Monday, October 22, 2018

Daytime Nielsen Ratings: 'Days of our Lives' Up in Viewers, Hits New Demo Low

The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for the week of October 8-12, 2018. Days of our Lives was up in total viewers versus the previous week and the same week last year but hit a new record demo low with only 276,000 females age 18-49 tuning in.

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 4,214,000 (+183,000/-156,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,294,000 (-41,000/-227,000)
3. General Hospital 2,489,000 (+185,000/-23,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,138,000 (+77,000/+22,000)

Today in Soap Opera History (October 22)

1968: Dark Shadows' Joe stabbed himself .
1985: Port Charles residents learned Frisco was presumed dead.
1985: Days of our Lives' Abe shot and killed Richard Cates.
2001: As the World Turns' Bryant crashed his car.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Joe Haskell (Joel Crothers) stabbed himself with a letter opener after Angelique (Lara Parker) told him that he bored her and wanted him to go.

1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) reassured Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) while Dr. Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon) performed surgery on her daughter, Penny.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Former 'Young and the Restless' Actor Max Ehrich Hires Security After Agent Pulls Gun on Him

Actor Max Ehrich, best known for his work on The Young and the Restless, was viewing a property in the Los Angeles area when an agent got a little too close. According to TMZ, the unnamed agent attempted to come on to Ehrich. When the star declined the agent's sexual advances, the agent allegedly pulled a gun on Ehrich.

The bizarre run-in left the star feeling uncomfortable and unsafe.

On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to show he's hired security to protect him until the situation is sorted out.

"Just wanted to update you guys that I am safe & secure," he captioned a snapshot of a security guard sitting on the end of a bed. "I appreciate the messages. Don’t take your safety for granted. There really are some sick people out there. Stay safe."

On Friday, Ehrich added more details to the story.

"I was stalked on Instagram by this person months prior to the incident," he wrote on Instagram. "Social media is a great tool, but please be careful sharing your locations."

Ehrich played Fenmore Baldwin on The Young and the Restless from 2012 to 2015. He's since appeared on Embeds, Sweet/Vicious and American Princess.

Today in Soap Opera History (October 21)

1982: General Hospital's Bryan visited his father.
1988: Guiding Light's Rick had an epiphany on his wedding day.
1997: Another World's Felicia removed her bandages.
2004: Guiding Light's Reva told Cassie that JB was Jonathan.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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 Hawkins Falls, May Shipley (Vivian Lasswell) came to Dr. Floyd Corey (Maurice Copeland) for help with a problem. Meanwhile, Sue Riga (Toni Gilman) tore into Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon). Hugh Downs was the announcer for the show at this time.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20, 1930: The Soap Opera Was Born

Originally published on October 20, 2010.

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Painted Dreams premiered October 20, 1930.
80 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE SOAP OPERA WAS BORN
By Rob Wargo

On October 20, 1930, the soap opera was born, with the debut of the first episode of Irna Phillips’ Painted Dreams. Although the series had a relatively brief network run, compared to Ms. Phillips’ other triumphs, it is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the first very soap opera.

One day in 1930, schoolteacher Irna Phillips visited Chicago’s WGN looking for work. Although initially hired as an actress, her interests soon turned to writing, and she created the series Sue and Irene in which she and Ireene Wicker (best known as radio’s “Singing Lady”) provided all of the voices, with Irna playing “Sue” and Ireene playing “Irene.” Scheduled during the daytime, Sue and Irene was sponsored by Lever Brothers’ detergent “Super Suds.” The dialogue was conversational in tone, rather than full-out acting, similar to another early serialized entry Clara, Lu and Em.

Today in Soap Opera History (October 20)

1930: Irna Phillips' soap opera Painted Dreams premiered.
1987: General Hospital's Duke and Anna were married.
1994: All My Children's Edmund faced the press.
1998: The Young and the Restless' Sharon was hit by a car.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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...

1930: The soap opera was born! Irna Phillips’ radio soap Painted Dreams premiered on WGN Radio in Chicago. The show is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the very first soap opera. The show ran on WGN and later CBS Radio until July 1943.