Ratings, Rants and Raves: All Soaps See Bumps Except All My Children




Boy oh boy is All My Children continuing to prove ABC Daytime bet on the wrong horse when they decided to move it out West instead of One Life to Live. AMC was the only soap to lose total viewers the week of Nov. 8-12, 2010.  (Source: Soap Opera Network).

The Julie Hanan Caruthers-helmed sudser was also the only soap to fall in households, dropping one-tenth of a ratings point. AMC was dead last in all the major demos. 

I honestly don't have any scathing remarks about AMC's current stories. I don't think they're all that bad. I enjoy JR and Annie (Jacob Young and Melissa Claire Egan), AMC's teens are likeable, though I know my cohort, Luke Kerr would beg to differ!

Pine Valley is the only soap town with a consistent, viable black family and a gay woman, so what gives? Why are soap fans giving up on Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Co.? It could be the 75 millionth chapter of the Ryan and Greenlee (Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig) Snorefest. I like both Mathison and Greenlee as performers and have enjoyed their characters in other pairings, i.e. Ryan and Gillian, Ryan and Kendall, Greenlee and Leo, but together they are now, and have always been, God awful. I wonder if ABC Daytime will realize this before it's too late?
 
Also, I know I keep asking this, but what exactly is the point of Caleb (Michael Nouri)? No offense to the amazing actor, but I simply can't invest in this contrived tale. There was no reason whatsover for David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski to create some new heir for Palmer (the late James Mitchell), when there were plenty of heirs fans already had emotional connections with. I would have much rather have seen Daisy, Opal, Petey, Nina, Bobby and JR square off over Cortlandt Electronics than some retconned nephew we'd never head of.  

OLTL, which has finally begun to benefit from mainstream media attention, went up 28,000 total viewers over the previous week. Agnes Nixon's other soap baby also went up one one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among women 18-34. Take that Chelsea Handler!
 
General Hospital was the big winner at the House of Mouse for the week. GH went up 121,000 total viewers as everyone in town fretted over Brenda's (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) secret like it was some ancient, Abrahamic principle that would see her net a book deal and a series of interviews on Oprah. GH also went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-49.

CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless gained the most total viewers of any soap the week of Nov. 8-12. Y&R added 203,000 more people to watch that fickle Sharon (Sharon Case) try to decide which Newman stud she wants to put on some boots and mount.
 
Oh who am I kidding? We all know it was Mr. Mumbles (Eric Braeden) walking in on Deacon (Sean Kanan) walking Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) like a dawg that caused the ratings (among other things) to rise! Maria Arena Bell needs to put Kanan on contract STAT! Y&R went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34 and two-tenths of a point among women 18-49.

Y&R's kid sister, The Bold and the Beautiful went up 6,000 total viewers over the previous week. B&B held steady in households, but went up one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. I think I've gushed enough about B&B's cancer storyline for the fact to be driven home hard that I think it has been the best soap story of 2010, but there's another aspect of B&B I can't get enough of — Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Thomas (Adam Gregory)!

 I'm sorry, call me a pervert, call me a skeeve, call me a Confederate tax collector, I don't give a good kitty, Brooke and her stepson are HOT! I cannot wait for that tall, dark, handsome buck to slide betwixt Brooke's sunkissed, California goodness. That reminds me, I need to pick up a couple of Harlequins for the plane ride home for Thanksgiving....

Brad Bell has definitely gotten his groove back and is managing to balance social relevance with raunch in a way that would most likely make his late, great father very proud.  Okay, so that's all for this week. Sound off in the comments about why you think your fave soap did good, bad or ugly in the ratings the week of Nov. 8-12!

