Ratings, Rants and Raves: Why DAYS is The Best Soap Currently Airing in Daytime and Tough Love For Y&R and GH





Okay, you asked for it. I'm bringing back my "Ratings, Rants and Raves" column. I took a break because the networks and their advertisers appear to be much more concerned about quarterly and year-to-date ratings nowadays, than they are with week-to-week numbers. However, it's still fun and hopefully informative to dissect how each sudser did the previous week, so here goes!


All four daytime television sudsers were down in total viewers the week of June 17-21, according to Nielsen ratings obtained by Soap Opera Network. However, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital were all up year-to-date.  

Y&R dipped the most over the previous week, shedding a ginormous 308,000 total viewers! Even still, daytime's top soap was up year-to-date by 151,000 pairs of eyeballs.Y&R fell two-tenths of a point in households and one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. Among W18-34, the soap held steady.

In story, Adam (Michael Muhney) put Sharon (Sharon Case) on blast, over her jealousy of Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). Chelsea, meanwhile, grew closer to Dylan (Steve Burton) as "their" baby kicked and Granny Anita (Catherine Bach) schemed to reunite Chadam.

One thing that has bugged me since the new regime took over, is Adam's mistreatment of Sharon. This woman is without a doubt the love of his life — his gothic, Wuthering Heights-esque obsession. Yet now he treats her like some Video Vixen on the set of a "Gettin' Newman Money" video shoot.

Elsewhere in Genoa City, amoral, hypocritical fashionista Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) called it quits with Kevin (Greg Rikaart), only to give him yet another chance to "prove himself" to her. Girl, bye.

It's okie dokey smokey for Chloe to scheme and connive with her BFF to steal a man's child, but Kevin being a bit of a klepto is a deal breaker? So over this pairing — yet I still have love for both characters and actors separately.

Speaking of Chloe, she was on the receiving end of Victoria's (Amelia Heinle) crazed paranoia. The tragically-confused Newman heiress accused Billy (Billy Miller) of cheating on her with his ex and baby mama.

Billy took the nitwit all over town to prove he'd been gambling, not stepping out on her, yet she refused to believe him. She's also refusing to comb her hair again, and that is the biggest problem of them all.

Another major issue I'm having with Victoria, is her latest, ridiculous career move. No one—I repeat, no one—wants to see Victoria Newman Abbott become a children's book novelist. Come on, Josh Griffith, you know doggone well fans want this girl to be the cut-from-the-same-cloth-as-her-daddy power maven Bill Bell always foretold she would be!

Is it really that difficult to write a sustained power struggle at Newman Enterprises for Victor's (Eric Braeden) myriad of offspring? Is it?

Soap fans barely want to watch children on soaps; they certainly don't want to watch someone write books for them. If Y&R is hell bent to revisit the publishing world, bring back Jaime Lyn Bauer as Lorie Brooks, Barbara Crampton as Leanna Love and/or recast Victoria's ex-husband, Cole Howard (Grayson McCouch, anyone?)

All three of these characters are iconic, popular novelists from the sudser's past. There is no need for Victoria to go this route. People would have tuned out of Gone With The Wind by the Second Act, if opening a tea room replaced Tara as Scarlett's driving passion. The Victoria Newman I know and love would be launching a fashion division at Newman to rival Jabot's line.

The mysterious blogger continued to torment the Winters and Michaelsons. I'm actually intrigued by this tale. It's one of the smarter stories told for Genoa City's mocha-hued set in a long, long time.

I wouldn't mind seeing Dr. Olivia Winters (Tonya Lee Williams) back in town and disapproving of Neil's (Kristoff St. John) relationship with Leslie (Angell Conwell), a much younger woman.

Williams always gave good snooty bitch. I think she'd be fun as meddling, 50-something Aunt Liv, always sticking her nose in Neil, Lily (Christel Khalil) and Devon's (Bryton James) lives. She could be the African-American version of All My Children's Phoebe, or Another World's Liz Matthews. Who knows, maybe Liv has taken on MS as a new specialty and could oversee a risky, experimental drug cocktail for a storyline-lacking Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott)?

