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RATINGS: Y&R and DAYS Hit New Lows! All Soaps Lose More Viewers!

Very disheartening news today for the ratings period of April 2-6th.  All of the four remaining network daytime soaps lost viewers, but in particular The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives hit new all-time lows in total viewers and in the key women18-34 rating demo.

The Young and the Restless remained in the top spot but for the first time has under 4 million viewers losing -164,000 viewers for the ratings period.   It would appear that what many fans have been saying for quite awhile that they are disgruntled with some of the Genoa City storylines is causing people to tune-out!

As soapers know, Days of our Lives this past week made a serious of headline making changes.  First, they fired head writers, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, and then they cut four cast members, Sarah Brown, Matt Ashford, Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark.  And as detailed by DAYS co-executive producer in his interview with TV Guide, there are more cast cuts to come as the show tries to figure out how to get a ratings influx.   DAYS for this ratings period hit a new all-time low of 2, 162,000 viewers, losing another  -137,000 and striking out with the key female demos as well.

General Hospital stayed slightly ahead of DAYS in the third spot  losing only -11,000 viewers, while  getting some good news this week, that Port Charles will stay on the ABC map for at least for another year with a renewal.  The Bold and the Beautiful while still solid in second place also lost -174,000 viewers.  You can view all the ratings via Soap Opera Network here.

So, in the immortal words of Bette Midler in the motion picture, The Rose  “Where is everybody going?”   Are you, the audience, just not interested in what the shows are presenting to you?  What do you need to see changed, so you will come back and watch every day?  Tuning -in is key if this genre is to continue at all with the four remaining daytime soaps.

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WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

I think the problem is that many daytime soap fans work during the day, and have to resort to watching the shows online or on their DVR/Tivo/VCR. I know I find high-quality full-episodes on youtube of General Hospital on the same day each episode airs! The commercials are already taken out and everything. I realize this doesn’t help the ratings, but when ABC doesn’t come in on my TV, and the video player on abc.com takes forever to load, what other choice do I have?

gloria
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gloria

Love your screen name! I wish I did too. Would you rather live at Llanfair or LaBoulie? (sp?)

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Thanks!

Llanfair, hands down. Viki is the best! Plus, I feel like that house (mansion) has soooo much history.

gloria
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gloria

I love Llanfair too but they need a new security system, ha. I got to thinking about all the people who have been kidnapped from their or had murders attempted on them in Viki’s den! Plus Dorian’s has the great pool! Oh, we can dream, right?

AliciaE
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AliciaE

*sigh* Well, of course I’d like to see my favorite couple (EJ and Samantha) finally get together for real… but I think the real issue is just plain story. Pick a story to tell and tell it. Let the writers do their thing.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

And if NBC thinks I’m going to watch something else in place of my story… not gonna happen. I’ll just turn off my TV and listen to the wind chimes.

Avelina
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Avelina

I want EJAMI together as well and if I see EJOLE reunite Im gonna tear my hear to shreds. Oh well it doesnt matter as I have stoped watching DAYS for a long time. The spoilers are fun to read though LOL.

Susan
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Susan

What do I need to see to get me watching again? I need to see OLTL!

Be
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Be

I am with you. I just can’t get so involved with another show right now. I am still in mourning for OLTL! I am sure I will start watch another and they will pull it off the air, too. So sad. Just really miss OLTL.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

I miss One Life, too. But since it’s been canned, I’ve been faithfully watching General Hospital, and I gotta say, it’s a great soap. Although, I’ll admit, the ONLY reason I started watching was because they brought OLTL characters over. Operative word: CHARACTERS. Not just the actors. I’m SO HAPPY the OLTL actors are still portraying their OLTL characters. Btw, John McBain has never had so many lines before! It’s great! I feel like I’ve seen his character blossom more on GH than I ever did in all the years I watched OLTL. Nice surprise!

