Ratings, Rants and Raves: CBS Soaps See Spikes; General Hospital Dips Week Sonny and Todd Square Off

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Daylight savings time was good to the Bell soaps on CBS. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The Young and the Restless went up 62,000 total viewers and inched up one-tenth of a ratings point in households. Among women 18-49 and W18-34, Y&R held steady.



In story, Victor (Eric Braeden) hired Sharon(Sharon Case) to run a new cosmetics company under the Newman Enterprises umbrella, much to the chagrin of board members Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Tucker (Stephen Nichols). When Nick (Joshua Morrow) saw how hard the board of directors were being on his little Share Bear, he finally agreed to accept Victor's offer to run the firm with Sharon.

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Of course Nick's baby bro, Adam (Michael Muhney), didn't miss an opportunity to stand up for Sharon too. He had Chelsea (Melissa Clare Egan) help him get to the Newman board meeting, just in time to co-sign Victor hiring his ex. That wasn't all Adam was up to the week in question. He also found himself back at the Genoa City Police Department, as his little conscience cleansing exercise with Paul (Doug Davidson) and Jack (Peter Bergman) saw him brought in for questioning, due to his part in Patty's (Stacy Haiduk) escape from the funny farm. Now this is not to be confused with Hope's (Signy Coleman) farm, where blind people can put out fires caused by electrical storms.



Elsewhere in Genoa City, Daisy (Yvonne Zima), the homicidal maniac and boy rapist, called social services on Phyllis (Michelle Stafford)—a reformed homicidal maniac and boy rapist—to keep her away from Baby Lucy.

I enjoyed all of the boardroom happenings at the Tower a' Newman (Sigh, I still miss Dru!). Lauren and Tucker's reaction to Sharon—a woman who has spent the better part of the last five years being either a.) locked away in mental institutions b.) shacked up with her baby napper or c.) charged with murder must volcanic—being tapped to run a company was spot on.

Was it just me, or did Bregman and Nichols sort of have a spark of chemistry in those scenes? I wouldn't mind if Y&R went there. I am so over boring, Lauren Fenmore, the happy homemaker! The Lauren I fell in love with in the 80's was hoeish and bitchy — I liked her that way.

The Bold and the Beautiful went up 53,000 total viewers over the previous week. B&B also went up one-tenth of a point in households (up three-tenths of a point over this time last year) and was also up one-tenth of a point among W18-49. Among W18-34, the 30-minute sudser dipped one-tenth of a ratings point.

Storywise, the oh-so tense state Hope Logan's (Kimberly Matula) vagina was still all anyone could talk about. Lucky for Hope, Dr. Nora Buchanan from One Life to Live gave her a bottle of dolls to loosen her cookie monster up. I'm starting to agree with my blog buddy Luke Kerr (Now there's a phrase you don't hear often!); B&B needs to have more going on than this.

The Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle is a fresh way to present Generation Next of the Forresters, Logans and Spencers, but at least give my Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) more to worry about than whether or not her daughter is able to achieve an orgasm comfortably!

Days of Our Lives went down a miniscule 9,000 total viewers. DAYS didn't budge in households, W18-49 or W18-34.

The week in question saw John (Drake Hogestyn) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) break into an Alamainian government office to steal their passports back, only to be thwarted by Stefano (Joe Mascolo). Their little misadventure was prompted by Hope learning from arch rival Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna) that Bo was dying back home in Salem.

Bo didn't meet his maker, but Sami (Alison Sweeney) will likely soon be praying to her's, as Kate (Lauren Koslow) informed Billie she knows Sami is the mole at Countess W and plans to wreck her ex-daughter-in-law's life. Sami Jr. aka Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) continued to lie her little a** all over Salem, causing problems for Carrie (Christie Clark) and Austin (Patrick Muldoon). Meanwhile, Rafe (Galen Gering) learned Nicole (Arianne Zucker) was pregnant.  

