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Ratings, Rants and Raves: Amber Gives Birth to a Black Baby And Boffo Ratings For Bold and Beautiful

Sorry I'm a bit late with the column, too many pineapple margaritas during the extended holiday weekend! Now amid my research for trying to get cast in The Hangover 3, let's talk daytime soap ratings for the week of June 20-24, 2011. (Source: Soap Opera Network)


All of the soaps climbed in total viewers over the previous week, save for NBC's Days of Our Lives. The last place sudser dropped 47,000 and shed one-tenth of a ratings point among households. DAYS dropped two-tenths of a point among women 18-49, and one-tenth of a point among women 18-34.

Storywise, everyone was trying to figure out how to stop Taylor (Tamara Braun) from telling on Faux Rafe (Galen Gering), whom she'd overheard admitting he killed her mom, while Bo (Peter Reckell) Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Sami (Alison Sweeney) were trying to gaslight him. As nice as it is to see DAYS remember Sami is related to Bo, I really wish it could have happened in another storyline—any storyline. Elsewhere in Salem, Jennifer Rose (Melissa Reeves) confronted Carly (Crystal Chappell) about turning into a crackhead. How long until September?

Over at CBS, The Bold and the Beautiful had a boffo week ratings-wise. The sudser skyrocketed an insane 286,000 among total viewers. B&B also went up one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among women 18-34.

B&B was hilariously-soaptastic the week in question, thanks to Amber (Adrienne Frantz) giving birth to a black baby. The ripped-from-Maury-Povich story climax, complete with a sitcom-ready Andrea Evans as Tawny ("She looks a little dark... Is she jaundiced?") had me slapping my thigh in hysteria. Okay, so at first I didn't like the story because it seemed like Amber was totally regressing from all the growing up she did on The Young and The Restless, and it was so similar to her baby daddy trickery with Rick (then-Jacob Young) over a decade ago, but the payoff was worth it.  Dollar Bill (a completely, post-Genoa City rejuvenated Don Diamont) was almost as funny as Tawny when he congratulated his homeboy and employee Justin (Aaron D. Spears) on being a grandpa.

On the other side of Beverly Hills, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) and Stephanie (Susan Flannery) were giddy that Ridge (Ron Moss) had once again left Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). I can't say this particular story had me as amused or entertained for that matter.

I really need for Brooke to tell Ridge to lick a hound dog's ass when he eventually and predictably wants her back once Stephanie's latest stunts are revealed. Also, Eric (John McCook) needs to ditch Stephanie for keeps after this one. How can you come through a life-changing struggle with cancer and go right back to being a manipulative, monstrous she-beast? 

B&B's big sister, The Young and the Restless, went up 51,000 total viewers and held steady in households. Y&R also held steady among women 18-34, but dropped one-tenth of a ratings point among women 18-49.

Y&R was good the week of June 20. I loved Genoa City's answer to the Three Supervillains from Superman lore, Adam (Michael Muhney), Diane (Maura West) and Jack (Peter Bergman), toasting their "victory" over The Man of Mumbles, just as Victor (Eric Braeden) walked in and spied their party. Don't those fools know Victor is always the ultimate victor on this show?

I am also enjoying having my heart ripped out right along with Billy (Billy Miller) and Victoria's (Amelia Heinle). A lot of what's wrong with soaps today is that fans refuse to let popular couples be broken up. I am totally okay with my fave pairings being torn asunder, just so long as I get a sweeping, aching story that leads them back together.

Both Miller and Heinle did impressive work conveying their characters' feelings of hopelessness, loss and in Billy's case, self destruction. Shout out to Elizabeth Hendrickson for shining as well when Chloe ripped Billy a new tail for not being a good role model for their daughter Delia. 

It was a brilliant, character driven stroke to have Vicky learn Mac had given birth to a new baby, as she was grieivng the loss of Lucy. See there, Maria. This is what I am talking about. Just keep it simple and soapy!

