Ratings, Rants and Raves: Soaps Didn't Find The Nielsens Wishbone Thanksgiving Week
The remaining four daytime sudsers didn't have a lot to be thankful for ratings-wise the week of Nov. 19-23. (Source: Soap Opera Network). The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital all dipped Thanksgiving week.
Y&R was the only soap to go up in total viewers (+35,000) the week in question. The CBS soap also managed to hold steady among women 18-49, while dropping one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34.
In story, Billy (Billy Miller) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) headed to Florida to rescue a kidnapped Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Cane (Daniel Goddard) was salty about Devon (Bryton James) coming to work at Jabot. Kay (Jeanne Cooper) faked a heart attack to test Jill's (Jess Walton) loyalty. Nina (Tricia Cast) saw Cricket (Lauralee Bell) kissing Santa Paul (Doug Davidson). Neil (Kristoff St. John) offered sexy Leslie (Angell Conwell) a job. Sharon (Sharon Case) reached out to Noah (Robert Adamson), while Adam (Michael Muhney) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) continued to bicker about her presence in their lives. Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) agreed to disagree with Avery (Jessica Collins) over Nick, and was later kissed by Jack (Peter Bergman). Meanwhile, Tucker (Stephen Nichols) challenged Jack at Newman, and had a tense Thanksgiving with his mother, son and Jill.
Y&R is starting to slowly take shape. After years of complaining about the Winters being forced to eat the storyline scraps the Newmans, Fisher-Baldwins et al. dropped from the table, I'm enjoying seeing Neil getting to be a baller/shot caller.
At first I was pissy Billy wasn't running the Abbott family firm, but I can get with Mamie's loved ones being in charge of Jabot. Angell Conwell is the first screen partner St. John has worked with since Victoria Rowell that I'm actually rooting for. Cane vs. Devon at Jabot could be interesting, especially if Cane were to betray Neil to Victor or Tucker in a fit of jealousy.
I hated the Victoria kidnapping lark from start to finish, although I have to give credit to Amelia Heinle. Her acting continues to improve the longer she inhabits the role of Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) first born. I would love to see Vicki emerge from this as the ball-busting, take-no-prisoners hellcat fans have been clamoring for her to be. The question is, have Heinle's chops improved to the point where she could pull that off?
I hate to see the best actress on the show, Tricia Cast, leaving again. Cast should be on contract with Nina as the heart and soul of this soap opera.
Sharon is still a weird, goofy mess. I realize Josh Griffith decided to embrace Maria Arena Bell's assassination of this character, but enough is enough. Let's have Sharon wash her butt, put on a pair of clean panties and get on with her life. She could offer to buy Crimson Lights back from a cash-strapped Kevin (Greg Rikaart). This woman needs a new center of gravity.
I think it would be smart to weave Nikki into Jack's pill addiction storyline, since he helped her through a similar problem 20-odd years ago. Jack needs more people in his corner than Phyllis. Victor has Colleen's blood on his hands—and heart in his chest—yet no one treats him like hog poop. Why does everyone have to beat up on Ol' Smilin' Jack?