Ratings, Rants and Raves: OLTL Climbs as GH, B&B and DAYS Sink to New Lows

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Forgive this edition of Ratings, Rants and Raves being tardy because of the Daytime Emmy party. Jillian Bowe and I just got back from Sin City and will be bringing you TONS of daytime-related, desert dish this week, but until then, let's take a look at the ratings for the week of June 6-10, 2011, courtesy of the good peeps over at Soap Opera Network!

ABC Daytime's One Life to Live and General Hospital were the only soap operas to go up in total viewers over the previous week, inching up 91,000 and 23,000 respectively. OLTL was No. 3 for the week, while GH was dead last. OLTL was also No. 3 among households and went up one-tenth of a ratings point to tie GH among women 18-49. OLTL tied Days of Our Lives for the No. 2 spot among women 18-34. 

After several balls-to-the-walls weeks, OLTL caught its breath, as John (Michael Easton) found Tomas (Ted King) with Liam and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) refused to give up on comatose Matthew (Eddie Alderson). I love that Todd (Trevor St. John) was the one to inherit the whopper of a secret that Natalie's (Melissa Archer) baby is really his arch rival's son!

Llanview, PA is chock full of secrets and lies like any good soap town should be. Now if we can just get rid of Rama, Vimal, Tomas, etc. It's not that I mind these characters, but with the show heading for a January denoument, I'm ready for it to be all characters we love/all the time.  

GH was dead last in households for the week in question, tying All My Children and DAYS. All three sudsers tied their all-time lows in that demo as well. GH hit a new low in women viewers 18-49 and was tied for last among women 18-34 (again tying its all-time low).

Storywise, we watched Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) be the 678,236th woman to beg Sonny (Maurice Benard) to quit the mob. Seriously, why don't the ladies in Port Chuck stop riding on the flesh stick's of made men if them being mobbed up is going to become a deal breaker once the afterglow subsides? 

Ethan (Nathan Parsons) broke me down when he walked in on that scandalous Maya (Annie Ilonzeh) bumping and grinding with some brutha. Although I am not happy Maya's integrity had to be sacrificed to make it happen, I am glad this plot point led to Ethina heading off to the Dominican Rebublic, with Krissy's (Lexi Ainsworth) parents in hot pursuit. More Ethina please!   

AMC was No. 5 in total viewers for the week. As previously mentioned the sudser was tied for last in households, among women 18-49 and among women 18-34. The Pine Valley-set soap did go up one-tenth of a point in the latter demo, however.

Okay, haven't said this in a looong time, but AMC was good the week of June 6-10! I know a lot of people are ticked that Bianca (Christina Lind) is regressing by once again falling for a straight girl, but I'm digging it. I'm also warming up to Marissa (Sarah Glendening). Her new red 'do is bitchin' and I kinda think the idea of JR (Jacob Young) and Binks squaring off over Babe's twin is sort of full circle, considering JR had suspicions about his late wife's relationship with her baby switch victim. Here's hoping Bianca will get her happy ending with Marissa, while JR and Crazy Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) get theirs.

I also enjoyed all the romantic roulette that took place between the Martin brothers and Cara (Lindsay Hartley) the week of June 6-10. Poor Tad (Michael E. Knight). His crush on Cara is so one-sided, considering she still loves Jake (Ricky Paull Goldin). Good thing Dixie Cooney (Cady McClain) has apparently built up quite the tolerance for poisoned pancakes!

While I cannot wait for the asinine Erica/Jane (Susan Lucci) mess to come to an end, inserting Erica's old lover David (Vincent Irizarry) into the mix was a smart move. Is it wrong for me to want David and Erica to be the endgame? Jack (Walt Willey) can finally hook up with Krystal (Bobbie Eakes) and Caleb (Michael Nouri) can carry his behind back on up on that mountain and take Liza Colby (Jamie Luner) with him! Tthat is, unless Marcy Walker would possibly consider coming back for the finale.

The Young and the Restless remained fairly steady for the week in question, only dipping one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. The riveting custody battle for Baby Lucy took center stage (Thank Soap Jesus), and I couldn't get enough of it. I promise, if this show will keep giving me weeks like this, without anyone hamming it up on gothic parapets, or biting their scene partner's lips, I will so go easier on Y&R. I was even able to tolerate the presence of Daisy (Yvonne Zima), since her appearance at the courtroom with Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) ratcheted up the drama tenfold. When Lauren (Tracey Bregman) told her best pal they were "Done!", so was I, but for once in a good way.

The Bold and the Beautiful hit a new low in households, and was tied for last among women 18-49 and 18-34. B&B was still No. 2 among total viewers and households for the week, however.  I am still having mixed feelings about Stephanie (Susan Flannery) bribing Thomas (Adam Gregory) to lie about what happened with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) on Fruity Pebble Beach.

On one hand, the plot is deliciously malevolent and reminds me of something one of the great primetime soap bitches of old (Angela Channing, Alexis Colby) would come up with, but on the other, Alexis never spent the better part of a year becoming a nicer person because of a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis, and Angela never developed a life-altering affinity for the homeless.

It's sort of hard to believe Stephanie would be so cruel to Brooke after the woman all but rescued her from death's door. For her part, Lang is continuing to prove how shameful it is that she keeps being overlooked by her peers at Daytime Emmy nomination time. As I said to Ron Moss on the red carpet, I don't know how Logan's tear ducts are even still operational!

DAYS was No. 4 in total viewers and among women 18-49 the week of June 6-10. As previously mentioned, the NBC soap was tied for last place in households, tying its all-time low. The serial hit a new long among women viewers 18-49, yet was tied for No. 2 among women 18-34. 

In trying to be positive, I will tell you what the best part of DAYS was for me that week. Three words: Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Stefano (Joe Mascolo). The ferocious scenes where the dastardly DiMera patriarch's equally menacing daughter-in-law demanded he come between EJ (James Scott) and Taylor (Tamara Braun) were almost enough to make me forget how pointless the Taylor/EJ/Nicole triangle is. 

I find Carly's (Crystal Chappell) pill-popping arc horribly offensive to her fans, of which I have always been one. You mean to tell me the same Katerina who survived a near-abusive teenage romance with Lawrence (Michael Sabatino), endured the guilt of him raping her best friend, dealt with her child being taken from her and survived being buried alive—all without so much as an extra strength Tylenol—is now stealing drugs over losing out on Dr. Hairy Crotch? How long until the "New DAYS" premieres? See you next Ratings.

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