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16 hours ago, will81 said:

Yeah I noticed Y&R's ascent to #1 had a lot more to do with it maintaining its audience as opposed to gaining a whole lot, while other shows dropped. I think there was an increase in the early 90's (about 90-93) that got stifled by the OJ Simpson trial.

Yeah agreed. Just watching the episodes from 87-89 that are around, it starts to feel like B&B once Sally arrives on the scene.

 

53 minutes ago, Gray Bunny said:

 

Yep! A lot of soaps were actually on an upswing in '93 and early '94 that got halted by OJ interruptions.  Y&R had a few weeks in the 9's in early '94. 

It was late Jan/early Feb of 1994

 

1. Y&R 9.7

2. AMC 7.0

3. B&B 6.7

4. ATWT 6.6

5. GH 6.4

6. GL 6.2

7. OLTL 6.1

8. DAYS 5.7

9. AW 3.6

10. LOV 3.0

Edited by Soapsuds

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week ending 11:27/1987

Y&R 8

DOOL 7.4/24 share

AMC and GH 7.4/23

OLTL 7

ATWT 6.6

GL 6.1

B&B 5.3

SB 5.1

AW 5

LOV 4.2

RH 3.4

 

12/4/1987

GH 8

Y&R and OLTL 7.8 Y&R had a 29 share OLTL 26

AMC 7.5

DOOL 7.1

ATWT 6.4

GL 5.9

B&B 5.3

AW and SB 5.2 AW had an 18 share SB a 17

LOV 4.2

RH 3.1

 

12/11/1997

GH 7.6

AMC 7.5

OLTL 7.3

Y&R 7.2

DOOL 6.5

ATWT 6.2

GL 5.8

B&B and SB 5.1

AW 5

LOV 4.1

RH 3

 

12/18/1987

AMC 8.2

OLTL and GH 8.1

Y&R 7.9

DOOL 6.8

ATWT 6.7

GL 5.9

B&B 5.3

SB 5.2

AW 5.1

LOV 4.2

RH 3.2

 

12/25/1987

Y&R 8.1

AMC 7.7

GH 7.5

OLTL 7.4

DOOL 7.2

ATWT 6.6

GL 6

AW 5.2/17 B&B 5.2/16

SB 5

LOV 4.1

RH 3.3

 

1/1/1988 Holiday Bump Week

Y&R 9.3

DOOL 8.5

GH and OLTL 8.2

AMC 8

ATWT 7.9

GL 7.1

B&B 6.9

AW 6

SB 5.4

LOV 5.1

RH 3.8

 

1/8/1988

Y&R 9.9

GH 8.9

OLTL 8.5

AMC 8.3

DOOL 8.1

ATWT 8

GL 7.1

B&B6.7

AW 5.8

SB 5.4

LOV 4.8

RH 3.4

 

1/15/1988

Y&R 9.1

DOOL 8.2

GH 7.9

OLTL 7.7

AMC 7.6

ATWT 7

GL 6.7

B&B and AW 5.6

SB 5.1

LOV 4.2

RH 3.2

 

1/22/1988

Y&R 9.1

GH 8.8

AMC and OLTL 8.3

DOOL 8

ATWT 7.2

GL 6.4

AW 6

B&B 5.8

SB 5.3

LOV 4.7

RH 3.2

 

1/29/1988

Y&R 8.7

GH 8.6

OLTL 8.1

AMC 7.9

DOOL 7.6

ATWT 7

GL 6.3

B&B 5.8

AW 5.6

SB 5.2

LOV 4.4

RH 2.9

 

 

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I think the time switch hurt ATWT in the ratings for the first two years. B&B pretty much had Capitol ratings even losing to AW and SB with ATWT old timeslot. 

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16 minutes ago, Soapsuds said:

I think the time switch hurt ATWT in the ratings for the first two years. B&B pretty much had Capitol ratings even losing to AW and SB with ATWT old timeslot. 

People won't like this - but B&B killed both ATWT and Guiding Light.  B&B following Y&R in alot of the parts of the country, and lost viewers and passed on horrible lead-ins at that time to ATWT and GL.  Capitol Sandwiched between ATWT and GL worked better because people would leave that half-hour alone.  They'd leave the TV on.  B&B wasn't strong enough to sustain Y&R's ratings and pass on a good lead-in to ATWT, and it went downhill from there to GL.  If it were primetime, B&B would have been cancelled for not holding a lead-in.  And the show of B&B was not worthy of being after Y&R.  

 

And it's still true today.  B&B generally goes the way of Y&R.  If Y&R goes down, so does B&B.  It's been that way for years.  Just this year it "looks" like B&B is "catching" Y&R.  No they're not.  They're only catching Y&R because they're tanking and losing viewers.  B&B isn't "gaining momentum" as the press releases said this summer.  They are catching Y&R because Y&R is tanking.  

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By this point, a lot of households had VCRs. If one wanted to follow the show, I see no reason that time slot mattered so much. Unless there was different competition whenever the local station carried the program. Cable, independent stations, syndicated shows, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the internet paved the way for those once popular soaps demise.

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Now we're at the end of the 1980s and getting to Y&R remaining at #1 until today. It's amazing that Y&R was in so much flux during the 1980s (1 hour expansion, time slot changes, 3 EPs, big cast changes) yet managed to survive and thrive. 

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On 11/22/2019 at 12:56 PM, VanessaReardon said:

 

 

2/20/1987

GH 9.7 

Y&R 8.8

ATWT 7.9

OLTL 7.7

DOOL 7.4

AMC 7.2

GL 6.7

CAP 5.7

AW 5.6

SB 4.8

LOV 4.2

RH 3

 

 

 

 

@edgeofnik The 16th episode was on Monday. Sabrina was found this week and Oakdale looks for a kidnap Paul taken by James. 

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