Ratings, Rants and Raves: A Melody Thomas Scott-less Young and Restless Hits New Lows; OLTL Still No. 1 Among Women 18-34

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That sound you hear is Sony executives wailing and gnashing their teeth as CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless hit record lows the week of Aug. 22-26 (Source: Soap Opera Network). Granted, the ratings for this period were effected slightly by preemptions on Tuesday, due to the earthquake, and Friday, because of Hurricane Irene, however daytime's No. 1 soap was the only sudser to hit new lows in total viewers, women viewers 18-49 and women 18-34. In the latter demo, Y&R was in fifth place! Y&R also tied its record low among women 18-49 for the third week in a row. Sorry, Maria. No natural disaster to blame that last one on.

I can't comment on what happened in Y&R storywise for the week in question because I was boycotting the show. I feel the exact same way about Y&R right now as I did during Chuck Pratt's show-destroying stint at All My Children. If Maria Arena Bell isn't either reigned in or relieved of her duties, this show could soon be irrevocably broken. Oh yeah, and where is Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott)?

The Bold and the Beautiful went up a tenth of a point in households and among women 18-49 that week, but dropped one-tenth of a point among women 18-34, tying it's all-time low in the demo.

In story, Hope (Kimberly Matula) rushed out of the room when Liam (Scott Clifton) tried to pop the question, because growing up with a brazen sex cat like Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) for a mother has made the poor, little lass a bit frigid. I'm not buying Steffy's (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) sudden obsession with Liam after chasing his bad dressing daddy for the better part of forever. The whole Amber/Marcus/Dayzee triangle is also quite the snorefest. 

Over at NBC, Days of Our Lives was last place in total viewers and tied with All My Children and General Hospital in last place in households. DAYS came in fourth among women 18-49 and tied with AMC and GH at No. 2 among women 18-34. Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) brokered peace between the Kiriakis and DiMera clans from her University hospital room bed the week of Aug. 22-26. Maybe we should send her to the Middle East? Sami (Alison Sweeney) found out she had cysts as opposed to an 84th pregnancy and another hooker got beaten up.

At the Mouse House, One Life to Live was once again No. 1 among women 18-34.  OLTL was No. 3 in total viewers and households and was tied with GH at No. 2 among women 18-49. OLTL continued its make-every-moment-count pacing as David (Tuc Watkins) and Dorian (Robin Strasser) bid a poignant farewell and Clint (Jerry verDorn) broke house arrest to go to Rex's (John-Paul Lavoisier) mansion to commemorate Asa (the late Phil Carey). The Buchanan men were joined by Bo (Robert S. Woods), after he received a pep talk from Renee (Patricia Elliott) at his Pa's grave.

Across town, Tea (Florencia Delgado) had to memorize a new name to scream out loudly in the throes of passion, as she decided the best way to deal with Victor Lord, Jr. (Trevor St. John) was to screw his brains out. He may be "slow" according to his campy mama, but boy can obviously lay pipe for Tea to decide to overlook him not being Todd (Roger Howarth).

 Earlier in the week, Rex found Kim (Amanda Setton) working a pole at the Spotted Pony, facilitating the scene stealer's return to Llanview. The week ended with Blair (Kassie DePaiva) realizing Dorian's gun was missing. The only story I can honestly say didn't have me riveted on OLTL the week in question was all this Kim/Gigi/Stacy crap. The Morasco Fiasco is so not a story I want to be recalling while OLTL has been on such a phenomenal upswing. Besides, hearing Kim mention Sierra Rose, Kyle and Fish only opens old wounds and makes the whites of my eyes threaten to go black again.

AMC was the only soap opera to gain total viewers for the week, inching up 3,000. Like OLTL, AMC was also up year-to-date. As previously mentioned, AMC was tied in last place in households and tied in last with B&B among women 18-49. Among 18-34, AMC went up one-tenth of a point and was tied at No. 2.

Pine Valley continued to reel from the machinations of the evil Dr. David (Vincent Irizarry), who managed to find time to stick his tongue down Cara's (Lindsay Hartley) throat amid practicing necromancy the week of Aug. 22-26. JR (Jacob Young) became even more desperate to get his son back, while his Mama Dixie (Cady McClain) reconnected with her homegirl Angie (Debbi Morgan), and had one of those wonky flashbacks while on a picnic. Dixie, girl, don't ever let a blind lady bring the potato salad!

General Hospital lost a whopping 230,000 total viewers over the previous week. GH was tied for last in households, tied for No. 2 among women 18-49 and women 18-34.  In story, Siobhan (Erin Chambers) went home to the land of shamrocks and heavenly leprechauns, which caused Lucky(Jonathan Jackson) to cry....again. It also resulted in poor Liz (Rebecca Herbst) having to stand around looking all guilty for something she didn't do. Kinda over Liz as GH's Diagnosis Murder suspect of the week — every week. I'd say one of the soap's most popular heroine's deserves a bit better, doncha think?

 Loved, loved, loved Skye Chandler Not-Quite-Quartermaine (Robin Christopher) discovering her former flame Jax (Ingo Radamacher) at the warehouse and sticking it to Tracy (Jane Elliot) over Mrs. Spencer-maine's The City mob ties. While I would have rather had Skye home in Pine Valley, seizing control of Chandler Enterprises from JR during AMC's last weeks and months, I will take R.C. however I can get her. Tell my Matt Cory (Matt Crane) I said hi, girl! 

Two characters I can admit I am enjoying much more with Garin Wolf writing GH are Dr. Matt Hunter (Jason Cook)—whom I mentioned last week—and shocker-of-shockers Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco). While I will never stop believing Elizabeth is Jason's (Steve Burton) one true love, Sam has impressed me with how she's stepped up to defend Super Jase as he fights for his life. Monaco has also been spot on as a scared, newly-engaged woman, trying not to think about her dreams coming undone. For the first time, the character doesn't lack integrity or purpose. Now if she could just find someone else to marry... See you next Ratings!


For the complete ratings for the week visit Soap Opera Network!

 Photo of Melody Thomas Scott by PR Photos