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Mar 22 2013, 10:01 AM
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Mar 22 2013, 09:04 AM
Just coming out of lurkdom to add that it's not just the Papal announcement on Wednesday that was a factor. The coverage of the selection of the Pope actually started on Tuesday with the beginning of the vote (which impacted Y&R quite a bit). It's possible some people may have wrote off Tuesday too based on that coverage.

Also, Thursday and Friday featured scattered preemptions in the south due to conference tournament basketball coverage I believe. That happens every year and people tend to forget that. Days and GH do VERY well numbers-wise in the south (as a report from a few years ago showed) so I have no doubt that impacted both those shows greatly. Days and GH will be hurt this week too by the NCAA Tournament. I think last week and this week easily get written off because of that.
I live down South and there were no preemptions for NCAA or the Pope. I think you're missing the bigger picture here. The ratings are not low because of "outside factors", they're low because the shows sucks as a whole and people are quickly losing interest.
We really can't say that until next week. There were pretty big external factors for this week, so while the drop seems extreme it's not as simple as the show just sucks. And I agree that the show sucks but there's no getting around the pre-emption's effects.

And yeah, I live in the south too and we didn't have any sports related pre-emptions. Idk that we ever have.

They're guaranteed a bump next week. It will be interesting to see how much of one they get.
Just curious...why is Days guaranteed a bump next week?
because they had such a big loss this week. It's normal for them to bump when they had a big loss....but what has been happening of late isn't good because they lose big, bump big and then they lose equally as big.

IMHO, the NCAA thing happens every year and Days has been crashing around March for the past 2/3 years....what happened years before? I don't remember them crashing years before around this time. I remember that soaps use to be really strong from November through March then they would start slowing down and see their ratings decrease over the summer only to pick up again by the fall. What has occurred the last couple of years is that Days can't even do good consistently from November through March....the show starts heading south around end of January...it's happened the last couple of years and it's not a good trend.
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