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Ratings, Rants and Raves: Suds Watchers Were in Turkey Comas Thanksgiving Week


Soap opera fans were either too stuffed, or too focused on all the unrest going on in the world, to help their sudsers achieve Thanksgiving week spikes in the Nielsens.  All four daytime dramas fell in total viewers the week of November 24-28. (Source: Soap Opera Network)

The Young and the Restless fell 458,000 total viewers and was down 567,000 year-to-date.  Daytime's top sudser also fell in the key demos.

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I'm enjoying Y&R. Justin Hartley as Adam and Gina Tognoni as Phyllis are two of the best soap recasts in years. Jabot feels like an actual corporation again, not just an afterthought. Shick's most recent relationship implosion feels surprisingly fresh and Hevon continues to sizzle. I'm not wild about Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) standing in for Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life: Genoa City. But hey, Scott Elrod makes for one sexy Mister Potter.

The Bold and the Beautiful fell 141,000 total viewers and was down 270,000 year-to-date. Like its big sister sudser, B&B took a dip in all major demos.

The Forresters, Logans and Spencers all gathered at Eric's (John McCook) crib for chitlins, ham hocks, neckbones and collard greens. The best part of the week was watching smooth operator Rick (Jacob Young) play his wife Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) by pretending to reunite with her, while still screwing Maya (Karla Mosley) on the side. Sorry, Liam (Scott Clifton), Hope (Kim Matula) and Wyatt (Darin Brooks), Maya/Rick/Caroline is the hottest triangle in SoCal!

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General Hospital was down 114,000 total viewers (- 316,000 year-to-date). GH fell in households, women 18-49 and among W25-54, but rose among W18-34 for the week.

The Qs had pizza for Thanksgiving, with plenty of crazy supervillain side dishes the week in question. Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and Morgan (Bryan Craig) ate dinner at Kelly's, while Ava (Maura West) and Silas (Michael Easton) tried to find her missing newborn. Why-oh-why can't Ava and Morgan be reunited, and Kiki and Silas imprisoned in the catacombs?

I keep seeing the industry trades masturbating about all of these superhero movies, when GH has been setting the stage for an epic battle between the forces of good and evil all year. In one corner, there's Fluke (Anthony Geary), Helena (Constance Towers), Faison (Anders Hove), Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche), Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) and Lord Ashton (Hugo Napier) representing the Port Charles Legion of Doom. In the other, there's Anna (Finola Hughes),  Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Nathan (Ryan Paevey) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) repping for the Justice League of Fictional Upstate New York. Disney should create action figures!

I do wish Anna and Co. could win one for a change. As fun as GH's myriad of capers are, the good guys need to be able to best the over-the-top supervillains at least 30 percent of the time to keep it interesting.


Days of Our Lives dropped 54,000 total viewers and was down 296,000 year-to-date. DAYS dipped in households and among W18-49. However, DAYS climbed among W18-34 and W25-54.

Since I recently wrote about how snore-inducing I'm finding DAYSpost-EJami (James Scott and Eileen Davidson) and Kristen (Eileen Davidson), I won't pile on in this column. I get that the 49-year-old sudser is in reboot mode yet again, so I will try to give its current crop of stories time to start percolating before I start ranting uncontrollably. See you next Ratings!