Elhu
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Elhu

This is not good news, and baffling to me, that they have “all” slipped in the ratings. Where have all of the dedicated daytime soap fans gone? I am sure many more are now working, but there are DVRS and tivo (which is what I do), so that should not be the issue. Whatever your favorites soap(s) may be, you have to remain loyal or this genre will be gone before we know it. As for GH, I am hoping that they will gain more viewers, now that we know it will be on for at least another year (hooray!).… Read more »

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Agreed that GH is a great show. I didn’t think I could even watch another soap after the decade or so of watching OLTL. I hope that it can last for much longer than another year. As for the ratings, thousands of fans are watching it on youtube fan pages. The General Hospital youtube channel I watch from (http://www.youtube.com/user/SimplyGH) gets about 20,000 views per episode! Why? It’s high quality with no commercials. Now, normally, I’d record it from TV and watch it later in the day, but the problem with me is that I don’t get ABC. It’s one of… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

Thanks for the info!!! This further proves that the Nielson Ratings are so outdated as I commented below. This deeply flawed system MUST be updated or replaced.

boes
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boes

I know that I’ve had a lot of trouble maintaining any interest in Y&R for a while now. It’s the same stories, over and over again. Sharon and Adam, Sharon and Nick, Sharon and Adam, etc. Phyllis is crazy mad, Phyllis is mad crazy. Phyllis is yelling. The business storylines which used to compelling are also rinse and repeat. Jabot, Beauty of Nature, blah blah blah. And everyone acting as if matters more than life who owns the lip gloss factory. And Round 4 – or is it 5? – of Daisy Carter. And Lauren being scared. And Daniel needing… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I agree! I can’t stomach Y & R anymore. The storylines are meaningless. I also miss OLTL.

Tom
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Tom

Y&R: Daisy, Daisy, Daisy. Sorry, that’s all it is. Dreadful, awful storyline that’s driving viewers away.

DAYS: Unwatchable. My eyes have barely touched it in weeks. Everything I do see, though, is awful.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days of Our Lives better stay in and get ahead in the ratings! Writers, this is a hint: do not cut more actors, bring back the fired four, and do not change the Will storyline!

Avelina
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Avelina

I think that is something we can agree on. Dont fire anymore and please KEEP Matt Ashford. Firing him is really unfair and Im afraid that Melissa Reeves may be next just to keep the Jenn/Jack fans happy.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Indeed. I would hate to see Jennifer go, and what was the point of bringing in the new character of Madison, or the Jack, Carrie and Austin, only to have them be in Salem for a brief period of time? It was foolish for the writers to do such.

Rich
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Rich

GH didn’t have the best numbers but out of the other 3 soaps, the numbers lost for the week were the best by far! At least they’re remaining stable at the moment! Now, since they were renewed, they have a hell of a lot of work ahead to change the storyline, drop the mob, bring back the past, and increase ratings. If ratings don’t show improvement, they’ll be lucky to get a whole year without being cancelled. They were “graciously” provided another year to prove ther worth since they invested the energy to change the Producer and Head writer!

Avelina
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Avelina

Its pretty obvious why DAYS is losing viewers. getting rid of vets such as Matt Ashford and Christie Clarke is a big mistake and I just dont get it- hiring someone you got rid of really makes me wonder what Ken Corday is thinking at times. Im happy for GH but Y and R need to put Shadam back together.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Don’t believe the hype! Nielsen’s are notorious for ebbing and flowing. Y&R is always Number One and ALWAYS will be! Best cast, best production values, best writers and directors; they have it ALL! Bow before your Genoa City denizens!

