Daytime Ratings: All Four Soaps Down in Viewers Following Holiday Bump

The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for January 9-13, 2017. All four soap operas were down in total viewers versus the previous week.

On Pop TV, same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless made the cable Top 150 rankings on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (474,000 viewer average). For the latest Pop's soap opera ratings, visit our Pop TV Ratings Hub.

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 4,686,000 (-298,000/-583,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,783,000 (-290,000/-215,000)
3. General Hospital 2,653,000 (-165,000/-362,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,351,000 (-40,000/-440,000)

'Greenleaf' Season 2 Premieres March 15 on OWN

The second season of Greenleaf debuts March 15 on OWN.
The season two premiere date for OWN's latest hit primetime drama has been set. The first eight episodes of the new season of Greenleaf will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining eight episodes will air in summer 2017.

In the second season, the Greenleaf family tree will split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker) ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Emmy winner Keith David) while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Lynn Whitfield), struggles with Jacob's decision to abandon the family. Meanwhile, after exposing her Uncle Mac's (GregAlan Williams) crimes, but failing to bring him to justice, Grace "Gigi" Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) finds herself intrigued with someone new, Darius Nash (guest star Rick Fox), a local journalist who's been closely following the ongoing threats plaguing the Greenleaf empire.

Oprah Winfrey also returns in her guest starring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a close confidante to Grace Greenleaf.

Today in Soap Opera History (January 24)

1980: Miles's condition worsened on The Edge of Night.
1986: Drake Hogestyn debuted as John Black on Days of our Lives.
2000: Passions' Timmy called Dr. Bombay.
2005: As the World Turns' Lucy left town.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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...

1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) became upset after reading the story of Kathy Roberts' arrest in the morning paper. Papa Bauer (Theo Goetz) told her not to jump to conclusions about what happen, and that this was no time to selfishly think of herself when Meta was suffering.

Pop TV 'The Young and the Restless' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Ratings (January 16-20, 2017)


The Nielsen ratings are in for Pop TV for the week of January 16-20, 2017. Same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless made the cable Top 150 rankings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (487,333 viewer average based on three days of data).

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Monday, January 16--Not in Top 150
Tuesday, January 17502,0000.07134th
Wednesday, January 18576,0000.07115th
Thursday, January 19484,0000.05148th
Friday, January 20--Not in Top 150

The Bold and the Beautiful did not appear in the Top 150 during the week.



Ron Carlivati In as 'Days of our Lives' Head Writer, Dena Higley Out, Sheri Anderson Thomas Returns as Consultant

Ron Carlivati has been named the new head writer of Days of our Lives.
Daytime Emmy and WGA Award winning former One Life to Live and General Hospital head writer Ron Carlivati has been named the new head writer of NBC daytime soap opera Days of our Lives, replacing the current team of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Quan will remain at Days with a new title, Creative Consultant. Sheri Anderson Thomas, who served on the Days of our Lives writing team in various capacities, including head writer and co-head writer in the 1980s and 1990s, will also hold the Creative Consultant title.

"We look forward to the fresh and compelling stories these changes will bring to Salem," Days of our Lives said in a statement.

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass,” Carlivati tweeted tonight, a reference to Days' famous intro.

Anderson Thomas shared her excited in a message on Facebook.

"I was a huge fan of the show before I met my mentor, Pat Falken Smith, and was lucky enough to also be mentored by the phenomenal Betty Corday," she wrote. "I am am thrilled, and honored, to be returning, and especially with Ron who's a brilliant storyteller and great guy. Upwards!"

The staff changes come as Days of our Lives faces an indefinite future. As Deadline recently reported, discussions are underway for a 52nd, and possibly final, season. NBC's hire of Fox News' Megyn Kelly brought speculation of a morning talk show that could shake-up the network's daytime schedule.

At the recent Television Critics' Association press tour, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline about Days, "We haven't made decisions, but we like that show. I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that."





Today in Soap Opera History (January 23)

1970: The Doctors' Julie stirred up trouble at Hope Memorial.
1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith realized what Kenneth was up to.
1981: Another World's Mac pleaded with Mitch for help.
2006: General Hospital's Bobbie threatened Tracy.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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...

1939: Time magazine published a story about radio soap creators, Frank and Anne Hummert, explaining their prolific serial production operation (Blackett-Sample-Hummert Inc.). "By hiring dialogue writers, and not creators, the Hummerts save lots of money. Most serial writers in radio command $200 to $400 a week. For The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg gets about $2,000. The Hummerts pay a minimum $25 per 15-minute script. Since most Hummert ghosts are glad to add caviar to bread-&-butter from other jobs, they have seldom squawked." Read the entire article here.

1968: On Another World, Mitchell Dru (Geoffrey Lumb, who also played the character on both As the World Turns and The Brighter Day) advised Alice Matthews (Jacqueline Courtney) not to conjure up trouble between her brother, Russ (Sam Groom), and his new wife, Rachel (Robin Strasser).

1970: On The Doctors, when Julie Forrest (Ginger Gerlach) helped nurse Amanda Buckley (Esther Benson) break into a lock box at the hospital, they found a coded list of illegal abortions.