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109 November 13th, 2015 RATINGS: GH Bounces Back With Strong Week & Overtakes Red Hot DAYS For #3 Spot!

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A key week in November Sweeps is in the books, and for the ratings week of November 2-6, it was ABC’s General Hospital who delivered the best performance, with NBC’s 50th anniversary darling, Days of our Lives also delivering increased numbers for the network and its best week in 20 months.

Looks like the Jason (Billy Mille) reveal, and Liz’s (Rebecca Herbst) wedding to “Jake” AKA Jason leading into it, garnered GH the most gains of any daytime drama for the week adding +254,000, and netting an average of 2,877,000 in the total viewer category.   GH also was up in all key womens demo.  Especially noteworthy were  its gains of +119,000 in the 25-54 demo, and adding +94,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demo.

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As for Days of our Lives, we already reported that they reached a 20-month high in total viewers for the week on the stregnth of their storylines which included: the bicentennail celebration, which led into Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Aiden’s (Daniel Cosgrove)wedding, which led into Bo (Peter Reckell) coming back to save the day, plus Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) kidnapping Abigail (Kate Masni)!  DAYS gained +63,000 total viewers for the week, and was strong and up in all key womens demos .  Previously, in the last few ratings report DAYS leaped ahead of GH.  However this time out, GH is the one who leaped over DAYS despite a fantastic uptick for the gang in Salem.

As for the number one and number two soap operas: The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Y&R once again hit over the 5 million mark in total viewers during its Thursday November 5th episode.   Y&R continued to be way ahead of the pace of the other daytime drama series netting an average of 4,859,000 total viewers,  even though they lost viewers during the ratings week.

Y&R was also up in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.   Meanwhile, B&B did not perform as well losing -114,000 total viewers, and being the only one of the four soaps to lose viewers in each of the key demos.   View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,859,000 (-68,000/-122,000)
2. B&B 3,520,000 (-114,000/-257,000)
3. GH 2,877,000 (+254,000/-43,000)
4. DAYS 2,721,000 (+63,000/+348,000)

OK, time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!   =What soap is having the best November Sweeps on-air in your opinion?  Do you think GH can stave off a run back to the number three spot from red hot DAYS?  Has General Hospital turned a corner under new head writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman?  Too soon to tell?  What changes would you make to your favorite soap to continue to, or increase viewership?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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  1. su0000 says:

    All the crazy nonsense over ratings, sigh..
    Even with J&S , GH was destined to rise, after all it is General Hospital.

    Ratings are a rollercoaster, always have been always will be..
    Never bet the odds on the numbers..

    Great to see all the soaps doing well !!!!

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    davlestev1 replied

    Right su0000…the only thing it proves is that soaps are consistent viewer grabbers across the board since the dawn of daytime tv..

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Ratings are the reason we lost many soaps, Su. Like it or not, the numbers are what the advertisers look at…that and the ever-present advertisers preferred demographics. So, it is encouraging to know that GH rises after it falls…and in what groups…because if it was going consistently down it’d
    be gone.

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    Harry replied

    Great news–GH has been good lately.
    I have no idea why Bold and the Beautiful has higher ratings than GH though.

    Mark replied

    Agreed! Just let the shows stay on the air!

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    Carolina replied

    If “Days of Our Lives” can’t jump out of last place during their 50th anniversary week, then they were meant to be there until they are cancelled.

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    code85 replied

    They were ahead of Gh for couple weeks and they up over 300,000 from last year. Learn how to read ratings .

  2. Rose says:

    Some questions I have just out of curiosity. Not earth shattering. Just wondering if time slots affect ratings of shows? For instance if I’m going to miss one “live” it’s GH because I have had to pick up kids from school , or some such errand when GH is running. Also wonder how many of the same viewers watch more than one, two, etc soaps most days? Judging from the comments on MF there are quite a few.

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    KansasGuest replied

    “Live” viewing is not as important as it once was, especially with local news pre-emptions that happen unexpectedly. The measurement now is “Live+7″, meaning live viewing + 7 days of DVR/delayed viewings are added together. Executives know a majority of viewers cannot watch live in the afternoon because they work. It would be silly to exclude employed viewers as unimportant. Now, those who either DVR their programs, or watch via streaming services like Hulu or On Demand, or apps via iTunes are all included in the numbers if they watch within 7 days of the original episode date. (BTW, those numbers are private. They are never published or included in Nielsen ratings. Nielsen is an outside company whose data is what is publised as “official” ratings, like this article. But, the networks & cable companies get more accurate, private numbers directly from streaming services & the ones I mentioned, especially when people watch via the network website.)

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    Rose replied

    Interesting. Thanks KansasGuest.

  3. Denise says:

    I don’t understand how B&B can be in the top 2 soaps. It’s horrible. The writing is so bad. The characters just keep repeating and repeating the same thing over and over day in and day out for weeks at a time. I can’t stand watching it anymore. Boring, boring, boring.

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    Ces replied

    I agree. I’ve never liked either CBS soaps. I tried to watch Y&R a long time ago and I wanted to scratch my eyes out at the slow boring monotone pace of that show. I don’t get it @ the Bell shows.

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    CeeCee replied

    Ah, Ces. Y&R has only been monotonous in movement these last couple of years. I agree there. But, there was a time that Y&R offered everything; passion, humor, sadness, happiness, frivolity….you know what I mes, I’m sure. Please don’t scratch your beautiful eyes out (I’m sure they are) LOL.
    I’s starting to shape up. We just need to get rid of a couple of foreigners…HaHa. Later.