Beth
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Beth

For the first time in over a year, I started watching GH again and didn’t want to miss an episode. Primarily when I read on Twitter that Robin would die and the Manning family would be arriving from Llanview (especially Roger Howarth.) Some changes since I last watched but still some good stuff …however …I agree with those who think that Tristan Rogers was poorly used. For someone like Robin who had such a long history on the show, there’s no excuse for such an empty room at the funeral. Todd and Blair were there and now they’re gone. Frankly,… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Don’t know about Y&R because I don’t watch it. Only watch Days of Our Lives. If what I heard about NBC interfering with Days writers is true, NBC needs to back off. Firing writers was premature. Letting actors go is unnecessary. Just let writers (Marlene McPherson and Darrell Thomas) fix the story lines, that’s all. And NBC needs to be a little patient. You can’t keep switching this and cutting that and expect to have a spectacular ratings jump! You can’t turn the four remaining soaps into the ones that have been cancelled. Each show has its own following. More… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

As far as Day of Our Lives storylines are concerned, “my sister’s husband” stories do not work! It is just as simple as that. Why would anyone think a target audience of women ages 18-49 would enjoy watching a story about a woman going after her sister’s husband? I do remember in the early days of Days of Our Lives (1960s-1970s) there was a “my brother’s wife” story (Mickey Horton – Laura Spencer Horton – Bill Horton). That was not a “my sister’s husband” story. Just because the brother’s wife story made it that doesn’t mean a sister’s husband story… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I watch GH everyday. But I Tivo it and of course I do not have a Nielson Box either so I gues s I wouldn’t count if I watched it live right? I have also been watching GH online on my Ipad I have heard that ABC has been counting that. Hopefully that is true but I do not believe that still counts with the nielson ratings.

Justin
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Justin

I watched GH twice this week for the first time in years. I remember when Heather Webber killed Susan, I think it was years ago. I was a little confused about her and Edward or Sky, because I didn’t watch then. ( I mostly just watched ATWT for years.) I knew some of Y & R, because my mom is a fan. I started watching that and now have grown tired of the stupid stories…so I am thinking of setting my TIVO for GH only now. I hope I don’t get involved just to see it cancelled in a year.… Read more »

MK
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MK

Heather did Not kill Susan, it was Lila’s Ex, Tolliver.

Justin
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Justin

I didn’t watch then. I stopped watching in the mid 80’s. I watched from about 77-85 or so. I remembered the name Diana Taylor, so I googled and found out that it was Heather’s mom who killed her, but Heather wrote the name Anne in blood on the floor. So crazy runs in the family.

Renae
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Renae

I was one of the viewers that left Young and Restless during that period. I haven’t been interested in awhile. Finally — I just decided to end our relationship. I did it quickly — like ripping off a band-aid. I won’t ever go back. Sad Face.

heidi
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heidi

I am supporting the genre by watching all four. Three I am not excited about but GH I am! I do think it is important to trya nd support them all to not lose more. Though Days is looking like it could be next to go.

Avelina
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Avelina

I agree about DAYS. If it keeps up ratings like that Im sure it will be next to go.

gloria
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gloria

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I watch every single minute of every single soap every single day. Period. But NOBODY asks me. NOBODY knows.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

We know, and WE appreciate it! 🙂

gloria
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gloria

THANKS!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

The week of April 2-6, 2012 is also the week that the gay Will Horton story climaxed by Will admitting to his grandmother Marlena that he is gay. There was a lot of activity on twitter promoting this story as well as a special event that Days actors participated in prior to that week I think. With all that lead in, the show still tanked in the ratings for that week. What further proof is needed that the gay Will Horton was not a good fit for Day of Our Lives? You have to know your audience. The Days audience… Read more »

TR
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TR

The Will storyline happening right now is the only reason I watch Days. It’s by far the best thing on the show.

Not everyone shares your views.

