Soap Opera Ratings: 'Days of Our Lives' Bounces Back after Series Low

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June 10th, 2012


Ratings for the week of May 28 – June 1, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,248,000 (-40,000/-448,000)
2. B&B 3,075,000 (-3,000/+297,000)
3. DAYS 2,396,000 (+102,000/+56,000)
4. GH 2,323,000 (-45,000/+71,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/10 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (-.1/+.2)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.7/5 (-.1/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 889,000 (+67,000/-89,000)
2. B&B 728,000 (+48,000/+224,000)
3. GH 666,000 (+63,000/+27,000)
4. DAYS 504,000 (+24,000/-129,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (same/+.3)
3. GH 1.0/7 (+.1/same)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (+.1/-.2)



Source: Soap Opera Network

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

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

    Oh Melanie it is truly just one plot after another these days. And no real depth to anything either.

    I mean even Ron C.’s motivations for characters are so shallow at times. I mean Heather hates Sam just because Sam didn’t pass a letter on to the next person. And the motivation for Kristina hating her parents is because they used connections to get her into college. Even John’s motive about his sister in many ways is convoluted since it is such a cliche in soaps these days.

    Melanie I guess we will just have to go on being haters and whiners and bad soap fans. After all we are bad soap fans because we do not bow down to the great Ron C. and accept GH just to keep it on the air. We are haters because we just don’t like everything about GH. And we are whiners because we don’t feel sorry for the OLTL fans and let them have our show.

    I guess in the end as we have been told on numerous message boards we should just shut up. Our feelings evidently don’t matter and are just petty.

    And I get the same sentiments as you from other message boards too. And it is sad that many of the backstage personnel from GH are now out of work too. Funny that last year all we ever heard was about all the OLTL backstage folks were out of work now due to the shows cancellation. Where is the sympathy for all the ones at GH that FV and RC have put out of work.

    Hey I guess it is a good thing that more OLTL characters are coming. The other 4 were sure getting lost in the midst of all those GH characters.

  • Melanie

    @Richard, I agree. These motives for Heather and Kristina make no sense at all. Yes, Kristina can be angry but a reality show? Heather upset about a letter Sam didn’t deliver now she hates her so much? John suddenly has a half-sister no one knew about and of course it has to do with Sonny? Ridiculous! I just feel RC doesn’t really know how to write for GH characters although he claims to be “such a fan”. Nope, he is just hung up on his OLTL pets and it shows. Therefore it is why we don’t see any other GH characters hardly for one week at a time for just a few minutes even, unless you are already a GH airhog. Oh yes, great question, where is the sympathy for the out of work GH writers and directors who just lost their jobs to the OLTL crew? Well if the others are enjoying it so much then they can have it. That said, I have been enjoying Y&R and B&B much better lately anyways.

  • larry donny

    dool is still a low rated soap. but then again they are all., with the exception of cbs soaps. nbc and abc should cut their losses and try something else. Either a talk show or game show.

  • Daedalus

    Richard, you & your fans are really starting to get a bit repetitious. We all know how much you despise OLTL. We all know how much you love(d) GH. If one looks back lately, there is now an archive of weekly rants that really say the same old thing. If you people *hate* so much what the soaps have become (and will definitely remain what short time they have left), there’s a simple solution & you know what it is.

    As a long-time viewer of both OLTL & GH, I was really unhappy to see OLTL get axed. There is no doubt I would have felt the same way had it been GH.

    Times change, things change, and very shortly all we’re going to have are “The Talk & Chew Show” clones filling the daytime screen. I sometimes think a lot of you aren’t going to be happy until that happens.

    But I’m trying to make the best of what’s left. I sure would prefer the old days of daytime, but they are gone. So while I still have some soap entertainment to enjoy, I’m loving ‘More Life to Live’ getting to share some space with GH.

  • John

    Just to make certain I’m understanding: Rich, you reallllllly hate Ron C?

  • Richard


    That is fine that you are willing to just accept and make do. I won’t.

    OLTL was cancelled. GH wasn’t. There is no reason whatsoever that GH fans should have to suffer just because of it.

    And don’t throw your guilty feelings on me. I am so tired of you guys trying to make me feel guilty. You better shut up all your whining or your make us just have talk shows all the time.

    Where is the blame for OLTL and AMC fans when they couldn’t shut up for years and get along. You guys argued back and forth all the time and blamed GH for every thing that was wrong with ABC soaps.

    And why didn’t you guys just shut up and quit complaining and let Frons do whatever he wanted with your shows. Why didn’t you guys just accept whatever he wanted?

    You couldn’t. In fact your still blaming him to this day.

