Ratings, Rants and Raves: More on DAYS' Ratings Spike; Still Not Feeling GH's Connie
The Young and the Restless went up 14,000 total viewers over the previous week. Y&R held steady in households, but dipped one-tenth of a point among W18-49 and W18-34.
While Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) helped Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) detox, her ex-husband Nick (Joshua Morrow) was busy opening his flop of a nightclub. Tyler (Redaric Williams) offered to help Nick promote his latest Newman Enterprises-avoiding venture, so that its next opening night wasn't such a bust. All the while, an ever-cheery Avery (Jessica Collins) supported her lover/brother-in-law. Paging Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), 'cause as cute as these two are, they're getting a little boring.
Things weren't so cheery at the Fenmore-Baldwin crib. Jamie (promising newcomer Daniel Polo) went missing, which caused Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) to grill Fen (the masterfully-wicked Max Ehrich). I didn't like the Fen/Summer/Jamie triangle early on, but putting Michael and Lauren at the center of the conflict, as opposed to a girl, gives the tween feud a The Good Son-meets-East of Eden vible. Me likes.
Billy (Billy Miller) squaring off with Sharon (Sharon Case) sorta felt like a dead air, filler scene, especially since Billy would later be ousted from Newman. There's quite a bit of this going on at Y&R. It would be nice for each and every scene to start meaning something. I realize that at its best, this soap was always slow-burning, but that scene was a waste of time if Billy isn't going to be remaining at Newman to keep needling Shadam.
I am enjoying Victor (Eric Braeden) taking green, little Mason (Lamon Archey) under his wing. Though as handsome as Archey is, I sincerely hope he gets to spend screentime with a love interest soon.
As usual, Melody Thomas Scott was the epitome of fierce-osity, as Nikki put a stop to the press conference where Victor planned to out Jack as not believing crack is whack.