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42 July 21st, 2014 RATINGS: Y&R, B&B and GH Have Solid Week!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 7-11th and it was a good week for three of your favorite soap operas!  In particular, The Bold and the Beautiful gained the most in total viewers for the week with +238,000!

But it was The Young and the Restless who had a turnaround into the black where it gained viewers instead of losing them in all the key demo categories!including women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54.  Y&R also gained + 157,000 viewers for the week!

And it was General Hospital who also gained viewers with +64,000.  GH remained #1 in women demo 18-34, while Y&R was in first in women demos 25-54 and women 18-49.  

Days of our Lives was the only soap for the week to lose  in total viewers down slightly with -12,000 viewers.  To view the entire ratings picture go to SON here!

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,478,000 (+157,000/-176,000)
2. B&B 3,687,000 (+238,000/+178,000)
3. GH 2,872,000 (+64,000/+423,000)
4. DAYS 2,391,000 (-12,000/-59,000)

So time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What is working for you on your favorite soaps right now? What is not?  What characters would you like to see back on the canvas, or taken off the canvas?  How would you spruce up your favorite show, if you think it needs some summer fixin’?   Let us know!

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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    I cant see Days loosing viewers with its recent improvements involving Sami/E.J./Abigail…I like Kassie/Eve(but i still wish Charlotte R. returned) who should become the shows next Kristen…but even with their daddy in Salem only slightly improving the Jordan/Ben storyline…GH is just ok entertainment for me…B&B i like Oliver and his girlfriend(4get name) Pam and Charlie and Quinn…Sean K.(Deacon) isnt much better than his GH A.J. character but that might change…Y&R i just cant get into it!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Cant wait for Kayla to tell Hope she’s interested in Aiden…finally!!!

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    Harry replied

    Jim, something just seems off here. I have not seen Y&R or GH in almost two months but have started watching Days. While I originally tuned in to watch Kassie’s debut as Eve, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the day time drama is solid and full of character driven storylines. I know many other people who have also stepped on to the Days train and so I thought their ratings would be much higher.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Let the games begin…Haiden…Kaiden…Haidenk…it’s all good!!!

    4ever DAYS replied

    I think DAYS viewers need to watch more live episodes and keep up with the DVR episodes. If people DVR episodes, they should watch within one day so it counts.

    Everyone should keep that in mind, even when they are not part of a Nielsen Family. If people watch on time, they than can rave about it, knowing what they are talking about and that can reach actual Nielsen families.

    I know DAYS is great as others know, but what does it look like when a person says “Oh DAYS is so good, but I’m a few episodes behind”. Nielsen families can be brought up to speed by nonNielsen families helping…WATCH DAYS LIVE OR WITHIN ONE DAY OF DVRing!

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    Nicole replied

    You can watch Days or any soap within 7 days and it will count.

    The networks are actually fighting for the live +7 day not to be reported right away because of the gains made when the Live +7 is finally counted.

  2. Kaleesi says:

    I think B&B has been doing the best this year. They are consistently posting good numbers and the writing has also been consistent with a clear direction. The exotic locations shoots provide excitement for the viewers too.

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    MattsPlace replied

    Love B&B! Days is also good but less consistent. Still Days deserves some love from fans! Hoping Days gets a rise in the ratings next week.

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  3. DaysFan says:

