Ratings, Rants and Raves: GH Spikes Before Christmas; DAYS Ties Dangerous Lows Among W18-49
The Young and the Restless was down an insignificant 31,000 total viewers over the previous week. Unfortunately for Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith, daytime's most watched soap was down a staggering 586,000 total viewers year-to-date. U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, those numbers are ugly!
Y&R was down one-tenth of a point in households (- three-tenths of a point year-to-date). Among W18-49, the soap fell one-tenth of a point (- two-tenths year-to-date). Y&R also fell among W18-34, dipping one-tenth of a point over the previous week and year-to-date.
Sharon (Sharon Case) almost ran off with Baby Faith, but thought better of it. She later clued Nick's (Joshua Morrow) latest squeeze, Avery (Jessica Collins), in on her bipolar diagnosis. Victor (Eric Braeden) vowed to send Sharon to jail unless Adam (Michael Muhney) helped him reclaim Newman Enterprises from Jack (Peter Bergman). Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) continued to confide in Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) about her marital woes. Jack kept popping pills and making rash decisions. Kay (Jeanne Cooper) passed out after an argument with Jill (Jess Walton) about Tucker (Stephen Nichols) and Tyler Michaelson (Redaric Williams) showed err' body at Jabot what he was working with — in terms of his business ideas. Perverts!
There's a lot I like about JFP and Josh Griffith's version of Y&R. As I've said before, they created a character with Avery where there previously was none. It's refreshing to see so many attractive people of color in Genoa City again. Jill Abbott being in town is always a good thing. The show feels younger, fresher, but...the stories are a bit boring.
Nick buys a club. Whoopee. We've already witnessed Nick go through the whole let's-start-a-new-business-to-not-be-like-my-daddy bit twice before. Crimson Lights? Restless Style?
In real life it might be interesting for a scion of a billion dollar dynasty to forego his birthright to plant daisies, but on a soap opera it is snore-inducing. I doubt the new Dallas would be half as interesting if John Ross decided to get out of the oil business and try his hand at becoming a rodeo clown.
Nick, Adam, Abby (Marcy Rylan) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) should all be fighting for Newman, while Victor plays them against one another, and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) lobbies in favor of her two spawn. Let's make the Newman dynasty actually feel dynastic again. That dinner party a few weeks back was a good start, but the stories are still greatly splintered.
Speaking of Nikki, why isn't she involved in Jack's addiction storyline? He supported her through her initial battle with pills and drugs. Wouldn't that tabloid story have sent her running over the Abbott estate to check on her ex, despite her being back with Victor?
Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) is another Genoa City heir lacking a decent story. Maybe TPTB were waiting to see how his contract negotiations would go before giving him something substantive to do? Well, he's re-upped. Let's get the next generation of the Newmans and Abbotts percolating already!