Daytime Confidential Top 20, March 2009

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Each month we publish the Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking of daytime stars and industry personalities, based on what DC readers are most interested in (clicks). This ranking is generated by you the readers, not the DC staff. This month a new star earns the No. 1 ranking. Former actors who have ranked No. 1 at least once include: Alicia MinshewDon Diamont, Raya Meddine, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Vanessa Marcil and Victoria Rowell.

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No. 20: Elizabeth Hendrickson - The Young and the Restless

Helped by the lead up to her character Chloe's wedding on The Young and the Restless to Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) Elizabeth Hendrickson remained in the Daytime Confidential Top 20. She dropped from No. 10 on last month's list.



No. 19: Jake Silbermann - As the World Turns

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Jake Silbermann is, without question, Daytime Confidential reader's favorite As the World Turns star. He has appeared on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 more than any other As the World Turns star and his return to the DC Top 20 in March marks the second time in 2009.



No. 18: Daniel Goddard - The Young and the Restless



Daniel Goddard makes his Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 18 on our countdown. It will be interesting to see if the lead up Cane and Lily's wedding on The Young and the Restless will be enough to keep him on the DC Top 20.





No. 17: Kim Zimmer - Guiding Light

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After falling off the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in February Kim Zimmer climbs her way back onto the countdown in March at No. 17. This is the second time that Zimmer, whose Guiding Light character Reva just gave birth to a child, appears on the DC top 20 since its debut.





No. 16: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital

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In addition to being the first Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 ranked star, Vanessa Marcil has appeared on the countdown, in some form, a total of eight times. She fell off the countdown in February but returns at No. 16 this month.





No. 15: Nathan Parsons - General Hospital



General Hospital'sNathan Parsons drops from No. 8 on February's Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 15 on this month's countdown. It is hard to determine if interest in the actor by Daytime Confidential readers is based on their love or hate for his character Ethan. Either way, he remains of interest by Daytime Confidential readers.





No. 14: Farah Fath - One Life to Live



One Life to Live'sFarah Fath returns to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 after several months off the countdown. In 2008 Fath was often one of the highest ranked One Life to Live stars to appear on the DC Top 20.





No. 13: Deidre Hall - Days of Our Lives

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Deidre Hall may no longer be on Days of Our Lives, but she hasn't been forgotten by Daytime Confidential readers. She climbed two spots from No. 15 on February's list.





No. 12: Kelly Monaco - General Hospital



Deidre Hall isn't the only actor to climb two spots from last month's countdown. General Hospital'sKelly Monacomoved up two notches from No. 14 to No. 12.

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No. 11: Natalia Livingston - General Hospital

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Natalia Livingston's Rebecca is being threatened by Helena Cassadine on General Hospital, but that isn't preventing her from moving up one spot to No. 11 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Livingston edges up from No. 12 last month. In January she ranked No. 7.





No. 10: Billy Miller - The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless'Billy Miller climbs into the Daytime Confidential Top 10 after appearing at No. 11 on the DC Top 20 in February. It will be interesting to see if interest in the character, spawned by the return of Mac, his marriage to Chloe and a custody battle with Cane will help him continue his climb next month.





No. 09: Caitlin Van Zandt - Guiding Light



Since the Daytime Confidential Top 20 debuted Caitlin Van Zandt has held a special place of interest among Daytime Confidential readers. Though she has never earned a No. 1 ranking she did come in at No. 2 for August, 2008. This month she moves up from No. 16 to No. 09.





No. 08: Crystal Chappell - Guiding Light

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Crystal Chappell is Guiding Light's highest ranked star in March. Helped by the popularity of Otalia she jumped twelve spots from No. 20 on February's list to No. 8 this month.





No. 07: Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless



Christel Khalil slid one spot from No. 6 on the Daytime Confidential top 20 in February to No. 07 on this month's ranking. Khalil ranked No. 8 in January, so interest in The Young and the Restless' Khalil remains steady.





No. 06: Alicia Minshew - All My Children



After spending two months at No. 1 Alicia Minshew slipped to No. 3 last month on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. This month she slides three more spots to No. 6 on the countdown. Could the destruction of All My Children's Zendall be playing a part in her slide?

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No. 05: Steve Burton - General Hospital



In February General Hospital'sSteve Burton fell to his lowest ranking at No. 7. This month he edges back up to No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Burton continues to be one of Daytime Confidential reader's most popular stars.





No. 04: Tamara Braun - All My Children

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All My Children'sTamara Braun didn't budge an inch from February's No. 4 ranking, remaining at No. 4 in March. It will be interesting to watch April's countdown to see if the backlash against Chuck Pratt for his comments about Eden Riegel will have any impact on Tamara Braun and her ranking.





No. 03: Rebecca Budig - All My Children



Rebecca Budig may have left the role of Greenlee on All My Children, but since her departure interest in the actress seems to only have increased. This month Budig climbs two spots to No. 3 from No. 5 in Februay.





No. 02: Rebecca Herbst - General Hospital

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Steve Burton may no longer be enjoying his "usual" spot at No. 2 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20, but his former onscreen love interest, Rebecca Herbst, isn't letting General Hospital's Liason fans down. This is Herbst's highest DC Top 20 ranking to date.





No. 01: Eddie Cibrian - Sunset Beach

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Only two words can explain Eddie Cibrian skyrocketting out of nowhere to become the Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 in March, LeAnn Rimes. Spurred by interest in an alleged affair with the country crooner, Cibrian - who hasn't appeared in daytime since Sunset Beach - is only the second male actor to claim the No. 1 ranking. Don Diamont cleared the path for him in February.

Even though we only publish the top twenty daytime stars and personalities Daytime Confidential readers are interested in, we track the Top 50. Here are a few of the people who appeared in the bottom thirty.

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Victoria Rowell, who ranked No. 1 for two months, just missed out on the Daytime Confidential Top 20, coming in at No. 21.

As the World Turns' Van Hansis ranked No. 25 on the DC Top 50.

Guiding Light's other half of the Otalia pairing, Jessica Leccia ranked No. 26.



The Bold and the Beautiful'sKatherine Kelly Lang was the show's highest ranked star at No. 32.

The Young and the Restless'Don Diamont, who ranked No. 1 last month, fell to No. 35 in March.

Days of Our Lives'Alison Sweeny ranked No. 40 in March after ranking No. 17 in January.

Mario Lopez rounded out things at No. 50 on the DC Top 50.