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Ratings for the week November 8-12 2010

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,993,000 (+203,000/+78,000)
2. B&B 3,049,000 (+6,000/-227,000)
3. GH 2,528,000 (+121,000/-290,000)
4. DAYS 2,498,000 (+72,000/-557,000)
5. OLTL 2,396,000 (+28,000/-296,000)
6. AMC 2,261,000 (-60,000/-492,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.5/12 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (same/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/-.3)
4. GH 1.8/6 (+.1/-.3)
4. OLTL 1.8/6 (+.1/-.2)
6. AMC 1.7/6 (-.1/-.3) <- ties low rating (Last time: October 25-29, 2010)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,097,000 (+94,000/-42,000)
2. GH 848,000 (+66,000/-128,000)
3. DAYS 721,000 (+61,000/-191,000)
4. OLTL 679,000 (+56,000/-127,000)
5. B&B 647,000 (+29,000/-70,000)
6. AMC 537,000 (-14,000/-215,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.2/same)
2. GH 1.3/8 (+.1/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.1/-.3)
4. OLTL 1.0/7 (+.1/-.2)
4. B&B 1.0/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. AMC 0.8/5 (same/-.3) <- ties low rating (4th straight week)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 49,000 (+1,000/+22,000)
2. B&B 35,000 (-3,000/+14,000)
3. GH 25,000 (-7,000/-32,000)
4. DAYS 18,000 (-14,000/-15,000)
4. OLTL 18,000 (-2,000/-21,000)
6. AMC 12,000 (-3,000/-6,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
2. GH 0.8/5 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
3. OLTL 0.7/4 (+.1/-.2)
5. B&B 0.5/4 (same/-.2)
5. AMC 0.5/3 (same/-.4) <- ties low rating (4th straight week)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,182,000 (+18,000/-8,000)
2. B&B 662,000 (+7,000/-50,000)
3. DAYS 541,000 (-1,000/-67,000)
4. GH 450,000 (+4,000/-41,000)
5. OLTL 409,000 (-41,000/-81,000)
6. AMC 392,000 (-63,000/-157,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings - HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 1.8/2,301,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,177,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,231,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,353,000
Friday: 1.7/2,242,000

B&B
Monday: 2.4/3,161,000
Tuesday: 2.2/3,111,000
Wednesday: 2.1/3,117,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,775,000
Friday: 2.2/3,081,000

DAYS
Monday: 2.0/2,784,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,527,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,364,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,429,000
Friday: 1.8/2,387,000

GH
Monday: 1.8/2,511,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,445,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,549,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,565,000
Friday: 1.9/2,570,000

OLTL
Monday: 1.8/2,400,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,202,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,500,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,451,000
Friday: 1.8/2,425,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.8/5,377,000
Tuesday: 3.6/5,081,000
Wednesday: 3.5/4,987,000
Thursday: 3.3/4,623,000
Friday: 3.4/4,897,000

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For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through November 14, 2010

HH
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.3
3. GH 1.9
3. DAYS 1.9
5. AMC 1.8
5. OLTL 1.8

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9


Comments

inspiron's picture
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Jamey, I so agree with you on AMC. Why are they trying to get us to care about the long lost son of a character we don't even know?! I still say writers must get paid for creating new characters...there is no other logical explanation, even though I have been told otherwise. Let's get some interesting storylines for the characters we do care about.

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Y&R has been the best soap this sweeps. The Neacon and Shickadam stuff is GOOD mainly because of the tension between Sharon and Adam. Is Nick finally going to get his karma? Victor vs the daughters has been good too. Daisy needs to go away tho. I feel for Lauren, and Daisy is not a good villain. I can't take her seriously. That's probably more to do with the acting. NuThomas on B&B is really breathing life into the role, but I was skeptical of his acting at first. The kid is getting better. Thank goodness they gave that boy a personality. He needs to be with Hope and let go of his Brooke fantasies. HT was very funny as the crazy protective mother, and KKL was just amazing. B&B is crazy but it's working for them and I'm watching faithfully.
GH is finally decent again. The secret is coming out and it's what everyone is trying to figure out. Is the baby dead, alive. Is it Dante's, someone else's??? It's finally not as boring as it has been the past couple of months.
Those are the only shows I'm watching right now, but not shocked to hear about AMC. I'll probably get back on OLTL when TK starts.

