A Look Back: Soap Opera Recap

Roger Howarth as Paul Ryan on As The World Turns (Photo/CBS)

Roger Howarth as Paul Ryan on As The World Turns (Photo/CBS)

Here’s what happened on the soaps last week:

All My Children— Ryan and Erica hosted a dance marathon to support children’s hunger in Africa. Adam told Scott he wasn’t sure if Kendall shot Stuart. Frankie was reinstated to Pine Valley Hospital. Spike told Liza that his mommy was “inside the wall”. Madison drugged Randi.

As The World Turns— Paul and Emily got married. Lily and Damian made love. Audrey used Ralph to launder James’ money. Maeve and Holden couldn’t escape.

Bold And Beautiful— Eric wanted to adopt Marcus. Justin confronted Donna about their past and wondered if Marcus was his son. Bill and Katie grew closer. Jackie shared her sordid past with Owen.

Days Of Our Lives— Chloe woke up and cleared Daniel’s name. Melanie and Nathan were arrested. Kate asked Stefano for help. Rafe tried to prove that Sami was Sydney’s mother.

General Hospital— Liz and Nikolas made love. Jason and Sam’s rekindled relationship was exposed. Liz accepted Lucky’s marriage proposal. Sonny wanted to get back at Anthony by threatening Johnny. Michael accused Jax of having a part in his shooting.

Guiding Light— the show ended after 72 years of broadcast.

One Life To Live–Greg told the family that Shaun may never wake up from his coma. Fish came out to his parents about being gay. Ross and Blair kissed. Rex asked Gigi to marry him.

Young and The Restless— Ashley confessed to hitting Nikki. J.T. found out that Victoria slept with Deacon. Victor was confronted about his connection to Patty. Daniel made a deal with Deacon.

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CBS’s Guiding Light ends today after 72 years on the air.

Guiding Light Final Cast (Photo: CBS)

Guiding Light Final Cast (Photo: CBS)

The last episode of Guiding Light airs on CBS today. The show, which has been on the air for 72 years, has weathered every change and enhancement in technology over the years. Originally starting on the radio before graduating to television, the legacy is impressive.  The show leaves the air  having won 70 Emmy awards over its broadcast tenure, including Outstanding Drama Series. Many fans will be celebrating the show’s finale with live blogs, Internet chats, and live Twitter feeds.

The show has a great history that has been passed on for generations. “It’s been reflecting American life back at America since before World War II,” said “Guiding Light” executive producer Ellen Wheeler in the Washington Post.

Their replacement is a remake of the popular game show ‘Let’s Make a Deal’  with host Wayne Brady premiering  Oct. 5.  Repeats of “The Price Is Right” will air in their time slot in the mean time.

Guiding Light was created by soap icon Irma Phillips. It debuted on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, then came to CBS television on June 30, 1952. In 1968, “Guiding Light” expanded to 30 minutes and, in 1977, it became a full hour.

The show was the training ground for many of today’s superstars, including Kevin Bacon, JoBeth Williams, James Earl Jones, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Hayden Panettiere and Melina Kanakaredes.

Guiding Light airs its final episode on September 22 on CBS.

Daytime Drama Ratings Week of September 7 to 11 2009

From SON:

Ratings for the week September 7-11, 2009

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,998,000 (+198,000/-97,000)
2. B&B 3,230,000 (-30,000/-281,000)
3. GH 2,787,000 (+330,000/-150,000)
4. DAYS 2,720,000 (+8,000/+115,000)
5. OLTL 2,479,000 (+173,000/-76,000)
6. AMC 2,461,000 (+181,000/-4,000)
7. ATWT 2,348,000 (-50,000/-131,000)
8. GL 2,090,000 (-8,000/+66,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.6/13 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (same/-.2)
3. GH 2.1/7 (+.2/-.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/7 (same/same)
5. AMC 1.9/6 (+.2/same)
5. OLTL 1.9/6 (+.2/-.1)
7. ATWT 1.8/6 (same/-.1)
8. GL 1.5/5 (-.1/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,123,000 (+134,000/-91,000)
2. GH 931,000 (+96,000/-98,000)
3. DAYS 769,000 (-3,000/-17,000)
4. OLTL 748,000 (+72,000/-110,000)
5. B&B 699,000 (+68,000/-89,000)
6. AMC 657,000 (+140,000/-109,000)
7. ATWT 556,000 (+79,000/-42,000)
8. GL 485,000 (+76,000/-33,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.2/-.1)
2. GH 1.4/9 (+.1/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.2/8 (same/same)
4. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/-.1)
4. OLTL 1.1/7 (+.1/-.2)
6. AMC 1.0/7 (+.1/-.2)
7. ATWT 0.8/5 (+.1/-.1)
8. GL 0.7/5 (+.1/-.1)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. GH 52,000 (+7,000/+41,000)
2. OLTL 32,000 (-1,000/+15,000)
3. DAYS 19,000 (same/-12,000)
4. B&B 17,000 (-5,000/-7,000)
5. Y&R 13,000 (-19,000/-10,000)
6. AMC 11,000 (-4,000/-5,000)
7. ATWT 5,000 (-22,000/-17,000)
8. GL 3,000 (-28,000/-10,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/11 (+.2/same)
2. GH 1.0/9 (+.2/-.1)
3. DAYS 0.9/8 (same/same)
3. OLTL 0.9/7 (+.1/same)
5. AMC 0.8/7 (same/same)
5. B&B 0.8/7 (+.1/+.1)
7. ATWT 0.6/5 (same/+.1)
8. GL 0.5/5 (+.1/+.2)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,198,000 (+100,000/-89,000)
2. B&B 654,000 (-48,000/-161,000)
3. DAYS 559,000 (+24,000/-9,000)
4. GH 502,000 (+75,000/-46,000)
5. AMC 478,000 (+31,000/-20,000)
6. OLTL 422,000 (+17,000/-87,000)
7. ATWT 416,000 (-74,000/-92,000)
8. GL 399,000 (-56,000/-47,000)

A Look Back: Soap Opera Recap For Week of September 7th

Susan Lucci as Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children Photo: ABC

Susan Lucci as Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children Photo: ABC

Here’s a summary of last week’s Daytime Dramas:

All My Children: Erica lost her job at New Beginnings. JR told Marissa about his cancer. Scott and Annie kissed. Amanda and Baby Trevor moved in with David. Kendall asked Zach where their relationship was headed.

As The World Turns: Mason’s attraction to Noah grew. Liberty decided against an abortion with help from Janet. Adam turned himself in. Audrey killed James.

Bold and the Beautiful: Whip discovered info on Jackie’s past. Thomas and Steffy comeserated on his their disappointing love lives. Brooke and Ridge went public with their reunion.

Days Of Our Lives: Bo rescued Hope and Ciara. Philip and Stephanie broke up. Sami was asked to stay away from Rafe. Victor made Arianna leave Brady.

General Hospital: Lucky proposed to Liz. Johnny was shot during Anthony’s raid on Sonny’s warehouse. Andrea died from Edward’s car crash which she caused  by drugging him. Dante’s life threatening injury caused Olivia to consider exposing her secret.

Guiding Light: Olivia and Emma moved back in with Natalia. Mallet filled Dinah in at home. Lizzie reunited Sarah.

One Life To Live: Shaun was shot and Greg had to operate on his brother. Bo, Fish, John and Brody searched for Starr and Hope. Blair brought Ross to Llanview. Mayor Lowell was arrested.

Young And The Restless: Daniel was determined to stop Deacon and Amber’s wedding. Patty took Colleen hostage. Ryder make Kevin an offer.

