Ratings, Rants and Raves: Bold and Beautiful Inches Up; General Hospital Hits 2-Year High

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Stephanie Forrester's (Susan Flannery) long day's journey to a bench at Big Bear is proving to be ratings gold for The Bold and the Beautiful. (Source: Soap Opera Network). B&B went up in total viewers, households and among women 18-49 the week of Nov. 12-16.



Almost 140,000 more people tuned into B&B than had the previous week. The 30-minute sudser was up one-tenth of a point in households and among W18-49. Among W18-34, it held steady.

The Forrester family, friends and various sex buddies all gathered to say goodbye to Steph, as Eric (John McCook) surprised his wife with performances by Celtic Woman. I never knew Stephanie was Irish until last week, but it was a beautiful tribute none the same. Although, if I start coughing and someone hires a Kenyan dance troupe to perform when I requested New Edition, I won't be happy.

My favorite part of B&B last week was the renewed battle of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) vs. Taylor (Hunter Tylo). Doc Hayes was concerned about all the time Brooke was spending with Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) and Baby Will. Taylor accused Brooke of trying to do to Katie's (Heather Tom) marriage what she'd done to Ridge and Taylor's. Does anyone else ever want Brooke to scream as loudly as she can in Taylor's face: "I HAD HIM FIRST!"?

The slap my Logan gave the meddling shrink was almost as good! Give me more of this. With Flannery gone, I need to see grown women front and center on The Bold and the Beautiful. Hope (Kimberly Matula), Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and the other one are fine for the summer, but during the winter months, I need more.

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The Young and the Restless fell a meager 31,000 total viewers, but held steady in the demos. Y&R was all over the place story-wise that week.

Sexy-as-hell couple Ronan (Jeff Branson) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) couldn't manage to have a decent first date. Avery (Jessica Collins) kept having visions and flashes of fancy. Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Adam (Michael Muhney) battled over a newly-diagnosed bipolar Sharon (Sharon Case). Some kid I don't care about continued to be cyber-bullied by two kids I'm supposed to care about, but really don't.

Jill (Jess Walton) plotted against Kay (Jeanne Cooper) with Tucker (Stephen Nichols). Neil (Kristoff St. John) offered Leslie (Angell Conwell) a job and Victor (Eric Braeden) blustered and bellowed his way into the plot driven Victoria-napping saga. To borrow from Pine Valley Podcast's Jordan Hudson, I am not amused.

While I once enjoyed Jack and Phyllis, and am always excited when The Staff and Peter Bergman share scenes, Ronan and Phyllis were so hot they threatened to melt my flat screen. The new regime should have found a way to salvage them.

I am still enjoying Avery, but those Nola Reardon fantasies have to go. This is The Young and the Restless, not Ally McBeal. Sharon's crazy behind has been institutionalized three, maybe four times, and she's just now being diagnosed with the manic depression? This is the big reason why she's been marrying Paw-Paws and setting houses aflame?

WTF is up with the young adult storyline? This is the soap that gave us the Glow By Jabot kids, a young Eddie Cibrian vs. Joshua Morrow, the tempestuous Brooks sisters. Am I really supposed to get excited about two mealy-mouthed twerps with NuSummer (Hunter King) in the middle? Why doesn't sex-on-a-stick Robert Adamson (Noah) have a decent storyline yet? Blake Hood is back as Kyle. Recast that drip playing Eden with Brittany Underwood and let's get a proper love triangle going!

As for Tucker and Jill's desperation to keep Kay from atop Chancellor, I thought McCall Unlimited seized control of Katherine's empire? Couldn't Tucker simply fire her?

I am enjoying Chadam vs. Shadam, even though I really need Sharon to get her shiz together and be normal like yesterday. Sharon Case is getting a little too good with the crazy eyes bit. Neil and Leslie are all kinds of promising, even though I wish, you know, Abbotts were running Jabot and the Winters had their own company. I'm gonna try to keep an open mind, but Y&R needs to be figuring things out a bit faster.

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Speaking of soaps that need to figure a few things out, Days of Our Lives fell 134,000 total viewers over the previous week. DAYS was in last place among W18-49 and fell one-tenth of a point among W18-34. Salem, we have a problem.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) found John (Drake Hogestyn) in a compromising position with Kristen (Eileen Davidson) at the Horton Cabin. Someone thought it would be a good idea to chem-test Abigail (Kate Mansi) and EJ (James Scott). Sami (Alison Sweeney) got a new and familiar boss at Countess Willa Jean and Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) returned as a brunette. Did I mention he's also a priest?

DAYS has all of the makings of a great soap opera. Davidson is back. Fans go ape poop over any pairing Sweeney is involved in. WilSon is generating killer buzz and Vaughan is one of the hottest guys in soaps. So what's the problem?

I'll tell you what the problem is, anemic storytelling! Kristen DiMera should be pulling stunts and scandals on a epic scale. Finding your man at a cabin with another woman is ripped from the Carrie/Austin/Sami teen triangle — these are grown ass women!

Why isn't Kristen hiring an actor to play one of Marlena's patients, who then attempts suicide? Kristen could then work to get Marlena's medical license revoked! In other words, she should be truly wreaking havoc on the good Doc's life. Kristen isn't the type of soap bitch to pull Petticoat Junction pranks on Marlena. Step this business up!

Why DAYS refuses to tell an actual EJami story is beyond me. Sami running around with her hair in a bun trying to keep Gabi from getting an abortion is a waste of Alison Sweeney's time and mine.

Who on God's Earth thought it would be a good idea to make Eric a priest? You don't hire Greg Vaughan and think, "I'm gonna put him in a suit with a collar!" Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell already did this mess with Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live and it went over just as well. Dear Steve Kent, fix your daytime soaps!

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General Hospital dropped 17,000 total viewers over the previous week, but held steady in the demos. GH was once again No. 1 among W18-34, and was only separated from Y&R among W18-49 by one-tenth of a point. GH also posted a two-year high among W18-34, which ABC is heavily touting via press release.

Two shocking reveals dominated story in Port Charles the week in question. As Carly (Laura Wright) confronted a back-from-the-dead AJ (Sean Kanan), a captive Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was horrified to learn "Duke" (Ian Buchanan) was really Faison (Anders Hove) wearing the best Halloween mask ever! This is how you motherfreaking save a soap opera. How many times did you rewind Monica (Leslie Charleson) slapping the taste out of Carly's fast mouth?

The week also saw Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) make his return to town and Sam confronting Anna (Finola Hughes) over the lack of forward movement in the Case of The Disappearing Jason (Steve Burton). Girl, he's in Tennessee. Go ahead on and get you some of McBain's (Michael Easton) nightstick!

While it's no secret I think GH is the best daytime soap on the air right now, there's still room for improvement. This Britt/Patrick/Sabrina stuff has grown silly. I'd rather see Robin found out to be alive. Then she, Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Emma could leave town together — that is unless McCullough signs a new contract!  Don't get me wrong, I love Thompson and Patrick, but if I wanted to watch Ugly Betty's Anatomy, I'd go to TV Guide Channel.

It would make much more sense for Patrick to fall in love with Liz (Rebecca Herbst)—and be building a family with her—when Liz's pal Robin makes her stunning return, than to keep up this daffy, non-triangle. I do think the actress playing Sabrina is charming though; just not charming enough for me to look up her name right now. See you next Ratings!