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67 December 17th, 2017 RATINGS: Days of our Lives Only Soap To Gain In Total Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of November 27th through December 1st and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives being the only one of the four network daytime dramas to gain in total viewers.

Additionally, DAYS also had upticks in the key ratings demos of women 18-49, where it is in 3rd place over The Bold and the Beautiful for total viewers in that category. DAYS also showed gains in viewers in the womens 18-34 and 25-59 demos.

While Y&R lost in total viewers, it did lead the pack in adding eyeballs to the womens 18-49 and 25-54 demos, while still tying an all-time low for the fifth straight week in the 18-49 ratings share.  It’s sister soap, B&B lost -80,000 total viewers for the week, but showed some gains in the womens 18-49 demo, as well as 25-54.

Meanwhile, General Hospital took the biggest hit for the week losing – 113,000 total viewers, while also losing the most viewers in each of the key womens demo categories. View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,485,000 (-57,000/-192,000)
2. B&B 3,589,000 (-80,000/-207,000)
3. GH 2,691,000 (-113,000/+21,000)
4. DAYS 2,398,000 (+19,000/+95,000)

So, be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback and tell us: which soap opera is in your opinion the best on the air right now, and which soap needs the most improvement, and if so, what would you do to increase its viewership? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Jimh says:

    Problem with GH it is dominated by the Jason show…it started out interesting but soon fizzled-wish Brit stayed for good-i did see some chemistry between here and Jason…weddings on soaps often generated interest and increase viewership back in the day but Laura’s and Kevin’s upcoming wedding or eloping whatever is as interesting as a visit to the dentist office…and why cant homes actually look like real homes…and some of these sets look like showrooms for IKEA!!!……..Days is more interesting but where is The Horton Home…why arent there any office scenes like the top rated CBS soaps have that involve more characters….Days characters always have office talk in their homes!!!!….The Town Square looks to much like cardboard and the old outdoor mall set was so much more realistic…lets stop having these shows so upper class..lets have some blue collar people and families in the mix to give it more appeal and people many viewers can identify with…i miss Maggie’s farm on Days…The Snider Farm on ATWTs and Ada’s kitchen on AW-soaps today need more sets like that!!!!

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    James R. Poissant replied

    Is it possible Brit was brought back for that stint just to test the waters before the writers think about bringing her back permanently? I know that’s been done before so it would be more than ok if the Britch did come back to town. I was very happy the moment she was seen.

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    Steve replied

    It seems they brought Kelly T back because they didn’t want to pay for Anders Hove to fly over for a few episodes. I like Brit, but Faison is unlike any other soap villain.

    Similarly, when the Franco memory part was the focus, we got Betsy instead of Heather.

    Shay replied

    Absolutely, James! Britt’s comeback has been one of the best features of the “Q a Deux” storyline, and the previewed scene with her “Mutter Dearest” in tomorrow’s episode looks to be a real highlight of the holiday season! Like you, I truly hope that we shall see “The Britch” return to Port Charles on a more permanent basis, complete with a future visit from her comically-deranged paternal figure, Faison!

    Mark Y replied

    i remember the Snider kitchen very well. I thought it was hilarious when Carly got married at the farm and made her entrance to be married through the Snider porch door.

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    Jimh replied

    That was a good episode…a classic…i loved those farm scenes!!!

    Suzie rm replied

    I’m looking forward to Laura and Kevin’s wedding. The Jason story has monopolized the show and list my interest. Problem is they have characters, couples and stories that disappear for weeks at a time.

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    Jimh replied

    Sometimes i forget about them…like Kiki…dont even recall when Dillon left and seeing Kiki’s reaction!

    nancy dillingham replied

    And I think the story of the twin Jasons is just too “far out” –and is without humor or lightness, say, for example, the “freezing of Port Charles” which was really far out but had the strong writing, characters, love story, and “bromance” of Robert and Luke (the real Luke :) )and the humor to carry it off.
    And, while I’m at it, I’d like to say something about the Alexis and Julian “story”: I think it is in extemely bad taste to get them together again in this cultural revolution, specifically, re the abuse of women. Bad stufff!!!

