Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:58 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” is now confirming that Tuc Watkins will reprise the role of David Vickers this summer, and interact with “several of the show’s core families.” 

In an update to a story SON first brought you on Wednesday, Tuc Watkins will make yet another of his brief returns to Llanview in the coming months. Since originating the role of David Vickers in 1994, Watkins has returned to his “One Life” roots on ten separate occassions. 

Both Soap Opera Digest and SOAPnet are reporting that, while the exact length of Watkins’ latest stint remains uncertain, it appears that he will be back long enough for David to spend some time bonding with his newfound kinfolk, chat with best friend Viki, and drop in on ex-wife Dorian.  This marks Watkins second return to Llanview since discovering he was the biological son of Bo Buchanan, a member of one of the town’s wealthiest families (in April he breezed through Llanview to confront his lady love after she sent him a picture of her kissing Ray Montez, before returning to Hollywood as spokesman for Have-a-Seat hemorrhoid creme). 

No first airdate has yet been announced, however look for Watkins to return to “OLTL” some time this summer for a limited engagement. SON will continue to follow this story, and update as conditions warrant.     

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: It’s Official: Tuc Watkins Returning to Llanview

Thursday, June 4, 2009 7:59 PM ET | By Xavier Toups

( — Despite airing original episodes of its daytime drama lineup on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), CBS’ “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” were the only soaps to increase their total viewing audience during the week of May 25-29, 2009. “The Bold and the Beautiful” lost a mere 3,000 viewers week-to-week. “The Young and the Restless” remains daytime’s number one drama series with a gain of 120,000 viewers week-to-week and 48,000 viewers year-to-year. The drama is also up in Women 18-49.

ABC’s lineup of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” are down collectively by 342,000 viewers week-to-week and 912,000 viewers year-to-year. “GH” lost a hefty 330,000 viewers from the same week last year.

NBC’s “Days of our Lives” gained 136,000 viewers week-to-week and lost a mere 4,000 viewers year-to-year.

What follows are the ratings results for the week of May 25-29, 2009:

Total Viewers

1. Y&R 4,994,000 (+120,000/+48,000)
2. B&B 3,366,000 (-3,000/-341,000)
3. DAYS 2,663,000 (+136,000/-4,000)
4. ATWT 2,480,000 (+86,000/-126,000)
5. GH 2,454,000 (-96,000/-330,000)
6. AMC 2,430,000 (-88,000/-283,000)
7. OLTL 2,402,000 (-158,000/-299,000)
8. GL 2,022,000 (+71,000/-271,000)


1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.3) <——- ties low rating
3. DAYS 2.0/7 (+.1/same)
4. ATWT 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
4. AMC 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
4. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/-.3)
7. OLTL 1.8/6 (-.1/-.3) <—— ties low rating
8. GL 1.5/5 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers

1. Y&R 1,145,000 (+60,000/+47,000)
2. GH 834,000 (-71,000/-168,000)
3. DAYS 817,000 (+15,000/-92,000)
4. B&B 739,000 (+48,000/-98,000)
5. OLTL 736,000 (-112,000/-242,000)
6. AMC 718,000 (-75,000/-169,000)
7. ATWT 590,000 (+60,000/-78,000)
8. GL 478,000 (+44,000/-139,000)

Women 18-49 Rating

1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.1/same)
2. GH 1.3/8 (-.1/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.2/8 (same/-.2)
4. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/-.2)
4. AMC 1.1/7 (-.1/-.2)
4. OLTL 1.1/7 (-.2/-.4)
7. ATWT 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)
8. GL 0.7/4 (same/-.2) <——– ties low rating

Girls 12-17 Viewers

1. GH 48,000 (-1,000/+17,000)
2. DAYS 45,000 (+3,000/+8,000)
3. OLTL 42,000 (+15,000/+12,000)
4. Y&R 32,000 (+14,000/+3,000)
5. AMC 31,000 (+23,000/-4,000)
6. GL 20,000 (+5,000/-14,000)
7. B&B 12,000 (-5,000/-16,000)
8. ATWT 9,000 (-8,000/-22,000)

Women 18-34 Rating

1. Y&R 1.0/7 (-.1/same)
2. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
4. AMC 0.8/5 (-.1/same)
4. OLTL 0.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
6. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
6. B&B 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
8. GL 0.5/3 (+.1/+.1)

Men 18+ Viewers

1. Y&R 1,152,000 (+48,000/-46,000)
2. B&B 736,000 (+18,000/-95,000)
3. DAYS 520,000 (+50,000/+12,000)
4. ATWT 505,000 (+17,000/-24,000)
5. AMC 458,000 (-3,000/-13,000)
6. OLTL 415,000 (+4,000/+1,000)
7. GL 412,000 (+16,000/-55,000)
8. GH 362,000 (-24,000/-80,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 1.2/1,473,000 (repeat – did not count)
Tuesday: 2.0/2,710,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,333,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,297,000
Friday: 1.8/2,380,000

