The weekly ratings for “Young and the Restless,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Bold and the Beautiful,” and “General Hospital” are in; all four soaps saw a jump in viewers overall, but women viewers raised big concerns for all four daytime dramas, according to Soap Opera Digest.
“Young and the Restless” total viewership is up; however, the young women (18-49) is at an all-time low. Many fans speculate the reason for the dip in viewers is the way head writer Chuck Pratt is portraying women on the show. He has turned the strongest woman on the show, Phyllis Summers-Abbott (Gina Tognoni) into a weak naive woman. Not only that, the show is dragging storylines, and not wrapping up storylines quickly enough to keep their fans engaged. Fans are not happy with the direction of the show. Over the past few months “Y&R” has lost many long-time viewers.
“Days of Our Lives” experienced an increase of total viewers as well. However, the young women (18-49) dipped quite a bit. “DOOL” fans have voiced their disappointment with many of the storylines that never seem to end. Will the new head writer, Josh Griffith save the show?
“General Hospital” saw a small increase in total views. For the young women (18-49) age group, they saw an all-time low. In fact, the show has lost 225,000 viewers since last year. Fans are hoping that with Ron Carlivati out as the head writer, they will be able to turn the show around? If the show would finally tells Jake his true identity, the show may bounce back.
“Bold and the Beautiful” is the only soap to see consistent viewer gains overall. The women (18-49) demographics increased by quite a bit after Maya’s wedding. It seemed many people were impressed how the show was able to tackle the controversial subject of transgender women in a tasteful way. The episode was praised by critics and really helped the shows weekly ratings.
Are you surprised by the low ratings of “Days,” “GH” and “Y&R?” Are you surprised so many fans supported Rick (Jacob Young) and Maya’s (Karla Mosley) wedding (“Bold and the Beautiful”)? Hopefully, the ratings will steadily improve over the next few weeks, as we move into November sweeps.