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36 April 18th, 2014 RATINGS: GH Ties Y&R In Key Women 18-49 Demo! B&B Makes Gain In Demos As Well!

The ratings for the week of April7-11th are out and once again the pendulum swung to all networks soaps losing viewers.  However, there was also some interesting gains in the key demos for a couple of your favorite daytime soaps!

First, General Hospital tied The Young and the Restless as the #1 soap in the key 18-49 women’s demo with the same ratings share! But in the total viewers in the demo category, Y&R is slightly ahead of GH for the week with an added 24,000.

In addition, it was CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful that looked the healthiest overall, being ahead of last year at this time in total viewers, and having solid gains in key demos including women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54.

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Overall, The Young and the Restless is still at number one with 4,432,000 total viewers for the week losing -112,000 the most of any soap.  B&B is in at number two, followed by GH in third, and then Days of our Lives. You can view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, it’s time for you to tell us and be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What are the positives on your favorite soaps, and what are the negatives?  What things would you beef up  … and what would you diminish on airtime of certain stories or characters? And most important, tell us which of the four network soaps right now is your favorite!

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  1. aria says:

    i don’t know if any of the current storylines at GH are exciting me, its more like the stories are stagnant and really not going anywhere. i’m happy about rebecca herbts having more airtime, but its pretty much the same thing over and over again. some don’t even make sense or are completely pointless.

    1. who the heck is “luke” suppose to be? reveal already, because this luke is really creeping me out.
    2. Donna Mills i really feel sorry for her, i have no idea how RC duped her into thinking she was playing some juicy character… and for tricking us into thinking this character was going to have us drooling over her. and the “big ” reveal of her being Dr. Orbecht sister, was just duh and a cheap plot..
    3. every villian gettin away with any crime is also a joke. Ava, Dr. O, Britt, Sonny. all get away with their crimes, and then we have to watch them add new victims, how boring.
    4. new really uninteresting characters: the new guy maxie brought home, he’s so annoying i haven’t even bother to learn his name, thats how much i dislike him.
    5. RC making once interesting characters boring, I feel so sorry i see Duke, talk about stagnant, poor AJ is more interesting dead and haunting Sonny then he ever was alive.

    and please, i keep hearing Jason might come back? hope its not true, we don’t need the character back, just let him be dead for now, or frozen. same for starvos.

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    PatF replied

    GH continues to plod along with its bloated cast and over the top cartoony storylines. Something’s gotta give.

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    harry replied

    I agree–GH has become unwatchable. You have new characters who are connected to other new people and suddenly you don’t know or care about any of them. And when you do see a familiar face in the sea of changing faces, that face is hitting on young girls, threatening children and snorting cocaine.
    And Sonny needs to take a long walk off the Port Charles pier. He has become tired and redundant.

    Shay replied

    Really…I suggest a redux of Lhasa Fever…..it could knock off a lot of annoying characters, not the least of which would include SABRINA, Carlos, Rafe, Molly, TJ, Jordan, Felix and maybe even Ava and/or Kiki. Plus whoever is impersonating Puke Spencer!

  2. su0000 says:

    The only numbers the advertisers/sponsors care about are the the key 18-49 demo numbers..
    Those are the golden numbers that keep our soaps on the air..

    GH is putting the fear in Y&R…

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    harry replied

    and you’re putting the fear in sane people everywhere.

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    FAS replied

    What do you mean, Harry? I must be mentally challenged, I do not get your meaning??!!
    All I can say is that, if my age group counts for anything, Y&R was my favorite soap ever…no longer the case. I find the people boring and, no offense, but older people in their 60′s or so, groping each other are not very appealing to watch. Jill and Tristan make me sick. What about all these younger people with those ridiculous hairstyles…buns and stuff. C’mon, now. Another ridiculously pathetic recurrent storyline is Nick and Sharon. How many times have we seen these two break up and make up? It is a repeated story…so predictable and mundane. Their lackluster story and fleshy scenes have lost their sizzle and my interest. This is not the young and the restless…it is the old and the restful….more originality, please.!!!
    In my opinion, and that’s all it is, GH encompasses passion, intrigue, love, hate. mystery, unrequited love, betrayal, deceit, crime, comedic relief, steamy sex (Julian and Alexis) etc. I love it. I would get rid of many characters, such as Sonny, for one…but, at least, this soap keeps me interested.

  3. lisa says:

    I live in Canada ,I’ve already seen the next episode so I won’t spill the beans.
    What I’m curious to know is this girl somehow related to Cassie OR did Victor go to great lengths to find a girl who looked enough like Cassie and then have her surgically enhanced….Hmmmm !
    Regardless, Victor needs to answer for his misdeeds – Sharon does too,but Victor really needs a whooping !

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    Jimmy replied

    It’d be nice if Victor would learn to not “surgically enhance” people anymore – look what happened when he payed Patty to have plastic surgery to ruin Jack’s life… that went to hell in a hand basket so fast, and Victor ended up getting shot!