    Days fans are sick of the Sami show.
    It is just way too much. At this point, I just can’t wait until October when Alison and James are both gone.
    The story is so negative, and only fuels the real life online bullying that comes in the name of ejami , Alison and James.
    Quite honestly, I would be happy if they would just cut them out starting now.
    I can’t wait until they can focus more on the other great actors that they have. I am excited to see what happens with Hope and Aiden, though I really hope that they close out the Bo and Hope story before a romance happens. I just do not see Hope cheating on Bo, and I hope that they don’t take it there.
    I enjoyed Eve for the 5 minutes that I saw her, but since I haven’t been watching Days since the start of the farce wedding, I haven’t seen much of her. I was excited for Kristen’s return, but I am not even sure that can bring me back to have to watch a balls-less EJ begging and groveling for a woman who doesn’t even come close to deserving him.
    Since I gave up Days I have been spending my workout hour on Y&R and am really enjoying it so far! Can’t wait to get to know the characters better. I have only ever watched Days (except for a short time when I was a teen and watched both Days and Passions), so it is fun to get to know a new set of characters.
    I hope that Days plans to recast EJ, or plans to up the DiMera crop. A DiMera-less Salem is just not acceptable. They need to maybe get an older DiMera relative in there to supplement Joe Mascalo’s time. No one can replace The Phoenix, but maybe a long lost brother can pop up?
    Recast EJ, bring back Chad – beef that DiMera presence up!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    They are bringing back Chad!

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  4. Mary SF says:

    Days has wonderful moments, like the Sami/EJ/Abby fallout; Hope and Aiden’s waltz; Theresa hitting John over the head with a poker, but in between these moments is this vast wasteland of dullness that I literally been nodding off during the show again. A soap needs more that moments to sustain it.

    I also wonder if the decline in ratings might be due to Days ending two of their best couples– Sami and EJ; Nicole and Eric.

    And as much as I wanted to like the new Eve, I don’t see much of Eve in her. To me it is like she is whole new character– maybe she will grow on me, but right now I find her almost as annoying as Ann from the hospital and that is sad because I used to really love the character Eve

    Definitely looking forward to Kristen’s return– but it would make my summer if they could wrap up and end the whole Jordan, Ben and Clyde story.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Would you suggest a music box storyline for DAYS?

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    Mary SF replied

    Of course not– but every soap has their flaws and right now I am finding Days is dragging a bit. Overall, it is still a very good show– but like all the shows left there is room for improvement. Also I think DAYS did a music box story line already– I seem recall Hope getting one from her father that lead to her and Bo going to New Orleans–and yes that was better than Y&R’s, but why does everything have to be a competition with you– why can’t you just enjoy your show without constantly knocking down the others?

    4ever DAYS replied

    I had to reply from here, Mary SF. I have pulled back a lot. +157,000 Y&R and -12,000 DAYS is justified? No way! BTW, you’re the one that offered your opinion as to why DAYS dropped. And you offered no opinion that I’ve seen as to why Y&R went up. I only saw your post saying how the Y&R music box SL was lost in the shuffle. It matters a lot when my favorite soap is getting the shaft!

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    Mary SF replied

    Well, I wouldn’t say Y&R is going up, it regained some ground from the week before when there was a holiday, but it is hardly earth shattering numbers. All soaps tend to go down in the summer. Y&R is barely holding onto their core viewership as more and more lose hope this show can be what it once was. But like all soap viewer there is a loyalty factor, which I believe one of main things keeping Y&R afloat. But they are really putting that loyalty factor to the test and they would be mistaken in their belief just because we have always watched we will continue to do. I haven’t reached my breaking point yet, many have.

    As for Days, I know a lot of Ejami fans were upset that the long awaited wedding between the two was ruined by the whole Ejabby affair coming to light– and I have noticed in the past the numbers were good when Ejami were going strong. And that is why I mentioned it, in hopes maybe some Ejami fans would respond to let me know if them breaking Ejami apart influenced their viewership. I wasn’t saying that was the reason, I was just curious to hear from Ejami fans to find out if that was true.

    I been watching Days since the 80′s and I have always maintain when Days puts their mind to it, this is one of the best soaps going. I am truly sorry if you think Days is getting shafted, but from what I have seen Days has a solid loyal following as well– and their core viewership isn’t going anyway, as they are doing over at Y&R. So maybe you can take comfort in the fact if the trend continues Y&R’s reign at the top might be soon over.

