Welcome to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 for February 2009. Each month we publish a ranking of daytime's current and past actors, journalists and personalities based on Daytime Confidential.com reader interest and clicks. This month, for the first time in Daytime Confidential Top 20 history, a male actor will claim the No. 1 ranking.
No. 20: Crystal Chappell – Guiding Light
Crystal Chappell makes her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut on February’s list. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the PR push to promote Otalia and the resulting interest in Guiding Light’s lesbian couple. Guiding Light also made its best showing on the DC Top 20 in February, with three stars earning spots on the ranking. Ironically, Chappel’s on screen love interest Jessica Leccia didn’t make the list.
No. 19: Beth Ehlers – All My Children
Beth Ehlers returns to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 after falling off the list in January. When the Daytime Confidential Top 20 first debuted in 2008 Ehlers was in the midst of leaving Guiding Light and joining All My Children. It helped her earn her highest DC Top 20 ranking at No. 2, but since then she experienced a steady decline in popularity among Daytime Confidential readers.
No. 18: Nelson Branco – TV Guide Canada
TV Guide Canada’sNelson Branco continues to be the only non actor to appear in the Daytime Confidential Top 20. This month he falls from No. 13 on January’s DC Top 20 to No. 18 in February.
No. 17: Kirsten Storms – General Hospital
After four months off the Daytime Confidential Top 20 General Hospital’sKirsten Storms climbed back onto the list in February at No. 17. The last time she appeared on the DC Top 20 she ranked No. 14. The highest she’s ever ranked was No. 11 when the DC Top 20 debuted.
No. 16: Caitlin Van Zandt – Guiding Light
Caitlin Van Zandt has been Guiding Light’s most consistent representation on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Van Zandt’s February appearance on the DC Top 20 marks the sixth time that she has earned a spot on the countdown. Up until February no other Guiding Light star had earned as high a rank as Van Zandt. This month another Guiding Light star tied her record, appearing at No. 2. Keep reading to find out who the mystery Guiding Light star is.
No. 15: Deidre Hall – Days of Our Lives
Last month Deidre Hall made her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 5. This month the former Days of Our Lives star falls ten spots to No. 15 on the ranking. The No. 5 ranking was the highest a Days of Our Lives stars has ranked on the list.
No. 14: Kelly Monaco – General Hospital
Kelly Monaco falls two spots from No. 12 on January’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 14 in February. Monaco earned her highest ranking at No. 8 on the July 2008 DC Top 20.
No. 13: Rebecca Herbst – General Hospital
Last month Rebecca Herbst ranked No. 3 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. This month she falls ten spots to No. 13. Though it was a large drop, it was just enough to edge out Kelly Monaco, who portrays her character Elizabeth’s onscreen rival Sam McCall. Herbst’s No. 3 ranking was the highest she’d appeared on the DC Top 20.
No. 12: Natalia Livingston – General Hospital
On January's countdown Natalia Livingston’s return to General Hospital helped her jump back onto Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 7. This month Livingston falls to No. 12. It will be interesting to see if speculation that Constance Towers’ return as Helena might lead to the revelation that NotEmily is actually Emily can help Livingston climb higher on the list.
No. 11: Billy Miller – The Young and the Restless
Billy Millerreturned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in the exact same spot he last appeared on the list, at No. 11. Unlike the last time Miller earned a spot, this time it is because of his The Young and the Restless role and not his previous role on All My Children.
No. 10: Elizabeth Hendrickson – The Young and the Restless
Elizabeth Hendrickson debuted on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 last month at No. 18. This month The Young and the Restless actress climbs 10 spots to No. 8. This is the largest jump of any daytime star from January’s ranking.
No. 9: Shemar Moore – The Young and the Restless
Shemar Moore pulled a Victoria Wyndam and appeared out of nowhere, to debut at No. 9 on February’s Daytime Confidential Top 20.
No. 8: Nathan Parsons – General Hospital
Whether you love or hate Nathan Parsons' Ethan Lovett, it seems that Daytime Confidential readers are interested in the new General Hospital star. Parsons makes his Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 8.
No. 7: Steve Burton – General Hospital
Since we launched the Daytime Confidential Top 20 Steve Burton has always appeared in the top six rankings. He ranked at No. 2 on January’s DC Top 20, but this month he fell five spots to his lowest ranking ever at No. 7. Might the drop in interest by Daytime Confidential readers have something to do with the demise of his onscreen pairing opposite Rebecca Herbst?
No. 6: Christel Khalil – The Young and the Restless
Christel Khalil, from The Young and the Restless, climbed two spots from No. 8 on January’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 6 in February. Khalil’s onscreen partner, Daniel Goddard, has never appeared on the DC Top 20.
No. 5: Rebecca Budig – All My Children
It appears that having her character take a speeding leap off a cliff helped catapult All My Children’s Rebecca Budig five spots to No. 5 on February’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. How long can Budig remain on the DC Top 20 now that she is no longer on the show? Only time will tell.
No. 4: Tamara Braun – All My Children
Tamara Braun edged up two spots from No. 6 on January’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 4 on February’s ranking. This is Braun’s highest DC Top 20 ranking to date.
No. 3: Alicia Minshew – All My Children
For the past two months Alicia Minshew has reigned at No. 1 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20, tying Victoria Rowell for the most number of months any star has held the title. Unfortunately Minshew was not able to break the tie and claim No. 1 for a third – record breaking – month. Minshew fell two spots to No. 3, making it possible for a male actor to claim the Daytime Confidential Top 20 title for the first time.
No. 2: John Driscoll – Guiding Light
John Driscoll had a stellar month in February. In addition to having his character Coop Bradshaw killed off in a car crash that helped usher in the arrival of Grant Aleksander, he has now tied with Caitlin Van Zandt for the highest ranking achieved by a Guiding Light star.
No. 1: Don Diamont – The Young and the Restless
Don Diamont achieved what Steve Burton has unsuccessfully tried to do, be the first male actor to land the No. 1 Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking. The icy drowning death of his character Brad Carlton had The Young and the Restless fans tuning in and Daytime Confidential readers clicking to find out more. Even though Y&R fans are going to miss Diamont they can tune to watch his upcoming debut on The Bold and The Beautiful.