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The Bold and the Beautiful & The Young and the Restless Ring In The New Year With Largest Viewing Audiences In Almost Six and Three Years, Respectively!

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What a way to start 2014  for the CBS Daytime soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless in the ratings department!  According to the Nielsen Ratings, B&B and Y&R posting their largest weekly audiences in years,  for the week ending January 5th!

The Bold and the Beautiful averaged 4.13 million viewers, which was its largest weekly audience since the week of February 25th- February 29th, 2008.   The soap also delivered its best women 18-49 rating (1.2/06) since the week ending September. 6th, 2013 and its best women 25-54 rating (1.7/08) since the week of January 14-January 18th, 2013!

Over at The Young and the Restless, the series drew a  5.31 million viewers for the ratings week,  its largest weekly audience since the week of January 31st through February, 4th 2011.

Y&R bringing in 5.31 million is more than many primetime shows! And, B&B soaring over 4 million is also testament its strength!  What do you think of the rating numbers? Let us know!

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MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

Wow B&B!!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Blah and Blah

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

I wonder if that’ll keep up…so many claim they’ll stop watching once BM and MM depart Y&R, and i wonder how many newbie viewers are tuning in to see what the contriversay is about?(some people will flock to a train wreck) Id rather read about it…what goes on behind the scenes is far more interesting than whats going on in front of the camera! Dont watch B&B…maybe Thorsten Kaye fans are tuning in…just glad soaps are doing good again!!!

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

So, how are Days and GH doin’?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS is up 23% from a year ago, the highest it has been in almost 3 years.

Up 10% season to date.

Total 3.021 million

Avelina from Santorini Greece
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Avelina from Santorini Greece

I’m surprised because I’m really bored with all the storylines on DAYS but B & B is awesome. I’m in Sydney Australia and we love it here. It comes on at a time when all can each and is loved by everyone. All my friends tape it while they are at work because its so great. Happy for Y &R they are awesome as well.

Avelina from Santorini Greece
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Avelina from Santorini Greece

Sorry that is supposed to say when we can all watch lol.

aria
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aria

most viewers who ‘threaten” to quite watching something just love to hear themselves complaint, and they love it even more when others agree, but the truth is those people keep tuning in just because. it’s the crying wolf syndrome.

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

I believe that…few might stop watching but not all!

Patrick
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Patrick

(some people will flock to a train wreck)

Y&R is the train wreck

one more month of languishing… what once was… is gone

or 3 weeks… as it were

arleen denis
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arleen denis

congratulations to both….very deserving but concerned about lack of chemistry between Brooke (who is better than ever) and the new Ridge….do not like him at all in this role and Y&R is getting way too depressing….with Billy and Adam going, concerned….have been watching for many years…a loyal fan and want to see these soaps remain on the air….again Congratulations to these amazing actors!

Paul8148
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Paul8148

Days did well too. Not sure about GH

Derrick
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Derrick

For those of you saying JFP is killing Y&R……………………..THINK AGAIN!

Congrats Y&R and B&B

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Right on! I say SUCK IT to all of the supposed “fans” who have promised to jump ship. Who needs you!? Not Y&R! We real fans will continue to watch; bye bye now!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

To be fair most said they were leaving as of Jan 30. not the first week of Jan. It is too soon to tell if they are jumping ship like they said or not. Also, both ABC and NBC preempted theirs soaps during that week, so I am sure some of those numbers have to do with soap fans needing a fix only had only CBS to watch. Plus, it is during the holidays when people are home and numbers go up then to. I will continue to watch because through thick and thin– it is my soap but I… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

It is always better to jump ship and get as far away as possible so it does not pull you down as it sinks.

Y&R is the Titanic of soaps and we know what happened to the Titanic.

ABBANDON SHIP!!!

Jared
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Jared

Wonderful and good news indeed! I like how Michael noted, and deservedly so, that these ratings are exceptional in today’s television landscape, competitive even with primetime shows. I was off today and actually caught both shows while I did my chores. Y&R seemed pretty good, even though I’m mostly not invested any longer. I’d give it a strong “B”. The pacing and the melodrama are classic Y&R, which is what I like. The slow pace and the character focus have always been the hallmark of this jewel. The Victor/Adam dynamic and the DMV record disappearing, along with the blackmail, seemed… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

If I recall on New Year’s Day CBS ran a classic episode of Y&R, maybe all of us who were so disillusioned with the show of late, flocked to watch a show that reminded us when this show was a lot better.

