Ratings, Rants and Raves: Hurricane Sandy Didn't Hurt Days of Our Lives' Ratings
According to Soap Opera Network, only partial ratings data was available the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2, due to Hurricane Sandy. That being said, Days of Our Lives went up one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among W18-34, over the previous week.
In story, Daniel (Shawn Christian) offered to go away to Hawaii with Nicole (Arianne Zucker), if she dropped the baby-killing charges against Jennifer (Melissa Reeves). Marlena (Deidre Hall) wanted Sami (Alison Sweeney) to stop working for Kristen (Eileen Davidson) at Countess Wilhelmina. Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) interrupted Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny's (Freddie Smith) attempt to do the do, by telling his son Ma Brady (Peggy McKay) was ill and John (Drake Hogestyn) wondered if Bo (Peter Reckell) was planning to go rogue to take down Stefano (Joe Mascolo).
The highlight of DAYS the week in question was Lucas vs. WilSon. The look on poor Will's face as his dad berated was priceless. Lucas kept bellowing for Will to "wake up" and realize Sonny just wanted to add him as notch on his bedpost. This certainly wasn't the kind of scene we're used to seeing in daytime! Will's later exchange with Sonny, asking him about how many lovers he'd brought to his apartment, proved his dad had gotten to him. Good, good soap!
I'm so over the Jennifer/Daniel/Nicole triangle, I don't know what to do. Can Jennifer and Daniel reunite and leave Salem together? Pretty please, with Jack Deveraux's ashes on top?
The Young and the Restless fell two-tenths of a point in households, yet held steady in the major female demos. Storywise, the Newmans and Abbotts continued to battle it out over Newman Enterprises. Well, most of the Newmans and Abbotts continued to battle it out. Nick's (Joshua Morrow) decision to forego helping Victoria (Amelia Heinle) seize back control of Victor's (Eric Braeden) dynasty didn't sit well with Mr. Mumbles.
Victor also wasn't pleased to hear Billy (Billy Miller) was reluctant to spy on his big brother, so of course, he blackmailed his son-in-law! Jack (Peter Bergman) was felled by crippling back pain, as Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) watched on in horror. You don't need to call the Psychic Friends Network to realize the Newmans will somehow exploit Jack's health crisis to make a play for Newman.
Another conglomerate in play the week in question was Chancellor Industries. Tucker (Stephen Nichols) began taking steps to prevent Kay (Jeanne Cooper) from reclaiming the company's top spot, seemingly because he was worried about her health. Meanwhile, Harmony (Debbi Morgan) mercifully left town.
Back at the ranch, Nick and Noah (Robert Adamson) found evidence that placed Sharon (Sharon Case) at the scene of the fire. Lucky for Share Bear, Adam (Michael Muhney) is willing to risk his marriage to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) to cloak his ex-wife's fiery sins.
A few weeks in now, and I am enjoying much of JFP and Josh Griffith's Y&R. I could do without that silly, cheap, ping-pongy music, but the stories are much tighter. Although some of them are painfully plot driven. Seriously, Victoria gets kidnapped by one of Billy's longlost gambling debtors? What is the point?
The Bold and the Beautiful went down one-tenth of a point in households, and was in last place among both of the major female demos (tied with DAYS among W18-49). Katie Logan Spencer (Heather Tom) tricked her loved ones into believing she'd left for Aspen, when she was actually just chilling over at Taylor Hayes' (Hunter Tylo) crib.
Thomas (Adam Gregory) called a meeting at Forrester Creations, where he detailed major changes for the couturier. These alterations were received on par with how one of Lady Gaga's meat dresses would be treated at a Vegan rally. Rick (Jacob Young) and Hope (Kimberly Matula) were especially outraged, which got them a talkin' to from Taylor.
I really wanted one of Brooke's (Katherine Kelly Lang) kids to tell Taylor to go shrink somebody's head. Why is this heffa all up in FC's business? Over at the Forrester mansion, Eric (John McCook) continued to plan Stephanie's (Susan Flannery) farewell party.
I am thoroughly hooked on B&B right now. Thomas vs. Rick is starting to gel. Katie's postpartum cray-cray is riveting drama and Stephanie's mortality is providing us with tons of amazing flashbacks. I just hope that Brad Bell has a strong plan in place for the next six months. After Flannery last airs, it's going to settle in with the audience that both Ridge and Stephanie are gone. Considering what integral roles both played during this soap's first 25 odd years, you can't risk replacing them with stories about honey bears and what not. Let's go forward, not backwards!
General Hospital held steady in households at a 2.0. GH went down one-tenth of a point among W18-49, but still managed to keep the No. 2 slot. Among W18-34, the ABC sudser remained in first place.
Michael (Chad Duell) once again tried to convince Sonny (Maurice Benard) to let him join the Organization the week in question. Todd (Roger Howarth) planted the DNA test for JaSam's baby where Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Steve (Scott Reeves) could find it. Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) woke up. Connie (Kelly Sullivan) tried to con Trey (Erik Valdez) and everybody (including Sean Kanan's AJ) headed for a Halloween party at the Haunted Star.
GH understands the importance of milking an iconic character's return. Unlike DAYS, which brought back Eileen Davidson (Kristen)—and Crystal Chappell (Carly) before her—with tired, snorefests for storylines, "Duke Lavery" (Ian Buchanan) and AJ Quartermaine's returns are rocking Port Charles to its core.
Speaking of rocks, would it be wrong for me to wish the townsfolk would start throwing some at Connie? I need for this chick to get into a limo, and "Clink, Boom" already. Just make sure her adorable son Trey is safely on the otherside of town, hopefully stripping off Starr Manning's (Kristen Alderson) clothes. See you next Ratings!