Ratings, Rants and Raves: Big Rebounds For The Young and the Restless and General Hospital!

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital both came back strong, following slumps during the holiday week. (Source: Soap Opera Network) The Bold and the Beautiful also gained a healthy chunk of total viewers, while Days of Our Lives was the only network daytime sudser to shed eyeballs the week of July 8-12.

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Y&R went up a massive 258,000 total viewers over the previous week and was up year-to-date by 252,000. Daytime's top sudser also went up one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among W18-34.

Jack (Peter Bergman) overheard Kyle (Hartley Sawyer) and Abby (Melissa Ordway) discussing his son's lip-lock with Phyllis (Michelle Stafford). Fenmore (Max Ehrich) OD'd, after trying to score drugs off Carmine (Marco Dapper). Billy (Billy Miller) found tough love and support from fellow addict Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott). An ailing Delia strengthened Chilly's bond.

Victor (Eric Braeden) and Adam (Michael Muhney) tossed Melanie (Erin Chambers) out like soiled rag, after using her in their latest father/son parlor game. Kevin (Greg Rikaart) got a full-time job working for Alex (Ignacio Serricchio) at GCPD and the Winters-Michaelsons learned Rose had a daughter.

As silly as I found Phyllis kissing Kyle, Bergman brought the thunder and the rain when he learned of the betrayal. The kiss reveal ultimately led to Ole' Smilin' Jack finding out he's a daddy again, which brought about even more stellar scenes for The Berg and The Staff.

I love Fen lying about Carmine supplying him dope, in order to exact revenge on the tool who banged his mother. Fen is every much the teen bitch his mother was in the 80's. 

Billy and Nikki's scenes only drove home the point of how badly this show needs MTS on five-days-a-week. When Victor raged about Billy being a worthless addict, Nikki—who has struggled with booze and pills since before Billy was born—was destroyed by her oft-husband's careless words. It's also nice to see the soap reconnecting Billy and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson).

I'm getting a bit bored with the Mystery Blogger storyline. Wouldn't it be more of a treat for the audience to bring Drs. Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) and Nate Hastings home to mix things up with the Winters and Michaelsons? Drucilla's elder sister would take one look at sexy, young Leslie (Angell Conwell) and decide she isn't right for her brother-in-law.

Liv's son Nate could be Nikki's new doctor and also share a past with Leslie. Maybe they were lovers in college? Now Leslie is involved with her first love's uncle, while the young man's meddling mother is determined to oust her from Neil's life!



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GH went up 117,000 total viewers and was up year-to-date by 131,000. The ABC Daytime soap held steady in households and among W18-34, but went up two-tenths of a point among W18-49.

The mob was back in full effect the week in question, as Sonny (Maurice Benard) had Shawn (Sean Blakemore) work over Franco (Roger Howarth) at the Quartermaine boathouse. Unfortunately, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) arrived before her exes could finish the job.  

On the romantic front, Sonny and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) were finally about to get it on, when loopy Connie (Kelly Sullivan) showed up ruining absolutely everything. Naughty Brad (Parry Shen) caught Michael (Chad Duell) kissing Cousin Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and tried to blackmail him into sex.

Laura (Genie Francis) was pissed at Lucy (Lynn Herring) for bringing Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) into Deception 2.0. Baby Danny took a turn for the worst and Ava (Maura West) reconnected with Silas (Michael Easton).

Is it too much to ask that Franco and Connie both spontaneously combust, leaving nothing but peroxide residue? I am aching for SoLivia. I always knew they'd be hot! So glad this show isn't wasting time with some long, drawn-out triangle. It is time for Connie to GO!

I know Franco isn't going anywhere, so I will have to keep praying for him to be backburnered. I fall more in love with his supporting characters, Kiki and Ava, by the episode, but I would like to wash Franco from my soap operatic memory for good. Oh and where the hell is Monica (Leslie Charleson)? Richard Simmons might not care about her, but I do!

Brad trying to blackmail Michael into giving up some boo-tay was raunchy, hilarious, scandalous fun. I don't get all of the "Michael's a rape victim" talk when decrying this plot point. Brad doesn't know Michael was raped in prison. He's simply a shameless, horny, bottom feeder wanting some Twink action. Is he vile? Of course he is! Soaps need vile characters. Remember that amoral, murderously-psychotic gay character from the first season of Revenge? Where was all the righteous indigestion about him?





B&B was up 86,000 total viewers over the previous week. Are you ready for the 30-minute sudser's year-to-date digits? The Bold and the Beautiful was up a staggering 444,000 total viewers over the same period last year! Brad Bell should pull out his bible for Coming of Age and re-pitch it to CBS. Dude is on a roll.

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The fallout from Brill's affair and dead baby drove story in SoCal the week in question. Bill (Don Diamont), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Donna (Jennifer Gareis) all tried to convince Katie (Heather Tom) to give her marriage another chance, but she wasn't having it. After booting both her husband and her big sister out of her life, Katie found support from sister-in-law Karen (Joanna Johnson).

Liam (Scott Clifton) flew to Paris over the course of one commercial break, where he discovered Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) could no longer have children. Swell guy that he is, Liam flew home to be with Hope (Kim Matula). Too bad she's seen Wyatt's (Darin Brooks) naked sword.

B&B continues to be top notch soap opera. I haven't enjoyed a woman scorned story in daytime this much since Alex Spaulding (the late Beverlee McKinsey) blasted Roger Thorpe (the late Michael Zaslow) at the country club on Guiding Light. Tom is ferocious as mama lioness Katie. Gone is the timid, little tomboy who worshipped her big sister. In her place is a vengeful, angry, power player. Heaven help Dollar Bill and my Brooke Logan!





DAYS dropped 147,000 total viewers over the previous week, but was up year-to-date by 220,000. The sudser also shed a tenth of a point in households, while holding steady in the major female demos.

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EJ (James Scott) and Justin (Wally Kurth) managed to clip the Phoenix's wings, when they ousted Stefano (Joe Mascolo) from atop the DiMera dynasty. Sami (Alison Sweeney) was livid EJ hadn't filled her in on his plan, but once he laid that British pipe she was purring like a kitten.

Rafe (Galen Gering) woke up from his coma babbling about Sami trying to kill him. Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) was pretty much forced to hire Theresa Donovan (Jen Lilley)—daughter of Shane and Kim—as her new assistant. Kristen (Eileen Davidson) made inroads with Father Eric (Greg Vaughan). Will (Chandler Massey) continued to worry he was holding Sonny (Freddie Smith) back from being a carefree, young gay and Justin and Adrienne (Judi Evans) bickered.

As delicious as EJ and Justin taking down Stefano has been, it would have been so much sweeter if John Black (Drake Hogestyn) had been involved. For three decades Stefano and his Pawn have been duking it out in Salem. It would have been nice to have that history acknowledged, as someone finally got the better of the ultimate chess player.

It's great that DAYS decided to make Lilley's new character a legacy one. It's always better when newbies are tied to iconic characters the audience knows and loves, as opposed to bringing them on and then suddenly re-writing history to make them a surprise Brady or Horton relation. Yes, Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian), we are talking about you! See you next Ratings.