I'd also cast a hunky, piece of chocolate cake as Liv's son, Dr. Nate Hastings, and reveal he shares a past with Devon's main squeeze, Roxanne (Tatyana Ali). Since we're talking Genoa City's black folks, Hilary (Mishael Morgan) is sho' nuff a keeper!

The best storyline on Y&R continues to be the Fall of the House of Baldwin. The week in question, Fenmore (the brilliant Max Ehrich) found out his mother had been humping his new mentor.

I hope Y&R doesn't make the mistake of killing off Carmine (Marco Dapper) for some Sweeps week stunt. His delicious, sexually-charged villainy could drive story for Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren (Tracey Bregman) for years to come.

My dream arc would be for Carmine to happen upon Fen's journal, filled with musings on his sexual confusion and torment; then the dirty bartender would seduce Lauren's son, as a way to stick it to her for ending their torrid affair! Imagine how many of Dapper's Eating Out 2 fans would tune in for that.

I'm loving the saga of Summer's (Hunter King) true paternity. All of these years, we thought good-natured Nick Newman's (Joshua Morrow) only real character flaw was that he had a roving, perenially-hard pecker. Who knew he could be every bit as manipulative and self-serving as both Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Sharon (Sharon Case)?

 

38 Responses

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    Jon

    Jamey
    I absolutely ADORE your rants and raves! You’re much more entertaining than Carolyn or Nelson! Keep ‘em coming, bro!

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    SoapArmageddon

    I missed this column!

    Jamey, I suggest a feature on casting moves that significantly changed a show’s fortunes. For me, Eileen’s move to Days rescued the show from virtual obscurity (To be fair, making Will gay kind of did that too, but that really didn’t do much for the show, ratings-wise.)

    Eileen’s Kristen is a sophisticated, man-eating, psychotic, narcissistic, vengeful bitch….with money. And I adore her. :)

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    rsoorani

    Love this! I think DOOL is winning for you because it’s still the soapiest soap… if that makes any sense! It can do things the other ones can’t (or don’t think they can) get away with.

    GH is setting up for some good stuff, but the past week or so it’s been lacking. I’m excited for what’s coming though. :)

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    JasamForever

    Not surprised at gh being last at all. It deserves it! That is why I tuned out months ago. Y&r is great! One qualm I have is the summer reveal. It is taking a stupid turn, having Phyllis seduce Kyle. Ridiculous!

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    Bourgeois Nerd

    Why oh WHY can’t my Crimson-Locked Goddess, Miss Ellie to the Trout, get any love from DC?! Jamey, Melodie, and Jillian are all always shading her! How can you not love her and her SCIENCE! So she’s hypocritical once in a while; show me a soap character who isn’t! And that hospital has always had so many lapses of medical ethics, the ADA should have shut that place down years ago.

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    richalan67

    You are kidding about DOOL, right? The show is trash tv. I finally could not take it anymore and stopped tuning in. The win for Best Drama was a joke. I will say that I am glad it one just to make sure NBC keeps it on the air. I for one hope it improves. I just had lunch with my mother today, a viewer of DOOL since the first episode. She said, “I have no idea what in the hell has happened to the show. Francis Reid and Macdonald Carey would certainly not recognize the show they built.” The whole raping the priest is tv at its lowest. I love Eileen but she needs to be back as Ashley where she belongs.

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    westvirginiafan

    Next time just rave about Maura west–freshest new cast on this show in ages. Let’s all start spinning out possible plot developments with her in mind and hope cartini pick up a few. If (not really, when) she kills some folks she certainly won’t be hypocrtical about it. Why, as someone who hated the mob years so much, am I so eager to have her come on full blazes as a mob queen.

    She could also do slightly unhinged very well. There were moments when she expressed barely controlled hysteria that I was re minded of moments of Dana Delaney’s loopy matriarch in the very short live Pasadena (a great episode where she offered to be the “mommy” of a teen friend of her kids ‘ that she was also trying to seduce).

    Ava is a character that could be on for years, and years, and years. They really need to write big canvas, big emotions and long term for her.

