Ratings, Rants and Raves: Good Week for B&B and GH; Young and Restless Still Tied at All-Time Lows in Key Demos





If Madison Avenue cared more about total viewers, then all three soaps airing the week of Aug 6-10 would have an Olympic-sized reason to celebrate. (Source: Soap Opera Network). As it is though, it's all about the demos, baby! 

While The Young and the Restless went up an impressive 122,000 total viewers and inched up a tenth of a point in households, the CBS sudser was tied at its all-time lows among the coveted women 18-49 and W18-34 demos, dropping a tenth of a point in the latter.

In story, TGVN (Eric Braeden) pulled one of his disappearing acts, causing new wife Sharon (Sharon Case) to get smashed and take on Tucker (Stephen Nichols) as an ally/puppet master. After making a spectacle of herself at Jack (Peter Bergman) and Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) wedding reception, the current Mrs. Victor Newman got tossed into the pool by the former. 

Later, a shocked Alexis (Joan Collins) contended with Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear), as she slid down the stairwell at the Carrington manse. Wait…wrong soap that Scott Hamner used to write for! I really hope Josh Griffith can bring back the nuance and psychological underpinnings to Nikki and Sharon's rivalry.

Tim (Aaron Lustig) wanted Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) to let him see if the red curtains still matched the drapes, in order for him to keep quit about Phyllis running over Paul (Doug Davidson) and Cricket (Lauralee Bell). Phyllis balked, but agreed to pay his inflated blackmail fee. To get her hands on the loot she needed, Phyllis stole from her daughter's trust. I bet her next Mother's Day gift from Summer is gonna blow.

Under hypnosis, Eden 3.0 (Jessica Heap) showed signs of being terrified of Ricky (Peter Porte), until Kyle (Blake Hood) got all overprotective of his bonk buddy and stopped the session. A show of hands for everyone who simply cannot wait for the new regime's material to start airing?

The Bold and the Beautiful went up 78,000 total viewers, and was up year-to-date by 222,000. B&B also went up one-tenth of a point in households (up two-tenths of a point year-to-date), yet held steady among W18-49 and W18-34.

We may be spending a lot of time griping about the never-ending story of Hope (Kimberly Matula), Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), but there's no denying B&B's numbers have improved this year.

Storywise, it was pretty much the same old stuff. Hope wanted another wedding because the one in Italy was stained by video footage of Liam dry-humping Steffy. Steffy tried to convince Liam to leave Hope, to go frolick on the beaches of Los Angeles with her. Steffy and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) bickered about Hope and Liam. Jacob Young collected a check for doing nothing other than have Rick support Hope. See what I mean? Same old stuff.

General Hospital gained 52,000 viewers over the previous week. GH also went up one-tenth of a point among W18-34, but didn't budge in households or among W18-49.

Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) caught a beat down from John McBain (Michael Easton) the week in question. The cop found out about Port Charles' answer to James Murdoch sending a pic of McBain and Sam (Kelly Monaco) kissing to Natalie (Melissa Archer).

Jason (Steve Burton) gave Ewen (Nathin Butler) a warning about doing right by Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). At Joe Jr.'s (Richard Steinmetz) urging, Trey (Erik Valdez) stopped production of Mob Princess, to get closer to Kristina (Lindsey Morgan).The sexy, budding reality producer's faux good deed didn't stop Sonny (Maurice Benard) from smacking him around in a boxing ring.

Speaking of Sonny, the Dimpled Don had marrying Kate (Kelly Sullivan) on the brain again; while his son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) had to arrest one of his own. It turned out Todd had pressed charges against McBain. Lucky for John, Starr (Kristen Alderson) has no problem threatening to disown her father whenever she wants to get her way.

As Dante was reading McBain his rights, Maxie (Jen Lilley) was urging the former Bensonhurt dweller's wife to read a pregnancy test. It's really no wonder Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) was so freaked at the idea of becoming a mother. Her own mom spent most of the kid's developing years with drool running down her chin. See you next Ratings!

 

23 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    It is now all over TWITTER that Christel Khalil is OUT as Lily, and also on her website (girl has a website? Why?) Sounds like her contract negotiations fell apart. Hopefully this is true and there won’t be an 11th hour announcement that she is actually staying after all. Gag! She is HORRID as Lily.