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I'm glad GH went up. I think it is great right now...
We are finally getting Sonny/Brenda scenes. Lucky/Siobhan are fantastic!
and the secret is slowly being revealed, I'm excited to see who the Balkan is..

I watch all the soaps because I need something to work out too, so I have been watching AMC, and i agree with you Jamey. Ryan & Greenlee are a snooze, I just started watching 2 months ago and didn't get the hate for the couple, I get it now! I must agree with Luke on the teen set though, that young girl that plays Colby is terrible and the guy that plays asher, equally bad.
Two things I am enjoying on AMC.. Griffins arrival (the man is SEXY!) and JR & Annie

B&B- is the only soap I have actually stopped watching. I'm bored out of my mind and I dont agree that the cancer story is the best of 2010. I dont think Brad should get an emmy because he pulls one could story out of his arse throughout the whole year and IMO its not even that good of a story

Y&R- its okay right now,Nick & Sharon are boring, and the Nikki/Victor/Deacon/Meggie scenes were great!

OLTL- I'm enjoying it right now..not everything but most of it.

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Jamey- I couldnt agree more. MN is very talented BUT who cares about Palmer's long lost nephew Caleb! And to be honest I dont care about his long lost son!!! I would have much rather seen MN play Ross-- a character with long standing roots.

AMC keeps force feeding us Ryan & Greenlee and I can not stand them together! I FF all their scenes.

JR & Annie work well..... and are the best that show has to offer right now as far as couple pairing and storyline.

On DC's podcast Luke and the gang were talking about AMC-- and how it needed something to get it back on track and it hit me............... AMC NEEDS Robin C back as Skye. Skye could work with Caleb to bring down Chandler. Or the opposite could happen.... Caleb could win back Cortlandt and Skye comes back to town hell bent to prove to Adam she can win that company back to Chandler. Skye can go after Ryan.... causing Greenlee to be free to hook up with nu/old Scott. Skye's friendship with Erica could be highlighted as they bitch about Greenlee over lunch!!! Skye could also hate Liza for hurting Adam and taking Colby from him for all those years, and be determined to bring Liza down.
I think it would have been more drama for Liza to form a tight bond/flirting relationship with Frankie then Tad's (yet another) long lost son. Jesse & Angie's son has more punch.
And finally- I would be vested in a Krystal/Jake/ERica triangle. But it should be something where Jackson has a strong working relationship with KWAK where he finds himself talking with her more honestly and opening up about all his issues with being Mr Erica Kane. Once we see these two have a STRONG bond then let them hook up. The emotional connection must happen before the physical. And I want Erica to have a front burner story.
*** I watched some old scenes with SL when Bianca was going through her eating disorder & when she came out.... SL can really knock it out of the park when given the right material. Why dont they give her that dramatic stuff anymore????

AND whats the reason for having Bianca back if she aint gonna have a story & love interest. I want a Natalia/Bianca relationship
Just a thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Another reason why I think AMC stinks so badly. In my area OLTL follows AMC. After watching AMC for an hour then tuning into OLTL- I always realize how slow moving and lackluster AMC is! OLTL is on FIRE and AMC cant hold a candle to it

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Jlafferty, Dead on, all of this !

B&B Ridge needs to move away, so we can find out who we really like, Brooke or Taylor! Love Stephanie, More Felicia & Nick! other wise a bore.

AMC HATE Ryan & Greenlee And so does everyone else, Would like Greenlee if not for Ryan!

GH Love it, Loving the Carly Brenda catfight!

OLTL Would love it more without the Fords!

Y&R This Daisy story HAS TO END! More Nicky, Deacon, Billy!

Don't watch Days.

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Forgot to add, Zach dying! NOOOOOOO!!! as someone said before, Just love watching that man! Bring back David TODAY! Just wish the writers would give him a heart.

Also put Jackson & Krystal together sooner, rather than later! Love them!