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  4. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Whats hurting Days for me is the going nowhere storyline of Jordon and Ben…having Jordan look at fake i.d.s on occasin-at least show a flashback of when she was this other person…i like to think Jordan was married to an abusive husband whom she attempted to kill but Ben stepped in and took the blame…Ben went to prison for two years and got an early release for good behavior…Jordons ex swore revenge and both Jordan and Ben went on the run with new identities…now in Salem both run into Jordans ex-LIAM! Liam reveals their true identity and another shocking secret…he raped their mother-Eve Donavan!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Another Days problem is John Black…dont bring characters like this back unless you have something good written for them…Days is still my no.1 soap!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Why should Liam be tied just to Jen as yet another person trying to hurt her and break her up with Danial when he already have Anne and Teressa for that…just bring back Jack instead!!!

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    Jimmy replied

    DAYS biggest mistake in the past few years has been writing out Matthew Ashford and killing Jack off.

    FAS replied

    Sounds plausible, jimh, but I think Jordan is CIA….that’s the reason for the subterfuge and different identities.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    That seems possible…and if she is Shanes grandaughter he couldve helped her with her new identities…she seems to be running from someone and id like to know who? Ive watched soaps for 50 years and know one must be patient for stories to unfold but this one is going nowhere for me…hope they give us at least a hint of her mysterious past during May sweeps!!!

  5. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    GH is a good soap but not a great one…it mishandled the A.J. storyline…he and Carly should have been paired as the next Alan and Monica…with Carly attracted to Franco the way Monica was attracted to Rick Webber years ago!!! And after they killed off A.J., they couldve at least showed Monica and Micheal comforting each other at the Q mansion!!! Trim some of the violence…Connie, Max, Carlos,Olivia, a day player, Franco, Heather, Elizabeth, Nik, Julian, A.J., have either been beaten, stabbed or shot which is too often in the storyline…i can tolerate some violent acts in my soap but it happens way too often on GH!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    GH is my no.2 soap, and im starting to like B&B a little more…my problem with the latter is you have two sisters involvd with each others exs and two brothers in love with the same woman…favorite character is Quinn on this show!!! Y&R needs new writers…the show is well produced with good actors but im not addicted to it like the others!!!

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    Jimmy replied

    I was hoping for a Carly/A.J. romance too, I also liked A.J. with Liz for the time they were together. But for the life of me, I can’t root for Carly and Franco, mostly because Franco was GH’s most poorly conceived character in recent history. I love Roger Howarth, but I don’t like Franco or his crazy mother Heather either.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Roger shouldve played the son of Jimmy Lee…i like Robin M. and i liked Heather years ago but having her psycho and constantly sneaking out of the mental hospital got to be a bit too much!!!

    FAS replied

    How right you are, jimh..about the age stuff…my bad.

    FAS replied

    It is impossible for Jordan to be Shane’s granddaughter. She is too old and he is too young. They are only 27 years apart. Perhaps you meant to say Shane’s daughter? I don’t know if she is necessarily running from someone or something, exactly, albeit it does make a lot of sense. I am as irritated as you for this to be dragging. Maybe Jordan is there to crack a case. Whose, though?….Kristin? Stefano? Is she working with John Black? Is this why he’s back? Is she in Salem to protect someone? I want to know ASAP.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I too wish they’d reveal the real reason why Jordan is in Salem…what i wrote is just something i thought would be interesting but not necessarily happen that way…i know the real ages of the actors playing Shane and Eve but real ages of the actors and characters arent the same…i dont think Jordans age was revealed unless i missed it…however Shane could be slightly older than the actor…while Charles is really 59 Shane could be 65 now, Eve could be 45 and Jordan 26…they all could play and pass for different ages than they really are…soaps have been like that since they began on radio and soaps really dont care about the age difference between actors/characters…Susan Seaforth who plays Julie and the late Richard Guthrie who played her son David were like 7 years apart in real life but on the soap Julie and David’s ages(not revealed) were obviously quite different!!!

  6. Shannon says:

    Days has become sooo boring. I miss Chandler and Ejill and think it is a shame the way they have gone with Ejami. I hated the “raping the priest” storyline. If Ejabby had ended after the first time I could have tolerated it but continuing it was stupid. Don’t even get me started with how long and stupid Dannifer is. It was a mistake that should be ended a loooooong time ago. Cheryl was not even given a chance and now she is leaving. Jordan has been given a chance and besides Dannifer what could be more boring than Rafe and Jordan. Eric being a priest has been an epic failure of a story. How could they waste Greg Vaughn’s best Assets. By the way why hasn’t Bo been resolved so that Hope could move on…I will watch Monday to watch Sami slam EJ and hopefully ABS. Hyprocritical Jen will be so proud of her hypocritical daughter!

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    maddiehayes replied

    I’m with you, Eric needs to marry Nicole so we can see him in a love scene on their wedding night – Greg Vaughan is (IMO) the best-looking guy on that show, he needs to be a romantic lead! ITA with your whole post.