Also it doesn’t say much because both DAYS and GH were not on for a couple of days that week—- people home for the holidays didn’t have much choice when CBS is the only network running a soap.

Beth
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Beth

Curiosity to see TK as Ridge probably had something to do with B&B’s higher ratings. That’s good but if B&B keeps writing the same old same old with triangles, quadrangles and people falling in love faster than a speeding bullet, the ratings won’t last.

aria
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aria

the two worst soap get the best ratings? theres no accounting for taste, its like baywatch was the #1 show in the world for a while, sometimes junk gets the numbers!

Tana
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Tana

Y&R needs to thank Michael Muhney for his role of Adam. I’m sure that is why the ratings have been so high. Let’s see what happens when he’s gone.

shawn
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shawn

I’m inclined to agree. It’s very obvious that Y&R is capitalizing on the whole Michael Muhney controversy for the purpose of ratings. And I’m 100% certain that’s the main reason for actors speaking out. I guess bad publicity is good publicity.

Vicky
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Vicky

Completely agree they can thank Billy Miller and Michael Muhney for these ratings. Folks are ONLY watching to see their STELLAR performances! First to Last next month–they let BM slip thru their fingers and they are hanging MM out to twist in the breeze without the courtesy of making a statement about his firing (CBS has said NOTHING)…They laugh at us? The LIFELONG DAILY FANS WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH JFP and Angelica! WATCH your Numbers next month!

su0000
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su0000

I give it OK for B&B ..
But– Y&R has been terrible this year..

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Throw away the red lipstick and go play in the sand!!!

Bill
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Bill

Congratulations B&Β!

Maria K
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Maria K

Great news!
However, I am curious about the method used.
I have read and seen countless references to the counting of hashtags on Twitter as ratings.
Does CBS have a breakdown of ACTUAL VIEWERS without the added counts of hashtags?
IMO, if it’s true hashtags are being counted, the numbers are actually false truths.
Anyone care to help me understand this a little better?

robert
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robert

This is great news for the soaps.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m always happy when soap ratings rise. OLTL was a big loss for me and I don’t want to lose any more soaps to crappy talk shows.

mgb357
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mgb357

Me too…. still miss OLTL and its incredible story lines and actors.

Maybe network execs will check out this trend of soaps ..increasing audience and get back on board…

Please ABC – you have an hour to fill now that Katie is cancelled. How about repeats of OLTL thru the summer and launch the show in September.

I will be there… everyday!

Luke
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Luke

The question is are the rise in Y&R’s ratings do to the soap opera on TV or the real life one going on behind the scenes? – in any case it will be interesting to see where the ratings are a month from now when both Billy Miller and Michael Muhney are gone.

Vicky
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Vicky

ONLY getting the ratings because we are watching THE BEST ACTORS THE SHOW HAS–BILLY MILLER ans MICHAEL MUHNEY! Once they are off screen the ratings will PLUMMET to the worst ever recorded! Thank you JFP for ruining our show!

Linda
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Linda

Billy Miller and Michel Muhney have been front and center for years and the ratings have been up and down. This is an ensemble not a show starring just two actors. BM and MM will be a loss but there are other very good actors on the show. Y&R is n ot dependent on just two actors. They were number one for twenty years before these two actors joined the show so why would they suddenly fall apart when they leave? It was a holiday week, weather was brutally cold for much of the country and curiosity may have played… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

I hate to say this but I think Ronn Moss’s wife was right “That is not Ridge” I questioned the casting of TK. Not working so I quit watching again especially since I thought maybe we might get a little of Thorne I guess he is in Paris now instead of the basement.

Len
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Len

Just wondering why Hope – Bold and the Beautiful – why is she thanking Leam for waiting for her!! Has everyone forgotten what he has done to her. Don’t let her take him back!

Days Of Our Lives

‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Breaking News

Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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General Hospital

Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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