Ratings, Rants and Raves: Big Rebounds For The Young and the Restless and General Hospital!
The Young and the Restless and General Hospital both came back strong, following slumps during the holiday week. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The Bold and the Beautiful also gained a healthy chunk of total viewers, while Days of Our Lives was the only network daytime sudser to shed eyeballs the week of July 8-12.
Y&R went up a massive 258,000 total viewers over the previous week and was up year-to-date by 252,000. Daytime's top sudser also went up one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among W18-34.
Jack (Peter Bergman) overheard Kyle (Hartley Sawyer) and Abby (Melissa Ordway) discussing his son's lip-lock with Phyllis (Michelle Stafford). Fenmore (Max Ehrich) OD'd, after trying to score drugs off Carmine (Marco Dapper). Billy (Billy Miller) found tough love and support from fellow addict Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott). An ailing Delia strengthened Chilly's bond.
Victor (Eric Braeden) and Adam (Michael Muhney) tossed Melanie (Erin Chambers) out like soiled rag, after using her in their latest father/son parlor game. Kevin (Greg Rikaart) got a full-time job working for Alex (Ignacio Serricchio) at GCPD and the Winters-Michaelsons learned Rose had a daughter.
As silly as I found Phyllis kissing Kyle, Bergman brought the thunder and the rain when he learned of the betrayal. The kiss reveal ultimately led to Ole' Smilin' Jack finding out he's a daddy again, which brought about even more stellar scenes for The Berg and The Staff.
I love Fen lying about Carmine supplying him dope, in order to exact revenge on the tool who banged his mother. Fen is every much the teen bitch his mother was in the 80's.
Billy and Nikki's scenes only drove home the point of how badly this show needs MTS on five-days-a-week. When Victor raged about Billy being a worthless addict, Nikki—who has struggled with booze and pills since before Billy was born—was destroyed by her oft-husband's careless words. It's also nice to see the soap reconnecting Billy and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson).
I'm getting a bit bored with the Mystery Blogger storyline. Wouldn't it be more of a treat for the audience to bring Drs. Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) and Nate Hastings home to mix things up with the Winters and Michaelsons? Drucilla's elder sister would take one look at sexy, young Leslie (Angell Conwell) and decide she isn't right for her brother-in-law.
Liv's son Nate could be Nikki's new doctor and also share a past with Leslie. Maybe they were lovers in college? Now Leslie is involved with her first love's uncle, while the young man's meddling mother is determined to oust her from Neil's life!