Ratings, Rants and Raves: The Bold and the Beautiful SOARS to Almost 5-Year High in Total Viewers!

I haven't written this column since Bob Barker was a wee lad, but the bananas ratings surge of CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful during the week of November 4-8 (Source: Soap Opera Network) was definitely inspiration enough to bring me out of the Rest Home For Retired Ranters and Ravers. Don't eat the pudding.

B&B went up 194,000 total viewers over the previous week, hitting 3.8 million viewers — that's the highest number of eyeballs for the half-hour sudser since the week of January 26-30, 2009!

B&B was up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-49. Among W18-34, the sudser held steady. In story, Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) listened to Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" and strutted his silly-yet-taut behind up the side of a mountain, only to almost fall to his death!

Elsewhere in SoCal, the borrowed Hope For The Future Diamond was burgled. Rick (Jacob Young) and Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) planned their upcoming nuptials and Maya (Karla Mosley) returned to Forrester Creations to strike a pose.

If y'all listened to last week's podcast, you already know I was too through with Dollar Bill, after his near-death epiphany caused him to dump my Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) to return to ole' strict, preachy Katie (Heather Tom). However, the twist this week that Bill was only playing Katie to reclaim Spencer Publications proved classic Bell soap opera gold. More on that next week!

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  1. Profile photo of Duchess

    Wow! Go B&B! I have been loving the show for awhile now. The twist that Bill was lying to both sisters followed by the two of them teaming up against him is genius. I swear I see more and more of Bill Bell in Brad Bell as time goes on. I’m loving the additions of Quinn and Wyatt and can’t wait for TK to start as Ridge. The quadrangle of Bill, Katie, Brooke, and Ridge should be awesome! I might pass out from all the testosterone from the manly combo of DD’s Bill and TK’s Ridge ;) Who could have predicted that B&B would lose RM’s Ridge, Stephanie, Taylor, and Steffy yet here they are with higher ratings than they’ve had in 5 years? Congrats to Brad Bell and the entire B&B team in front of and behind the cameras!

  2. Profile photo of nysam

    Well deserved for B&B!!! In the past year they lost 2 of their biggest stars. That they could sustain themselves and grow in this tough market is testament to the talent behind and on the screen.

    GH, on the other hand…..not surprised they shed viewers. It was a Franco, Julian centric week. Not to mention the revisionary history of Franco, Heather, Scotty probably had viewers changing the channel.

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    I never have, and probably never will understand soap opera ratings, Days of Our Lives is the best its been in years and yet the ratings are down, General Hospital is the best soap on the air and the ratings are down.

    Meanwhile The Bold and the Beautiful spends 3 years focussing 90% of its air time on Hope Logan’s love life and the ratings just get better and better; I once considered B&B to be my favourite TV show and used to look forward to watching it, ever since Hope and Liam arrived its become a chor to watch. I will admit that the Brill, Batie storyline has been good, but it’s still getting less airtime than the constant Liam, Hope, Wyatt crap!

    The Young and the Restless is far from at its best, but I certainly don’t find myself wondering if I want to go on watching it the way I do with B&B.

    If soap ratings reflected the quality of the shows DAYS and GH should be constantly battling for the number 1 position with Y&R 3rd and B&B last.

  4. Profile photo of nysam

    The secret to B&B’s success is that they play their core families and the cast is small enough to invest in characters and their stories. GH’s cast is way too bloated and 50% of the time characters are being played that the audience doesn’t care about. That’s why GH goes up and down. If GH would focus on the Qs, Webbers, Scorpios, Spencers and cut some of the dead weight the show would probably have a more consistent audience. Y&R is getting it’s groove back by focusing on the Abbotts and Newmans. They strayed for awhile.

  5. Profile photo of pferrando

    nysam…Totally agree with you on what makes YR work. And that’s the Abbotts and the Newmans.

    BB has been the most consistent of the bunch so it’s no wonder that it’s ratings are solid.

    What’s also impressive is they get the ratings without the stupid stunt stories that plague most of the other shows.

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    For Whom the Bells Toll

    I watch BB once a week as nothing much really happens & I can piece together what I’ve missed….yawn!

