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






General Hospital managed to shed the least total viewers of all four daytime soaps, over the previous week. However, the ABC Daytime soap was in last place in total viewers, households, and W18-49.

GH went down 102,000 total viewers, but was up 8,000 year-to-date. The sudser fell one-tenth of a point in all key demos, and was tied with its all-time low in the coveted W18-49 demo.I guess some of the 50th Anniversary magic dust is starting to wear off.

The Quartermaine mansion was the place to be in Port Charles, the week in question. Kiki (Kristen Alderson), Michael (Chad Duell) and Morgan (Bryan Craig) all realized how Michael and Morgan's new galpal are connected — they're kissing cousins!

Tracy (Jane Elliot) and AJ (Sean Kanan) both jockeyed for Franco's (Roger Howarth) ELQ support. Wouldn't it be smarter for these two to contact Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) or Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner) about contesting Franco's inheritance, I dunno, since he's a bat shit crazy serial killer? I know AJ wants ELQ, but its hard to buy him being nice to a guy who inadvertedly orchestrated his son being raped in prison.

 Scotty particularly would be a fun addition to this madness, since he once tried to worm his way into the Q fortune via his dalliance with the late Susan Moore.  Speaking of Susan Moore, are we sure she's really dead-dead?

Am I the only one getting all warm and sudsy at the thought of Colleen Zenk storming into Monica's (Leslie Charleson) house, gloating about being the mother of not one, but two of Alan's heirs? Y'all know I had to throw in a little Wishful Casting.

Alexis might be too busy to help the Family Q out of any legal pickles, since she's sucking up all of the oxygen in Port Charles with her blowhardy hypocrisy. How can Lexie D. fix her face to condemn Shawn (Sean Butler) for being a hitman, when she killed Alcazar 1.0 (Ted King) and that boy from Pretty Little Liars, who beat up Kristina?

She and Luke (Anthony Geary) also conspired to kill Helena (Constance Towers). How is Shawn "taking the law into his own hands" any different than what she's done or attempted to do on numerous occasions?

Hey Alexis, it's a bad economy. If Shawn wants to help Sonny protect his supply of vanilla bean latte mix, who are you to judge?

Just in time for summer, the Port Charles teen scene saw their hormones on full blast the week in question. Distraught over seeing Molly (Haley Pullos) spreading Mono with the Vampire Prince (Jimmy Deshler), TJ (Tequan Richmond) ripped open a condom with his teeth and proceeded to penetrate newcomer, Taylor Dubois (Samantha Logan). I love me some Logan. She's teen Brenda to Pullos' teen Karen Wexler.

Patrick (Jason Thompson) agreed to take part in Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Felix's (Marc Samuel) scheme to find out the paternity of Britt's (Kelly Thiebaud) baby. Patrick is a grown ass man. Why should he have to participate in Scooby Doo capers? If he has questions about the child's paternity, he should confront Britt head on.

Ellie Trout (Emily Wilson) shouldn't be able to get work selling DNA kits at the CVS. This woman has to be the most unscrupulous employee to ever fill out a 1040 form to work at General Hospital! 

Ellie is always preaching at people, but then has no qualms about stealing medical information for the "right reasons". I can't wait for Maxie (Kristen Storms) and/or Britt to hatch those eggs, so they can whup Ellie's ass, good and proper.

I will tolerate the loopy shenanigans at the hospital, however, because they mean I get to see more of pervy Brad (Parry Shen). What is Felix's problem? Brad is fantastic! Get up on dat, son.

Now that Michael Easton's long, flowing locks have been set free, I don't hate Silas as much. GH is gonna have to work damn hard to rebuild the momentum Easton and Kelly Monaco shared as John and Sam, though. Right now I'm not seeing any spark. Kemo is doing everything in her power to create a connection, but something is off with Silas.

Part of me wants to see Kemo and Sam freed from this nonsense and injected into the battle for ELQ. Why hasn't Tracy or AJ considered hiring Sam to dig up dirt on Franco and Ava (the magnificent Maura West)? Sam's kid is a Q. She has a vested interest in this fight. Who wants to watch a sick baby story for summer? See you next Ratings!


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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. Smile

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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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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. Smile

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great column, Jamey! Thanks, as always.

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Cant wait for Luke to come Face 2 Face with Stefan with the cure in hand guess AG is taking another summer off

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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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Thank you Jamey. So hilarious. Loving Day's right now as well it takes me back to the 95-98 era of the show.

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LMAO! Jamey everything you said about GH had me on the flo. Scooby Doo capers. LMAO!

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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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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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Outstanding as always!
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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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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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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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And the Victoria children's author story on Y&R....holy cow.
I couldn't imagine Heather Tom playing that when she played Victoria.

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@Patchworks. I plan to do a catch-up marathon on the TOLN soaps this weekend. Look for a special RRR on them early next week!

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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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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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On target Jamey. Could you post a pic of Casey Moss as JJ with his 'cunnilingus' grin? I want to see it.

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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 Smile

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

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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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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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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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This is awesome. We have the exact same taste in DAYS (Davidson, Koslow... soap heaven). It is by FAR the best soap. GH is in tuh-rubble.