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.

  • diana

    LOL Steve

  • Steve

    Days and Christian based shows are much more accepting of gays as people and the church have evolved. Let us not forget a time when it was controversial to have black characters that were not servants. Things change. Thank goodness.

  • Rstar

    Being a gay male myself, I don’t see the story line on DAYS actually reflecting real life gay situations – but at the same time I understand it’s not an easy thing to portray when the whole concept to the general public is fairly new.

    As for the Biblical references, I am sure God is love – period. He didn’t make us to hate others based on ANYTHING (color, race, size, or sexuality). If one believes that hate is allowed because of particular Bible verses, I think they should read the whole Bible and see what other things are including eating of several birds (Leviticus 11:13–20), having head uncovered (Leviticus 10:6), wearing different fabrics (Leviticus 19:19), and the list goes on and on.

    I’m basically saying, don’t pick one thing and say you can hate,be bigotted,discriminate, or treat someone unequally because a Bible verse says so. Read the whole thing and realize the big picture – “This is my commandment that ye love one another that your joy may be filled” -John 15:12

    Oh, and awesome week for Soaps!

  • jonboy

    @RStar Very well said.

  • Midwestmary

    Days is headed to number one. I predict by New Years that Days will topple Y&R.

  • Mike

    I cannot believe that some in the so called soap opera press are giving Tristan Rogers a hard time because he chose the stability of a contract with Y&R over hit and miss work with GH. And even fans holding it against him.

    Actors are just like the rest of us. They need to work and they want to work. A contract guarantees them work and benefits too.

    Y&R offered him a contract. GH did not.

    And who can blame Rogers too for not giving GH the benefit of the doubt. They have brought him back under this regime several times now and as soon as they are done with him he is out.

    I look forward to him on Y&R and esp. him working with Jess Walton.

  • JayTN

    I try and see issues from all sides, and I can see how “Days” can be seen as heavy handed in some facets of the Will & Sonny storyline. (However, I would wholly reject any attempt to try and label “Days” as any kind of “Christian” programming…it, and all soaps, are far from it.) What sticks out most in my mind is when J.J. arrived back in town and made a comment that Will is “gay now” and was immediately berated with defensive comments from Will and/or Sonny of “do you have a problem with that?”.

    I also laugh a little when self-proclaimed religious people throw out the various Biblical references to homosexuality (usually the verses in the Old Testament book of Leviticus). My usual response is that if God is so offended by any sort of same-sex attraction or affection, how come Jesus (which most of the various religions under the umbrella of Protestant/Catholic view as the physical manifestation of God) is not documented as saying one word about the issue. Not a single word.

    As “Rstar” pointed out, a lot of people like to quote the Bible on issues pertaining to same sex relationships yet ignore other verses in the same book (Leviticus) that contain other prohibitions and condemnations, yet are easily and readily ignored by these same people. (To be clear, I am not accusing anyone of doing this, just making a generalized observation.)

  • jeff

    Anyone who whines about daytime promoting a gay “agenda” is just silly. It’s called storytelling. Has it been the daytime “agenda” for the past 50 years to promote cheating on one’s spouse, murder, framing someone for murder, rape, incest, faking one’s death, getting plastic surgery to change one’s appearance, having multiple personalities, lying under oath, faking pregnancy, changing DNA results, marrying someone you don’t love, kidnapping….

    If you don’t like something, don’t watch it. It’s not being shoved down your throat anymore than any other story. If you don’t like it, it’s YOUR problem, not THE problem. Get a grip and get a life.

  • Chrisann D

    Hi Jeff. I agree with you. I also think if people don’t speak up for what is right it sends a bad message. The only way things change is by talking about it, protesting and fighting to change laws. Silence changes nothing. Otherwise women couldn’t vote, there would still be segregation, and gay people couldn’t marry and many other unfair laws. So I am happy to see different lifestyles portrayed on daytime. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • Midwestmary

    That classic episode of YR that was on today is a lot better than the crap they are serving up these days on the show. So glad I switched to DAYS. I predict being #1 in the near future for DAYS.

  • j

    I agree with Jeff and Chrisann D.Cheating,murder,rape,etc. aren’t christian either yet soaps having been doing stories about these topics for a long time so to use that reason now seems lame to me.Times change and I’m glad Days decided to add Sonny.I like Will and Sonny together.

  • WannaLoveGH

    No Q Thanksgiving, though, KansasGuest. Bummer…too much other chaos going on (who gets married on Thanksgiving?) Really not liking all the haphazard writing on GH lately, and some of the more annoying minor characters need to go (including all them alleged illegal immigrants from One Life to Live!)

  • jonboy

    @wannalovegh. Agreed but, seriously, who in the Q house is left to celebrate the day? Unless, of course, Alice Tracy and Monica brought a feast to AJs jail cell. If GH survives another 10-20 years I don’t see anyone looking back at this current time as being very memorable.