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  7. Charday says:

    GH is my fav daytime: Negatives on GH—Sonny, Franco, Kiki, and Carly. I hope they’re leading up to Sonny going away to prison for life for murdering AJ. Positives on GH: all Quartermaines (the few that aren’t dead!), Britt,Dr. O, the Jeromes, Luke, Sabrina and Patrick, Carlos, the Cassadines, all the gay guys, and even ole Liz(ard).

    DALLAS is my favorite nightime.

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    KansasGuest replied

    Oh, man, DALLAS is fantastic! Who knew Linda Gray would be as fantastic in her 70′s as she was back on DALLAS’ original run?

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    Jimmy replied

    Imagine if GH actually followed through with sending Sonny to prison? THAT would be very interesting. I agree with Franco, I love Roger Howarth but I see no need for the character.

    Personally, I can’t stand Britt after what she did to Dante and Lulu, I really want her to go away for a long time. I also hate the actor playing Nathan, Ryan Paevey.

    This new Luke is really creeping me out, and if I had to place a bet on it, I’d say it’s Bill Eckert, because anyone else (especially Faison or Jerry Jax in a mask) would be stupid. I hope the story is resolved soon.

    I also don’t really like Sabrina and Patrick together, I wish the show would either keep Kimberly McCullough on permanently or recast Robin because Patrick’s love for Sabrina is nothing compared to what he feels for Robin. I hope the show writes out Carlos and Sabrina together when Teresa Castillo goes on maternity leave.

    I love the Q’s and wish they hadn’t killed A.J., but then again Sean Kanan wasn’t given the material he deserved. I also really like Madeline and Obrecht being sisters, that was a great plot twist!

    Overall, I think GH is really good right now, but there are areas that could be (and really should be) cleaned up and resolved.

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  8. PatF says:

    ALL the soaps are starting to show signs of weakening as ALL soaps are now down in every demo over last year. ALL.

    The ONLY show that is up anywhere is BB in total viewers over last year.

    And Days is treading into dangerous territory at a 1.7. Yikes.

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    Jimmy replied

    Eileen Davidson is returning to DAYS soon, and Kassie DePaiva will be making her debut as Eve soon too, so that should send the number of viewers up.

    As for GH, I think in terms of story it’s doing the best, but there are definitely areas that could use some cleaning up, like the whole Luke craziness. But there are some great aspects to the show, like Madeline and Obrecht’s connection, and the fallout from A.J.’s death (which I wish didn’t happen!)

    Y&R has been going down since Jeanne Cooper died. As the months pressed on after that, the show started losing its fire. Then Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney all left, and now Elizabeth Hendrickson is on her way out. On top of that, there are several stories that aren’t attracting viewers, like Avery’s cooking show (stupid, pointless and boring as hell) and the whole faux Cassie craziness.

    B&B is doing the best in terms of viewers, but story wise it’s repeating the Liam, Steffy and Hope triangle with Liam, Hope and Wyatt. Quinn is amazing, and I’m enjoying Ally’s story, but the Bill/Brooke/Ridge/Katie quadrangle is getting ridiculous. For the most part, story wise, B&B has been subpar for several years now.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I dont know if Elizabeth Hendrickson would do another soap but id think she’d be the pefect recast for Robin on GH!!!

  9. Mary SF says:

    Stories on all four soaps should be picking up steam soon with May sweeps not too far off. These lulls in stories are natural and long time viewers like me know soap opera watching is a marathon not a sprint.

    Those viewers who expect, even demand constant action are watching the wrong genre. Nighttime soaps and series with their shorter seasons, and less episodes are the genre to watch if you need constant stimulation.

    Daytime soaps, no manner how good, all of them hit these periods where washing your curtains can be more exciting than what is on screen– but hang in there, the good stuff is always a coming on a soap– and when it does, all the lookie lou’s come back and the numbers bounce back up again.

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  10. Lawrence says:

    Gh just has way too many cast members and campy writing at times. The thing with Gh you might tune into a really good episode and then you might tune into a crappy one that will lose your interest. Depends on what mood Ron is in now adays.

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  11. andrew hass says:

    It was a bad week for all the soaps but the fact that all 4 went down and not just one or 2 may just mean no one was interested in soaps that week.Plus it was the second straight week that all 4 went down i think.

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  12. FAS says:

    I can’t believe this! Is Nikolas suddenly interested in Liz? Does he have a turn on turn off switch? I understand Britt did the unspeakable, but, geesh,overnight he is into liz again when not too long ago he told her straight out his heart belonged to Britt? …….right!

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  13. FAS says:

    Okay, so Carlos is in jail. Ava is threatening to do Sabrrrina and her baby harm. Carrrrlos ‘s body shakes with fear….visibly. What’s the story here, writers? Are we now to feel a newfound softness for him? Is this predicament with which he now finds himself supposed to endear him to us? No dice. Get a younger version and clean him up……let him do time, then we shall see…but the fates are against him.

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  14. calie says:

    So good to see Elizabeth back on our screens.

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