Daytime Drama Ratings Week of August 10 – August 14 2009

Ratings for the week August 10-14, 2009

Credit: SON

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,884,000 (+181,000/-170,000)
2. B&B 3,444,000 (+77,000/-27,000)
3. DAYS 2,569,000 (+38,000/-540,000)
4. GH 2,524,000 (+82,000/-347,000)
5. OLTL 2,379,000 (-97,000/-169,000)
6. AMC 2,319,000 (-91,000/-55,000)
7. ATWT 2,299,000 (+73,000/-237,000)
8. GL 1,930,000 (-65,000/-304,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.5/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (+.1/same)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/-.5)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/-.3)
5. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/same)
5. OLTL 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
7. ATWT 1.7/5 (+.1/-.1)
8. GL 1.4/4 (-.1/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,054,000 (-35,000/-47,000)
2. GH 776,000 (+9,000/-152,000))
3. B&B 767,000 (+18,000/+45,000)
4. DAYS 740,000 (+91,000/-87,000)
5. OLTL 685,000 (-68,000/-88,000)
6. AMC 656,000 (-79,000/-73,000)
7. ATWT 560,000 (+28,000/-57,000)
8. GL 448,000 (+12,000/-129,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6/10 (same/-.1)
2. GH 1.2/7 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 1.2/7 (+.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.1/-.2)
5. OLTL 1.0/7 (-.1/-.2)
5. AMC 1.0/6 (-.1/-.1)
7. ATWT 0.8/5 (same/-.1)
8. GL 0.7/4 (same/-.2)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. GH 58,000 (-1,000/+10,000)
2. OLTL 47,000 (-9,000/-25,000)
2. DAYS 47,000 (-8,000/-23,000)
4. Y&R 33,000 (-4,000/-34,000)
5. B&B 24,000 (-2,000/-40,000)
6. AMC 21,000 (-4,000/-49,000)
7. ATWT 13,000 (-4,000/-40,000)
8. GL 9,000 (-4,000/-37,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 1.1/7 (+.1/+.2)
2. AMC 0.8/5 (-.1/+.1)
2. GH 0.8/5 (same/-.2)
2. OLTL 0.8/5 (-.1/same)
2. DAYS 0.8/5 (same/-.3)
6. B&B 0.7/4 (+.1/+.2)
7. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.2/+.1)
8. GL 0.4/3 (same/same)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,085,000 (+57,000/-157,000)
2. B&B 653,000 (-5,000/-142,000)
3. DAYS 485,000 (+6,000/-316,000)
4. AMC 451,000 (+7,000/+12,000)
5. GH 419,000 (+70,000/-108,000)
6. OLTL 410,000 (+15,000/-43,000)
7. ATWT 368,000 (-30,000/-154,000)
8. GL 340,000 (-42,000/-122,000)