    Timmm replied

    Laura is nothing without Luke. Kevin is a bore!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I like them together. No bore! BUT, could we see them more often?????/

    Jimh replied

    I blame the writers….

    4ever DAYS replied

    Jimmy, news broke today that Heather North Kenney passed away November 30th. Do you remember her in the role of Sandy Horton on DAYS (1967-72)?

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    Jimh replied

    I do remember her a little bit…always thought the character was underused…thanks for sharing that with me…i hate bad news but if it involves my Days family i still want to hear it…i wish the old episodes were shown like The Doctors…those to me were better DAYS!!!!

  2. Rose says:

    Good for Days! It had so far to come, and wow has Ron C. delivered!!!!!!!

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    Patrick replied

    Hi Rose – i’m thrilled

    I don’t have any other words… speechless.. because this is – ALL – happening @DAYS – whowouldhavethunkit

    that ratings dweller from outa nowhere

    I could write about every character … the holidays are distracting me.. or just getting through it. 9 days till the 26th

    DAYS fans are celebrating .. being in Salem is our Christmas treat

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    Patrick replied

    one of three or a culmination

    the holidays… help me wine
    legislation – let net neutrality be the common denominator for GOP attack
    keeping up with GH & Days – BOTH shows are achieving.

    “winter ” is setting in

    @JimH & MarySF… with all due respect – with your words… you have reached
    there is so much warmth and humor in your reads. you address your care.. and have a lot of support . Sincerely.

    @GH and DAYS posts – tally ho.. what a show of show. at the end of the day and decades of. these two shows are sublime adventure… I LOVE THIS GENRE. Holiday Cheer

  3. Maca says:

    Gh is so boring but right on days!!!!!!!!

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  4. 4ever DAYS says:

    Ho, ho, ho, Jimmy! The Horton home should be prominent this week. It will definitely be seen Thursday with the annual Horton Ornament Ceremony, which will have at least two new inductees, one of which will be Eli, the first African American Horton family member!

    But first, don’t miss the previous episode centering around JJ! His spirit is broken. He’s as fragile as his family’s Christmas ornaments!

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    Jimh replied

    I will try to watch…not well…

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    Mary SF replied

    Sorry to hear you are not well. I haven’t been well myself– ended in the mental health unit at the hospital this summer, been slowly recovering from a severe bout of depression and haven’t been too focus on the soaps which is why I rarely comment anymore– I know you can relate–wishing you the best this Christmas season, and perhaps both of us will see a better new year

    Jimh replied

    Mary SF…so good to hear from you-my sister was there in the summer too and back in the hospital again…i have been ill for nearly two straight years with a medical condition that leaves me often depressed-there with you…i wish you well!!!!

  5. Patrick says:

    I can’t believe – our – good fortune

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a total turnaround

    where the – whole – hour is full

    treat upon treat – buffet – feast for the eye PLUS

    so much solid acting to match RC and TEAM script (s)

    I SO HOPE @DOOL – WINS – the WGA award – absolutely will I dance w/Ron C.

    these past 5 months has been one ride ; one wave ; one surge ; of near excel

    what a holiday treat and Happy New Year to all @ DAYS FANS & DAYS Production

    it’s just complete whet of the senses , because:

    Tyler Christopher and Louise Sorel

    CHEERS

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  6. Irene M Adams says:

    Soaps need good characters to CARE about. That is #1 and always will be for this genre. The characters need good stories and good actors. Days has all 3. For some reason, Ron knows who are boring and keeps them because they are beloved but doesn’t shove them all the time. Hard to explain but there are beloved soap characters who are played by so/so actors but the audience relates. Hope that makes sense. Y&R/B&B have an audience that was watching them back in the day and so far are staying. So, even though they do not interest me, they probably will stay on top. GH is one big mess and keeps getting worse. Admittedly, I do not like the actors/characters so starting there, I will NEVER be interested.

