Ratings, Rants and Raves: OLTL Hits Biggest Numbers Since '08; Ties GH for No. 1 Among W18-34; Young and Restless in Crisis



 




Cancelled, low budget soap opera One Life to Live is continuing the ratings climb it started on before news of ABC ditching it was confirmed (Source: Soap Opera Network). The week of Aug. 8-12, One Life came in No. 3 among total viewers, just behind CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful and was tied with B&B at No. 2 in households, with a 2.1 rating. This was the soap's highest rating in that demo since December 2008.

Among women 18-49, OLTL was tied for No. 2 with General Hospital, the latter being the only ABC Daytime soap opera that hasn't been formally cancelled. OLTL hit No. 1 among women 18-34, tied with GH. Does Anne Sweeney truly believe a f***ing weight loss show, shepherded by the very same clown who tanked her network's soaps, will ever match these numbers?
 


In story, the Tale of The Two Todds reached a fever pitch as John McBain (Michael Easton) showed up with DNA tests proving BOTH men were Todd Manning! Elsewhere in Llanview, Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) decided to abort her child, but Nora (Hillary B. Smith) pleaded with her to have Matthew's (Eddie Alderson) bambino so she and Pa, er Bo (Robert S. Woods) could raise him or her. That devilish Clint (Jerry verDorn) was sentenced to house arrest at Llanfair and Starr (Kristen Alderson) and James (Nic Robuck) finally walked it like a pair of teenage dawgs. Basically there was something for everyone —  just like a good soap opera is supposed to serve up! Prospect Park shouldn't have any problems successfully transitioning this super soap to the web and other platforms.

GH came in No. 4 in total viewers and households but, as previously mentioned, did impressive turns among women 18-49 (tied at No. 2) and among women 18-34 (tied at No. 1). The aftermath of Liz/Siobhan and Jason/Carly's car accident dominated GH the week in question. Jax (Ingo Radamacher) snuck his behind back into Port Chuck, snatched Josslyn and planned to head for parts unknown.  Lucky for Carly (Laura Wright), Shawn (Shawn Butler) is turning into quite the Cap'n Save-a-Ho!

Sonny (Maurice Benard) went bat poop crazy, vowing to kill Jax for taking Carly's kid, but we all knew it was really another episode of All About Brenda. Super Jase (Steve Burton) and Siobhan (Erin Chambers) were rushed into GH in bad ways. Sam (Kelly Monaco) knocked the taste out of Carly's mouth for endangering Jason's life with her constant dramas, making the foreign phrase, "You go, Sam!" escape from my lips. Don't worry, I booked a soap character therapy session right after.

There was also, strip pool with Coleman for DiLexis, Quartermaines-a-plenty and the Brothers Drake entertaining the audience, as they pulled out their stethoscopes to see who was the better surgeon, as Robin (Kimberly McCullough) refereed via Skype. Alright, Garin Wolf. I am damn impressed!

All My Children came in No. 5 in total viewers the week of Aug. 8-12. AMC inched up a tenth of a ratings point in households, to tie GH at No. 4 in that demo. The show was also No. 4 among women 18-49 and among women 18-34, tying Days of Our Lives in both slots.

Much like with the wreck on GH and the Tale of The Two Todds on OLTL, AMC had an engaging, umbrella story in the out there Orpheus Project saga. But you know what? I'll allow it. I can finally suspend my disbelief about Dixie (Cady McClain) once again being alive, especially if it means I get powerhouse scenes like the ones where JR (Jacob Young)—his brain soaked with alcohol and his heart hardened by years of abandonment—saw his mother alive and well and in Tad's (Michael E. Knight) living room in a smart, blue blouse.

Brad Bell, please, please, please do not do Young like you did Rick Hearst and Sarah Brown, and simply snap him up, only to get bored with him in three months on The Bold and the Beautiful. This cat is on the acting upswing of his career and deserves on helluva story in B&B's very fictional version of SoCal.

Across the town of Pine Valley, Zach's (Thorsten Kaye) return from the dead was also causing drama; Krystal (Bobbie Eakes) was threatening to turn David (Vincent Irizarry) from a rooster to a hen if he hurt her girl Angie (Debbi Morgan); Jack was tracking down doppelgangers and Cara (Lindsay Hartley) was singing Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go (When Their Husband's Wives Come Back From The Dead...Again)?" I can honestly say this was the first time I thoroughly enjoyed all of the ABC Daytime soaps at the same time, probably since the days when I was wearing MC Hammer pants to high school.

