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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
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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… Read more »

Torrey
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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
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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… Read more »

david
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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
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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
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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!

All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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