Daytime Confidential Top 20, August 2012

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No. 20: Crystal Chappell, The Bold and the Beautiful


The Bold and the Beautiful’sCrystal Chappell plummeted from No. 7 in July to No. 20 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. Could it be that Joanna Johnson's (Karen) lack of availability, due to work as a primetime TV producer, has caused interest in Dani and Karen's love story to wane? B&B showrunner Brad Bell recently promised more story is coming for his soap's premiere lesbian couple. We'll see how that effects Chappell's ranking.


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No. 19: Nancy Lee Grahn, General Hospital


General Hospital’sNancy Lee Grahn made her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 19 on August’s countdown. GH's new creative team of executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati are definitely giving Grahn's character Alexis Davis more to do than previous regimes had. Perhaps that helped her make the cut?

The Daytime Confidential Top 20 is based on the clicks of Daytime Confidential readers as they use the website. It is tabulated at the end of each month and published during the following month.


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No. 18: Jeanne Cooper, The Young and the Restless


The Young and the Restless’Jeanne Cooper slipped one spot, from No. 17 in July to No. 18, on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in August. Cooper has been riding high on sales and buzz from her New York Times' Best Seller Not Young, Still Restless.

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No. 17: Ronn Moss, The Bold and the Beautiful


The Bold and the Beautiful’sRonn Moss returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 for the first time since June 2011 in August at No. 17. News that Moss was leaving the role of Ridge Forrester after 25 years shocked the daytime community and definitely had DC readers clicking.


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No. 16: Victoria Rowell, The Young and the Restless


Former The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell slid eight spots from No. 8 in July to No. 16 in August. Rowell's recent scene-stealing arc on VH1's Single Ladies kept the actress in play in August.


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No. 15: Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless


After earning a spot at No. 6 on June’s Daytime Confidential Top 20, The Young and the Restless’Christel Khalil plummeted to No. 41 in July. In August, Khalil rocketed back up the countdown to No. 15 as news broke that she could soon be out as Lily Winters.

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No. 14: Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital


Former General Hospital star Vanessa Marcil fell from No. 9 in July to No. 14 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. It was recently revealed that Marcil is splitting from husband Carmine Giovinazzo.


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No. 13: Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful


The Bold and the Beautiful’sSusan Flannery returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in August, for the first time since October 2010. As with TV son Ronn Moss, the shocking news of Flannery's upcoming B&B departure had everyone clicking. Can B&B survive without both Ridge and Stephanie Forrester? 

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No. 12: Jess Walton, The Young and the Restless


Jess Walton may be away from The Young and the Restless, but she has not been forgotten by DC readers. Walton returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 12 in August for the first time since May, when she ranked No. 5. It's time for Jill Foster Abbott to come home to Genoa City where she belongs!

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No. 11: Melissa Reeves, Days of our Lives


Days of Our Lives’Melissa Reeves  has chicken to thank for her debut on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 11 in August. The star's controversial support of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day led to a heated debate about freedom of speech and LGBT rights in the comments section of many a DC blog post last month. 


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No. 10: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital


General Hospital’sKelly Monaco slipped from No. 6 in July to No. 10 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. With Monaco headed back to Dancing With The Stars, we wonder will it impact her place on the chart?

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No. 9: Kimberly McCullough, General Hospital


General Hospital’s Kimberly McCullough slid from No. 4 in July to No. 9 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake is still alive, but not quite well on GH and fans continue to press the show to convince the popular star to return for good.

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No.8: Ingo Rademacher, General Hospital


General Hospital’sIngo Rademacher returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in August at No. 8 for the first time since January 2012. Deets came out about the ABC sudser bringing the popular Jasper "Jax" Jack home for a visit in August.

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No. 7: Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless


The Young and the Restless’Sharon Case climbed from No. 10 in July to No. 7 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. The on screen and off screen shenanigans that resulted from the icktastic Shictor pairing on Y&R were all anyone could talk about on DC in August. Okay, that is when they weren't talking about Chick-fil-A, Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery, Steve Burton, Jill Farren Phelps...

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No. 6: Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless


The Young and the Restless’Melody Thomas Scott leapt from No. 14 in July to No. 6 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20 countdown. The ageless beauty is considered by many to be the glue that has kept Y&R together during some of the soap's most challenging times creatively.

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No. 5: Farah Fath, One Life to Live


Farah Fath continued her run as the highest ranked former One Life to Live star on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Fath slipped from No. 3 in July to No. 5 in August. If the interest of DC readers counts for anything, some soap should book Fath and fast!


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No. 4: Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless


The Young and Restless’Eric Braeden zoomed from No. 27  to No. 4 on August’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. Braeden's blustery interviews and constant posturing in the press remains much more interesting than any of the storylines he's been given as Victor Newman during the past four years.


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No. 3: Steve Burton, General Hospital


General Hospital’sSteve Burton hasn’t earned a spot on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 since April, but he returned to the countdown in August at No. 3. Burton finally made good on his promise to leave GH and move here, breaking the hearts of many DC readers, as others said good riddance to Burton's mob hitman Jason Morgan.

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No. 2: Peter Reckell, Days of Our Lives


For the fourth month in a row Days of Our Lives’Peter Reckell earned the No. 2 ranking on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Does Sony TV have any idea just how popular their soap's exiting leading man really is?


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No. 1: Kirsten Storms, General Hospital


No other soap star has held the No. 1 Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking more consecutive months than General Hospital’sKirsten Storms. August marks Storms’ eighth month at No. 1 on the DC Top 20. It will be interesting to see if she falls from No. 1 in September now that she’s returned to viewer’s TV screens.