Over at CBS, Maria Arena Bell and her co-head writers continued to flat out destroy The Young and the Restless. Y&R shed a whopping 162,000 total viewers, fell one-tenth of a point in households, dropped two tenths of a point in women 18-49 (tying their all-time low) and falling a tenth of a point among women 18-34, again — tying their all-time low in that demo.

Storywise, this soap was absolutely unrecognizable and practically unwatchable the week in question. The only romantic couple MAB has managed to cultivate in her tenure, Villy, was further ruined as Billy (Billy Miller) up and abandoned everyone he loved for Hong Kong.  Lily (Christel Khalil) announced she was divorcing Cane (Daniel Goddard), which I'm sure the show's legions of Lane fans (which I readily admit, I am not one of) loved.

Ronan (Jeff Branson) was back in town and being a doink to Nina (the only bright spot of the week — Tricia Cast) and Avery (Jessica Collins), the 3,754th guest star to play a lawyer on Y&R this year, explained to Sharon (Sharon Case) how she and some League of Extraordinary College Students Who Fight For The Unjustly Accused of Pushing Bitches Into Volcanos was gonna save her. Meanwhile, the show still can't afford to play Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).  WTF?!

Now, follow me for a second, because math was never my strong suit in school, but coudn't Y&R afford MTS (the freaking, uber popular, female lead of the show) if they got rid of, oh say, about 6-10 of these characters fans could give a lovely fudge about? Maybe if MAB didn't blow Y&R's casting budget with all these stunts, MTS could be on screen? Fix this, Sony. Step in and fix this now, because you have a Chuck Pratt/Dena Higley situation on your hands, and from where I'm blogging, it ain't getting any better.

B&B also struggled in the ratings the week of Aug 8-12. The show dropped 161,000 total viewers, fell one-tenth of a point in households, two-tenths of a point among women 18-49 (where it was in last place) and was dead last among women 18-34. I really can't blame anything storywise for B&B losing this many viewers. My guess is it was negatively impacted by its sister-in-law soap.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the drama following Katie (Heather Tom)'s heart attack over Bill (Don Diamont) trying to catch mono from Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). While the Amber/Marcus/Dayzee triangle was, shall we say, less enjoyable (Jacob Young, hurry up and get to B&B so you can save Adrienne Frantz from Texas Battle!); it wasn't any reason to tune out of B&B when the show has been on a creative upswing of late. 

I think B&B could benefit from a few creative, out-of-the-box marketing pushes. Maybe a web series featuring Hope (Kimberly Matula) and Steffy's stepsister rivalry, or a spoof of Keeping Up With The Kardashians called Life With The Logans? B&B could also do a Web Therapy-style webisoap where Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) counsels the dysfunctional peeps of Los Angeles for five minutes a week.  Just some thoughts!

Days of Our Lives was in last place among total viewers for the week.  DAYS was also last in households and tied its all-time low among women 18-49. Among women 18-34, the soap came in No. 4. Salem reeled from Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) getting a cap busted on her by one of Stefano's (Joe Mascolo) goons the week of Aug 8-12.  Remember when the worst thing Stefano did was put somebody in a birdcage every Sweeps or so? Sigh. I still don't understand why the DiMeras and the Tribe Called Kiriakis are beefing, but then I never understood the whole East Coast vs. West Coast thing either.

To borrow from Sophia on The Golden Girls, Maggie manages to live 65, 66 years, survive Uncle Mickey's death, live through myasthenia gravis, then one night, she belched and one of Stefano's bad aiming hitmen almost blew her head off. See you next, Ratings!

 


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What's great is in the new SOD Sarah Michelle Gellar stated that she hasn't watched AMC as much recently; she's currently really into OLTL.

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Extraordinary College Students Who Fight For The Unjustly Accused of Pushing Bitches Into Volcanos....

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Lmao!

I'm about to take Y&R off my DVR.

On the other hand, I'm dying right now...OLTL is killin' it! Damn I wish that it was Monday!

Some...smart person...please put the whole Tale of the Two Todds story on DVD and sell that monster. I will pay you hansomely.

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To TPTB, please take note: Daytime drama is not dead. All you need is great storytelling and viewers WILL make the effort to watch. Way to go, OLTL.

