Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Up in Women 18-49 Viewers

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January 18th, 2013

via Soap Opera Network:

January 7–11, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,639,000 (+118,000/-148,000)
2. B&B 3,559,000 (+131,000/+225,0[00)
3. GH 2,856,000 (+96,000/+299,000)
4. DAYS 2,565,000 (+115,000/+141,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (+.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.1/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 906,000 (+111,000/+28,000) *
2. B&B 699,000 (+29,000/+47,000)
3. GH 680,000 (+8,000/+52,000)
4. DAYS 579,000 (+57,000/+29,000)

*New high for JFP/JG regime

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (+.2/same) *
2. B&B 1.1/6 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 1.1/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/5 (+.1/same)

*New high for JFP/JG regime


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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • MBmomof3

    @Jeff, agree 100%

  • JayTN

    Jeff…GH cannot legally bring on any OLTL characters without the approval or permission of Prospect Park, as long as that company leases the rights from ABC. That is why Prospect Park wants the OLTL characters already on GH to return to OLTL. However, the actors could opt to stay with GH, just in different roles. Talk about confusing for the fans. Todd Manning goes back to OLTL, but Roger Howarth stays on GH as a different character. What if OLTL2.0 is unsuccessful or Prospect Park lets the character return after several months?

    Any other OLTL characters appearing on GH – at least while Prospect Park has the OLTL rights and the series is airing on The Online Network – is most likely a pipe dream.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I missed a few eps of Y&R but I see that Adam and Chelsea are still standing in front of that couch having the exact same conversation they’ve been having since around or before Christmas. Someone — please fix this show!

  • Jeremy

    Y&R nearing 5million viewers? General Hospital nearing 3 million? YES! I hope this means soaps are making a comeback and these ridiculous chat and cooking shows are going to start losing out! Now bring back AMC and OLTL to television!

  • Derrick

    It’s almost 4 months since JG and JFP been on the helm. It still takes time. GH and Y&R are two DIFFERENT shows. Let them stay different. Y&R is doing better without GH!

    It’s not action-packed or entertaining like GH.

  • Jeff


    ABC/FV is trying to work out a deal with PP. The actors do not have to go back to PP at all. PP wants them back. PP does have rights to the characters, but ABC has rights to the actors. So, ABC is trying to get PP to give back those characters after a certain amount of time, and then persuade the actors to go do OLTL for that amount of time, then they will be able to come back to GH as the characters they are now. Kind of like a favor from ABC to PP with 3 very popular actors from OLTL. Not sure what will happen if that doesn’t work out. It’s in PP’s and ABC’s best interests for GH to succeed and for OLTL and AMC to succeed. I am hoping they can come to some mutually beneficial arrangement. Like wrap up Todd and Starr story on OLTL. Personally, I would like John to stay at OLTL. I think Sam with AJ or Patrick or Todd would be much better than with John.

  • robert sprague

    thank you ron and frank gh is fun again watching lucy and heather together is so great brilliant guys love it the mob story line isn’t front burner any more thank god hated it it used to be the sonny carly Jason show didn’t care to watch any im happy Jason is gone let y and r have him you guys have giving me my show back aka Robert anna Felicia lucy duke and heather it exciting to watch again and now laura scotty and frisco keep them coming and I will keep watching now if only we can keep them on the show I like the big cast even if there only on a couple days per week at least we get to see are favorite please frank and ron don’t let us down by letting them go now please ron and frank give us Jackie zeman back as bobbi please she has so many people in port Charles to connect with aka luke laura carly micheal lulu and now lucy please gh bring here back make me keep loving gh.and thanks again ron and frank for giving us are show back aka Robert ana Felicia duke lucy laura scotty frisco and the great robin mattson heather.keep heather on for ever please .

  • Pat

    I also prefer Y and R and its current pace of storytelling. The show has never been about action and plot driven messes. The ratings don’t have to be “spun” as they are holding up well.

    Today’s episode was one of the best since Josh started writing. Congrats and keep heading in the right direction!

  • JayTN

    Here we go again. I guess Shoynna is going to rebut every person who says something positive about Y&R. He or she doesn’t like it, so there cannot possibly be anyone who likes it, now can there?

    I stopped DVRing GH about a month ago because it was terrible and I actually don’t even miss it. That tells me all I need to know about the alleged greatness of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati. I doubt that GH is going to be #1 anytime soon, and even if it does becomes #1 (it has to get to #2 first) it will be because of audience losses at Y&R and B&B instead of any sort of “surge” by GH.