    Let the recast discussion (and partying) begin! The Lane fans are spitting nails. I wonder if they will hire an airplane? Losers.

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    JasamForever

    @Coffee_Junkie-I saw that also on her website. Wow. I really did not think it was her. CK has been on the show for a while and Cane and Lily have a pretty decent loyal following. So, I am suprised.

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    80srockfan

    Coffee_Junkie what will you say if JW gets a Note on her Facebook page from the new Team saying thanks but we are moving on be careful it might come back in bite you in the AZZ

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    Duchess

    The website has no affiliation to CK so I’ll believe this when it comes from an official source. A fan emailed Steve Kent at Sony and supposedly Steve told her that CK was out. I can’t imagine someone so high up at Sony emailing that info to a fan! Personally I think this is just Lane fans worried about that casting announcement yesterday and trying to drum up support for CK just in case it was a Lily recast. A plane should be flying over the CBS studio any minute now…

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    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=80srockfan]Coffee_Junkie what will you say if JW gets a Note on her Facebook page from the new Team saying thanks but we are moving on be careful it might come back in bite you in the AZZ[/quote]

    I’d say good for her. I don’t think she has any interest in playing Jill anymore, anyway. She’s already moved to Oregon to retire. I’d miss Jill, but I’d be happy for the actress who abandoned this sinking ship just in the nick of time. Next question??

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    bishbay

    Jess Walton wants to work, and who can blame her? She’ll come back if their offer is realistic. I hope they can fix the problems with Jill this time around, though. They need to have her cut off pscyho Cane (there can be no more mother-son talk between them, it’s so weird!!!) and explore why she is so wretched to Billy.

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    Marcelle

    [quote=LovinVilly]The website has no affiliation to CK so I’ll believe this when it comes from an official source. [/quote]
    I don’t know how accurate their information is, but that website is in fact her official fan website. She gives them exclusive interviews, etc, or at least she has in the past.

    If I’m not mistaken this is the time of year that her contract is up, so she would be going through negotiations about now. So perhaps this is a case of her fans putting out the info so they can get other folks campaigning and calling, and hiring planes to fly over CBS studios like they did for Daniel Goddard.

    CK’s given that website exclusives before, and the site owner said she confirmed the information with CK herself before posting that article, not an email from an executive at Sony. So, make of it what you will. Time will tell.

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    Coffee_Junkie

    Sounds to me like TPTB and CK are battling. She is stonewalling about something in the negotiations and they are refusing. So they put out a “casting note” and she has taken to the internet to whine to her fan base that she is “out” as Lily. If so, this tactic might not work. I don’t know how Sony/CBS and gang feel about an actor/actress doing that. I just know that if “I” were their employer I wouldn’t be too happy about it.

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    Restless Fan

    The Maria Bell years cannot end soon enough!! Too bad the show shoots as far in advance as it does. MAB is probably sitting in front of her television still scratching her head in confusion over why she was fired. She truly believed her crap was good.

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    david46208

    @Coffee_Junkie: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

    :) :) :)

    I’m doing the happy dance at work! Good riddance! See ya wouldn’t want to be ya!

    Best news since Harry met Sally!

    Lets hope it is true. I am saying my Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s.

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    bishbay

    I dunno, you guys. I can’t stand Lane but I don’t think that CK was the problem with that couple. She’s gotten terrible material again and again.

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    Yoryla

    [quote=bishbay]Jess Walton wants to work, and who can blame her? She’ll come back if their offer is realistic. I hope they can fix the problems with Jill this time around, though. They need to have her cut off pscyho Cane (there can be no more mother-son talk between them, it’s so weird!!!) and explore why she is so wretched to Billy.[/quote]

    bishbay – ITA!!!

    Jill and Cane are NOT mother and son, and they should stop acting like they are! I don’t mind that they interact but not at the expense of Jill’s REAL family members like son Billy, dil Victoria and brand new grand-son Johnny.

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    pennywise555

    [quote=Yoryla][quote=bishbay]Jill and Cane are NOT mother and son, and they should stop acting like they are! I don’t mind that they interact but not at the expense of Jill’s REAL family members like son Billy, dil Victoria and brand new grand-son Johnny.[/quote]

    What’s the deal with characters not being able to interact because they are not related by blood? Jill and Kay weren’t related by blood until around 2004 or so, but they were the longest running rivalry. Relationship on the show, and one of the longest in daytime, and millions have followed them for decdes.

