Nielsen Ratings: 'General Hospital' Hits #1 in Women 18-49 and 18-34 Demos

The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for the shortened week October 30-November 3, 2017. General Hospital ranked first in the Women 18-49 demo, the first time the show has been alone in the top spot since June 2014.

Check out a breakdown below 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 4,415,000 (-41,000/-179,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,491,000 (-71,000/-218,000)
3. General Hospital 2,763,000 (+13,000/+125,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,190,000 (-108,000/+17,000)

Ann Wedgeworth Dead at 83

Tony Award winning actress and former soap opera star Ann Wedgeworth passed away on Thursday. She was 83.

After playing Marie Warren and, later, Angie Talbot on CBS soap The Edge of Night, Wedgeworth moved to NBC's Another World in 1967 to create the role of Lahoma Vane. In March 1970, Lahoma and her husband, Sam Lucas, left Bay City for the spin-off series Somerset. Wedgeworth left Somerset in September 1973.

In a 1980 People magazine interview, Wedgeworth described her six years in the soaps as "dreary and horrible".

She went on to win a Tony Award in 1978 for her work in "Chapter Two," and later memorably played Lana Shields on ABC's hit sitcom Three's Company.

'Nashville' Will End After Season 6

Season 6 of CMT primtime serial Nashville kicks off on January 4, 2018. On Friday, CMT announced Friday that the upcoming sixth season will be the country music drama's last.

"All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters," executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said via statement. "And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years."

CMT picked up Nashville after the series was canceled by ABC following Season 4.

"After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season," Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said in a statement. "We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the sixth season the most exciting and memorable of all."

Check out the latest sneak peek from Season 6 below.

Jen Lilley Returning to 'Days of our Lives' as Theresa Donovan

Jen Lilley is returning to NBC soap opera Days of our Lives as Theresa Donovan, according to Soap Opera Digest.

When she left Days in November 2016, Lilley told Digest she’d be open to a return.

“I would definitely go back to Days of our Lives and play Theresa," she said. "I would be devastated if they recast the character without calling me first. I would love to reprise that role. In a perfect world, I would keep playing Theresa, just like how Eileen Davidson [Ashley, Y&R] has played Kristen. I would come back and do some arcs. That would be amazing. I know they say never say never, but if I were ever on a soap, it would be Days, because that’s really where I found a home.”

Lilley's Theresa will make her return in May 2018.

Today in Soap Opera History (November 17)

1981: Luke and Laura were married on General Hospital.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events 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.

On this date in...

1971: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) warned Dr. Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce) to keep her eyes wide open when it came to Dr. Karen Werner.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Steve Guthrie (Denny Albee) confessed to Deborah Saxon (Frances Fisher) he still loved her.

Today in Soap Opera History (November 16)

1981: Texas' Justin learned Ashley wasn't pregnant.
1981: General Hospital's Rick walked Laura down the aisle.
1995: Days of our Lives' Sami gave birth to Will.
1995: One Life to Live's Todd left for Ireland.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events 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.

On this date in...

1964: On Another World, Ken Baxter (William Prince) agreed to give up his relationship with Janet Matthews (Liza Chapman) and make his marriage to Laura (Augusta Dabney) work, following the murder of their son, Tom.

1966: On Dark Shadows, a mysterious person tried to enter Victoria Winters' (Alexandra Moltke) room, but her screams scared the intruder away.