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Matt
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The old DAYTIME TV magazine used to run, as a regular monthly feature, a Top 10 list of the most popular actors, actresses, and soaps which was determined each month by reader votes. For those of you who remember the old SON Top 10 I used to do for several years, it was based on the DAYTIME TV polls. I thought I would transcribe some of those charts from some of the DAYTIME TV issues I have on hand so people can see who was really *the* superstars of soaps based on the viewers' votes.

First up, the Readers' Poll (as it was called) from the April 1983 issue of DAYTIME TV. In addition to the Top 10 actors and actresses, they'd also list the 15 runners up. For brevity's sake, I'm going to omitt the also-rans.

The 1st number is their ranking in the previous issue, the 2nd number is their ranking in this issue. The number following their name is the number of issues they've been in the top 10 (consecutive or non-consecutive)

BEST ACTORS

#2 - #1 - Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, General Hospital) - 20
#1 - #2 - Tony Geary (Luke, General Hospital) - 36
#3 - #3 - Wayne Northrop (Roman, Days of our Lives) - 8
#4 - #4 - Jed Allan (Don, Days of our Lives) - 72
#5 - #5 - Stuart Damon (Alan, General Hospital) - 48
------ #6 - (tie) John Stamos (Blackie, General Hospital) - 1
#10 - #6 - (tie) Kin Shriner (Scotty, General Hospital) - 29
#6 - #8 - Josh Taylor (Chris, Days of our Lives) - 33
------ #9 - Rick Springfield (Noah, General Hospital) - 17
#7 - #10 - Thaao Penghlis (Antony, Days of our Lives) - 3

BEST ACTRESSES

#1 - #1 - Deidre Hall (Marlena, Days of our Lives) - 54
#2 - #2 - Sharon Wyatt (Tiffany, General Hospital) - 12
#3 - #3 - Denise Alexander (Lesley, General Hospital) - 128
#6 - #4 - Emma Samms (Holly, General Hospital) - 2
#5 - #5 - Leslie Charleson (Monica, General Hospital) - 59
#7 - #6 - Janine Turner (ex-Laura, General Hospital) - 4
#10 - #7 - Philece Sampler (Renee, Days of our Lives) - 6
#4 - #8 - Kim Delaney (Jenny, All My Children) - 4
------ #9 - Gloria Loring (Liz, Days of our Lives) - 2
------ #10 - Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) - 49


BEST SERIALS

#1 - #1 - General Hospital
#2 - #2 - Days of our Lives
#3 - #3 - One Life to Live
#4 - #4 - All My Children
#6 - #5 - As the World Turns
#7 - #6 - Another World
#5 - #7 - Guiding Light
#8 - #8 - The Young & the Restless
#12 - #9 - Search for Tomorrow
#9 - #10 - The Edge of Night
#11 - #11 - Ryan's Hope
#10 - #12 - Capitol
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