    Ces replied

    CeeCee, you always amuse me!

    CeeCee replied

    Better to amuse you than make you cry! Yes? Luv-ya.

    ces replied

    Ha! Luv ya Back CeeCee ;)

    Harry replied

    I totally agree, Denise.

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  4. Brittany says:

    This is great, I personally stopped watching days after they killed of WilSon, I was all in before then, they also killed off Paige, just my favorites…so, I stick with General Hospital, GH was my first and Favorite for a long long time. I love GH. Let’s hope GH ratings stay up!

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  5. Iakovos says:

    These numbers equal or outdo primetime offerings on the broadcast networks and on many cablers. I think that needs to be noted. Daytime remains a vital daypart, and dramas should be part of that makeup.

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    KansasGuest replied

    Sorry, but that is simply not true. The top 15 primetime shows all get over 10 million viewers every week. CBS’ THE BIG BANG THEORY & NCIS – the top 2 shows in the nation every week – have roughly at least 15 million *live* households watching every week. Their Live+7 rating, which includes DVR viewings 6 days after the episode airs, easily bumps that number up to 18 million. I like my daytime soap. But, if you want to compare soaps to primetime, their numbers are on a par with shows on the CW, FOX & TNT. One of TNT’s highest-rated series, THE LAST SHIP, had ratings this summer equivalent to DAYS – in the 2.5-2.7 range. Maybe that’s good enough for cable or the 2nd string broadcast networks. But, for the Big 3 (CBS, ABC, NBC), a tv series needs at least 4.5 million viewers to be renewed.

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  6. elm51 says:

    since i watch all four soaps i think right now days is leading with gh right on it’s heels – y&r is mediocre and b&b is just flat right now………….jmo

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    chuck replied

    Y&R is a total disaster, The Inferno Stunt sure didn’t help at all. GH and days are making nice come backs.

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  7. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    They all tuned in to get that rare once-a-year glimpse of Monica!!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    It seems to be a game to see who out does the other…im just happy they are all doing well-that is what really matters!

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    Harry replied

    More Monica! I love the way she kicks ass, albeit in a tough love kind of way. She really has been needed and missed.
    By the way, Jim, does she know that Sonny murdered her first born son in cold blood? I surely hope that when Jason learns he will want nothing to do with that mobster on wheels.

    nancy dillingham replied

    I like it!

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    Matt replied

    Haha JimH Monica was on this past week those ratings have not come out yet. These ratings are for the previous week when Carly discovers Jake is Jason and he shows up at the wedding. Next week should see some bigger numbers with all the people learning who he is and oh yea the Monica appearance, lol

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Well, im still correct…they tuned in a week early so they wouldnt miss her just in case she showed up then…lol

  8. AJQ says:

    So I guess no one wants the Sonny/Carly/Jason show may not be correct.

    It really isn’t surprising that after a year of waiting for the Jason reveal that people tuned in is it? But more importantly, this reveal, this story, is about central GH characters and Vets. Sonny, Carly, Sam, Elizabeth, Jason, Patrick etc.

    It’s not a coincidence. In September when the focus left Franco & Nina the ratings went up significantly from August when they dominated. They improved greatly. They held the numbers they got back to through October and now they increased a bunch with the Jason reveal.

    The ratings should stay at an improved level with more reveal/fallout and now with Robin back who is always good for ratings. That will take GH through the holidays, then we’ll head into Jan/Feb, we’ll get some cold weather, ratings are always higher in the winter.

    This is a pattern that has been planned for and expected. It’s why they held the reveal for November and why Robin is now back and they are counting on Jan/Feb cold. But then what? If they repeat the same pattern of just using Robin and other Vet returns like Robert ho is just “visiting”, to draw some eyeballs but then go back to Franco & Co dominating in Jan/Feb, the ratings may be OK because of the weather, but come Spring, people will tune out again and it won’t be because of NCAA.

    GH needs to put characters, GH characters that people know and care about front and center and write for them. And they need to right some wrongs that turned fans off, like get Dr.O out of the COS position.

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    Harry replied

    AJQ, I do believe there is a direct relation between ratings plunging and the Franco and Nina debacle. Almost no one likes this grueeome twosome. I will fast forward through all of their scenes and if they’re on too much per episode, I won’t watch at all. I know I am not alone in this.
    And here’s a question–if the executive suits bring in the likes of Robert Scorpio to boast ratings, it signifies an awareness that vets like Scorpio do help ratings.
    Following that logic, why not sign on these popular vets to long term contract rather than just using them to boast ratings during a sweep month?

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    su0000 replied

    I luvs Franco and Nina !!!!
    They have a huge fan following..
    Most all I know who what GH luvs ‘em too!
    They are an unique couple=AWESOME!! soap fresh..

    I hope Franco goes apesheet crazy!! that would be fun, but doubt it :(
    He needs some bad boy pills to get him up and going! :)
    I’d luv to Franco & Nina getting it on, hope its a bit kinky because they could pull it off..

    AJQ replied

    Harry, it does beg the question of why aren’t there more Vets on contract and utilized more? It does beg the question of why GH history, legacy is not treated properly and respected?

    There is ample evidence from the last four years now that ratings increase when Vets are on and when GH history is respected. Even without the empirical evidence they have, it is only logical, this is a 52 year old soap, it is the nature of the genre.