  5. Ghlover says:

    Y&r is very bad… Its sad actually. The only thing that could save it would be that they pull a GH and start bringing in past vets, even if only short term… Right now Y&R is so bad it reminds me of GL circa 2008…

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    Jill O replied

    That is such an accurate observation. Y&R does remind me of GL as it began to sink and lose focus. I think the executives and writers on GL were poor and that mirrors Y&R today. I watch Y&R only occasionally now and it doesn’t even feel like Y&R. It looks cheap too. How sad to see this once proud show deteriorate in front of our eyes.

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    Brett replied

    Amen to that! JFP and those awful writers should be fired, there have to be better people they could hire surely!

  6. Marc says:

    I dont get the ratings . Days is the best one left by far . the cbs shows are improving slightly but still are yawners and GH can be completely awesome depending who the week is focusing on . All in all Days is the best consistent product

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    4ever DAYS replied

    DAYS fans need to watch the episodes within one day for it to count. Live TV is the best. If you use a DVR, it must be viewed within one day or it is not counted. Hulu and NBC.com do not count at all.

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    Brett replied

    Why would they not count NBC.com and Hulu? Surely they’re the easiest views to track.

    PatF replied

    I caught a Days ep this week and I have my own perspective of course.

    Most of the cast is great, and it seems that the stories are good for those familiar with the show.

    BUT…the look and feel and overall production seems stuck back in the 80′s. The sets ALL need an overhaul, there is not much of a soundtrack, and the lighting seems off.

    I know budgets are tight, but SONY needs to step it up. I don’t see them getting any NEW viewers if anyone is flipping the channel looking for something to grab their attention.

    It’s the smart but poor cousin nobody really pays much attention to.

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  7. Judy HO says:

    THAT is a solid week for Y&R? Give me a break. It’s still off from last year and in dead last in young female demos. The rest of the soaps are up, except DAYS, which will come back when Eileen Davidson’s Kristen DiMera returns.

    Y&R has fundamental problems. Phelps has brought in too many newbies and the stories are horrible. Who wants to watch that?

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    Nicole replied

    I do I am fine with Y&R. Speaking as a GH refugee :)

    GH stripped mostvof it’s cast and it is doing fine now, however last summer GH did not do very well it took them a year to turn it around.

    Y&R will turn around as well. Don’t forget that a few months ago the show was doing veryvwell in the ratings. And with the story beginning regarding Phyllis’ return it will bounce back again.

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    Nicole replied

    The lead in 18 to 34 is GH’s 171,000 viewers. That is approximately 6% of the total viewer ship. For any soap that is nothing to crow about.

    And Y&R was still number 1 in the 18 to 49.

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  8. Belle says:

    I agree with Days Fan; E.J. is gutless and weak. As I have stated in other comments, E.J. has never been as tough as his father.
    If a re-cast is chosen, it will have to be the right person as far as the fans are concerned.
    The GH Lover lover’s comments mentioned Guiding Lights downward spiral which happened (to me) because the show killed off Maureen Bauer and mistreated Michael Zaslow when he was diagnosed with ALS. The executives displayed no class when they did that.
    Finally, I don’t understand Days’ ratings either; the show is basically solid.

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  9. Blake says:

    Crazy how the best soap for like two years now, Days, is in last place and dropped viewers. Especially right now with sooo much going on! The fallout of EJ and Abby, Eve back, etc. I really hope the ratings skyrocket when Eileen/Kristen returns next week, they did before.

    And insane that the two worst soaps Y&R and GH are doing good in ratings and demos. Sigh.

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    Blake replied

    Well going to the site it looks like Days is doing great in the Women 18-34 demos, which is very important demos so that’s great.

    It’s just too bad that in most places Days is up against Y&R and B&B, while GH does not have any soap competition.

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  10. Brett says:

    How on earth can DAYS be the only soap losing viewers, it’s been the best soap on the air for several weeks now, why would people be tuning out when it’s THIS good.

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    jonboy replied

    Haven’t a number of local affiliates dropped it, creating less of an audience?

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I’m only aware of some affiliates changing the time. Stay away from UTAH, 1:00am because of Will and Sonny. Utah’s church owns and operates the NBC affiliate!!!

