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RATINGS: Soaps Finish Off 2015 On High Note! Y&R, B&B, GH and DAYS Score Huge Viewer Gains!

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Wowza! The ratings week between Christmas and New Year’s, (December 28th, 2015 to January 1, 2016) saw major quantum leaps in the total viewer category for all four network daytime drama series.  It was quite impressive, especially given it was the holiday season.

Let’s break this exciting news down.  First off, The Young and the Restless gained the most total viewers for the week  averaging +665,000. While New Year’s themed episodes  featured:  the Wedding of Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Ben (Sean Carrigan), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) admitting she was dying, and Billy (then Burgess Jenkins) being run over by Noah’s car and tires (Robert Adamson) leaving him fighting for his life, Y&R brought their total to over 5.5 million viewers for the week.

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Elsewhere, as previously mentioned, The Bold and the Beautiful scored a 9-year high for the week!   B&B added +532,000 total viewers to the party, bringing it well over the 4.2 million mark in total audience numbers for the first time in a very long time.  The week featured episodes involving Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) revealing she has never gotten over Bill (Don Diamont), and Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) falling down a flight of stairs over another confrontation with Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).  This time over Liam (Scott Clifton).

For General Hospital, it was the best news that new co-head writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman could hope for!  They scored a total viewer high since they have been in charge of mapping out the stories in Port Charles.

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GH added + 525,000 for the week, and averaged 3.375 million viewers for the ratings period.  In a few story highlights, Patrick (Jason Thompson) told Sam (Kelly Monaco) where he stood with Robin (Kimberly McCullough), while Robin met Jason (Billy Miller) on the bridge, and New Year’s Eve was sentimental for some couples.

And finally, Days of our Lives had a strong comeback!  With the New Year’s Eve car crash that eventually killed Daniel (Shawn Christian) and the Chad/Abigail (Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi) and baby Thomas story to name a few, the NBC soap increased +348,000 for the week, with an average tally of 2.813 million total viewers.  The week garnered the largest audience under the current head writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley.

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In key demos, all four soaps showed solid gains in the 18-49 demo, as well as in 25-54 women.  All soaps were on the positive side as well in women 18-34.    View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,504,000 (+665,000/+460,000)
2. B&B 4,215,000 (+532,000/+362,000) <—— 9 year high
3. GH 3,375,000 (+525,000/+375,000)
4. DAYS 2,813,000 (+348,000/+319,000)

So, what do you think of the performance of the four network shows during the holidays? Which soap was the best during the final week of 2015?  Which soap looks strong at the beginning of the year storywise? Do you think the four soaps can sustain these numbers for the next ratings period? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

 

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su0000
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Of course ALL the soaps were up..
It was the season..
People were off and home, time to look in, others clicking in, others giving a long awaited second look..
When people are home they are apt to click-in and click-in and a quick scan/watch will count in the numbers…
These ratings, during that week may be deceiving..

The next 3 weeks will be telling, I will wait for those ratings ..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Su, I agree, albeit I don’t pay much attention to ratings. Y&R will always top the charts with a great shiny star. What you say is very logical and the next few week will be very telling. I had lost some faith in my favorite soap (Y&R), but the stories are reinventing themselves….so much more compelling. By some mystical reason, Billy will survive….something which happens in real life more often than we know. Supernatural or heavenly intervention? One of the most phenomenal mysteries of the universe. There is a storyline to be had right there. However, be that as it… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@su.
Awww, Suzie Q. Why so humble?!. I will agree with you when the situation warrants it. You know I agree with you most of the time.

You mean you didn’t win the billion? Lol. What does someone do with all that money, anyway?
I would probably give it all away to charity. There is always someone out there who needs it more than the next person. I am very happy with what I have.
However, I like the idea of writing for the soaps….later, babes.

Matilda
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Matilda

Lol! Su0000, this might be the 1Time I agree with you.

su0000
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su0000

Hey CeeCee and Matilda..
If I win the Billion+ in powerball, I’ll create a new soap and both you can be writers!!

