net.. I can understand that ratings might go down in the summer time because the kids are out of school and families are on vacation and spending time together. The OTHER REASONS might be because every one of these show’s have some pretty bad storylines going on, the female characters are weak, the details aren’t consistent. Day’s Jennifer and Dr. Dan have been doing the same 3 party interfering SL forever with the 3rd party changing ever so often. Rafe the bore… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Again, in defense of daytime dramas– they cannot be written like night time soaps because they are TWO DIFFERENT GENRES. Night time soaps are limited run, maybe ten to fifteen shows a year– daytime drama are five days a week, almost the whole 365 days of a year. The pace has to be slower — no daytime drama could keep the pace of night time show financially or story line wise. I know in this fast paced world the slow story telling of daytime drama seems maddening, but this why these shows have lasted for 20 or more years. If… Read more »

jaintn
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jaintn

GH kind of stinks right now. I DVR Y&R, GH, and B&B and I find myself fast forwarding through a lot of GH, especially the scenes with the new people they’ve brought on board. The role of Kiki is so miscast it’s laughable, and the whole Jerome family/Franco thing is a yawn fest. There are simply too many things going on. It’s no fun to watch anymore.

Charles
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Charles

With the network cancellation of Soapnet on the tube may contribute to the ratings slumping and the summer teen storylines,and withY&R the death of J. Cooper and the limbo of Mrs C. I am very anxious and nervous about how they are going to treat her beloved ending,worried it won’t be fitting enough. I watch it 3 days per week Monday,Wednesday and Friday till September. Days is boring,storyline,same teen drama, and Gen.Hospital is in transition don’t trust the writers,with so many people coming back from the dead,its too much..new characters are not set with their current idennties, look at what… Read more »

Harlee
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Harlee

I haven’t tuned out completely but not racing to my DVR, to watch live & I haven’t been on CBS’s website to view in months now. It’s not must see TV, JG isn’t the right HW for YR, neither is JFP and her agenda. They both are not a good fit for YR, as the last 7 years worth of disgusting EPs & HWs…when something isn’t broke why tamper? This is exactly what Sony & LML did in beginning of her reign by firing EVERYONE associated with Bill’s longtime staff of writers, producers etc.. Sony thought it was there chance… Read more »

Wanda
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Wanda

Y&R is pathetic! The story lines are pitiful, boring- unreal! Example birth of Chelsea’s baby! You do not care if you miss an episode or 3 or 4. CBS or Sony PLEASE AX JFP and Josh Griffith and revive our show! It has went down the toilet!

bc
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bc

Ratings of gh should definitely drop during the summer. Burning baby doll made gh the only day soap to make it onto the soup’s worst list. Directing and acting and dialogue of that scene truly epitomized the worst from day soaps.

Maria K
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Maria K

I have more time to watch but good writing is gone and my favorites are gone.
New characters are boring. They have no history and are forced on the viewers. SL’s have deteriorated to trash, flavors of incest. Not my cup of tea and make me feel dirty, watching.
But, there’s no loss, just a gain of more time for enjoying life!

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Mike Manning On His DAYS Departure: “Thank You to NBC, to Everyone Involved, and Most of All to the Fans That Were Along for the Ride With This Crazy Character.”

Now it’s the end of the line for Charlie on Days of our Lives, his portrayer Mike Manning took to his Instagram for some parting words of his time in Salem playing this very bad dude.

As Days fans know, many people wanted Charlie dead, and now he is! Thus begins a good old fashioned soap murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera, the question now is, who ultimately did the deed?

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After getting a copy of the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, which features, “Who Killed Charlie?” on the cover, Manning shared in a post on Friday: Everybody has a motive to want this guy dead.” 😂 Not exactly how I pictured my first soap magazine cover, but at least we’re having a good time with it. It’s been fun Salem. I’ll love you all forever. ✌🏼💙. Thank you to NBC, to everyone involved, and most of all to the fans that were along for the ride w/ this crazy character. You’re amazing. I’ll always be grateful for you.  Excited to share what’s next as soon as I can.   Arrivederci. -Charlie/Mike”

So place your bets on who will turn out to be the murderer via the comment section below and let us know what you thoughts on Mike’s run on DAYS!

 

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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