Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Up in Viewers Except 'General Hospital'

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September 1st, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:

Week of August 20-24, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,505,000 (+194,000/+92,000)
2. B&B 3,284,000 (+213,000/+357,000)
3. DAYS 2,771,000 (+72,000/+331,000) *
4. GH 2,446,000 (-17,000/-22,000)

* Highest since the week of January 31-February 4, 2011

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (+.1/+.2)
3. DAYS 2.0/7 (same/+.2)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 850,000 (+26,000/-2,000)
2. B&B 645,000 (+19,000/+80,000)
3. DAYS 618,000 (+35,000/-15,000)
4. GH 574,000 (-17,000/-119,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.0/7 (same/+.1)
2. DAYS 1.0/6 (+.1/same)
4. GH 0.9/6 (same/-.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.

  • Sophie

    GH and Days are on the same time here. GH is the one I’ll watch, it’s getting so good! I won’t watch NBC shows any more. GO ABC!!!!!!

  • JayTN

    I don’t know when “The Chew” will officially begin its second season (I thought it was Sept. 10, but perhaps not), but the series will air new episodes this upcoming week, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4. “The View” begins its new season the same day, so perhaps “The Chew” does too. ABC will re-air that Fall 2012 Preview special, hosted by the gang from “The Chew”, in the 1:00 p.m. time slot tomorrow (Labor Day).

  • Aaron

    “Days is kicking GH’s butt!”
    I’d like to point out that this is the ONLY week in a while where Days’s ratings topped GH’s. A few weeks ago Days was down to 0.6s, GH has been consistent with 0.9s.

  • Kayla Rae

    How right you are, Jay, regarding the silly “argument” that the “GH ratings must be wrong because everyone I know is watching it!” Hysterical!!!

  • Kayla Rae

    Sorry, Aaron, but GH is tanking abysmally.

  • J

    I’m so very happy for Days. I hope the ratings continue to rise and earn the show a much-deserved renewal.

    I’m a huge fan of GH. I love what the current writers have done with the show. It is honestly the best it has been in years. I’m shocked and sad that more fans aren’t tuning in.

  • Amy

    I watch Y&R, Days, and B&B. I’m always happy with Y&R as I find it has the best actors and story lines, it is such a consistent soap and my favourite. I am in no way a Phyllis lover, but I’m very happy about the Phyllis/ Ronan pairing. They have such great chemistry together.

    As a dedicated 14 year Days viewer, I’m very impressed with the direction the soap is taken. The story lines are actually interesting and I cannot wait for the return of Kristen DiMera. Eileen Davidson was great as Ashley Abbott but Days really needed her to reprise the role of Kristen.

    As for B&B, I do not consistently watch anymore due to the same boring ass storyline between Steffy/ Liam/ and Hope. This love triangle has been going on for way too long, just choose one girl and move on. I wonder how the show is going to do after 1/2 the original core (Ridge and Stephanie) leave.

  • Richard

    One thing I find funny is that mostly with soaps when the ratings are up it seems the online audience is for the most part not happy with the show at that time.

    The majority of folks say the same thing about B&B online about how tired they are of the storyline but yet the ratings continue to go up.

    Makes you wonder if the online audience who is so tired of the mob, Jason, Sam, Sonny and Carly are accurate since it seems right now they have been diminished but the ratings continue to fall in the key demo? Does the general audience esp. in that key demo love them? Or is there another reason they aren’t tuning in now?

  • Stacy


    I do like the mob part of gh. I have always enjoyed Jason/Sam/Carly/Sonny. I know that some people are tired of the mob. The main reason i decided to watch days instead of gh starting Sept 10 is because Steve Burton is leaving and for me that takes out a big part of gh that i have always enjoyed.

  • Richard

    Stacy, I have not minded them as much as some. My biggest complaint was that they were just on all the time and I wanted to see other GH characters that I liked.