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Y&R was riveting throughout the Meggie reveal, but the Nick/Sharon/Adam triangle falls flat. Joshua Morrow needs to take some time off for Nick to be a viable character again. Also, Murphy and Katherine's chat this week where he talked about his late son and wife reminded me why I love soaps. Michael Fairman knocked those scenes out of the park!!!!! No washboard abs, no histronics...just genuine, heartfelt acting. Morrow is incapable of pulling this off and is bringing down those around him. The scenes today where Nick informed Phyllis that he and Sharon are engaged were awful. Why doesn't this guy bring it? UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It shouldn't matter how "hot" an actor is or how long he's been on the soap, if he can't emote...ship him out. I did, however, suprisingly enjoy the Cane/Lily/Blake storyline this week. DG could show JM a thing or two in the art of being a pretty face who can ACTUALLY ACT. What a concept!
I also enjoyed Sofia for some strange reason. They've toned her down and are slowly integrating her into the canvas. Just give JPM and the other AA actors an actual story to sink their teeth into please MAB.
I tried watching DAYS this week but I couldn't do it. Sami can't carry this once-great soap. Get Marlena back or DAYS will continue to suffer.
Also, the production values on this show are shoddy!!!!!! Why are the filming so bad????

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I agree 110% about why in the hell did Donna and David go this route with Palmer's legacy when there are a whole of bunch of other established Cortlandts they could have used.

Creative heads at AMC need to roll....Donna, David, and Julie.

And hopefully this stupid Bonkers Balkan story on GH will wrap up soon.
Seeing Ethan shirtless this week was pretty damn good though I must say.

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Great and significant jump by Y&R, 203,000, the best soap by far. Even with that dipstick Daisy being back. But it should lead to a good "who gets custody of the baby" storyline. God what will it take for Fronsie to let go of his wet dream of a Rylee pairing. This just in - Rylee Reunion 1,029 and they STILL SUCK!!!!!!! Console yourself Fronsie, GH is back to being the number one ABC soap and put the AMC fans out of their misery and let Rylee die the immediate death that pairing so deserves.

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I watch AMC, GH, Y&R and B&B and I am enjoying SOMETHING on each of them right now.

AMC- I skipped the trial so I quit watching for 3 weeks but I'm back now b/c I don't want to miss Zach dying. I'm kinda excited for the new doctor Griffin. I'm really into the Jake/Carolyn story that's coming. I love JR and Annie but they don't show them enough. They need to get that story front and center. I like Caleb and Asher and want Colby and Asher together. I would like Jackson and Krystal together too, especially if they are gonna make Erica break his heart again and leave him for Caleb like it looks like they are going to. But THIS time, I want Jackson to really fall in love with Krystal and ERICA have to fight for him instead of him always having to fight for her! I agree about bringing Skye back but ONLY if they have a good story for her. Her last visit to GH was a waste..the story never materialized and was barely ever shown. About Ryan and Greenlee. I have always loved them. I was watching back when she first became obsessed with him and he was in love with Jillian. So, I've been waiting all this time for them to get back together. Yet, now that its here I'm kinda bored with them and don't really see the chemistry.

GH- I can't really comment on what's happening now b/c i'm about 3 weeks behind on TIVO. But I'm LOVING it where I'm at and loving how all the stories are revolving around Brenda. I'm NOT like Siobhan. I like nothing about her at all. But love anytime Jonathon Jackson gets a front burner story b/c he is ADORABLE.