    I know the answer, but I’m not sure why it is still allowed. Frank and Ron came in to create a new show that just kept the name GH. They wanted their actors and new characters to be front and center while making what GH was a memory.

    Their OLTL characters came on with a bang, took over the main storyline and ran roughshod over the Vets. The ratings did not rise except for the first few weeks, by Spring/Summer they were no better than Guza. The ratings rose when AJ came back, Duke was rescued, which also meant some Robert & Robin with Anna, and then the 50th.

    Then after the PP issue, the three actors came back again and did the same, dominated, Julian & Ava came with them and took over as well. Ratings nosedived and came back in the Fall with Robin and stayed up with Polar Vortex and Robin still on canvas. During that time we had the ridiculous Franco saves Carly story as well, which was awful, but people still tuned in because of Robin and cold weather. Robin left first week of March, second week, ratings plummeted close to half a million viewers.

    We’ve seen the pattern, the see saw and we see it connected to Vets and some respect for them and history. We saw the ratings fall after the Fluke nonsense, Duke was killed, Anna’s character destroyed, Nik writeen without any rhyme or reason and then the Luke exit which did include Vets, but the story was so terrible and insulting, people had just given up.

    Then came August, Franco took center stage and the ratings just fell through the bottom. Bad writing and killing history gets you bad ratings, bad writing and Franco gets you worse, it’s simple.

    In Sept.Oct the ratings rebounded to at least where they were before August and now in Nov, there’s a larger bump. In that time the show has been written better, but has also focused on GH Vets and core characters. Franco has been on maybe 10 episodes out of 50 and not in a main story. It’s not a coincidence. Howarth may have been popular on other shows, he isn’t on GH.

    Unfortunately, Robert is only back for a visit, I assume the same with Johnny and after Frank gets what he needs from them, it will be back to Franco as the patriarch of Kiki’s family, love interest to fashion editor Nina and art therapist yukking it up in the hospital. Frank will do everything for him regardless of how he’s brought the show down. It begs the question and we know the answer. I just don’t understand why ABC allows it.

    Harry replied

    Such a well written and thought provoking response, AJQ–thank you.
    My feeling is that Stafford has no idea who Nina is? Is she mentally challenged? Is she suffering from psychosis? I don’t know and I do not think Stafford herself know. Her mannerisms and gestures are indicative of a fifteen year old girl, not a fifty year old woman (this is not an age crack, merely an objective observation). Nina acts childlike and Franco treats her as he treats Kiki–like a father, not like a lover. Then they stick these two in a dark apartment and isolate them (discounting Kiki, who is always in a state of drunken histrionics) from the rest of Port Charles society.
    And yet, these two pointless, aimless characters are on front and center at least 2 to 3 times a week as are Ava and Julian, another couple of characters no one cares about. When the aforementioned characters are off the canvas, the ratings go up–there is a clear correlation. I hope this rating surge will make TPTB raise an eyebrow and cause them to wonder where they went right….and keep doing it.
    If they fail to do so, it begs the question as to why.

    rebecca1 replied

    I think you’re overstating AJQ. Valentini has no stake in Roger Howarth’s career…he, as he should be, is more interested in his own. If GH goes off the air he loses his job…again.

    I, too, would like to see a lot of the vets back and not just for a visit. At the same time I think Franco and Nina are being written much better so I’m interested to see if they can be better incorporated into the GH canvas.

    CeeCee replied

    I agree with su, Harry. It may not mean much, but I love Nina and Franco…..and, recently, I have begun to like Kiki. This newborn alliance between Maxi and Nina gives a positive vibe to where this ‘editorial’ storyline will go.

    4ever DAYS replied

    In reply to your comment to jj about me…I’m a he.

    Shay replied

    Both Harry and AJQ state GH’s situation so very accurately. Their posts here not only succinctly explain how many of us feel and react toward the characters mentioned, but also present the most logical question: Why after such lengthy, failed runs do they remain on the Port Charles canvas??? (In addition to those referenced, one must also add Sappy—and at least a few others—to that list of inexplicably enduring players….these antagonizing interlopers make me totally cringe and definitely motivate me to tune out whenever there’s even a whiff of their presence….(About the only place I part company with these two gents is my love of Dr. O. Kathleen Gati is used so seldom, I cannot for the life of me see where her character can be blamed for poor ratings. Whilst it’s true she supplanted Monica as COS, if it had not been her, then it would have been another cast member, since the Cartini regime was bound and determined to send Dr. Q. out to pasture….just saying!)

    Timmm replied

    AND THATS WHY Y&R IS #1 for 100 years in a row! They focus on their central characters! Case in point, ALL of us have craved to see Monica. Not Nina, Kiki or Sabrina!

    Shay replied

    @Harry….AJQ termed installing Dr. O. as COS as a “wrong,” and implied that it turned off fans and should be corrected. Someone else made a similar comment on another recent thread….I know you have said as much before, as well. Therefore, I was responding to that train of thought. Whilst I had no problem with seeing more of Liesl in her capacity as the head honcho of GH, I do think that there was a very uneven approach to the execution of her duties in said position. One day she would be all business in her unrelenting Germanic manner of efficiency , and then it was back to the OTT caricature— complete with loony family members—that you so seem to despise. There was no consistency, and that was solely the fault of the writers, not the uber-gifted Ms. Gati….I feel she has always made the most of whatever dramatic crumbs she has been tossed!!! It is my hope that this unique lady will be given a more integrated persona and role…still the brusque, brilliant professional, but also instilled with the beloved zaniness and occasional lapses of gleefully inherent, underlying evil that Obrecht so convincingly displayed in her initial incarnation.

