NBC’s “Days of our Lives” continues its season long ratings momentum as the series delivered its biggest Women 18-49 audience in nearly three years, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the week of February 3-7, 2014. With a 1.1 rating, 7 share among women 18-49 and 0.6 rating among women 18-34, ”DAYS” tied for fourth place among all broadcast network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for fifth in women 18-34.
UPDATE Fri, 2/7/14 7:35 PM ET: Ben (Gaston) is Jordan’s (Stause) brother and first airs on Wednesday, February 26 (to the audience).
PREVIOUS 2/6/14 11:03 PM: Best known for his singing stints in “Nashville Star” and “If I Can Dream,” country music singer and actor Justin Gaston has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the contract role of Ben, who a casting call from last summer described as ”early-to-mid 20s… midwestern or southern (very slight southern accent) country boy. He is utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love. Ben can also sing and/or play the guitar, though it is not necessary.” The actor began filming scenes in mid-October and will first air later this month.
Gaston will initially share scenes with Freddie Smith (Sonny), Brendon Coughlin (Tad) and Chrishell Stause (Jordan), who Ben may share a hidden past.
As we previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) booked a guest stint on the ABC drama “Castle,” and her episode airs tonight!
Previously scheduled for a Monday, January 27 debut but pushed back until tonight, Monday, February 3, the episode will feature Wilson as Grace Jacobs, a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for the ‘zine’s editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher, Deborah “Red” Saxon, “The Edge of Night;” ex-Gladys Pierce, “Days of our Lives”). When Matilda is found murdered, Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Beckett (Stana Katic) head into the glamorous world of fashion in search of the killer.
“He’s been cheating on his fiance for weeks and just when their affair heats up, someone’s gonna get burned,” states the newly released promo for NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as it relates to the affair between EJ DiMera (James Scott) and Abby Deveraux (Kate Mansi), and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) possibly catching the two in the act as they get it on in the shower!
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) held its “66th Annual Writers Guild Awards” in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York tonight, which honors Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC’s ”Days of our Lives” beat out ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” “The Bold and the Beautiful” opted to not submit itself for a nomination this year.
Honored tonight was the “DAYS” writing team consisting of Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, and Christopher J. Whitesell.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
Ratings Report for the Week of January 20-24, 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)
1. Y&R 5,376,000 (+393,000/+803,000)
2. B&B 3,936,000 (+248,000/+444,000)
3. GH 3,077,000 (+141,000/+169,000)
4. DAYS 2,859,000 (+220,000/+126,000)
1. Y&R 3.8/11 (+.2/+.4)
2. B&B 2.8/8 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (+.1/same)
Despite recent Twitter feedback from fans who seem unsatisfied with “Days of our Lives,” the drama series has been pulling in its highest numbers in three years — and the latest ratings information shows the sudser is still going strong! According to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielson Media Research, the week of January 20 through January 24 saw 681,00 viewers in the women 18-49 category, the same number of viewers as the previous week, which was the show’s highest rating in that category in three years.
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When it rains, it pours… Especially when a hashtagged phrase catches on via Twitter! And funny enough, Ken Corday, executive producer of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” is the latest to be caught in a storm of incessant fan tweets.
Hot on the heels of the drama winning “Best Soap of All Time” in a Parade magazine poll, fans took to Twitter to share their displeasure with the series using #CordaysFault along with the tweets. And with so many passionate fans joining the conversation, it’s become a trending topic — even to the point of jokes like “I stepped in a puddle and ruined my shoes. I guess that’s #CordaysFault too?”
It’s official: “Days of Our Lives” is the winner of Parade Magazine’s “Soap Opera Showdown!” As we reported yesterday, Parade held a four-round tournament this week where fans could vote for their favorite soap opera to advance to the next round. “DAYS” defeated “Love of Life,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Guiding Light” to advance to the finals yesterday.
In the final round, “DAYS” defeated “One Life to Live” with 62.37% of the vote to be crowned “The Best Soap Opera of All Time.”