More Ratings GOSSIP: CBS Pleased With Bold and Beautiful's Steady 2.5; Could Pitiable Debut For The Revolution Keep General Hospital on Longer?!



 



With the daytime drama fighting for her very existence, you can bet all eyes are on the Nielsens ratings. After checking with my moles at several networks I was able to learn the following tidbits:

Suits at CBS Daytime are impressed that The Bold and the Beautiful has maintained a 2.5 in households for the past few weeks. With big stories, including the climax of the Hope/Liam/Steffy (Kimberly Matula, Scott Clifton and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) triangle, Ridge and Brooke (Ron Moss and Katherine Kelly Lang) once again at odds over there girls and things heating up for Rick (Jacob Young) and Amber (Adrienne Frantz), planned for February Sweeps—not to mention B&B's 25th anniversary coming up in March—here's hoping the soon-to-be 25-year-old sudser can keep it up!
 


B&B's sister sudser Y&R is also causing optimism these days. The soap was watched by more than five million viewers the week of Jan. 16-20, and sources are saying Y&R is continuing to head back to a more traditional style soap. Thank you, Soap Jesus!
 
"They're finally getting the message," assures one source. "Steve Kent at Sony believes in the future of serialized storytelling. He isn't going to let the two shows he has a vested interest in go down without a fight!"

Hopefully that means a solid future for both Y&R and Days of Our Lives, which Sony also co-owns. The word on the street is DAYS is about to start experimenting with some of the more out there storylines that made it the talk of the 90's.

Now for General Hospital. Even with the soap posting record low ratings, I am hearing from multiple sources there is a strong possibility GH could live on—at least long enough for ABC to develop something to replace The Revolution—all because of the pitiable ratings debut for the One Life to Live replacement.

"ABC is not happy with The Revolution," says one insider, "and not just the ratings, but the show itself. It's a mess. This may buy GH time for ABC to develop something else. "

The Revolution's debut in total viewers was just 1.68 million viewers the week of Jan. 16-20. That same week a year ago, One Life to Live was watched by 2.64 million people. Insiders are beginning to speculate GH could be moved into The Revolution's timeslot if the numbers don't improve.   

As for the GH-to-primetime buzz. None of my generally on-the-money insiders have heard a word about such a move, so take that for what it's worth.

 


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Anderson's show debuted with soft numbers (1.4 national), but it has already been renewed for a second season (then again, so was Nate Berkus...). Syndicated shows often get a second season renewal, even though they seem to be doomed from the start (Bonnie Hunt, Caroline Rhea and Tony Danza are a few examples that come to mind).

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Dang, Jamey, I hope Days don't go all sy-fy again because i won't stick around. Days isn't perfect but still enjoying the stories. Well that was short, being a new viewer. I just don't have any shows to watch, B&B has been good lately. Sad(

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Good for B&B. I truly think in today's economic and technological climate, cutting back to 30 minute soap operas makes sense.

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Soap_Stud wrote:
Good for B&B. I truly think in today's economic and technological climate, cutting back to 30 minute soap operas makes sense.

How? By cutting an hour-long show in half, you're also cutting in half the number of commercials that air, therefore the amount of money coming in is cut in half, too? You still have to pay the same technical crew and all the people behind the scenes. Part of the reason the soaps were expanded to an hour was because it was a money saver. It makes no sense to go back.

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GH deserves to be dead last. TIIC allowed Frons to push failed pairings for years due to his own agenda and nobody did anything about it. He went so far as to fire the most popular actress on the show and kill a legacy child as he thought ridding the show of these beloved characters could somehow turn his failed agenda around.

We all told GH to stick it and the ratings prove it week after week. Wink

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Hotbilly - you are right. I did the same thing. Y&R.....Sharon and Adam...Like old time soaps. It was so different from abc soaps when I started watching, which was last April after the abc announcements. They are so deep. Had to laugh at yesterdays show when Victor put Adams desk in the bathroom. Oh did I laugh.

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Don't care if Days reverts to the "out there" stories (although, I agree no one can out JER JER himself, RIP) as long as they keep the gay storyline. It's fantastic!

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I don't think the writers are going to try to reverse the clock and go back completely to J.E. Reilly's Days. They might try to infuse the show with some elements of camp and fantasy, which does not necessarily mean sci-fi.

I think SOME of nineties' Days was fun and would have liked it even more if some of the pacing and dialogue and not been so dreadful. These new writers are just fantastic with dialogue, so I'm not worried.

In short, they need to do something to get the ratings up. If adding more camp and some over-the-top stuff will help do that, I'm all for it.

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It's good to hear about Y&R, but I have been burned by that show too many times. I am done with Y&R and most likely won't return.

The only reason for the ratings uptick for "Y & R" was the MLK Jr. holiday - ratings will go down after the steaming pile of garbage heaped at us viewers this week!!

C'mon, MAB & co-hacks: Jeffrey has amnesia - REALLY?!? AMNESIA?? Yet he knew who Gloria was back on Long Island Sound & was able to find his way to Genoa City - WTF?!? Kevin built himself a raft with the help of that annoying Angelina bimbette, but Jeffrey wasn't able to come up with the same idea himself with all that material around (inner tubes and an outboard motor) - REALLY?!?

Jack STILL can't tell Patty from Emily - REALLY?!? Haven't we been down this road before, say about 24 months ago??

More back-pedaling in the D.O.A./Lame as all Hell "Who Killed Diane?" storyline - REALLY?!? Deacon know MORE - REALLY?!? PLEASE END THIS DULL, HACKNEYED STORY!!