B&B- I'm loving the cancer storyline too and how Brooke and Stephanie were getting along for a MINUTE. But I hope after Stephanie is done with the medical stuff they will revisit the helping the homeless and not just drop it at what they've already done. I'm LOVING the new Thomas and this whole Thomas/Brooke storyline but really the writing is a little inconsistent. So, Ridge can forgive Brooke for accidentally doing Oliver and just say "oh that's just my logan". But when Thomas kisses HER without HER KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT, Ridge is having a fit? And Taylor needs to SIT DOWN and SHUT UP with her "my son, my son". UMMMM..didn't she sleep with BROOKE'S son? And move in with him and have a longterm relationship with him? PUHLEEZE, she has no right to be having a tizzy. And they need to pick back up with the Bridget/Owen thing they started instead of just dropping off on storylines. And where is Donna? Please tell me? How about just a scene, just one scene with Donna talking to Eric and offering her support over Stephanie? I know she doesn't like Steph but Donna and Eric STILL LOVE EACH OTHER and she should reach out. And I'm all for more Dollar Bill because Don Diamont is SMOKIN. But I'm over Heather Tom and Katie Logan.

Y&R-As is usual, like most soaps, they all have multiple stories going on at once yet it seems like they always give 99% of the airtime to the sucky stories and 1% to the good stories and I'll NEVER understand it! Take for example the Mac/Alexis pairing on GH. Barely ever shown. Story started and shelved for 6 months, then shown for 1 day then shelved again. While stupid stories like Sonny and Claire and Dante and Lulu get the airtime. Anyhoo, same stuff with Y&R right now. Overloaded on Daisy's return and Lauren's whining while Deacon and Nikki are nowhere to be found and Billy and Victoria were barely shown this week.
More examples: AMC- too much Caleb/Asher and not enough JR/Annie
GH-too much mob everything and not enough hospital/Quartermaines

Anyhow, that's my beef with Y&R right now. I'm over Adam and Skye, Kevin and Jeffrey and the bookie, ANYTHING Cane and Lily, and Lauren whining about Daisy. Gimme my Dikki, a FULL storyline about Sharon's klepo issues, more Jack/Diane/Phyllis and Noah/Jana.

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AMC deserves the ratings they got last week. No one gives a damn about Rylee and if ABC refuse to believe the online viewers posting their thoughts or the soap media ripping Rylee to shreads then maybe the ratings is a clear indication that Rylee is poison to AMC.

I do agree with Jamey about AMC's strong points. Jannie is perfection and I can't wait for sweeps to be over and the Rylee reunion (that we've all been waiting fo...RME) to be over so that Jannie can get some focus again.

I like the teen set as well and Luke needs to get over his "Marcy Rylan as Colby" obsession. Natalie Hall is likeable and doing a good job.
I can't stand Caleb. Michael Nouri is a good charismatic actor but the character of Caleb is a mess. Why should I root for a guy that was willing to separate a 6 year old boy from his father, out of spite? How is Caleb the "good guy"?

I actually don't want DK and DS to go. I think overall they are doing a good job but they need to add some more drama and stop with the Rylee crap (which I'm not even sure can be blamed on them)

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Fron's inability to "get" the utter disinterest most fans have in ever seeing Ryan and Greenlee together is going to be the downfall of this show. I'm not watching anymore, but one of my co-workers was ranting this week about how dull Rylee was this week. It sounds as though they spent a week on the beach making goo-goo eyes at each other with nothing else happening. Is this really how a couple in their late-30s/early-40s should be acting??? Especially when they seem to have no sexual chemistry anymore? (Why do I get the feeling Frons keeps re-reading the same half-dozen issues of Penthouse Magazine that he bought in the early 80s?)

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I don't even know what to say about AMC anymore except to echo Jillian's words about Killer Kreizman. He is doing it again, he is helping to put the nail in the coffin of the show.

And while I love Michael Nouri, and I like Caleb, I think that it should have been Ross, or maybe even Cliff and Nina. I would recast Cliff with Bradley Cole (EX-Richard Guiding Light), or maybe Bobby with Brian Datillo (Ex-Lucas from Days). Taylor Miller can stay as Nina.

And what about Petey? I would be pissed off if my dad died and gave his company to a cousin or uncle, and didn't even consider me first.

All the stuff Lorraine Broderick set up last year was systematically undone now thanks to Charles Pratt Jr.-II(David Kreizman).