And until then.. you don’t have to agree with me, sometimes I don’t even agree with me, but I’m sad for my GH and need a hug ;(

Carla. cannon
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Carla. cannon

you rate the shows that are tuned in daily,
What about the thousands of people who recorded them on DVR
Because they’re at work or have other things to attend to
I don’t understand how you get the numbers if you’re not including people who are recording the shows daily
I love my soaps I’ve been watching but 30 years the Bo and Hope Brady 30 years, along with all the rest of the soaps, and as a fan I would be crushed if they took these off

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Nielsen ratings are now Live+3, meaning live viewership + 3 days of DVR recorded watching after. There’s also a Live+7 rating that is used to adjust ratings either up or down. But, the one most often reported is Live+3.

Carla. cannon
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Carla. cannon

Will always miss are Bo Brady a hero for the books even if it was just TV

Timmm
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Timmm

What this tells me is what I’ve always felt in my heart, IF you write good stories and be loyal to the shows history and keep or favorites around and give them something to do, ALL four of our daytime delights will SURVIVE and THRIVE!

Fanny
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Fanny

I’m ever hopeful that GH will climb to #2….if there were
6-7 soaps on and it remained at a steady #3 then we’re o.k.
But………..

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont think it will happen. This week [1-11 to 1-15] so far has been horrible! Not ONE story has progressed! VERY disappointed.

Fanny
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Fanny

@Tlmmm….I know your right. On a happier note Sappy/Sabrina
has left the building, fingers crossed… PERMANENTLY !!!

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m holding on , some; major hopeful

that the reincarnation and stimulus plan… for the re-emergence of …

Carlos and Sabrina !

GH Writers ! what an opportune time… to re-invent… and forward with; diversity; people of color

I enjoy this couple

win lose or draw

Carlos and Sabrina layer Port Charles

bring them back… after her maternity leave… that much more forward… assertive… bold… energized… and take hold their own journey and put a stamp on how much Fun watching CARLOS and his lady love belong

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Glad to see all shows can still attract viewers and especially happy for GH, which IMO is finally watchable again with more intelligent writing.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

GH viewers did NOT want to miss the “happy ever after” ending of Patrick and Robin–they had waited so long for SOMETHING POSITIVE happening at GH. Again, thanks to the professionalism of the two leads–Kimberly Mc and to JT–and to all the other actors who made the scenes memorable and emotional; in short, TPTB gave loyal viewers what the justly deserved after following this great love story. (Maybe the new writing team learned a lesson from the old regime re that point after the debacle and the aftershocks of their 52nd anniversary episode (and TG’s “leaving”–his way, or be damned,… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ratings for that wonderful wedding and Scorpio family reunion should be out this week, can’t wait to see what they were .. it generated an excitement I’ve not felt since Robert & Anna rescued Robin from Cassadine island two years ago! I was glued to my screen. Loved the montage, the warm family moments. I’m mad they cut out a heartfelt Robert & Anna scene to make room for Nick & Hayden, though 🙁 But at least ABC had the decency to show it to us later.

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Newmanwins

Huge monster numbers for GH and the third straight week they are up in viewership and sixth time in the last ten weeks they’ve posted gains. The last time that GH was over 3 million for the week was in mid March 2015, but that was only at 3.2 million for that week, and these ratings for the end of December 2015 have them at 3.3 million for the week. ABC needs to issue a press release. I want to know the last time GH scored 3.3 million viewers.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

It is clear that Robin Scorpio Drake and the entire Scorpio family brings in viewers. As for DAYS, it is the best it’s been since Jack Deveraux was killed off. Glad to see ratings reflecting that.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its hard to pick the best when i dont watch all four…i watch Days everyday if i can…only watch GH a few times a week and Y&R only once in awhile…im just happy they all did well for now-thats what really matters…its the holidays with schools closed and some people off of work that helped…now that school is open and people are back working only time well tell if the soaps can keep those ratings…its up to the soaps to keep viewers tuning in…we need good more down to earth stories and some romantic moments…a nice uninterupted weddings…ive been watching… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im a soap addict…ive watched those old epps over several times and the wedding one over a dozen times so far…

