General Hospital's post-50th anniversary ratings slump continued the week of July 1-5 (Source: Soap Opera Network). The ABC Daytime drama dropped 121,000 total viewers over the previous week. However, GH was still up 90,000 over this time last year. The sudser was in last place in households, women viewers aged 18-49 and all key demos (tying Days of Our Lives among W18-34).
In story, Carly (Laura Wright) tried to force Morgan (Bryan Craig) to move out of the house of horrors that has become the Quartermaine mansion. Kiki (Kristen Alderson) lusted after Cousin Michael (Chad Duell), while getting busy with his brother. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Shawn (Sean Butler) argued about their chemistry-devoid relationship. Okay, they really argued about his work for Sonny (Maurice Benard), but they should have been dealing with the aforementioned much larger issue!
Luke (Anthony Geary) left town to find a cure. Laura (Genie Francis) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) got all up in Tracy's (Jane Elliot) grill. Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) moved into the Corinthos compound. Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) agreed to bankroll Deception 2.0 and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) barbecued Emma's (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) pissy baby doll.
Still way too much Francophrenia (Roger Howarth) on GH these days. I'd bet money if this character was backburnered and retooled, while moving the AJ (Sean Kanan)/Liz (Rebecca Herbst)/Nikolas triangle to the front burner, the ratings would stabilize.
Thank the Soap Gods, Alexis and Shawn are dunzo. Bring back Rick Hearst, STAT! Imagine Molly (Haley Pullos) learning the reason she had to grow up without a father, was because her big sister Sam (Kelly Monaco) mopped Alexis' floor with her bottom, while Rick served as her human Swiffer Wet Jet.
Speaking of Sam, she's much too sexy to be toting around a sick, ole' baby all summer. Let's hurry a miracle cure for Danny and get her back in ride-or-die mode.
Sam is an action/adventure character. Her fan base fell in love with her against-all-odds escapades with Jason (Steve Burton). A domesticated Sam is an uninteresting Sam. She should be the one investigating Ava (Maura West), not silly Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) —especially if both women are to be romantic options for Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton).
I'm enjoying Kiki and the Brothers Corinthos, though I think the storyline needs another female to flesh it out a bit. Paging Serena Baldwin! Scotty (Kin Shriner) would be livid at the thought of one or more of Sonny's sons canoodling with his heiress daughter.
The teen story with Molly and Co. is nice enough, except they all look like babies. There isn't the same lust factor as when Jagger (Antonio Sabato, Jr.) was torn between Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) and Karen (Cari Shayne). Since we're on the subject of Jagger (Seriously, when are we not?), picture his taut, massive, veiny body grinding betwixt Sam's legs—her hooker boots high in the air—then they go off to take down Ava's art theft ring!
The Young and the Restless shed 160,000 total viewers and was down year-to-date by 109,000. Y&R held steady in households, but went up one-tenth of a point among W18-49 and W18-34.
Story-wise, Jack's (Peter Bergman) birthday party set the stage for Phyllis' (Michelle Stafford) illogical attempt to seduce Kyle (Hartley Sawyer). Luckily, a drunken Billy (Billy Miller) showed up giving us reason to stay at the party.
Nick (Joshua Morrow) told Avery (Jessica Collins) the truth about Summer (Hunter King), much to Phyllis' dismay. Abby (Melissa Ordway) flirted with Tyler (Redaric Williams), after her breakup with Alex (Ignacio Serricchio). Victoria (Amelia Heinle) sought comfort at the ranch. Adam (Michael Muhney) realized his lawyer-with-benefits was working for his Pa. New cohabitants, Dylan (Steve Burton) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) were visited by Dylan's war buddy. Lauren (Tracey Bregman) tried to put it on Michael (Christian LeBlanc), but was rebuffed. Jill (Jess Walton) battled Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) decided it was time to divorce The Chipmunk (Greg Rikaart).
Much like GH,Y&R needs some retooling. I've already shared my thoughts on Jack's b-day, so I won't rehash it here. Instead, I'll focus on the soap's young and restless set. The only characters under 30 who have compelling storylines are Summer and Fenmore (Max Ehrich). What was the point of the massive casting spree that brought so many new faces to town, if the newbies weren't going to be utilized? Say what you will about the newbies on GH, but at least they serve story.
Tyler and Lily (Christel Khalil) have huge potential, and started off strong, but now they're stuck in the mud. I can understand the show being hesitant to embark on another story where a happily-married woman embarks on a steamy affair so soon after Laurmine. So what's the solution? Putting him with Abby? Methinks not.
Speaking of Abby, I finally see why they only had Emme Rylan on recurring. It's apparent this regime has no clue what to do with the living, breathing link between the Newmans and Abbotts.
She's already busting up with Alex? That has to be a record, even for soaps. Why do I feel like their entire "relationship" happened off screen? I know I screamed bloody murder when TPTB got rid of Abby and Rylan, but yeah, I'm over it. If Y&R isn't going to write for the character, why have her taking up screen time?
The same goes for Noah Newman. Robert Adamson must be bored to tears. Noah's parents were driving an epic love story when they were his age. Can this show really not find more for him to do than flirt with Summer's day player bestie? Y&R has to do more with its cast of hunky newcomers than arrange shirtless photo shoots for them.
One newcomer Y&R writes for, but shouldn't, is Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton). Much like Franco on GH, this character just simply isn't working. Sure, both would be expensive, painful losses to have to cut, but those are the bricks.
The Bold and the Beautiful lost 71,000 total viewers over the previous week, but was still up year-to-date by a whopping 308,000. B&B was up one-tenth of a point in all key demos.
B&B was the soap to watch the week in question, as Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) revealed to those assembled at Brooke Logan's (Katherine Kelly Lang) birthday party that the femme fatale had slept with her sister's husband. Taylor's public outing of Brooke and Bill's (Don Diamont) sordid affair—not to mention Brooke's miscarried pregnancy with his baby—scorched Southern California. It was quite possibly the best soap opera reveal in a decade.
Juxtaposed with a campy arc featuring a scheming Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) using a web series to break up Rick (Jacob Young) and Maya (Karla Mosley), B&B proved the right mix of soapy melodrama and fun hijinks. i really have no critique to offer B&B in this column. The show is on fire and both the creative teams at GH and Y&R would be smart to tune in and study what Brad Bell andCo. are doing.
B&B's only real competition for best daytime soap airing at the moment is NBC Daytime's Days of Our Lives. I know, it still feels just as crazy to type that sentence as you probably feel reading it.
DAYS was down 68,000 over the previous week, but was up year-to-date by 188,000. The sudser held steady in the key demos.
Luck was temporarily on Sami Brady's (Alison Sweeney) side, when the grand jury decided not to send her to trial. Sami's twin didn't have nearly as much to celebrate.
Father Eric (Greg Vaughan) continued to have side effects from the drugs Kristen (Eileen Davidson) used to rape him. Will (Chandler Massey), Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Gabi (Camila Banus) found their new living arrangement wasn't going to be as easy as they'd thought. Justin (Wally Kurth) warned EJ (James Scott) their plot to oust Stefano (Joe Mascolo) from power had hit a snag and JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss) met a youngster just as sexy and naughty as he is, played by General Hospital's Jen Lilley.
Major props to Judi Evans, who is killing it as meddling Mama Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis. Her desire to save Sonny from a perceived life of domestic turmoil with Will and his readymade family is almost as strong as her son's love for Sami and Lucas' (Bryan Datillo) first born.
My only suggestion is why not have Adriene cheat on Justin with Lucas? They both have issues with Will and Sonny's relationship. What if after a couple of shots at the Cheating Heart—scratch that, Lucas is an alkie—I mean a couple of shots of espresso at Sonny and Chad's (Casey Deidrick) coffee bar, the two end up in the sack? That would certainly complicate things in Salem, U.S.A.! See you next Ratings.