    Paul replied

    Oh for crying out loud. I’m so sick of the whining about how Frank & Ron wanted to keep the title GH but make it a completely different show. The first few months of their regime was the best that GH had been in years. For once, it wasn’t all mob, the stories were spread out over the canvas and the hospital was once again a key scene in the show.
    I don’t think I’ve ever disagreed with someone’s posts as much as I do with you AJQ.

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    Dan replied

    Haven’t always agreed with you in the past, AJQ, but I agree with you wholeheartedly here. You would think the ratings would be all the evidence the powers that be need to see that the vets need to be on the show more.

    I know they can’t sign them all to contracts, because they have a very tight budget. But as many as them as possible should be. They are the characters the fans want to see the most, as the ratings clearly reflect.The ones that aren’t on contract, that doesn’t mean we still can’t see them more often.

    There have been a lot of bad decisions in that area in recent years. Them letting Tristan Rogers walk away to Y&R a couple years ago when he was in the middle of a major storyline was a terrible job by Frank. Letting Wally Kurth leave for DOOL when he was in the middle of a story, same thing. And regardless of whether Ian Buchanan asked off the show or not, I’ve seen mixed stories on that, they didn’t need to kill off a beloved legacy character like Duke. That was pointless and unnecessary.

    I have no problem with Franco and Nina being on the show, and actually personally think they work together as a couple. But they definitely shouldn’t be front burner. I’m fine with them being used just as they are now, maybe 1-2 episodes per week, and not the focal point.

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    Timmm replied

    ABC is a billion dollar company. They can afford to sign the vets. They chose not to. They spend tons of money at night and air some really crappy stuff in primetime!

    Lou Piikes replied

    Dr. O has plenty of fans and she deserves to be Chief of Staff . Just because she is not a coveted “Vet” should not diminish her place on GH.

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    Shay replied

    Absolutely, Lou Piikes! Kathleen Gati’s Liesl Obrecht is a total treasure! Both she and her daughter Britt (Bring her back!) were fabulous additions to the GH canvas….they were introduced in textbook soap opera fashion and only flourished in response to positive fan reaction, not simply because the showrunners wanted to shove them at the viewers in a non-stop feeding fest. I do realize that the tremendously talented Ms. Gati is in high demand for many other acting projects, but her Dr. O. needs to be brought more front and center and given greater airtime. Her mirth and merriment is always a welcome and tasty treat!

    Harry replied

    I appreciate your defense of Dr O, Lou and Shay but I cannot see anyone being critical of her beforehand. Perhaps I missed it.
    I think Kathleen Gati is an incredible talent, however, I always thought it was an unmitigated mistake to make her, a kidnapping, sadistic, cartoon-like villain, the chief of staff. She was always at her best lurking in the shadows plotting away with Faison.

    CeeCee replied

    Absolutely, Lou. Liesl doesn’t even have to do anything but stand there to get me going. As Shay says, her mirth and merriment is a breath of fresh air among some of these stuffy, tiresome characters.

    Elizabeth replied

    I agree with you AJQ. I find it downright insulting that the COS of General Hospital is an international criminal. I am also one of those GH fans who will turn on the show live, and if it is an episode that has Franco and Nina on, then I shut it off and watch on another venue where I can skip them. I truly am repelled by the character of Franco – and Nina makes no contribution whatsoever.

    That said, the show is much, much better with the new writers. And if they start to actually write a story for Genie Francis that will do much to make me forget the horrific offenses of the last three years.

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    Elizabeth replied

    And I would be extremely happy if they got rid of Julian and Ava Jerome as well. Which says something because I was completely interested in Olivia Jerome’s story, along with Victor and the first Julian Jerome.

    I think it was a horrible mistake for Frank to bring in all these non-GH actors and give them all the air time. If he would have slowly integrated them into the canvas it would have been much more successful (all except for Roger H as Franco that is, and Roger would have made a terrific Quartermaine or Cassadine). I really don’t think Valentini deserved to keep his job to any greater extent than did Ron Carlivati.

  9. Fanny says:

    Love to see GH “RISE UP” where it belongs..

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  10. Beth says:

    GH definitely had a good week and I made sure to tune in for it, so these numbers don’t surprise me. DOOL is still doing well. But I’m concerned that yet another dark story on the show (Bo’s tumor) is going to take its toll. There has been much too much death and illness on Days and you can’t just ignore it and celebrate the holidays. Shows have made that mistake in the past and paid a ratings price for it. Viewers want to escape when they watch soaps. They don’t want nonstop grief and loss, especially when they’d rather see people celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m really surprised at DOOL. I thought they’d have known better than this.

    What isn’t being discussed is that the CBS soaps aren’t doing well for Nov. Sweeps. B&B gets alot of lavish praise and IMO, much of it is not deserved. I can’t be alone in feeling this way, since Its ratings are down from last year, both in terms of overall viewers and in the key demos. The main stories for Sweeps are Nicole’s surrogacy and Caroline and Ridge hiding her baby’s paternity from Thomas. That’s not exciting. Y&R started off strong this year but has lost viewers in the last few weeks/months. CBS Daytime needs to take a look at the stories they are telling and figure out how to fix them because these numbers aren’t good.

