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

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April 26th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

April 15-19, 2013


Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,237,000 (-293,000/-67,000)
2. B&B 3,382,000 (+21,000/+400,000)
3. GH 2,678,000 (-192,000/+450,000)
4. DAYS 2,439,000 (-30,000/+63,000)

1. Y&R 3.1/10 (-.2/-.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/+.1)
3. GH 2.0/7 (-.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/+.1)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 818,000 (-33,000/-82,000)
2. GH 672,000 (-49,000/+94,000)
3. B&B 641,000 (-47,000/-74,000)
4. DAYS 548,000 (-28,000/+29,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (same/-.1)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/+.2)
3. B&B 1.0/6 (-.1/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/+.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.

  • David

    @TVGord in New England I can verify that Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut all had preemptions. If they are preempted those numbers do not get counted. I can tell you here in Massachusetts all of the network affiliates stuck with all day coverage all week.

    As for other areas I have heard about preemptions of all the soaps from Y&R, Days, and B&B to GH.

    In the end it doesnt matter because GH stil had the highest gains from one year ago. I don’t care what you queston I can tell you there were preemptions in many markets.

  • mrebbie

    All soap operas suck waste of tv air space and all soaps will be gone by 2020.

  • Jeff

    @TV GORD,

    GH was preempted 2 days (Mon and Fri), along with B&B. In addition, the soaps were not seen much in the NE part of the country last week. It’s not an excuse, those are just facts. Those preemptions and missed airings in part of the country did take a toll on all the soaps’ ratings last week.

    Good for 3 of the 4 soaps still being up in viewers over last year and GH and Days for being up in the 18-49 category anyway.

  • maria

    Is brenda and sonny back togther if not i will pass on gh until todd returns

  • robert

    Not surprised the soaps were down with all of the preemptions. I expected much worse.

  • MBmomof3

    Don’t forget the fertilizer plant explosion and tornado coverage. I’m sure there were several markets with local preemptions beyond the national coverage.

    I sure will miss SOAPnet, but I do watch online. Won’t help the ratings though. I’m not a Nielson household, so it’s a moot point I suppose.

    Still loving the soaps & can’t wait for my reboots on Hulu Monday ????.

  • Joseph

    I would think that this past week’s (April 22nd-26th) and next week’s (April 29th-May 3rd) soap viewing will rebound.

    Besides soaps being pre-empted in New England and (depending on news developments) interrupted or cut-off elsewhere, many people who normally watch soaps may have been watching CNN, Fox News Channel, or MSNBC instead for news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath.

  • Joe Petitjean

    Then TV Gord, u do not GH fans If ABC will have air last Fri Episode and about 20 mins into GH ABC cut into GH for a Special Bulletin the fans would have been mad as hell.

  • Stephen Judson

    In NY they didn’t air GH on Monday and I think they didn’t air it on Friday due to coverage of the bombers reeking havoc in Boston at night. NY is one of GH’s biggest markets, so yeah ratings were going to go down.

  • Kevin A.

    Not surprised Y&R fell. It’s an absolute snooze fest. How many days can we watch the same people having the same exact conversations over and over again? It’s so painful. Why is it Y&R waits for sweeps month to increase the pace of it’s storytelling?

  • Greg

    Can’t wait for AMC and OLTL to return MONDAY APRIL 29th!!!! Watch it free on HULU!!! Or pay to see them on ITunes or HULU Plus.

    I am so excited about their returns……..and really hope this is the wave of the future for soap operas!!!!

  • Mike

    Joe Petitjean and Stephen Judson

    GH was not down due to Friday or Monday. Nielsen did not even count those ratings for GH.

    Here are the dailies for last week:

    Tuesday: 2.4/3,442,000
    Wednesday: 2.5/3,449,000
    Thursday: 2.4/3,254,000

    Monday: 1.8/2,317,000
    Tuesday: 2.0/2,536,000
    Wednesday: 1.7/2,293,000
    Thursday: 2.0/2,583,000

    Tuesday: 2.0/2,579,000
    Wednesday: 2.0/2,614,000
    Thursday: 2.1/2,840,000

    Monday: 3.1/4,210,000
    Tuesday: 3.2/4,439,000
    Wednesday: 3.1/4,099,000
    Thursday: 3.1/4,164,000

    The days that no rating is listed the show either was majorly effected or didn’t air. So Nielsen did not count those days.

