Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Down in Total Viewers

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March 21st, 2013

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via Soap Opera Network:

March 11-15, 2013

NOTE: There were Papal election interruptions/pre-emptions on Tuesday and Wednesday

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,366,000 (-183,000/+29,000)
2. B&B 3,380,000 (-152,000/+264,000)
3. GH 2,538,000 (-170,000/+290,000)
4. DAYS 2,177,000 (-386,000/-243,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.2/same)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.2/+.1)
3. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.7/6 (-.2/-.1)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 838,000 (+13,000/-78,000)
2. B&B 716,000 (+6,000/+21,000)
3. GH 604,000 (-11,000/+29,000)
4. DAYS 481,000 (-104,000/-75,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (same/same)
3. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/same)
4. DAYS 0.8/5 (-.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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • sofaspud

    I thought all that pope nonsense was the week before last.

  • Jeff

    If GH ratings don’t rise now, I am not sure what is wrong with soap fans. This show is on FIRE. Today’s episode rocked the house.

  • lm cee

    I stopped watching GH when Ron & Frank started pimping Michael Easton who has no chemistry with Kelly Monoco by the way. They may have had it once a long time ago on another soap but they don’t have it now same with Luke & Laura. They have run off 3 major characters and got rid of another one. So now we are minus 4 great characters. Ron is pimping the new ones instead of writing great stories for the vets. This soap sucks. It’s not the same vampires and DID. They can’t even come up with anything original. Well I guess Ron isn’t known as ReRon for nothing. Same stuff that was on OLTL is now on GH. Sad but I have watched this soap for 35+ years. I started watching with my grandma but this show just isn’t for me anymore.

  • David

    Im cee I don’t know what show you are watching but they have mixed the veterans in with the current characters. Next week will tell if the veterans help the ratings as they were the focus for most of this week. But GH has done a great job of mixing the characters. And it is still well up from last year and also is up from last week and last year in the women 18-34 one of the key demos that the networks look at.

    Basketball did not preempt CBS programming last week. That started this week. The only preemptions last week were for the Pope on Tuesday and Wedsnesday. The ratings for this week which will be out next week will only count Young And the Restless’s 3 days of airings.

    Big drop for Days. I am surprised as Kayla and others have been saying how great it is. I have not had the chance to check it out but that show took the biggest hit.

  • David

    GH was great today with the return of Tyler Christopher as Nikolas GH writers and producers have stated there are more surprises to come in the next couple of weeks. The word of Tyler Christopher’s return stayed off the internet until today and I understand they are doing everything they can to keep the remaining surprises quiet as long as possible.

  • b/b

    Post sweeps deflation and preemption. Reality television is dying itself. Variety has decreased ratings for everyone but if the networks give up soaps for cheaper programming they will have no lead in for primetime and may as well be in deep cable.these last soaps will remain.

  • diana

    last week on GH there was NO Frisco&Felicia, NO Luke&Laura. I agree with the person who said “let’s see what the ratings are will be like for THIS week, which was ‘vet-heavy'”. I’ll bet they improve.

  • Sophie

    I’m really loving GH so much! They are doing a great job mixing everyone together. The Vets and Newbies. This was a great week. So sorry tho to see Lulu go. Especially with Laura back. So excited for GH 50th! I tried watching Days, it’s boring with so much Jennifer and Daniel, just don’t see it. And I don’t care for Ejami. Wish Lucas was on more, and John! I can see why the ratings went down on that show.

  • David

    @Sophie Lulu is not going just the actress who portrays here Julie Berman has opted to leave. However a new actress has been case in the role of Lulu

  • Sophie

    Yes I know she is being replaced, but I love Julie. She is such a great actress. That’s why I love GH so much. I love the Vet’s and the younger ones. Unlike Days they have Gabbie and Nick. Who are just ok. And Will and Sonny who are the best on Days. I just really love GH right now, it’s like old times with Scotty, Bobbi, Luke and Laura. I hope the ratings continue to climb!

  • diana

    I’m with you Sophie, I used to watch DAYS but there’s nothing for me there any more. Dannifer, Ejami, WilSon, Nick&Gaby, Kate&Rafe, Brady&Kristin, all their couples are blah blah blah. (JMHO!)

  • robert

    Not surprised the ratings are down. Their were preemptions last week. You can see the pope coverage was on the days the ratings were really down.

  • LynTX

    Don’t the networks and Neilson footnote ratings affected by pre-emptions? Didn’t notice papal pre-emption in my area. This is spring break time, but I see the key demo 18-49 wasn’t really affected (with exception of DOOL). Viewers appear to be following returns and ‘events’, not the shows. Even with all of the promos just unfortunate with 2 soaps celebrating milestones.

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  • James

    I imagine GH will hit 2.6 or 2.7M in the next week ratings.

    I think GH is good. Y&R is almost as good.

  • Sophie

    GH was soooo good on Fri. So many Vets, you can tell the 50th is coming. GH knows
    how to treat there Vets… GOOD JOB GH!!!!!

  • Kayla Rae

    DOOL has remained so very good lately! As for GH, after reading all the praises being heaped on them by several of you on this site, I decided to try and watch it more recently, especially with GH’s 50th coming up.

    Sorry, but it has been a big disappointment for me. I just can’t get into it anymore like I did in the old days. It has lost its luster and bores me again and again. I just don’t see its appeal.

    I’ll stick with Days which is on fire! Lovin’ everything about it!

  • Kevin A.

    I’m with Gary. That frickin’ pope business screwed everything up. I mean who the hell cares!!!! Did a new pope immediately change anything in the world, or will it?! NO! I wonder if NCAA basketball gets more viewers than soaps. Didn’t care for that either.

  • Kayla Rae

    I agree with you, Kevin A., I don’t give a man’s arse about the stupid pope…or lame basketball for that matter.

  • Harlee

    David quote “Basketball did not preempt CBS programming last week. That started this week. The only preemptions last week were for the Pope on Tuesday and Wedsnesday. The ratings for this week which will be out next week will only count Young And the Restless’s 3 days of airings.”

    You are wrong my friend because Y&R was pre-empted in the markets in cities holding NCAA sectional tournaments and now this week is with again in different city of Dayton, will be pre-empted. You take this and the Pope well Y&R was pre-empted for 2.5 days of that rating period.

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