Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (January 16)

1978: One Life to Live and General Hospital each expanded to an hour.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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.

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) warned Toni Fescina of the danger if she tried to get hush money from Roy Benson.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Sam Evans (David Ford) woke up and tried to put out the fire, burning his hands in the process. Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott ) came in and put the fire out, as Sam frantically claimed that Laura Collins (Diana Millay) burned his hands. Roger (Louis Edmonds) believed booze to be the culprit in Sam's accident. Sam accused Laura of causing it to happen. Roger Collins decided to destroy the new painting but found it had already been burnt. Sam was shocked as the fire wasn't anywhere near the painting.

1967: On Peyton Place, Rachel Welles (Leigh Taylor-Young) accepted an offer to stay at the home of Constance Mackenzie (Dorothy Malone) and Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Daytime Nielsen Ratings: Holiday Bump for All and 'Days of our Lives' Makes Big Jump


The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for the week of December 24-28, 2018. All four soaps had an expected Christmas week bump in the ratings, while Days of our Lives made a big leap past General Hospital in total viewers and the demos.

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 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. Days of our Lives 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. General Hospital 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Today in Soap Opera History (January 15)

1953: Love of Life's Meg was upset with Vanessa.
1983: Guiding Light's Mike investigated a birth certificate.
1988: General Hospital's Grant tried to kidnap Robin.
1993: NBC aired the final episode of Santa Barbara.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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.

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1953: On Love of Life, Van (Peggy McCay) and Meg (Jean McBride) were at odds over Meg's son, Beanie (Dennis Parnell). Meg later asked Van, "How can you go on being friends with a man who threatened my life?" McCay left Love of Life in 1955 after 4 years. She currently stars as Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (January 14)

1965: Peyton Place's Allison met Elliot.
1974: Days of our Lives' Addie gave birth to Hope.
1983: GH's Bobbie was shocked to learn of Luke's death.
1994: Brookside's Beth and Margaret shared an historic kiss.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) and Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliot) discussed the Nicholson-McGinnis case and determined they would have to be tried separately. Peter would prosecute Commissioner Wheeler Nicholson, while Mike took on newspaperman Mac McGinnis.

1965: On Peyton Place, the newly paroled Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor) met Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at the Book Gallery, where they discussed their mutual love for writing. Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) spotted Elliot talking to Connie and offered him a job at the mill, but Elliot was surly and refused. Leslie declared that Elliot was his own worst enemy.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

1989: The Ryan's Hope finale aired on ABC.
2013: The broadcast TV finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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.

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on Dark Shadows. He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (January 12)

1981: Primetime soap Dynasty premiered on ABC.
1993: Maureen Bauer died on Guiding Light.
2009: As the World Turns Luke and Noah made love for the first time.
2012: One Life to Live's Viki gave a speech for the ages about beloved canceled soap Fraternity Row.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1967: The character of Hope Bauer, who crossed over from The Guiding Light, appeared on Another World for the final time. Elissa Leeds played the role on both shows.

1976: Days of our Lives stars Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. Read the article here.