Soap Opera Ratings:'General Hospital' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Up From Last Week

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April 27th, 2012

Ratings for the week of April 16-20, 2012

Source: Soap Opera Network

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,304,000 (-5,000/-400,000)
2. B&B 2,982,000 (+4,000/+133,000)
3. DAYS 2,376,000 (-7,000/-27,000)
4. GH 2,228,000 (+11,000/-319,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (+.1/+.3)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/+.1)
4. GH 1.7/5 (same/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 900,000 (-15,000/-13,000)
2. B&B 715,000 (+43,000/+190,000)
3. GH 578,000 (+28,000/-135,000)
4. DAYS 519,000 (-13,000/-111,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.1/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 0.9/6 (same/-.2)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (same/-.2)



All ratings are Live+Same Day DVR viewing.

Source: Soap Opera Network

Y&R = The Young & The Restless, B&B = The Bold and The Beautiful, GH = General Hospital, DAYS = Days of Our Lives.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Richard


    Yes that was me that said that. I don’t always read the stuff on the Days sites or threads so I don’t know other than here what is posted about the show. What is always posted here is about half and half with some liking it and some not.

    But I have been reading some stuff on another site lately. They have a thread over there about the Days firings that in less than 2 weeks has over 100 pages of comments. And they mostly all negative about the latest firings of actors. And the people there have even started a Twitter campaign targeting the accounts of Sony, NBC and Days employees and execs letting them know how angry they are over the firings.

    So if Days execs, Sony execs or NBC execs thought they were doing what the fans wanted they are evidently dead wrong. I thought the ABC fans were angry over the cancellations but it doesn’t even compare to the viral stuff I have seen posted in that thread and some others on the Internet about these latest actor firings.

    And tons there are threatening to boycott the whole show over some of the stuff going on.

    Which just goes back to what I was saying about what TBC has posted. If Sony knows according to him that the ratings are okay and the show is safe then why in the world risk angering fans with these firings, having to buy out contracts when they do, and so forth. Something just doesn’t add up.

    I don’t even watch the show and I am like people over there some of the decisions just don’t make any sense at all. I mean some of the people behind the scenes that they just rehired were just fired a few months ago and blamed then for the ratings fall. Now they are hired back and supposed to be the new saviors of the show. It just sounds like someone behind the scenes there don’t know anything about what they are doing.

    The things that I don’t understand is that I have recognized some of those names posting there as ones who were complaining about ABC putting actors out of work by cancelling OLTL and AMC, and complaining about how they work harder than the primetime actors, etc and should be rewarded for that. But yet in the last few days evidently one Days actor who has been on the show a long time is thinking about not renewing his contract over money issues.

    And they are giving this actor a hard time saying he shouldn’t be so greedy and just basically work for what the show can give him so that they show can keep going.

    I just don’t understand the concept of saying that these actors work harder than primetime actors but then get angry at an actor when he refuses to work for less money.

    I take issue with what actors make, athletes make and stuff too. But we are just as much to blame for that as we buy into their hype, their fame, pay for the records, for the tickets, etc.

    I can’t blame any actor for refusing to work for less money or whatever. I have made similar decisions in the past, and I have also made the decision at one time to take a pay cut to help out the company I had been with. But it was my decision.

    Some are ready to hang this actor because they feel if the show gives in to his demands it might mean the show gets cancelled or has less money. That’s his or her decision. I think some put expectations on these actors that they wouldn’t even put on themselves.

  • robert sprague

    i think richerd has to much time on his hands theres got to be abetter way than the nielsen . times has change most people arnt home to watch there shows in the afternoon. most people work.

  • Richard


    There might be something better than Nielsen but if people aren’t watching in the afternoon as you and others are saying it doesn’t matter who is monitoring the viewers or counting them — if they aren’t there watching.

    You or others might brag all you want about how many people are watching the shows on DVR, on Soapnet, online, etc. but until advertisers start paying money to the networks for those viewers it just doesn’t matter.

    The way the networks get their money to make these shows is by the Live plus 1 viewers that Nielsen monitors and are reported here.

    Even MBMom has said that. The networks get some money for online advertising but it no one amounts to the money they get for live advertising. And the rates they get for that advertising are set by what these ratings are.

    And sorry but money in this case is still what makes the world go around. If the networks don’t have the money — guess what they don’t make any shows. And if they don’t have the money to continue to make Days, Y&R, GH, or B&B or whatever program then they have to cancel them. Or they have to continue to cut the budget for the shows until they come off looking like some low budget cable program that used to air in the wee hours of the morning back in the early days of cable.

    So sorry but to me it doesn’t really matter who is counting the viewers. That to me is just a minor point until someone at the networks come up with a way to capitalize on all these alternate viewers.

    That has been another of my issues with Thomas Blake Castle that he has still yet to address. Even if Rentrak or whoever proves that DVR adds all these viewers to the show and proves that there are still just as many people watching Days or whatever show what real good is it doing? Evidently it is not instilling enough confidence in the networks to put more money into the budgets of the soaps. Evidently it is not putting enough confidence in advertisers to continue to pay the ad dollars they once did. Are Sony or the owners of these shows so confidant over all this that they are willing to put more money into the shows?

    Evidently not. Then why do we keep reading and hearing about budget cuts.

    Thomas Blake Castle assures us the shows are safe and that they have just as many viewers as they once did. I just don’t see it helping any of the shows out at this point as far as getting the money they need to produce these shows.

  • sofaspud

    @ Richard

    I think TCB (or is it TBC?) did answer your question several weeks ago. He said something to the effect that while Sony knows that their ratings are much higher (75%, wow!) that they are going to play the game with Nielsen b/c they cannot change the system at this time. I guess that’s why they are making all these changes.