    Unfortunately with them being down in numbers we didn’t get the other GH characters we got a bunch of interlopers with the exceptions of Anna and Heather. But with Heather she is just a plot point and nothing really to her character. I like Heather better when she was more of a villain and not a looney tunes — like she was written in the 80’s with Scotty as her partner in crime.

    My biggest fear with Jason leaving is that even thought the budget will be cleared to beef up some others role on the show, my fear is we will either get another OLTL character or we will just see even more of Todd and John esp. John since they just seem to be grooming him to be a Jason replacement. Which works since both are lifeless in their acting. Burton used to be a great actor and he still can be when he wants but he has gotten lazy in his acting in the last few years. The only thing with Jason he does have ties to Port Charles family wise. I just don’t see the purpose for John McBain being there at all.

  • Richard

    Wow one of the new writers at Y&R who Jill and Griffith just brought to the show from Hollywood Heights doesn’t seem to think much of the show he was just hired to work for. He tweeted this today:

    “This soap opera I’m working on now is so old that the show’s bible is the actual Bible.”

    It just goes back to a discussion some of us were having a few weeks ago. It just seems like so many of these writers are there for the money now. The fans actually care about the shows more than the folks working on them. Yet many fans are so out of touch with it that they think all these actors, writers, producers, etc. are there because they love the shows they are working on. Most of them are just there to get a pay check and have even said they don’t even watch soaps or even watch the shows when they are not on.

    I don’t expect them to love the show or watch it, but at least if you are going to write the show care enough to put out something entertaining and true to the show and it’s characters.

  • Rachel


  • Brad

    So I’ve been thinking about it and I have to speak now. I am STILL ANGRY about the complete dismantling of ABC Daytime! It’s been almost one year since All My Children aired it’s final episode and I miss the show. ABC was loyal to it’s soaps. If you went online to the ABC store you could see that there was tons of merchandise for the three soaps.

    The soaps were LEGENDARY! No other network had soap operas that were ratings champs for that long. The ABC soap operas dominated the Nielsen ratings from the late 70s, through the 80s and most of the 90s. ABC Daytime was at it’s worst during Brian Frons tenure. All My Children was continuously mismanaged under him. He continued to hire Megan McTavish knowing good and well that the fans hated her and wanted Lorraine Broderick. Agnes Nixon even suggested that Lorraine write for the show!! But they pushed Agnes out of the soap.

    SOAPnet was constantly growing in the ratings with more and more people watching the Daytime soaps on SOAPnet, but for whatever reason they decided to phase SOAPnet out. I don’t think they realized that many carriers (DISH, DirecTV, Charter etc.) weren’t willing to give SOAPnet up. It just literally blows my mind that ABC Daytime has been destroyed. General Hospital just feels odd without the other two soap operas coming on before it. People were crushed to see that the sudsers were ending. Now they are giving the 3:00pm hour back to the affiliates. Brian Frons really screwed the network over in his final year as ABC Daytime president.

    ABC Daytime had the most loyal fans in history. All the promotions with the What If? & The cast making soundtracks, and the on-set tours, and the fan tours and cast meet & greets & the ABC Super Soap Weekend in Disney World….They did so many things to get fans active in their soap operas so it litterally blew my mind when ABC decided to shut two of them down. Broadcasting and Cable even stated that although the network touts The Chew as being near equal to AMC in total viewers that AMC had a significantly larger audience when DVR viewers were factored in. I don’t care what anyone says, those soaps still had a very big fanbase and audience. I just don’t understand. Maybe one day in the coming months ABC daytime will right their wrong but I doubt it. I’m actually ready for Katie to debut so I can see if she tanks or has good ratings. Either way I’m curious to see what ABC daytime looks like in 2013.

  • Shake It Up

    Katie’s ratings although their in syndication so it’ll be different should be interesting how they score.

    If The Chew didn’t have that comfortable news lead-in it would’ve failed just like GAA and The Revolution. GH is the only one to have proven it could stand on its own two legs due to its large growth out of its sad lead-ins.

    You can clearly see that ABC has learned from their mistakes because if they didn’t GH would’ve ended this Friday instead of continuing next Monday.

