It’s true — Days of Our Lives has been put on hiatus.
After 55 seasons, the long-running soap drama has come to a halt for the time being.
On Tuesday, TVLine reported that the NBC production company released the actors from their contracts. In 2020, the network will determine if the show will return for it’s 56th season.
So how did things end up here? The show has allegedly had challenges with its ratings, as has the soap genre as a whole.
Today, only four soap operas remain on air — The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless on CBS, General Hospital on ABC, and Days of Our Lives on NBC. Ratings are the metric used to determine how many people are watching the show, and are traditionally the number one indicator as far as the likelihood of any given show staying on the air.
All four soaps currently have ratings that have significantly decreased in size, but Days of Our Lives is the lowest-rated among the four remaining network soap operas. In fact, it’s been ranked last for the past nine seasons.
But there’s hope: although the show is reportedly on an “indefinite hiatus” after the end of this month, an exclusive source told People that the show will “almost definitely get renewed” and that the report is “a clickbait story.”
“The show shoots months and months in advance and they’ve gotten so far ahead that the cast was prepared ages ago for the fact that they would all be put on hiatus until closer to pick-up (aka renewal) time, for scheduling reasons,” the source says. “The show will almost definitely get renewed and this was not news to literally anyone on the show, nor is anyone truly concerned.”
TVLine suggests that if the show does infact return, half the cast may not return and salaries may be cut in half.
Days of Our Lives actually just had it’s 54th anniversary. Airing since November 8th, 1965, it’s one of the longest-running scripted television programs across the globe. Plotlines are progressing quickly this season, with the events and lives of the beloved characters in Salem fast-forwarding to one year later.
While you wait to hear the final verdict, show the soap some love and support by watching on NBC during the weekdays, and stay up to date on all things Day of Our Lives with our ABTV after show and podcast.