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!

39 Responses

  1. Profile photo of GHteenybopper

    ME’s face in that picture pretty much sums up my feelings on GH right now lol

    Y&R was great last week with the fake paternity reveal, it was funny watching everyone out act Josh Morrow, Peter Bergman delivered an epic performance as expected. Although I’m not thrilled with Sharon being thrown under the bus and being made into this villain, the fallout has been great..Dylan needs to go, he is the most boring character ever, when is his contract up? Sbu should’ve sucked it up and stayed at GH despite him not being the top dog around there anymore. I have no interest in Dylan or Chelsea and her stupid lies.

    Thanks again Jamey, love this column!

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    The Days’ drop has me scratching my head. Granted the story-telling pace slowed down a little but the show was still top notch during that week. Maybe, America hated that Rafe woke up from that coma as much as I did.

    Sami-shot-and-killed Rafe would have been a far more interesting story than Sami-shot-and-killed-cop-nobody-cares-about.

    After seeing EJ and Nicole interact yesterday, for the first time ever, I’m going to have to say that those two have far more chemistry than EJ and Sami. If they’re going to do a triangle again, that’s the way to go.

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    hey mon, It is truly one of those things that really makes you think “Did I just see this right? Am I awake?”.

    I was baffled by Days’ drop aswell at first – but this actually was a little bit slower of a week. The main thing that really happened was EJ throwing Stefano out and having celebratory fight-sex with “Sammontha”. But no worries, I’m sure they will bounce back by the next ratings, once the Kristen/Eric explosion kicks into high gear.

    B&B was excellent this week. HTom’s kick-ass, take no prisoners scenes, HTylo’s exit and DD’s Bill leaving with his tail between his legs was blazin.

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    If Sharon kills Phylis I will run down the street naked while carrying sparklers in each hand!! I am so happy to see her leaving my screen!1 I have a bottle of champagne on ice for her last appearance. Let’s go Sharon, geter done!

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    hey mon

    richalan67 — Youd better not have anyone take a video of you, cause you will end up like Lauren Baldwin.

    YoryLA — I couldnt believe it. I really couldnt. I had the privilege of watching it with my daughter, and she said, “Mrs Newman really is bat-shit crazy. Bat-shit crazy.” Of course, I told her not to cuss and swear.

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    I think since the point is that SHaron is SUPPOSED to be crazy, it’s not as bad.

    Under MAB (though I still somewhat defend her), Sharon was being written this way and there was no reason other than it was just what she wanted to do at the time. There was no mental illness, no medical diagnosis…NOTHING.

    I think the bigger picture here is going to be that either Sharon stopped taking medication, OR Victor switched out those pills finally. But whatever the reason, I don’t think much more damage is being done NOW than has already been done to the character. If what is rumored to happen HAPPENS, this is exactly what happened with Sharon and Drucilla 6 years ago when my beloved Dru “fell off the cliff” never to return again. I’m not sure what’s going to happen…haven’t read any spoilers concerning it, but yeah, even if it DOES happen, it’s not the first person Sharing has killed, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. LOL. just kidding…but on the real, Josh Griffith is a pretty responsible writer. I don’t like the way Nikki’s non-existent MS story is going, but usually when something like this is tackled, its handled respectfully. Even the MS was written respectfully when they were writing for it. So Sharon’s mental health likely won’t be something they just sweep under the rug.

    Either have her go completely off the deep end and have a break down, or ship her away for a few months. But redemption HAS to come. Not even Jill Phelps can dispute that Sharon Newman is a popular character…as is Sharon Case a popular actress (and hot might I add)

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    So “Sharon” becomes “Phyllis” while “Avery” is “Sharon”.
    But what about “Christine”?

    A lot of creative writing to fix what was not broken.
    Good to see “Nikki” wearing a Kay Chancellor type ring today.

    Oh for the Days, when everything made sense once we got down on the farm.

    And the guiding light came on, just when the shadows were their darkest.

    Because for a wrinkle in our time, we were in another world.

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    [quote=richalan67]If Sharon kills Phylis I will run down the street naked while carrying sparklers in each hand!! I am so happy to see her leaving my screen!1 I have a bottle of champagne on ice for her last appearance. Let’s go Sharon, geter done![/quote]

    LOL! I’ll join you, bitch!

