Rating, Rants and Raves: The Young and the Restless Ties All-Time Low in Women 18-49

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Despite Maria Arena Bell's near-delusional Facebook rantings about how solid her ratings are, The Young and the Restless slid significantly the week of July 30. The CBS sudser dropped two-tenths of a point to tie its record low rating in the women 18-49 demo. (Source: Soap Opera Network)

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Y&R shed 137,000 total viewers, fell one-tenth of a point in households and among W18-34. In story, Paul (Doug Davidson) learned Ricky (Peter Porte) hadn't murdered Tim (Aaron Lustig), which had the guilt-ridden private dick wondering if he'd misjudged the son he'd killed.

Ashley (Eileen Davidson) found out Jack (Peter Bergman) planned to be CEO of the merged Jabot and Beauty of Nature. Victor (Eric Braeden) told Kyle (Blake Hood) about his dad's pending nuptials with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), the woman who smashed in his mama's head in a public park.

Abby (Marcy Rylan) wrote Kay (Jeanne Cooper) a big fat check, covering more than the money lost for the botched gala. Tim once again blackmailed Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and after being proposed to by Victor, Sharon (Sharon Case) headed off to Kansas to try to stop Adam (Michael Muhney) from marrying Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan).

Personally, I found Y&R fairly decent the week in question. Though I have to say, Sharon deciding to accept Victor's proposal—after seeing the amount she'd get from a divorce settlement—was poorly written and out of character. The same girl who refused to accept a handout from the Newmans, when Victor offered to pay for her mother's medical bills, is now an amoral, gold-digging, Paw Paw humping whore? MAB needed to have been fired on the basis of what she's done to the Sharon character alone.

The Bold and the Beautiful was up 41,000 total viewers for the week. B&B held steady in households, among W18-49 and W18-34.  Hope (Kimberly Matula) ripped into Liam (Scott Clifton) for lying about all the heavy petting he and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) did on Hope and Liam's Italian wedding day. For good measure, she also ripped up the papers she and Liam needed to have signed in order to be legally married in the states.

Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Taylor (Hunter Tylo), Ridge (Ron Moss) and Bill (Don Diamont) spent the entire week discussing this latest hiccup in the Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle. What else is there to do after 40, than sit around talking about your flaky brats' love lives?

General Hospital lost a whopping 168,000 total viewers over the previous week. GH also fell one-tenth of a point in households. ABC's sole daytime soap did manage to go up one-tenth of a point among W18-34 and held steady among W18-49.

Johnny (Brandon Barash) informed Todd (Roger Howarth) that he knew about the baby switch. If Todd breaths a word about Johnny's culpability in Cole and Hope's deaths, Johnny will tell everyone that Sam McCall's (Kelly Monaco) baby is alive and well, being raised by Todd's ex-wife Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano) in Pennsylvania.

A suspicious Sam tried to break into Todd's safe. Kate (Kelly Sullivan) told Sonny (Maurice Benard) she thought Joe Jr. (Richard Steinmetz) might know something about their baby. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore) played stripped poker, while their dependents were on a date at Metro Court. Michael (Chad Duell) and Starr (Kristen Alderson) talked about the future. Trey (Erik Valdez) was apprehensive about his dad's plan to target Kristina (Lindsey Morgan). Maxie (Jen Lilley) and Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) faced off over Patrick's (Jason Thompson) addiction and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) almost caught Ewen (Nathin Butler) having a sinister cell phone convo.

GH has a slew of engaging, compelling stories going on at a quickened pace. You really can't even walk out of the room to get a soda when its on, or you'll miss something! I love this new aspect of the show, because that's how I feel about my fave primetime series. However, the serial could still use a bit of a tonal shift. Having two men, who despite their vile acts are perceived as romantic leads, discussing their respective ghastly behavior was a bit much.

While a baby switch isn't that big of a deal for Todd to have orchestrated—given his OLTL history—Johnny has always been portrayed as a reluctant mob heir. How can he ever come back from being responsible for the deaths of a teenager and a baby? This is one of those times when I wouldn't mind one bit if we learned Cole and Hope were being cared for in some cabin, by a kindly religious couple who look an awful lot like Roscoe Born and Barbara Garrick. See you next Ratings!