Newest Ratings Debacle

Ratings for the week November 15-19, 2010

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,019,000 (+26,000/+202,000)
2. B&B 3,070,000 (+21,000/-160,000)
3. DAYS 2,432,000 (-66,000/-692,000)
4. OLTL 2,351,000 (-45,000/-177,000)
5. AMC 2,349,000 (+88,000/-182,000)
6. GH 2,344,000 (-184,000/-311,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.2/8 (same/-.1)
3. AMC 1.8/6 (+.1/-.1)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/-.5)
3. GH 1.8/5 (same/-.2)
6. OLTL 1.7/6 (-.1/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,063,000 (-34,000/-51,000)
2. GH 753,000 (-95,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 723,000 (+2,000/-223,000)
4. B&B 648,000 (+1,000/-60,000)
5. OLTL 646,000 (-33,000/-76,000)
6. AMC 566,000 (+29,000/-128,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6/11 (-.1/-.1)
2. GH 1.1/7 (-.2/-.2)
2. DAYS 1.1/7 (same/-.3)
4. B&B 1.0/6 (same/-.1)
4. OLTL 1.0/6 (same/-.1)
6. AMC 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 35,000 (-14,000/-4,000)
2. DAYS 31,000 (+13,000/-16,000)
2. B&B 31,000 (-4,000/+10,000)
4. OLTL 19,000 (+1,000/-12,000)
5. AMC 16,000 (+4,000/same)
5. GH 16,000 (-9,000/-49,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.8/6 (-.1/-.3) <- ties low rating (Last time: November 1-5, 2010)
1. GH 0.8/5 (same/-.3)
3. DAYS 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
4. OLTL 0.6/4 (-.1/-.3)
5. AMC 0.5/4 (same/-.4) <- ties low rating (5th straight week)
5. B&B 0.5/3 (same/-.1)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,196,000 (+14,000/+68,000)
2. B&B 660,000 (-2,000/-35,000)
3. DAYS 551,000 (+10,000/-67,000)
4. AMC 446,000 (+54,000/-23,000)
5. GH 430,000 (-20,000/-78,000)
6. OLTL 407,000 (-2,000/-47,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

GH
Monday: 1.7/2,414,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,283,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,241,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,394,000
Friday: 1.8/2,388,000

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For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through November 21, 2010

HH
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.3
3. GH 1.9
3. DAYS 1.9
5. AMC 1.8
5. OLTL 1.8

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.0
4. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9

http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/soaps/rati…n-total-viewers

The RATINGS SUCK!! I even left a message on General Hospital’s Facebook wall.  This is awful!! Ok, so, here is what I posted, it goes further with responses but I will just go with my first post:

I just wanted to leave a comment after seeing the latest ratings release… If you, TPTB wish to raise the ratings, you need to cut loose Robert Guza. He is out of ideas, very predictable, vile, sexist, has no clue what women want to see, and has worn out his welcome. Guza has written good stories here and there, I am sure someone likes something out there, but honestly, it is mostly forgettable and very dark. What happened to friends, family, fun, passion, love and adventure? To be quite honest, GH is way off track of the show it used to be and could be again.

The fundamental problems here, imo, are Guza and Phelps. There is no clear vision and they lack the insight they should use the talent they have on cast and really WRITE a powerhouse story that includes the whole or majority of the cast. Use history… Have 3 or 4 stories culminate into the one huge sweeping story… Give everyone a shot at being the top dog as most of them should have that spot occasionally. Yes, I am a HUGE Sonny and Brenda fan… Do I want to see them everyday? Yes but no.

Case in point, today’s show. Today was their big, huge first date at the Metro Court. Should be tons of flirting, sexy glances, kissing, touching and things that happen on dates. Should have been like 20 minutes of the show right?  Nope, not by Guza’s poison pen. Everyone else on the darn show had huge, long ass scenes while our beloved SnB had a whole hot 30 seconds and I’m being very generous here. If SnB are going to be shown every day, than I suppose  half a minute of face time is enough. (not really in my world but..) Now, if  the writers actually wrote, and instead of choppy editing we had proper writing and editing, all the Sonny and Brenda scenes could be shown in 2 days with maybe a third day for each to have scenes with others, or proper editing for all 3 days to show more diverse interaction. I don’t mean with Carly, Jax, Jason, Sam, Spinelli and Crusty Boobs Suzanne, but with everyone else.