    Well sorry I won’t just roll over and let Ron C. and Frank V. continue just doing whatever they want to GH. I loved GH just as much as you guys loved OLTL.

    And all you did was prove the point that Melanie made — the only ones who seem to enjoy this are the ones who were fans of OLTL or GH/OLTL fans.

    The only GH fans are not happy and we are not going to accept 2nd best. Many of you claimed to be the red-headed step-child all the time and you let it be known. Well we won’t be treated like one either just so that RC and FV can continue to try to keep their show alive. Remember OLTL was the one cancelled — not GH.

    Oh and as I have said before (but I guess you already know that) I will not watch something just to keep it on the air. I value my time more and I care more about what I watch than to just accept whatever they put on. I have more discretion about my time and what I view than some of you obviously do. Some care more about being a good soap fan than they value their own time. As some of you ask me about what ABC or Nielsen are paying me — I ask how much are Ron C., Frank V. or the other soaps paying you for being a good soap fan.

    And finally, what does it matter if I repeat some of my stuff each week. It doesn’t stop many of you from saying the same old thing each week. Not just here but all over the net. In fact go over to Berman’s site each and ever week — the comments in that talk show thread each week are almost identical. But I guess you are only supposed to repeat yourself if you support the soaps.

    @John, I didn’t have any opinion of the man until he started on GH. But by the way he was built up to be a God by OLTL fans and by the soap opera press, I fully expected a whole lot more.

    I’ll make an assumption about you too — I guess you are one of the fans who thinks he can do no wrong.

    If you are the poster named John from SON then from what you post here and there, I definitely assume you are. Because the John at SON constantly jumps to his defense.

  • Joe

    Soap writers are not the same, there for the “stories” changed. Sometimes, perticually when AMC was still on, even though I loved the show It would just drag on and made the hour go by so slowly. An hour nowadays is too much, people really dont have long attention spans like they used to. Bringing the shows back to a half-hour format would probably help. They wouldn’t be as long, you could keep up with the storylines better, and this one is for the network “suits”…they would cost less because they wouldn’t be as long in time. Plus, if by some miracle the genre would “bounce back” in popularity because of this change,in time they could create new shows again or even….bring back some old favs…that’s for you AMC/OLTL fans. Plus they could even have 3-6 half-hour stories, per day, per network!!!!!

    I realize I just created a “fantasy” of sorts, but one can dream right. But the idea is worth looking into….anything top save this genre…and bring back its popularity!!!

  • Ryan

    Two words, EILEEN DAVIDSON! Now that she is off Y&R, Days needs to bring her back as the ultra popular Kristen/Susan (that earned her a Best Actress Emmy) for a ratings boost as well as focus in the younger crowd to increase the 18-49 demo which they used to dominate.

    Word is Eric Brady is being recast. Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook should return as Belle & Shawn as well. They should also cast the roles of Andrew and Jeanie Donovan, the children of 80s supercouple Kim & Shane (Patsy Pease and Charles Shaughnessy who was just on the show).

    Also, bring back Nadia Bjorlin and Jay Johnson as Chloe and Phillip. Retire the older vets like James Reynolds (Abe), Josh Taylor (Roman) and Peggy McKay (Caroline) who just take up space and never have a storyline. Keep Victor, Maggie, Kate, Stephano, John, Marlena, Bo and Hope.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I can’t speak for GH. I don’t watch it because I have never cared for that combination of characters, but I will go to my grave thanking FV, RC, and all the great actors for all their contributions that made OLTL must see TV for me. I don’t think I missed a single episode when I started watching in Dec 2010. Here we are 5 months after the last episode and I’ll STILL watch that show over ANY of the remaining ones ANY day!!!!

  • joshua

    I could fix soaps so fast given the chance. I love love soaps and its weird I guess.

  • John

    @Rich Nope, you’ve got the wrong guy. I don’t even know what SON is. Sure, some. Of RC’s stuff us far fetched but I just don’t think he’s all that bad.

  • Joe

    @joshua….no josh, its not weird and im sure many of us would save it if given the chance.

  • Richard

    Well he has me wishing for Guza back — if that tells you anything. At least with Guza it was about GH and about GH characters.

    I watched a clip of yesterday on You Tube where Robin Mattson was doing the voice over stuff. That was so embarassing. It didn’t even feel like I was watching GH at all.

    And I know of at least 2 more viewers who have quit as it was reported on one site yesterday that 2 of the people that have done You Tube highlights, clips, have quit watching GH and won’t be updating their You Tube channels anymore.

    That may be good for GH that those You Tube videos won’t be out there anymore, but it is bad that they have again lost 2 more loyal viewers who have been watching GH a long time.

