Soap Opera Ratings: All Soaps Up in Total Viewers

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May 17th, 2013

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April 29-May 3, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,339,000 (+8,000/+20,000)
2. B&B 3,255,000 (+87,000/+193,000)
3. GH 2,566,000 (+115,000/+124,000)
4. DAYS 2,443,000 (+47,000/+9,000)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/+.1)
3. GH 1.9/7 (same/same)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 787,000 (+30,000/-77,000)
2. B&B 662,000 (+1,000/-11,000)
3. GH 638,000 (+102,000/-5,000)
4. DAYS 576,000 (+68,000/+32,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 1.0/7 (same/-.1)
2. GH 1.0/7 (+.2/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (+.1/same)


Source: Soap Opera Network


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.

  • J

    It was nice to see Maura West on GH.Hope she has a better s/l than the one on Y&R.She looked really nice too.How old is Brooke?Preganant again hilarious.Y&R looks like Summer could be Jack’s daughter which would make Kyle her half brother.That looks like the most interesting for me b/c the rest is are boring.Phyllis’biggest problem is should I live with Jack or not.Kevin was stealing and when Chloe opens a box right in public Alex walks in to find the missing jewels.Michael found out about Carmine b/c he left matches from the resort Lauren was at.Victor and Adam are starting not to get along,never saw that coming.Days added JJ who hates Dan/Jen together.Will and Sonny are still great to watch.That picture of Kristen with the mugger hopefully will end soon.NBC should renew Days already past 9/14.

  • JayTN

    Fakeem…Y&R will air a tribute episode to Jeanne Cooper on May 28 and her character will reportedly die sometime during the summer.

  • Mike

    We might as well accept that multi-year renewals are a thing of the past. Even Y&R and B&B who are the highest rated and on CBS where they are making good money for the network aren’t getting them.

    The shows aren’t even free of the budget cuts. B&B has been making the most consistent rise in ratings for 2 years now and the cast members had to take pay cuts this year.

    TV is a changing format. It’s just all part of that change.

  • Mike

    Wow there is a post now on Soap Opera Network from a person in Canada that says FX in Canada has dropped both All My Children and One Life To Live. That was Canadian’s only free way to watch the shows. Now they will have to pay for them on Canadian ITunes. They replaced them with reruns of 30 Rock.

    That cannot be good for the shows, and for any future TV deal for the shows in the US I would think.

    I would also think that this would hurt revenues for PP for the shows.

  • Kevin A.

    What’s this Dante/Lulu copycat business? I’m so out of the loop. All I know is Y&R is so FREAKING GOOD THESE DAYS!!!! My only complaint is that I can’t stand Tyler, new Abby and new Kyle. Fast forward every time they appear on the screen.

  • JayTN

    Mike…FX Canada may have opted to drop AMC and OLTL because Prospect Park reportedly did not notify the channel that they were making changes to those soaps’ airdays. As a result, FX Canada had to find an extra 30 minutes each day to program. FX Canada may not have had enough faith in Prospect Park to continue airing the now twice a week episodes of AMC and OLTL and instead may have feared that Prospect Park would cut them back even further.

    Kevin…the Dante/Lulu copycat charge is because Dante is a cop who dated and married Lulu, the daughter of supercouple Luke & Laura. On Y&R Alex is a cop who is “dating” Abby, the daughter of Victor Newman. Alex happens to be played by ex-GHer Ignacio Serricchio (who I believe was involved with Maxie) while Lulu is now player by Y&R’s ex-Abby Emme (Marcy) Rylan.

  • Lisa

    I don’t blame FX Canada for dropping AMC and OLTL. It’s bad for the fans, but the network was expecting to get a certain amount of material from Prospect Park, and half of it was suddenly yanked away from them. Plus, maybe the ratings on FX Canada for the shows have been poor so far. If they were really doing well, I bet the network would have found a way to keep airing them.

    I hope both shows can make it through this latest development. Wouldn’t want to lose them again too soon.

  • Eleanor

    Personally, I don’t think that GH deserves the little rise in rating. I would think that since the “Big 3″ (as refered to in he press and RC/FV) that the ratings would be out the door. The press was ridiculous on these 3. They made it sound like they were the saviors of GH! Well turns out, IMO, that didn’t happen. Its only my opinion though. The story lines lack depth, continuity, sense, and history. The Laura and Scotty wedding that FV/RC was soooooo excited about didn’t do much for the ratings. Im haning in there, as I suspect most are, but only to be disappointed with the outcome. RC/FV bait, with their twitter comments and then when you actually watch the show, it leaves you wondering what the hell they were thinking when they tweet these comments. Or maybe their vision is just not playing out the way they think. Young and the restlss, while not back to its glory, it is slowly getting there and is th better Soap right now. All this talk about haters, really? Like were not allowed to hate what has happened to GH.. I resent the fact that people need to call me a hater after almost 30 years of viewing, I no longer like what has happened to GH. If you go back an watch old GH, prior to RC/FV, he writing is definatley 100 time better, along with the suspense, storylines and the acting. While you may not like what was happening to your “favorites”. I don’t see GH making it much longer, not the way things are going.. But that again, is only my opinion.

