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jane1978
Jun 3 2009, 11:43 AM
esp13
Jun 3 2009, 11:27 AM
Interesting that some of the most well-known/best written stories from the days when Ted and Betty Corday actually ran the show at least touched on those "no-nos." Kim's molestation by Uncle Eric, Steve's history with being given to an orphanage because he tried to kill his father to keep him from beating his mother, Jessica's mental illness (split personality), DJ's death.
Do you know the numbers for these stories? Because no matter how memorable or critically acclaimed they are, maybe they proved to be rating disaster at the time and thatīs why Corday as EP was warned to not do them. I remember the Jennifer rape story in 1991 and it was very well written and Missy did a superior job, yet the ratings went down and they had to cut it early and sort of downplay the long lasting repercussions and eventually never mentioned it again after J/J got married.

Not always good story means good ratings. And thatīs the only thing any EP cares about.
I can't find comprehensive ratings going that far back. I know that Corday credited Tomlin with coming in and "saving Days" back in the early '80's and one of the stories he pointed to was Jessica's mental illness storyline. Looking at the yearly ratings that are available, I know that Kim's abuse storyline played out in like 1984 or 1985 and the ratings were a 7.1 in 1984-85 and 7.2 in 1985-86. Steve's childhood stuff played out primarily in the spring of 1987 and the ratings that year were a 7.0. So, it doesn't look like those storylines killed the ratings or anything, particularly as Days rose from 7th to 4th in the rankings over that time period. However without the weekly ratings it's almost impossible to know. I have no idea when DJ died, so I can't even look that one up, I'm afraid.

Your point is well-taken that perhaps those storylines did not do well in the ratings and that is why his parents told Ken not to tell those kinds of stories. But, I have a lot of respect for Ted and Betty Corday, so I think they knew you could tell those stories if you were committed to telling them well.
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