Ratings, Rants and Raves: All Four Daytime Soaps Had a Very Merry Christmas in the Nielsens






GH was watched by over three million viewers the week in question; shooting up 217,000 total viewers. The ABC sudser was up year-to-date by 590,000. This was a two-year high for the almost 50-year-old serial. GH also went up one-tenth of a point in households, yet dipped one-tenth among W18-34, where it was still the No. 1 soap for the week. 

Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) discovered Johnny (Brandon Barash) bound, gagged and writhing on the floor. Before you could say "Red Room", Connie (Kelly Sullivan) spoiled what could have been a kinky, good time by knocking the young lady unconscious. Lante (Julie Marie Berman and Dominic Zamprogna) were upset that Maxie (Kirsten Storms) had called Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) when she was cramping instead of them.

Trey (Erik Valdez) and Kristina (Lindsay Morgan) were all set to leave Port Charles, until a fateful run-in with Connie. Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Carly (Laura Wright) had words over Todd (Roger Howarth). Lucy (Lynn Herring) had a ball playing the Q's against one another and the holidays brought Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) closer together.

Okay, this is the portion of RRR where I generally gush about GH. Unfortunately, Connie is making that difficult to do. Much like one rotten apple having the ability to spoil a barrel, one poorly drawn, cartoonish character can ruin a week of good soap opera. I'm so done with watching formerly-smart characters like Johnny, Sonny and Todd manipulated by a mental patient with a bady stylist. Okay, unless that mental patient is Heather Webber (Robin Mattson), then I am perfectly fine with it. Connie is no Heather.

I thought I would hate the Lante/Spixie/Ellie baby storyline, but it's growing on me. Yes, I have to suspend all of my disbelief that Maxie could (SPOILER ALERT) conceive five seconds after miscarrying, but GH is setting up a saga that will have explosive repercussions for Lante, Spixie and Ellie (Emily Wilson) down the road. I can suspend for explosive repercussions.

Another story arc I'm warming up to is Patrick and Sabrina's romance. The more GH works to flesh out Sabrina, the more I like her. Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), on the other hand, can take a flying leap off Dead Babies and Boyfriends Cliff along with Connie.


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Glad to read all soaps were up in the ratings.

I completely agree that over on B&B that $Bill needs to show Brooke his "stallion!" Sex and scandal on this show needs to occur PRONTO! Everything is so low stakes on this show. Bill & Brooke atleast need to have a slow-burn toward a sordid affair. Hope/Liam/Steffy need sex to be a primary part of their triangle. Caroline should have died when she went over the balcony! That would have been great story for Don Diamont, Heather Tom, Joanna Johnson, Crystal Chappell and Jacob Young.

At GH, the Kannie/DID has never worked but I can tolerate it more than the stupidity of Sabrina/Patrick/Britt. This entire storyline requires that no one thinks, including Patrick and the audience. We still have no reason to care about Sabrina or Britt. Neither characer has been fleshed-out one iota. Sabrina and Britt have been frontburnered for months and there has been zero character development. So much time wasted and I think the actresses are good. The plot is before the character development. This storyline might have worked with Molly, TJ and a new character because it's so "junior high." I'm over this story and Rebecca Herbst and Jason Thompson propping it. What a waste of proven talent?!

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I completely disagree Jamey about Phack both Stafford & Bergman has been on their game. The story has depth...more depth in a story then I have seen in years on Y&R and they actors are making it believable. I'm looking forward to the day Phack is back together and Phyllis is there rubbing Nikki to distraction. Just maybe Phyllis has moved on because of the damage has been done and Shick has been done for long time now. I like inserting another male instead of Phyllis as a triangle. Honestly, Nick & Sharon might not be quite over down the road. I love the Michaelson's favor, Tyler is abit annoying at times with the 'tude but it could work to add space between Lane...it needs to happen regardless of the delusional Lane fans and their pouting tempers.

I think Lauren & Carmine should for one time fall in bed and Carmine falls for Lauren hard causing Abby to scheme against Lauren. Be fun!

I don't think Victor is going to get NE back anytime soon, Jack might give it up to Adam. Jabot will stay with Abbotts. Adam pulls a Victor on Victor. Actually Adam will bring on Victoria to work at NE. Who's to say Noah does go to work for NE along with aunt Vicky, not in Nick's interest.

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Yes I tuned in to Y&R,everyday over the holidays, expecting the promised story about Jill's return. What happened to it?

Promos seemed to indicate a Christmas at the Chancellor mausoleum. But there was none of that, just the always bummed out Tucker trying to crack a smile and be festive despite his tragic emotional scars of his bio-mommy not liking him enough. *YAWN*

Jill was present to be of assistance to Kay & Tucker unaware of the big, and much more interesting, corporate happenings in the GC business world and her son's role in it. No Murphy, Ester , Billy, Chloe, Delia or any mention of Brock, Mac,Chance, Phillip 3, or any member that made up the once large extended Chancellor clan. Just Jill trying to help Kay resolve her never ending miserable relationship with her "son" that has dragged on for 3 long years.. * whoops-starting to nod off as I type*

I shouldn't say it but MAB's Christmas 2009 was better (I suppose it was before everything went to hell). I remember a cheerful William Russ's Tucker arriving at the Chancellor mansion singing Jingle Bells bringing a bag of gifts, something for everyone at the party. Yes a party, back in 2009 there were actually people at the Chancellor mansion. Murphy, Kay, Nikki, Chloe, Delia, Jill, Mac and more. And they had a REAL story. This "do Tucker and Kay like each other?" for 3 long years, has destroyed the Chancellors.

