CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful wrapped up 2015 with a nine-year high in total viewers. An average 4, 215,000 people tuned in to the 30-minute sudser during the week of December 28-Jan 1, according to Nielsen ratings published by Soap Opera Network.
B&B was up 532,000 total viewers over the previous week and up 362,000 compared to the same week last year. B&B was No.2 among all demos.
The week in question saw the Brooke/Bill/Katie triangle move back to the front burner and Quinn (Rena Sofer) outing Ivy's (Ashleigh Brewer) secret love for Liam (Darin Brooks). As impressive as B&B was in 2015, many fans were peeved Katherine Kelly Lang, Don Diamont and Heather Tom were treated like guest stars. Judging from the ratings, B&B lovers are happy the trio of heavyweight stars are back on their screens! I just hope the refreshingly-diverse and topical Avants remain essential in 2016.
The Young and the Restless also finished 2015 on a high note. Daytime's No. 1 soap opera was watched by 5,504,000 people that week. Every show on The CW (and many on NBC) would kill for those kinds of eyeballs.
A whopping 665,000 more people tuned in to Y&R the final week of the year, over the previous week. The Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt-helmed drama was up 460,000 over the same week last year.
Y&R closed 2015 with the wedding of heiress Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway) to Dr. Ben "Stitch" Rayburn (Sean Carrigan). There was also plenty of corporate and personal intrigue for the Newmans, Abbotts and Santoris.
Adam (Justin Hartley) launched a double agent attack against Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva); Mariah (Camryn Grimes) was all up in Marisa's (Sofia Pernas) face over the feisty young woman's relationships with both Luca and Mariah's quasi-brother Noah (Robert Adamson). Speaking of Noah, he pledged his loyalty to Victor (Eric Braeden) and the House of Newman.
Now for the Winters, Neil (Kristoff St. John) reconnected with fellow recovering alcoholic Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). He needs her support during the awkward situation he finds himself in with love struck ex-wife-turned-daughter-in-law Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and his adopted son Devon (Bryton James). This storyline is unfortunately the soap's weak link. If Chuck Pratt figures out a way to write for the Winters, Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Nikki and Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman) as well as he does for Adam and Victor, 2016 could prove a promising year in Genoa City.
New General Hospital head writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman brought in the highest total viewers of their tenure the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1. Roughly 3.4 million people watched GH the week in question. The ABC serial was up 525,000 over the previous week; 375,000 over the previous year. GH came in No. 3 in the demos for the ratings period.
In story, Port Charles reeled following Nikolas Cassadine's (Tyler Christopher) near-deadly fall. Sam (Kelly Monaco), Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) all separately defended the man they love — Jason Morgan (Billy Miller).
New Year's Eve in Port Charles was fun and sexy. "Scrubs" (Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough) reconnected. Franco (Roger Howarth) had penetrating Nina (Michelle Stafford) on the brain. Lulu (Emme Rylan) got some serious tongue from Johnny (Brandon Barash) and I'm not sure, but judging from the 7,322 times ESPN was mentioned, there was some sort of sports game for Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) and Co. to enjoy on television.
Even last place daytime soap Days of Our Lives saw a bit of a holiday miracle for the week. DAYS was watched by 2.8 million people and was up 348,000 over the previous week. The NBC drama drew in 319,000 more pairs of eyeballs than during the same week last year.
DAYS rung in the New Year with a deadly car crash. Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan), long the conscience of his proud Irish Catholic family, devolved into a reckless drunk driver. Character meet assassination. The three-car pile up he caused ultimately claimed the life of Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian). Bye, girl.
If you're keeping score, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) buried a grandson; saw her son commit vehicular manslaughter; and both said son and her stepson ended up strapped to hospital beds in need of new hearts as Salem U.S.A. closed out 2015 and entered 2016.
On a cheerier not, Marlena's daughter Belle (Martha Madison) and soon-to-be returning hubby Shawn (Brandon Beemer) decided to end their marriage and Doc's former sister-in-law Hope (Kristian Alfonso) continued her blood thirsty quest for revenge. Happy Holi-DAYS.
There were moments of hope and levity, rare as they are in the storytelling of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley on this show. Theresa (Jen Lilley) shined at the Basic Black fashion show. Abigail (Kate Mansi) having to contend with a brainwashed Chad's (Billy Flynn) temporary affections for Belle made me snicker in a good way.
What do you make of the ratings and storytelling for the four daytime soaps? Sound off in the comments and see you next Ratings!