Ratings, Rants and Raves: GH and DAYS Saw Bumps and Why I’m LOVING DAYS 2.0

Wow, this is the first week of writing Ratings, Rants and Raves with only five soap operas still airing in daytime. Un-real. While we'll miss All My Children until it returns, hopefully this Jan. 2012, we plan to definitely keep its spirit alive and well here on Daytime Confidential via fun content pieces like this one.

Days of Our Lives saw a healthy boost the first week of the soap's much heralded reboot (Source: Soap Opera Network). The returns of Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Christie Clark (Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin)  (Matt Ashford, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes returned the week prior as Jack, Doug and Julie respectively.) helped bring an additional 260,000 pairs of eyeballs to Salem. Unfortunately that wasn't quite enough to get DAYS out of the last place slot in total viewers, but it came close! DAYS was up year-to-date 163,000. The Corday/Sony sudser went up two tenths of a point in households, one-tenth of a point in women 18-49 and held steady among women 18-34. 

In story, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) hosted a gala in honor of Hope's late grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton (the late MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid),  the latter of which had secretly been stashing away the cash from her famous donut sales to renovate the town square for years. While the first few episodes of the week were more celebratory in nature, complete with squeals of glee over the returns of loved ones, by week's end DAYS new crop of storylines—Jack falling into a cake and back in Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Abby's (Kate Mansi) lives; Bo and Hope finding a mystery financial paper trail involving Gram; EJ (James Scott) announcing he was running for mayor against his brother-in-law Abe (James Reynolds); Sami's (Alison Sweeney) upcoming new gig and John being arrested for white collar crimes, were off and running! 

To borrow from Deep Soap's Sara Bibel, I haven't been this excited to watch DAYS since the Sami/Mia/Nicole baby switch saga of a few years back! It's a good sign for me as a viewer when I have absolutely no ideas for Wishful Casting or Wishful Storytelling for a sudser. That means I am thoroughly enjoying what I am seeing on my screen and don't feel the need to play Monday morning quarter blogger. Thank you DAYS for making it fun to simply be a soap fan again! 

I have tons of Wishful Casting and Storytelling ideas for CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless, so take that to mean what you will. Y&R dipped 84,000 total viewers for the week and was down year-to-date 671,000. The Bell/Sony sudser dropped one-tenth of a point in households, tying its record low in that demo. Among women 18-49 and women 18-34, Y&R held steady.

I know Maria Arena Bell loves her classic sitcoms, but did we really have to have Billy and Victoria Abbott (Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle) in a plot ripped from the script notes of Three's Company? For those of you who didn't watch, Billy, who was sneaking around the home he once shared with his wife, hid in the closet when she came home and surprised him. Later, when he heard Sam sharing his undying love for a stray dog, Billy was crushed, thinking the guy was talking about Victoria. Seriously? Seriously? We get that Y&R thinks its viewers are stupid, but now are we supposed to believe sexy bad boy Billy is as dumb as a box of rocks too? So much for that Walnut Grove Academy education.

Elswehere in Genoa City, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) was hacked off that her insta-sister had taken up Daisy's (Yvonne Zima) custody plight. I've resolved myself to the fact that no one is going to stop Mrs. Bell from tanking this show, so…yeah.

The Bold and the Beautiful lost 34,000 total viewers and was down year-to-date 348,000. B&B fell one-tenth of a ratings point in households, yet held steady (but in last place) among women 18-49 and women 18-34.

These numbers were a bit of shocker considering recent Pine Valley villain Jacob Young reprised the role of Rick Forrester on B&B the week in question. I guess not even Rick being home was enough to offset what has become a really crappy story. Yeah, Brad Bell, I'ma have to go there. It's not fair for me to keep calling Maria out for bad storytelling and not tell the other Bell how the cow at the ratings.

This Steffy/Liam/Hope stuff went from being a bit boring-yet-slightly promising to down right asinine when Liam (Scott Clifton) turned to Hope's (Kimberly Matula) stepsister Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) like five seconds after he and Hope were on the rocks!

I know this kind of stuff has always been accepted by fans of the Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle, but that geometric figure didn't get this silly until years, even decades, in. We've grown used to Ridge (Ron Moss) going back and forth between Taylor's (Hunter Tylo) and Brooke's (Katherine Kelly Lang) fab mansion sets every year or so, however that ping-pong action is rooted in two decades of history. When Liam does it he just looks like a fickle tool, who both girls should tell to scram. Come to think of it, it looks like that when Ridge does it too, but I digress.

B&B has to be the most maddening soap on the air. When it's good (like when it's time to nab Daytime Emmy nods), it's stellar, when it's bad though — it's shiteous. We're heading back into shitty waters I'm afraid…

Over at ABC, General Hospital went up 55,000 viewers over the previous week and was up year-to-date by 151,000. GH held steady in households and among women 18-34, but went up two-tenths of a point among the coveted women 18-49 demo.

JaSam fans rejoiced the week in question as that couple got married in the same outfits Danny and Sandy wore at the end of Grease. The lovers were unaware Franco (James Franco) was planning to tag along on their honeymoon. See, I knew all this freak wanted was some three-way action.

There was some spooky shiz going on out on Spoon Island and NuKate and Carly (Laura Wright) kept snapping at one another like a pair of frosted blonde attack dogs. Since Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) crying all the time wasn't enough, the stripper had to find Michael (Chad Duell) boo hooing and carrying on. As Tom Hanks would say, there should be no crying in baseball or on General Hospital, at least not for a long, long time.

Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) had "computer amnesia," whatever in high hell that is. I'm prescribing a little of this from Maxie and I bet the Jackal (and both his brains) will rise to the occasion! 

One Life to Live fell 62,000 total viewers, but was up year-to-date 413,000. OLTL also dipped one-tenth of a point in households, but went up one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. Among women 18-34, the sudser stayed the same. I'd say both OLTL and GH's numbers are quite impressive, considering they lost their soap lineup lead in and are both currently getting zero promos from ABC Dick-time.

In story, Loud Tea (Florencia Lozano) agreed to represent Cray-Cray Todd (Roger Howarth). Country Blair (Kassie DePaiva) tried to get slow Jack (Andrew Trischetta) to admit he was lying about seeing Cray-Cray kill Much Missed Victor (Trevor St. John). Still-Waters John (Michael Easton) was about to tell Bar-Brawler Natalie (Melissa Archer) he still loved her, but he saw her engagement ring from Creepy Brody (Mark Lawson).

The high point of the week was the Camptastic Andrea Evans boop-boopy-dooing all over Llanview once again as Tacky Tina Lord. Tina and her dog David Vickers being back made even scenes with that too over-the-top-even-for-Llanview Irene Manning (Barbara Rhoades) planting bombs and carrying on, bearable.

OLTL was a bit scatterbrained for me the week in question, however this current week has once again restored my affection. Whew! I was about getting ready to have to take Frank and Ron out on the veranda again. Although I fear I better save that for when they explain how the hell Stacy Morasco is alive. Sigh. Why couldn't all the Morascos JUST STAY DEAD???!

I want this show to bottle the essence of the episode where the two Todds faced off at David Vicker's (the man, not the dog) movie, amid a crazed, gun-wielding Rex (JP Lavoisier) and coed gay porn. THAT's the One Life to Live that I want five-days-a-week and twice on Sunday. See you next Ratings!

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22 Responses

  1. Profile photo of harlee490

    Good Rant, Days is right now the soap to tune into, just to enjoy “classic” soap writing in their stories! New and never thought I could enjoy this type of soap opera again thinking those days are gone. Surprise Surprise Ken Corday THANK YOU for going back to basics with character driven stories. Please don’t mess that up please Ken, this is my type of soap.

    As for OLTL I haven’t enjoy the crap the last 3 weeks because of this Irene bullcrap. It was way to much for me to watch and have been turning the dial, I can’t stand Barbara Rhodes and she needs to go away. Having said that this past week has been much more enjoyable simply because I’m getting me some KDP & RH scenes…and today’s episode (Friday) was the best of Ron..with flash backs of T&B, Tina & Vicki bonding & Tina not being so manic, Tina & Cord, Cord & Clint, Jessica feeling guilty and not sure what to do about Natalie, I saw Jessica again briefly but nice, the episode was focused, more based in the characters not a bunch of over-top-Irene welding a gun.

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    Great column as always, Jamey. :)

    I’m loving the new DAYS too. I actually love all the stories currently on the air. The Marlena/John stuff is great and so is the mystery around Grandma Horton.
    I actually enjoying Sarah Brown (as Madison) again after the awful characters that were Aggie and Claudia. Also like EJ campaigning to become the next mayor of Salem. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Lexie in such great scenes.

    Y&R is still awful. Can’t stand nor watch Phyllis anymore. Michelle Stafford’s acting is just bugging me for months now. Every scene seems just so overacted …
    And that stuff with Phyllis’ sister … oh please … IT’S CRAP!!!