MK
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MK

The Best story on OLTL was KISH, and the other stories sucked. They got rid of KISH and the show was so bad it went from Must see to Unwatchable for 4-6 months. That proved the risk of KISH created balance.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I do understand that not everyone shares my views. That is okay. I also appreciate that you like the gay Will Horton storyline. I am sure Days Of Our Lives appreciates ALL their viewers too. However, the target market for soaps, which includes Days of Our Lives, is women ages 18-49. Are you a woman between the ages of 18 and 49? The point is the gay Will Horton did not generate enough interest/viewing among women ages 18-49 to boost the ratings. That tells me that the gay Will Horton storyline is not a good fit for the Days of… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Hey I know tuning in is important to save them maybe they ought to look at this and have a meeting about what they are doing Days&GH admit they need work to stay on, but not the Bells they are too arrogant to realize they are the problem. Just because MAB is married to a Bell does not make her qualified to produce or write for a soap and Brad needs to rethink making a soap centered on a young actress Hope, every character on B&B is discussing her love life BORING. I guess if Bill Bell had been a… Read more »

David Larsson
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David Larsson

With General Hospital, I’m truly not interested in what’s presented to me. The mob I could truly care less about. I never really liked Starr to begin with while she was on OLTL so her arrival to GH really meant nothing to me. I can no longer tune in to watch Quartermaine scenes because Anthony or some other mobster is usually present. And they’ve already butchered Heather’s return by getting her involved with Luke again. The Bold and the Beautiful I never really watched to begin with. I usually just read about it through magazines and fans’ comments. But all… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

“Where is everyone going?” Well, I think mostly, the nelson do not reflect true viewer numbers anymore given all the different ways to view and timeshifting (pvr, online viewing and downloading) People are no longer viewing when the networks tell them to. People watch at their convenience, and I feel that most people just don’t watch tv during the day, unless they are at home. So, as I suggested before on this site, I wish a forward thinking network would but an email address at the start of a show (like GH) so people could email in to show that… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

Good idea Brian. I also agree that the rating system is extremely flawed, and not keeping up with the times. Updating this system will be the first boost to the ratingsof all the soaps for sure, and then, we, as soap fans, have to continue to do our part.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

So true. As I said earlier in this thread, I watch on a fan youtube site that gets 20,000 views per episode or more! But these views don’t count. The folks at ABC should consider teaming up with sites like youtube so that these fans loyalties are accounted for. People are obviously watching– but only a select few means are being counted as “ratings.” Move into the current millennium, ABC! More people are watching than you think!

Christy
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Christy

yes! and anyone watching with a digital tv tuner and antenna – they are not counted either! That’s what I’ve used since the digital switchover… and before that just regular analog TV. My viewing hasn’t counted since July 2008 when I had cable!

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

This is interesting, Christy. I didn’t know that the digital converter boxes don’t count toward ratings. That’s what I’ve got at home. I feel like there’s still a pretty decent portion of the television-watching community that uses a converter box/antenna. And might I argue that soap fans would probably fall into this category? I mean, some of these shows have been around for decades, and I’d bed that the majority of soap viewers are people who don’t have these fancy new TV’s. I don’t have one, and I’m in my 20’s. It just doesn’t seem fair that what used to… Read more »

Nickolas
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Nickolas

If they want people tuning in, it’s all about the writing…and it sucks. I watch B&B and DAYS and I’ve never been so bored. On B&B, it’s the same crap da after day : Liam, Steffy, Hope….and now, they will wash rinse repeat the same thing with Rick, Caroline and Thomas. Brad Bell has got to be the worst in all daytime. I’ve never seen the show being so unbalanced, so stupid and worthless. DAYS has some good points, but nothing is ever happening. People talking is not what is entertaining. I miss the good old days of Santa Barbara… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I LOVED Santa Barbara! It had everything-don’t forget the humor! Who can forget Gina & Keith’s antics & Lionel & Augusta? Plus they had the super couples & it was just a gorgeous to watch show. Damn.

Chaz
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Chaz

Y&R needs to either write decent story for several characters or let them go. Harmony is one of the most boring (& irritating) characters on the show. Does she work? Does she do anything other than screech? Daisy is just annoying with that vacant look all the time. Daniel has great potential but needs to be given better story than this ridiculous custody issue. Ricky has no vitality and tossing him into the Daisy mix is just another dud. Victor is one of the unappealing characters ever. He is manipulative, controlling, egotistical….a tyrant. What does anyone see as positive about… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

A suggestion to the leading ladies and you know who you are over at Days I just saw some pictures please stop with the PLASTIC SURGERY!!!!! ENOUGH!!! I could not bare to watch this show again when you hardly recognize the character.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

If some of the actresses at Days have had plastic surgery, I sure can’t tell. Usually when I see someone who has had surgery, they look either plastic or dead. So far, I have not seen that on Days.

