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Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Only Soap to Not Go Up Significantly Week of Aug. 20

Three of the four daytime soaps on the dial boasted impressive gains the week of Aug. 20-24. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives all climbed, while General Hospital remained pretty much flat in the Nielsens.

B&B was arguably the week in question's biggest success story. The 30-minute serial went up 213,000 total viewers and was up an insane 357,000 year-to-date. B&B also went up one-tenth of a point in households and was up two-tenths of a point in households. B&B held steady in women 18-49 and W18-34, yet was up one-tenth of a point year-to-date in both key demos. I guess Brad Bell can grab his package and tell all of us who have been griping about the Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle to suck it.


In story, the tale of the aforementioned, show-eating triangle reached a climax as eternal bride Hope Logan (Kimberly Matula) told Liam (Scott Clifton) how the cow ate the cabbage following his drunken night of partying with Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). The high point of the week was when a fed up Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) throttled his douchey, pathetic son. Instead of attempting to summarize the rest of that week's B&B episodes, I am going to let Clarence do it after the jump!

Y&R went up an almost as impressive 194,000 total viewers and was up year-to-date by 92,000. In households, daytime's top soap inched up one-tenth of a point and was up one-tenth of a point year-to-date in that demo. Among W18-49 and W18-34, Y&R held steady.

Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) seized control of Newman Enterprises in the campiest corporate storyline since Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) tangled with PepsiCo in Mommie Dearest. Sharon immediately went on the offensive with the Newman children, while her "supporter" Tucker (Stephen Nichols) was advising her every schlocky move.

Genoa City's other Queen of Camp, Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford) was busy dealing with dead shrinks and reluctant, recovering chipmunk accomplices the week in question. Greg Rikaart deserves permanent access to the Bell family guest house after acting out four years of MAB storylines for Kevin.

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Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Genevieve (Genie Francis) were both on the hunt for Victor, who turned up in an episode of One Day at a Time.

DAYS added 72,000 pairs of eyeballs over the previous week and was up 331,000 year-to-date. The NBC soap held steady in households, but was up two-tenths of a point from this time last year. Among W18-49, DAYS was up one-tenth of a point. The Salem-set sudser held steady among W18-34.

Storywise, Will (Chandler Massey) and Gabi (Camila Banus) decided to screw their way back to good self-esteem, following emotional confrontations with Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Chad (Casey Deidrick) respectively. Rafe (Galen Gering)  wouldn't leave EJami alone and Melanie (Molly Burnett) learned that Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) was about to receive a get out of jail free card.  

GH was the only soap not to go up in total viewers over the previous week, but at least they didn't dip too low. The ABC soap went down a mere 17,000 total viewers and was down 22,000 year-to-date. GH was in last place in households and W18-49 for the week. Among W18-34, the Mouse House's sole daytime drama was tied at No. 1 with basically every other soap, save for B&B.

Port Charles General Hospital was the place to be the week of Aug. 20, as the Davis girls and Corinthos-Jacks clan were still rallying around Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Josslyn. Luke (Tony Geary) was released and anxious to find out who Heather's (Robin Mattson) partner in crime was. Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) was there for a frazzled Carly (Laura Wright), yet still found time to attempt to spark Kate (Kelly Sullivan) into remembering that Johnny (Brandon Barash) really caused Hope and Cole's deaths.

Joe Jr. (Richard Steinmetz) was sprung from jail by Jerry (Sebastian Roche), and later met Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot). Trey (Erik Valdez) erroneously believed his dad being a free man meant he wouldn't have to make an honest reality star out of Kristina (Lindsey Morgan). Starr (Kristen Alderson) struggled over telling Michael (Chad Duell) Trey's secret. Sucked to be Starr, because by the time she told the moody mob heir the truth, Trey had already made off to Vegas with her toy boy's kid sister.

Now that Joe Jr. is playing hide the cannoli with Tracy, I'm not as anxious to see him die a bloody, violent Sweeps week death. I'm also intrigued about the payoff of Kate learning Trey is her son— though I do wish she would cut her hair and darken it just a smidge. See you next Ratings!