Soap Opera Ratings: 'General Hospital' & 'Young and the Restless' Down from Last Week in Women 18-49 & Total Viewers

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December 20th, 2013


via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of December 9-13, 2013


Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)


Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,936,000 (-51,000/+564,000)
2. B&B 3,849,000 (+21,000/+591,000)
3. GH 3,057,000 (-248,000/+400,000)
4. DAYS 2,669,000 (-11,000/+300,000)

1. Y&R 3.5/11 (same/+.2)
2. B&B 2.7/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.3/7 (-.2/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. GH 779,000 (-101,000/+169,000)
2. Y&R 761,000 (-70,000/-43,000)
3. B&B 617,000 (-60,000/-50,000)
4. DAYS 614,000 (-45,000/+65,000)

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

  • Shelly

    Days is awesome these “days”. Y & R not so much. GH is awesome. As much as ABC has been bashed (including by me), I think they should be praised for standing behind their remaining soap.

    I’m sorry to see MM let go (the character of Adam is a bright spot on the show), but if the rumor is true then they had no choice. I also think the other actors need to just keep quiet about it and let the issue die on it’s own.

  • kevin

    to nick(very nasty), pat, Amanda, heather, and anyone else who comes on here trying to tell people what to feel, think, and post, forget it. people can feel, think, and post(appropriate) what they want.

    if you’re tired of reading about people wanting amc and oltl back on, I can’t tell, because you keep reading the posts, and commenting, on them. you do not run the site. people who want the shows back, keep things going.

  • Pat

    Kevin, if you can’t take any comments on this thread from people that are not full of rah-rah soap cheerleading, tough. Go somewhere else. This is not a soap opera fan site. It’s a free country, and I and others are more than allowed to post comments and opinions like that. You can disagree, of course, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask to disagree like a respectful person.

    We’re just trying to be realistic, that’s all. After the Prospect Park online disaster, the odds of AMC and OLTL seeing the light of day anywhere anytime soon in any form are close to zero. You’re only going to end up hurt and very disappointed if you think otherwise. If I were you, I’d focus on supporting some combination of the 4 current soaps still on the air, which have all been on a roll lately.

  • Tom

    Never say never. If soaps numbers keep going up, people may be surprised what could come back!! Reality is 2 out the 3 replacement shows tanked.

  • JayTN

    I’m not going to wade into the whole AMC/OLTL debate, but there needs to be some perspective on the soap replacements. NBC basically replaced their last two soaps – “Sunset Beach” and “Passions” – with more hours of “Today” (the network swapping hours with the affiliates). “Today” is still four hours long. CBS replaced GL with “Let’s Make a Deal” and ATWT with “The Talk”. Both shows are still on the air. ABC replaced AMC with “The Chew”. Not only is “The Chew” still on the air, but recently set ratings records over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays.

    That brings up to the OLTL replacement(s). While both “The Revolution” and “Good Afternoon America” were canceled, the issue is not that black and white. According to media sources, “The Revolution” was retooled and revamped before it ever got on the air…that is never a good sign for any series, regardless of what genre it belongs to. “The Revolution” stumbled out of the gate as a result and it never recovered. GAA wasn’t even supposed to air. It was rushed on the air after the network decided to cancel “The Revolution” and pull it off the air early. ABC needed something to fill the gap between that and when GH would move into the time slot…they certainly weren’t going to air a test pattern, so GAA was born. GAA was the very definition of a “place holder”…never really intended to run past a pre-determined period of time.

    The networks could very well develop daytime soaps in the future, but the same economics that plagued GL, ATWT, AMC and OLTL (and continue to plague the remaining soaps) will still exist. Just because the existing daytime soaps are on an upswing doesn’t mean that ABC, CBS and NBC are going to rush new daytime soaps into development. The budgets and the economic realities of television programming will also have to be favorable as well.

  • Tom

    True. Budgets would b needed to worked out but if an audience exists… What a wast e of money Katie turned out to be !!!

  • Mike

    It was such a waste of money ABC is already working on talk shows with Rev Run and Mon’que to replace it.

    As far as AMC and OLTL coming back it would be at least a year before that could even happen. The shows are tied up in a law suit until early Spring in which the rights are being fought over now.

    Prospect Park currently owns the rights for 10 years.

    The outcome of the trial will determine who keeps those rights.

    Right now no one but PP can even do anything with the shows.

  • Tom

    Doesn’t PP have to pay a yearly fee to keep the shows? If they cannot pay then could they revert back to ABCD? My idea would be to have the the shows air during The Chew and The View’s periodic breaks as two week long specials. They could be written and shot as mini telenovelas. FV could oversee them during a GH break. What a nice gift to fans and make amends to disenchanted ABCD fans. Fact is, the daytime brand on the network could use the good press. What about it guys, sound too far fetched?