Harry
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Harry

Jim, I watch Y&R and GH but my watching for both has been spotty at best. I watch Y&R for Michael E Knight and now for Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott. The stories are becoming rather absurd. Victor blackmailing his son with non malignant information is really irksome to me. I barely watch GH at all unless there is going to be a Scorpio sighting–or at least, Anna. Even Jason is boring me to tears and hate this Lulu-Johnny-Valerie-Dante story with the heat of a thousand suns. I have no use for Sexis or Nico. To me, Nico is just… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

All four soaps had good stories to end the year indeed, and it is heartening to see renewed viewership. I do not believe for a minute interest in daytime dramas has ebbed. Our culture has changed, yes: fewer at-home viewers through the day part, corporate budget squeeze, passing fads and fancies, more viewing options… Look even broadcast primetime audiences have eroded. I pray for a renewed interest and launch of another soap some day soon. The artistry and talent it takes to tell good stories is prevalent and appreciated.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

DAYS is doing a phenomenal job as of late. But one thing I’m really not impressed with is all the death since Josh Griffith and Dena Higley took over. In the last 6 months, 7 characters have been killed: Serena, Paige, Will, Aiden, Bo, Daniel and Stefano. Was all this death really necessary? I understand that some was needed to facilitate the necktie killer story, but once Will died, things began going downhill for me. On top of that, Greg Vaughan, Kassie DePaiva and now Kate Mansi are all leaving the show in the near future, meaning that DAYS is… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

network execs – take note…..

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Step one would be for the execs in charge of hiring writers to INSIST that past storylines NOT be retconned.

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives : Arianna Zucker’ Nicole Walker Arianna Zucker is riveting Nicole Walker’ : it’s so heartbreaking… watching her “going” to and fro aimlessly not wanting to acknowledge, move forward, and deal in any way shape or form… the love of her life (Daniel ) gone watching her breakdown… w/Marlena; w/Chloe; w/Maggie and Melanie tearful stuff ! at least: it seems… we are truly seeing a character finish out a character death. the pain she’s going through… AZ has this… sidebar: Jennifer came out of this 3 car crash… with Brady, Eric, and Daniel. it’s interesting… that she… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

with DAYS of OUR Lives; REELING 6 months ahead of schedule

it’s a danged shame… because… John Paul Lavoisier, is so not working out… as the nuPhillip. he looks so much older than Lucas and Brady! I don’t see any kinship, camaraderie, or heck !!!! talent to further this character…

DAYS clearly should have hired… ex- Chance Chancellor, John Driscoll
or…. ex- Noah, Kevin Schmidt. both from Y and R.

damien
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damien

im still pissed that greg vaughan has been given the cold shoulder at days… his eric is beautiful inside and out! … first he s given that horrendous elephant story line but it was still great to see him and nicole pine for eachother than nicole choose s daniel over him and now he kills daniel in a drunken bender ? i wonder what he did to piss off the days brass?
i want to find out the reason he decided to leave or was let go? eric and nicole were days for me!

Patrick
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Patrick

Damien: I’m with you; 110% I’ve loved DAYS for a million years! Days resurgence isn’t perfect… or given a let I’m still festering and soapboxing… how remiss DAYS production misjudged the audience care, love, and attentiveness; 6 things ; out of the box 1. Kassie DePaiva, the actress. this is their biggest blunder… or near the top 2. killing off the character of Will. HUGE mistake. send him off in to the sunset to explore life outside Salem… and return all the more lived in.. OUT 3. Greg Vaughan… on the male side… the biggest waste of talent. bar none… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

4 characters I don’t mind going front burner Ava : at first I was … seriously? her lying to Steve and kayla about having Leukemia? does she really have to go to great lengths to get Steve attention? even tho it’s been played out a million times… the twist was in telling Steve their child was sold off… woah! heated intrigue … Tamara Braun is getting it Fynn: LOVE the accent… his looks are on par plus… meh on his attraction to Nicole… ??? I hope it’s with Ava or Chloe… he has a really fun playful side that Ava… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

