Daytime Confidential Top 20, July 2010

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No. 20: Kimberly McCullough, General Hospital


General Hospital’sKimberly McCullough returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 countdown in July for the first time since April 2009, when she earned a spot at No. 11.


April: Frances Reid, May: Martha Stewart, June: Zack Conroy

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No. 19: Maura West, As the World Turns


As the World Turns’Maura West was one of two Oakdale stars to earn a spot on July’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. No ATWT actor made the DC Top 20 in June, but in May, Eric Sheffer Stevens appeared at No. 17.

April: Billy Miller, May: Sharon Case, June: Wilson Bethel

NOTE: We have not published the Daytime Confidential Top 20 since March’s countdown. In order to catch things up and ensure that no star’s ranking is overlooked we’ve posted who earned the spot in April, May and June beneath July’s star.

ABOUT: The Daytime Confidential Top 20 Countdown is compiled based on reader’s clicks as they navigate the website.


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No. 18: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital


General Hospital’sKelly Monaco fell from No. 15 in June to No. 18 in July on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Monaco returned to the countdown in June after not earning a spot since September 2009.

April: Sharon Case, May: Drew Garrett, June: Jennifer Gareis


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No. 17: Kassie DePaiva, One Life to Live


One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva made her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 17 in July, after climbing up the Daytime Confidential Top 50 in May and June to No. 42 and No. 33, respectively. DePaiva was one of three OLTL stars to earn a spot on July’s ranking.

April: Brett Claywell, May: Eric Sheffer Stevens, June: Thorsten Kaye


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No. 16: Austin Peck, As the World Turns


Former As the World Turns star Austin Peck returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 16, after falling off the list in November 2009.

April: Vail Bloom, May: Bree Williamson, June: Peter Reckell

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No. 15: Steve Burton, General Hospital


General Hospital’sSteve Burton dropped from No. 11 in June to No. 15 in July on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

April: Deidre Hall, May: Michael Muhney, June: Kelly Monaco

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No. 14: Victoria Rowell, The Young and the Restless


Two-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 star Victoria Rowell fell one spot from No. 13 in June to No. 14 in July.

April: Dominic Zamprogna, May: Frances Reid, June: Dominic Zamprogna

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No. 13: Thorsten Kaye, All My Children


All My Children’sThorsten Kaye returns to Pine Valley soon, and interest in his return may have been what helped him climb from No. 17 on June’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 13 in July.

April: Jennifer Gareis, May: Adrianne Leon, May: Victoria Rowell

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No. 12: Jessica Leccia, One Life to Live


One Life to Live’sJessica Leccia fell from No. 10 on June’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 to No. 12 in July. In May, she ranked No. 3 on the DC Top 20..

April: Jessica Leccia, May: Thorsten Kaye, June: Vanessa Marcil

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No. 11: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless


2010 Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller fell from No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in June–the month he won the Emmy–to No. 11 in July.

April: Victoria Rowell, May: Deidre Hall, June: Steve Burton


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No. 10: Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital


The news that Vanessa Marcil is returning to General Hospital as Brenda skyrocketed her from No. 25 in May to No. 12 in June, and she just kept climbing in July until she found herself at No. 10 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Can interest in her onscreen return in August help her earn the No. 1 ranking for a second time?

April: David Canary, May: Chrishell Stause, June: Jessica Leccia

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No. 9: Deidre Hall, Days of our Lives


Former Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall dropped from No. 6 in June to No. 9 in July on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

April: Kim Zimmer, May: Marcy Rylan, June: Alicia Minshew


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No.8: Kim Zimmer, Guiding Light

Without question, interest in former Guiding Light star Kim Zimmer has remained strong since Guiding Light said goodbye in 2009. July’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking at No. 8 is the lowest she’s appeared on the list since entering it in September 2009.

April: Peter Reckell, May: Kim Zimmer, June: Kim Zimmer

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No. 7: Crystal Chappell, Days of our Lives


Five-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 Crystal Chappell fell three spots from No. 4 in June to No. 7 in July.

April: Vanessa Marcil, May: Dominic Zamprogna, June: Bree Williamson


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No. 6: Bree Williamson, One Life to Live


Bree Williamson was One Life to Live’s highest ranked star on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in July. This was also the highest an OLTL star has appeared  on the countdown since Jessica Leccia earned a spot at No. 3.

April: Crystal Chappell, May: Crystal Chappell, June: Deidre Hall

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No. 5: Alicia Minshew, All My Children


Three-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 Alicia Minshew is always popular with readers, and in July she climbed four spots from No. 9 to No. 5. Will her onscreen return in August help her retake the top spot? Tune in next month.

April: Alicia Minshew, May: Steve Burton, June: Billy Miller

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No. 4: John Driscoll, The Young and the Restless


The highest ranked male actor on the July Daytime Confidential Top 20, The Young and the Restless’John Driscoll found himself at No. 4. In June he appeared at No. 30 among the 50 stars we track each month.

April: Michael Muhney, May: Victoria Rowell, June: Crystal Chappell

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No. 3: Jennifer Landon, As the World Turns


Jennifer Landon’s return to As the World Turns helped the three-time Daytime Emmy winner zoom to No. 3 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in July.

April: Drew Garrett, May: Jessica Leccia, June: Sharon Case


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No. 2: Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless


After a three month reign at No. 1 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in April, May and June The Young and the Restless’ Christel Khalil fell one spot to No. 2 in July. Those three months tie her with All My Children’s Alicia Minshew for the second highest number of months at No. 1, after Crystal Chappell’s record setting five non-consecutive months. Our congratulations to Khalil for the accomplishment.

April: Thorsten Kaye, May: Peter Reckell, June: Frances Reid

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No. 1: Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless


In July The Young and the Restless’Sharon Case became the seventh Y&R star to take the crown as the No. 1 ranked Daytime Confidential Top 20 star. Other current and former No. 1 Y&R stars include Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Christel Khalil, Raya Meddine, Victoria Rowell and Don Diamont.

Will Case be able to hold onto the top spot in August? She has her work cut out for her. Former DC Top 20 No. 1 ranked actresses Vanessa Marcil and Alicia Minshew return to their respective shows in August. After three months at No. 1, fellow Y&R star Christel Khalil could reclaim the spot and, just when one least expects it, news could break that skyrockets another star out of nowhere into the mix. August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 should be very interesting.

April: Christel Khalil, May: Christel Khalil, June: Christel Khalil