Ratings, Rants and Raves: Bell Soaps Inch Upward; General Hospital Gives Good Umbrella, Ella, Ella, Eh

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The week of June 11-15 was kind to the Bell family's soaps on CBS, ratings-wise. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The Young and the Restless went up 83,000 total viewers, and inched up one-tenth of a point in households. Y&R held steady among women 18-49 and W18-34. 

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In story, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) lost Nick's (Joshua Morrow) baby, after arguing with daffy Daisy (Yvonne Zima) on her wedding day. Following the tragedy, Phick decided to get married anyway, with their assorted children looking on. I have to say I enjoyed the Phyllis/Daisy scenes. For the first time, Zima managed to hold her own in a scene. It was a refreshing change for a storyline that has gone on far too long.

Elsewhere in Genoa City, Kevin (Greg Rikaart) agreed to help Genevieve (Genie Francis) find out who was stealing the money she'd stolen from Colin (Tristan Rogers). Heather (Jennifer London) kicked her sexy, psycho brother Ricky (Peter Porte) out of her apartment. The Abbott siblings clashed over Abby (Marcy Rylan) giving Jack (Peter Bergman) the loot to buy Beauty of Nature and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Sharon (Sharon Case) got into it over a real horse's ass. No, I don't mean Victor (Eric Braeden).  I'm not hating Y&R as much as I had been.



The Bold and the Beautiful gained 67,000 total viewers over the previous week, and was up a whopping 404,000 year-to-date. B&B went up one-tenth of a point in households, and held steady among W18-49 and W18-34.

Storywise, Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) was successful in his attempt to have Hope's (Kimberly Matula) biological father, Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan), released from prison. Later in Italy, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) struggled with watching her stepsister and her ex-husband Liam (Scott Clifton) strolling around in pre-marital bliss.  

Meanwhile, Deacon was feeling hella guilty about participating in Bill's plan to bust up the happy couple, yet soldiered on, due to Bill's continued threats to send him back to prison. B&B's signature supercouple, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Ron Moss), spent most of the week in search of a big olive.

It was fun to see the cast of B&B jet off to a glam location shoot again. While the Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle had been starting to get on my nerves, transplanting them to Italy rejuvenated the story a bit for me. That isn't to say I want the focus to remain on the young' uns once they all get back to L.A. It's time for the grown ups to get some decent storylines. Maybe Heather Tom's (Katie) recent Daytime Emmy win will inspire that development?

Days of Our Lives fell 47,000 total viewers over the previous week, but was still up year-to-date by 136,000. DAYS went up one-tenth of a point among W18-34 and held steady in households. Among W18-49, the NBC sudser fell one-tenth of a point.

The residents of Salem were stunned by Will Horton's (Chandler Massey) arrest for Stefano's (Joe Mascolo) murder the week of June 11-15. Will was most shocked when EJ (James Scott) posted his bail, informing the lad he was once again his slave. These two are so Fifty Shades of Gay, it ain't even funny!

Roman (Joshua Taylor) realized he couldn't investigate a murder where the victim was his mortal enemy—and all of the suspects would likely be attending his family reunion this summer—so he handed the case over to Rafe (Galen Gering), who is basically also related to everyone involved by marriage.

Stefano's merry widow, Kate (Lauren Koslow), set fire to their divorce papers and her non-compete clause; while her new man, Ian (Ian Buchanan), tried to team up with EJ, only to be shot down. Ian's boss, Victor (John Aniston), tried to woo back Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), but unfortunately for Vic, Hallmark hasn't made the perfect "I'm sorry I stole your eggs and gave them to my sterile friends" card yet.

Gabi (Camila Banus) didn't realize just how off in the head the dude she hired to pretend to stalk her is. Wouldn't it be cool if this Andrew turned out to be Shane and Kim's son by the same name? I'm warming up to this storyline. I am a sucker for a heroine trapped in a secret room, and I believe Molly Burnett (Melanie) will do Deidre Hall and Kristian Alfonso proud!

The other big story for the week was the one where Ian continued to drug Brady (Eric Martsolf), which I have to say, I am fast-forwarding through.

General Hospital dipped 46,000 total viewers over the previous week. GH also slid one-tenth of a point in households, yet held steady among W18-49 and W18-34. 

Emotions were running high in Port Charles the week in question. Sam (Kelly Monaco) wasn't trying to hear Jason's (Steve Burton) day late, and dollar short apologies about their not-so-dead baby. NuKristina (Lindsey Morgan) continued to get on everybody's doggone nerves with this reality show, and by everybody I mean her parents, and me the viewer.  Although, Trey (Erik Valdez), the skeevy, reality show producer, is definitely a keeper!

Matt (Jason Cook) had to go to Pentonville for murdering Lisa, which caused more cutting up and carrying on from Maxie (Jen Lilley). Fellow over-the-top blonde Kate (Kelly Sullivan) remembered a disturbing part of her past, with the help of Dr. Ewen (Nathin Butler). Todd (Roger Howarth) warned his new bestie Carly (Laura Wright) to stay away from Johnny (Brandon Barash), the latter of whom went into business with his ex-galpal, Lulu (Julie Marie Berman).

McBain (Michael Easton) learned Sonny (Maurice Benard) hadn't killed his sister and...LIASON PLAYED POOL!!!  Outside of NuKristina shrieking through every scene she's in, like a hissing cat that needs to be spayed, I thoroughly enjoyed GH the week in question. It is nice to see so many story threads being interwoven. Outside of Rihanna, nobody gives good umbrella like Frank and Ron! See you next Ratings.