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  11. maddiehayes says:

    GH has improved, and I am watching, but I’m disappointed DAYS did not do better for its anniversary episodes. Tuesday’s was the lowest rated, but I thought that was one of the best days of the week! The teens were interesting, especially liked that new Theo’s autism is being explored. Abe has a daughter! Loved Julie’s talk with Ciara about the very first episode of DAYS. Jennifer, Maggie and Adrienne reminiscing about the great weddings of the past. Yet 400,000 fans who tuned in Monday tuned out Tuesday. Maybe those fans don’t care about the history of the show, they want more action. Too bad, they missed out.

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    maddiehayes replied

    Oops, I was referencing the wrong week, these ratings are from TWO Tuesdays ago .. well, I loved THAT Tuesday episode too, that was the ’60s Themed Gala, and we had the touching speeches by Julie and Jennifer. Sorry so many so-called “fans” tuned out. It was a historic day.

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  12. JUDY K says:

    WHEN YOU LOSE VIEWERS IN EACH OF THE KEY DEMOS DURING RATINGS SWEEP THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING……I AM ONE WHO HAVE TURNED IT OFF AFTER YEARS OF VIEWING…..THE SHOW SHOULD BE NAMED THE BOLD AND THE GOSSIPS….

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    JUDY K replied

    talking about decrease in ratings BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Laurie replied

    They aren’t even writing B&B like it’s sweeps. They didn’t get the memo. LOL. It’s kind of bad right now.

  13. Wanda says:

    Great it because Robin is back. Days I have not in years. Now I watch just because Bo & Patch are back

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  14. 4ever DAYS says:

    DAYS is still climbing!!!!!

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    CeeCee replied

    WOW, 4ever! I thought you were a ‘she’, as well. What does that tell you? There’s no delineation of gender, when we just click on these sites. You are a great person, regardless, and I always enjoy reading your posts. Luv-ya, 4ever. And, kudos to Harry!!

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  15. Liz says:

    It’s still not good that the ratings are down from last year for every soap except Days. Please people, WATCH THE SOAPS!!!

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  16. Joni says:

    It always kills me when they brag about the demographics and they leave out those of us who have watched General Hospital since the first show, April 1, 1963. Do they not care about those of us who have been there since day one? Maybe they don’t want the competition of having someone who knows the show longer than the writers or any of the actors. It was nice to see a glimpse of Audrey Hardy the other day since she was there with me from the start when she came into the hospital with a dress on with a stole to come see Steve Hardy and there was a teenage girl with bandages on her face being very petulant. So many have come and gone and I have sat with them all and I am an undesired demographic. Such a shame. That’s okay. Go after the young kids who don’t know who Steve Hardy is or Dr. Tony Jones or Nurse Lucille or Amy Vining or Joe Kelly or Monica’s affair with Rick Webber or why Laura got in trouble for buying Scotty a set of Law books, ETC.

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    Nicole replied

    It is not exactly about being undesired.

    When it comes to advertising they want people who don’t have brand loyalty yet. Younger viewers are new and while they may not have the money yet they may get them to be loyal to a brand/product that they aspire to have when they can afford it.

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    Nicole replied

    MTA,

    The show also has to have a future. If any show is to last for another generation they need younger audiences to replace the older demos. Right now the under 250,000 in 18 to 34 is not going to cut it. And the days of passing a soap down from generation to generation is long gone.

    su0000 replied

    The soaps are a business to the networks.
    The suits are not emotional they air the soaps to bring in money when they stop bringing in money they will be gone from a business decision nothing emotional.
    The sponsors want their products sold, they look for certain ages. It is about making money.
    They do not care how long someone has watched a soap they care about the profits.

    CeeCee replied

    Nicole, so well explained, and, oh, so insightful.!!!!

    KansasGuest replied

    Nicole is right about the reasons behind storyline decisions, and the characters that are put on front burner vs. back burner. Joni’s comment is typical of longtime viewers, basically, “Why don’t they care about me or my demographic?” “Care” is the operative word in that question, implying that business decisions are made on an emotional basis, which is never the case. I’d put forth that viewers need to keep in mind that tv is a *business* first & foremost. While executives (like any businessperson) appreciate longtime fans/customers, that is not what keeps the tv show/business running. Any business needs to either show growth, or prove it is bringing in new customers to replace old ones. Anything less will cause it to die eventually. Those “new” customers are typically found in the 18-49 demographic, which is why a soap’s performance in that category is almost considered more important than the Total Viewers category.

    Timmm replied

    You bring up some of the greats from the past!

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  17. Kevin says:

    GH has definitely improved with the new writers.

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  18. carol says:

    I love to watch GH but the storyline for the Jason reveal could have been better like when Carly told Jake he was Jason he could of thought that’s why I had those flashes of me and Sam together. And now since Liz and Nik are good friends if Nik nows then maybe just maybe Liz might now something as well it would have been nice if they had Jason think like that. And also it would be nice if they gave better storylines to the others as well instead of just focusing on Sonny,Carly,Michael,Morgan,Ava,Jason,Liz,Sam and Patrick that is jmo

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Carol.
    That is a great point. You are so right! …why didn’t Jason stop to think that Liz and Nik spend a lot of time with their heads together? I thought, it was probably because his mind is all over the place. Perhaps, sooner or later, all the pieces of the puzzle will come together one by one. So look out Lizzie, you’re ‘gonna’ get yours.