    I saw on a non soap website that did article on days that they question the ratings. I have questioned the ratings for a long time. I feel with babyboomers retiring there has to be more that watch real time. A lot don’t record anymore. I don’t. Hulu, etc. I so hope Hulu picks up Days. I thought it was there way back but I could be wrong. CBS has the all access option. I do think GH is on Hulu which probably helps it. So many changes with viewing these days.

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    Scott replied

    You can watch dool on the NBC app and nbc.com as well many cable companies now have it on demand.

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    Satan replied

    Last time I checked, Days was still available on Hulu, though depending on your time zone, you might not see it until the next day after it airs.

    GH is on Hulu as well….. but if you are a cord-cutter (or watch your network TV by antenna) then ABC doesn’t think you have any right to see it until 8 days later. That might be tolerable for a show that airs one episode a week, but for a daily series…. no way in HELL.

    On the other horn, if you watch ALL your TV shows on a time delayed basis, you can get the “no commercials” version of Hulu for $11/month – which is cheaper than any cable or satellite plan on the planet (or Hell, for that matter)

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  7. Alan says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: GH’s biggest mistake with the Jason return was focusing solely on that. With lapsed viewers tuning in to see how they resurrected the character, the show should’ve positioned other stories to retain viewer interest once Jason was home. Unfortunately, GH seems to think that Sonny/Carly/Jason/Sam is all anyone wants to watch. I am still baffled how a show with Genie Francis, Finola Hughes, Maura West, and Rebecca Herbst doesn’t put them in strong, frontburner storylines.

    Mal Young’s Y&R is a complete snooze for me now. The “one episode equals one day” format equals a real lack of suspense and that — coupled with a lack of anything resembling a storyline — is not going to help bring new or lapsed viewers to their screens.

    DAYS on the other hand has several stories percolating and is having characters interact even if they aren’t in the same story. That coupled with romance and humor is a formula for success. DAYS is my can’t miss show right now.

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    Tonyia replied

    I’m a big GH fan and always have been since I was 9 yrs old. tried faking sick just to stay home from school to watch it.. A lot has changed over the yrs and a lot of characters left.. i miss Nicholas and Spencer and Emily and Brenda, Jax, lucky, That’s when GH was really really good.. I’m happy steve the real Jason is back but I wanna see him and Sam bk together.. I miss Patrick and robin and Emma… I’m never gonna stop watching GH but our show do need better story lines. Stir it up let’s see Carly and Jason hook up behind sonny back.. let’s see some shooting and exploding. Sonny is a gangster there use to be alot of action going on in Port charles, lets bring it back

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    Justin replied

    Alan you are so right! As long as Sonny/Carly/Jason/Sam are the focus, I for one won’t be more than a casual viewer.

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  8. Michele says:

    I have been a days of our lives fan for 41 years now . I love the show if im not h ome i dvr. It so i dont miss it. I think its time to make Brady happy for once !!! Rafe too. !!!

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  9. aria says:

    I don’t know what GH the above posters who dissed GH are watching but GH i s on fire, and they always have the same dis, either gh is a mess, to bloated ect, some criticism are more legit, the show isn’t 100% great, but neither are the other 3 soaps. Now as to why they loss so many viewers on this past ratings period , i don’t have the answer, i feel like the ratings meter is like a roller coster ride, is either up or down, its out of anyone control. I do have to say, that i am enjoying the jason story, especially when it includes so many other characters, i feel the only time the show is in danger of alienating viewers like me is when they make it all about Jason,Sonny, carly and Sam. for some reason the combo of those four together gives me that feeling of being back in high school where they would be the “cool” kids who exclude everyone else, the bullies in a way, its really a turn off the way past writers wrote for them, and made them the center of attention and made everyone else look like a wannabe, not for this viewer, if i made a list they would not even be in my top ten fave GH characters so it is annoying when the show in the past was alll about those four characters. I hope the love is spread and others are allowed to shine over them..

