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RATINGS: Y&R, B&B and GH Have Solid Week!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 7-11th and it was a good week for three of your favorite soap operas!  In particular, The Bold and the Beautiful gained the most in total viewers for the week with +238,000!

But it was The Young and the Restless who had a turnaround into the black where it gained viewers instead of losing them in all the key demo categories!including women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54.  Y&R also gained + 157,000 viewers for the week!

And it was General Hospital who also gained viewers with +64,000.  GH remained #1 in women demo 18-34, while Y&R was in first in women demos 25-54 and women 18-49.  

Days of our Lives was the only soap for the week to lose  in total viewers down slightly with -12,000 viewers.  To view the entire ratings picture go to SON here!

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,478,000 (+157,000/-176,000)
2. B&B 3,687,000 (+238,000/+178,000)
3. GH 2,872,000 (+64,000/+423,000)
4. DAYS 2,391,000 (-12,000/-59,000)

So time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What is working for you on your favorite soaps right now? What is not?  What characters would you like to see back on the canvas, or taken off the canvas?  How would you spruce up your favorite show, if you think it needs some summer fixin’?   Let us know!

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

I cant see Days loosing viewers with its recent improvements involving Sami/E.J./Abigail…I like Kassie/Eve(but i still wish Charlotte R. returned) who should become the shows next Kristen…but even with their daddy in Salem only slightly improving the Jordan/Ben storyline…GH is just ok entertainment for me…B&B i like Oliver and his girlfriend(4get name) Pam and Charlie and Quinn…Sean K.(Deacon) isnt much better than his GH A.J. character but that might change…Y&R i just cant get into it!!!

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

Cant wait for Kayla to tell Hope she’s interested in Aiden…finally!!!

Harry
Harry

Jim, something just seems off here. I have not seen Y&R or GH in almost two months but have started watching Days. While I originally tuned in to watch Kassie’s debut as Eve, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the day time drama is solid and full of character driven storylines. I know many other people who have also stepped on to the Days train and so I thought their ratings would be much higher.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Let the games begin…Haiden…Kaiden…Haidenk…it’s all good!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think DAYS viewers need to watch more live episodes and keep up with the DVR episodes. If people DVR episodes, they should watch within one day so it counts.

Everyone should keep that in mind, even when they are not part of a Nielsen Family. If people watch on time, they than can rave about it, knowing what they are talking about and that can reach actual Nielsen families.

I know DAYS is great as others know, but what does it look like when a person says “Oh DAYS is so good, but I’m a few episodes behind”. Nielsen families can be brought up to speed by nonNielsen families helping…WATCH DAYS LIVE OR WITHIN ONE DAY OF DVRing!

Nicole
Nicole

You can watch Days or any soap within 7 days and it will count.

The networks are actually fighting for the live +7 day not to be reported right away because of the gains made when the Live +7 is finally counted.

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

I think B&B has been doing the best this year. They are consistently posting good numbers and the writing has also been consistent with a clear direction. The exotic locations shoots provide excitement for the viewers too.

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

Love B&B! Days is also good but less consistent. Still Days deserves some love from fans! Hoping Days gets a rise in the ratings next week.

DaysFan
DaysFan

Days fans are sick of the Sami show.
It is just way too much. At this point, I just can’t wait until October when Alison and James are both gone.
The story is so negative, and only fuels the real life online bullying that comes in the name of ejami , Alison and James.
Quite honestly, I would be happy if they would just cut them out starting now.
I can’t wait until they can focus more on the other great actors that they have. I am excited to see what happens with Hope and Aiden, though I really hope that they close out the Bo and Hope story before a romance happens. I just do not see Hope cheating on Bo, and I hope that they don’t take it there.
I enjoyed Eve for the 5 minutes that I saw her, but since I haven’t been watching Days since the start of the farce wedding, I haven’t seen much of her. I was excited for Kristen’s return, but I am not even sure that can bring me back to have to watch a balls-less EJ begging and groveling for a woman who doesn’t even come close to deserving him.
Since I gave up Days I have been spending my workout hour on Y&R and am really enjoying it so far! Can’t wait to get to know the characters better. I have only ever watched Days (except for a short time when I was a teen and watched both Days and Passions), so it is fun to get to know a new set of characters.
I hope that Days plans to recast EJ, or plans to up the DiMera crop. A DiMera-less Salem is just not acceptable. They need to maybe get an older DiMera relative in there to supplement Joe Mascalo’s time. No one can replace The Phoenix, but maybe a long lost brother can pop up?
Recast EJ, bring back Chad – beef that DiMera presence up!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

They are bringing back Chad!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Days has wonderful moments, like the Sami/EJ/Abby fallout; Hope and Aiden’s waltz; Theresa hitting John over the head with a poker, but in between these moments is this vast wasteland of dullness that I literally been nodding off during the show again. A soap needs more that moments to sustain it.

I also wonder if the decline in ratings might be due to Days ending two of their best couples– Sami and EJ; Nicole and Eric.

