Ratings, Rants and Raves: All Four Daytime Soaps Had a Very Merry Christmas in the Nielsens
DAYS went up 252,000 total viewers over the previous week. NBC's sole sudser also went up one-tenth of a point in households and among W18-49.
WilSon (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) celebrated Christmas Eve at Uncle Victor (John Aniston) and Aunt Maggie's (Suzanne Rogers). The Kiriakis men presented Vic with a gift that meant a lot to the shipping czar. Kristen (Eileen Davidson) continued to whip it on Brady (Eric Martsolf). Gabi (Camila Banus) and Rafe (Galen Gering) crashed the Hortons' tree trimming party. Father Sex, I mean Eric (Greg Vaughan), performed his first Midnight Mass and EJ (James Scott) and Rafe continued to battle for Sami's (Alison Sweeney) holiday heart.
I absolutely love DAYS at Christmas. Watching the Hortons trim their tree with personalized ornaments was as much a holiday tradition in my family growing up, as watching It's A Wonderful Life and spiking the Borden's Egg Nog with Crown Royal. This year didn't disappoint.
As much as I gripe about what is wrong about DAYS, I'd like to take a bit of time to talk about what they're getting right. I love that so many Hortons are still prominent in Salem, U.S.A. Take a look at other soaps and you'll quickly see founding families aren't always front and center.
Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Steve Webber (Scott Reeves) are the only Hardys left in Port Charles on General Hospital, save for the unseen Audrey, and Steve is on his way out. The Brooks are long gone from Genoa City on The Young and the Restless, though Kay Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster (Jess Walton) remain. B&B is still all about the Forresters and Logans, but DAYS seems to get the importance of its core family like no other soap.
When DAYS began in 1965, the soap opera was centered on Dr. Tom Horton, his wife Alice and their five children: Tommy, Addie, Bill, Mickey and Marie. Today in Salem, descendants of all of Tom and Alice's kids, except for Tommy, still reside in Salem.
Addie's daughters Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) are in town. Bill's daughter Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) lives in the old Horton family home with her daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi). Bill's illegitimate son Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) is also hanging around to meddle in gay son Will's love life. Mickey's widow Maggie, though remarried, is still the heart and soul of the Horton clan and Marie's grandson Nick (Blake Berris) is involved in a rivalry with cousin Will that is so complicated it makes Bill and Mickey's battles for Laura back in the 60's seem almost wholesome and simplistic by comparison. The rest of the year DAYS may make my eyebrows itch, but during the Christmas Holidays, the show is still good, old-fashioned comfort soap. See you next Ratings!