Soap Opera Ratings: 'The Bold & the Beautiful' Hits Four and Three Quarter Year High in Total Viewers

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November 15th, 2013

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via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of November 4- November 8, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,798,000 (-77,000/+424,000)
2. B&B 3,801,000 (+194,000/+616,000) <—– 4.75 year high *
3. GH 2,800,000 (-107,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 2,572,000 (+23,000/+19,000)

* Highest since January 26-30, 2009 (3,981,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.2/+.1)
2. B&B 2.7/9 (+.1/+.3)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/-.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 846,000 (+7,000/+88,000)
2. B&B 694,000 (+27,000/+86,000)
3. GH 680,000 (-68,000/+1,000)
4. DAYS 599,000 (+32,000/+4,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 1.1/7 (-.1/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/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.

  • PatF

    I read somewhere that FOX’s PRIMETIME lineup last week averaged a 3.8. If people are claiming that soaps are dead, then FOX has plenty to worry about.

    Go YR and BB.

    Days should see more of an increase next week I think because of the wedding events, but then I feel they could be in trouble a bit. They may crash a little with not much else going on, and their ratings at a 1.9 and that doesn’t give them much cushion.

  • Mike

    Fox does know they have stuff to worry about but any lineup when you average all the strong shows and weak shows together is going to go low.

    If you averaged NBC’s primetime lineup you aren’t going to much higher, in fact you might get lower as NBC’s Thursday night comedies usually go pretty low.

    If averaged the full lineup of each network’s day part in the 18-49 it is not going to look pretty either.

    That is what they average in the prime time is the 18-49. The HH numbers aren’t even reported for primetime — only 18-49 and Total Viewers.

  • j

    Soaps still have loyal fans. As long as the stories are good and the actors I’ve watched over the yrs are still there.Reality shows are the worst thing ever.

  • Mike


    I don’t call any form of entertainment the worst ever. And all have their loyal fans. Some loyal fans, some casual fans, and some just completely crazy fans. And every one of them from reality to soaps have shows that represent the genre well and some that are just plain awful. I have seen shows in every genre that are a waste of the money that it took to produce them.

    My biggest problem with modern fans with soaps is that there are more fans out there now that are loyal to an actor, a couple, a character or other parts than they are to the shows. It used to be totally the opposite.

    It just totally amazes me when I go to message boards and people can make disparaging remarks about the shows GH, AMC and OLTL and nothing happens. But you dare say one thing against Frank Valentini, Ron Carlavati or Prospect Park and their loyal followers are ready to tie the noose around your neck and hang you. And a huge area of the soap press is the same way with Cartini.

  • Robbee 66

    Mike I understand where you are coming from about soap fans but the majority of the times when a soap actor leaves a popular role, the ratings aren’t usually affected. With GH a lot of the older characters have since deceased. The same hasn’t happened with Y &R, yet. It was sad when David Lewis left GH and just as sad when Anna Lee passed on. I love what Cartini has done to GH to get it back on track. I have been watching GH since the late 70’s and nothing will ever beat show upto Luke & Laura’s wedding. It’s go to be tough coming up new stories.

  • moshane58

    Turn into the grip board. I’m just damn happy we still have at least four left regardless of which one I watch.. hope all keep on for many years to come…

  • Sparrow


    I surely don’t speak for everyone who still watch soaps in “this day and age” as you put it—but for myself, it’s comfort tv and a welcome respite from the ever increasing distractions of the outside world.

    I’ve watched Days off and on for 20 years now (and I was a HUGE fan of Santa Barbara & Another World back in the day)…Sometimes i’ll tune out for years at a time, but when I do return to check out what’s going on, it’s comforting to revisit the familiar faces of long watched characters & actors still doing their thing.
    So for me at least, “comfort tv” is the best way I can put it as to why I still watch in this day and age. :)

  • Heather

    Give me a break. B&B is not the red headed stepchild of CBSD (if anything LMAD is) nor will it surpass Y&R’s ratings. I’m certainly no psychic. But have people actually looked at the disparity between the ratings of Y&R and B&B before coming up with the gratuitous statement that B&B would become the highest rated soap?