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Ok, it's been a while since I've watch B & B but I thought it was almost about Thomas/Dayzee. What happened? Puzzled

DOOL is unbearable to try to watch.

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Once again Y&R bleeds out. I honestly don't know what it's going to take for MAB to realize she's not that good. On Friday the show had a sad 3.0 rating. Every show either stayed the same or went up so she can't say there were less people watching. Though I'm sure she will spin it in her favor somehow.

That Y&R is being butchered by a Bell is even more disheartening. I know she only married into the family but where is the love and respect for what Bill Bell created? Why doesn't MAB and her 2 sidekicks just go to the front entrance of CBS, pull their pants down and defecate in the doorway? This way there is no more ambiguity of what they really think of this show.

I'm bored hearing her say how much she "loves" these characters and "loves" this show then continues to kill off older characters in favor of inferior new ones. Then to add salt to the wounds she proceeds to write them badly and change the tone of the show all together. MAB, Sheffer and Hamner....you have all overstayed your welcome!!!!! PLEASE GO!!!!

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Thank you Jamey for this...I'm on a break from Y&R but I read the tweets everyday and I am just disgusted with the show. I pray it eventually gets it's act together because I am sick of this nonsense.

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It is the same story with Y&R every year since Maria took over the show. She and her two minions just cannot write. They have no understanding of the history of Y&R and the legacy of Bill Bell.

When Maria seems to get something right it is because she unknowingly "stumbles" into it. And as quickly as she has stumbled into a good patch of writing within a few weeks she is back to the bullshit.

Maria: "We're got some exciting storylines coming up in the fall. Victor goes to Mars to save Nikki from the Martins where she has been kept all this time in the Newman rocket ship. Neil goes undercover as a leading man with 5 days a week of storyline. Cain sprouts an extra head and we delve into double headed adultery. Whose the real Cain head? Katherine is discovered to have been dead since 1990 and her brain has been living in human like robotic body. Then we are going to touch on an issue that is very close to my heart. When a writer is old and washed up from Hollywood trying to write for the #1 daytime drama...We're just doing stories we've never done before. All this is going to lead up to our November Sweeps when we have special reveal about Phyllis that will rock Geona City to the core. Hint: think the ending of Soap Dish. We will also have something that is totally and completely out of this world! Let me hint that we have been screen-testing Sesame Street Puppets as we want to introduce a new puppet family. Miss Piggy has already been cast in the contract role of Peggy Pig. Expect to see them mixing it up with the Winter's."

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Great article Jamey

ABC is a fool and Prospect Park is King

Way To Go OLTL

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Can someone PLEASE hire Jamey to fix our soaps???! Why someone hasn't snatched his ass up by now is beyond me!!!!

Smitty, you are smart to be taking a Y&R break right now. Watching the show is TORTURE. It DRAGS on. I didn't even realize I said "Thank God it's over" yesterday until my husband started laughing at me. The only bright spot, to me, is Sharon's new lawyer. I didn't realize why I liked her until I compared her to all the other women on Y&R who are soppy, pathetic messes. None of them have a backbone, or apparently, rational thoughts. But don't worry, I am sure this will be ruined soon enough. They will probably pair her with Adam, or Nick, or God forbid Victor! And then all her intelligence, strength, and appeal will wash away.

I'm not sure why B&B isn't doing well right now, I'm loving it!

And GH has been better lately too. I am enjoying seeing Sonny in an actual jail cell and being treated like the criminal he is. It seems like someone is trying to redeem Dante for his horrific hypocritical behavior with regards to Sonny. I used to really like Dante (until Sonny shot him and he didn't press charges), but I think it's too little too late?

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Anne Sweeney - with the weight loss show and the chewables. there you go Jamey - wind us up for the week-end - I hate when I see that chewing commercial - i dont even want to talk about this - a**holes

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This is the very reason why a Y&R fan and me started the FB campaign to get rid of MAB and her co-horts fired from destroying the show any further! (Jamey, I'll post the link, but could you fix it so that others can click on it and join please. Thank you!). Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Maria-Arena-Bell-from-the-Young-and-t... You can also add us on Twitter @FireMABCompany too. The more we get on the FB and Twitter campaigns and the more noise we make, maybe, JUST MAYBE CBS/Sony will get their heads out of their asses and do something about it!