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Thrilled for all the shows but mostly for my Y and R, of course.

I've been a little critical of some of the "goings on" under the new regime...but don't get me wrong...I feel the direction the writing has been heading is right on track. I sometimes still scratch my head a bit, but no longer bang it into the wall.

I also am loving Jack and Phyllis, harlee, and it totally makes sense due to their history. The Christmas episode could have been a bit more festive, but they did feature a lot of the cast, which is nice to see. Even though I'm ahead of myself here, I think the New Year's Day episode was probably the BEST under Josh since he began writing the show. The next couple of days were uneven though. Today's was good. I like the scenes between Chloe and Chelsea. They really have history as schemers...again it makes sense.

I like Kevin and Chloe...kind of provides the comic relief for the show. And the fact that they have "the money" doesn't bother me considering no one should have it, and no chipmunk heads were harmed getting it.

One of the things I like the best though is Adam taking on Victor. We SO need to have Jack not lose to Victor, so having Adam on his side is a refreshing change, and it continues to redeem Adam a bit, especially since this doesn't involve Sharon. Also great was FINALLY to see Nikki react to Jack's condition. This is one of the beats that's been missed, but hopefully she'll also be involved.

I don't know if it's me, but the one area that I still can't get 100% behind are the Winters clan. I like Leslie, but the pairing hasn't worked yet. Ditto with Tyler going after Lily. It's being rushed and I'm not too fond of his take on this character. I'm also beginning to think that one more character that needs to go is Devon. Why can't anyone write for that character?

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ICAM with Jamey re Phyllis & Jack. They are both powerful actors but they lack romantic chemistry. I think after Phyllis' entitled attitude during the hit and run, the writers decided to tone her down so she rolled over for Avery. I dont want to see Phyllis fighting for Nick ever again but its very unrealistic for Phyllis to basically hand her child over to Avery. Phyllis should be a mama bear living with her child. Nick is into Avery, let him have her. Phyllis should be with anyone who isnt Jack Abbott. Phyllis can fall for Dylan and start a relationship with him without knowing he is Avery's ex. I also think MS and SB would also be a good match acting wise.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Malcolm Jr. a.k.a Tyler. The new Blacks on the show is the reason I'm watching Y&R. Also Carmine and Tracy. I so want this to happen.

Over GH. Took that crap off my DVR. The Sabrina/Patrick/Britt storyline is what did it for me. To have Liz and Patrick pimping Sabrina makes me sick to my stomach. This crazy heifer is using Robin's death and memory to get in good with Patrick. That is sick and horrible. The only reason she's doing the Nurses Ball is to get close to Patrick. She's a non dressing tramp.

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Wow!! Gains for all soaps!! More awesome news. January 2013 is the the MONTH for good soap news!!

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Thrilled for all the shows, but especially for Y and R.

I've been critical at times about some of the "goings on" since the changes, but don't get me wrong, for the most part I think the show is heading in the right direction as far as the writing goes. I still do scratch my head every so often, but no longer bang it into the wall. (Still not a big fan of JFP though.)

I agree with you harlee...I'm liking Jack and Phil and it makes sense due to their history. The Christmas episode could have been more festive, but it had its moments and featured a lot of the cast. The episode that I thought was the best since the changes was the one on New Year's Day. The BEST since Josh has been writing. The next couple of days had small issues.

I liked today's episode too with Chelsea and Chloe. Both are schemers, so again the plot with the money makes sense. I don't mind Kevin and Chloe here because they provide some comic relief, and since no one should have that money, I'm okay with Chloe dressing up in black (remember her and Gloria)and getting it. And no chipmunks were harmed either.

The one big miss for me is still the Winters clan. I like Leslie, but something is off with her and Niel. Ditto her brother. And lastly, I'm sure I'll get some hate for this but like Daniel's exit (which I was all for), I think it's time for a Devon exit. He has provided nothing to the story since Dru was on. Why can't anyone write for this character. Still waiting for that Lily and Tyler kiss so I can see the silence from the usual suspects on this board. After that, let's pair her with Jack's assistant or someone else. I want to see Cane sexed up a bit.

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LisaM wrote:
ICAM with Jamey re Phyllis & Jack. They are both powerful actors but they lack romantic chemistry. I think after Phyllis' entitled attitude during the hit and run, the writers decided to tone her down so she rolled over for Avery. I dont want to see Phyllis fighting for Nick ever again but its very unrealistic for Phyllis to basically hand her child over to Avery. Phyllis should be a mama bear living with her child. Nick is into Avery, let him have her. Phyllis should be with anyone who isnt Jack Abbott. Phyllis can fall for Dylan and start a relationship with him without knowing he is Avery's ex. I also think MS and SB would also be a good match acting wise.