Jeff
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Jeff

From what I’ve seen GH and DOOL have been by far the two best soaps. The Y&R goes at a glacial pace and it’s always the same couples going back and forth. Don’t get me started on The B&B!! Just seeing Ron Moss try to act sends me running everytime lol They should cancel it and send the Y&R actors back to the Y&R and send Scott Clifton back to GH.

Michael
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Michael

The constant, nonstop media speculation that the soap genre is losing viewers and that all soaps face possible cancellation is causing this downward spiral. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who enjoy soaps enjoy the consistency of familiar characters and settings. When the media constantly reports that soaps are losing viewers and may no longer be around, then the “average” soap viewer starts to reconsider committing to a show that may no longer be around in a year’s time.

Violet
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Violet

My thoughts exactly–self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you’re told something over and over whether true or no, (soaps are dying) people start to believe it, consider it true, and move on.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

It’s true, Michael. I was reluctant to switch over to General Hospital after OLTL’s demise. 1) I was in “mourning” over losing these characters that I’d come to know after over a decade of watching. 2) The rumors of GH being cancelled in the near future weren’t exactly a selling point to invest 5 hours a week to a brand new show with unfamiliar characters. (I’m glad I gave it a shot though. It’s a great show.)

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I agree. It only adds to and perpetuates panic. Totally unnecessary.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Anybody else think GH should sign John Stamos back on for a ratings boost? 😉 I don’t think bringing back Rick Springfield did much.

Christy
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Christy

RS wasn’t on much… did he leave yet? I saw John Stamos in the DTWS audience and instantly thought – hey, Blackie should come back to Port Chuck!

MK
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MK

They Need Richard Dean Anderson (Jeff) Steve and Liz’s Father, Heather’s EX, Monica’s Ex, Big name, Original character with a legacy. They need a true Patriarch. Luke is too flawed to be one.

Christy
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Christy

oh yeah. I mentioned him a couple months ago (Robin Mattson returning to GH to reprise her role as the evil Heather Webber!) feb 7, 2012 at 10:38pm
[I’d so much rather see Richard Dean Anderson (Jeff Weber) come back! I don’t think they could get him, but I’d love to see him again! Guess I’ll have to do with 10+ years of StarGate DVDs I have instead!]

no matter where I watched him, I always remembered him from GH. Same for Tommy Lee Jones!

Christy
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Christy

hit submit too soon! Whenever I see Tommy Lee Jones, I remember him from One Life to Live!

Rodd
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Rodd

I used to watch YR but stopped. I tried to tune back in but found it all so lack-luster that I had to use my time more wisely. I watch DAYS and find the WILL story line the only one that really has me hooked. The rest of the cast is repeating their stories from years ago. It’s like a merry-go-round. And then the constant hype they throw out every six months is getting really old. I won’t be interested when they do another reboot if they keep this pattern up. The Neilsens never represented me. So few people being… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

The ratings are used to sell advertising, which is how the networks make their money. Regardless of how they track the ratings, the advertisers are targeting women ages 18-49. When the target market changes, so will the ratings.

The real question is would advertisers like to change their target market?