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  19. jj says:

    Not surprised. DOOL, even with all the returning characters and 50th anniversary, has been blah. Viewers tuned in to see everyone but didn’t stick around. Hopefully they will get Days back on the track but with Will dead and Eve leaving, I seriously doubt it will get any better. I think I will be saying bye to Days soon.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    WTH are you talking about?

    DAYS has been climbing steadily for months. And look at the numbers from same time last year. DAYS has 348,000 more than it did have.

    This weeks ratings are much of the same for DAYS…MORE GAINS!!!!!

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    jj replied

    Take a chill pill. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You may be “4ever Days” but I’ve watched the show for 30 years and it’s the worst it’s ever been. AGAIN people tuned in to see the returning characters. It’s a temporary gain. Mark my words. You may want to read this article again as well….GH took back over the #3 spot without 20 returning characters. Now go get a life and let everyone else have an opinion as well bully.

    Harry replied

    Days has been fantastic and riveting. I am not a long time viewer by any stretch of the imagination but have been DVRing it faithfully every day. What brought me to Days? The vets–Bo, Hope, Steve and the whole dynamics of the Horton/Brady clans. In short, it was Days’ history which made me watch.
    And this comes from a non Days watcher who fits the age demographic, albeit just barely. I don’t quite trust these numbers. I am sure they will be higher upon the next reporting,

    Harry replied

    Wow, JJ–I would hardly calll 4 Ever Days a bully with her over zealous comment which is full of unbridled enthusiasm. I might, however, call you one with your acerbic response to her. I might, but will not because I think the word “bully” is being vastly overused as well as misused.

    Nicole replied

    I agree Days has been on a slow rise for months, which means it is more likely that their gains will stick. Plus they are the only soap whose numbers are above 2014.

    GH had a good week, it isn’t a reversal of trend, nor are they above 2014 numbers. Only time will tell if those things happen. Plus if they do it will be a spike because of Robin/Roberts returns and when they leave the ratings will crash again.

    But even those returns won’t be a guarantee because when JJ came back during the worst ratings slump the show has ever had in the main demo, and it barely registered.

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, my gosh, JJ. With all due respect, Days has been riveting. It is holding its own, and the return of vets for the 50th anniversary is peripheral to the viewers tuning in. I am enjoying days, with or without the vets because of the storylines….the necktie killer story has branched out; leading to possibly multiple storylines. But, hey, if that’s your take on the livelihood of this soap, sobeit. You have a right to your opinion. Personally, I think Days is well within the perimeters of what makes for an outstanding Daytime offering. Peace out.

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    jj replied

    Stop ganging up on someone with a different opinion. We’re all entitled to our own opinion. I see you same few always doing this to people. Michael Fairman, you should monitor them more closely. It’s ok if we’re not all enjoying Days and it’s ok if we speak our opinion. AGAIN I’ve watched the show for 30 years, probably more than any of these bullies. And I have not enjoyed the track it is taking. I will stick to my previous comment and bet that it will go right back down in ratings once people tune out again after the come backs are off the canvas. The show has been horrible. I expected so much more from a 50th anniversary.

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    Timmm replied

    jj, there are some really nice people on this site. I dont think they are bullying you. Most who have commented on Days are loving it and impressed. Thats why people are shocked you are unhappy with the show. You have watched for 30 years. You have seen a lot and expect a lot. there is nothing wrong with that. In other words, you have a right to be disappointed. Unfortunately you are in the minority. That doesnt make you wrong. Take care.

    CeeCee replied

    But, JJ, with all due respect, that’s exactly what you did to 4ever. Not the other way around. You said yourself everyone’s entitled to his/her opinion, that’s what we are all doing. If our opinions differ, we discuss it. We do not insult. But, you decided to insult 4ever, and Harry came to his defense. 4ever is a complete gentleman, to the point where he didn’t even acknowledge your barb. I expressed my opinion which does not mesh with yours….exactly the point for this site. Peace out.

    Harry replied

    I am sorry, JJ. I don’t know what came over me. I was unconsciously ganging up on you without knowing it–what came over me?
    I blame Helena Cassadine.

  20. adele barnes says:

    i watch all 3 top soaps…GH HAD ME THE MOST A must tune on to see jason identity revealed….i love the young and restless love victor…b&b losing my attention with the phony story line..nichole got pregnant without fertility shots,without counceling,,never having a baby..to phony..should have done your research on how long it REALLY TAKES TO SURROGATE. nobody but her father see nothing wrong…it just aint real

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  21. Ces says:

    I wonder if Billy Miller is bored? Day 2 after the reveal and Liz walks around acting like a saint, Sam is throwing herself at someone that doesn’t give a dam and is it me or has any remote amount of chemistry that Sam & Jake/Jason had flew out the window with the reveal?
    I actually don’t think Sam should have either guy; especially feel sorry for my favorite Patrick who is getting the sh*t end of the stick. Too bad Jason T. is leaving and please no recast!

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    CeeCee replied

    Everything you say is on point, Ces. The only thing different I see, is Sam showing some life. This is the second time where I did a double take, where she is concerned. I want to punch Liz, at this point. So, today I was actually loudly speaking to my TV set….” Get her, Sam, smack her!”
    Now, you must understand I am not a violent person, I don’t even believe in spanking my kids….it is a no-no, but Liz and her innocent, pure act makes me see red. Later.

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    Ces replied

    Oh, Liz definitely needs a good smackdown. I’d see Hayden giving it to her maybe. My wish would be that Jason never speaks to her again.

