In terms of ratings for Days of our Lives, be careful what you wish for.
The general consensus on this board is that if Days' numbers sink lower, fans of the show will be rewarded with a new set of writers.
The truth is that if Days' ratings go significantly lower (like under 2 million total viewers), fans will see their soap opera disappear from the airwaves.
I personally don't think Days is in danger right now. The ratings are stagnant. But the danger in seeing is that there's nothing on canvas that will increase interest in the show and grow the numbers.
And the recent loss of a certain character is hitting those female demos really hard numbers wise.
Corday always manages to pull the rabbit out of the hat just in the nick of time. I wonder if he'll manage it this time.
As an EJami fan, I had to learn that Days offered far more frustration than joy for me as a viewer. It was hard to face the truth about storyline direction. It made me miserable.
When I stopped speculating about what might, could or should happen and faced the cold, hard truth about what was being written and playing out on screen, I became a much happier person. I stopped expecting the show to give me what I wanted and just went with the flow. Going with the flow meant tuning out for long stretches of time when things turned negative and tuning back in when things temporarily turned positive.
Today, EJ is dead and Sami is exiting stage left. No more EJami in soap opera land.
I'm relieved. No more fighting for my couple or justifying my fandom.
If I choose to tune back into Days, I'll be watching it as a general audience member with no dog in the race. All characters and storylines will hold the same level of interest for me.
That said, I'd like to offer a little advice to those who might be hoping that their faves will now get more screen time since EJ and Sami are gone -- always pay attention to Corday. Really pay attention to what he said in his recent interview with Lysie:
The most important thing is for the viewers to trust us and stick with us. In the next few months, there will be new faces on the show. Try to invest in the new faces. Give us a break because Days of Our Lives has to change to stay fresh and alive. And if we don’t do that, then we’re not going to be on after the 50th year. I would say to the viewer, “Try to stay patient with us, and try to enjoy these stories as they come up even if they’re new and involve new characters.”
"New" is the word of the day -- or maybe of the next few years.