    What the real awful thing at B&B was for me … that in the dialog, the characters are just ignoring the events that actually lead up to the situation. Wouldn’t every normal woman scream at Steffy for kissing Liam the night of his bachelor party??? Why hasn’t Hope made that argument???
    Why did it never came up in the conversation Brooke had with Taylor? And why is all that it needs a good night sleep to go from canceling an engagement to desperately wanting back a guy that was KISSING another woman???
    All these plot points just made no sense. Liam’s fast proposal to Steffy wasn’t even the thing that was bothering me most … but a educated psychiatrist standing there and defending this nonsense as something real was beyond me. It was shocking to see Brooke making the point that Liam just was engaged to her daughter not even 24h ago … and Taylor just not getting it.

    NuKate is okay … but she just seems too young to be hanging with Carly and Sonny. And Garin Wolf, believe it or not … but Jonathan Jackson can do more than crying. That boy actually can act. Use him for THAT! -.-

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    Very happy for Days! They are on fire with their new stories. I love the fact that the stories are all inclusive. Each story affects others besides just the two or three principles. John’s story effects the election, and Carrie and Austin and Sami and Rafe and the Dimera’s in general and I am sure will have a large amount of impact on the Kirakis clan as well. The election story is a brilliant move. It is emotional and polarizing. I also love that they are making Abe a liberal while EJ is the conservative. Too many times on soaps, we don’t get to know anyones politics, religion, etc. It is great that two politicians actually have points of view. And what fun and hertbreak we will go through with Jack trying to get his family back. Good luck because Abbey is not gonna have any of it. It was a perfect week on Days and looking forward to all the story lines!
    As for Y&R wake me up when Maria Bell and Hogan Sheffer are gone. I will not be watching regularly (or along with the other 800 thousand people, not at all!) until they are replaced. God help the poor people that will have to fix the utter damage that the show has been done.

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    Loving DAYS.. OLTL is starting to go over the top again. GH I am startig to piss me off again. I want more Q’s and less mob. I like Sonny whens he’s away from the mob.

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    DAYS is perfection right now and I hope the ratings continue to climb based on the great storylines and acting, as opposed to the returns. Week 2 of the reboot was even better than Week 1 so they deserve more viewers. Kate Mansi has to be an unsung hero on DAYS. Her acting is stellar and I don’t really hear her get talked about too much. I didn’t think I could deal with another Jack and Jennifer reuniting storyline, but it seems like its going to be a very good storyline this time. Matt Ashford is one of the best actors around and he can play every beat so perfectly. Melissa Reeves has really stepped up her game since his return and those two along with Mansi are really bringing it. Sarah Brown has been a major breath of fresh air and I just might enjoy Eric Martsolf for the first time EVER. Everything is going great so far, lets just hope it continues. I’m wondering if there’s any rumors of people being on the outs now that James Scott has re-signed.

    OLTL is going downhill for me, but I still love it. Tina being back was the saving grace for me. The Irene stuff is really stupid. I’ve enjoyed Starr A LOT more now that Roger Horwath is back. They work perfectly off each other. The show (and myself) is severely missing Trevor St. John. It doesn’t even really feel like the same show without him. The winds flew out of the Todd storyline’s sails as soon as he was killed off. Here’s hoping he comes back before the show moves online.

    Y&R is off the DVR and I’m not gonna watch anymore until I read something that convinces me the show has turned the corner. I’m upset about the Melissa Claire Egan signing. I thought she was going primetime, but I guess she couldn’t find anything worth doing. I would have rather he moved online with AMC than waste her incredible talent on Y&R. If they pair her with Michael Muhney’s Adam, I might change my mind about this.

    GH is heading toward leaving the DVR until I hear something that changes my mind also. I hear November sweeps has some HUGE things coming. I hope so because its really hard to watch.

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    I really wish I could get back into Days again. For the last few months they really had me sucked in – except for the destruction of Carly. I FLOVED how Jack revealed himself to Jennifer. Reminded me so much of their wedding. Love seeing Carrie back on screen and an Alice Horton story front and center. But here is the biggest problem – I despise watching the DHs. I have never been a fan of either of their acting styles and I actually find it torturous to watch. I am thrilled for their fans because they are huge for the show, but I personally am not a fan. Unfortunately, I wont get to see Sami at Titan or the smoking hot Brady with Sarah Joy Brown’s new character. Now that is chemistry – even though I could have done without todays falling into his lap. Give me a break.

    One Life to Live was my can’t miss. From everything Tina to Blair and Todd, I am loving it. I LOL’d at KDP’s eyebrows in the flashbacks – I regretably looked the same way. Also loved the Nat/Jess fight and how nasty they got. I never loved them as friends. And I am with Jess, I am not sure I want to Natalie get everything she wants either. However, today’s “look who’s talking” rip off should never, ever be done again.