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    Yoryla

    Oh, Jamey. I am so glad you chose to bring back this column!

    I agree with nearly everything you said – DAYS is without any doubt The Show to watch, out of these four!

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    cubsgirl

    Taylor maybe Brenda to Molly’s Karen, but TJ and Rafe are no Jagger. Nothing with teen storylines but this one is just missing something for me.

    My thing with Alexis is that I couldn’t believe she was shocked to figure out Shawn was Sonny’s new Jason. What did she think he was doing working for Sonny? Grinding coffee beans.

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    rlshel1015

    i agree with everything that you said about GH. Cartini is usually good about bringing more people into story as it goes along so we may see more people coming into the ELQ battle down the line. BTW – Keifer is on The Lying Game (with Tyler Christopher) not Pretty Little Liars …

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    lauren329

    Oh how I missed this column! I’ve been an ABC lifelong fan but have on and off history with DOOL for the past 15 years and watched it steadily during the Last Blast gang’s reign. I never thought DOOL would be my favorite soap on the dial but oh it is TOO GOOD! I can’t even imagine how happy the longtime fans must be. Every single story is on fire right now- Casey Moss has even salvaged Dannifer. He is fantastic- Blake Berris, Eileen davidson- they have an embarrassment of riches.

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    IheartGH

    I so disagree with you about Eileen Davidson. She is ROCKIN’ it as Kristen. Ashley was such a goodie two shoes and became very boring. It must be a huge kick for her to play that devious little tart Kristen (and she looks darn good doing it). As a person I really don’t like what shes done to Eric but as a soapfan I’m scooping it up like ice cream!

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    Doc OfTheDocks

    Days has been my favorite for the past few years. It is the soapiest of the three I watch…and probably the trashiest but isn’t that what soaps are for. General Hospital is barely watchable these days, not one story or character is of interest to me. Y&R just seems to be spinning it’s wheels.

    The men on Days are so hot. I swoon when James Scott purrs Samaaaantha. Brady, EJ, Chad, Cameron, Fr.Hunk and Dr. Dumb…..so many fine looking specimens. Hair and make-up is fabulous on this show.

    Kristen, just like Kate, is one of the best villianesses in daytime. She evil to the core but you can’t help loving their schemes. Poor Nicole is going to be so jealous when she sees the tape.

    The show always leaves me wanting more!!

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    GHteenybopper

    I missed this column, thank Jamey!!

    I agree about the sick baby storyline going on right now, I really hope the writers don’t intend to make FrankenTodd the bone marrow donor and bring on Sam’s dad or even some random Cassadine to be the donor instead. FrankenTodd is eating up the damn show. Not to mention, Leukemia is a very serious illness and the story has become about Silas being a douche or Rafe worrying about going back to Manhattan (which I hope he does), just like Sam’s pseudo-rape, the story becomes about someone else. What’s the point in starting a story and then not telling it. GH deserves this drop in the ratings, hopefully it’ll wake Cartini up and they’ll do better.

    As for Y&R…how much longer must they drag out this paternity secret, someone spit it out to Jack and Summer already, my goodness.

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    Patchworks

    Thank you, Jamey. Excellent column. I love when you and the rest of the DC Crew share your opinions with us in print as well as on the podcast.

    I know there’s no way to measure ratings for AMC and OLTL, but would you kindly consider sharing a rant, rave, or two about those shows also? I know that being on the ‘net requires faster pacing, but I don’t want the shows to miss important character beats, which I feel is happening.

    On OLTL, I am enjoying the younger-gen stories (surprisingly), but honestly, I need more Viki/Dorian and would like to see some movement in the Blair-Todd-Tea-Victor story. On AMC, the only stories I’m caring about are Angie and Jesse’s support of Cassandra and the umbrella story surrounding the Chandlers.

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    1titanman

    Y&R is such the biggest disappointment, and I hope the death of Katherine Chancellor proves to be some good story. These dumb kids in Genoa City all need to get hit by the Genoa City Transit System

    B&B some good stuff is right around the corner in that show.