The show is guilty of many other crimes too. Killing off the last two REAL men in Pine Valley...Zach and David. Pushing Ryan and Greenlee as the show's major supercouple. I could scream, how upset I am because the show is supposed to be an ensemble, NOT a showcase for Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison. They are gorgeous, yes, they are good actors(she is better than CM), but DAMMIT, Ryan and Greenlee are HORRIBLE! And now I hate them even more because they killed Zach basically.

I have a few predictions:

-Stephanie Gatschet will be let go, as there will be no purpose for her

-Jordi VilaSO-SO(Griffin) will probably not last more than a year due to hammy acting and scene chewing fatality.

-Sarah Glendening will be written as LUCY from ATWT

-With Colby now being tested with Asher, ABCD will scrap/fire Damon/Finn Wittrock in favor of the underwear model Trent Garrett. I like Garrett, and he is getting better all the time, but Wittrock is clearly the better actor!

*I am so upset with the show right now, each time it just gets worse and worse for us. It's like Frons is trying to get the show canned. Well if that's the case, then I say bring in some Vampires of Werewolves, cause that would be more entertaining that this dog dung we have now. Make it like Dark Shadows for the last year.

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Seriously?? How can anyone enjoy GH?? It is no longer GH, but the Brenda Barrett Show. Yes I FF thru every scene she is in, however, you don't have to see a scene with her because 98% of the time all scenes on GH revolve around her. Am I the only one who is sick of this show?? So sick there are days I don't watch and just read the recaps??
She is not the same Brenda she was years ago. Sorry. She looks terrible. I see NO chemistry with Sonny. The only good I could possibly see, is if she hooks up with Jason, thus pissing Sonny off and sending Sam to the curb.
That controversy might be worth watching.
Why are the writers writing all women in AWE of her?? Who in their "right mind" would be in awe of this character??
She is what, 43 years old? Very troubled. Wears her shirt sleeves covering her fingers like a jr high schooler does. She still skips when she walks. Snorts and squeeks when she laughs.
I don't know, I will never understand how grown women can idolize or be jealous of something like her. Angry

KUDOS to OLTL. It's finally getting good. New writers maybe?
How long do we have to wait though for John to find out Gnat is a douche' bag??

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As always great ratings article, Jamey!!!!

Good to see Days went up a little.

As for the ABC soaps,

AMC,
I actually do like Caleb and Asher, but I agree AMC would've been better off bringing back Nina, Cliff, Daisy, or even Ross. Bobby and Pete would have been great against J.R. and Scott instead bringing in two new characters. Jannie has been great, can't wait to see more of them. I am loving the new doctor, Griffin, (and Jordi's not bad to look at either.) Can't wait for Lindsey Hartley to start. I don't like the Hubbards' pregancy storyline, listen love me some DW and DM, but I think it would've been better if they had filled the gaps of the last 20 years. I think we can all agree we don't like Rylee, and Fronsie needs to wake up from dreamland, and stop trying to make them a supercouple. But I also think that compared to this time last year, AMC is okay.

OLTL,
Love, love, love, that it's getting some mainstream love, and the storylines (for the most part) have been great, too. Ron C. keep it up!!!

GH,
Well what can you say, the Balkan storyline is stupid, they are writing Robin completely out of character, and if someone says Brenda or Balkan one time, my head is going to explode. Where's Alexis?? I did like the Vegas trip and Ethan and Maya.

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Your head isn't the only one that will explode if you hear the word Balkin, Brenda. I physically get ill hearing those words.
We hear it 98% of the show. Every day.
Did you hear?? On Thanksgiving they are "treating" the viewers to another Brenda episode of the past?? How special. Angry

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See, I dont think Brenda is being shoved down anyones throat. The story is based on her and her secret, but I would say this is an umbrella story, it involved most of the cast.. the fallout will be a fallout FOR EVERYONE...

and Robin out of character? HOW? Robin vs. Lisa is fantastic, soapy stuff..