DAYS was watchable enough the week of March 12-16, but none of the aforementioned stories was truly breakout. The little 80's fan boy in me digs Hope and John's adventure, but the part of me that believes smart soaps should at some point pass the torch with stories like these, wonders why it isn't Brady, Shawn and/or Belle desperately trying to take down EJ, as opposed to three people who should now be in more matriarchal/patriarchal storylines?

Don't misunderstand me. I don't believe that after 50 a soap character can't have adventure, sex, romance, etc. Some of my favorite Bo and Hope adventures from the 80's involved Gram (the late Frances Reid), but it's a bit silly for John and Hope to still be having the same ol' battles with the Phoenix—complete with all three dressed in black in a faux foreign land—as he enters his eighth decade.  

I keep saying this, but I would love to see DAYS bring back Shawn and Belle with marital problems and SORAS Ciara, Theo and JT. Give the Big Four plus Abe (James Reynolds) and Lexie (Renee Jones) something meaty-yet-age appropriate to play, involving their children.Then, have John and Bo mentor Brady and Shawn in the fine art of saving the world (and their respective lady loves) from bad guys.

General Hospital dropped 96,000 viewers the week in question. GH also fell one-tenth of a point in households and among W18-49. Among W18-34, ABC's last soap held steady.

Storywise, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) faced off with One Life to Live's Todd Manning (Roger Howarth), as their baby mamas, Carly (Laura Wright) and Blair (Kassie DePaiva), bonded over being ballsy blondes with troubled exes. John McBain (Michael Easton) arrived just in time to stop Todd from killing Sonny, as Carly, Blair, Michael (Chad Duell) and Starr (Kristen Alderson) watched in horror.

Elsewhere in Port Charles, a crazed-with-grief Maxie (Jen Lilley) refused to attend her step-cousin Robin's (Kimberly McCullough) funeral. Sam was blessed by the Gods of Port Charles to get to walk in on a naked Ewen (Nathin Butler) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) vowed to make Johnny (Brandon Barash) stop blackmailing Steve (Scott Reeves). 

Okay, let's get this out of the way. I'm sure the GH purists, who are pissed about the "Llanview Invasion," are tickled pink that the show actually dropped in ratings the same week GH's much-lamented male lead faced off with OLTL's two top dogs. You know what? They have a right to their opinions!

I can't bitch and moan and moan and bitch about Y&R and not give credence to the gripes of GH fans who aren't happy that Todd, Blair, Starr and John all came to Port Charles. Although I will say this, MAB and Co. have been at Y&R for years, effing shiitake up. Frank and Ron have been at GH for a month or so; and in my opinion the show has been greatly improved already.

Dumb stories have been ditched left and right. Every character wants something. Almost all scenes pack an emotional punch. History is being paid close attention to (The Floating Rib, anyone?). That being said, it is troubling to see the numbers for this particular ratings cycle.

I'm sure it didn't help that GH has the worst possible lead-in in The Revolution, which hit record lows the same week. At any rate, I personally loved the crossovers, not to mention the rest of GH the week of March 12-16, but I ain't in any of the core demos Mad Ave gives a poot about in terms of daytime television.

Fans of GH, who didn't watch OLTL, are obviously more concerned about seeing their beloved vets front and center. With the upcoming returns of Heather Webber (Robin Mattson), Felicia Jones (Kristina Wagner) and Finola Hughes sticking around for the long haul as Anna, it appears the new showrunners are trying to accomplish just that.

I believe the new regime has done an admirable job—in a short amount of time and under tremendous pressure—trying to serve two masters. They wanted to try to lure fans from OLTL over, which was smart, because OLTL was the most watched soap on ABC Daytime by far during its last six months on the air. They also wanted to bring back old faves like Holly (Emma Samms), Helena (Constance Towers) Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna to help wrap up dangling story threads and/or advance new ones.

Should there have been more Scorpios and less Mannings? I dunno. Maybe? What I do know is that TPTB had to undertake a massive rewriting and editing effort just to fit Robert and his wives in at all. The previous regime had no plans to bring back Robert and Anna for Robin's exit story.

For this blogger, GH is once again Can't Miss TV. I am excited to see what the new regime does next; given that ABC makes the smart choice and provides them the time to do so. See you next Ratings!