    Personally I think Days in particular (but also GH somewhat) is floundering about like a drowning man grasping at anything nearby in a desperate attempt to save themselves.

    I don’t watch Days so I’m not particularly interested in why there’s so much turmoil behind the scenes, and maybe you think TBC’s response was unsatisfactory but at least he did answer you.

    As for pay cuts… the huge one “Erica Kane” took on AMC sure didn’t save that show. I agree that entertainers are paid ridiculous amounts of money for what they do but that’s what the system bears.

  • Chrisann D

    While we all may think the actors and writers of tv shows get paid inflated salaries there are some of us that think the Networks are way more greedy than any actor/writer/producer. While I have no proof I believe they were and still are making a profit off the soaps or they wouldn’t have renewed GH. They would have put on reruns of something until they could fiqure out what they were going to do. So the greed goes both ways. As soon as they think they have found something more profitable than Gh you can bet they will drop it like a hot potato, regardless of what the viewers want. They would much rather have a cheap to produce show with few viewers than a higher cost soap and more viewers if it made them a penny more.

  • Chrisann D

    MBMom, LOL was just going through my albums to find something I haven’t listened to in awhile and found a record I forgot I had.Jack Wagner “All I Need” LOL not his finest hour!

  • Richard


    Putting on reruns is risky from what I understand as if ratings are low then affiliates can move that show and schedule their own programming in that time slot. Also if you put reruns in a time slot for a long period of time you risk viewers seeking out new programming on other networks/cable during that time slot. And when you come up with something new to put there then you risk not getting those viewers back to your network.

    Most people don’t like reruns esp. if they are reruns of something recent.


    I did not see that response. He makes so many posts straight in a row at times that seem to say the exact same things that sometimes I don’t read them all the way through.

    If that was his response then his bosses or whoever at Sony or Days are just STUPID. As you said they are floundering and to risk the wrath of viewers, the costs, etc. to just play a game as they are calling it is just stupid. If they get cancelled next year then they deserve it.

    To me if they know the viewers are there as TBC says they are then why risk angering them and giving them a reason to not watch or stop watching. I mean logic would say if they are watching no matter what Nielsen says then they must like what they are seeing so why change it. The old saying goes if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.

    According to TBC it ain’t broke. That’s the big reason I don’t buy all that he says.

    I don’t even understand him coming on to a message board and saying I write for one of the Soaps and go so far that any normal person can figure out he is writing for Days. But then he goes on to say he is doing it non-union and would get in trouble if anyone found out.

    I guess he thinks people with the WGA don’t have computers and never read message boards. All he did was alert them and cause them to start looking into the writers at all the soaps.

    Oh and I never have watched Days either. But I am a reader and investigator at heart I guess. I love to read about the backstage goings on, etc. I never have been a big fan of the late night talk shows, but I found the whole mess with Letterman, Leno and then Conan last year so fascinating.

  • Richard


    I love old vinyl too. I have collected them for years, but I don’t even approach the collection a friend of mine has. He has so many albums, 45s, etc. that he had to resort to buying a full size mobile home (single wide) just to house all of them. He gutted many of the walls and has been buying up old jukeboxes and he puts many of his 45s on them. He has the whole thing decorated like an old 50’s malt shop and will spend hours in there just listening to his old records.

    I love All I Need but of the GH ones I still can’t get past Christopher Cross’ Think of Laura and Rick Springfield’s Jessie Girl. Those are my faves.

  • Chrisann D

    Richard, Wow! Thats dedication to music! I love Rick Springfields songs. I think he never really got the recognition for his musicial talent he should have.I think people thought of him more as a teen idol/pop star. But I think he is much more talented than that. I have quite a few of his lps too. Speaking of Rick Springfield he showed up on GH for I think only on or two scenes and then “poof” was gone. Shame. Would have like to see more of him with Patrick. I really never got into Christopher Cross, though he had a huge hit….but I can’t remember the name of it.

  • MBmomof3

    @Chrisann, it was “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. Saw Rick Springfield at the county fair one year. He puts on a good show. Wish they had kept him, Robert & Holly around longer.

  • Richard

    I’ll tell you the hype that was made by the soap opera press, ABC, or whoever over the returns of Robert, Noah, and Holly was more impressive than anything that GH did with them when they returned.

    It was very disheartening to many fans who knew of their returns and were looking forward to them.

  • MBmomof3

    Remember when Ricky Martin was on GH? My sister had a huge crush on him. LOL. I saw an old epi on SoapNet one night when I couldn’t sleep with Ricky and he had this ridiculous ’90’s hair and a striped suit with the arms cut off! I guess you had to see it. LOL.

  • lanalovessuperman

    GH has been great the past few months.

  • sofaspud

    I’m with Chrisann, I always hated the ubiquitous hit “Sailing” — would drive me nuts — but I absolutely loved the lesser hit “Think of Laura”. I’m sure you all remember “General Hospi-tale”? LOL. It seems to me GH is the only soap to produce so many songs either from the show or about the show that went on to major airplay status.

    The show has been a little uneven but the last few weeks have been mostly great. Really enjoying loony Heather Webber (and old fave) spooking everyone and pulling a “Diana Taylor special” on that annoying, toothsome Maggie. For what ever reason I am also enjoying Anna Devane MUCH more now than I ever did in the 80s. Tracy Q is always a blast. Hell, even Luke and Spinelli have been keeping my interest. Glad that Starr Manning has been MIA (bleech), and never really cared about Felicia much.

  • Sheron

    General hospital is the best!!! Should be number one!

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