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I have to agree with what was posted earlier in the thread about Josh Morrow. Back in the 90s he was good for the beefcake factor of the soap, but only that. Unfortunately, the character has aged while the actor's talents remain limited. His acting abilities do not measure up to those of the people he most frequently shares scenes with: Sharon Case (yes Sharon), Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Michael Muhney and Michelle Stafford. His Nick Newman has no energy, no heat.

AMC needs to bring back Skye and give her some juicy story. Neither OLTL nor GH has known what to do with this character. She belongs in Pine Valley. Robin Christopher lights up the screen when given the proper material.

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My daughter is usually playing nearby when I watch GH at night. She was telling me she knew who the characters were, and I didn't believe her. She started to name them, "Sonny, Jason, Spinelli, Brenda, Brenda, Brenda, Liz, Dante".

I stopped her and asked why she said Brenda three times and she told me that she thought there were three Brenda's because everyone says the name all the time! I love Brenda, but overkill can ruin any good thing.

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All AMC has going right for it now is Annie & JR. Hate, hate, hate Rylee. Ditto for Brenda on GH. GH though seems to be rebounding from the Brenda overplay. Now that the Fords are not eating the show, OLTL seems to be getting the ratings it deserves. I hope OLTL keeps rising to the top of the ABC soaps.

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AMC is tanking because they underplay what works (JR and Annie) and oversell what doesn't (Greenlee/Ryan).
They also have horrible writers on this show who think that some never spoken of long lost nephew of a great character can come on and automatically fill the vacuum left by Adam's exit and Palmer's death.
Add in killing off a popular character in David Heyward, screwing up Erica and Jack for the umpteenth time, saddling Angie and Jesse with the most depressing storyline in daytime and having all the character sectioned off into their own storyline islands except for the most cursory interaction and you have a recipe for disaster.

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I loved Brenda for years, used to dream of her being my BFFL. Don’t judge. But now, if I never watched the show and you told me what was going on with her and this Balkan mess, I’d call you a liar and a hater. They have all the men wanting her and all the women jealous of her. Brenda Barrett had more female friends on GH during her original run than any of the other females combined and now all of a sudden they’re all supposed to be jealous of her and hide their mens? Sorry, don’t think so. Carly needing to get her is stupid. If this were all about Dante, I'd say go for it, I can't stand that character anyway. But her wanting to go after Brenda makes no sense, considering Brenda is still supposed to be so in lurve with Sonny and Carly is married to Jax. We all bitched for months about how she needed to take time out for Michael, and now it's all about her getting Brenda.

And another thing, when your heroine is being portrayed as a loose cannon with anger issues who has no supposed 'rock solid proof' that a wackjob is out to get her for no damn good reason after so many months of NOTHING, that’s not entertaining, that’s out of character and stupid. Granted, when Robin went off on Lisa, I cheered her on each time, but now they have her acting completely crazy with trying to get back at Lisa, while having Lisa be the cool, calm, and collected one. If Robin were being smarter about this instead of flying off a handle all the time, THEN it would be entertaining and soapy. The villain having the upper hand while the heroine is flailing about like an idiot, has no real plan about how to fight back, and has just about everything to lose, including her career, is not. Soapy puts people on equal footing--one has the upper hand sometimes not all of the time! They’ve got Lisa holding all the cards and that’s not how it should be.

The real Robin would not count her chickens before they hatch. Lisa has gotten away with too much at this point that Robin, the real Robin, would know better than to try and one up her before she got physical proof of something! This is the daughter of Anna Devane and Robert Scorpio! She’s no dummy and the writers are having her act like one if only to redeem that BEEYoTCH Lisa! Not to mention, they have people witness what that woman has done and suddenly it’s wiped away as if it never happened! As if we’re supposed to forget that people witnessed her with a gun, they WITNESSED her brandishing it about and threatening to kill herself… but she’s sane. Give me a f**king break. EJ may be the king of all bastards on Days, but at least he waited until he had rock solid proof that Sami shot him in the head, proof that won’t suddenly disappear in the morning. The writing for this show is shoddy and insulting to longtime viewers. I personally don’t think it’s good and I’m sick of having to rationalize everything I see when I watch if only to keep my brain from bursting through my skull! Too many of these storylines insult my intelligence, and I’m sick of it! So I’m sorry, the ratings may have gone up for GH. Good for them, but this is not the show I raced home to see everyday, and it won’t be when I get home tonight.