    Y&R wont go back on my screen till this ridiculous Billy story is done with and Victor is getting his just due. I assume they pull through with all the pimping they are getting from CBS, but nothing in this story makes sense and its insulting to the viewers.

    GH is off my DVR completely. If anything in Perkie’s observations interest me, i will record it in soapnet, but that hasnt happened in a few weeks. Garin Wolf, I am very very disappointed. I had high hopes that are all deflated. I guess I am done with GH too. I only spent 25 years on it.

    Oh, and I guess I have to change my user name now. Damn GH!

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    OLTL – A LOT of flashbacks but I’m really enjoying them. Is that a really bad wig on Andrea Evans or what?

    B&B – Was there a scene this week that didn’t revolve around the Hope/Liam/Steffy saga. If it wasn’t one of the three it was others talking about them. Give us a little more balance, please. Maybe even throw in a few non Forresters.

    Days – I’ve never really been able to take to this show for long periods of time (sorry, Jamey). I was a ATWT fan from the Doug Marland days and stuck with it through thick and thin. Mostly thin. By the end of that show they’d have weddings and funerals with only two or three cast members in attendance because they didn’t want to pay everyone. It seemed like pretty much everyone on the canvas at Days was there and made me appreciate the gold glory days when everyone was present at the big events.

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    I still find it hard to believe that AMC is gone. I was faithful viewer in its last few months and I miss it.
    I loved everything on Days this week. EJ as the conservative and Abe as the liberal is going to be fun.
    On OLTL my only highlights were the dreams, Todd and Tea jail scenes, Natalie and Jessica’s fight and Tina’s return with cute David Vickers.

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    I have to echo the comments above about Kate Mansi. She was VERY strong this week in the scenes when Abby was confronting Jack. She was equally as good last week when she first saw Jack at the party. Days may have found a new powerhouse younger actress.

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    Billy’s always been a moron. He did nothing for years but run up gambling debts. When he came back to Genoa City for good, he only got a job with Victor because of a favor with Jill. He lost that. He only got Restless Pile by hitting his family up for money. He lost that. It’s just this stupidity is better hidden when he’s supposed to be the fun-loving frat boy.

    twb6yz, the wig isn’t good, but Andrea Evans is wearing it because she’s battling breast cancer. If she was also wearing a wig on B&B earlier this year, OLTL should have asked to borrow theirs.

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    DOOL deserved the boost!!! JACK!!!! OMFG!!! They had him interacting with Jennifer and telling her all the things she needed to hear. And thank GAWD he shaved, LMAO! I was hating that beard on him! I’m loving the show! I have to catch on soapnet though since I don’t get to see it live! I wish they ran marathon weekends of it, but I assume that’s too much to ask, RME. Anyway, I’m loving the show!

    Once again, I have to catch up on BB! It comes on during my work hours, which sucks!

    GH… the honeymoon has been nice, and I’m not even a fan, lol. But this Franco stuff that’s coming up is stupid. Not looking forward to it. I dunno WTF is happening. Today was EXCESSIVE LANTE! WTF??? And Luke bitching all hour about being sober. So. What??? I was so irritated, I ranted on twitter for an entire hour.

    [quote] KDP & RH scenes…and today’s episode (Friday) was the best of Ron..with flash backs of T&B, Tina & Vicki bonding & Tina not being so manic, Tina & Cord, Cord & Clint, Jessica feeling guilty and not sure what to do about Natalie, I saw Jessica again briefly but nice, the episode was focused, more based in the characters not a bunch of over-top-Irene welding a gun. [/quote]

    RC did not write today, or Wednesday’s episodes… can you tell??? LMAO. I give him credit where credit is due, and I do think he is talented for the most part, but I doubt he would write some hot and worthy T&B action even with someone holding a gun to his head. I’ve been told that Scott Sickles wrote the scenes for Wednesday and today, T&B, flashbacks, Cord/Tina, Viki at the Banner(!) and so forth. I hear the Jolie fans love him. I say get this dude to PP, STAT! Today’s OLTL and Wednesday’s OLTL were amazing! I think RC can write big events, like the premiere and bullying storyline, but I have to admit, as I’ve said before, he plays favorites, which I’m totally against, and I really, REALLY think he needs a co-writer to balance out his stuff. He can start big events, but… the finish is terrible.

    Anyway, this week’s OLTL was great. I liked last week fine, but this week was amazingly better. Then again, I got Todd and Blair alone in a cabin for most of the week, so I’m totally biased. :P

    Great ratings, rants, and raves, Jamey!!!