It does boggle the mind, does it not, damien?. If Greg is to leave, why have him leave as a criminal. Odd! Don’t know whether to be sad or pissed off. Now, we must believe that Brady is having dreams of Nicole because he has Daniel’s heart. And, of course, we think with our hearts, not our brain. Ha! So, here we go again with another triangle….Nicole, Brady and Theresa. What else is new. I don’t know how I feel about this yet. I guess it depends on the writing….if done with purpose and conviction, it may have possibilities, albeit… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, Eric & Nicole were pretty much the only thing holding me to DAYS until the new writers came along. Didn’t watch very often once Serena was introduced. Now I have Patch & Kayla and Chabby (until she leaves, wahhh) but I’m still upset at how GV has been WASTED this past year.

Harry
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Harry

I don’t watch Days but I have always felt Greg Vaughn is vastly underrated.
He had the daunting task of filling Jonathan Jackson’s shoes as GH’s Lucky.
I think that would be as daunting as trying to follow Billy Miller as Billy Abbott.
When GV played a strung out pain pill addict, he was firing on all cylinders thus proving he has great acting prowess. Even Tony Geary lauded his performance in an interview. Lucky is needed in Port Charles and JJ is busy in Nashville.
Bring him back–he is the true love of Lizzy’s life, not Jason as she keeps asserting.

Brett
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Brett

I’m always glad to see soap opera ratings increase, but B&B is at an all time low; I thought when we got ride of Hope and her arrogance (and that incredibly annoying Kim Matula with THAT laugh) we’d got out of that cycle of Liam Spencer love triangles but oh no we’re back to the same old crap again now but with Ivy and Wyatt, it’s BORING and the stories are stupid, Ivy’s constant accidents, Liam accidentally flying to Oz, come on Bell you can do better than this.

Rj
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Rj

Glad ratings were up. As someone said because of Hoilday breaks, I watched Days more than I usually am able to. There were some good performances and drama, but Dena seems to descend into a little too much darkness for me. When she was head writer last time, I think she did the baby switch storyline which was good, but then the show started to get too dark, ugly, and mean. I hope that they will start to let up on the constant murders and deaths. You can only watch so much of that, and it starts to get too… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

Just want to add – of course, I love Maggie and Victor, John/Marlena, and others, but I was writing about some of the newer romances (or returning romances). Of course, I would also like to see Kate, Nicole, and Hope in romances and good storylines- they always give strong performances. It will take time for Nicole to move on from Daniel, Hope and Rafe are moving closer, and possibly Kate and Eduardo. Hopefully, Days will move in this direction. As it is the 50th year of Days it would be good to see some storylines that can give cause to… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Well I am into 15 minutes of Y&R Jason Thompson is owning the role of Billy Abbott! Bravo I do not care for JFP but she made a good call this time he has brought the humor everything. Now if Pratt could write this show like todays I will start to enjoy it again. Please don’t miss todays episode.

k/kay
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k/kay

When I am wrong I admit it he looks like he is having the time of his life!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

I can’t wait until MF has a thread tonight about Jason Thompson’s performance today in all my years of watching soaps I have never seen an actor command the character the first day. WOW!

Patrick
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Patrick

“ohhhhhh”

I don’t need the sigh of relief… because I did not feel the slightest bit of urgency for Jason Thompson.

but… LOL

when fans are cheering from the sidelines… the best for…

whew! take Genoa City Billy Abbott !

1. I really like your candid post (s)

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: slightest bit of urgency….

should read: I wasn’t in the least bit worried that Jason Thompson would not pull of this feat

congrats to the big guy

inasmuch as fans may not care for Amelia Heinle… it is my fervent wish… that these two do in fact have chemistry… they may not be together… but a fun wistful at ease camaraderie

heck ! I hope they tease the heck out of each other

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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