    By the way…tear out the front page of every newspaper in the country! A TV network released a press release full of “spin”. Uh, that is why press releases exist. There is not one press release that does not contain some sort of spin…some have less spin (if the ratings are good and don’t need a lot of “massaging”) and some have to get creative (if the ratings are bad and the network is looking for anything to brag about). All of this talk about “spin” is nothing but “spin” itself…trying to sell your point of view to other people, namely that Y&R sucks hard and GH is just so great.

  • Kelby

    Y&R and DOOL still stink! Still not watching!

  • JayTN

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, biotch!!!

    Shoynna is the prime example of some people on this board who give lip service to letting people have opinions, yet are intolerant of other people’s opinions. For the record, I don’t care what you do…I don’t really care about anything that you do or what TV shows you watch. However, if you take the time to post not one, not two, but numerous redundant posts, then obviously you do care.

    Just to level the playing field…GH sucks! Still not watching!

  • JayTN

    Also Shoynna, I would like to compliment you on your mature behavior. Telling people to GTHA (I have no clue what that – or BURS – means, although I have an idea about GTHA) is really mature for someone who claims to be in their 40s, since Y&R is 40 years old in March and you’ve been watching from the beginning.

  • Pat

    Why don’t we all just watch what we like? Too many people complaining on here. If you don’t like Y and R don’t watch. It has 4.5 mil that do. Get over yourselves.

  • Mike

    What I find most funny is people who gripe about people saying anything negative about their favorite show but then will turn around and heap all kind of negative remarks on another soap opera.

    If the only way you can prove that your show is good is by making another show look bad then to me you haven’t accomplished anything at all.

    I will never understand where some of you get that Y&R esp. in the past has been anything but entertaining. Y&R over the years has had even it’s campy moments, and yes it has had some long drawn out stories, but one thing I can say is that esp. up to the early 2000’s Y&R was anything but unentertaining. And the fact that it has been the number 1 soap opera for years and years proves that alone.

    I’m not pleased with everything on Y&R now. I do see some improvement and I am not fast forwarding through as much as I did a month ago. But it still has a long way to go before I will be happy with it. But even with all that just seeing promos and stuff from the other 2 shows (I already watch B&B) I don’t see anything that makes me want to pick them back up at any point. If I was to quit watching Y&R for now I would just watch B&B unless something changed. B&B even with the tired concept of the triangle is still the one soap that consistently entertains me.

  • jonboyelk

    How does a network “spin” ratings? They are what they are and, regardless of the bickering on here, Y&R still pulls in impressive numbers.

  • Derrick

    DAMN STRAIGHT, Shoynna

  • Mike

    Jonboy, Things like boasting the 18-34 numbers when a show falls in other areas. Or even when a show’s ratings drop they will put out press releases boasting that the show beat another in a particular demo.

    They spin it by focusing on something good to keep folks from looking at the minuses.

    The networks have done it for years. I can’t remember which show it was but recently a primetime special got it’s lowest ratings in 3 years but from the press releases that the network released you wouldn’t have known it. They made it sound like they set a record.

    The numbers spin is an easy way for the networks to generate buzz without having to pay for it. They write the releases and then send them out to websites and magazines, etc. and they print them. Many blame the websites but it is the spin doctors at the sites who write those press releases.

    Now what you have here is just a report that Soap Opera Network does reporting the numbers. They are what they are, but the network press releases are spin based on the numbers.

  • Kayla Rae

    I couldn’t agree with you more, @Cab. Days certainly is must-see tv and never fails to keep us watching! I cannot get enough of it! I knew DOOL would continue on past 2013 despite what all the Negative Nellies here were saying. Now I love to say to them: Told you so! Go Days…you remain the BEST soap on tv!

  • Kayla Rae

    @JayTN, you are so right about nasty Shoynna. I definitely agree with you. And I am in sync with you about GH as well. I keep trying to watch it but just cannot get through a full episode. Ugh! That Spinelli character REALLY irritates me…he needs to GO already!

    DOOL, on the other hand, rocks! Days knows how to do it right!

  • Reality

    I agree about all the negativity and complainers. If you dont like a show the QUIT WATCHING!! That simple. Life goes on… SoOme people here can dish it, but cetainly cannot take it. I only watch GH now. Quit watching DOOL since it became slow and boring to me. That is my opinion and I quit watching it. That gives me an hour more per day to do something else.

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