Friday, January 16, 2009 1:26 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — While America gets ready for a change on Tuesday, January 20, when Senator Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, fans of daytime drama shifted this weeks Top 10 results into anyone’s favor.

In its second week out, the SON Top 10 recorded a record 1,350 total votes. This is a 40% increase in votes over last week. Additionally, 2,579 votes were cast  for 124 daytime actresses and 2,509 votes were cast for 117 daytime actors. 2,554 votes were cast for daytime’s most popular couples.

Holding onto the Top Actor title for the second week in a row, “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) held a commanding lead over his nearest competitor, “All My Children’s” Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater). The actor had a 352% vote lead over Kaye. As one-half of two popular pairings, it’s no surprise that Burton is well worth the airtime he receives on the daytime drama series.

Jumping from 2nd place to first, “General Hospital’s” Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) unseats co-star Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) as Top Actress. McCullough fell to fourth place. Also on the rise, “Guiding Light’s” Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) rose from 5th to 3rd. This is the highest ranking for a non-“GH” actress. “The Young and the Restless'” Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott) delivered a powerful punch as the actress jumped to 7th place from 21st last week. The actress received an 81% spike in votes week-to-week. By comparison, “One Life to Live’s” Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) fell from 10th to 26th place week-to-week.

“General Hospital’s” Elizabeth Webber and Jason Morgan are daytime’s Top Couple for the week after placing third the week prior. Fellow “GH’ers” Maxie Jones and Damian Spinelli received a significant spike in ranking as they placed 10th. Previously they ranked just out of the Just Missed list in 23rd place. Showing the largest gain in any category, “One Life to Live’s” Natalie Buchanan and Jared Banks jump 24 spots from 33rd place to 9th. Last week’s top couple, Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake, fell from the top to 6th. Rounding out the list was Sharon Newman Abbott and Nicholas Newman of “The Young and the Restless,” who went from 13th to 7th and “Days of our Lives” duo Sami Brady and EJ Wells who fell a notch to place 8th.

After fighting it out with “The Young and the Restless” in last week’s Top 10 chart, ABC’s “General Hospital” was able to hold a solid lead over the CBS drama series this week and claim the Top Soap title. The series held a 54% advantage over “Y&R.” “All My Children” rose a notch to place third, while “Days of our Lives” jumped from 6th to 4th.

Voting for the Week of January 12 – 16, 2009 opens Friday at 4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT. You can vote here.

Top Actresses

TWLWPeakActresses Weeks On
121  Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber, General Hospital)2
232Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall, General Hospital)2
353Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis, Guiding Light)2
411Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio, General Hospital)2
544Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady, Days of our Lives)2
686Tamara Braun (Reese Williams, All My Children)2
7217Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott, The Young and the Restless)1
8118Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh, As The World Turns)1
9129Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan, One Life to Live)1
1099Christel Khalil (Lily Winters, The Young and the Restless)2

Just Missed: 11. Maura West (Carly Snyder, As The World Turns); 12. Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, All My Children); 13. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives); 14. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman, The Young and the Restless); 15. Megan Ward (Kate Howard, General Hospital); 16. Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones, General Hospital); 17. Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe, All My Children); 18. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless); 20. Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard, All My Children).

Top Actors

TWLWPeakActorsWeeks On
111  Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, General Hospital)2
232Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, All My Children)2
322Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, General Hospital)2
484Bradley Cole (Jeffrey O’Neill, Guiding Light)2
544Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, As The World Turns)2
6136Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital)1
755Trevor St. John (Todd Manning, One Life to Live)2
898Billy Miller (Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless)2
9289Jacob Young (J.R. Chandler, All My Children)1
101110Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital)1

Just Missed: 11. Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman, The Young and the Restless); 12. James Scott (EJ Wells, Days of our Lives); 13. Michael Easton (John McBain, One Life to Live); 14. Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, The Young and the Restless); 15. Stephen Nichols (Steve ‘Patch’ Johnson, Days of our Lives); 16. Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, All My Children); 17. Michael Park (Jack Snyder, As The World Turns); 18. Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless); 19. Peter Reckell (Bo Brady, Days of our Lives); 20. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless).

Top Couples

TWLWPeakCouplesWeeks On 
13 1 
Elizabeth Webber/Jason Morgan (General Hospital)
242Samantha McCall/Jason Morgan (General Hospital)2
322Luke Snyder/Noah Mayer (As The World Turns)2
474Reve Shayne Lewis/Jeffrey O’Neill (Guiding Light)2
555Bianca Montgomery/Reese Williams (All My Children)2
611Robin Scorpio/Patrick Drake (General Hospital)2
7137Sharon Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless)1
877Sami Brady/EJ Wells (Days of our Lives)2
9339Natalia Buchanan/Jared Banks (One Life to Live)1
102310Maxie Jones/Damian Spinelli (General Hospital)1

Just Missed: 11. Kate Howard/Sonny Corinthos (General Hospital); 12. Angie Hubbard/Jessie Hubbard (All My Children); 13. Phyllis Summers Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless); 14. Jessica Buchanan/Brody Lovett (One Life to Live), Kayla Brady/Steve ‘Patch’ Johnson (Days of our Lives); 16. Carly Snyder/Jack Snyder (As The World Turns), Lily Winters/Billy Abbott (The Young and the Restless), Lily Winters/Cane Ashby (The Young and the Restless); 19. Gigi Morasco/Rex Balsom (One Life to Live); 20. Hope Brady/Bo Brady (Days of our Lives).

Top Soaps

Weeks On
121  General Hospital (ABC/SOAPnet)2
The Young and the Restless (CBS/SOAPnet)2
343All My Children (ABC/SOAPnet)2
Days of our Lives (NBC/SOAPnet)2
533As The World Turns (CBS/
655One Life to Live (ABC/SOAPnet)2
777Guiding Light (CBS/
888The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/

Eligibility: In order for an actor or actress to be eligible for the SON Top 10, the actor or actress must be on-air during the week covering the voting period. If they do not appear on screen during this period, their votes are not included in final Top 10 Rankings. This includes their eligibilty in the couples category. Couples do not need to be on-screen together, however, to be eligible.

Discussion: Top 10 Results: Week of January 5-9, 2009

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Guiding Light