Daytime Confidential Top 20, January 2009

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Welcome to the first Daytime Confidential Top 20 of 2009. Each month we publish a ranking of daytime's current and past actors, journalists and personalities based on DaytimeConfidential.com user interest and clicks.

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At the end of each year we publish the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 based on user interest and clicks for the entire year. The DC Top 20 is a monthly gauge of user interest.

Unlike 2008's DC Top 20 lists, which were based on usage between the 15th of each month, in 2009 each DC Top 20 will be based on actual calender months.

No. 20: Kimberly McCullough - General Hospital

Kimberly McCulloughfell off the final Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking of 2008 to No. 23, but this month she's crawled her way back up onto the list at No. 20.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 15



No. 19: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless



Two time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 star Victoria Rowell dropped seven spots from the final DC Top 20 of 2008 to No. 19 on this month's list.

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Hot 100 Rank: No. 2





No. 18: Elizabeth Hendrickson - The Young and the Restless

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Elizabeth Hendrickson makes her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 18 as her storyline on The Young and the Restless heats up. She missed the final DC Top 20 of 2008 by nine spots.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 39





No. 17: Alison Sweeney - Days of Our Lives

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Alison Sweeney ended 2008 at No. 20 on the final Daytime Confidential Top 20. She moved up two spots to No. 17 on this, the first DC Top 20 of 2009.

Hot 100 Rank: 32






No. 16: Jake Silbermann - As the World Turns

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Jake Silbermann was the only As the World Turns star to earn a Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking in 2008. He appeared at No. 19 on the 2008 August list. Now he returns to list, up three spots from his last ranking, at No. 16.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 23





No. 15: Erika Slezak - One Life to Live



Erika Slezak last appeared on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in July 2008 at No. 9. Slezak starts 2009 at No. 15 on the DC Top 20.

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Hot 100 Rank: No. 52






No. 14: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital

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Former Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 Vanessa Marcilclimbed four spots from No. 18 on the final DC Top 20 of 2008 to No. 14 on January's DC Top 20.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 5



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No. 13: Nelson Branco - TV Guide Canada

TV Guide Canada columnist Nelson Branco dropped eight spots from the final 2008 Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking to No. 13 on the first DC Top 20 of 2009.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 9






No. 12: Kelly Monaco - General Hospital



General Hospital siren Kelly Monaco starts out 2009 on the Daytime Confidential with the exact same ranking she held on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 No. 12. Can a JaSam pairing help Monaco overtake Rebecca Herbst in 2009? Only time will tell.

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Hot 100 Rank: No. 12






No. 11: Van Hansis - As the World Turns

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Van Hansis never appeared on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in 2008, but he's starting 2009 out strong at No. 11 on our list.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 36






No. 10: Rebecca Budig - All My Children

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Moving up four spots from her final ranking of 2008, Rebecca Budig finds herself at No. 10 on January's Daytime Confidential Top 20. Her character Greenlee recently took a flying leap off a Pine Valley cliff. Budig is leaving All My Children. What impact might this have on February's DC Top 20? Only time will tell.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 31





No. 9: Kim Zimmer - Guiding Light

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Don't mess with Reva Shayne! Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer makes her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 9 on our list. In 2008, Caitlin Van Zandt and Marcy Rylan were the only Guiding Light stars to earn spots on the DC Top 20. It will be interesting to see if Zimmer can hold tough and make a return appearance on next month's list.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 72





No. 8: Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless



By climbing seven spots from the last Daytime Confidential Top 20 of 2008, Christel Khalil moved into the Top 10 for our first DC Top 20 of 2009.

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Hot 100 Rank: No. 18





No. 7: Natalia Livingston - General Hospital

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The last time Natalia Livingston appeared on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 it was August of 2008. At that time she ranked No. 16. Now she finds herself at No. 7 on our list. Not a bad way to start off the year.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 16





No. 6: Tamara Braun - All My Children

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Tamara Braun ended 2008 at No. 8 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 and kicks off 2009 at No. 6. Will an affair with Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye) help Braun stay on February's DC Top 20?

Hot 100 Rank: No. 24





No. 5: Deidre Hall - Days of Our Lives



Deidre Hall's debut at No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential isn't surprising considering Marlena and John left Days of Our Lives in January.

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Hot 100 Rank: No. 13






No. 4: Don Diamont - The Young and the Restless

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Skyrocketing out nowhere on the news that The Young and the Restless had let him go and planned to kill off his character Brad Carlton, Don Diamont landed at No 4. on January's Daytime Confidential Top 20.

Hot 100 Rank: N/A





No. 3: Rebecca Herbst - General Hospital

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Climbing three spots from No. 6 in the last Daytime Confidential Top 20 of 2008, Rebecca Herbst finds herself at No. 3 on this month's ranking. This is the highest ranking Herbst has achieved.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 7






No. 2: Steve Burton - General Hospital

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Steve Burton never ranked No. 1 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in 2008. However, he consistently ranked in the top four throughout 2008 which helped him clinch the No. 1 spot on our year end list, the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 of 2008. With the first month of 2009 under his belt Steve Burton is back finds himself back at No. 2 on the DC Top 20.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 1






No. 1: Alicia Minshew - All My Children

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Alicia Minshew topped the last Daytime Confidential Top 20 of 2008 and kicks off 2009 in the same spot. Following in the path forged by Victoria Rowell, January's DC Top 20 marks the second consecutive month that Minshew has held the No. 1 ranking. She is the first ABC actress to achieve this. Can Minshew break her tie with Rowell and achieve a third No. 1 ranking in February? We'll find out next month.

Hot 100 Rank: No. 8