    I’m convinced that YR has habitual watchers and they tune in no matter what,but it’s so tedious!Nothing much happens.

    Now GH and DOOL are full of life,energy and lots of stories and they both keep me interested and wanting to come back for more.

    Maybe it’s all a matter of taste and expectations. :) :) :)

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    [quote=pferrando]What’s also impressive is they get the ratings without the stupid stunt stories that plague most of the other shows.[/quote]

    And we can credit Brad Bell for learning very well from his Dad, the great late Bill Bill Sr., who obviously taught his son well and to always play to the casts’ strength and not resort to gimmicks! Granted, the Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle aggravated me to no end and I was happy that it ended. However, we’re now stuck with the Liam/Hope/Wyatt story which if we’re all honest with each other, is the same drivel that we had to deal with when there was the S/L/H triangle.

  8. Profile photo of pferrando

    I think Days, BB and YR are very much going the traditional soap storytelling route right now which is a lot of people’s “taste and expectation”.

    GH works well for what it does too, I guess.

  9. Profile photo of harlee490

    BB is pure fun to watch and not surprise by this increase and I’ve been watching faithfully everyday for the last 18 months and now with nuRidge coming back on canvas, BB has been such a Bell tradition style soap for over a year and Brad is maturing I guess as Bill…

    Don’t think Brad won’t or again as his daddy did still do the good psycho story as both had done in the past but in essence the show is built around the main families still to this day and has doing a very classic soap.

    Days by far has been the best soap hands down for the November sweeps, as old NBC style soap (their lone one) NBC was always known for the big, sweeping melodrama serials in the past but still very family center has been simply superb, in pacing, quality and deliverance in performances…DAYS is NO.1 in sheer entertainment for sweeps.

    Well, YR has been luke-warm to tepid in their sweeps deliver, not discounting the actors performances but surrounded in a hurried-up, half-
    bake plot of killing a child off to create drama…dread & gloom is not my cup of tea.

  10. Profile photo of pdow

    Just get rid of the triangle of Hope, Steffie & Liam….JMW is a great actress as well as the one who portrays Liam…but could we do more w/o Hope???

  11. Profile photo of pdow

    Just get rid of the triangle of Hope, Steffie & Liam….JMW is a great actress as well as the one who portrays Liam…but could we do more w/o Hope???

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    Secrets and Lies

    Agree Jennifer needs a new love interest, but instead of Frankie (which they just tried again a few years ago), I want it to be Scott Reeves. No idea who he should play though. Maybe he could be Rory’s long-lost Dad and they could make a blended family like the Brady …er Horton Bunch!

  13. Profile photo of ChrisGa

    Seeing pics and promos of Don Diamont’s hot, half-naked body makes me sometimes wish I was still watching B&B but alas….

    It’s such a shame to see DAYS as the perennial cellar-dweller in the ratings–guess somebody’s gotta be at the bottom–because it just keeps getting better and better with each week. Tomsell not only know how to write a helluva umbrella story but also to play every single beat no matter how inconsequential we viewers might think it is at the time(there’s almost always a genius payoff in the end). And as Jamey said on the recent podcast, Eileen Davidson deserves the best damn contract in daytime–I love and adore Ashley Abbott but DAYS just lets ED as Kristen run this show like the boss actress that she is. Someone needs to shoot Corday a memo regarding the extreme error of his ways.

    Y&R has been slightly better. And even more depressing. I love Melissa Claire Egan and Michael Muhney as much as the next guy, but if I have to hear Chelsea yet again talk about the injustice of Delia’s killer roaming free followed by Adam looking like he’s constipated–set to the apparently-long-lost musical score to THE OMEN–I think I’m gonna start talking out loud to the TV the way everyone talks to themselves out loud in public on DAYS. Time to move the hell on already….

  14. Profile photo of ANGELWENDY15

    I only watched B &B occasionly but always thought the show had the best live shots and scenery. BB made a coop by hiring Thorsten Kaye because I will start to watch regularly once he’s on the show. I can just see him and Don D in scenes-too very hot guys!

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