Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Up From Last Week

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December 22nd, 2012


via Soap Opera Network:


December 10 – December 14, 2012

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,372,000 (+193,000/-93,000)
2. B&B 3,258,000 (+196,000/+238,000)
3. GH 2,657,000 (+119,000/+262,000)
4. DAYS 2,369,000 (+90,000/+136,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (+.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.0/6 (+.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (+.1/+.1)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 804,000 (+92,000/+7,000)
2. B&B 667,000 (+121,000/+105,000)
3. GH 610,000 (+1,000/-36,000)
4. DAYS 549,000 (+45,000/+21,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (+.2/+.1)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 1.0/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/5 (+.1/+.1)




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.

  • moshane58

    thanks for that link Mike.Intersting to read they are considering the older age demo on ratings.Especially since we do watch more Television and more secure in spending.Neilsen did write an article where it was a mistake to ignore us and now maybe they are listening.ets hope it will turn television around and get less shows cancelled.

  • Cass rowlwland

    how can the chew and gh be down when all the other sources say their up

  • Jenny G

    Anyone know what happened to the message board for DOOL on NBC.com? It is no longer there.

  • jonboyelk

    Just curious: on average, how many days a week do you watch your daytime show? I just can’t fathom this 100 thousand viewers down one week, then one thousand down the next. As for me, I watch two shows five days a week so I don’t get how there can be such fluctuation.

  • Mike


    I DVR B&B and Y&R every day, but I hardly ever watch all of Y&R at all. I try to watch them each day but sometimes I don’t get to them on the weekend esp. Y&R.

    I can definitely see it as I know many people both online and real life or just tune in when something is exciting. They are not faithful watchers of their shows every day anymore. And they can’t be blamed for that as for years now the shows have not done much to keep many viewers wanting to tune in everyday.

    The stuff between the payoffs and conclusions of stories is just not interesting many times.

  • Pat

    Great to see the CBS shows up so much over last week. Almost 200,000 viewers is a lot. I’m just confused why the ratings seems to jump up and down so much. It’s almost like the measuring methods are flawed. Most people I know watch the soaps daily, so it’s puzzling.

    I know demos are important, but to me it’s still about total viewers. I think if all shows can maintain at least around that 2.0 showing, they won’t be going anywhere. It’d be great to see Y and R back up close to 4.0, but it seems people’s opinion of the new team are mixed. I personally think the show’s writing is more consistent even though it’s been only about three months under Josh. Keep it going Y and R!

  • LynTX

    Happy Holidays Everyone!

    I guess I fall into the category of an ‘unfaithful viewer’. I find myself trying to make sense of the various s/ls when I know I shouldn’t try! So I become uninterested whne the only fall back plot seems to be “make a woman” look weak and immature!!

    But I do hope for better writing and that all soaps see a resurgence in 2013.

  • Leighton

    WOW! This is starting to look like its really going to happen now. These last couple of breaking stories with more information on the move to taping in Connecticut and AMC hiring Ginger Smith as the new showrunner kind of confirms unofficially that AMC and OLTL are definitely coming back but I still have two questions.

    When will they be coming back and where they will be coming back?

    I think what’s going to happen is that the soaps will start back online in the spring and then ABC will try to put them back on television either in the summer or in the fall so that pretty much means that The Chew is either in trouble or Katie is in trouble or might get moved to other affiliates in many markets where its airing on ABC behind General Hospital. Hopefully they move into The Chew’s spot since they will be 30 minutes long and they can air before GH instead of after in that weak timeslot.

  • Kayla Rae

    I sure did especially enjoy today’s episode of DOOL featuring the always-heartwarming hanging of the ornaments on the Horton family holiday tree. I must say, the actress portraying Nicole is one heck of a performer…she truly deserves an emmy! She is so good! I had tears in my eyes for much of the show as I was so stirred by the authentic performances. Thanks, Days!

  • Mike

    Lyn Tx,

    Unless someone running daytime suddenly gets a brain and gets out of this thing of hiring the same worn out tired writers over and over I doubt we will ever see good writing on the 4 remaining shows again.

    Even the folks that are running Prospect Park now are saying they want veterans who have worked with the shows before. And they want fi-core writers. That could leave us with Megan McTavish back at AMC and Dena Higley back at OLTL. Both drove ratings down on those shows. Both are fi-core. And both have been hired and fired by so many shows repeatedly.

    And both would probably jump at the chance to do the shows again if Prospect Park gives them a chance.

    There are so many talented writers out there who have written for soaps and are unemployed. Why in the world can’t they get some of them and quit using the same ones over and over.

  • Timothy Wade

    I think these shows will be coming back for sure but I’m still unsure of the whole PP situation as far as ABC using PP to get the shows back on their network(s). Are they using PP to cover production costs so they can only pay for the cheap license fees. I hear this is why DAYS keeps coming back every year because of the cheap license fees.

    ABC would literally only have to pay like $10 million a year just to air them without paying a dime on production costs.

  • Mike

    Why are people posting the same exact posts here and in the Prospect Park thread too?

  • jonboyelk

    I can’t imagine not watching 5 days a week. I might miss something, especially with GH, which moves very quickly.

  • robert

    It’s good to see all the soaps up.

  • JayTN

    My opinions on the Prospect Park/ABC soaps situation is simply “I’ll believe it when I see it”. On paper, the idea looks good – similar to the arrangement that DirecTV had with “Passions” after NBC canceled it. However, I don’t think either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” will ever wind up back on ABC, regardless of their running times.