Monday: 1.8/2,510,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,597,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,473,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,355,000
Friday: 1.9/2,466,000

Monday: 2.2/3,280,000
Tuesday: 2.6/3,626,000
Wednesday: 2.4/3,141,000
Thursday: 2.4/3,304,000
Friday: 2.6/3,479,000

Monday: 1.7/2,329,000 (did not count)
Tuesday: 1.9/2,551,000
Wednesday: 2.1/2,785,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,806,000
Friday: 1.9/2,508,000

Monday: 1.0/1,385,000 (repeat – did not count)
Tuesday: 2.0/2,627,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,328,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,340,000
Friday: 1.9/2,521,000

Monday: 1.4/1,988,000
Tuesday: 1.5/2,074,000
Wednesday: 1.6/2,090,000
Thursday: 1.6/2,093,000
Friday: 1.4/1,886,000

Monday: 1.0/1,199,000 (repeat – did not count)
Tuesday: 2.0/2,656,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,120,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,485,000
Friday: 1.8/2,348,000

Monday: 3.4/5,004,000
Tuesday: 3.7/5,297,000
Wednesday: 3.7/4,970,000
Thursday: 3.5/4,838,000
Friday: 3.5/4,860,000

Discussion: Ratings: CBS On The Rise; ABC’s Great Fall

OLTL Recap: Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 4, 2009.


“The Waiting is the Hardest Part”

With Viki’s love and support, Jessica remembers everything about the night she gave birth.  Jessica shares a look with Brody as Viki and Clint prepare to take her home.  Starr and Cole can’t sotp thinking about Hope’s return. 

Gigi and Stacy go at it.  Schuyler thinks his and Gigi’s mission to get a sample of Stacy’s DNA was a bust but Gigi triumphantly informs him otherwise. 

Cristian and Layla agree to take on Fish as their third roommate, but it might not be smooth sailing for the threesome. 

Shaun warns Destiny not to put too much faith in their estranged brother.  Shaun asks Rachel out on a date.  Destiny is privately happy to be able to spend more time with Matthew as she helps him study. 

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Starr and Cole anxiously await Hope’s arrival.   
  • Viki and Clint are devastated for their daughter.  
  • Todd offers Marcie and Michael an apology. 

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:02 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 4, 2009.


Ryan leaves to go see Adam after Annie tells him why she had been at the mansion with a gun. Adam lets Ryan know he believes Annie’s innocent.

Liza explains to Colby why she was at the mansion on the night of the murder as she asserts her innocence. Pete confirms to Colby that the blood on the letter is Stuart’s and thinks Liza is guilty of murder.

Thinking she could help fill the void in David’s life, Marissa goes to him. David has a vision of Babe, who urges him to do the right thing.

Tad’s acting footloose and fancy free.

Erica maintains to Kendall that Zach still loves her. Angie questions Zach’s motivation for marrying Kendall. Kendall visits Ryan, but quickly returns to Zach and Ian’s side. Ryan has doubts about Kendall’s true feelings. Zach informs Liza that he’s a married man.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Liza asserts her innocence.
  • An accusatory finger is pointed at David.
  • Kendall remembers more about the night of the murder.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 4, 2009.


Jax can barely contain his loathing when Claudia seeks him out, claiming that Carly is trying to worm her way back into Sonny’s life.

Claudia continues to cozy up to Michael as she subtly tries to turn him against Carly. Michael unsettles Claudia when he mentions remembering her visiting him while he was in his coma. Sonny wonders if maybe Michael should come live with him after all. Michael is stopped by Toussaint (Billy Dee Williams) as he tries to leave the hospital.

Jason encounters a young girl outside a bar (Lexi Ainsworth).

Rebecca and Nikolas bask in the afterglow of their lovemaking but Rebecca takes off when Alexis arrives. Helena approaches Rebecca on the docks.

Patrick is worried when Robin says she doesn’t want to come back to work fulltime because she can’t be away from Emma.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia and Carly’s altercation could result in tragedy.
  • Rebecca’s secret is revealed.
  • Jason has his hands full with Kristina.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


( — Mark Hapka marks his steamy debut on Wednesday, June 17 as Nathan Jannings on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” In this photo released by JPI Studios, Hapka gives actress Molly Burnett and her character Melanie Layton a welcoming surprise after the two meet under unusual circumstances.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.