And as much as I wanted to like the new Eve, I don’t see much of Eve in her. To me it is like she is whole new character– maybe she will grow on me, but right now I find her almost as annoying as Ann from the hospital and that is sad because I used to really love the character Eve

Definitely looking forward to Kristen’s return– but it would make my summer if they could wrap up and end the whole Jordan, Ben and Clyde story.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Would you suggest a music box storyline for DAYS?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Of course not– but every soap has their flaws and right now I am finding Days is dragging a bit. Overall, it is still a very good show– but like all the shows left there is room for improvement. Also I think DAYS did a music box story line already– I seem recall Hope getting one from her father that lead to her and Bo going to New Orleans–and yes that was better than Y&R’s, but why does everything have to be a competition with you– why can’t you just enjoy your show without constantly knocking down the others?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I had to reply from here, Mary SF. I have pulled back a lot. +157,000 Y&R and -12,000 DAYS is justified? No way! BTW, you’re the one that offered your opinion as to why DAYS dropped. And you offered no opinion that I’ve seen as to why Y&R went up. I only saw your post saying how the Y&R music box SL was lost in the shuffle. It matters a lot when my favorite soap is getting the shaft!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well, I wouldn’t say Y&R is going up, it regained some ground from the week before when there was a holiday, but it is hardly earth shattering numbers. All soaps tend to go down in the summer. Y&R is barely holding onto their core viewership as more and more lose hope this show can be what it once was. But like all soap viewer there is a loyalty factor, which I believe one of main things keeping Y&R afloat. But they are really putting that loyalty factor to the test and they would be mistaken in their belief just because we have always watched we will continue to do. I haven’t reached my breaking point yet, many have.

As for Days, I know a lot of Ejami fans were upset that the long awaited wedding between the two was ruined by the whole Ejabby affair coming to light– and I have noticed in the past the numbers were good when Ejami were going strong. And that is why I mentioned it, in hopes maybe some Ejami fans would respond to let me know if them breaking Ejami apart influenced their viewership. I wasn’t saying that was the reason, I was just curious to hear from Ejami fans to find out if that was true.

I been watching Days since the 80’s and I have always maintain when Days puts their mind to it, this is one of the best soaps going. I am truly sorry if you think Days is getting shafted, but from what I have seen Days has a solid loyal following as well– and their core viewership isn’t going anyway, as they are doing over at Y&R. So maybe you can take comfort in the fact if the trend continues Y&R’s reign at the top might be soon over.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Y&r is very bad… Its sad actually. The only thing that could save it would be that they pull a GH and start bringing in past vets, even if only short term… Right now Y&R is so bad it reminds me of GL circa 2008…

Jill O
Jill O

That is such an accurate observation. Y&R does remind me of GL as it began to sink and lose focus. I think the executives and writers on GL were poor and that mirrors Y&R today. I watch Y&R only occasionally now and it doesn’t even feel like Y&R. It looks cheap too. How sad to see this once proud show deteriorate in front of our eyes.

Brett
Brett

Amen to that! JFP and those awful writers should be fired, there have to be better people they could hire surely!

Marc
Marc

I dont get the ratings . Days is the best one left by far . the cbs shows are improving slightly but still are yawners and GH can be completely awesome depending who the week is focusing on . All in all Days is the best consistent product

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS fans need to watch the episodes within one day for it to count. Live TV is the best. If you use a DVR, it must be viewed within one day or it is not counted. Hulu and NBC.com do not count at all.

Brett
Brett

Why would they not count NBC.com and Hulu? Surely they’re the easiest views to track.

PatF
PatF

I caught a Days ep this week and I have my own perspective of course.

Most of the cast is great, and it seems that the stories are good for those familiar with the show.

BUT…the look and feel and overall production seems stuck back in the 80’s. The sets ALL need an overhaul, there is not much of a soundtrack, and the lighting seems off.

I know budgets are tight, but SONY needs to step it up. I don’t see them getting any NEW viewers if anyone is flipping the channel looking for something to grab their attention.

It’s the smart but poor cousin nobody really pays much attention to.

Judy HO
Judy HO

THAT is a solid week for Y&R? Give me a break. It’s still off from last year and in dead last in young female demos. The rest of the soaps are up, except DAYS, which will come back when Eileen Davidson’s Kristen DiMera returns.

Y&R has fundamental problems. Phelps has brought in too many newbies and the stories are horrible. Who wants to watch that?

Nicole
Nicole

I do I am fine with Y&R. Speaking as a GH refugee 🙂

GH stripped mostvof it’s cast and it is doing fine now, however last summer GH did not do very well it took them a year to turn it around.

Y&R will turn around as well. Don’t forget that a few months ago the show was doing veryvwell in the ratings. And with the story beginning regarding Phyllis’ return it will bounce back again.

Nicole
Nicole

The lead in 18 to 34 is GH’s 171,000 viewers. That is approximately 6% of the total viewer ship. For any soap that is nothing to crow about.

And Y&R was still number 1 in the 18 to 49.

Belle
Belle

I agree with Days Fan; E.J. is gutless and weak. As I have stated in other comments, E.J. has never been as tough as his father.
If a re-cast is chosen, it will have to be the right person as far as the fans are concerned.
The GH Lover lover’s comments mentioned Guiding Lights downward spiral which happened (to me) because the show killed off Maureen Bauer and mistreated Michael Zaslow when he was diagnosed with ALS. The executives displayed no class when they did that.
Finally, I don’t understand Days’ ratings either; the show is basically solid.