  • chris

    you cannot make that excuse brian frons did what he had to do both all my children and one life ratings were low and the chew is much more profitable then all my children the revolution failed because they were just bad shows and gaa is just filling in a time slot until september 10th. if people did not like a show they will not watch. so a lot of people like the chew even though its ratings are slightly lower and it has beated all my children numbers several time

  • Richard

    Brad, History doesn’t support your claim that no other network dominated the ratings as long.

    From history CBS has the #1 daytime drama soaps from at least 1951 to the late 70’s and then took back the spot when Y&R took over from ABC. CBS dominated the daytime ratings until the early 70’s when NBC started giving them some competition.

    And from my understanding many of the cable and satellite companies are just playing out their contract with ABC/Disney as far as SoapNet is concerned. Thus why some of them have both SoapNet and Disney Jr. But many cable companies had already moved SoapNet to the mid level tiers of shows on the lineup thus many who had basic packages no longer had the show anymore. That is why we lost it. Our satellite has both Jr. and SoapNet but they moved SoapNet from the basic package to a new tier that was about 20 dollars more. With many cutting back with the economy many were cut off from SoapNet even without the cable and satellite companies giving it up.

  • Chrisann

    Brad, Hi. I finally got over my anger at ABC for the way they canceled AMC and OLTL…..well kind of. I still won’t watch their network EXCEPT for GH.I love the Super Soap weekend. I loved watching Soapnet and seeing all the cast meet their fans. I see in my area Katie will air on NBC. I really don’t think she will get good ratings and I can’t wait to see how she does.

  • JayTN

    This is kind of off-topic, but with all the talk about the new syndicated series, it is kind of relevant.

    As I expected, our local ABC affiliate has ‘downgraded’ the sophomore (and retitled) talker “Anderson Live”. So much so, that it has been kicked off the main ABC station and instead will now only air on the MyNetwork TV affiliate (which is owned by the same people as the ABC affiliate). Also, as expected, “Katie” will air at 3:00 p.m., followed by “Ricki Lake” at 4:00 p.m.

    Steve Harvey’s new talk show will air on our Fox affiliate…at 9:00 a.m. in the morning (although it will be rerun on the CW affiliate at 1:00 p.m.). “The Jeff Probst Show” will air at 2:00 p.m. on the Fox affiliate. Ironically, “Steve Harvey” is produced by NBC, while “Probst” is from CBS. Apparently, the most high profile (i.e. big market) affiliates that will air “Probst” are affiliated with NBC.

    In an interesting move, “Live with Kelly!” is returning to our area after a two year absence. After formerly airing on the CBS affiliate, it returns tomorrow on our NBC affiliate.

    Until I started looking at the local affiliate daytime schedules, I never realized how many talk shows and court shows that there are. Unless these new talkers have two-year deals (like “Anderson Live” had last year), it will be interesting to see how long these freshmen last. This past season there were 13 syndicated talk shows and only 2 new ones (“Anderson” and “Jeremy Kyle”). “Kyle” ranks dead last and “Anderson” is tied for 9th place with “Steve Wilkos”. Overall, only one talk show was canceled and will not be back this fall…”Nate Berkus”.

  • Richard

    Our new schedule for ABC starting the 10th is:

    Live with Kelly
    The View
    The Doctors
    The Chew
    General Hospital
    Jeff Probst
    Dr. Phil

    Our ABC affiliate decided not to carry Katie at all. It is going to be on our NBC affiliate now. There was some talk this last week of the NBC affiliate moving Days up 1 hour which would have made it not against GH but that has changed and it will now air right before Katie and against GH and The Talk.

  • Gaius Bolling

    It’s interesting because some people don’t like the mob stuff but I LOVE IT. I like that it’s a fast paced and action packed soap. Maybe it’s because I’m a guy, but this angle intrigues me more and it really doesn’t feel like watching a soap to me. I know people want couples and romance and all that stuff but that can get boring. just my opinion though. for me, that promo looks excellent and im excited for what’s ahead

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