  • diana

    RStar, why is it “hate” to have a religious belief that something is wrong? I don’t believe in sex outside of marriage. Sorry if you think that means I’m a “hater”. And J., yes, soaps have been doing stories about cheating, murder, rape, but they have NEVER tried to shove it down the audience’s throat that these things are GOOD and MORAL and if you don’t think so, you’re a BIGOT. Yes, many have been brainwashed by this propaganda and the majority now seem to equate sexuality with race. But I’m not drinking the koolaid. Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, btw, and God bless.

  • Mike

    Wow just read an interview with the guy who is taking over the role of Will on Days. I cannot believe the hate this guy is getting already. My suspicion is he won’t last long as Will.

  • JayTN

    Mike…fans can huff and puff and their (usually minority) opinions are amplified by the internet, which makes it seem like a lot of people hold the same opinion (when it is really just the people commenting, which doesn’t necessarily line up with the public at-large).

    All of the soaps have weathered high profile departures of late. Y&R is doing just fine without Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and even went several months a few years back without Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Eric Braeden (Victor) without the ratings collapsing. B&B has even managed to grow despite losing original cast members Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and Ronn Moss (Ridge). Davidson has also left the role of Kristen on “Days”, and while it is too soon to tell how her departure will affect the ratings, they didn’t necessarily see a big up tick when she returned. GH also got thru Steve Burton’s exit, as well as the exit of other popular actors or characters (such as Kimberly McCullough and the OLTL characters).

    Like it or not, Will was not who “Days” revolved around and could actually be labeled a second tier character. If viewers are going to “hate on” Guy Wilson as the new Will simply because the role has been recast, then these fans would have left the soap anyway. They were only watching to see Chandler Massey – the old Will – and not for any other reason. The soap didn’t crash and burn when Massey’s Will took a one week (in soap time) sabbatical to California. Some of Massey’s fans may be giving him and his character too much credit. Keep in mind that Massey did not originate the role of Will and was not the first “adult” to play the role, either, so that fact makes the reactions of some fans even more peculiar.

  • Mike

    Oh Jay TN …. I have seen the same thing and agree with everything you said. It just surprised me reading the comments the level of hate these folks have for an actor. But I have seen the same level of hate lately for Tristan Rogers too because he had the audacity to choose a contract role over a recurring one.

    It scares me too that people talk about Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as if they are a real life couple and are the characters. They see it as a betrayal that Smith is trying to sell the new actor.

    Come on folks get a grip. Smith has a job to do. It is part of his job to sell and support his new acting partner. Massey didn’t get fired — he chose to move on with his life.

    Also some of the comments were so funny and hypocritical. In one breath this one guy was preaching tolerance for the gay characters and then preaching fire and brimstone for this new actor stealing a role that wasn’t his, being stupid about gay issues, and for Corday firing Massey. NOthing that was even true since Chandler chose to leave and asked to be released early.

    It makes you wonder why some people think all soap fans are crazy. How can they not when you see examples like these.

  • WannaLoveGH

    Nothing personal against the new LuLu actress on GH, but she’s just not LuLu to me. (LuLu had that great chin that she was always sticking out at the world…this new one’s a bit too deery in the headlights.) But the way the show’s being written lately, I can’t stand all the kids fighting over babies anyway, so the less LuLu time onscreen the better. (And could Spinelli be more depressing?)

    On the other hand, if JJ won’t come back, fine with me if they asked Greg V. to return as Lucky. Luke’s due for a hiatus anyway, and what the show really needs is Ethan back! The world survived a new Emily, after all, and AnorexiCarly, and…actually, AJ of any incarnation can go back where he came from. No room for him and fake Todd Manning on the same show (unless Disney’s successful in trying to morph Todd-oops-I-mean-Franco into Johnny Depp, which ain’t happening btw).

  • ohiogirl

    Big improvements in Days recently…there are no ‘small’ stories. It seems an extra effort has been made to give proper time and attention to all the storylines and actors. One has to wonder why the show’s heads took so long to realize that they can feature our favorites, EJ and Sami, without sacrificing the developement of other characters and stories. ( I STILL wish we saw more of Roman, Josh Taylor)The new character of Eric is compelling and believable. Nicole is now more multi-dimensional. Hope is solid as the investigative police woman, now able to take the lead in scenes, rather than always playing the ‘second banana’ to a male.
    Scenes are much less predictable. Daniel is able to have a scene with a woman without the audience automatically thinking he will have a romantic relationship with her. His character is also showing more depth.
    Nurse Maureen and hospital employee Anne are both incredibly strong talents and add edge and/or heart, as needed…(usually with a chuckle)…looking forward to seeing how these new stories resolve…

  • robert

    Anyone see that amazing Y&R classic episode on Thursday. That is what Y&R is.

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