  • Monday: JR points an accusatory finger at David. Annie finds an unlikey friend in Adam Chandler. Frankie continues to push Randi away.
  • Tuesday: Liza makes a deal with David. Annie’s new friend comes between her and Aidan. Krystal doubts David’s innocence.
  • Wednesday: Someone comes to a suspects defense to not fry for a crime they didn’t commit. Ryan believes Annie could be on the road to recovery. David gives Jesse his account of the night of the murder.
  • Thursday: Liza ensures her secret is kept. Liza makes an enemy of David. Aidan conspires with Erica to keep Annie and Adam apart.
  • Friday: Amanda gives birth to a baby boy. Zach and Kendall grow closer. Tad wants to know what Liza’s really up to.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.


  • Monday: Ric’s concern for Claudia raises Sonny’s suspicions. Sam doesn’t want Kristina making the same mistakes she did. Rebecca’s true agenda is revealed.
  • Tuesday: Sonny wonders if Ric is the father of Claudia’s baby. Patrick and Robin are in a good place. Jax has concerns about Michael.
  • Wednesday: Rebecca begins to try and win Jason over. Tracy leaves Luke with an ultimatum. Elizabeth doesn’t believe Rebecca’s as innocent as she claims.
  • Thursday: Michael can’t control his rage. Claudia fears she might have lost the baby. Spinelli wants to figure out what Kate’s really up to.
  • Friday: Olivia shares her suspicions about Claudia with Sonny. Michael’s homecoming doesn’t go smoothly. Spinelli, Maxie and Lulu discover Kate’s secret.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

OLTL Alerts: Week of June 8 Edition

Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.


  • Monday: Starr and Cole share an emotional reunion with baby Hope. Cole gets to hold his daughter for the first time.  Starr has conflicting feelings about giving away her baby.  Jessica is consumed with guilt.  Rachel asks Nora if she still has the hots for Bo.
  • Tuesday: Todd and Blair’s truce comes to an abrupt end.  Marty lets John know exactly how she feels.  Schuyler provides Gigi with more details concerning Stacy’s personality.
  • Wednesday: John and Blair have different views on their marriage. Téa arrives on Todd’s doorstep with her suitcases packed.  Dorian finds herself all alone. 
  • Thursday: Natalie faces the music and talks to Marcie and Michael.  Cole and Starr find comfort in one anothers arms.  Jessica realizes Natalie did what she thought she had to do. 
  • Friday: Marcie has second thoughts about keepig Starr’s baby.  Todd and Blair battle for custody of their children.  Dorian is miserable, especially upon seeing how happy everyone else seems to be.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow

Thursday, June 4, 2009 2:37 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Primetime viewership for SOAPnet, the network for soaps, increased in May for the fourth straight month, and reached a new high in several key demos.

In a press release issued Tuesday by the upstart cable/satellite network dedicated to the daytime drama, viewership for the month of May reached record highs in total viewers and the all important women aged 18-49 demographic. Also, viewership for the channel increased for the fourth consecutive month. Below are a few highlights from the press release.   

Record or near-record viewership for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on SOAPnet gave the network their most watched May ever in the women 18-49 demo. in the channel’s nine year history.  Ratings in the category for May 2009 increased 27% over one year ago, with an average of 142,000 viewers. Additionally, last month also marked SOAPnet’s most watched month ever in terms of total viewership, with an average of 361,000 viewers tuning in, a 15% increase over the same time last year. 

“All My Children,” which airs weeknights at 8:00 et, experienced their second highest rating ever on SOAPnet in the women 18-49 demo., falling only 8,000 viewers short of February 2005′s record of 201,000.  Also, May 2009 was “AMC’s” highest rated month ever on SOAPnet, and the fifth highest in terms of overall viewership with 464,000 people tuning in to watch the latest happenings in Pine Valley.  And, thus far in the 2008-09 season, “AMC” has experienced its five highest consecutive months in terms of SOAPnet viewership, which reached a record high 500,000 viewers back in March.  Even more impressive is the fact that “All My Children” is up 72% in the total viewers and 80% in terms of women 18-49, versus last year.   

“One Life to Live,” which airs weeknights at 9:00 et, also saw significant gains in viewers and demos for the month of May on SOAPnet.  The primetime audience for “OLTL” increased for the fifth straight month, giving May 2009 the soap’s highest rating in the women 18-49 category, with 179,000 viewers, an increase of 33% over last year.  Also, since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, “OLTL” has notched their three highest rated months on SOAPnet in total viewers.  And it marked “One Life to Live’s” largest ever May audience on the network, and third highest overall, with 392,000 total viewers, creating an increase of 14%.

SOAPnet, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Corporation, airs same-day repeats of soaps “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless,” along with classic soaps such as “Ryan’s Hope.”  In recent years, the network’s programming schedule has expanded to include primetime dramas “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “One Tree Hill,” “The O.C.,” and “Gilmore Girls,” combined with original programming such as “MVP,” “1 Day With…,” “Soapography,” and “Southern Bells: Louisville.”

Click here to read the press release in its entirety.

“All My Chilren” airs weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

Discussion: SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow