Ratings, Rants and Raves: General Hospital Holds Steady in Demos; The Young and the Restless Ties All-Time Low in Households
There has been a lot of talk this weekend about all four daytime soap operas falling among total viewers the week of March 5-9 (Source: Soap Opera Network), but it's important to remember, the networks, nor Mad Ave. really care about total viewers — its the demos they're concerned about.
ABC Daytime's General Hospital managed to hold steady in households, women 18-49 and W18-34. The fact that GH is pulling in a solid 1.0 in W18-49, while The Revolution only managed a 0.5 the week in question is the real story. The Mouse House needs to admit they effed up with The Revolution and give that timeslot to GH, STAT!
In story, Sonny (Maurice Benard) vs. Todd (Roger Howarth) kicked off in a major way, as the One Life to Live supervillain learned from his devastated daughter Starr (Kristen Alderson) that a man named Sonny COR-in-thos was supposedly responsible for Cole (Van Huighes) and Hope's deaths.
Over at G.H., Carly (Laura Wright) was doing everything she could see Jason (Steve Burton), after Sam (Kelly Monaco) had her banned from his room. This led to Carly facing off with Sam's mama—and Carly's fellow Corinthos baby mama—Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn), who called Carly out for boning Johnny (Brandon Barash).
None of the doctors at G.H. noticed any of the aforementioned shenanigans, because they were too busy arguing about what went down in Memphis. Blonde Doctor Woman tried to get Steve Webber (Scott Reeves) not to tell Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) what they did at their last hospital, to no avail. When I heard GH was doing a Dexter style arc for Steve, this is so not what I envisioned.
The remnants of the goofy Luke (Tony Geary), Holly (Emma Samms) and Ethan (Nathan Parson) vs. Helena (Constance Towers) saga wrapped up, as Dodge agreed to leave town so that Robert (Tristan Rogers) could chase after his "son," thus having something to live for after losing Robin (Kimberly McCullough).
This brings us to our Crazy Blonde Chicks portion of the General Hospital discussion. Crazy Maxie (Jenn Lilley) buried her selfish self in work, to avoid guilt over having baked Robin in her Easy Bake Laboratory; while crazier Kate (Kelly Sullivan) was morphing into other people and what not.
I enjoyed GH the week in question much more than I have in months. While some of it wasn't perfect (Buh bye, Ethan and Holly!), the Mannings shaking things up, Ewen (Nathin Butler) being utilized as good and proper eye candy and NuKate/Connie finally proving viable, began to reveal the signs of a much more watchable soap to come.
Days of Our Lives fell one-tenth of a point in households, but held steady in W18-49 and W18-34. Storywise, Bo (Peter Reckell) was hanging on for dear life, after he and big brother Chris Kositchek (Josh Taylor) caught a beat down from some thugs. Hope (Kristian Alfonso) learned John (Drake Hogestyn) was still with the ISA and wanted in on the action. Sami (Alison Sweeney) discovered Lucas (Bryan Datillo) was engaged. Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna) returned to assume the co-CEO spot at Countess Wilhemina. Madison (Sarah Brown) told Ian (Ian Buchanan) she wanted out of their marriage. Marlena (Deidre Hall) gently counseled a sexually conflicted Will (Chandler Massey) and Abigail's little fast behind lied to Carrie (Christie Clark) about having slept with Austin (Patrick Muldoon).
I'm digging John and Hope's Alamainian adventure, despite its utter absurdity and bad set design. I miss the days of the splashy location shoots for Days of Our Lives. However, I am reconciled to Salem superheroes heading off to foreign lands basically meaning the show has to dress up the same set used for the Brady Pub to serve as an Alamainian bistro. At least Alfonso and Hogestyn look like they're having fun — and that's something!
It was good to see Billie and Lucas home in Salem, although I hope DAYS doesn't take them down familiar romantic paths. Lumi are great as co-parents and sparring frenemies, but I don't want to see another match up, where Lucas is forever telling Sami how terrible she is. As for Billie, she only worked opposite Robert Kelker Kelly's Bo, let's accept that and move on. There are plenty of other men in Salem for Billie to go after. If memory serves me, Rinna and Matt Ashford once had incredible chemistry. Why not let Jack give Jenn (Melissa Reeves) a taste of her own medicine, by having him take his ex-wife's former bestie out on the town?
Will and Marlena's relationship continues to be the Number 1 reason to watch DAYS, or any soap for that matter. Tune in, you won't be let down!