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RATINGS: Y&R dips in key demos while OLTL in at # 1 women 18-34!

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It was not a good week overall for the soaps in the ratings game … the week of August 22- 26th.  Nor was it a good week for viewers who were on the Atlantic Coast due to that week’s strange earthquake that shook up the east,  and then on Friday due to Hurricane Irene and subsequent news coverage pre-empting many soaps!

So with natural disaster affecting viewership in some instances, The Young and the Restless which still holds firmly at number one in total viewers (even though it hit a new low in that category) seems to be losing some ground with its key demos as well.  It especially lost ground in the key 18-49 female demographic, hitting for them, the lowest amount of female eyeballs in recent ratings memory.  But even with the loss, it is still in the top slot there.

One Life to Live which is still holding firmly at number three in total viewers, finally got to the number one position in the women 18-34 demo for the first time ever!  General Hospital, however, lost the most total viewers for the week losing -230,000!

View the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here! And let us know, are you enjoying the stories currently on Y&R? Or, is there something you would like to see happen to your favorite characters instead? Let us know what is working for you, and what isn’t!

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Kalamaty
Kalamaty

I love my favorite soap, Young and the Restless, and enjoy it every day. That being said, if there were a few things I would like to see change, they would be as follows:

– The Malcolm/Sofia/Neil “who’s the daddy” storyline is a total bore.
– Please Cane, stop referring to your kids as, “tha babiezzz”.
– Stacy Haiduk reappearing as Patty. Someone make it happen fast! She was amazing.
– More catfights! Y&R had some classics… they need to bring them back asap!
– A gay storyline with some meat; I mean it both figuratively and literally!

Things I’m loving right now include:

– The actress playing Avery Clark – she is very talented & a breath of fresh air.
– The pending return of MTS to the GC canvas. It’s been way too long!
– Anything with Jess Walton…. she is often overlooked & it’s a shame; she’s incredible.

Torrey
Torrey

The reason why the numbers keep growing for OLTL is because the show is freaking awesome!!! It just keeps getting better and better!! Every day that I watch, I can’t believe how great this show is!

david
david

I agree, until the day Trevor St. John’s Todd/Victor was shot and killed. They couldn’t let his character leave Llanview alive to give us some hope of his return? The show has been so painfully gutted I haven’t been able to watch.

What difference does the Prospect Park deal make? What is there left to look forward to? The remaining storylines are becoming tired and trivial. Many of the characters are miserable because of recent deaths and disability. Rex and Shane are pathetic without Gigi. Tea and other family members are suffering without Todd/Victor. Bo, Nora, and Destiny are sad without Matthew. Life is depressing enough without this.

But what do the producers and writers under contract to ABC care? They aren’t continuing with OLTL anyway. The loss of Trevor St. John and his character are significant, but obviously this is lost on the producers and writers.

Prospect Park, please resign TSJ and give me hope for OLTL.

david
david

For the week of August 22-26, OLTL rated above GH in every category! If ratings matter, GH should be canceled before OLTL. If ratings don’t matter, then advertising revenues aren’t that important so why replace the soaps with reality show trash? Maybe these networks executives are dim or don’t know what they are doing or both.

jp
jp

OLTL continues to outshine all other daytime dramas at the moment. I think the shooting of Victor opened up many new and exciting storylines. I know in the world of soaps we saw victor utter his last words and die, but whose not to say when they took him away in the ambulance their was a slight pulse and the emt got hijacked by irene’s corporation. Anything is possible.

In any event, OLTL is on fire and unstoppable. I’m loving every moment of it.

Blake
Blake

So stupid of Frons and Sweeney and all of the suits to cancel OLTL. It’s #1 in key demos and the show still has months to go. Too bad they can’t fire those idiots and keep OLTL on for good.
But ABC’s loss is Prospect Park’s gain!

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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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