Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Climbs, As Sony Soaps Tie All-Time Lows

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Sony TV might want to start paying as much attention to their daytime soaps as they have been their telenovelas. Both of the sudsers co-owned by Sony—Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless—tied their all-time low ratings among women 18-49 and among W18-34 the week of June 18-22. (Source: Soap Opera Network)

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Y&R lost 120,000 total viewers over the previous week, and was down one-tenth of a point in households. Among W18-49, Y&R fell one-tenth of a point, tying its all-time low in that demo. Things weren't any better for the CBS sudser among W18-34, as Y&R fell two-tenths of a point in that demo, also tying its record low rating.

In story, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Sharon (Sharon Case) were in jail after fighting over a Victor (Eric Braeden) and his horse. Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) began to figure out that Daisy (Yvonne Zima) definitely heard Phyllis miscarry and failed to assist. Tucker (Stephen Nichols) paid a desperate Genevieve's (Genie Francis) hotel tab. Adam (Michael Muhney) helped Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) study for her GED and Carmine (Marco Dapper) planned to kidnap Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), but it was the Naked Heiress herself, Abby Newman (Marcy Rylan), in his trunk instead!

While I found it barf-inducing that Victor was the reason they were fighting, I thought Nikki and Sharon's tussle was amusing. I once again found myself trying not to hurl, however, when Victor showed up at the jail and scolded those two grown ass women, like they were children. I think it's time for the newly-trimmed moustache to head to the backburner for a bit.

Adam and Chelsea are a lot of fun. Two scoundrels falling in love is always good soap. I just wish they had more airtime. As for Carmine and Abby, I abso-freaking-lutely love them! The Guido and the fame-obsessed Naked Heiress are rom-com gold, not to mention a welcome respite from all of Y&R's back-to-back crime drama rip-offs. Welcome back, Ronan (Jeff Branson).

DAYS lost 112,000 total viewers, and was down one-tenth of a point in households. DAYS fell one-tenth of a point among W18-49 and two-tenths of a point among W18-34, tying the soap's all-time lows in both demos.

Storywise, beloved heroine Detective-Doctor Alexandra "Lexie" Carver (Renee Jones) went home to her soapy glory. Will Horton's (Chandler Massey) hunky, smash-up-against-the-wall-and-kiss pal gave him an alibi for the night Stefano (Joe Mascolo) was "murdered". Madison (Sarah Brown) wondered if Brady (Eric Martsolf) was back on crack. Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) gave Victor (John Aniston) another chance. Andrew snatched up Melanie (Molly Burnett). Kate (Lauren Koslow) warned Carrie (Christie Clark) not to hurt Austin (Patrick Muldoon) again and Victor told Daniel, godson you can't turn a ho into a housewife re: Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  

Per usual with DAYS, the Will stuff was the most powerful of the week. Roman's (Josh Taylor) reaction to Will being at a gay bar—and later learning that his grandson was indeed gay—provided all of the actors involved with some good material. The scenes especially provided Sami (Alison Sweeney) a chance to redeem herself, by standing strong with her son for a change.

I think DAYS' ratings slip for the week could be attributed to Renee Jones exiting the role of Lexie. While Lexie hasn't had a decent storyline in years, the character—and Jones herself—had become a tentpole for Salem and DAYS' fans.

No matter what lunancy was taking place on (or behind) our screens during these past few, tumultuous years, there was always sensible, reliable Lexie. Personally, I loved the character most when she was having steamy fantasies about one of Abe's (James Reynolds) sons or brothers, and/or when she was planting items in the tabloids about John (Drake Hogestyn) and Hope (Kristian Alfsonso), during the custody battle for Zack, but Heart and Soul of Salem Lexie worked as well. Godspeed, Renee.

ABC Daytime's General Hospital went up 128,000 total viewers, and was up one-tenth of a point in households. GH held steady among W18-49 and among W18-34.

The Davis family of sister-women said goodbye to who they believe to be Sam's (Kelly Monaco) son the week in question. Meanwhile, a guilty Todd (Roger Howarth) secretly showed up at the graveside, only to be spied by Carly (Laura Wright). Speaking of Todd, the Llanview transpant found himself on the receiving end of blackmail when Heather (Robin Mattson) forced him to give her a job at the Port Charles Sun

Elsewhere at the Metro Court, Anna (Finola Hughes) was preparing a romantic dinner for Luke (Anthony Geary), as Tracy (Jane Elliot) was across town at the Q's doing the exact same thing for her ex. Unfortunately, neither woman would get a chance to break bread with Luke, as the back of the rogue's formerly permed head had a nasty run in with Heather Webber!

Luke's daughter Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) was tempting fate, as she began remodeling the Haunted Star with her ex-boyfriend-turned-business partner Johnny (Brandon Barash) and Starr (Kristen Alderson) was singing her pain away. That was, when she wasn't bickering with her new, naked roommate, Trey (Erik Valdez), who also happens to be producing Kristina's (Lindsey Morgan) reality show.  Cue: teen quad. 

