Ratings, Rants and Raves: Soaps Didn't Find The Nielsens Wishbone Thanksgiving Week

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The remaining four daytime sudsers didn't have a lot to be thankful for ratings-wise the week of Nov. 19-23. (Source: Soap Opera Network). The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital all dipped Thanksgiving week.

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Y&R was the only soap to go up in total viewers (+35,000) the week in question. The CBS soap also managed to hold steady among women 18-49, while dropping one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34.

In story, Billy (Billy Miller) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) headed to Florida to rescue a kidnapped Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Cane (Daniel Goddard) was salty about Devon (Bryton James) coming to work at Jabot. Kay (Jeanne Cooper) faked a heart attack to test Jill's (Jess Walton) loyalty. Nina (Tricia Cast) saw Cricket (Lauralee Bell) kissing Santa Paul (Doug Davidson). Neil (Kristoff St. John) offered sexy Leslie (Angell Conwell) a job. Sharon (Sharon Case) reached out to Noah (Robert Adamson), while Adam (Michael Muhney) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) continued to bicker about her presence in their lives. Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) agreed to disagree with Avery (Jessica Collins) over Nick, and was later kissed by Jack (Peter Bergman). Meanwhile, Tucker (Stephen Nichols) challenged Jack at Newman, and had a tense Thanksgiving with his mother, son and Jill.

Y&R is starting to slowly take shape. After years of complaining about the Winters being forced to eat the storyline scraps the Newmans, Fisher-Baldwins et al. dropped from the table, I'm enjoying seeing Neil getting to be a baller/shot caller.

At first I was pissy Billy wasn't running the Abbott family firm, but I can get with Mamie's loved ones being in charge of Jabot. Angell Conwell is the first screen partner St. John has worked with since Victoria Rowell that I'm actually rooting for. Cane vs. Devon at Jabot could be interesting, especially if Cane were to betray Neil to Victor or Tucker in a fit of jealousy.

I hated the Victoria kidnapping lark from start to finish, although I have to give credit to Amelia Heinle. Her acting continues to improve the longer she inhabits the role of Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) first born. I would love to see Vicki emerge from this as the ball-busting, take-no-prisoners hellcat fans have been clamoring for her to be. The question is, have Heinle's chops improved to the point where she could pull that off?

I hate to see the best actress on the show, Tricia Cast, leaving again. Cast should be on contract with Nina as the heart and soul of this soap opera.

Sharon is still a weird, goofy mess. I realize Josh Griffith decided to embrace Maria Arena Bell's assassination of this character, but enough is enough. Let's have Sharon wash her butt, put on a pair of clean panties and get on with her life. She could offer to buy Crimson Lights back from a cash-strapped Kevin (Greg Rikaart). This woman needs a new center of gravity.

I think it would be smart to weave Nikki into Jack's pill addiction storyline, since he helped her through a similar problem 20-odd years ago. Jack needs more people in his corner than Phyllis. Victor has Colleen's blood on his hands—and heart in his chest—yet no one treats him like hog poop. Why does everyone have to beat up on Ol' Smilin' Jack?





B&B dropped the most of all four soaps among total viewers (-118,000). B&B also went down one-tenth of point in all key demos.

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Eric (John McCook) left a dying Stephanie (Susan Flannery) at Big Bear to attend a meeting at Forrester Creations. Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang)  came to be with her mortal enemy/best friend/soulmate, and the two recalled their stormy history. Back at the fashion house, a cocky Thomas (Adam Gregory) propsed millions of dollars in upgrades, which Eric shot down.

Taylor (Hunter Tylo) rushed kooky Katie (Heather Tom) to the hospital, where she learned she wasn't dying. Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Liam (Scott Clifton) moved back in together. Hope (Kimberly Matula) was so distraught that she wore the ugliest sweater in the history of winter clothing to a business meeting.

B&B was near perfect the week in question. Stephanie and Brooke at the cabin brought to a close one of soap opera's most legendary rivalries. Heather Tom once again proved why she's the go-to girl at the Daytime Emmys. I love boy-bitch Thomas, and Liam is much more fun and likeable when he's with Steffy.

I'm really excited about B&B right about now. Losing Flannery and Moss were huge blows to this soap opera, no doubt. However, Brad Bell and his team are rising to the occasion, spinning off intriguing new arcs from their twin exits. Brooke and Bill (Don Diamont) has the potential to be as hot as Brooke and Deacon (Sean Kanan) were. The battle for Forrester could drive story for years.  Also, John McCook is still an attractive, virile man. I can't wait to see which L.A. ladies make a play for the widower's heart.






DAYS went down 72,000 total viewers over the previous week. The NBC sudser also fell in households and among W18-49. Among W18-34, DAYS went up one-tenth of a point.

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John (Drake Hogestyn) was livid at Marlena (Deidre Hall) for deleting Kristen's (Eileen Davidson) voicemail about an injured Brady (Eric Martsolf). Father Eric (Greg Vaughan) convinced Nicole (Arianne Zucker) to make amends for her nasty stunts. Lucas (Bryan Datillo) decided to stop stick-blocking WilSon (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) got good news about Caroline (Peggy McKay), which meant Bo might be coming home soon.

I really don't know what to say about DAYS at this point. The cast is stellar, but the storytelling is beyond anemic. When you compare how GH is executing their big ticket returns to the way DAYS is doing it, you're left scratching your head. On GH, Cesar Faison (Anders Hove, Ian Buchanan) is impersonating his obsession's great love. On DAYS, Kristen is leaving voicemails. I give up.







GH went down 48,000 total viewers over the previous week, yet was up year-to-date by over 300,000. GH fell one-tenth of a point in households, and among W18-49. Among W18-34, the soap opera dipped two-tenths of a point, but was still tied at No. 1 with DAYS.   

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Edward Quartermaine's (the late John Ingle) health failed the week in question, sending the Q's reeling. AJ (Sean Kanan), who had been tricked by Tracy (Jane Elliot) into breaking his house arrest, was desperate to see his grandfather.

Elsewhere in Port Charles, Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) used much more exposition than I would have liked to explain to Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) who Faison is. The whole time, I was screaming at my TV, "Fool, if you know he's Faison, why the hell are you wasting time talking to Olivia and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) about it?"

AJ called Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Michael (Chad Duell) to let them know about Edward. When Sam revealed to the dying patriarch that Daniel was Jason's son, Edward reached out to touch Danny's hand, as Monica (Leslie Charleson) looked on.

Ned (Wally Kurth), Skye (Robin Christopher) and Lila Rae all returned to say goodbye to Grandfather on Thanksgiving, only to have the meal ruined by the fabulously-insane Heather Webber (Robin Mattson).

The week ended with Edward's spirit reuniting with Lila to ascend the staircase to heaven. Nice touch.

As with the upcoming battle for Forrester on B&B, I am pumped about the fight for ELQ on GH. Give me a well-plotted corporate power struggle any day of the week!  My only big gripe about GH of late is the lack of storyline for Elizabeth. Rebecca Herbst is one of the most popular performers on the soap. She needs more to do than sketching 80's supervillains and playing sidekick to Ugly Betty. See you next Ratings!