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RATINGS: Y&R, B&B and GH All Up In Total Viewers!

The ratings are out for the week of August 15th through the 19th.  While Days of our Lives was still preempted for the last week of NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympic games in Rio, the other three network soaps were airing new episodes.

And in a turnaround from the previous week, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital gained in total viewers.  The Bold and the Beautiful, which added the most viewers last week, also was in the positive for the new ratings period..

Y&R added the most viewers for the week adding +124,000, while adding viewers in all women demos 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54.  However, they continued to tie an all-time low in the ratings share for the 18-49 demo.

GH, which added +47,000 for the week, also added viewers in the 18-49 and 25-54 categories, but did not fare as well with the 18-34 females, tying a low for the fourth straight week in that ratings share.


B&B came in with an additional +11,ooo in total viewers, and gained viewers in the 18-49 and 18-34 categories, but was in the minus column in women 25-54.  The CBS Daytime drama also tied a low for the seventh straight week in the 18-49 ratings share.

It will be interesting to see after Labor Day and with Days of our Lives being back airing new episodes, if the end of summer brings higher ratings.  While every soap of the three that aired during the ratings period gained viewers, its also interesting to note that  each lost viewers in a different age demo category.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,565,000 (+124,00/-196,000)
2. B&B 3,732,000 (+11,000/+105,000)
3. GH 2,573,000 (+47,000/+81,000)

So, what soap opera is piquing your interest? What soap needs the most help to keep you engaged?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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To speak fact;
If I or CC watch or do not watch a soap, what we do is ‘not’ in the Nielsen ratings numbers..
The ‘only’ ones that are counted are the Nielsen watchers..
It is totally in the hands of the Nielsen families/whatever..

As to who is tuning in or out– it is calculated by the Nielsen peoples..
So– if I did not watch GH for week, the numbers going down would not because of me but rather from a Nielsen family.

Also– of course the number are up for all the soaps, the olympics have ended..

The households are evenly distributed by population throughout the United States, and are roughly meant to be representative of the population as a whole. They also rotate occasionally.
Maybe 50,000 households seems like a lot to you, but to put it in perspective, there are approximately 100 million households with a TV in the United States.
That means even at the high estimate of 50,000 households, the number represents .05% of the households. That would be less than 1/10 of 1%.

each household represents 2,000 other households in approximating what the country is watching. The ratings categories that matter are generally “total viewers” (not as important), the 25–54 demo (viewers between ages 25 and 54, important for news) and the 18–49 demo (viewers between ages 18 and 49, important for entertainment and sports).
The ratings you see now are also mostly “live + same day” which accounts for 24 hours of the viewer watching on their DVR/Tivo. There are also ratings measurements that account for three-day DVR totals (a version of which advertisers currently buy based on) as well as 7-day DVR totals (what networks would like to become the norm).
The demos are what advertisers care about — how the TV networks make most of their money. They are crucial to the financial success of the channels.

IF you or I watch or don’t watch, we are not counted unless one is a Nielsen person..

If you DVR and watch commercials and all you count in the Nielsen Ratings. And you have to watch within 24 hours of the airing.

hi Kelly—
Neilson does the DVR+7 if you watch it on your DVR within 7 days of airing. But you can’t skip commercials.
Those ratings only count if you’re not part of the Nielsen program.
Neilson takes into account dvr and they have ratings for that So if a Nielsen person DVR’s a program and watches it within 1 day it will go into the Nielsen rating.
If you record it on your recorder it does not count, if you DVR it and you are not of the Nielsen rating program, it is not counted in Nielsen ratings..

Comcast;; C3 ratings for commercial viewing (which is what advertisers care about)
“If the networks can transition a customer to catch up on demand versus DVR, they can monetize that.
Those numbers are ‘not’ counted in the Nielsen ratings that we read every week, but are used for Comcast etc for their own reasons..

Same for watching online at ABC/whichever, they are numbers for that networks, for advertising purposes etc) and not in the Neilsen ratings..