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    Charday replied

    I’m with you. I was so bored with GH for the last 2-3 years, but the last two months I am interested again. No more FF on the DVR through entire episodes. Loving the return of the Quartermaines to prominence (including Jason/Drew, Kim/Oscar, Ned, etc.).

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  10. JK says:

    I THINK IT MAY BE TIME TO GIVE IT A REAL TRY SINCE I HAVE COMPLETELY STOPPED WATCHING B&B…..

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  11. John Gordon says:

    Ok, this is only my opinion.

    I currently watch only Days of Our lives – since around 2013 or so, because I wanted a Soap to follow (silly though they can be at times) and I missed ALL MY CHILDREN and One Life to Live.

    If General Hospital wants to gains viewers – START ADDING characters from Pine Valley and Landview to the landscape. ABC-TV now owns the rights to these characters, and while it would be great to see a new inception of either both shows or a combination of shows (I am referring to AMC and OLTL) I think some viewers would tune in if more crossover characters were appearing. I don’t watch General Hospital to be honest, but if they suddenly announced that Victoria Lord was going to appear as played by Erika Slezak I know I would have to watch.

    Regarding Days of Our lives, the show has improved vastly over the past four months or so – Now that it’s not the Nicole and Deimos Show I am actually enjoying it a little more, plus I like Sonny and Will……but feel very sorry for Paul, I think he got a raw deal. They need to bring back Derrick the bell hop so that Paul can go out with him and throw it in Sonny’s face.

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    Andrew Hass replied

    I agree that GH could bring on characters from AMC and OLTL.For example GH could bring on David Hayward(Vincent Irizarry) because he’s Anna’s ex-husband and he’s also a doctor that could be hired at the hospital.So the character of David could have both a personal/romantic and professional reason to be on GH.Or GH could bring back Skye because she was on all 3 soaps and she has a history with the Quartermaines.

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    Timmm replied

    NO! If you yearn for OLTL or AMC, combine those two shows, leave GH alone!

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  12. Jackie Swick says:

    GH’s big mistake was trying to bring Steve Burton back as Jason Morgan. SB has aged to much to play Jason. The character Jason is supposed to be 36, SB looks to be 50. Also the twin story is just stupid, totally unbelievable. Again….too much age difference between SB & Billy Miller. And the writers constantly rewriting history is a insult to the fans. I am a long time viewer, I cannot stand to watch it anymore, it’s total garbage now. They have finally destroyed the show trying to cater to one actor

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    Steve replied

    This week they established Jason as 42. Monica told Kim the accident with AJ happened in 1995 when Jason was 20. Burton is obviously older than Miller, but they can use the flimsy plastic surgery excuse to explain the difference.

    One could argue that the twin storyline has freed Miller from a character he never quite embraced. The last few weeks have featured some of his best acting.

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    Andrew Hass replied

    Plus i think Billy Miller might enjoy playing Drew more than playing Jason because in a way Drew is a open book since we don’t know much about his past.

    Celia replied

    I brough up that exact age “issue” at the onset, Jackie….but, some of our fellow posters reasoned that the age discrepancy was due to Drew’s plastic surgery. Made him younger, don’t you know?!?! LOL.
    I was so into the story at first….now, the fervor is sort of dissipating. How much longer must I watch Sam tear-stained face in every scene? It hurts to watch.
    But, my gripe with this show is never changing: Sonny and Carly. The other day, as Carly was giving another one of her so wise, inane motherly speech ( pardon the oxymoron) to Michael, she said something like this; ” I wanted you to have a decent father”…. meaning Sonny. Really?!?! In what universe??????
    Vicious circle—where’s the suspense? Julian is out of prison just to go back to Alexis…..so obvious—regardless of how Alexis is trying so hard to turn Away from temptation. Help me, Jesus….That hurts to watch, too.
    Who are the writers kidding? I wrote about the outrage this coupling would present to battered women….abused women, in general….. their running into each other’s arms like there’s no tomorrow, only shows who’s master—going back decades. Gimme a break!! Julian needs a good kick in the pants….but, I guess, Alexis has different kind of kick in mind…. regardless how much she tells herself she’s done with him. Stop it , writers!!
    Then there’s Anna and Finn. For once, I am speechless.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Steve Burton IS Jason Morgan. They’re not trying to make him appear younger; if he had never left the show would you have said they need to replace him, he looks too old? Too old for what?