Michael and Daphne (my other co-hort)

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I'm glad B&B is now being called the "sister-in-law" soap instead of the "sister soap" to Y&R. I used to enjoy both these shows equally once upon a time. Nowadays I actually feel as though I'm forcing myself to watch Y&R.

Days is just as horrible, but at least there's hope for better days soon. SONY is probably going to keep Maria Arena where she is because her last name rhymes with HELL, which is what I¿m being put through.

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david46208 wrote:
Maria: "We're got some exciting storylines coming up in the fall. Victor goes to Mars to save Nikki from the Martins where she has been kept all this time in the Newman rocket ship. Neil goes undercover as a leading man with 5 days a week of storyline. Cain sprouts an extra head and we delve into double headed adultery. Whose the real Cain head? Katherine is discovered to have been dead since 1990 and her brain has been living in human like robotic body. Then we are going to touch on an issue that is very close to my heart. When a writer is old and washed up from Hollywood trying to write for the #1 daytime drama...We're just doing stories we've never done before. All this is going to lead up to our November Sweeps when we have special reveal about Phyllis that will rock Geona City to the core. Hint: think the ending of Soap Dish. We will also have something that is totally and completely out of this world! Let me hint that we have been screen-testing Sesame Street Puppets as we want to introduce a new puppet family. Miss Piggy has already been cast in the contract role of Peggy Pig. Expect to see them mixing it up with the Winter's."

ROTFLMAO!!!!! ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DAVID!!!!! Thank you for my daily humor!

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I might be beating a dead horse but I do firmly believe that BB's struggling demos are attributed to As the World Turns cancellation.

Its been almost a year and BB still cant hunch up that lost ground and every cycle the show stays at a stalemate.

Im not ragging on YR but Thank GOD for Marcy Rylan, Christel Kahil, and Micheal G. Because they are doing a wonderful job carring this show through this horrible creative period.

GH and OLTL are Marvelous, but Im a little scared that OLTL will start running on fumes after a while with these stories all drawing to a head. Hopeful Ron can propel some delicious stories forward.

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I can't wait for OLTL to come each day....Monday seems so far off...This show is off the hook...I am loving it...and I am thrilled that the ratings are showing what a fantastic show it really is. GH is getting better...but it still has a long way to go to catch up to OLTL.

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Preach on y&R Jamey!

Genie Francis: You don't leave me!! I leave Yooouuuuuuuuuu!!!!

And they used that clip for a promo!?!

I almost fell out of my chair.

Maria Arena Bell needs to go. I'm sorry, she shouldn't even be passing coffee on that set.
She recycles stories every 3 months and they're not even good!!!
Everything about this show is wrong wrong wrong.

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Fire MAB...Jamey, you're so right it's turning into a Pratt/Higley mess and Y&R needs to be careful.

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Y&R in crisis?

Wow, I wonder why................(eyeroll!)

Please note my heavy sarcasm! Sick Sick

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^^ LOL

'Nuff Said.

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Thank you Jamey. It is inconceivable how MAB/Sony could destroy the once powerful Y&R....but they are. And you are on the spot about Melody Thomas Scott and her salary. Bring her back and take the story telling/script writing back to the good old days....maybe we could even have Edward Scott back? I know, too much to hope for...but one can dream. I dvr Y&R then spend much of my viewing time fast forwarding. All you read about are the new characters they are bring on....and please, put the viewers out of their misery and ship Genie Francis off to Austria....anywhere but Y&R! They have flushed money down the drain with a lot of their newbies and stunt casting. Give me Nikki and her family.....Billy and Victoria...Nicholas...Victor...Michael, Lauren,Kevin, Katherine,Jill...and yes, even Gloria.
Is anyone at Bell Productions listening??

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Anne Sweeney - with the weight loss show and the chewables. there you go Jamey - wind us up for the week-end - I hate when I see that chewing commercial - i dont even want to talk about this - a**holes

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Amen

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Great ratings, rants and raves! OLTL is pretty much the must see soap for me... even with all the BSC that's come along with it. I count the others as they come along, lol.

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I've now added OLTL on my DVR.

