Soap Opera Ratings: 'The Young & the Restless' and 'Days of Our Lives' Match Series Lows in Women 18-49

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June 30th, 2012

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,271,000 (-120,000/-491,000)
2. B&B 3,140,000 (+12,000/+130,000)
3. GH 2,422,000 (+128,000/-96,000)
4. DAYS 2,376,000 (-112,000/+71,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.1/-.2)
2. B&B 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
3. DAYS 1.8/5 (-.1/+.1)
3. GH 1.8/5 (+.1/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 780,000 (-77,000/-173,000)
2. B&B 598,000 (-89,000/+2,000)
3. GH 568,000 (+12,000/-131,000)
4. DAYS 448,000 (-86,000/-131,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low
2. B&B 0.9/6 (-.2/same)
2. GH 0.9/6 (same/-.2)
4. DAYS 0.7/5 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low




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.

  • Bart

    “Y & R” continues to decline in viewers because it’s been sucking ass for a long, long time! There are so many plot holes in the shizz our 3 (yes, 3!) head writers have been spewing out, it’s a joke and not a funny one at that!!

    Nothing but shrill, screaming characters in GC now: Jack proposing marriage to everything warm and slightly female; Victor and Sharon together (ugh!); one-note lame characters pushing veterans to the background; unnecessary SORAS’ing of offspring to the point that it is REALLY OUT OF CONTROL…!

    This show is on some serious creative life support – piss-poor writing and direction all around! SO glad it didn’t win any major awards at the Daytime Emmys the other week.

    So many characters need to be abolished from GC:

    Tucker, Anita, Chelsea, Eden, Avery, Genevieve, Harmony/Yolanda (or whatever her stupid name is this week) – these characters don’t work because the audience doesn’t care about them!!

    Maria Arena Bell needs to go – she is trashing her late father-in-law’s legacy and needs to be stopped!!

  • Darcy

    GH will now be on at the same time as Young and the Restless where I live. Right now I’m not watching GH and it will have to get a whole lot better than the crap they are giving us now if I will pick it over Young and the Restless this fall.

  • Darcy

    I wonder if GH ratings would be better if Guza was still doing the writing. The ratings were better last year at this time than they are with RC.

  • Amy

    @Rolls Royce I think DOOL will get cancelled 1st. Their contract is up in 2013 and they haven’t done a good job of building up a younger audience.

    They had younger characters that were popular but they screwed up their storylines and the actors left the show.

  • Pat

    Bart, how long have you watched Y and R? It did win several creative Arts Emmys and one major acting award. MAB actually rescued the show from LMT and did undo a lot of that damage. No, it’s not perfect and never will recreate its glory years , but I surely don’t want anyone coming in to replace a Bell who has no tie to understanding its history. For some reason no one can write the show like Bill, Kay, Jack, and to some extent Sally did. I guess it’s the Bill Bell stamp. I personally still prefer his story telling back in the early 70s on Days as well. It’s never been matched. As long as the core families and characters are there I will watch. I stuck through 2006-2007 under Marie. It was painful. At least since there are glimmers of “our” show, I can watch. I predict an increase next week and that it will pretty much maintain it’s share in the key demos this year.

  • ragincajun

    Y & R has just had its best week in a long, long time, and it looks like it’s only going to get better with the fallout associated with the Ricky storyline and the big revelation of Phyllis’ hit and run of Paul and Christine many years ago. The one area where the show could improve immensely is to more effectively used its talented cast and to write consistently better storylines. I’m sick and tired of Victor’s winning all of the time, not everything has to revolve around him and the Newmans. Sharon has basically turned into GC’s version of Brooke Logan, and I can’t stand the character any longer. I love MM as Adam, SN as Tucker, and GF as Genevieve, and DM’s Harmony has potential, but they should not be getting major storylines at the expense of such fan favorites as the Fisher/Baldwins, Abbotts, Chancellors, and Jill.

  • Andy

    GH has been excellent to watch. It’s gotten more relationship based with Sonny/Kate, Sam/Jason/John/Liz/Ewen, Anna/Luke/Tracy and Michael/Starr. Still some mob stuff, and still some humor with Spinelli and Heather. It’s been awesome!

  • jaydawg

    no matter what, ya’ll think I LOVE GENERAL HOSPITAL!!
    i dont care what time it airs i will still watch…GO GH!

  • Bizzarr

    I pulling for GH! I like seeing john and todd and star on GH

  • Bizzarr

    Im a guy who likes soaps gh more then the rest I really like john on gh

  • Bart

    @ Pat: I have been watching “Y & R” since the summer of 1981 (I’m pushing 47) and I am amazed at how fall this show has fallen from grace. Maria Arena Bell is only a Bell by marriage, not blood – just want that out there.

    Her ‘stories’ are nothing but plot-driven machinations – her ‘great & new’ characters are one-dimension, loud and always have some sort of axe to grind.

    MAB has taken the character of Lauren and turned her into a quivering puddle of nerves (anyone here remember when SHE was the show’s go-to bitch? I do!!) and over the horrid character of DAISY?!? A character whose back story is even full of MORE holes than the gawd-awful stories themselves! Sorry, but I will never, ever believe that Daisy & Ryder are the demon spawn of Sheila Carter & Tom Fisher – NEVER!! They didn’t know one another back in 2005 when Sheila came down from Canada with Lauren’s son Scott! Now we are to believe they sired a twenty-somethings???? REALLY??

    That is just one of the many, many elements wrong with Maria Arena Bell’s ‘vision’ of “Y & R”. The show’s rating continue to drop year after year because of her ham-fisted writing – Mr. Bell is spinning in his urn!!

  • Sean


  • Reva

    Hate Gh with new writers. Gh should be cancelled.

  • Lisa

    @ Sean

    You may like GH (or should I say OLTL 2.0) in its current state and that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion, but that’s all it is-an opinion, not a fact. That does not mean that you’re going to convince everyone out there to watch and enjoy the show and agree with you. Not everyone shares your viewpoint about today’s GH, not by a longshot. Judging by the pathetic ratings, I’d say you’re in the vast minority.

  • h

    it really makes me mad how people say “i hate gh” blah blah blah. you all must not know good tv. i mean really. change is good. not bad. sheesh.

  • Sean

    @Lisa if you dont have anything nice to say…..DONT SAY ANYTHING TO ME!

  • maria

    I love todd and heather on gh! they have great chemistry and both r funny and crazy! They r also the only reason i watch gh. The rest of the cast and their storylines r really boring. They have even found a way to make carly boring. I hope they put her with todd they r great together. I also enjoy the chew and dont know why people r always comparing it with amc bc the ratings r similar. It seems the chew is doing better with the same numbers as amc but im sure it cost alot less bc there r only a handful of hosts to pay compare to nearly 20 or more people to pay on a soap

  • Kayla Rae

    I continue to believe that Days is THE best soap on tv, despite what the ratings say. A lot of people watch crappy tv so there is no accounting for taste.

    You rock, Days!

  • Kayla Rae

    Yes, Jan, I too will remain faithful to Days…I’ve been watching it since the first year it aired! Days will NOT be cancelled and will continue on for many years, mark my words. This week was so sad with Lexie dying…broke my heart. I will surely miss her.

    Days has been doing a fantastic job and I remain very proud of them! Go Days!

  • Kayla Rae

    GH bores me to tears!

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