    Days is starting to rock, because I was so bored with that show, but it actually has my attention span which is like a 5 year old child. I’m loving Days at the moment. I like Eileen Davidson dressing up in black wigs playing another character. I just wish they would bring Susan back.

    GH I’m a week out, but what I have seen so far in Port Chuck seems better than the crap in Genoa City. JFP & JG need to get it together over there at Y&R!!!!

    Thanks, Jamey great post-

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    GrandGrace

    Jamey I agree with everything except Sharon being Adam’s gothic or the love of Adam’s life. They both just seemed really confused to me..lol Anyway we agree on most.. Great read….

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    Santa_Barbara_4Ever

    DAYS has made some smart decisions over the past year to get it to where it is now (head writer changes/bringing Kristen back/) and it was painful to watch at times as the stories shaped up…..BUT, we couldn’t see where they were headed. I AM LOVING it and agree it is the best on daytime right now. I love that mean, mean, mean Kristen Dimera! Dannifer is bearable with JJ in the mix (and I never thought that would happen). I just hope the DAYS has a plan to

    a- KEEP KRISTEN
    b- Deal with the younger actors leaving…..APPROPRIATELY!!!!

    I’d hate to see them lose ground.

    **I still don’t think that Kristen Raped Father Eric…..she edited the video and set it up to look like sex, but I remember him passing out at the end before he ….ahem….”finished” shall we say :)

    Either way, I love the story……it’s a soap and a damn good one at that!!!

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    miketom765

    Gh is ok could be better but oh how I enjoy Ellie Trout I’ll take her over Sabrina any day. Ever since Sabrina has taken off her glasses shes become such a bore…… Love Ava and her calculations. The show needs Brenda, Robin, Jax, and Jerry Jacks back to finish the story Arc. The audience is waiting for the pay off. That STORY will increase ratings

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    miketom765

    Gh is ok could be better but oh how I enjoy Ellie Trout I’ll take her over Sabrina any day. Ever since Sabrina has taken off her glasses shes become such a bore…… Love Ava and her calculations. The show needs Brenda, Robin, Jax, and Jerry Jacks back to finish the story Arc. The audience is waiting for the pay off. That STORY will increase ratings

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    logan_echolls

    The Frodd show is horrid to watch. GH is so unwatchable but I still keep tuning in because of #Niz and the vets. It is just stupid that they have not addressed the fact that Monica would NOT allow these ppl to just roam around HER house especially after what Franco did to Jason. And to see AJ calling Franco little brother and licking his balls is heartbreaking. It makes no sense.

    I tried to with #YR but the whole Summer/Kyle is stupid. Nick looks like a punk. I like Lily and Tyler and I don’t get Neil bring such a Cane stan. I really hope Hilary is working with Rose to help mess up with Winters family.

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    pjc722

    Welcome back to the best snarky column around!!! Ratings rants and other stuff is the BEST!!

    Great great writing James. Had me laughing!!

    On Y&R I have to beg the powers to dump the actors playing Kyle and Abby and put out a call for an actress with emme rylans delivery and get the last Kyle back!!! His nervous sweet CHARM AN OLD LADY personality n acting made Kyle every bit an Abbott and remind me of any of his MOMMA DIANE actresses.

    That said, the Baldwin saga should be replicated across the board. Carmine needs to become the hunky Sheila carter type character!! Billy needs to turn the tables on Victoria and divorce the whiny bitch. Billy’s not that bad when u compare him to Victorias two brothers and father and even herself.

    Dump Dylan and Steve button n positive that ratings will Jp. I fast forward the show with his scenes because he is just so wrong for the program. (My thoughts were different in the beginning)

    If days can balance the act of campy bitchy fun with realistic drama I will tune in. Slippery slope for this show though.

    B&B is just ok for me. It reminds me of PASSIONS and SUBSET BEACH in how there is always a huge group of characters around, a secret is abt to be revealed but it takes a week or two to do it, and no one there talks abt the awkwardness of being in the ro or “what’s that secret later.

    GH… I’ve given up on the show and stopped watching. Your synopsis was on mark for why I dumped it from view.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR COLUMN!!!

