CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless may have been holding the No.1 spot since 1988, but it was struggling in key demos the week of Dec. 3-7. (Source: Soap Opera Network) Y&R hit a new low among women viewers 18-49. In both the W18-49 and W18-34 demos, the sudser tied its all-time low. Y&R also fell 197,000 among total viewers, during a week that saw all four soaps dip in that category.
In story, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), Adam (Michael Muhney), Avery (Jessica Collins) and Kyle (Blake Hood) were worried about Jack's (Peter Bergman) dopey antics at Newman. Chadam came to blows over Sharon (Sharon Case). Nick (Joshua Morrow) warned Adam not to use Sharon being cray-cray to get back into her knickers. Villy's marriage continued to suffer. Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) were worried about Fen's (Max Ehrich) crush on Summer (Hunter King) and Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) gave a memorable cocktail party at their new crib.
I enjoyed Y&R the week in question, most notably the Newman's cocktail party from hell. As much as I bitched about the Ranch being burned down, I am loving the new, sleek, modern Newman base. Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) is quickly becoming a favorite. Seeing her whisper commands for Adam not to move, as Sharon was having her meltdown, was fun. It was a treat all around to see so many Newmans, dressed to the nines, dysfunction at the ready. Whoever did MTS's hair should win the Nobel Peace Prize in Hair Artistry. Oh and Carmine (Marco Dapper) is always a nice touch!
Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) is never better than when he's trying to win Victoria Newman's (Amelia Heinle) heart. Watching him re-woo the woman of his dreams had me falling in love with this couple all over again. I'm also digging the Kyle/Phyllis chem-testing. Jack banged Jill (then-Brenda Dickson) when she belonged to his father. Maybe it's time for history to repeat itself? Max Ehrich is growing on me as an increasingly-creepy Fen. I just hope they don't take him down Ricky (Peter Porte) boulevard.
The Bold and the Beautiful tied an all-time low the week of Dec. 3, courtesy of the soap's dead last slot among W18-34. B&B fell 218,000 total viewers, and dropped two-tenths of a point in households. Among W18-49, the 30-minute soap fell one-tenth of a point.
Caroline: The Sequel (Linsey Godfrey) and Rick (Jacob Young) confronted Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) about all of his stunts to keep Hope (Kimberly Matula) and Liam (Scott Clifton) apart the week in question. Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), who spent the better part of last summer pushing for Liam and Hope, decided to support Bill! That must have been some kiss they shared after Stephanie (Susan Flannery) bought the cabin up in Big Bear.
Thomas (Adam Gregory) warned Eric (John McCook) and Rick that they'd better toe the line, now that he was Forrester's largest shareholder; while Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) called a meeting with Hope, presumably to talk about her line. Of course, all the pretty stepsisters discussed was Liam's pink pony, as opposed to back orders of taffeta and lace needed for the next Hope For The Future runway show.
I'm gonna need Bill and Brooke to bone really soon...
General Hospital dropped 213,000 total viewers over the previous week, however, the ABC sudser was the only soap up year-to-date (+277,000). GH fell one-tenth of a point in households (up year-to-date by +.2) and held steady at No. 2 among W18-49. Among W18-34, GH was once again the top soap, despite dipping one-tenth of a point.
Todd (Roger Howarth) and Skye (Robin Christopher) returned to Llanview, PA., with Carly (Laura Wright) in tow. The trio made a beeline to Tea's (Florencia Lozano), hellbent on stopping Blair (Kassie DePaiva) from marrying a man who bears a striking resemblance to dead mobster twins Luis and Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King). Robert (Tristan Rogers) sought assistance from Helena (Constance Towers) re: his "Duke" (Ian Buchanan, Anders Hove) dilemma. Tracy (Jane Elliot) and AJ (Sean Kanan) both tried to charm Sam (Kelly Monaco), who controls 18 percent of ELQ's preferred stock. Felicia (Kristina Wagner) attempted to talk Maxie (Kirsten Storms) out of being Lante's surrogate. McBain (Michael Easton) got a new gig at the PCPD. Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) schemed to get AJ's charges dropped and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) started asking the question: "What Would Lucy Coe do?"
It never ceases to amaze me how smartly Cartini is managing to fold Llanview and Port Charles' universes into one. Once All My Children's rights revert to ABC, I fully expect to see some of the same integration with Pine Valley's best and brightest! Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) was born to grace the cover of Crimson, no?
Sam being in control of a large block of ELQ's stock gives the character much more viability. Jason (Steve Burton) being presumed dead could prove to be the best thing that ever happened to his wife.
Days of Our Lives dropped just 58,000 total viewers over the previous week. DAYS was dead last in total viewers, households and W18-49. Among W18-34, the NBC soap was tied at No. 2 with Y&R.
Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) got an eyeful of her stepson Brady's (Eric Martsolf) chiseled buttocks—thrusting up and down, around and around— on top of Kristen Blake (Eileen Davidson). Everyone and their Aunt Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) yelled at Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) because of Dr. Hairy Crotch's (Shawn Christian) wonky hand. Nick (Blake Berris) offered to marry Gabi (Camila Banus) and raise his gay cousin Will's (Chandler Massey) baby as his own. Meanwhile, Father Eric (Greg Vaughan) counseled everyone — hotly.
Bristen is definitely a diamond in the poop on this show. Jarlena needed a good shaking up, and their mortal enemy in bed with their kid is classic soap. Add in Kristen's alliance with little brother EJ (James Scott)—who is in love with Marlena's daughter Sami (Alison Sweeney)— and you have two gruesome-yet-sexy DiMera siblings threatening to tear apart the Brady-Blacks. Me likes. See you next ratings!