    Someone like Robert or Bill can correct me if this is incorrect, but Prospect Park has licensed (or leased) the rights to AMC and OLTL from ABC and that lease runs out in early 2013, although ABC has reportedly extended the lease until the end of February 2013 in order to give Prospect Park more time to possibly get the two soaps back up and running. If AMC and OLTL do get up and running, Prospect Park’s lease will have to be renewed, which would require ABC to actually pay Prospect Park to air the two soaps. Also, if ABC is just callously using Prospect Park to get AMC and OLTL back into production (which I do not believe), would that even be possible? Surely the contracts the the acting and directing unions have signed or agreed to are with Prospect Park, not ABC. Other deals and contracts would also be signed with Prospect Park, which would require everything to be renegotiated if ABC was simply using the company to do all of the “heavy lifting” required to get the soaps back on the air.

    Personally, if AMC and/or OLTL do return, I would expect it to be either on-line exclusive or shared with a niche cable network (like Oxygen, WE, or OWN).

    For the record, ABC cannot do anything with “Katie”, as its time slot (if it airs on ABC after “General Hospital”) is outside of the network’s control. ABC gave up that 3:00 p.m. hour last fall in a bid to entice its affiliates to air “Katie” at that time. Even if “Katie” is moved, it would be the doing of the local affiliate, not the network – and it would be that local affiliate, not the network, that would be responsible for finding a replacement for “Katie”.

    Mike…I agree about the “recycling” of writers. I believe it has led to a “dumbing down” of soap writing, which has led to an exodus of viewers. In addition to being fired by multiple soaps, there are even writers who have been fired more than once from the SAME soap.

  • lampshade

    KaylaRae, I totally agree DOOL’s Christmas episode is always heart-warming, and Nicole is a great character. Not feeling Dannifer, though.

    Like everyone, I want to see the resurgence of the soap genre continue.

    JayTN ans Mike. Yes, I’m with you on the recycling of writers-very little new writing blood is added. If a writer has a track record of failure, I can see no reason why they should be rehired.

  • Mike

    Jay TN,

    I just wonder why Prospect could not complete a deal with the WGA or even if they have tried again. Having to limit themselves to fi-core writers and wanting someone familiar with the shows really limits their choices.

    Also there has been nothing said about the trade unions for lighting and other aspects. Those will have to be worked out too esp. for Connecticut where they will be filming.

    We actually know more this go around but there are still so many more details to be worked out before this can actually get under way.

    As far as the other, I don’t know how any of that would work out if at the end of Prospect Park’s contract with ABC didn’t want to continue licensing the shows to PP. Maybe they have some kind of thing in there that they have to continue as long as Prospect wants the rights. Since Prospect has done shows before surely they were smart enough to protect themselves in that case.

  • Mike

    Oh and I just have to say this about my favorite show Y&R.

    I have tried to give Jill Farren Phelps a chance despite all I know and have heard about her.

    Even though so many predicted who her first firings would be I didn’t mind so much as I agreed that some of those characters were just bad fits.

    I also read the interview she did with the TV Guide guy and I thought well maybe some of the things said about her were not so true.

    But even in that article she said Genie and she were fine and indicated Genie was safe.

    She just acted as if in that interview the things said about her were so untrue. Esp. the Friends of Jill thing. But every hire she has done for the most part has been one of her friends.

    And now announced today we are getting Steve Burton. I don’t know about him in the past few years as I have not watched GH. He used to be a decent actor when I watched him years ago on GH, but sorry I just don’t see him as a fit for Y&R.

    I will continue to try to look at it with a glimmer of hope until I hear what character he is going to play.

    But I still have to say the woman is the most predictable woman in the business. So far everything that fans who have watched said would happen have happened.

  • JayTN

    Mike…I don’t really have a problem with Jill Farren Phelps’ work so far on Y&R. The soap does seem to be better than when Maria Arena Bell was calling the shots, although it isn’t perfect (i.e. the casual dress at work storyline), but neither are the other 3 soaps. As the old saying goes, Y&R didn’t get in its current situation overnight and it can’t be fixed overnight.

    I have not heard the Y&R/Steve Burton news, but I don’t have a problem with producers/writers hiring people that they have worked for previously…it’s just a necessary evil it seems, as a lot of people do it. Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati did it when they brought over the OLTL actors/characters to GH. The Bells have done it by swapping characters (i.e. Sheila, Lauren, Amber, etc.) and actors (i.e. Heather Tom) between Y&R and B&B. Even production companies do it, as Sony essentially fired Eileen Davidson from Y&R so that “Days” could hire her (both shows are produced by Sony). Many years ago when NBC canceled “Another World”, producer Proctor & Gamble moved some AW characters over to CBS’s “As the World Turns” (not really a stretch as AW was originally conceived as a spin-off of ATWT). A hand full of actors/characters have also moved between the ABC soaps (i.e. Skye Quartermaine moved from GH to AMC while Tracy Quartermaine appeared on “The City” as well as GH).

  • Mike

    Jay TN,

    I know what you mean about that last and as I said I agreed with her on some of the firings as they were problems with the show and needed to go. I just think she is predictable.

    As far as the other. I was not watching full episodes of Y&R a few months back while it was still MAB’s baby. But so far there is nothing that has happened with this new regime that has made me change my practice. I find the show just blah. There is nothing that just makes me want to tune in.

    I don’t even want to use the term boring because I loved the show under Bell and his proteges and then it could be slow. But today it is not just slow but the things that made Y&R special just aren’t there.

    There is not one character left beyond Kay that I really care about anymore. Just nothing making me want to tune in.

    As far as the other soaps I can’t speak but for B&B. After the STephanie stuff it hasn’t been as entertaining either. But still watchable for me.

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