Salem, U.S.A. was the place to be the week of Jan. 14-18. Not only did NBC Daytime's Days of Our Lives soar among women 18-49, the sudser also hit a two-year high in total viewers, according to ratings posted online by Xavier Toups.
DAYS went up 209,000 total viewers over the previous week. Year-to-date, DAYS was up 246,000. This was a new high for the head writing team of Gary Tomlin and ChrisWhitesell.
DAYS went up two-tenths of a point in households. Among women 18-49 and W18-34, DAYS went up one-tenth of a point.
On Gabi (Camila Banus) and Nick's (Blake Berris) wedding day, Chad (Casey Deidrick) revealed to everyone at St. Luke's that the pregnant bride was lying about who her baby daddy is. The Salemites were further shocked when Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas' (Bryan Dattilo) out gay son Will (Chandler Massey) was revealed to be the champion stud horse who sired the fetus in question.
Finally, my fave of the daytime soaps still on the air isn't disappointing me. Here's hoping Ken Corday, Greg Meng, Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell can keep it up! I go more in depth about DAYS' turnaround here.
The Young and the Restless went up 14,000 total viewers over the previous week. Y&R held steady in households, but dipped one-tenth of a point among W18-49 and W18-34.
While Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) helped Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) detox, her ex-husband Nick (Joshua Morrow) was busy opening his flop of a nightclub. Tyler (Redaric Williams) offered to help Nick promote his latest Newman Enterprises-avoiding venture, so that its next opening night wasn't such a bust. All the while, an ever-cheery Avery (Jessica Collins) supported her lover/brother-in-law. Paging Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), 'cause as cute as these two are, they're getting a little boring.
Things weren't so cheery at the Fenmore-Baldwin crib. Jamie (promising newcomer Daniel Polo) went missing, which caused Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) to grill Fen (the masterfully-wicked Max Ehrich). I didn't like the Fen/Summer/Jamie triangle early on, but putting Michael and Lauren at the center of the conflict, as opposed to a girl, gives the tween feud a The Good Son-meets-East of Eden vible. Me likes.
Billy (Billy Miller) squaring off with Sharon (Sharon Case) sorta felt like a dead air, filler scene, especially since Billy would later be ousted from Newman. There's quite a bit of this going on at Y&R. It would be nice for each and every scene to start meaning something. I realize that at its best, this soap was always slow-burning, but that scene was a waste of time if Billy isn't going to be remaining at Newman to keep needling Shadam.
I am enjoying Victor (Eric Braeden) taking green, little Mason (Lamon Archey) under his wing. Though as handsome as Archey is, I sincerely hope he gets to spend screentime with a love interest soon.
As usual, Melody Thomas Scott was the epitome of fierce-osity, as Nikki put a stop to the press conference where Victor planned to out Jack as not believing crack is whack.
The Bold and the Beautiful went up 58,000 total viewers. B&B was also up year-to-date by 146,000. In the major demos, B&B held steady.
In story, rival Forrester scions Rick (Jacob Young) and Thomas (Adam Gregory) put on really boring, ugly fashion shows. The result of which saw Rick named president of Forrester Creations.
Hope (Kimberly Matula) wanted the life with Liam (Scott Clifton) Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) and Rick's lies robbed her of. Meanwhile, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) went into (grand)mama lion mode, after learning Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was carrying a little grand stallion.
After witnessing the ghastly rags presented at Rick and Tom's fashion face off, I don't see how anyone would hire either to stitch prison uniforms. Taylor is once again the preachy, all-knowing, self-righteous mess I've loved to hate for over 20 years of watching this soap. #TeamBrooke.
General Hospital dipped slightly in total viewers (-56,000). In households, GH held steady (up a whopping five-tenths of a point year-to-date!). Among W18-49, GH fell one-tenth of a point. However, the ABC soap went up by one-tenth among W18-34.
Storywise, Sam (Kelly Monaco) accepted Jason's (Steve Burton) death, thanks to McBain's (Michael Easton). Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Connie (Kelly Sullivan) became closer, as he helped her do what she needed to do for a brain dead Trey (Erik Valdez). A smashed Carly (Laura Wright) sliced and diced Todd's (Roger Howarth) hotel suite—not to mention her own hair—as AJ (Sean Kanan) bore witness. Tracy (Jane Elliot) retained control of ELQ, with the help of a vampire-slaying Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring).
Felix (Marc Samuel) became Carly's Best Gay Friend. Maxie (Kirsten Storms) learned her oven had a new puppy, er, bun; while Lante (Julie Marie Berman and Dominic Zamprogna) searched for a missing Luke (Anthony Geary).
I still have no use for Connie, Kate, or whoever she's calling herself these days. I don't want to see Sonny fall for an alter. I want Kate integrated, only to decide to take a job with Paris Vogue. Can't Sonny reconnect with No. 1 Baby Mama Olivia (the sex-sational Lisa LoCicero), now that Snore-ven Lars (Scott Reeves) is leaving?
Glad to see Sam finally come to terms with the fact that Jason has moved to Genoa City. Bring on McBam, baby!
Carly and AJ were a hoot — first at The Floating Rib and later in Todd's hotel room.Lynn Herring is picking up right where Robin Mattson left off as GH's Special 80's Guest Star Du Jour. I cannot WAIT until she's reunited with Doc (Jon Lindstrom). See you next Ratings!