    Back to Ron C., John I have not seen one story that he has written that has been good to me. It is all so contrived and I just don’t know anything about these characters and I just don’t care what happens to them.

    And evidently he is ticking off more of the OLTL viewers as well. I have read numerous rants of late from many of the OLTL fans who said they wish he had left Tea alone instead of bringing her over to GH just to kill off her baby.

    Again I just don’t understand his thinking at all. He seems so content at making GH and OLTL fans both unhappy.

    I’m beginning to believe I’m a conspiracy theorist like MBMom. I am beginning to wonder if ABC didn’t hire him and give him the mandate to make sure he kills GH. Because to me he sure isn’t doing anything to make fans come back or want to tune in.

  • Richard

    Oh and I love Luke and I love Anna, but seeing them kissing in the current promo makes me want to throw up. Them as friends I get and like but I just cannot see Anna with Luke at all.

    I used to like him with Tracy but I just think him with Tracy now makes Tracy look bad. The real Tracy Quartermain would have thrown Luke to the dogs a long time ago. She is or was a strong woman who I just don’t see ever putting up with Luke’s treatment of her this long.

    But again that is just all part of what Guza/Phelps/Frons started with GH. The men are always right, it is all about them, and the women are just there to serve their needs. I’m surprised by now the women on GH can even go anywhere without their man’s permission. But again Ron C. just continues the mysogynistic writing and sickening view of women.

    They are even damaging Carly even further by allowing her to call Johnny the rapist he is one minute and then degrading herself by taking the rapist back.

  • Chris B

    You talk about all the other people have selfish reasons for things but then you say “Oh if GH gets good ratings but it isn’t the show they way you want it to be then you want it to get cancelled” Sorry but that shows your agenda right there.

  • Pat

    I feel the writing is heading in the right direction for Y and R. With the exception of pairing Victor and Sharon and the dismissal of Eileen D., I am enjoying every minute of the show. I like the idea of aging some of the younger characters. The show needs to draw in some younger viewers, and this is what Bill Bell did each summer, highlighting some of the younger set. Lastly, I think that the Ricky character is bringing a true “pyscho” back to the show. Can’t wait to see how Daisy “leaves” the show. When the show focuses on the families and leaves the action out, it succeeds.

  • Richard

    Wow Chris B it would be nice if you actually quoted something from a post of mine because the quote you have there is not in any of my posts in this thread at all.

    So could you tell me please where you got that from because it is not from me in this thread at all.

    And I am not sure what you are talking about an agenda. Do you just look at my post to see what you can find or stir to your way of thinking just to stir stuff up.

    Are so insecure about your opinions or the future of GH that I threaten you so bad? I don’t understand it.

    If you will go back to my posts where I was talking about my mixed emotions on GH’s ratings then you should fully understand why I have mixed emotions about them. Stop trying to twist my words into things. I spoke very clearly how I felt about the ratings and why I felt that way.

    I have no agenda. It seems like you and some others do. I must threaten you guys so bad all you have to do is question my motivations, my opinions, and try to twist them.

    Are you guys that insecure about GH and Ron C that you can’t stand to see them criticized. If you were so sure what is on the screen is so good then why do you think it can’t take some criticism.

    Since we’re questioning motivations and agendas here the way you guys act you know what I am saying is true and scared that someone might catch on. The only people afraid of a little criticism are the ones who are afraid what is being said is true.

    If what I am saying is not true then why in the world are you guys so scared of it.

  • Chris B

    As for Luke and Anna yea maybe its not Anna and Robert but Tristain Rogers isn’t coming back. Nothing wrong with this pairing.

    And they have made Anna a strong prescence the way she laid things down to Jason that she wouldn’t let things slide in the town last week was fantastic.

    As for Carly how is that damaging her. Considering all the things she did going back to when she slept with Tony who was married to her mother Bobbie, to 1,000 things since then her forgiving Johnny is not damaging at all.

    You also seem to be the only one who hasn’t enjoy Robin Mattison. I have seen nothing but praise from her.

    As I said it is obvious the show isn’t what you want it to be so you want it to get cancelled and ruin it for the audience that does enjoy it. At least now I understand all your negativity towards GH

  • Chris B

    I love how RIchard went back and edited his comment that he made about how the ratings are a mixed bag and because of what GH has became he’d rather see it get cancelled then stay on the air. I am sure others saw it or for those I didn’t feel free to let me know I will be more than glad to email you the screen show of Richard’s post before he changed it

  • Chris B

    Richard also talks about how he values his time so much that he won’t watch a show he dislikes No instead he will spend all his time posting and reading message boards about a show he doesn’t like. Sounds like that valuable time is being well used

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