    I think it’s interesting how people will accept that “Drew” has a completely different face…any soap characters have completely different faces because they had “plastic surgery” in the story…and we just accept, “voila! completely new face!” But we know that all plastic surgery does is lift, tuck, fill…maybe lift a brow change a nose…by point is there’s a lot more incredulous things we accept on soaps than whether one actor looks older than another. The ability to suspend disbelief…

    Personally? I don’t even notice it or think about it. I just enjoy the story, which you say you don’t, Jackie Swick (which of course is fine. we all like or dislike different things.) But I, for one, don’t find it stupid or off. For the soap opera tale they’re weaving it hasn’t even been something I’ve noticed.

    On a realistic note, how many people in real life look older than others even though they’re the same age? How many 58 year-old-women look like Finola Hughes. You could put her next to some 48-year-olds and she’d look younger.

    We all age differently.

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  13. K/kay says:

    Have not watched in years but you go RC I know he is rumored to be a pill but hey kicked him when he was down I do think he loves the genre I think he has a good soul so go for it wish him all the best!!!!

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  14. Mo says:

    Days should continue to improve in ratings. It’s very good right now! Glad to see Days is back.

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  15. Frances Wright says:

    I’ve been loving #Days….it has been so good! Ron Carlivati’s writing is awesome. I’m really glad that Kassie’s back, I love her as Eve….she’s a fantastic actor & a lovely person. Keep up the great work, everyone!

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  16. Timmm says:

    GH is getting closer to B&B but will never catch Y&R. DAYS is climbing, look out GH!

    Y&R: I like the JT angle. I find it VERY hard that Victor lets his soon Reed walk around looking like a 70′s porn star. Cut your hair boy!

    GH: Sorry, I dont want to hurt the kid who plays Oscar’s feelings but this story is too much for him to handle. It needs to be recasted. When you have his mother, Drew and Sam involved, you have to snap and click and this kid is too boring and unsure with his lines.

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    Boop replied

    I like Oscar.

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  17. Crystal says:

    I have watched days for over 15 years and when it had the shooting when JJ shot Theo I quit watching. I mean stay away from politics…. didn’t gain me!!

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    isthisit23 replied

    Bye Felicia. Soap are known to tackle social issues. This storyline isn’t political at all, JJ made a mistake and he feels badly for it – if you’d stick around to see how it plays out you would see its a human issue. It would be political issue if they were talking about the 45th but alas they’re not.

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    Crystal replied

    Okay sorry…racist… he should’ve shot him looked like a gun….and ran… geez…. in real life that’s common sense… don’t run and don’t reach for anything!! We see enough of that crap on a daily basis and then watching shows that have it is ridiculous. But oh well still didn’t gain me!! I love the 45th!!

  18. Harry says:

    While I like Roger Howarth and think he’s a great talent, I absolutely detest Franco.
    He’s a needy, whiny little sociopath and he has the unmitigated gall to say he doesn’t want Jason around Jake?

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    Mary SF replied

    ITA– watching Franco is like nails on chalkboard for me–

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    rebecca1 replied

    Sigh…hi, dear Harry. You KNOW I disagree when it comes to Franco! He is no longer a sociopath, he is no longer dangerous and he is no longer a threat to anyone. I can completely understand why he doesn’t want Jason around Jake. Franco and Jake have gotten very close; it’s Franco who helped him initially through art therapy. It was Franco who took the time to find out what was bothering Jake; it’s because of Franco that they found out that Helena had programmed Jake…and that Jake was traumatized. Jake has loved Franco for a while now. They’ve bonded.

