Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of August 11-15, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,399,000 (-39,000/-112,000)
2. B&B 3,429,000 (-93,000/+47,000)
3. GH 2,879,000 (+74,000/+336,000)
4. DAYS 2,463,000 (+59,000/+180,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.1/same)
3. GH 2.2/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

He’s had starring roles on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and currently “Days of our Lives” as Aiden Jennings, but despite his long soap career as a serious actor you’d be surprised to learn what hidden talent Daniel Cosgrove keeps close to the vest. In a recent visit to the Burbank Studios, where “DAYS” is filmed, Soap Opera Network was given an exclusive and rare opportunity of witnessing Cosgrove beatboxing/rapping. Yes, you read that right.

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ABC

ABC

ABC

ABC

In a newly released promo, ABC is touting Thursdays as Thank God It’s Thursday (T.G.I.T.) with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” which were all created by writer/producer Shonda Rhimes.

The full night of operations, scandal and intrigue kicks off on Thursday, September 25 with “Grey’s” moving to 8:00 PM ET/PT, “Scandal” moving up to 9:00 PM ET/PT and the debut of “How to Get Away with Murder,” starring Oscar nominee Viola Davis, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
ABC

ABC

On the Thursday, August 21 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo) returned from her long trip away from Port Charles after looking to clear her head following the death of her son, Gabriel, with Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Upon her return, Sabrina is shocked to learn that for much of the time she had been gone Patrick knew who ran them off the road and caused their son’s death. She also learns that her best friend Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) knew as well. Neither Patrick or Felix opted to call her to tell her because they feared what it would do to her mental state, as noted by Castillo in Soap Opera Network‘s recent interview with the actress.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Gilles Toucas Photography

Gilles Toucas Photography

CBS/Bell-Phillip Television Productions

CBS/Bell-Phillip Television Productions

As previously reported, former game show host Bob Barker is returning to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” on Thursday, August 28. The episode finds Barker once again playing a version of himself when he goes to check up on new pal Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton). The friendly visit, however, goes south when an argument between Barker and Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks) ensues following Wyatt’s choice words about animal lovers. Having enough of Wyatt’s antics, Barker unleashes the smackdown on his candy you know what. The scene is reminiscent of Barker’s classic fight scene from the 1996 Adam Sandler film, “Happy Gilmore.” Following a flurry of punches, Wyatt falls to the ground and begins to roll down a hill, where he lands face-down in a puddle of mud.

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TV Guide Magazine/CBS Interactive

TV Guide Magazine/CBS Interactive

In 2012, Soap Opera Network published our own version of the annual TV Guide Magazine “TV’s Highest Paid Stars” issue. In the time since it was published we’ve been quite shocked to see how many of you were curious to know how much some of daytime and primetime’s biggest and brightest stars of yesteryear have gone on to make with their current work in primetime dramas and comedies, reality shows, and even daytime talk shows. Although we were unable to continue our report in 2013 due to circumstances beyond our control, we thought it would be a great opportunity to continue producing the soap opera edition of one of TV Guide‘s best selling issues with the release of the 2014 edition.

As was the case in 2012, the 2014 list comprises of former daytime and primetime soap stars who’ve either gone on to host their own talk show or headline a top ranked primetime series, or in the case of primetime soap stars of the past (and present) – gotten richer!

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AFF/TA/Steven Bergman

AFF/TA/Steven Bergman

Denise Vasi played Randi Hubbard on the ABC version of “All My Children” from 2008-2011, but she’s probably best known for her current portrayal of Raquel Lancaster in the VH1/Centric soap, “Single Ladies,” although her latest endeavor is likely one she’ll cherish over all.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
CBS/Bell-Phillip Television Productions

CBS/Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Per TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, legendary host of “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker, is returning to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” on Thursday, August 28 in scenes that’ll spoof his classic fight scene from the 1996 Adam Sandler film, “Happy Gilmore.”

Barker last appeared on the soap playing a version of himself in early May, when he met Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) to discuss their mutual interest in providing care for animals in dire need of love and support. When he returns to the soap this time he’s again shown chatting with Liam only to find Wyatt (Darin Brooks) interrupt their conversation with his comments about “stupid animal lovers,” words which Barker doesn’t take too kindly. “Stupid animal lovers?” he says, adding, “Animal lovers are not stupid, and I don’t like remarks like that.” Halfheartedly apologizing for his choice in words, Wyatt corrects himself by replacing his “stupid animal lovers” comment with “animal wacko,” referencing Barker. He’s later told to be careful by Barker as Liam tells him to stop being a jackass. “I think a pet could be your best friend. Make you happy. You look like you could use that. Just remember help control the pet population… have your pet spayed or neutered,” comments Barker to Wyatt, who is literally stunned by the words he is hearing. He responds to Barker by reiterating his use of the word wacko before Barker lays the smackdown on his candy you know what.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

After being challenged by “The Young and the Restless” co-star Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman), Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) has exclusively shared with Soap Opera Network video of himself taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which included a surprise appearance by best friend frenemy and neighbor, Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe, “All My Children”).

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YouTube

YouTube

It’s the craze that has swept the nation, social media and Hollywood over the last month as the world seeks to help fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord according to the ALS Association website. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Harpo’s Oprah Winfrey have already done it and so have a cruise ship load of daytime soap stars past and present, which now includes real-life best friends Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, “The Young and the Restless”) and Chrishell Stause (Jordan, “Days of our Lives”), who were challenged by Egan’s mother, Mary. They weren’t alone! Also taking part was “Y&R’s” newest star, and Stause’s real-life boyfriend, Justin Hartley (Adam Newman).

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