But good for OLTL. I'm loving it right now. And at least they know how to freaking B-A-L-A-N-C-E an ensemble cast.

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I agree with the whole column. ..although I will say I do like Caleb. I am female in his age group and find him sexy and interesting. Not so sure I care about his son so much. Also I stopped watching GH months ago. All the characters have gone downhill. I mean ALL. Glad OLTL is getting more publicity. I started watching two years ago and cannot imagine why people are just finding it now. I always liked its characters/stories better than the other soaps.

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AMC is a royal mess. Jamey would like to see the actual numbers posted if you can.

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You know what - we ALL KNOW Thorsten was not going to relocate - Why couldnt they just break them up or have him go do something away from home.What is this -- Killing off main characters. Granted, the move to LA is what started all this, but the writers are not giving us what we want, having us believe they are. They're not. Lets face it. Also, why make Poor Angie blind? How dumb is that. Now, in the holiday season we have to cry cause Zach is dead. Is this the long awaited for November sweeps? We have one more week to go for November. Where is the sweep. Ryan and Greenly making love and a cave and Zach crashing? Not interesting. Back to NYC if you ask me.

PS yea BrendaBarrettHo - Brenda's laugh is the phonyest laugh I've ever heard. She really needs to tone it down

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AMC: has really been sucking! I don't really watch the show but my roommate does and sometimes she watches it way to loud and i hear it in my room. And i read all of the stuff about it online and i have to say it sucks!!

OLTl: was really great this past week! I can't wait to see how the story lines are going to be next week.

Y&R: By far was the second best of the week (right behind OLTL). Nick and Sharon bore my to tears but whenever Sharon and Adam are on the show starts getting better! I love Phylis and Diana! Daisy is not really bothering me, I just don't want her on the show! <-- lol...

I'm loving all the shows, but for me AMC has to be the next soap to go. I'm sorry for the fans of the show but... Even you have to admit that the show is slowly going down the crapper!

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The overpropping of Caleb is another huge problem IMO.
I don't care if Marissa/Erica/Bianca/KWAK/Opal et al go around proclaiming Caleb to be the bestest person that ever lived and JR is the DEVIL. Caleb wanted to get rid of that damn company so he put it up for sale which JR bought. It might've been in a sneaky fashion but it was legal.
The PV hypocrites treat Caleb with kid gloves when all I've seen from Caleb is; whining about JR acquiring a company legally that Caleb didn't want in the first place and determined to separate a little boy from his father because JR "stole" his company, or he's pissed about Adam stealing his woman 10 billion years ago...doesn't matter it still doesn't make him the hero like AMC obviously is determined to make him out to be.

Caleb could be a good character but the writing for him (and the overpropping) is just too much and of course who is the sacrifial lamb when it comes to propping useless characters? JR that's who.

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Oh my Lord, EET, thank you! LOL I forgot to copy and paste them. Sweet Baby Jesus, where is my head?! 

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Thanks Jamey - although truly I shouldnt want to see them. Even if they go up they are still depressing as hell. Seriously all of these soaps with the exception of the top two have been at GL/ATWT cancellation levels for awhile now. We talk about this one or that one being great and this one or that one being horrible, but truly it looks like it doesnt much matter what they throw on the screen since the numbers go up much either way - maybe someone like KZ comes and people drift over for an week or two to see what the show is like or the show has a big stunt or a big storyline payoff like the GH Carnival or the EJ/Sami confrontation, but they dont seem to stay.

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Could not agree more with your post, EricasEvilTwin.