Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Up From Last Week in Women 18-49

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December 7th, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:


November 26 – November 30, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, soaps only aired Monday-Wednesday

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,376,000 (-2,000/-47,000)
2. B&B 3,280,000 (+74,000/+197,000)
3. GH 2,751,000 (-8,000/+447,000)
4. DAYS 2,337,000 (-10,000/-122,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (+.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.0/6 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 762,000 (+24,000/-41,000)
2. GH 641,000 (+23,000/-10,000)
3. B&B 621,000 (+3,000/+81,000)
4. DAYS 584,000 (+51,000/-3,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/7 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (same/+.2)
2. GH 1.0/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (+.1/same)



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.

  • jonboyelk

    Supposedly FV is genius with budgeting a show so hopefully hes succeeding with GH. Wasn’t budgeting the undoing of Maria Bell at the Y&R?

  • jonboyelk

    So, really, what’s the issue with the three OLTL characters on GH? They aren’t monopolizing screen time. And its only three!!! Soaps get new characters all the time. It’s what keeps them going, having someone new for the veterans to play off of. Todd Manning is a great character played by a wonderful actor. You can’t take your eyes off if him.

  • Amanda

    Wow! I agree with the person who says this board is as exciting as the soaps!

    I moved over to GH after OLTL was cancelled. I was thrilled that three beloved cast members were moving into Port Charles and I think the writer and producer have done wonders with the show. I love the move away from the mob, and I even have to admit that Carly has chemistry with Todd.

    All in all, the show is fun and I look forward to watching it every day, which I think is the most important thing here.

    As for knocking down a soap to build up another, I agree, it’s infantile and stupid. I want all the remaining shows to stay on the air. I wish I had more time to watch them all!

    That said, I did boycott ABC, aside from GH. It’s a personal thing for me, and I’ve admittedly been fairly political about it, as far as writing letters, phone calls and so forth. If someone doesn’t agree with it, that’s fine. It’s not my job to make you stop watching a network, but I enjoy having the ability to voice my dissatisfaction with ABC’s decimation of the daytime drama. I think the reason ABC got the brunt of this was because they cancelled two shows at once, and for many of us, it was a jaw-dropping move! Even Hoover vacuums pulled their advertising! So many of us have our reasons for doing what we do. It does not make us better or worse, and I’m disappointed when I see people put down fans like myself who want to be more active in voicing concerns.

  • JayTN

    Amanda…I agree with you, especially on the boycott aspect. I don’t mind people boycotting a network or corporation, but in this instance, I don’t really think a boycott is going to impact ABC a great deal. In large part because the boycott is not really an organized effort…it’s mainly individuals making a statement about their dissatisfaction. It’s one thing – in my opinion – to take part in a boycott, and an entirely different thing to take credit for the failure of “The Revolution”, which was largely panned by critics and reportedly underwent massive retooling before it even hit the air. “The Revolution” was simply a poorly conceived idea that was clumsily introduced by ABC. “The Revolution” is the only recent soap replacement to fail…”The Talk”, “Let’s Make a Deal” and even “The Chew” have all flourished after replacing a soap opera. Hoover did indeed pull their advertising from ABC, but I’m not aware of any others that followed suit (not saying that others didn’t, but they were not publicized), but Hoover did refuse to say how much money that had invested in advertising, so their actions may have been more of a publicity stunt than anything else.

    With that being said, I encourage boycotts. There are several corporations that I boycott out of principles. Although I tend to stay clear of boycotting networks…If I boycotted a network every time a series I watched was canceled, I would spend all my free time reading books or other activities besides watching television. So, I don’t necessarily believe that calling a particular boycott “ineffective” is the same as “putting down fans”. Calling it “stupid” or “dumb” could be considered “putting down fans”, but I don’t think I have ever used that language or that that is what Robert meant with his statement about boycotts.

  • Mike

    @Amanda, I don’t call any fans stupid in their activities in the boycott. My problem with fans were the ones who put down others shows or make comments like the ones I posted about.

    As far as boycotts I don’t participate in them concerning TV shows or networks. For one I agree with Robert that I don’t think they work. And 2nd if I am going to boycott it is going to be over something important. I don’t see a TV show being cancelled to be a worthwhile effort. It’s a TV show. I wouldn’t even boycott a TV show if I found it offensive, I would just turn the channel.

    I agree with Jay TN, if I boycotted a network over a show being cancelled I would be boycotting every network and wouldn’t have anything left to watch. I’ve lost game shows to soap operas. I lost soap operas to game and talk shows. I have even lost soaps that were in effect replaced by other soaps (i.e. Another World and Sunset Beach were basically both cancelled so that NBC could get Passions). Each time it was because the networks thought they could make more money off the new show than they did the old.