  • Mike

    The problem you run into with an ongoing idea like that is fans want their favorite actors and characters. Many of them like Debbi Morgan have already booked other shows.

    Once they sign contracts with shows they aren’t going to be available for these periodic runs. So you may end up with a new Bianca or a new Kendall every time it turns around. Or you have long breaks from certain characters or couples because part of them can’t get off for that cycle.

    Plus The Chew esp. usually repeats well. The shows would have to have really good ratings to justify the cost esp. when a repeat of The Chew is cheaper and does okay in that time slot.

    As far as the rights I am sure PP has to pay a yearly fee even if they don’t use them. I have no idea why they would want to keep the rights if they have no plans for the shows. But as of right now until the trial is settled or is over no one can do anything with them. PP doesn’t have the money to continue them and ABC doesn’t have the rights to do anything with them.

  • Tom

    I got the feeling from an interview from Vicki Dummer she would like to do something for the fans of the shows. Mike I appreciate your thoughts on the topic. Thanks for sharing. Granted the interview was when she first took over from Frons and prior to the PP relaunch/fiasco. I just would like the genre to continue as I prefer my TV scripted. I live enough reality all day long.

  • Tom

    And I can already cook. Lol

  • Mike

    I grew up on daytime that was mixed. I always loved the combination of game shows, talk shows, and my soaps.

    Back in the 70s and 80s the lineups worked together to support one another. The game shows often had soap stars as panelists or guests. Shows like Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore and even Phil Donahue often had soap stars. Even some of the soap magazines did awards presentations on shows like Mike Douglas. I can remember several of the soap stars would do cooking segments or sing. It was good publicity for the soaps. And it was free publicity that the networks didn’t have to pay for.

    Besides those things I just simply like variety. I don’t care for those crazy reality shows like The Real Wives of Beverly Hills, Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore, etc. but the occasional talk show doesn’t bother me at all. I watch a lot of different types of shows — just as long as I find it entertaining.

    As far as another soap or another scripted show in the daytime, I don’t want one just for the sake of having one. I want it to be well done and done right. I wouldn’t watch it if it wasn’t. So it just being there wouldn’t matter for me.

    A bad scripted show or a bad reality show — what’s the difference? None to me. Because I am not going to watch either one.

  • Tom

    I tend to agree. IMO, network interference and recycling the same writers, producers and even to some extent actors made the daytime dramas indistinguishable from each other. People lost interest and had 100 other channels to choose from. All I am saying is an audience still exists for serialized drama if it were done well. By that I mean original, contemporary and relatable. Maybe digging into our past for multigenerational, humanistic stories could work. Remember when soaps told stories about families that weren’t rich? The shows may have spent too much time in the footsteps of Gloria Monty in the 80’s. then again her return to GH with the working class story didn’t do that great in 1991. All I know is the shows had more cultural relevance at one point and this what I miss most of all.

  • Tom

    I do recall a point when ABCD did take some chances with serialized drama. Wendy Riche at GH. Michael Malone writing OLTL. Both came from outside the medium but had success working on the shows.

  • Mike

    To me most of the writers who came from other mediums were one hit wonders. Harding Lemay was great at Another World but nothing else he wrote for even his own creations for NBC worked. Michael Malone was great during his first tenure at OLTL. He was awful his 2nd time around and his other work like Another World didn’t work either.

    Hogan Sheffer was a breath of fresh air at As The World Turns at first. He quickly faltered and his work at Days and Y&R was pitiful.

    I think there is still an audience out there for serialized drama too — thus why it works so well in prime time esp. for the premium networks. Look at how many of the dramas on HBO, Showtime, etc. are serialized. But they are also well done and well written.

  • jonboy

    Looks like last week on YR was the first with the new writing team and, for me, it was noticeable. I actually got emotionally involved most days for a change.

  • kevin

    Pat, not going to argue with you, or, try to match your nastiness. bottom line is people are free to think, feel, and post as they like. I will continue to do that, and, hope that others will, too.

  • PatF

    Jonboy…I actually noticed the difference even back after JG left. I’m still not going to hop on the YR HW bandwagon, but while some fans are still complaining about Delia’s death, or Miller leaving or MM being fired, the dynamics of the characters being set up and interacting are making the show less erratic for me. With the exception of the Tyler and Abby pairing…I think the writing is better.

    Ratings haven’t really fallen either, so everyone that says they’ve stopped watching mustn’t be a measured household.

  • Mike

    I have just come to figure over the years that for every person that says they are going to stop watching many don’t or it is evened out by someone new that begins watching.

    Plus on the Internet many times people post as different names on different boards. Often the persons who say they have quit watching are just one person posing as many different posters.

    Some people do it intentionally trying to make it look like many people are agreeing with them. Others just have a different posting name unique to a certain board.

  • jonboy

    @Mike Good grief, if that’s true some people really need to find something more constructive to do with their life.

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