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    knighthawk

    OH hallelujah! What a relief for somebody to tell it like it is about Hope. Heck yes she should remind Liam that everything has changed for them since Steffy decided to take that joyride! She was supporting someone she loves and questioning the future in a natural way, not calling up Bill and ordering him to get that gondola stopped!

    B&B is really good right now, and I’m going to love this ratings rant! Thanks Jamey!

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    blake3b

    Loving Days so much, so glad it’s staying interesting! Thank God Eileen returned as Kristen, she helped bring the show to where it needed to be again!

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    Mets82

    Young and the Restless- Believe it or not, I really can’t stand Nick and Victoria right now. I mean I liked Nick and Victoria a lot but now there self righteous and very annoying. I mean Nick running off before telling Jack about Summer is stupid. What is he, 10 yrs. old? And Victoria whining about god knows what. Waaa, waaa, waaa. I mean enough of her belly aching about Billy. Sometimes, I want Billy just to kiss some girl in plain sight in front of Victoria. Shut her up, once and for all.
    I mentioned in a past post about Adam. He should grieve about Chelsea’s baby. Throw something, break down in front of someone, smash something, anything. That’s why I could see why Chloe and Chelsea are doing what there doing. Adam plays this “woe is me, and want to be a father” and then he’s either being sarcastic or being nasty to Sharon etc. He puts up walls and he doesn’t let anybody in. Your place should have been with Chelsea after she lost the baby. Not with Sharon, not with Newman.

    Bold and the Beautiful-As a Hope fan, even I dont like that Hope is pouncing Liam. Give the guy time to mourn. His wife left him AND there baby died. As far as Taylor goes, she should mind her own business. Even if she has the right to say what Brooke did, does it have to be in front of her and during her birthday party? How about going to a seperate part of the house to confront Brooke?

    Days-I don’t watch but I love Eileen Davidson. I think she was great on Y&R and she is absolutely one of the most beautiful and sexy woman on daytime tv.

    GH-I’ve already given my opinion on Britt/Sabrina/Patrick. I will say since when is Carly apologizing to Elizabeth? I mean Carly always used to give Liz snide comments and criticize her, now she’s apologizing almost too much now. And I dont like Brad. He’s annoying. I dont think Maxie should whup Ellie’s ass, I think it should be the other way around. How about Maxie not telling Spinelli that the baby is his? Or about Dante and Lulu? They want a baby and they probably won’t get it now.

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    Cornfed

    [quote=GHteenybopper]I missed this column, thank Jamey!!

    I agree about the sick baby storyline going on right now, I really hope the writers don’t intend to make FrankenTodd the bone marrow donor and bring on Sam’s dad or even some random Cassadine to be the donor instead. FrankenTodd is eating up the damn show. Not to mention, Leukemia is a very serious illness and the story has become about Silas being a douche or Rafe worrying about going back to Manhattan (which I hope he does), just like Sam’s pseudo-rape, the story becomes about someone else. What’s the point in starting a story and then not telling it. GH deserves this drop in the ratings, hopefully it’ll wake Cartini up and they’ll do better.

    As for Y&R…how much longer must they drag out this paternity secret, someone spit it out to Jack and Summer already, my goodness.[/quote]

    Love this, so true!

    Jamey, thanks for the entertaining column. I saw the Adrienne/Will/Marlena/Sami/Sonny scenes last week and also Kristen’s shenanigans with Father Eric, and i think i’m gonna come back to Salem for a little visit. Except for the wonderful Jane Eliot and glowing Genie Francis, GH sucks right now with all the OLTL’er propping, i’m hanging by a thread! Great column thanks again :beer: :bigsmile: :party:

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    pferrando

    I still think that YR can use some adjustment with it’s long term storytelling. It’s FAR from the worst soap on air right now, and there is no crazy going on which is a relief to me.

    I think the paternity story is missing some beats, but overall a good one.

    I’m still loving the Baldwin’s story, and I can’t wait to see what up with beefy Carmine.

    The real test is still coming up with Kay’s death. If Josh messes that one up, then I say it’s time for him to go.

    Phelps can get her walking papers yesterday.

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