Blake
Blake

Crazy how the best soap for like two years now, Days, is in last place and dropped viewers. Especially right now with sooo much going on! The fallout of EJ and Abby, Eve back, etc. I really hope the ratings skyrocket when Eileen/Kristen returns next week, they did before.

And insane that the two worst soaps Y&R and GH are doing good in ratings and demos. Sigh.

Blake
Blake

Well going to the site it looks like Days is doing great in the Women 18-34 demos, which is very important demos so that’s great.

It’s just too bad that in most places Days is up against Y&R and B&B, while GH does not have any soap competition.

Brett
Brett

How on earth can DAYS be the only soap losing viewers, it’s been the best soap on the air for several weeks now, why would people be tuning out when it’s THIS good.

jonboy
jonboy

Haven’t a number of local affiliates dropped it, creating less of an audience?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m only aware of some affiliates changing the time. Stay away from UTAH, 1:00am because of Will and Sonny. Utah’s church owns and operates the NBC affiliate!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Brett, NBC.com and Hulu DO NOT count because the Ads are not the same as with live TV and DVR.

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

Y&R went up a point. Small increase, but I still say: JFP and FOJ aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Still, increases are good for soaps.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Oh, come now…Y&R can have all of the highest ratings (or whatever) that it wants…but that does not change the fact that Y&R has become such a storytelling M-E-S-S!!!!! B-L-A-H!!!!!

jonboy
jonboy

Glad to see Y&R rebound. I read all the criticisms but I have to say I anticipate watching it each day more than GH, my other daytime habit. It’s true the dialogue has reduced to amateur hour, but look where the writers came from. I surely would like to see the entire show rebound to where it was back in the glory days.

PatF
PatF

People have criticized YR for years. It’s #1 for 26 years claim irritates those when they think the show isn’t at its best.

But viewership for soaps takes YEARS to change, and there are no NEW viewers.

I don’t see the overall total viewership changing much. The audience will continue to slowly erode over time.

Ann
Ann

I have been a Days fan for a long time. One thing I never understood is the the producers and writers do not listen to the people who watch their soap. Nothing personal against Shawn a Christian and Missy Reeves, but it is clearly written everywhere I look that the fans just don’t care for these characters. Yet they are in every story on the soap. Eric and Nicole had so much potential and now it’s looks like they are getting a backseat . Jennifer Horton was such a beloved character for so many years and these writers have turned her into someone so unlikeable. It’s just the same thing over and over. Why can’t there just be romance and adventure? I have to laugh at this revenge s/l with Sami. She has done so many horrible things through the years. It’s truly laughable and an insult to one’s intelligence. Thank you

damien
damien

to make my ‘ days’ sunny again:
– pls bring back shawn d, belle, austin and carrie!!!!!
– bo needs to return as either the original or robert kelker kelly
– sonny and will are soo lame, i liked when will was troubled.
– wrap up the lame jordan and ben crap
– give the di meras a break and turn up the kireakes, more justin, adreinne and bring back phillip!!!
– and lastly for the love of god, i cant take the show seriously if the backgrounds sets continue to be recycled and everyone is either drinking no coffee at the brady pub or hanging in the park. its too cheesey and low budget!!!

madluv4u
madluv4u

Agree about those dated sets! At least when JFP takes over she over hauls the sets and gives them a facelift. DOOL looks so old. Cut back on some of the useless cast and maybe you can spend the money on new backgrounds. Ijs

Kaffen
Kaffen

Leslie and Dylan….THATS ALL…

madluv4u
madluv4u

I get why DOOL is in last place…..storylines take forever to wrap up; characters have no depth; they don’t know how to progress a story-each scene is a repeat of what was said in the last scene; noone cares about the cbaracters any longer. Is it possible to have one couple be happy?! Can they meet, date without complication, get married and have problems inside the marriage besides adultery??? Infertility or money troubles, or trying to advance at work(i got that from another post somewhere). The stuff they show is just so far out of the realm of possibility it’s a joke.
Y&R appeals to me because they are more reality based (no super villians who never ever get caught by the police! Really?!?!
The Bold and The Beautiful makes me laugh because it’s just so campy and I don’t think they take themselves so seriously. They gives us couples to root for. (they are all about the silly romance). There is not one couple on DOOL that I am vested in, (but I do love Kristen D).
I get GH as 3rd place. We tell them we (the fans) are up to our necks with the mob sl but they don’t care – so we adapt and ff through the scenes we dont like:-)

CeeCee
CeeCee

The same could be said about Y&R. No couple ever lasts there. It is the way of soaps. Look at Neil and Leslie of Y&R…..I thought this couple was solid. Y &R was my favorite as long as I have been watching soaps; now? It is downright stupid. Devan needs to go…..he is superfluous, without a solid or consistent storyline. Why is he there?
I don’t watch B&B, but if it is that good, then Days should be right up there as well….great writing.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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