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Jamey, thank you! Thank you for calling Y&R out for its lackluster storytelling the last few years. Some of the soap press, in my opinion, go easy on Y&R because it's the number #1 rated soap. But if you look at the numbers, Y&R's rate of viewer erosion the last 10 years has been the sharpest decline versus all the other soaps. True, they had harder to fall, but the data don't lie. The actors on Y&R are carrying this show for the writers. The few bright spots on that show are driven mostly by the acting, which seems to sing in spite of the writing, not because of it.

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Restless Fan wrote:
Once again Y&R bleeds out. I honestly don't know what it's going to take for MAB to realize she's not that good. On Friday the show had a sad 3.0 rating. Every show either stayed the same or went up so she can't say there were less people watching. Though I'm sure she will spin it in her favor somehow.

That Y&R is being butchered by a Bell is even more disheartening. I know she only married into the family but where is the love and respect for what Bill Bell created? Why doesn't MAB and her 2 sidekicks just go to the front entrance of CBS, pull their pants down and defecate in the doorway? This way there is no more ambiguity of what they really think of this show.

I'm bored hearing her say how much she "loves" these characters and "loves" this show then continues to kill off older characters in favor of inferior new ones. Then to add salt to the wounds she proceeds to write them badly and change the tone of the show all together. MAB, Sheffer and Hamner....you have all overstayed your welcome!!!!! PLEASE GO!!!!

ABSOLUTELY SUPERB WRITING RESTLESS. ARE YOU BY CHANCE AVAILABLE TO HELP POOR MARIA BELL OUT? I WOULD LOVE TO HELP HER OUT, WHICH WAY DID SHE COME IN??????????????????

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Avery (Jessica Collins), the 3,754th guest star to play a lawyer on Y&R this year, explained to Sharon (Sharon Case) how she and some League of Extraordinary College Students Who Fight For The Unjustly Accused of Pushing Bitches Into Volcanos was gonna save her.

ROFL!!!!!! Jamey, your article felt like you had been reading my mind! It was funny & on point at the same time.

All of these comments are HIGHlarious!!!!!!

I can't believe Hogan Sheffer is still in the soap biz. While he was writing ATWT, he was winning awards while alienating viewers at the same time. He made the characters completely unrecognizable and the defection of viewers started under his tenure and never stopped until the show was cancelled. The show basically, IMO, jumped the shark because of him. But after what he did with Days, he should've been blacklisted from the business altogether. Hiring him to write for Y&R convinced me that somebody wayyyy up high wanted to kill the soap. Otherwise, why hire him? Scott Hamner was the worst writer under LML (in my opinion), yet he stayed???? Really??? What does that tell you? And MAB.... SMH... I've run out of words for how inadequate & destructive her "vision" has been for Y&R. For the show to have any chance of survival, all three of them must go!!

And please don't bring any more out-of-work HWs from any other defunct soap. Those soaps are off-the-air for a reason.

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Previously I could find something to enjoy about Y&R even if it was very short lived, there would be something. Right now, I can not even think of one story that I want to see more of or one character that I am happy with.
Should I root for Jack who jumped into bed with Adam and Diane to bring down Victor (as if they could)? Do I even care that Kay is trying to help her son by keeping him away from his business and breaking up his marriage?Does anyone on this show act the way they used to? Is there any love in Genoa City or is it just the place for lonely hearts and abused souls?
Does anyone care who killed Diane? The answer to these questions and many more are on the next episode of How to Kill a Soap in record time, otherwise known as Y&R.

By the way I don't think Days is as bad as it was. It might not be great but if I had to watch a full ep of either Y&R or DAYS, I would watch Days.

Have been keeping my eye on the ABC soaps a little. AMC and OLTL's turn to old Days of our Lives stories should give the actors on those shows more respect for the poor actors on Days. They have to bring to life these rediculous plots of people returning from THE DEAD and dopplegangers. I know this is supposed to ralley the troups bringing back the old guard and exciting the fans. And it does. For a while. Ask Thaoo Penghliss about what happens next. Or Wayne Northrop...... It has given a few really good acting moments. I am most proud of Lindsay Hartley. I am really feeling her pain. She has been pure perfection during this whole story. Then again, she has had tons of practice with this kind of story. Duh ten years of Passions and a short tenure on Days......

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Everything been great on OLTL, except for the story of Starr and James, which incidentally is none at all, and has been.

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Just watched OLTL today and Aubrey's real name is Christine and her surname a legacy character from OLTL's past, I wonder if they are related...