Sharon & Adam had sex AGAIN - REALLY?!? Stop pairing these two - it's not working!!! It wasn't sexy or arousing - it was appalling and tepid at the least - I've seen squirrels go at it with more passion!!

Nikki & Victor found their way back to one another again - REALLY?!? And just how did they achieve this?? Through another one of Victor's 'go nowhere/doesn't make sense' plans concocted in the pea-brains of the show's Head Writer!!

By the way: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ROMANCE ON THIS SHOW?!? Either somebody's getting married for the umpteenth time or sleeping with somebody's wife/sister/milkman!! There's no love stories on this show anymore - NONE!!

For those of you being entertained by these horribly contrived, plot-driven stories, I feel for you because the the shizz on my screen isn't Bill Bell's "Y & R"!! Unless Maria Arena Bell and her co-hacks are given the boot, we can all expect to be deluged by more unnecessary new characters in silly, threadbare stories with no resolution or payoff for the viewer.

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OT: Sad news in the NY Post today....Nick Santino whose credits include AMC and GL committed suicide.

'He couldn't live without man's best friend. A down-on-his luck soap opera actor-exhausted from fighting with his snarling Upper West Side condo-couldn't take the harassment anymore and put his healthy pit bull to sleep on his own 47th birthday.....He spent Tuesday in agony over what he had done to Rocco.' NY Post

This story is so sad it made me cry.

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Nick was a real-life hero as well. There were news stories about him rescuing victims on 9/11.

Sad.

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I have watched "YR" for nearly 26 years and have to say that I am enjoying it very much. The sls are interesting. The BON plot is pure Bell. It reminds me of the old days. I actually until reading this article today have stayed away from MB because of the negativity and have to say my experiment is paying off in spades. The show is great. One holiday such as MLK does NOT account for the rise in ratings! I think that those who keep saying the show is on its last legs actually are hoping it is canceled. Just saying!

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Nick never really had a family he could call his own, either, so his life is a sad story of giving and not getting much back in return. A very sad life, but we're probably better off that he was here.

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It's strange that Days seems to be going back to "90's" storytelling. For me the 90's were all about Vivian, Lawrence, Carly, Bo, Marlena, John, Steve and Kayla. I guess that's because I was never a huge Billie fan. Of course I loved the heck out of the Carrie and Sami feud.

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@Days Fans: Well just because they may be heading a bit back to the 90's does mean it has to be Reilly era. It could be the award winning Sally Sussman Morina era right after Reilly left. During her tenure ass the Head Writer of Days, she earned the show its first and only Writers Guild of America award for her storyline involving Sami’s execution. Along with that story, she penned the Kristen/Susan murder mystery and the Mike/Carrie love story. She was also nominated for two Emmy awards, won the People’s Choice and the TV Guide awards. And she wrote the characters 3 dimensional, which was something Reilly was not good at. Characters under his tenure were 2 dimensional at best. So we should keep that in mind.

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Days does need some tweeking but some of what has been going on is sooo good it is the best stuff I have seen in years. To encorporate unrealistic stories at this point will feel strained against the realistic pov that the show has taken lately. I hope that the new stories don't get too far out there. NO floating heroines. No prisons and death chambers. No virtual reality eden please! Just tell some good strong stories in a timely fashion!

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I so miss my OLTL.There is a big empty hole in my TV viewing.AS much as I hate ABC,I started watching GH again because of Johnny's story.I dont know if GH's ratings go up if it will make a difference,but I am going to give GH a try again.

Days is now the show I want to watch in real time when I can.While some of the stories are drawn out a bit,I am along for the ride.Sometimes out there stories are ok if the writers incorporate it correctly and dont take themselves so seriously while they're doing it.A little humor can go along way in any story.Sometimes it just little comments or looks.OLTL was great at this;John & Todd scences;EJ & Will scences seem to be doing this also.

Anyway,I'm not ready now to throw away any soap.I hope the revolution dosent run into GH like the chew did to OLTL to add to its ratings.

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Y/R: I just can't figure it out & I watch fairly regularly every eppy mostly....the Niki back in Victor's bed quickerthanthis was just a turn off. She sobered up "Victor went to jail for me, he married Sharon for me ...We love each other" HuH? Was that Sharon/Adam in bed?

GH: Its not much I can get into but I am into the JohnnyZ storyline I tried one day with Ethan & Elizabeth scene while I was glad he apologized for his beat down of her & her relationship w/Lucky then she was Lucky, Lucky, Lucky when they give her dialog that makes her sound like a parrot on crack I have to tune it & drifted away. Plesae free her from Schmucky! Jason's storyline got 1.7's then he & Sonny scenes got a 1.5 day now that's sad. These are the big guns.

B/B: Any Heather Bill scenes are worth watching...I'm liking Amber & Rick in story. They got her away from the kiddie table storylines. When am I going to see Thomas with his shirt off in de bed?

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I think ABC will kill GH despite The Revolution being a bomb. They want out of the soap biz desperately. Now the result will be a financial bomb for them, but these people who destroyed ABC Daytime will be fired and new bunch of monkeys will be hired to put on game shows to try to regain ratings.

DAYS needs to go to CBS to survive. NBC is the Titanic and will continue to sink. It's not going to come back for a very long time, if ever. What else is on NBC Daytime except 8 hours of The Today Show?

CBS will keep Y&R and B&B on the air for a number of years. It appears they will survive longer than expected because they'll be the last soaps standing. If CBS plays their cards right, these shows will make them millions of dollars in profit for years to come. Overseas sales will also boost the bottom line. Maybe they'll pick up DAYS and those three will continue to shine for many more years. JMO.

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B&B is already a gold mine for CBS.