    Phyllis and her clingy, sorry, homewrecking ass should’ve left years ago! It would’ve been better if Dru & Christine were there to help SharHotMess take out the trash but who am I to complain? LOL.

    One ho down, three more to go: zzzAvery, ChelCon and Whinectoria!

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    Ok LaDiva those three names mean war!! I love those 3. Actually, what I want to happen to Fire Crotch, is to have Christine dress up like a cockroach (or some other bug) and run that bitch over. Stop, and then back over her again. Then she can drag her ass down to Jimmy’s Bar and stand her body up to be used as a human dart board. After that I don’t give a flying shit what they do with that 7/11 (open all day and all night)skank!

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    We all know that FrankenToddJason is not going anywhere! However, it would be awesome if Connie took out FrankenToddJason and a few other characters on her way to Ferncliff to join Heather Webber. RC needs to send a few characters to Ferncliff so that they can break out and wreak havoc all over town in a few years.

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    Hilarious! A lot of you all are hilarious. I can’t wait for Monday’s episode. Today’s episode was great. I loved the Genoa City Hotel ballroom. Monday is gonna be a bumpy ride.

    Thanks to Hey Mon, LaDivaYR, and Stoney 07. Hilarious!

    I am loving all the show it has been amazing only if Amelia would have done her hair for the Gala. Other than that everything so far leading up to Monday ha been popping.

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    HT reigned supreme for B&B. Great week for them. I love jetsetting in the day from Genoa City to LA to Port Charles then Salem for dessert. Good job to all the regimes for keeping us on our seats.

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    I don’t wanna be TOO dismissive and insulting on this thread, but how in THE WORLD Days can drop and GH can increase just defies any logic. GET THIS — the person that got me back into GH way back in Dec/January — well, she and Genie’s impending return — just came over and spilled the beans about how GOD awful and campy GH has become. She said she got thru 4 GH eps in one hour, it’s THAT.BAD. As she described this Franco mess, my jaw hit the floor.

    Days is shocking me on a daily basis in an entirely different way, as they wring as much drama as possible out of each plot twist, and then go back for more. Brady regrets dumping Kristen, Nicole still pines for poisoned Eric, Sami and Adrienne don’t YET have a knock down/drag out, but merely exchange threats and orders and go back to their respective corners. THIS is how you tell story, Ron.

    I don’t think Sharon Case being hot and rising above any sucky writing is gonna save her from Jill, sorry to say. Let’s see what happens when her next contract’s up for renewal ;)

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    The Sami/Adrienne dueling divas is shaping into a nice little battle. Just wait until Adrienne reveals the video to the public. Delicious. Now we just need to break up Adrienne and Justin and have her get involved with Lucas. That would be twisted and awesome.

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    @IOWAHAWKEYE–yeah, the folks at DAYS really know how to write a daytime soap of late, hitting almost every story point and leaving very few beats that aren’t played to the hilt. Never watched her on GH, but Jen Lilley is AB FAB as snarky, slightly loose cannon Theresa Donovan(can’t wait for the return of her mama Kimberly Brady Donovan in 2015–I jest, but those who know DAYS’ shooting schedule get my meaning). And as much as I typically hate Dannifer, Melissa Reeves has been bringing it as a snarky, pissed off Jennifer Horton(the eye rolls, the condescending smart-ass comments to JJ and Theresa–LOVE IT). The only thing that’s really been a letdown of late is the continued misuse of Kristian Alfonso–get Peter Reckell or Robert Kelker-Kelly back ASAP. And don’t EVER soras creepy-to-the-max Ciara(To Brady at the pub–“Guess who I just saw at the rectory? Krrissttenn….haha I had to rewind that shit several times, that girl kills it for me, next thing you know she’ll be carrying around a damn Chucky doll and talking to it).

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    ok well it looks like aa lot of fans are OK with this Sharon twist. we are talking about it right? i do like the character of Sharon and have been watching Ms Case since her stint on ATWT.. but i am on the fence. on one side i do like her kinda crazy, on the other side, i would have preferred summber be Jack’s kid.. and hey mon seems like an awesome dad!!