    Hopefully Jason & Sam still have some chemistry once this is all said & done but sometimes it feels awkward between them. Maybe because both actors are bored with the whole storyline. I think it dragged out a wee bit too long.

    CeeCee replied

    @Harry.
    I thought all those things concerning Hayden, Harry. I even mentioned it a couple of times. She could very well be Paul’s daughter and working with him and Dillon; ELQ being the prize. She could be pretending in aiding Tracy, but she is underhandedly doing it for ulterior motives.
    I suppose she could also be working on the right side of the law. I am just very confused about Paul. What exactly is his deal? There’s not one specific thing that makes me go, AHHH!! I see, that’s what he’s after!! This consortium he has developed with Ava is strange and eerie. They both creep me out. Paul is the man of many faces; so is Hayden ( woman, lol)….. So, they could be father and daughter.

    su0000 replied

    hey CeeCee..
    they are not real so slapping is OK.. lol
    there hasn’t been a good cat fight in years, perhaps???

    heck with Haden and Liz– I want Sam and Laura to get a good a azzkicking! A cage match to the bell death!
    Laura needs her big snoopy nose knocked off .. ahaa!

    I’m into Haden and Nikolas , they have a mixed bag of heat ..
    Nikolas is the sexyist hotest most aluring man on GH when he wearing Cassidine hat ;)

    CeeCee replied

    @su.
    Absolutely true. Right now, the sexiest couple on soaps is Nik and Hayden. I’d like to see a good old-fashioned cat fight myself….ones such as Sam, Hayden and Carly ganging up on Liz. I don’t really like these thoughts; however much Liz deserves it. I sound too bloodthirsty, Su. But, I can’t control where my mind goes. Not real, so it’s ok! You said it!

    Patrick replied

    the day of the reveal, later that night… as Sam leaves Patrick house

    she rides “Jason” motorcycle over to Liz house…

    and matter of factly tells him… “so much is yours” “you can come over and visit Daniel Edward any time! ”

    ???

    woah!

    roflmao

    I rest my case

    it was the dumbest lamest excuse for a reunion of : Sam and Jason Morgan

    GH: keep these two

    Liz deserves to be out of this tryst

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    Patrick replied

    one of the things that just bugs me to no end… Hayden is riding Nicholas for all she can… and it doesn’t bode well for Nicholas nuBAD boy image…

    if he’s falling in love with her… or getting some… so be it

    dump her… he revealed to Hayden… she was faking her amnesia…

    kick her to the curb…

    start thinking Nicholas Cassadine… align with Liz… and power act yours

    come hell or high water… Cassadine empire is

    whatever the reveal… let them fight for it… Hayden and Traci

    let them do it the hard way…

    i’ll use MarySF … words… for the whole cast and all of Port charles to be against Nicholas and Liz… is disjointed… lacks flow and continuity.. and ??? writes Nicholas and Liz in to a corner… ???

    I dont think so… this is the best stuff GH has going

    Tyler Christopher is leading the show… and Hayden.. inasmuch as she’s been a dream pairing… needs to be brought down a peg! this cat and mouse… and not near enough of Nicholas digging in and drawing fire power of his own… is too long in the tooth

    story wise… either give Nicholas power… or dumb us all down… and let him be Mr. nice guy

    Hayden… doesn’t deserve all the fire from the get go

    let these two see eye to eye

    oy! the same thing with ; is it Sam or Liz; with Jason Morgan

    who cares! give it to Sam… and dumb down

    I don’t care what fans blast… the scenes with Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, and Billy Miller… “reunion” did not gell; move story… it was uninteresting

    Carly is begging Jason at the door… dont’ leave sonny in this state….

    woah…

  22. mark says:

    GH is terrible, unwatchable almost. DAYS IS THE BEST

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  23. Timmm says:

    I realize it didnt take a genius to predict this but I told you so, GH would pass Days. You knew with Jason being revealed to all this would help the show. Lets see if they can continue to strengthen their numbers. It seems possible since there is much more story to tell about Jason, Robin is back, Anna is one fire with Paul, Hayden is rocking it and I still say she is Tracy’s daughter AND Robert comes back next month! GH is on fire! [I know, I sound like su0000!]

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    Tristan replied

    You are so right, Timmm. I have not, for a very long time, loved or even liked GH. But I love that I am loving it again. I really was intending to be done with this show, but the new writers have encouraged me to stay. And I am glad.

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    Fanny replied

    @ Timmm…Hi… How do you figure Hayden could be Tracy’s daughter ???
    Love it if that’s what the writers choose to do, it would really cement her roots
    in Port Charles..Pairing Tracy and Hayden together is sublime.

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    Timmm replied

    I saw them sitting on the bench together on Fridays show and I was taken back how much they looked like family. Tracy had a lot of men in her day and Hayden could be hers from an old love she had on or off screen? It would be great for those two to fight each other and watch how in the end, they come together because thats what Quartermaines do!

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, lovely Fanny.
    It could easily turn out that way. You guys know soooo much more than I do. Was Tracy a player in her youth? I love the idea of Tracy being Hayden’s mom. I was even mentally turning Hayden into a good ‘guy’, but, it seems everything she does is for revenge and money. I suppose she will never forget that Nik tried to have her killed. By the same token, she could have still had her her cake and eat it too. She could have assuaged her revenge by insinuating herself more assuredly by cementing herself in Wyndemere through marrying Nik. What better way to take hold of his family ‘jewels’….a lot more painful. Lol. Bonsoir, Fanny.