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    Two comments about actors:

    1. The actress playing Abby on Days left me stunned this week. The girl is finally delivering…I’ve ragged on her for quite some time now, so it was indeed a pleasant surprise.

    2. I really feel the need to apologize to TSJ’s fans. I bashed him too and now I actually miss him. I never accepted him as Todd, but I wanted him kept on as Victor Jr. As Janet Jackson sang, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone….”

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    my bad, Carol2. I wasn’t aware of that. Yes, the one from B&B was definitely better. She’s doing an amazing job with what she’s doing on the show if she’s going through that at the same time.

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    All the comments about Abby on Days got me thinking yeah she is learning to act. But the real problem was probably the material. Geez all they ever used to give her to do was mack around on Chads face. It was getting pretty rude if you ask me. Now she has this attitude of you go girl! She is letting Jack have it hard. And really he deserves it for running off. Ok he didn’t mean to get kidnapped this time either…… Jack suffers from the same problem that Marlena has. She just can not help herself she MUST get kidnapped! Just like Hope can not seem to help being held at Knife/gun point until Bo breaks the door down and kills the bad guy! Well he usually does unless she is swinging over a vat of boiling oil….
    I am kinda hoping that the new writers avoid these very overly used plots for these characters! I can’t even count how many times Hope has been held by some bad guy in the last year. And SHE is giving self defence lessions to a brownie troup!

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    [quote=twb6yz]my bad, Carol2. I wasn’t aware of that. Yes, the one from B&B was definitely better. She’s doing an amazing job with what she’s doing on the show if she’s going through that at the same time.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t have known either if I hadn’t read an article. At least she seems to be doing fine.

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    I don’t watch the show anymore, but what the hell is with all the WOMEN being cast? GC is overflowing with women and not enough men to keep up. The women on the show are stuck with the same rejects over and over, going back and forth, while the men get new eye candy each month. WTF is up with that? Sexist much?

    Why do I get the feeling horny Hogan Sheffer likes casting these ladies so he has an excuse to go through tons of hot chicks on a daily basis, begging, I mean,”auditioning”, for their “jobs”. Ever since “The Dick Man Sheffer” has come aboard, we’ve been seeing a lot more young, sexy looking women being cast and more rough sex scenes being shown. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out HS is living vicariously through these characters. He’s a chauvinistic douche IRL and so are all the men on the show.

    When was the last time Y&R had a sexy, charming, sane, YOUNG, romantic looking guy being cast for the female part of the audience. Who the hell do these IIC think is mainly watching this show? Every idiot knows soaps are mostly watched by women, so give us something to tune into everyday.

    Y&R needs a major rejuvenation. The women are being written in the 16th century and the men are shown as their masters. It’s no wonder the show is sinking. These morons don’t know how to write for their main demographic.

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    Whomever did write those scenes need to be moved up to position of Co-HW or just make him the HW period…I said it!!! This past week on OLTL was by far the best week I have enjoyed watching compared to last 3 weeks. They had everything in place with vets front and centered with characters being human…not immortal beings from another planet in LA swamp land. Having to watch another scene of Babara Rhodes I was gritting my teeth because it was just not creative on Ron’s part but rather annoying and wanting to turn it off over the silliness…which I did. What is next, Ron going to go back to 1968 and have Vicki\Irene fighting over Victor’s attention or is Ron going to bring back Victor Sr. again to punish Vicki, Todd, Tina again. Lets see, we have Victor raping his daughter, Mitch wanting to rape his daughter, who’s next in the incestous city of Llanview?If OLTL keeps going and going and going over the top with the nonsense come Jan. the ratings OLTL had built to increase will fall for the reboot to the web. A person can only take so much.

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    Days is like a brand new (old) show. I have to hand it to them — well done! The fact that we’re getting stories that are actually based on character (yay! not a doppelganger or microchip in sight!) is a hopeful sign. But I’m actually a little surprised the ratings weren’t a bit higher. Granted, compared with the rest of the shows, the gain was impressive. But with the extremely well publicized relaunch, combined with the end of AMC :( I expected Days to pull itself out of the cellar. But the night is young, as they say. We’ll see about audience retention and maybe more growth due to positive word of mouth.

    Meanwhile, with the new writers really making up for character messes created by the prior HW, I’m still disappointed that Carly and Chloe were written off. As I suggested on Twitter, they could have had Chloe be the new face of Mad World, driving Kate insane; or, imagine Kate needing to hire Chloe to compete with Mad World! And Carly being in the mix with Jack/Jen/Daniel, with the 2 daughters being best friends, could have been really interesting.

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