    On the other days the shows were only preempted for short times or only in certain areas. So Nielsen counted those days. But days like Friday and Monday didn’t hurt the shows since Nielsen didn’t even count those days. So the major preemptions had no real effect on the ratings.

    B&B and GH both didn’t count Monday and none of the shows were counted on Friday.

  • Kayla Rae

    Lovin’ Days! DOOL rules!

  • PatF

    Yikes…some low daily numbers for the shows.

    GH barely pulling in 2.5 mil. Not good, and DAYS way down to a 1.7…that’s ugly.

    Y and R doesn’t want to get back to MAB levels either.

  • Mike

    PatF — I do know that the day that Days got a 1.7 the show lost almost 10 minutes at the end for some kind of national preemption but because the show aired the majority of the episode the whole show counted with Nielsen.

    I saw that addressed on several boards because they were saddened due to that being a big day with stars on Twitter during the show. Fans had to watch the rest of the show online or just missed the end.

  • Cath

    GH with the selective amnesia of Lulu and the baby mama drama and AJ/Elizabeth/Nicholas triangle has become a big snoozefest. (Okay, Nicholas half clothed while talking to Tracy was at least humorous.) It seems like all the stories are treading water…and frankly I don’t care about any of the characters, even the ones I usually like. Everything was fine until Brit’s big “reveal” at the end of the Nurses’ Ball and Lulu lost her mind. Recast didn’t help either.

    Shouldn’t they be holding my interest during sweeps week? I don’t even care enough to watch anything I have recorded. Not good.

  • cab

    Still loving Days. Can not wait for Bo to return, hope when he comes back that he will have an interesting frontline story. JEEPS I hope you are not hinting that you don’t like the Will and Sonny storyline because of the fact that they are gay. If so, try watching any other show primetime or other and you will find it everywhere. I watched Spartacus on HBO, a show about gladiators and Rome and was shocked to see 2 male characters involved in a relationship. No one of the characters seemed dissgusted about their relationship. They were treated like any other character on the show. It is sad that being gay is only accepted if it is done on a comedy show like Modern Family. The fact that Days keeps the relationship between Sonny and Will going is proof that Days is in the 21st century. Not just with the gay storyline but with other aspects of the show. They are dedicated to the fans and bring new meaning to keeping up with the times. Kate and Rafe’s relationship is surprising considering their family issues. EJ and Sammi have a love that just can not die, they will always return to eachother. Jennifer and Daniel finally can have peace in their relationship, at least for now. Cameron, what is the real reason for your stripping? Kristen some day you will get yours. Victor and Maggie what a wierd union, but you make it work. Kayla where did you go, and Adriene and Justin where are you hiding. Days is the place to be Salem, love you.

  • TimsDale4ever

    So true Kevin A on Y&R– and don’t forget 90% of the show has been taken over by about 5 new characters that up until the end of last year we never even knew — combined with the fact that basically their stories are not all THAT interesting to begin with.

  • PatF

    Y and R is in good shape considering the new writing team had to reassemble some of the veteran characters after the last team.

    I prefer the pace slowed back down, which is true to its history.

    Steve Burton is getting too much airtime, I agree, but one of the best stories involves core characters, Michael and Lauren, so the 90% comment is not correct.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Who knows what the exact number is, but the point I was trying to make is that it feels like every time I watch, newbies Chelsea, Avery, Dylan, Leslie, or Tyler are up in my face again which adds up to “TOO F’g MUCH” airtime for these 5 characters — especially when you watch the closing credit crawl and see there are about 20 or so other CONTRACT actors employed that we do not see enough of. And therefore, Y&R is not in “good shape”.

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