Kelly Monaco was stellar the week in question. Sam's grief over her child, and inability to connect with Jason (Steve Burton) was gut-wrenching. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn), Molly (Haley Pullos), Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and even Carly all connected with their fragile loved one in the touching scenes. However, Lindsey Morgan stuck out like a sore, shrill thumb.

I'm not blaming NuKristina not working all on the actress, who is quite beautiful and serviceable even. Since her return, the writing for the character has taken a drastically shallow slant. I am all for exploring Krissy's mommy and daddy issues, but she was never a raging bitch. One semester at college shouldn't have turned her into one. As immature, loud and overbearing as Kristina currently behaves, I doubt she'd have had the grades and poise to get into a shrimp truck driving school, let alone the Ivy League — even with her daddy's help. I am going to need to see some layers with this character and soon.

I'm liking the Trey vs. Starr banter. In fact, I constantly find myself wishing Michael (Chad Duell) and Kristina would simply go home to sulk, talk loudly and be insufferable offscreen, while Trey and Starr make out in their wet towels.

Heather Webber is a force of nature on this canvas. I talked last week about loving the umbrella story on GH; well, Robin Mattson is the perfect person to pop it open. It's almost as if she's a demented Mary Poppins, sprinkling everyone with spoonfuls of arsenic and comic, campy despair. I also love the Anna/Luke/Tracy love triangle, with Heather as the unhinged spoiler. It's amazing to see four of daytime's most accomplished and acclaimed vets being used in a storyline that shows there is much more for characters to do after 50, than ask 20-somethings about their love lives.

I would like it if Stevia had a bigger role in the Heather storyline. Sure, it's fun seeing Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) teaming with Spinelli to find out what Heather is up to, but with Sam on the case, Liv has pretty much been backburnered; same with Steven Lars (Scott Reeves). Why not up the ante by having Liv realize she's pregnant with Steve's baby, and/or by having him propose? Either of those developments would intensify Liv's desire to get this fruitcake sent back to funny farm, not to mention Heather's need to get rid of her meddling, not-quite-daughter-in-law!

Since we're on people who need a storyline, let's talk about Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore). I know Blakemore was away for awhile taping a movie, but it is time to put him back on the front burner, and in a hot romance! Since Carly already has enough going on with Johnny and Todd, why not let Shawn help Alexis get her groove back? Or, here's a thought, why not bring back Jason's first love, Keesha Ward, and pair her with Shawn? Wishful Storytelling: Keesha returns to Port Charles with the son of the late AJ Quartermaine, determined to secure her child's ELQ birthright!

The Bold and the Beautiful went up 12,000 total viewers over the previous week, and held steady in households. B&B dropped two-tenths of a point among W18-49 and fell two-tenths of a point among W18-34. This has to suck for the brass at B&B, considering the Italian wedding storyline reached a climax the week of June 18-22. 

Deacon (Sean Kanan) showed up to stop Hope (Kimberly Matula) from marrying Liam (Scott Cifton), at the behest of Liam's moustache-twirling father Bill Spencer (Don Diamont). Dimbulb Liam thought Hope had jilted him, and immediately made his way into Steffy's (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) arms; only for Hope to show up and explain why she was late. I am really gonna need the writing staff at B&B to start watching HBO's Girls and MTV's Awkward to learn how to write for 20-something women in 2012.

As fun and frothy as the Italian remote has been, young women today simply do not spend all their time fighting over who gets to marry some spikey-haired, fickle boy, who likes to wear board shorts and surfer necklaces. Enough already! Shows like Girls and Awkward prove young women can still be clueless and hopelessly romantic about guys, but they aren't trying to MARRY THEM AT TWENTY!!!

I am so sick of Steffy flashing back to her wedding to Liam. Those scenes take up five minutes of B&B's precious 20 minutes of airtime. We remember their wedding — it only happened six months ago! No need for constant flashbacks.

This storyline belongs in the 1950's, when a woman's sole desire was to find a man and "set up housekeeping". Today's young woman wants more. To borow from All My Children's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), she wants it all!

Sure, Hope and Steffy manage to help run a major fashion dynasty, when they aren't doodling hearts and XOXO's about Liam in their Trapper Keepers, but the fashion stories on B&B have long since taken a backseat to this tiresome, ping-ponging triangle. I'm ready for another explosive, overarching Forrester Creations storyline.

Wishful Storytelling: What if Rick (Jacob Young) comes up with a business model to license a revamped BeLieF formula to sell to lower end designers? The project could essentially save Forrester Creation's bacon, as the economic crisis has dealt major blows to the luxury goods industry. With more and more people shopping at discount stores, and abstaining from couture, FC is in trouble.

While researching the project, Rick realizes Ridge (Ron Moss) neglected to renew the original BeLieF patent for Forrester Creations. He informs his mother, who renews the patent herself, and thus regains control of the formula that made the Forresters billions of dollars! When Bill offers to buy the rights to BeLief, the Forresters must once again decide whether or not to cede 51 percent of the company over to Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), or lose a fortune. See you next Ratings!