    Fanny replied

    Considering how Nick went about stealing ELQ right from under the Q’s noses…
    Tracy wanting ELQ back (understandably so) it is her legacy, all she has left of
    Edward… With Jason & Michael by her side the possibilities R endless. Plus
    Hayden wanting to extract her fair share of revenge on Nick for having her shot..
    He’s up against a formidable duo. The only crux in this plan would be Hayden’s
    growing feelings for him. These two women would make a perfect Mother-Daughter
    team. Great,Great, thought Timmm.

    Harry replied

    Could Hayden be Paul’s daughter from his first marriage? Do you think Hayden is a double agent?

    Fanny replied

    I wouldn’t rule anything out at this time, we know nothing of Hayden’s
    past…except for how she makes her money.. How did Rick come across
    Hayden ? Who was Paul married to before Tracy? If she is a double
    agent & their daughter …then she’s working for Mommy & Daddy !!!

    Fanny replied

    @CeeCee Sweetness… Lets just say Tracy has mellowed out with age.
    She’s always been quick, witty, intelligent, hardcore, a formidable opponent.
    She was a hell raiser in her day…Men have been her down fall, mostly bad
    choices “she never saw them coming” after her prestigious name, money &
    Co.

  24. Mel says:

    Jake and Liz need to stay together!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Maybe, Mel. But, how do you build a life based on lies and deceit? It never works. Then again, it’s a soap. Sometimes I forget that. Lol.

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    Lou Piikes replied

    Thank you CeeCee and Shay for sharing your love for Dr. Obrecht.

    Mel replied

    Yeah CeeCee that would be hard to build on lies and deceit but which would be worse, living with someones who lies or someone who pays to have your only child kidnapped. Maybe they should pair him with someone completely different. But, like you said it is a soap.

    Shay replied

    You’re quite welcome, Lou……it was my pleasure! I’ve often written posts singing the praises of Kathleen Gati and her Dr. O.! As far as I’m concerned, Liesl Obrecht was one of the few truly creative characters and bright spots of the Cartini era.

    CeeCee replied

    Hey, Mel.
    Thanks for replying. I am not sure who kidnapped whom? I am not too keen on GH…not too familiar with the characters’ backgrounds. I have been monotonizing this litany forever; that is, leave Jason be and do not attach him to anyone. I am not a fan of Sam’s, albeit I have seen a tiny spark of ‘spunk’ from her lately. If one can call it that. Liz, I loved; until the writers decided to drag her down the deep end. I’d like to know if there’s a moral to this story. Soap storytelling has taken a senseless turn where soaps, even for my limited time of watching, do not have a beginning, a middle and an end. Substance to stories has taken a steep decline. Thank goodness, I still find pleasure in reading a good novel. I think most of us, would like to see a story whose ending either satisfies, perplexes saddens or elates….my point, a story that has an ending. Isn’t that what good writing is? What will ‘they’ do with Liz? The entire town will want to have a lynching party at the town square. Obviously, the only ‘exoneration’ would be that no one finds out. Yet, we will all be disappointed. Well, those of us who believe in a Sam and Jason reunion ; and, those of us who want retribution. Eye for an eye-kind-of-execution. Archaic? Yes. But people’s feelings and opinions never go out of style.
    I hope this post goes through, as I have been having problems communicating from the city, when I catch a break. Later, Mel.

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    Mel replied

    Me again. I guess the kidnapping happened too long ago to be important now. I am just an old fan who watched Jason and Liz from the beginning and always wanted them to be together. Sam and Liz also have a long history of being jealous of each other and not being so nice about it. I don’t dislike Sam. Liz has just always been one of my favorites. I don’t like what the writers have done to her either. I hope that they really can redeem her. But hey, if Luke can rape and Sonny can murder and fans still love them who knows??????
    I must say it has been nice talking to someone who doesn’t treat me like I am crazy because I am a fan of Liz and Jason getting back together. Thank you! By the way, I do like a good novel too!

    CeeCee replied

    @Mel.
    Never would I call you crazy for liking a character who happens to be a persona non grata, at the moment. As yourself, I can’t stand Sonny, but many love him; gun in hand and all. Lol.
    I despise what Liz is doing, Mel; but I adore and admire the actress. She is so good; so convincing….if she were not, then we would not dislike her so much. I would consider Rebecca an accomplished actress. I cannot say the same for Kelly. Later.

  25. kaffen says:

    Sam and Jason….enough said

    And also…bring Ewen back for Liz or,take her off the show
    Or,bring back,Lucky for,her..

    Keep Haden with Nic I don’t want her making eyed with Sam,man

    I wish,they,bring Jax back

    And they have,Sam,having a,cat fightcwith,Liz
    I dont,trust,that….that,make Jason go with Haden

    Get it together Ron!!!!
    AliI

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  26. Laurie says:

    GH made a very, very good jump-especially for a soap that was in 4th place! Before they released all of the ratings & NBC was bragging about how well DAYS did here, they mentioned GH had an 8.8 vs DAYS 8.7 & B&B 8.6 in Women 18-49. That puts GH at #2 in that demo, jumping from dead last #4 the previous week. I knew then the ratings was going to go up quite a bit. I just hope it sticks.

    I liked the reveal personally. I especially liked how Jason had his back turned to Lizzie several minutes when he was facing Sam in the church, explaining he was Jason. Then here comes Liz trying to drag him down the aisle anyway, right in front of his WIFE! Can we say One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest????

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