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Daytime Confidential Top 20, October


No. 20: Farah Fath - One Life to Live (Down 9)

Without a front burner storyline Farah Fath dropped nine spots from No. 11 on last month’s list to No. 20 this month. It will be interesting to see if the return of Brody to our screens will help Farah Fath and Gigi from falling out of the Daytime Confidential Top 20 next month.


No. 19: Alison Sweeney - Days of Our Lives (Top 20 Debut)

Alison Sweeney’s debut at No. 19 on the Daytime Confidential marks the first time since the DC Top 20’s debut where James Scott ranked No. 6 that a Days of Our Lives star has made the list. However, since the daytime industry was rocked by the firing of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn it wouldn’t be surprising if more current and former Days of Our Lives stars appeared on next month’s list.


No. 18: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital (Down 3)

Lipstick Jungle may or may not be canceled but that hasn’t kept Vanessa Marcil from slipping three spots to No. 18. This is the lowest that Marcil, who was the Daytime Confidential Top 20’s first No. 1 star, has ranked in the six months we’ve published our list.


No. 17: Jesse McCartney - All My Children (Top 20 Return)

It isn’t over for All My Children alum Jesse McCartney who returned to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 after a month off the list. This is the second time that McCartney, whose acting and singing career has taken off since leaving All My Children, has appeared on the DC Top 20 in the last three months.


No. 16: Genie Francis - General Hospital (Top 20 Debut)

General Hospital fans turned out for Genie Francis this month as Laura returned and then said goodbye to those she loved in Port Charles. This is the first time that Francis has made the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Francis’ onscreen love Anthony Geary has never made the DC Top 20.


No. 15: Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless (Down 7)

The Young and the Restless’Christel Khalil dropped seven spots to No. 15 on this month’s list. Khalil is one of only three The Young and the Restless stars to make this month’s Daytime Confidential Top 20.


No. 14: Rebecca Budig - All My Children (Up 2)

All My Children’sRebecca Budig moved up two notches this month to No. 14, no doubt spurred by word that the actress would be leaving the role of Greenlee when her contract expires.


No. 13: Beth Ehlers - All My Children (Down 3)

After four months in the Top 7 Beth Ehlers dropped to No. 11 last month. This month Ehlers falls two more spots to No. 13. Could it be that fans interest in Ehlers is waning because of her character Taylor’s storyline?


No. 12: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless (Down 12)

After a record setting two consecutive months at No. 1 Victoria Rowell dropped twelve spots to No. 12 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. The Young and the Restless’ other former DC Top 20 No. 1 Raya Meddine dropped out off the list.


No. 11: Alexa Havins - All My Children (Top 20 Debut)

Ahhh the power of Babe. It has been over a year since Alexa Havins left the role of Babe Carey on All My Children and yet the death of Babe has skyrocketed interest in the character’s originator. Havins’ husband Justin Bruening may have a talking car on Knight Rider but Havins will always have Babe.


No. 10: Tom Pelphrey - Guiding Light (Down 5)

Tom Pelphrey slipped from No. 5 to his lowest ranking in the past three months but interest in the former Guiding Light star was still enough to keep him in the Top 10. Imagine how high he could go if he actually returned to daytime?

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No. 09: Kelly Monaco - General Hospital (Top 20 Return)

After falling out of the Daytime Confidential Top 20 last month to No. 27, Kelly Monaco is back with a bang at No. 9. Could it be that the possibility of a JaSam reunion helped Monaco climb so fast in such a short amount of time?


No. 08: Tamara Braun - All My Children (Up 1)

ABC fans continue to show their appreciation for Tamara Braun as the former General Hospital and current All My Children star moved up one spot to No. 8 from last month’s list. It should be interesting to see if Frons decides to try and keep Braun in Pine Valley after the initial four month stint is over.


No. 07: Maurice Bernard - General Hospital (No Change)

Sonny may have been dunked in the Port Charles bay but Maurice Bernard didn’t sink to the bottom of this month’s list. In fact, Bernard is holding steady at No. 7 with no change from last month’s list.


No. 06: Rebecca Herbst - General Hosptial  (Down 1)

Angst may be the word of the day for Rebecca Herbst’s Elizabeth on General Hospital but at No. 6 Herbst is consistently one of Daytime Confidential reader’s favorite actresses. Herbst dropped on spot from No. 5 on last month’s DC Top 20.


No. 05: Nelson Branco - TV Guide Canada (Down 2)

TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco slipped two spots from No. 3 to No 5 on this month’s Daytime Confidential Top 20. Branco has held a spot in the DC Top 20 since his No. 4 debut in August.

No. 04: Steve Burton - General Hospital (Down 2)


Steve Burton’s fans continue to come through for the popular General Hospital star as he stayed in the Top 6 for a sixth month. No single actor has had such a consistent performance on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Unfortunately for Burton, he slipped two spots on this month’s list to No. 4.


No. 03: David Lago - The Young and the Restless (Top 20 Debut)

In the six months we’ve been tracking the stars that Daytime Confidential readers are interested in no actor has debuted higher than former The Young and the Restless star David Lago did this month. Unfortunately for Y&R it wasn’t a return to CBS that spurred people’s interest. When word broke that Lago may be coming to General Hospital as Sonny’s son General Hospital fans wanted to find out as much as possible about the star.

Note: All stars not currently onscreen are attributed to the show they last appeared on until they debut on a new show.


No. 02: Amanda Baker - All My Children (Up 4)

Alexa Havins wasn’t the only actress to benefit from the death of Babe on All My Children. Babe’s death also helped Amanda Bakermove up four spots from last month’s list. It will be interesting to see next month if the return of Babe’s father to Pine Valley will help Vincent Irizarry make a Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut next month.


No. 01: Alicia Minshew - All My Children  (Up 4)

After three months of being dominated by The Young and the Restless, the number one most popular star on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 is All My Children’s Alicia Minshew. Minshew, whose character Kendall has been in a coma since the great tornado strike of 2008, took time off from the show to get married. Might it be that absence has made the fans hearts grow fonder? Minshew’s jump of twelve spots is the highest of any star who moved up from last month’s list.

Previous No. 1 Ranked Stars:

September: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless

August: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless

July 2008: Raya Meddine - The Young and the Restless

June 2008: Sarah Michelle Gellar - All My Children

May 2008: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital

Further Analysis


Days of Our Lives may have only had one star in the DC Top 20 but James Scott (No. 28), Arianne Zucker (No. 30), Jensen Ackles(No. 34), Galen Gering (No. 41), Deidre Hall (No. 43) and Lisa Rinna (No. 49) all made the DC Top 50 in October. 

Katherine Kelly Lang, was The Bold and the Beautiful's highest ranked star at No. 25. Brandon Beemer was B&B's highest ranked male actor at No. 36. Ronn Moss came in at No. 44.

Caitlin Van Zandt fell off the DC Top 20 this month to No. 35. Daniel Cosgrove was Guiding Light's highest ranked star at No. 24. 

Not a single As the World Turns actor or actress made the DC Top 50 we track each month. Jake Silbermann was the last ATWT actor to appear on the countdown, and that was in August.

Adrianne Leon and Elizabeth Hendrickson were the two highest ranked The Young and the Restless stars outside of the DC Top 20 at No. 22 and No. 27 respectively. Daniel Goddard was the highest ranked male actor at No. 38. Billy Miller fell out of the DC Top 20 at No. 14 last month to No. 46 this month.

General Hospital'sTyler Christopher rounded out the DC Top 50 at No. 50.