  • Amanda

    Hi JayTN and Mike! Thanks for your quick responses!

    I totally understand why someone wouldn’t boycott a network, and that’s up to them. I am part of a small group that are fairly organized and send out letters to the networks, advertisers, etc. It actually makes me feel pretty good. I would never say we brought down the Revolution, but I do know that aside from bad press and ratings, the network did get many letters from people such as myself, and of course I like to think we had a part in voicing disdain for the dumb program that replaced a show I watched loyally for 30 years.

    I also agree that there are bigger issues, and it’s not like I’m just working on this one thing. I’m not a super political person who goes around sending letters and stuff, but if I feel passionate about something, I do pursue it.

    I also know that as much as I love television (well, retro television and daytime dramas), TV is just a business. But we also live in a time where we can communicate more with the networks, so I have chosen to do so.

    I’m sorry if I misunderstood the original boycott post as well. There was a lot of back and forth going on and I probably mixed up the original post about someone putting down another soap with the other chain of conversation. Again, my apologies.

    Now excuse me while I dust off my protest signs! ;)

  • Mike


    I am not sure how my problem with what OLTL fans posted on sites turned into an attack on the OLTL characters on GH. I guess some just look for any excuse to bring that old argument up.

    I actually don’t have an opinion one way or the other about the OLTL characters on GH. I haven’t watched GH in years and quit OLTL in 2010. I don’t care for those particular OLTL characters at all, but how well they are doing on GH I have no opinion on.

    I don’t watch GH under the OLTL team simply because I don’t think I would like it as I don’t like Ron C.’s style of writing. That is why I quit OLTL.

    My only opinion was on the actions of the posters. I don’t care whether OLTL helped or hurt GH, to me it doesn’t matter one way or the other — the important thing to me is that for some reason GH has a better chance of not being cancelled now. I am still not convinced that it is fully safe but I do think things look better.

    I am just so over this feud between GH and OLTL fans and tired of reading about it and seeing it. In the same way I am tired of seeing GH and Days fans put one another’s shows down. And tired of even the recent posts like I saw the other day under some of the Y&R celebration posts of so many years. Some just come on to the threads to post Y&R SUCKS — GH ROCKS. Or something similar. It is childish and immature.

    And the sad thing is that some of these folks come on with the guise they want all soaps to survive.

    It is sad that some folks don’t seem to think their show is good enough to survive on its own. The only way it can look good is by putting down another show. It’s the same as saying my show is bad but at least it is not as bad as yours.

    If a person thinks that is going to make me want to watch their show or support it, it doesn’t. In fact when I see childish behavior and arguments like that, it has the opposite effect for me. I don’t want any part of it.

  • Da Truth

    I don’t even want to comment as JayTN the soap fan hunter is on. I say something good about the soaps he will knock it down. SMH!

  • Mike

    I started posting on this site last February when Ron/Frank took over GH. Now someone who writes and give opinions just like our friend Richard is using the name Mike. Coincedence? I think not. I’ll change over to another name so no one thinks the person whose just like Richard, constantly bashes GH is me. Good try Richard but I wish you’d used another name.

    No matter what you say, I know it’s you. The writing style and opinions are identical.

  • JayTN

    Da Truth…I see things haven’t changed much. If someone does not agree with something and expresses it, somehow that persons opinion doesn’t count as much as yours or that person is evil or had an agenda that they are promoting. What’s more, one cannot even carry on a conversation with someone else, hence Mike’s line of “no matter what you say, I know it’s you”…how is someone supposed to respond to that when the person who said it has made clear that he has his opinion and nothing is going to change it.

    What I have never understood is why do people think that not bestowing endless praise onto someone – usually in this case Valentini and Carlivati – is going to have any real, practical effect. Is GH going to get canceled because people type negative comments about them on-line?

    Taking a pge out of Mike’s playbook, no matter what you guys say, I know that all of you foaming at the mouth, irrational GH fans are merely disgruntled OLTL fans who have still not gotten over the fact that ABC canceled your prescious soap, so you have now taken your my-way-or-the-highway mentality – bourne out of years of complaining that ABC treated the oh-so-fabulous OLTL as a “red headed step-child” – over to GH and try to bully and browbeat those who express any opposing viewpoints because Frank Valentini is God, which probably makes Ron Carlivati Jesus.

  • santa25

    BLAH BLAH BLAH JayTN shut up dude nobody wants to listen to you. I haven’t even heard a decent soap debate on here since you came back. STFU! If you don’t like it then go away dude.

  • JayTN

    santa25…in order for me to have “came back”, I would have had to have “left”, which I didn’t.

    I thought you people valued “freedom of speech” and the ability to “debate” and “talk” about the soaps. I guess you only espouse those principles when it is you doing the “speaking”, “debating” or “talking”.