Patrick
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Patrick

DOOL! Days has been good again! i can see them letting go of sarah brown… fantastic actress.. they didn’t write her in to the show right…. i wish she’d have been maggie’s long lost child, instead of “daniel”… she would have made more of an impact with her acting…. same with mattew ashford… what to do with him? i actually liked austin and carrie… they were older, more mature… austin was funny… and carrie clicked with rafe and sammi… so why let these two go? marlena and will have been so good together… can’t wait to see the reactions of… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I agree that Sarah Brown is a good actress. But when the writers let Madison turn into a whimp under Ian, they made a mistake. Madison became a lukewarm character. She needs to be hot or cold (strong or weak). I say let Madison be hot strong (i.e. hot) because that is how she started out. Weak Madison doesn’t feel right for that character after the way Sarah play her as such a strong woman. Madison is now lukewarm: Uck!!!

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

Here’s what I feel… The only Soaps I watched ever, was abc soaps. (OLTL AMC, And GH) Used to watch GH for years, until I could no longer take the Sonny and Jason Show, and stopped watching about 15 yrs ago….(I DO WATCH NOW ! LOVE IT ,can’t wait for Roger and All of my oltl people to come back on)! However, Tried watching DOOL, and Y&R…Imo, the acting is AWFUL,.. charachters are strange looking and sound fake. The accents are awful too. I do find that the Quality od the acting comes from The cast members from all of… Read more »

auotb
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auotb

these ratings are all BS Ive never had a neilsen box in my house nor have my friends!

ethel
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ethel

i agree – i haven’t met anyone who has one & i worked with the public for over 35 years…………

Rusty
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Rusty

For me, a big issue is the recycled story lines. I don’t want to see Victor and Nikki split up only to get back together in six months. I don’t want to see Brooke hop in bed with Ridge and then hop in another bed with someone else and back again. I wasn’t a fan of Billie Reed when she first came on the show and I’m not interested in watching her again. And I’m really sick of Sonny in the courtroom again standing trial for a crime where there is no solid proof he committed the crime, not to… Read more »

Katherine Carter-Scott
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Katherine Carter-Scott

I have watched Y&R since the Foster/Brooks episodes. The writers were creative back then. I have been very disappointed in the characters and the storylines. The “gangster” storyline had to be the worse one ever. The back and forth of Nikki and Victor is so tiring and boring it is predictable. You have made Victor so ruthless it is not even enjoyable to watch his character any longer. And Neal! If you were going to have him play around you should have left him single with the two women vying for his attention, not make him a cheater (which is… Read more »

malibu
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malibu

I used to watch Days and enjoyed it. I was kind of hooked on it. But when they brought in the gay storyline I had to stop watching it. I don’t believe gay relationships are right and it is disgusting to me. I’m sure that is the reason why a lot of people stopped watching it, too. There’s the truth.

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Blake Berris Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

Next week as MarDevil (Deidre Hall) resurrects sone of the deceased former baddies of Salem, look for Blake Berris to return as Nick Fallon.

Jason47 is reporting the news that Fallon, along with our previously announced return of Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) will be part of the Halloween episode that airs on Monday, November 1st.

Back in May of 2014, Nick was shot three times, once in the back and twice in the chest, and died and it was late revealed that it was Gabi Hernandez who the person who shot him.

In addition, Mike Manning (Ex-Charlie), another former bad boy of Salem tweeted: “Oh, hey Salem”, indicating that Charlie could also be in the mix next week on DAYS.

So excited to see Blake back on DAYS? Comment below.

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Vincent Irizarry Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

There will be a Deimos Kiriakias sighting next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives, and viewers will get to see Daytime Emmy winner, Vincent Irizarry, back in this bad boy role.

In story, MarDevil (Deidre Hall) decides its time to resurrect some of the Salem deceased, and from the looks of it will choose not so nice-ones to wreak a bit of havoc on the residents of the town.

As DAYS fans recall, back in 2017, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) killed Deimos when he set out to drug everyone at a major party with the hallucinogen Halo all in his effort to steal a a valued amulet.

Irizarry confirmed his return via Facebook by simply stating: “Heeeeere’s Deimos! 👿

Now, who else will be stirring up trouble from beyond the grave on Halloween week on Days? Share your thoughts below and if you are excited to see Vincent back in Salem for the spookiest time of the year!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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