    It makes perfect sense that Franco feels threatened. Jason hates him and Franco’s concerned he’ll turn Jake away from him. Think AJ and Michael. While Franco isn’t Jake’s bio father, he’s been a buddy…soon-to-be step dad and “Drew” finally came around and let it be.

    I get Franco. I think his concerns are completely justified. The unmitigated gall as you say is that Jason’s okay with Sonny and the business being around the kids..he’s okay that Michael was raised by Sonny instead of his brother (AJ) that Michael was shot, jailed, in a coma, raped…all because of Sonny’s business…yet Sonny, Carly and Jason have the unmitigated gall to not want Franco (or Ava) around their children. THAT’s unmitigated gall.

    I rest my case. :)

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    Boop replied

    You’re right!

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi, Boop.

    Glad you’re a Franco fan. I really do feel for the character…

    Timmm replied

    Franco is a habitual liar and Liz would be better off with Griffin!

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    rebecca1 replied

    Who hasn’t lied on GH? Liz included.

  19. blake says:

    Great news for Days! Well done Ron C., cast and crew!

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  20. brian says:

    Do us Canadian who stream GH thru the City TV network count ? Cause I Stream GH everyday, and hope I get counted…..

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    Satan replied

    The Nielsen ratings system counts US viewers watching on US networks, so there’s probably a separate ratings system in Canada. Your viewing might help City to decide to keep it on the air up there in the Great White North, however. Because, if a Devil recalls correctly, GH used to air on the CTV network up there, and they bailed out, for some reason. Would hate to see City do the same thing.

    Days airs on the Global network up there, right?

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    brian replied

    Hey Satan

    actually the CITY TV is part of the CTV network now owned by Bell/Rogers Media… I believe.

  21. Trina McKenzie says:

    Days of our lives is the best soap but need to bring the old characters back and put them back with there loved ones. Like the old days no and hope , Kayla and Steve, Kim and Shan, Jennifer and jack, Carrie and Alston, Sammy and lucid.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Exactly!

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  22. Rodd says:

    I love both DOOL and GH! I think Ron C. is really delivering over there. I know he’ll continue to deliver heart and soul. As for GH, I am someone who is really enjoying the two-Jasons storyline. I think they are kitting a lot of the beats and taking my breath away as I try to keep up with all that is happening. A lot of characters are caught up in this story, so I appreciate that. People complain about not seeing Monica and here she is right in the middle of it all. I appreciate that. Drew’s new family is and yet wasn’t expected by me; not so fast. Yet here it is and it helps me understand how confusing this might be if the characters were real. The point is, this story is making me FEEL. That’s something every story should do. GH is also giving us a number of characters, though not as evenly as the ones in the Jason story admittedly, in the drug story line, Lulu’s search for a story ~ which they cleverly picked back up on the voter fraud from a few years ago ~ and the old baby-trap game with Nell and Michael. I’m definitely watching and wish everyone on these show well!

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    Debra m replied

    Agree with everything you said!

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  23. xmascarol says:

    Great job Days,Bringing back Eve was a great idea,and isnt Vivian suppose to be back soon?Now that would really liven up Days.Brady has become a real creep I use to like him but not anymore.

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  24. Speede says:

    Days has made a regular viewer out of me! Between the Sonny/Will/Paul Love Triangle and JJ’s realistic Near-suicide portrayal my DVR is set on Daily record. I can’t wait to watch Days first except for Fridays if I can hold out to Monday and avoid the weekend cliffhangers. Now if Ben Weston can get out of the psyc ward and realize girls are too much trouble, I’d be beside myself with even more anticipation than I already have!

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  25. xmascarol says:

    Great job with bringing Vivian back.I have wanted this for awhile I hope she sticks around for a long time.

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