    If “nobody wants to listen” to me, then why do you respond and make yourself look like an idiot, a jerk, and uneducated? I guess I must have touched a nerve with my comments about some of the more crazy OLTL fans out there.

    The reason you “haven’t even heard a decent soap debate” on this site is because people such as yourself won’t allow any “debate”. Your idea of “debate” is “I said it and that settles it”.

    I hate to disappoint you santa – what are you going to do? Leave coal in my stocking? That would be pretty hard since I don’t actually believe in you anymore. I don’t have any plans to “go away”. In fact, your behavior has actually made me more resolved to stay awhile, if for no other reason than to make all of you mouth foaming OLTL crazies a little more crazy.

  • Chrisann D

    Amanda, When OLTL and AMC were canceled I was lost….I boycotted ABC (except GH) So I get where you are coming from. I still don’t watch ABC (except GH) I too don’t know if any boycott makes a difference but like you I feel better for expressing my feelings. Who knows, it may have made ABC think twice about canceling GH when the ratings weren’t as good as they are now. I am sure they didn’t want anymore bad press. Good for you for voicing your opinion through communicating with the network! Long live the daytime dramas!!

  • santa25

    you wrote a paragraph just to explain yourself, WOW!

  • David

    At the fake Mike aka the GH hater Richard I just wanted to say welcome back, I have missed you! Nice to see you still cannot accept the job Ron and Frank are doing! Give it a rest will you! You and JatTN would hate on GH if it was doing a 10 rating gets so old after awhile! Glad to have you back Richard such a great Christmas present to us all!

  • Sophie

    It’s funny I boycott NBC cuz of the way they treat people. I’ve turned off the today show, Good Morning America is way better anyway. I stopped watching Days and watch GH. Todays show on GH, it’s going to keep going Up, and Up in ratings. It’s sooo good. It seems I hear nothing but complaints about Days. All over the boards the fans don’t like Kristen and Brady. I’m glad I quit watching Days!

  • Troy Turner

    Jay-there you go insulting people’s intelligence again. You say you want the right to express your opinion. That’s fine, but you’re not expressing legitimate opinion, you and others are promoting an anti-soap agenda-and it’s up to those of us that are actually WORKING to save the soaps to expose it for what it is…

  • JayTN

    Troy Turner (a.k.a. santa25, Cerna, Da Truth, Dave), how am I insulting people’s intelligence? How am I not expressing a legitimate opinion? Who says it isn’t legitimate? You and your sock puppets? And looking over the last 3 pages, how are any of my comments “negative about the ABC soaps” or “promoting an anti-soap agenda”?

    My comments are that there is nothing that ABC soap boycotters can point to to show that this boycott has had any sort of impact. That is illegitimate because I’m not saying the “party” line that ABC sucks and all of their shows – which I am assuming would include GH – will get canceled.

    I seems as though some people cannot handle it unless people heap endless praise on GH and its producers and writers. If you do not do that you are deemed a “hater” or a “loser”. What I find truly funny is these people continue to insist that they want to have a debate. Perhaps Troy should buy a dictionary and find out what the word debate actually means. That gets tiring to read as well.

    For the most part GH is the only soap that people seem to argue about. People can say Y&R sucks, B&B sucks and “Days” sucks and while people may defend these soaps they are not called “losers” or told that they “suck” and told to leave. I’m not insulting people’s intelligence like Troy wants people to think I am, but it does make someone question how mature some of these GH viewers are.

    Since I have gotten 5 – count ’em 5 – responses and all 5 of them nasty, that tells me I hit a nerve, otherwise why would these people (or should that be person) take time that they could be watching and recording and re-watching GH to bother to respond to me. I’m not being negative, that has simply become their “go to” excuse to call people names and bully others. As long as you all are here spreading lies as fact and trying to bully people, I’ll be here to tell the truth and let you know that you cannot drive me away like you did Richard.

  • Mike

    @Jay TN,

    Good luck man. As I said a few weeks ago, I lurked here for a long time and the very thing that has happened here this week is the very reason I only lurked. I refuse to even try to post with folks like the ones in this thread who have not just little intelligence but no intelligence at all. People like Troy Turner, David, Santa25, and Da Truth have none at all and are just trolls who post stuff just to get a rise out of someone. I refuse to give the idiots the pleasure.

    Sadly I think the days of intelligent soap discussion are over. And it is because of these idiots who are coddled and given free reign on just about every soap opera site you go too. Obviously these boards are so in need of comments they allow it to go on. Sad that people have accused soap opera fans of being loons and lunatics for years. People like these just prove their point.

  • jonboyelk

    Keep up the catty bickering, dudes. It’s great reading for a few chuckles whilst on my lunch break. There’s more drama here than on all four soaps put together!

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