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On the other side of the Genoa City tracks, Drucilla (Victoria Rowell) told Neil (Kristoff St. John) that Malcolm (Shemar Moore) could be Lily's (Christel Khalil) real daddy. Oh wait...I mean Sofia (Julia Pace Mitchell) told Malcolm (Darius McCrary) that Neil could be her unborn baby's daddy. Whew. Those Winters bros. sure like keeping it in the family!

The big story for ABC Daytime ratings-wise was once again One Life to Live. The Little Sudser That Could gained 237,000 viewers over the previous week. OLTL went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34 (where it was at No. 2 for the week). The serial also held steady at No. 3 among women 18-49.

Llanview city limits was OWNED by John-Paul Lavoisier's Rex Balsom the week in the question, and he hadn't even blackmailed Clint (Jerry verDorn) yet! The end of Gigi's (Farah Fath) life has seen the character of Rex rise from his own ashes of mediocrity. I gotta be honest, I've never felt this way about any of JPL's past performances. Rex always seemed a bit silly and JPL played him sorta Peter Pannish pre-Jack's bullying of Shane. The week of June 20, dude ditched the green tights, said goodbye to Tink and Never Never Land and became a man. Hell, not just a man, a Buchanan. 

While Rex was telling Clint he would never get Gigi's heart, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) almost had her's broken when she learned Tomas (Ted King) had a wife and son. Okay, so it was a bit too convenient and slightly cliched that Baz (Barret Helms), the snarky, music purist Starr (Kristen Alderson) had a run-in with was also Sebastian, Tomas' never-before-mentioned son, but I'll allow it. Helms is a ready talent, with instant chemistry with Alderson, and it's cool that Tea (Florencia Delgado) has another relation in town.

I've seen a lot of people grumbling on Twitter and here in the comments on DC about how OLTL needs to basically ditch both James (Nic Robuck) and Baz to reunite Starr X-d Lovers Starr and Cole (Brandon Buddy). While I understand those impulses, this show still has six months to tell story and I am sorry, I don't want to see everyone quickly reunited with their endgame.

What will the show do with the characters for the next half a year if all of the sudden everyone is in happy relationships with the person they're supposed to be with? Pick flowers up on Llantano Mountain? There's a reason we call them "stories" and I don't want to skip to the end of this particular fairy tale. I want to be riveted right up to the very end. There's plenty of time for a myriad of returns on OLTL come September.

All My Children went up 82,000 total viewers over the previous week. AMC was last place, however, in households and among women 18-49, dropping one-tenth of a point in the latter demo. AMC also dropped among women 18-34, and was also last in that demo.

In story, Jane (Susan Lucci) bought the hospital and made David (Vincent Irizarry) her partner. I have mixed feelings on this plot point. Were this this the real Erica Kane who David had blackmailed into buying the hospital from Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) and into bed I would be screaming about how hot the arc is, but considering it's Jane, the 65-year-Old Virgin, I could care less.

I am still engaged by Griffin (Jordi Vilasuso) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) though, but it's hard to thoroughly invest knowing she will dump him like a caliente potato when Zach (Thorsten Kaye) blusters his way back into Pine Valley. I do think it's a nice twist having Amanda (Chrishell Stause) guilty as whore at a spurned wives convention over screwing JR (Jacob Young), when Jake (Ricky Paull Goldin) didn't even tap Cara's (Lindsay Hartley) boo tah. If AMC was continuing, this is the kind of soapy goodness I could sink my teeth into longterm! 

General Hospital gained 167,000 total viewers over the previous week, yet was still in 4th place behind OLTL. GH went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-49, where it was in 2nd place. GH also went up one-tenth of a point among women 18-34.

Lucky's (Jonathan Jackson) new wife Siobhan (Erin Chambers) almost died because of a medical mistake made by his previous one (Rebbeca Herbst's Liz) the week of June 20-24. Meanwhile, his sister Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) went off brothel jumping to find their missing daddy. Charming.

 My favorite part of the week on GH was Sexis (Sonny and Alexis) arguing about how to handle their fast daughter Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth). Man do Nancy Lee Grahn and Maurice Benard still have it or what? Who needs a new or recast love interest for Sonny when Alexis is right there ready and waiting for some loving and sparring? See you next Ratings!

For the complete daytime ratings visit Soap Opera Network!