Reported in Variety Dec 5th 1980,so probably a week or two before DOOL 5.6 21 NBC's top rating daytime show
May 84 11.30 timeslot TPIR 9.9/39 Dream House 5.1/20 Loving 3.9/15
Edge of Night Oct 84 2.7/9 General Hospital week ending June 27 1982 10.6/36 (outrated 18 primetime shows) Weekending Dec 30 1983 the second half of TPIR hit 14.1/40 the highest daytime rating in 9 years.
Would love to see Jabot back as the lead business on the show. Mal Young take note. At least with Jabot we had a sense of what the business was about and how it provided the framework for business,family and romance stories,unlike other soap businesses like Newman,Chancellor etc where you have no idea what they actually produce.
Actress Gloria DeHaven has died. An MGM contract player in the 40's, she moved to soaps in the mid 60's on ATWT and joined RH in the 80's. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gloria-dehaven-dead-actress-singer-908539
This was Corinne Jacker's era. Just seeing this snippet points to why viewers were not tuning in. Apart from Cecile,everybody else was a newbie. Had there been an effort to incorporate more established characters into all of this,maybe things would have been different. They dropped so many Frames and Matthews in these years and the new families had no staying power. It was a lesson all soaps failed to learn from. Howard R was looking hot here. Petronia Paley managed to hang on another 5 years despite writing/producer overhauls.Such a classy/elegant presence.Quinn should have formed the basis of a new core family by having her marry,maybe step children as well as bringing back Thom,now a divorced single mom,but instead they killed her off.
I think Ellen was first written off around 74.This was odd because Dan had returned and Annie was being aged. Ellen was still in Oakdale supposedly,so I wonder how thry handled Dan not interacting with his mother.Ellen came back when the show went to an hour,I believe.
Peter's comments that Mal wants to shake up the status quo piqued my interest.He's right that previous producers wanted to keep what worked before, which ended up destroying the show by repeating the same stories and driving characters into the ground. Interesting times ahead..