No matter what;
Only the Nielsen families are counted in the Neilsen ratings..

It is from the Nielsen households that we get the ”demo ages” because Nielsen knows the ages of the household and when so&so watch they make note of age..

Actually the Olympics were still on here… that is why DAYS was not included in the ratings…it was not on!

Michael Fairman mentioned that in his second sentence.

Wish you would stop showing the ratings since they don’t represent the true # of who is watching. Totally agree with the comments by su0000. I am a male in my mid 40’s and I watch GH on my laptop on a few days after they air. How am I counted in the ratings??? I bet I’m not especially since your ratings only mention women. I got my dad hooked on GH and my nephew. I bet they are counted either. Enough with the ratings reporting since it is so misleading.

Hi Tommy…there are lots of viewers who aren’t in the demographic that advertisers are looking for whether it be age, sex, race…so the point is even if a lot of people are watching on their laptop, smart phone, tablet or binge watching OnDemand…it just comes down to the numbers they gather and if the advertisers think they’re reaching enough of the market who will buy what they’re selling.

What they SHOULD do is sell products that appeal to all the demographics or sell airtime to advertisers who can scatter their target audience ie sell products that appeal to women of a certain age, a different age and spothers to men. Sell products to one area of the country and sell different to another part. Or…maybe they do that currently. Anyone “out here” in advertising???

Hi Tommy ..
fact— You, your dad and your nephew watch GH but, you are not counted unless you are a Nielsen household. All 3 of you are an estimate by what the Nielsen watches…..

People seem to believe if they watch the ratings go up
If they don’t watch the ratings go down
If they haven’t watched for months that is will make a difference, it does not..
It is what the Nielsen people watch that is the numbers in the Nielsen ratings.

I watch GH at ABC, also..
I am tracted by ABC for its’ numbers for ABC’s research and the ads are seen again etc etc, but we are ‘not’ counted in the Nielsen ratings
(( that many soap fans go wacko over every week as if they are actually counted in the Nielsen ratings, they are not…LOL )

I have never understood why the system never changed to include everyone who has a t.v.

There should be a chip in every TV that identifies what is being watched. And if some people don’t want people to know what they’re watching, then they can enter a code to disable the system and enter a code to turn it back on. Also, for a precise look at how people feel when watching the shows, there should be a chip implanted in their brains, LOL!

Serious privacy concern! Would you want some faceless corporation trackkng everything you watch?

Yes, I wouldn’t mind, but as I’ve stated, there would be a way to disable the device on the TV. As for the chip in the brain, people would have a choice to have or have not.

That’s what the code to disable would be for.

In my mind, the ratings for GH are up because of Genie Francis’s and Jon Lindstrom’s great scenes–LOL!

I hope the increase holds and more viewers saw that incredible scene with Adam & Nick at the jail. Adam asking Nick to look after his son was heartbreaking and so honest it hurt. Joshua Morrow and, especially, Justin Hartley were at the top of their game and this kind of scene shows how great this show can be with the right focus, good writing, and some of the best actors in the business.

I agree, as usual, Soaphound. I have a weakness for both actors. I did feel for Adam….reaching out to his not-so fraternal-brother was momentous. But, that’s because I trust Nick….his response was genuine and not one bit hypocritical.
However, Kay has a point. From whence does this abounding flood of love come? Blood is thicker than water?

Hi Celia…here’s what i think may be the missing link in this turnaround: both Nick and Adam finally realizing that they’ve both been victimized, used, and (in many instances) set against each other by the same father. I agree that Adam’s previously unknown admiration of Nick seemed to arrive out of nowhere, but Justin SOLD IT by virtue of great acting, don’t you think? I’d like Adam and Nick to be closer after this, and I’ve always felt that Adam has a soft spot for Victoria as well. Their interactions have always fascinated me.

Airbags save lives…A chip in most televisions can save programs.

Of course the ratings were up the Days Of Our Lives fans didn’t get to watch their soap opera because the Olympic’s were on…. LoL.

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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