The ratings are out for the week of August 29th through September 2nd, which featured a pivotal week for The Young and the Restless, in which it aired its 11,000th episode and ended the run of series star, Justin Hartley (Adam Newman), who departed in a explosive series of events.
Going around the horn with the four network daytime soaps, each saw an uptick in total viewers. Led by Y&R, which showed the highest increase of +91,000 and featured a Monday episode that landed an average of over 5 million viewers, the number one-rated soap fared the best for the ratings period. However, it should be noted it did not do as well in key demos showing minuses in total viewers in the 18-49 and 25-54 female categories.
ABC’s General Hospital showed the second highest total audience gains for the week adding +64,000. GH began its JaSam wedding, revealed who is the hospital killer and more, during the ratings week. Additionally, GH was the only daytime drama to add viewers all three key demos: 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
As for CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful they also added +40,000 total viewers, but on the converse, the show lost viewers in all key demo categories. The series continues to tie lows in the 18-34 and 18-49 ratings share.
Days of our Lives, which aired its final week of airshows under the old head writing regime led by Josh Griffith, added some eyeballs with a plus +9,000, while remaining in the loss column of adding viewers in key demos. It will be interesting to see how the new episodes under new co-head writers, Dena Higley and Ryan Quan will track with the viewers once the ratings come in from September 6th airshows and beyond. View the entire current ratings picture courtesy of SON here.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,760,000 (+91,000/-17,000)
2. B&B 3,758,000 (+40,000/+190,000)
3. GH 2,588,000 (+64,000/-47,000)
4. DAYS 2,158,000 (+9,000/-157,000)