Today in Soap Opera History (February 7)

1980: The Edge of Night's April inherited all of Margo's estate.
1983: General Hospital's Robert & Holly were married.
1995: All My Children's Jason reached out to Hayley for help.
2005: Emme Rylan debuted as Lizzie on Guiding Light.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential eveents in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1812: Charles Dickens was born. In 1836 his first novel was published, "The Pickwick Papers". It was a success and was followed by more novels: "Oliver Twist" (1837), "Nicholas Nickleby" (1838-39) and "Barnaby Rudge" (1841). He traveled to America later that year and aroused the hostility of the American press by supporting the abolitionist movement. In 1858 he divorced his wife Catherine, the mother of his ten children. During the 1840s his social criticism became more radical and his comedy more savage: novels like "David Copperfield" (1849-50), "A Tale of Two Cities" (1959) and "Great Expectations" (1860-61) only increased his fame and respect. His last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was never completed and was later published posthumously.

1966: On Another World, Emily (Mona Bruns) reminded Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) that Dr. James told him even if Julie had lived, she would never have left the sanitarium. Emily was thrilled Mike was not considering returning to his home town because he and Hope had found a place with her (The Guiding Light was moving from Selby Flats to Springfield around this time).

Daytime Ratings: All Four Soaps Down in Total Viewers Week-Over-Week, But Up Versus Last Year

The Live + Same Day daytime ratings are in for January 25-29, 2016. While all four soap operas were down in total viewers versus the previous week, each show still remains ahead of last year's pace. General Hospital and Days of our Lives are both up year-over-year in the Women 18-49 and Women 18-34 demos.

Below is a breakdown of the daytime soap opera Nielsen ratings by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 5,095,000 (-213,000/+298,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,974,000 (-89,000/+6,000)
3. General Hospital 3,060,000 (-71,000/+73,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,678,000 (-194,000/+234,000)

'General Hospital' Spoilers (February 8-12, 2016)

Jason calls out for Sam but is it too late?
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of February 8-12, 2016.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 8
Jason (Billy Miller) tries to reach Sam (Kelly Monaco) before it's too late; Anna (Finola Hughes) surprises Paul (Richard Burgi) with a visit; Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) offer Michael (Chad Duell) advice about Sabrina (Teresa Castillo).

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (February 8-12, 2016)

John resolves to bring down the agency that made him an assassin - much
to Marlena's dismay.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives during the week of February 8-12, 2016.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 8
Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Ava (Tamara Braun) receive stunning news about their son; Andre (Thaao Penghlis) closes in on a new way to reach Hope (Kristian Alfonso); Theo (Kyler Pettis) tells Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) he has feelings for her; Abigail (Kate Mansi) questions Chad (Billy Flynn) about the real reason he wants to elope.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (February 8-12, 2016)

The Young and The Restless is getting hot and heavy all week long,
according to a new CBS promo.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of February 8-12, 2016.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 8
Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) discover the truth about Dr. Anderson (Elizabeth Bogush); Billy (Jason Thompson) makes up for lost time with Victoria (Amelia Heinle); Adam (Justin Hartley) opens up to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan).

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Spoilers (February 8-12, 2016)

This Valentine's Week: Wyatt's love is red, sweet Caroline is blue, Quinn
is a little crazy (who knows what she'll do).
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful during the week of February 8-12, 2016.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 8
Quinn (Rena Sofer) tells Liam (Scott Clifton) a secret from her childhood; Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) struggles to give Wyatt (Darin Brooks) an answer while she still has unfinished business with her ex.