Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' & 'Days of our Lives' Hit Highs

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November 22nd, 2013

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via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of November 11-15, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,743,000 (-55,000/+400,000)
2. B&B 3,635,000 (-166,000/+311,000)
3. GH 2,979,000 (+179,000/+172,000)
4. DAYS 2,845,000 (+273,000/+426,000) * <—- 33 month high

* New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regime
* Highest since January 31-February 4, 2011 (3,030,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (-.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.3/7 (+.1/+.2) * <——– 4 year/10 month high
4. DAYS 2.1/7 (+.2/+.2)

* New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime
* Last time at 2.3: January 26-30, 2009

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 809,000 (-37,000/+10,000)
2. GH 753,000 (+73,000/+56,000) *
3. DAYS 651,000 (+52,000/+102,000)
4. B&B 648,000 (-46,000/-32,000)

* New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (same/+.1)
2. GH 1.2/7 (+.1/+.1)
3. DAYS 1.0/6 (+.1/+.1)
3. B&B 1.0/6 (-.1/-.1)


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.

  • JayTN

    I have a hard time believing that the gay storyline is costing “Days” a great number of viewers. It is the one major storyline that gets play in the soap media and with the Emmy voters. I personally don’t have a problem with either Will or Sonny showing affection or anything, but I cannot really stand the character of Will anymore. Will is being played as such a weak willed (pardon the pun) person who is increasingly a doormat for everyone to walk over and take advantage of. He seems to have misplaced his spine…and the way that he is always so condescending towards his mother grew old and stale a long time ago. Hopefully the “new Will” can present a bit more of an edge and find his missing backbone.

  • John Black

    Sparrow, I think there’s been some kind of agenda for decades with television forcing us viewers to watch straight couples embracing and kissing and being shown hot and heavy in sex scenes all these years. Oh the shame, and the disgust! LOL Get real.

  • Mike

    Jay-TN — The only negative I ever hear or read about Sonny and Will has nothing to do with them being gay. The biggest complaint are things like you said with the writing for Will, and the other is there is just no chemistry.

    This is actually the only Internet board where I ever hear anything about them because they are gay. But I constantly read the other stuff.

    Over at SON there are many posters that identify as being gay that hate them as a couple.

  • j

    Congrats to Days and GH.I don’t know where Y&R is going with some of their characters like Devon.Really miss Michelle Stafford a lot.Billy Miller is one my favorite actors.I will miss him too.

  • AMC

    I love everything about the Will character. He is written well and acted brilliantly. The new actor had some big shoes to fill and hopefully the writers keep doing a great job writing him.

  • SDays

    Good For Days. As for Will and Sonny, they are really popular couple. If anything they help the ratings.

  • PatF

    It’s great to look at the last four weeks of ratings and see that EVERY show has posted record increases or yearly highs.

    Go soaps!

  • JayTN

    A few more thoughts on recent recasts/departures on Y&R and “Days”…

    I read some news items over at Soap Opera Network (because I usually don’t pay much attention to casting comings and goings), and some of the comments are a little funny (and even a little scary!). One person implored the producers of “Days” to “please try and keep [Chandler Massey, a.k.a. Will]”, ignoring the fact that it was Massey who wanted to leave the soap. A producer cannot keep an actor on the stage against their will. Another person even vowed to stop watching “Days” until Massey returns to the role. That tells me that this viewer was really only watching for Massey…not his character or any other storyline, just for Massey. This viewer would have left anyway as most younger actors do tend to depart their soap for various reasons (i.e. college, as in Massey’s case, or to pursue other roles, or because they are tired of the role, etc.).

    I believe that Billy Miller (Billy on Y&R) has tried to leave his soap in the past, but was talked into staying by producers or the network. It seemed like he was always at odds with producers every time his contract was up for renewal. Personally, I never much cared for his interpretation of Billy and will not miss him once he departs. In my opinion, he really is over-rated.

    Getting back to “Days”, the soap may have a problem on its hands in the near future when it comes to their younger characters. The character of Chad and Cameron have already departed, Gabi will soon leave and according to SON, the role of Nick may also be dropped shortly. That will really only leave Will, Sonny, Abigail and the newer roles of J.J. and Theresa to populate the younger set. “Days” seems to introduce new characters but run out of things for them to do after a few months (i.e. the new and improved J.J. and Theresa). The writers didn’t seem to know what to do with Cameron after his secret stripper side job was exposed, despite hooking the character up with Abigail and then Gabi. He hardly even interacted with his Salem family (which proved more difficult once his on-screen sister, Lexie, was written out). Same thing with Chad…despite his ties to a major family on the soap, writers seemed to have trouble finding things for him to do. A vibrant, relevant younger group of characters is vital to the long-term success of a daytime soap, as the “veteran” characters won’t be around forever and it is these characters that will have to carry the soap forward. “Days” can and should do better when it comes to their young character (and also their established, veteran characters).

  • jonboy

    I can’t speak for the characters on Days but I have to admit I find myself fast fowarding through the Felix/Brad stuff on GH. And I’m gay friendly.

  • Mike

    To me I think all of daytime has done its gay stories — at least the gay love stories — badly.

    Kyle & Fish on OLTL and Luke/Noah on ATWT started out good, but both ended up to be very forgettable. The supposedly shocking gay story with Philip on Y&R was awful.

    Often with all of them even the characters became unwatchable.

    I thought Luke’s coming out story on ATWT was good but after that it was just awful.

    And please with one of them have them deal with things that normal gay couples would deal with. It seems like every one of the gay couples has gone the route of knocking some girl up and then dealing with that. I don’t know a lot of gay couples but of the ones I do know none of them have dealt with any of these issues.

  • cab

    Congrats Days and GH. I knew it would only be a matter of time before ratings reflected the quality on these shows. Days has really seem to found it self and hopefully can bring more excitement with new characters after the recent younger characters leave the show. I am surprised that GH has a gay storyline, I never heard of any comments about them till this week. Kristen leaving and the younger characters leaving should not make ratings drop as when Kristen can back to town, ratings did not climb. Hopefully NBC will continue to support the soap.

  • Tim

    To my Shock DAYS had over 3 million viewers on tuesday,i would like to see this again,but somehow i believe its all down hill now….I will still be watching…Tim.

  • JayTN

    Mike…I believe the reason why most soap gay plots seem to fizzle is that the writers seem to have trouble finding things for the characters to do after they “come out”. In the case of “Days” and ATWT, having gay characters brought both soaps press, not only in the soap community but also in the main stream press. Luke and Noah seemed to make ATWT relevant again. However, I can seen shades of Luke and Noah in Will and Sonny on “Days”. Both Luke and Will were already existing “straight” characters that the writers decided to “turn gay”. ATWT even had an embargo against any sort of affection between Luke and Noah for roughly a year into the storyline.

    OLTL’s Kyle and Fish were probably the most realistic, low-key storylines. Probably because they were new to the show and considered secondary, or minor characters. The Prospect Park OLTL could have explored those characters more because, while they were written out, they did not leave town…they simply faded into the background.

    Sadly, I don’t really see “Days” Will as a well rounded character anymore. He seems to be defined by his sexuality (witness the heavy handed treatment he and/or Sonny gave to anyone who did not know about their “out” status, like the returning J.J.). The same thing seemed to happen to Luke on ATWT once he was coupled up with Noah (although the writers did try to make some storylines out of Noah’s bigoted dad before turning him into an almost cartoonish soap villain).

  • jonboy

    The GH gay characters don’t really have a storyline; they are fast forward filler. The characters are extremely stereotypical, which is surprising since GH is written by a self admitted gay man.

  • diana

    I don’t like the gay characters and neither does my mom, but that doesn’t keep me from watching DAYS, I just FF through. I feel making Will gay was out-of-the-blue, he was in love with a girl for Pete’s sake, and I just cannot ever believe that he is gay now, no matter how hard DAYS tries. Stupid and agenda-driven. There are other characters I love, but I WILL stop watching if Will&Sonny get married in the Catholic Church with Father Eric performing the ceremony.

  • diana

    Absolutely ADORE GH these days, they are giving the fans what they want in the way of ’80s favorites, drawn-out storylines that have a BIG Payoff, just like a good soap should. Loved the Scorpio family reunion, love the way secondary characters like Brad are drawn into that story as well. I do NOT FF Brad, but I FF Felix when he’s with Sabrina, the two of them are giving me diabetes, lol

  • Chrisann D

    Diana, It’s your right not to watch but I personally don’t understand why people have such a huge problem with two people getting married. The church or not. People can say its because of their beliefs or religion but its just an excuse to be bigoted and feel superior. If people are REALLY Christian they would live and let live and accept others who aren’t hurting anyone. I am just sick of hearing all the righteous bs from people who don’t want to accept those that are different from them. Take care and Happy Holidays.

  • Justin

    Amen Chrisann, amen :)

  • diana

    Chrisann, you’re wrong, I do not feel superior to anyone. I have nothing against gay people, one of my best friends is gay. I do believe the Bible is God’s word, and the Bible does not have one good thing to say about homosexual sex. I know you don’t believe in God. But a lot of DAYS’ fans do. And DAYS has always had a VERY Christian (especially Catholic) worldview. What they’ve been doing lately is bashing Christians to build up gays. Having Nick come in and say hateful things in the name of Christianity, for instance. Having Victor say “if you think there’s anything wrong with it, you’re just ignorant” – in other words, if you believe in the Bible, you’re ignorant. It’s offensive to me and I’m sure I’m not alone.

  • Steve

    Our new pope is so progressive he might marry Will and Sonny himself. I don’t see why people like Diana would stop watching. Really?

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