Daytime Drama Ratings Week of August 3-7, 2009

Source: SON
Ratings for the week August 3-7, 2009

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,703,000 (-235,000/-350,000)
2. B&B 3,367,000 (-104,000/-214,000)
3. DAYS 2,531,000 (-273,000/+51,000)
4. OLTL 2,476,000 (-98,000/-44,000)
5. GH 2,442,000 (-158,000/-226,000)
6. AMC 2,410,000 (-14,000/-55,000)
7. ATWT 2,226,000 (-58,000/-401,000)
8. GL 1,995,000 (-8,000/-308,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.2/-.3)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.2)
3. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/same)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
7. ATWT 1.6/5 (-.1/-.3)
8. GL 1.5/5 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,089,000 (-12,000/+24,000)
2. GH 767,000 (-50,000/-37,000)
3. OLTL 753,000 (-12,000/-37,000)
4. B&B 749,000 (-22,000/+13,000)
5. AMC 735,000 (-6,000/-16,000)
6. DAYS 649,000 (-75,000/-9,000)
7. ATWT 532,000 (-36,000/-106,000)
8. GL 436,000 (-51,000/-154,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6/11 (-.1/same)
2. GH 1.2/7 (same/same)
3. OLTL 1.1/8 (-.1/-.1)
3. AMC 1.1/7 (same/same)
3. B&B 1.1/7 (-.1/same)
6. DAYS 1.0/6 (-.1/same)
7. ATWT 0.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
8. GL 0.7/4 (same/-.2)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. GH 59,000 (+18,000/+29,000)
2. OLTL 56,000 (-7,000/+5,000)
3. DAYS 55,000 (-16,000/+10,000)
4. Y&R 37,000 (-9,000/+5,000)
5. B&B 26,000 (same/+10,000)
6. AMC 25,000 (-5,000/-26,000)
7. ATWT 17,000 (-4,000/same)
8. GL 13,000 (+1,000/-7,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 1.0/11 (-.1/+.1)
2. OLTL 0.9/8 (same/+.1)
2. AMC 0.9/7 (same/+.2)
4. GH 0.8/7 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.8/6 (-.1/+.1)
6. B&B 0.6/7 (-.1/same)
7. ATWT 0.4/5 (-.1/-.1)
7. GL 0.4/4 (same/same)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,028,000 (-154,000/-202,000)
2. B&B 658,000 (-52,000/-150,000)
3. DAYS 479,000 (-85,000/-9,000)
4. AMC 444,000 (+25,000/-67,000)
5. ATWT 398,000 (-15,000/-140,000)
6. OLTL 395,000 (-20,000/-68,000)
7. GL 382,000 (+12,000/-80,000)
8. GH 349,000 (-89,000/-149,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 1.9/2,462,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,373,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,407,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,322,000
Friday: 1.9/2,487,000

ATWT
Monday: 1.7/2,264,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,170,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,281,000
Thursday: 1.6/2,217,000
Friday: 1.6/2,197,000

B&B
Monday: 2.5/3,411,000
Tuesday: 2.4/3,289,000
Wednesday: 2.5/3,464,000
Thursday: 2.3/3,198,000
Friday: 2.4/3,472,000

DAYS
Monday: 1.7/2,406,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,687,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,592,000
Thursday: 1,8/2,688,000
Friday: 1.6/2,280,000

GH
Monday: 1.8/2,481,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,309,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,554,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,341,000
Friday: 2.0/2,525,000

GL
Monday: 1.5/2,022,000
Tuesday: 1.5/2,006,000
Wednesday: 1.5/1,972,000
Thursday: 1.5/2,026,000
Friday: 1.4/1,947,000

OLTL
Monday: 1.9/2,609,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,325,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,711,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,362,000
Friday: 1.8/2,374,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.4/4,619,000
Tuesday: 3.4/4,585,000
Wednesday: 3.5/4,968,000
Thursday: 3.4/4,713,000
Friday: 3.2/4,630,000

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For the SEASON September 22, 2008 through August 9, 2009

HH
1. Y&R 3.7
2. B&B 2.6
3. DAYS 2.2
4. GH 2.1
5. AMC 2.0
5. OLTL 2.0
7. ATWT 1.9
8. GL 1.6

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.8
2. GH 1.5
3. DAYS 1.4
4. B&B 1.2
4. AMC 1.2
4. OLTL 1.2
7. ATWT 1.0
8. GL 0.8

Daytime Drama Ratings Week of July 27-31, 2009

Source: SON
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Ratings for the week July 27-31, 2009