    4ever DAYS replied

    Brett, NBC.com and Hulu DO NOT count because the Ads are not the same as with live TV and DVR.

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  11. MattsPlace says:

    Y&R went up a point. Small increase, but I still say: JFP and FOJ aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Still, increases are good for soaps.

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  12. jaybird369 says:

    Oh, come now…Y&R can have all of the highest ratings (or whatever) that it wants…but that does not change the fact that Y&R has become such a storytelling M-E-S-S!!!!! B-L-A-H!!!!!

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  13. jonboy says:

    Glad to see Y&R rebound. I read all the criticisms but I have to say I anticipate watching it each day more than GH, my other daytime habit. It’s true the dialogue has reduced to amateur hour, but look where the writers came from. I surely would like to see the entire show rebound to where it was back in the glory days.

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    PatF replied

    People have criticized YR for years. It’s #1 for 26 years claim irritates those when they think the show isn’t at its best.

    But viewership for soaps takes YEARS to change, and there are no NEW viewers.

    I don’t see the overall total viewership changing much. The audience will continue to slowly erode over time.

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  14. Ann says:

    I have been a Days fan for a long time. One thing I never understood is the the producers and writers do not listen to the people who watch their soap. Nothing personal against Shawn a Christian and Missy Reeves, but it is clearly written everywhere I look that the fans just don’t care for these characters. Yet they are in every story on the soap. Eric and Nicole had so much potential and now it’s looks like they are getting a backseat . Jennifer Horton was such a beloved character for so many years and these writers have turned her into someone so unlikeable. It’s just the same thing over and over. Why can’t there just be romance and adventure? I have to laugh at this revenge s/l with Sami. She has done so many horrible things through the years. It’s truly laughable and an insult to one’s intelligence. Thank you

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  15. damien says:

    to make my ‘ days’ sunny again:
    - pls bring back shawn d, belle, austin and carrie!!!!!
    - bo needs to return as either the original or robert kelker kelly
    - sonny and will are soo lame, i liked when will was troubled.
    - wrap up the lame jordan and ben crap
    - give the di meras a break and turn up the kireakes, more justin, adreinne and bring back phillip!!!
    - and lastly for the love of god, i cant take the show seriously if the backgrounds sets continue to be recycled and everyone is either drinking no coffee at the brady pub or hanging in the park. its too cheesey and low budget!!!

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    madluv4u replied

    Agree about those dated sets! At least when JFP takes over she over hauls the sets and gives them a facelift. DOOL looks so old. Cut back on some of the useless cast and maybe you can spend the money on new backgrounds. Ijs

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  16. Kaffen says:

    Leslie and Dylan….THATS ALL…

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  17. madluv4u says:

    I get why DOOL is in last place…..storylines take forever to wrap up; characters have no depth; they don’t know how to progress a story-each scene is a repeat of what was said in the last scene; noone cares about the cbaracters any longer. Is it possible to have one couple be happy?! Can they meet, date without complication, get married and have problems inside the marriage besides adultery??? Infertility or money troubles, or trying to advance at work(i got that from another post somewhere). The stuff they show is just so far out of the realm of possibility it’s a joke.
    Y&R appeals to me because they are more reality based (no super villians who never ever get caught by the police! Really?!?!
    The Bold and The Beautiful makes me laugh because it’s just so campy and I don’t think they take themselves so seriously. They gives us couples to root for. (they are all about the silly romance). There is not one couple on DOOL that I am vested in, (but I do love Kristen D).
    I get GH as 3rd place. We tell them we (the fans) are up to our necks with the mob sl but they don’t care – so we adapt and ff through the scenes we dont like:-)

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  18. CeeCee says:

    The same could be said about Y&R. No couple ever lasts there. It is the way of soaps. Look at Neil and Leslie of Y&R…..I thought this couple was solid. Y &R was my favorite as long as I have been watching soaps; now? It is downright stupid. Devan needs to go…..he is superfluous, without a solid or consistent storyline. Why is he there?
    I don’t watch B&B, but if it is that good, then Days should be right up there as well….great writing.

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