I agree with you and Jamey. Phyllis & Jack make great friends but not lovers. Phyllis needs someone new in the romance department.

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Sorry about the double posts. The site was acting up and I tried to rewrite. In any event, you get the jist...

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pferrando wrote:
I'm sure I'll get some hate for this but like Daniel's exit (which I was all for), I think it's time for a Devon exit. He has provided nothing to the story since Dru was on. Why can't anyone write for this character.

ICAM. I am through trying to care if Devon has a story. I think the character should leave and free up space on the canvas.

I wouldn't mind Cane leaving to because the character and actor are lifeless.

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soapbaby wrote:
I am through trying to care if Devon has a story. I think the character should leave and free up space on the canvas.

I was into Devon as Neil and Dru's kid from a life of hard knocks. His attitude was understandable given his tough life as a child. Now that he's a the heir of TWO billionaires I don't want a hear a word out of that entitled brats mouth. He should leave town with his boring bio-Daddy. Know that NotShemar has arrived Devon is no longer needed.

I know it's not happening in the next couple weeks but I really wish the new regime would remove the wretched stench of MAB from the Chancellors. It's not hard to say Tucker was a fraud as Kay's bio-son. He was a billionaire who planned for years to take CI away from Kay, he could of easily bought ALL the major DNA labs just like he did with his fabrication of Cell-tron. His beef could have been with Victor/NE & Kay/CI from the Clear Springs mess which cost him billions and he was back to hurt them both. That revaluation could cause Devon's exit.

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Nelson Branco is crowing on Twitter that he has some *major LANE recast news.* Anyone know what that's about? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Let it be CK!!!! Maybe she got a script that said *Lily kisses Tyler* and baby girl bolted, LOL!

False alarm. Sounds like they are *recasting* the Ashby brats to the age of 4. Big whoop.

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Totally agree with Jamey regarding DAYS' Christmas episodes; they were both enjoyable and heartwarming and a very nice change of pace from all the things that are wrong with the show right now.

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Although I frequently go into doom-and-gloom mode about it (probably because it's the soap I have the longest history with), I don't think Days is as bad as I myself and some people like to say it is. But it certainly needs to improve.

I am liking the new Y&R. Like any regime, the new team is making it plain which characters they favor. It appears that Devon and Jill are not on their favorites list. That doesn't make me happy, but I can live with it.

GH is my guilty pleasure. I shouldn't like it, but I do.

Susan Flannery has checked out of B&B, and so have I.

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For JFP to make a big 'to do" about Jill's return and then not use her is crap. I don't like it and I remain suspicious about some of her other decisions, like bringing on that former GH dude.

I give Josh a B so far, but she gets a D.

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Sorry Jamie I have to disagree with you this time on your comments this week about Y&R. I have no interest in seeing Phyllis fighting for Nick. We've seen that same storyline play out in 2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2011. I want Nick & Phyllis to move on That pairing is one of the most toxic pairings I've ever seen on a soap because I've never seen a woman reward her man with sex after knowing he was just sleeping with another woman. The new writers need to keep them as co parents of Summer much like they've done with Ashley & Victor over the years.

I really like Phack's relationship. Peter Bergman brings out the best in Michelle Stafford's acting and IMO Phyllis needs to be right by Jack's side and fighting with Nikki who is right by Victor's. If they ever want to go there with another love interest with her put her with Adam since I think. Adam will loose Chelsea to Alex at some point.

Regarding the night club, love it! It's going to be nice to have a place where all the people go and hangout other then the coffee shop. I think opening it up is in Nick's character because he was never really into the business stuff at NE which is why he quit so many times when he wasn't being fired by Victor. Let Vikki & Adam fight for NE those two you can believe will do anything to get NE.

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Sorry Jamie I have to disagree with you this time on your comments this week about Y&R. I have no interest in seeing Phyllis fighting for Nick. We've seen that same storyline play out in 2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2011. I want Nick & Phyllis to move on That pairing is one of the most toxic pairings I've ever seen on a soap because I've never seen a woman reward her man with sex after knowing he was just sleeping with another woman. The new writers need to keep them as co parents of Summer much like they've done with Ashley & Victor over the years.

I really like Phack's relationship. Peter Bergman brings out the best in Michelle Stafford's acting and IMO Phyllis needs to be right by Jack's side and fighting with Nikki who is right by Victor's. If they ever want to go there with another love interest with her put her with Adam since I think. Adam will loose Chelsea to Alex at some point.

Regarding the night club, love it! It's going to be nice to have a place where all the people go and hangout other then the coffee shop. I think opening it up is in Nick's character because he was never really into the business stuff at NE which is why he quit so many times when he wasn't being fired by Victor. Let Vikki & Adam fight for NE those two you can believe will do anything to get NE.

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HELP. Isn't there a way for the author of a post to delete when they make a mistake and do a double post, as I see happen so often?????????????????