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Young &The Restless 4,938,000 (+2,000/-375,000)
2. Bold & The Beautiful 3,471,000 (+209,000/-63,000)
3. Days of Our Lives 2,804,000 (+205,000/+252,000)
4. General Hospital 2,600,000 (-106,000/-25,000)
5. One Life To Live 2,574,000 (+14,000/+109,000)
6. All My Children 2,424,000 (-59,000/+41,000)
7. As The World Turns 2,284,000 (-93,000/-405,000)
8. Guiding Light 2,003,000 (-76,000/-268,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.6/11 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (+.1/-.1)
3. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
6. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
7. ATWT 1.7/5 (same/-.2)
8. GL 1.5/4 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,101,000 (+5,000/-99,000)
2. GH 817,000 (-72,000/-5,000)
3. B&B 771,000 (+9,000/+20,000)
4. OLTL 765,000 (+2,000/+36,000)
5. AMC 741,000 (+47,000/+55,000)
6. DAYS 724,000 (+27,000/+3,000)
7. ATWT 568,000 (-28,000/-75,000)
8. GL 487,000 (-49,000/-120,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 1.2/7 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 1.2/7 (-.1/same)
2. OLTL 1.2/7 (same/+.1)
5. AMC 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
5. DAYS 1.1/7 (same/same)
7. ATWT 0.9/5 (same/-.1)
8. GL 0.7/4 (-.1/-.2)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. DAYS 71,000 (-4,000/+17,000)
2. OLTL 63,000 (-12,000/-6,000)
3. Y&R 46,000 (+5,000/-9,000)
4. GH 41,000 (-46,000/+5,000)
5. AMC 30,000 (-6,000/-24,000)
6. B&B 26,000 (-4,000/-18,000)
7. ATWT 21,000 (-13,000/-31,000)
8. GL 12,000 (-11,000/-23,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
2. AMC 0.9/6 (+.1/+.3)
2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/+.1)
2. GH 0.9/5 (-.2/+.1)
2. OLTL 0.9/5 (same/+.2)
6. B&B 0.7/4 (same/+.1)
7. ATWT 0.5/3 (same/same)
8. GL 0.4/2 (-.1/-.1)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,182,000 (+80,000/-111,000)
2. B&B 710,000 (+23,000/-75,000)
3. DAYS 564,000 (+70,000/+60,000)
4. GH 438,000 (-16,000/-64,000)
5. AMC 419,000 (-81,000/-8,000)
6. OLTL 415,000 (-34,000/-20,000)
7. ATWT 413,000 (-38,000/-126,000)
8. GL 370,000 (-19,000/-96,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 1.9/2,485,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,670,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,381,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,308,000
Friday: 1.6/2,276,000

ATWT
Monday: 1.7/2,305,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,338,000
Wednesday: 1.5/2,037,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,472,000
Friday: 1.8/2,269,000

B&B
Monday: 2.5/3,369,000
Tuesday: 2.7/3,641,000
Wednesday: 2.4/3,210,000
Thursday: 2.6/3,713,000
Friday: 2.5/3,421,000

DAYS
Monday: 2.0/2,855,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,813,000
Wednesday: 2.1/2,989,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,838,000
Friday: 1.7/2,525,000

GH
Monday: 1.9/2,519,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,693,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,516,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,617,000
Friday: 1.9/2,656,000

GL
Monday: 1.4/1,936,000
Tuesday: 1.5/2,102,000
Wednesday: 1.5/1,968,000
Thursday: 1.4/1,872,000
Friday: 1.6/2,150,000

OLTL
Monday: 2.0/2,548,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,676,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,437,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,542,000
Friday: 1.8/2,665,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.6/4,863,000
Tuesday: 3.8/5,245,000
Wednesday: 3.6/4,925,000
Thursday: 3.4/4,843,000
Friday: 3.5/4,814,000

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For the SEASON September 22, 2008 through August 2, 2009

HH
1. Y&R 3.7
2. B&B 2.6
3. DAYS 2.2
4. GH 2.1
5. AMC 2.0
5. OLTL 2.0
7. ATWT 1.9
8. GL 1.6

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.8
2. DAYS 1.5
2. GH 1.5
4. B&B 1.2
4. AMC 1.2
4. OLTL 1.2
7. ATWT 1.0
8. GL 0.8


Guiding Light ceased production on CBS’ 50 year old soap this week and will air it’s last episode in September. A remake of Let’s Make A Deal will replace the show in CBS’ daytime line up.
This week ABC announced that it is moving production of its legacy drama, All My Children to Los Angeles early next year. The show, which first began airing in 1970, has been produced in New York for over 39 years. Sister soap, One Life To Live will move into the larger space that All My Children currently shares with The View once the show vacates. Both moves are said to be for budgetary reasons.