Please, for the love of the soap genre, TPTB, meaning FRONS, needs to wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late. He needs to cut those two idiots, Guza and JFP loose and find others to give idea and directions to the writing staff. If that doesn’t happen, and fresh blood is not in there soon, this show will be history. People say OLTL and AMC are on the verge of being cancelled but from how I see it, GH is much closer with how their ratings plummet and how disgruntled their very vocal fans are. How the interns don’t say anything or document what people are actually saying is scary. I think TPTB really have their heads stuck up their collective asses chanting “Lalalalallalalalla” to each other. It is quite a sad mind picture.

I hope things turn around for the show but for now, I will enjoy my 5 minutes a week of Sonny and Brenda, if it’s that much I’d be surprised. With how much the characters talk about Sonny and Brenda you’d think they were on constantly. I wish they were.. But then again, who ever thought last year at this time I would be complaining about Sonny and BRENDA’s LACK of AIRTIME? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Ok, TTFN!

Thankful.

 

It’s taken a while to get to this point. It’s been so long since we’ve had kisses or even a possibility of having Sonny and Brenda together again. The writing for all intents and purposes, sucks with Guza at the helm. Who knows what nasty tricks he has up his sleeves for us? Hopefully, with the nasty we have nice… and HOT! It’s been an uphill battle and an extremely bumpy road.. and by all means, it will continue to be a crazy ride.

But… I am THANKFUL beyond belief! Has there been wasted time and moments? Yes. Would I and about a thousand fanfic writers written this return differently? You betcha! Am I disappointed in seeing Dante every 3 seconds drooling and obsessing about his 4 short days with Brenda? I wish he’d disappear with Lulu into oblivion, so that’s a huge YES. BUT..BUT… I am so,so thankful to even be able to write this blog about SONNY, BRENDA and the people, no matter how annoying, who are part of their story! Should all this move faster? Well, yes, it should be a bit faster in the story telling BUT, even though I may complain from time to time, I am so thankful to have Brenda back and my SnB making their way back together.

Vanessa’s contract continues to be a mystery for all of us. There is no clear answer as to how long it is for. She is bicoastal now and has much going on in her personal life. She would like to continue with GH on a part time basis. She says this is a “visit.” She also says she changes her mind all the time about resigning. VMG has also said she came back to specifically work with Maurice Bernard and the story is about Sonny and Brenda. My belief in all of this is this…. If the story continues in Sonny and Brenda’s favor, ratings go up when Sonny and Brenda are on, positive comments about the show continue on the GH FB page and thru emails and snail mail.. not to mention the hotline, Vanessa and TPTB may be able to find a happy medium.

I’ll say it.. I’d like her to stay. I think she could work and take time off and they could say she is doing work for her charity or visiting Julia or something. I personally, don’t wish to see her or Sonny EVERY darn day! I’d like balance and I’d like to see SnB work on making their relationship work. The space at times would be welcoming for both of them and would be good for Sonny’s story, because it wouldn’t ALWAYS be about Brenda. Yes, I am selfish. I want my SnB NO MATTER how I can get them. I would even be happy with 2 days a week seeing Brenda. Honestly… If it was one day a week, I’d be ok, too. As long as it was a huge makeout session, hot sex and both MB and VM being all flirty with each other, I’d be good.

So, to wrap this up… I am Thankful for all of you, Vanessa deciding to come back, Sonny and Brenda finding their way back together and for the promise of a happy, happy 2011.

Hope your Turkey days were happy and full of love, food, friendship and family. xo

Random November images

Candid’s of Vanessa are courtesy of the Oral B Glide event in NYC last week. 🙂

November images

Thanks to Betsy for the images! 🙂

Starting November Sweeps……

I know, it’s been a while since my last blog post. I’ve been traveling on and off since mid-September with my family…. So, here I am, on a Sunday morning with a few thoughts about the show, rumors/spoilers and the newest promo:

Rumors are running rampant about Brenda and Dante once being in love and maybe having a baby together.

My thoughts on that happen to be:      Dante had a huge crush on Brenda and she genuinely liked him and felt safe around him. 4 days of him guarding her is not long enough for her to fall in love with him, IMHO. I don’t believe they were ever “In Love.” I think Dante was just very taken with the beautiful and vulnerable model and it left a huge impression on him, especially after all they went through with covering up the murder.

I refuse to allow myself to get worked up over a possible past romance between Brenda and Dante. No matter how much Guza may hint of that ickyness, I still don’t believe it. BUT, if he DOES go THERE…. We have seen this in the past with Sonny/Alexis/Sam. He had babies with both of them. Obviously only one survived but he did sleep with them both and had children with them.