  • Sedgrick

    Days has been must-see all year and it isn’t letting its viewers down and think by mid summer days is rather going to be showing rating close to gh, well it’s doing that now, so it probably going to be in third place by mid or end of summer and for the haters who say days is bad and gh is better well look at the ratings it’s catching up real quick if you haven’t been watching Days watch this week cause spoiler alert will is going to get shot and sonny is delivering Gabi’s baby.

  • Bex

    I agree with Eleanor on all points, and I also agree that people need to stop calling others ‘haters’ because they hold an opinion that differs from yours. Only high school kids and the hip hop crowd uses the term.

  • bizzarr1000

    i just think the abby and alex storeyline seems alot like dante lulu from a few yrears ago maybe its just me or maybe they are trying to catch fire with that same type of story i dont think the new abby fits i liked old abby better the new lulu i like jmb better

  • jonboyelk

    @Eleanor While I remain a viewer of both GH & Y&R I agree almost completely with your post. But I don’t think ABC is going to be as hasty to dump GH after their other daytime mistakes. At least, I hope not.

  • Lynn

    Y&R and B&B are just bad right now. I don’t like that all Hope does is whine and Brooke never grows up – that makes up 90% of the show. Liam the waffler. Taylor who is trying to find love with her ex-husband father. There are too many relatives on the show. That it is almost to incestified for me. I love soaps, but I just can’t stomach that show. I have friends who watch the show since the beginning and they can’t stand it. You read the live threads and the boards for the show and everybody is bashing it. For someone to say it is good, but don’t give any details, I can’t believe what they are saying. Y&R – Cane, Nick and Adam are jerks. I hate what they did with Chloe and Laureen. Avery and Chelsea are weak characters.

    I can watch GH at least. I loved the first two weeks of AMC and OLTL.

  • PatF

    May sweeps has actually been good for Y and R.

    The stories right now…Michael and Lauren, Summer’s troubles, Nick and the paternity question are classic soap. I loving the show.

    As long as the newer characters don’t hog screen time, the show will continue to do well with its core audience.

  • joshua

    The new Kyle on YR sucks so bad. They should had stuck with the old Kyle. At least he was good looking the new on is icky. The new Abby LA poop as well I thing the casting director needs to be replacement. Puke. Lol

  • Mike

    Wow just saw on E News that Michelle Stafford is leaving Y&R after 16 years. I wonder if they will recast. She has been one of Y&R’s biggest stars of the last few years. I love her but I know many of the online fans hate her and her character.

    Y&R and B&B have both had some shocking casting news lately. It will be interesting to see how these departures will effect their ratings.

  • JayTN

    Mike…in regards to the recent CBS soap cast defections, I don’t think B&B will be adversely affected by the loss of Hunter Tylo. She has left the soap before and it has survived, as it will this time too, I’m sure. I’ve never really much like Tylo ever since she sued producer Aaron Spelling over her non-role on “Melrose Place” back in the 1990s. From what I’ve read, Jacqueline McInnes Woods is merely taking a break from the soap, but will return later. Whether or not that is spin, I cannot be sure.

    Based on Michelle Stafford’s current front-burner stories, I would expect the Y&R producers to recast the role. I don’t have a problem with Stafford, but I do not like Phyllis. She never pays for her sins and always seems to fall upwards.

    I believe both B&B and Y&R can weather these cast changes/defections, especially if B&B didn’t drop after the departures of Ronn Moss and Susan Flannery, I don’t think Tylo leaving will be that big of a deal. Some viewers may leave, obviously, but the vast majority will simply roll with the punches.

  • Harlee

    The ratings is a improved from being lousy the last week, what scares me is starting to dig into negative numbers again with the demos. The last two weeks have been very good and so more balanced with the vets. The finding of Carmine with Lichael has been red hot and loving the Summer fisco and paternity…Please Josh have some guts and play this out, the fall out covers the canvas by Jack being the father. Now if you make all of us longtime fans sit through this story and fizzles and still Nick, to not tarnish Nick would piss me off to no end.

    This news on Michelle, OMG…what’s going? I’m stunned and with this story of Summer coming up we need Phyllis front & center, w\Jack…..I’m still absorbing this news…I’ll get back to you.

  • Dave

    These ratings do not reflect the week the big 3 (as some on this thread called them) returns. These relatingd are for the week of the 6-10th Easton Howarth and Aldersin returned on the 13th! We will find out those numbers this week! The increase was great for GH despite the haters who keep putting the shown the numbers still rise!

    As for Michelle Stafford’s departure I’m sure y and r will survive for now it will take a couple years for Jill farren phelps to destroy it!

    The biggest question is will Mike’s sugars and diabetes survive these departures

  • Mike

    Jay — I am wondering if Stafford left on her own or was pushed out. The E story didn’t give details on that. Phelps said she was brought in to make the show a cheaper produced show.

    I wouldn’t mind a short break from Phyllis and bring her back with a dramatic story later. But I also wonder if Phelps would consider putting her friend Robin Christopher in the role.

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