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    Daniel St. John

    [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]I don’t wanna be TOO dismissive and insulting on this thread, but how in THE WORLD Days can drop and GH can increase just defies any logic.[/quote]
    A good rule of thumb is that ratings aren’t always a true barometer for a shows quality. At the height of Santa Barbara’s epic Dobson’s run it was not a ratings winner yet YR has been awful for about 5 years straight and it continues to rule the ratings roost. BB’s rating shot through the roof when every second of the show focused on the tired Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle and that was some of the worst soap opera I have ever seen.

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    hey mon

    sillytee — I think so, havent watched it yet, watching the news from London about the Royals. But I wouldn’t put it past JoshG & JillPhil to have her descend even further downward.

    “First I wus hunting wabbits, now Im huntin wedheads.’

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    Y&R isn’t awful.

    And this Sharon twist isn’t nearly as bad as everyone is making it. Like I keep saying, what will be the bigger picture? NO ONE knows!!!! Geez

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    like i said i am on the fence with Sharon. i dont hate it. i just dont know if i like it. so help me if the preempt Y&R for that damn baby’s birth. ill go elmer fudd at my TV

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    Yorla – I feel the same. It is my time and my soap. Stop assuming the audience are all idiots. Treat us with respect. That is all I want. I want to sit down at the end of my very long and sometimes very stressful day and relax with my show. I would rather not watch and think about how the writers make zero effort and the show is unrecognizable.

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    There are just simply some people in this forum, and on other forums who NEED to believe that everything will be alright in the end, and some that just defend this show whatever it does. Some might say it’s 100% loyalty, some might say it’s living in a dreamworld, some might say it’s just being positive and willing to go with the flow (in the train of thought that “what will the complaining accomplish?”). And there is nothing wrong with that.

    I guess for me, I see it in the way that there are so many things in life, with work, health, etc. where you can’t care about certain things and you just *have* to go with the flow, that with my soaps, which is my freetime, I’m just not willing to do that. I want to demand certain things from my soaps, I want to demand quality, something that’s worthy of my time. Just like with other aspects of my own time. Because it is mine, no one else’s.

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    Thanks to ChrisGa and DSJ! I take some solace that ratings do not = quality…Loved Dobson’s run on Santa Barbara, the Lionel/Augusta dialogue was just luscious back then, wasn’t it? Damn, those were the days, when people of a certain age still got to rule the airwaves! Now we gotta go to British TV for that :(

    @Hey Mon — “turtlehead” — ROTF!

    From Yoryla — “I guess for me…that with my soaps, which is my freetime, I’m just not willing to do that. I want to demand certain things from my soaps, I want to demand quality, something that’s worthy of my time. Just like with other aspects of my own time. Because it is mine, no one else’s.”

    EXACTLY! I REFUSE to spend my FREE TIME watching idiots like Jill effing Phelps live out her fantasies on my dime..i just refuse! It’s such disrespect for the average soap viewer out there — maybe exactly the type of soap viewer you mention, who is willing to take any and all lumps and just go with the flow…NOT.ME.

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    hey mon

    Cane & Lily make googly-eyes at each other, Cane & Lily make a sad face, Cane & Lily have a tiff, Red Williams gets in between Cane & Lily, The New Gal thinks she will break up Cane & Lily….

    Give me Genevieve Atkinson and Colin any day, trying to go crazy-on-Lane, over this shiggety any day.

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    I am one of the positive ones about YR right now.

    God, after LML and then about 50% of MAB’s stories, I don’t think ANY of Josh’s stories are bad. God, yeah…boring sometimes, but not bad. So until we get Kay Alden, Sally Morina, or Jack S back…I’ll take this ANY day.

    Plus with watching BB and some clips of Days…I don’t think all of their stories are great soap…Can’t stand the web series on BB and Days seems slow to me. Also I don’t watch GH, but from what I read on here, I think they are in the worst shape.

    I want the show to be around for many years to come, so any time I see it doing well in the ratings, I think a lot of the longtime viewers are also liking the show.

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    I know. You are enjoying Y&R right now, and I’m happy for you, really. And for stoney too (but that goes without saying, lol). Everybody should have the point of view of their own liking to the show and it’s happenings.

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