Which now brings me to the baby speculations….

Possible fathers to the baby are as follow:

Alexander (The Balkan’s deceased son): Very good possibility they were together for a time and had a child.

Dante: 4 days, a murder and cover-up don’t exactly make for the most romantic time. Also, if Brenda and Dante did have sex and conceived a child, how in the world did she find out in those 4 days????

Now, these speculations would age the child but would tie the child back to Port Charles and to powerful people there. The child would be 6 or 7 at this point and would be a prime target for child trafficking.

Jax: Sure, Jax and Brenda had sex several times once they got back together. But, did she conceive a child? Would this further her or even his story? I suppose with Jax it would… but honestly, I like how his first child is with Cujo. They belong together. haha

Sonny: There has been long and hard speculation and major fanfic stories that have spun out from the docks kiss in 2003.

My take on this and would be a fairly easy rewrite…

Sonny and Brenda were kissing on the docks and things got hot and heavy. They found themselves at their old apartment over Luke’s and made love before parting ways for the last time, vowing never to be together again but would always love each other. A few months later, while in Europe, Brenda discovered she was pregnant. Brenda was happy to have a child and a piece of Sonny with her. She made the baby the center of her life until she got involved with Alexander. He was quite taken with her and when he found out the true identity of the baby, he became fixated on taking the child for nefarious purposes. Brenda stumbled upon his plan and sent the child into hiding or for adoption for protection.

Unknown father to us: Brenda could have been in love with someone else in Europe and had a child with him. Completely plausible but highly unlikely because Guza is not creative enough to actually give Brenda a romantic back story with someone we don’t know. It could have been a handsome, honest man who loved Brenda with his whole heart. They could have been engaged and expecting their baby when tragedy occurred, and the man died. Brenda could have been alone and beside herself once again and due to her depression, lost the child. Or the child could have been born and Alexander could have come along…

Ultimately, no matter who Brenda had a baby with, we all know Sonny would do anything to protect Brenda and her offspring. Only time will tell if the baby survived or not, is with relatives, an adoptive family or was kidnapped. What we do know is this: If a baby IS out there, either 2-3 years old or 6-7 years old, Sonny will help Brenda bring the baby home…. No matter what.

The next thing I’d like to touch upon is the status of Sonny and Brenda.

No, they are not together and it is irritating for some out there on the net. For some, they are enjoying the ride and savoring every moment Sonny and Brenda have a scene together. Some are just savoring having Brenda back, no matter how long, short or whom she is with.

My take is this and I am partially spoiler free….

I believe all this is bringing Sonny and Brenda back together. After all this time apart, they just couldn’t fall back in bed and a relationship together… I want the ride and the angst.. I want them to work to be together and have this time be for keeps because they really and truly WANT TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER this time. Would I like TPTB to cut the crap and have more scenes with SnB, maybe kissing and flirting a bit—- You Betcha! I think they wasted too much time in Rome and too many wasted scenes with others since Brenda has been back. Ratings are showing that people are frustrated with the telling of the story. To be honest, IMO, it really isn’t the story per-se, it’s how LONG it is taking for it to be told. GH wastes too much time in its story telling. They need to move things along and keep people interested AND they need to include the canvas, entwine stories and invest the viewers in the whole thing, not just one or two characters.

Brenda should be involved with Robin’s story. She should have heard about the fire and run to the hospital, or maybe had been there for Emma’s party! WTF????? Not just the other way around!! I call it fragmented storytelling. Brenda should have seen Luke sometime, too… Not to mention MIKE! Please. Guza can’t write his way out of a paper bag.

This is what I can’t wait for and it’s in a week or so when we get this:

I’m off to deal with my kiddos, but before I take off…

Keep the faith, don’t freak out over so called spoilers and rumors. Some things never come to fruition and also never pan out in the end. We will have our Sonny and Brenda and we need to be patient. We helped make Vanessa’s return happen. We have been loyal and faithful for 7, almost 8 long years. If the ratings sink further and the feedback is not good, Vanessa most likely will not resign come September. Remember to keep emailing, sending your postcards in. Most important, please watch the show, even when it makes you ill. We have all come together because of the show and a lot of us have made long lasting friendships because of it. If the show gets canceled, we will lose a huge part of our lives and honestly, it would be an awfully sad day for many, many people.

Be positive and let’s keep the faith and hope for the future… You never know what unspoiled scene may pop up…. ❤

TTFN!