  • Melanie P.

    @Sparrow, so agree with you about the “comfort tv” statement and have been watching soaps for over the past 30 years. Since I have gone back to work, I haven’t been watching daily, but have been reading the recaps. Even though there are only 4 soaps left, it is still nice to see they are holding on. As long as a soap is on, I will still watch whenever I get a chance.

  • Andy

    @Sparrow, Santa Barbara was my all-time favorite soap. The soap had a super couple (Cruz and Eden), and great humor with Keith and Gina. Core families with the Capwells and Lockridges. Miss that show. I watch GH and it’s good to see a few SB alumni on the show.

  • Mike

    I agree about comfort TV too. That is the big reason I watch all of TV or movies…to be entertained or just to relax. But for me soaps have always been about characters. There are a few prime time shows that characters have brightened my day or made me feel like family such as the Andy Griffith gang, the Golden Girls, or the folks at Mary Tyler Moore, and so on.

    But that is what always set soaps aside as special for me. You loved to get caught up in the daily happenings of the characters and exploring their lives and dreams. That is what made a down day special on the soaps. Maybe Luke and Laura weren’t off a big adventure but seeing Laura and Lesley share time in the hospital cafeteria on GH was just as nice. Or just watching Jill and Mrs. C in one of the billion arguments on Y&R. Or Alice Horton doling out advice to her children or grandchildren on Days.

    Soaps to me have gotten so caught up in the plot that characters have gone by the wayside. And thus my attachment to them has gotten less. There is no way on Y&R that I will love characters like Dylan, Adam, Chloe, etc. the same way I did Mrs. C., Esther, Paul, Lauren, etc. The writing has just not made it happen.

  • nancy adler

    i’ve been turned off to Y&R for a few years now but continue to watch because i’ve been with them from the beginning. the writing is not only horrible but preposterous as well. what a pity for a once great show. having said that, i never watched B&B until recently and am now a fan. what a difference. great story lines, better location shots and some truly talented actors. Congrats. B&B, i’ll be watching!

  • AMC

    I agree with Nancy. I now watch B&B and Days. Y&R is unwatchable.

  • JayTN

    I don’t know if this is a short-term thing or not, but it appears that “The Bold & the Beautiful” is finally getting a cable home…TVGN (which is co-owned by CBS), where it may be joining sister soap Y&R. According to programming grids at TV Guide’s website, B&B will air five back-to-back episodes on Friday, Nov. 29 (10:00am-12:30pm) and again on Sunday, Dec. 1 (11:30am-2:00pm).

  • PatF

    Mike…you are absolutely right about the love fest with Cartini. I think they are over rated.

    Granted they did pump some life into OLTL before it was cancelled, and they have given those GH fans what they seem to like with water poisonings, relish, and the “island”, but they have lots of issues that are always swept away because of their plot devices. Many of the soap or TV Writers ONLY have positive things to say about them while the other shows get written off as boring or being dark (although GH is very dark).

    But in the end the ratings are what matters.

    I’m glad GH is on the air still. Four soaps are better than three or two, which still could be the case in the near future.

  • Mike

    Jay TN

    That sounds like good news for B&B. Hope it continues for them.

  • jonboy

    What annoys me is the rapid fire editing from one scene to another. Just when I’m feeling emotionally involved in a moment ZAP!!! it switches to another scene.

  • Mike

    I cannot believe that David Tom is coming back to Y&R as Billy. I loved him. One thing about it — Jill seems to be tough. Too bad she was never tough with Tony Geary about all his demands for time off. But she didn’t give in to Billy Miller or Sony didn’t one.

    I’m just glad instead of one of Jill’s friends or a newbie we get David Tom back.


    And the strangest thing I have read. A Tweet to Kim Zimmer that says congrats on the GH gig.

    Who in the world is Kim Zimmer going to play on GH?

    They can’t bring her on as Echo since they are already in the lawsuit.

  • Derrick

    Yes, I read that David Tom is coming back and he was pretty good as Billy! It’s sad Billy Miller is leaving but I do wish him well!

  • jonboy

    Miller has been great but if the role had to be recast who better than the original? I’m looking forward to seeing him again.

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