    I know I don’t just speak to my mate and blood relatives. I do more on a daily basis with those NON-blood related.

    They have kept Jill away from Katherine for over three years to prop stupid Tucker, and Tucker and Katherine -SUCK! There is NO humor, or no witty exchanges. It’s poor old Kay being a supportive Mommmy to an 61 year old boo hoo boy who complains about everything- Just gross.

    Jill should have scenes with Billy ,Kay, Jack and lots of people in GC. She has tremendous chemistry with Cane also and could have a working relationship. Most people in the world don’t work with all blood relatives.

    The best should be on screen, not keep the best off to as not to outshine someone’s agenda. Other characters shouldn’t have to be kept away from Cane because they might out shine the Gen & Cane relationship. How petty and ridiculous! If the Gen character can’t measure up then she shouldn’t be there.

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    Marcelle

    [quote=bishbay]I don’t think that CK was the problem with that couple.[/quote]
    I actually agree with this. She showed some spark when Cane was killed off. They brought him back, and then, well…

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    SZima

    [quote=Coffee_Junkie]It is now all over TWITTER that Christel Khalil is OUT as Lily, and also on her website (girl has a website? Why?) Sounds like her contract negotiations fell apart. Hopefully this is true and there won’t be an 11th hour announcement that she is actually staying after all. Gag! She is HORRID as Lily.[/quote]

    As a newer viewer, I’ve never understood the Lily thing. She doesn’t seem to have very much talent even though she’s won an Emmy (or 2?).
    Now it sounds like many of you don’t care for her and especially the pairing with Cane. So I guess I’m fine with her leaving and if they re-cast, I hope they find someone with chutzpah…more like Drucilla.

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    Mets82

    I like Christal Khali. She was very pretty and I liked her with Cane. I think a problem is that where was her storyline in the past year? I mean after Cane was presumed dead and he came back and stuff, what else has she done? She either talks about the kids or shes asking Cane about his mother. Its hard to give grief on someone when they dont have a storyline to sink there teeth into.

    I can give you a perfect of someone who should’ve been canned and had a major storyline. What about Jack Manning on OLTL? He had a major storyline bullying Shane but he was brutal as an actor. His scenes were painful to watch. I dont think Christal Khali is in that class. Thats just my opinion.

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    pferrando

    I also am in the hope she stays camp. And I also like them together. And yes she won and deserved the Emmy if you saw her reel. And YES! to Y and R’s viewer increase. I’m a loyal longtime fan, and will continue to be one unless LML comes back.

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    tori87dec

    Don’t attack Gen,she is Cane’s mother and he loves her and wants a relationship with her. He can still have a close relationship with Jill but she has children she can mother and Cane isn’t one of them. The Gen character measures up just fine,she isn’t going anywhere and no one is keeping other characters away from the character of Cane.

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    Yoryla

    [quote=pennywise555] What’s the deal with characters not being able to interact because they are not related by blood? Other characters shouldn’t have to be kept away from Cane because they might out shine the Gen & Cane relationship. How petty and ridiculous! If the Gen character can’t measure up then she shouldn’t be there.[/quote]

    If you read my post again, I specifically stated that I don’t MIND them interacting. In fact, I’m all for it – if it doesn’t take up ALL of Jill’s time, time which should also share with her sister Lauren and brother-in-law Michael, her son Billy and dil Victoria. And yes also, with Katherine, Esther and possibly even Tucker.

    The point was that the main thing for Jill before she was gone was to be in scenes with Cane, when she could have been doing something else.

    And yes, Cane DOES have a mother, that is Genevieve. He doesn’t need two mothers. I totally think a mother and son should have a chance to at least try to repair their relationship. And Jill kept trying to be in the way of that – that I don’t like.

    edit. WTF is wrong with the quoting here??? It goes to shit everytime!

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    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=tori87dec]Don’t attack Gen,she is Cane’s mother and he loves her and wants a relationship with her. He can still have a close relationship with Jill but she has children she can mother and Cane isn’t one of them. The Gen character measures up just fine,she isn’t going anywhere and no one is keeping other characters away from the character of Cane.[/quote]

    You sure like to use the word “don’t” a lot, don’t you?

    People are allowed to attack Genevieve here. Sorry!

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