2016 Year-End Episode Rankings

As he does every year (and has done for pretty much every year of the show’s history, amazingly), Jason47 has just released his year-end rankings for 2016, showing how many episodes each character and actor appeared in. I don’t want to repost the info here because it’s his hard work and he deserves the clicks, but I always find this stuff fascinating and thought some of you might want to check it out, too. As seems to be the norm with Days, these lists — especially the year-end counts — give a good indication of how chaotic the show was over the course of the past year. A lot of the contract cast arrivals from 2016 are also listed under contract cast departures, and a bunch of the departures have either already returned or are about to.


A few interesting tidbits from the year-end list, though:

  • Rafe was the most-appearing character, and Galen Gering the most-appearing actor, with 122 out of 244 episodes. I guess it does say something that the most-seen character was still only in 50% of episodes, but good grief. What did he even do this year besides tail Hope around or mope over her?
  • The top ten, aside from Rafe in the #1 spot, indicates a pretty decent 2016 version of Days of Our Lives. Hope, Nicole, Kayla, Steve, Victor, even Brady — these are all characters who should be at the core of the show and on a lot.
  • Ciara was only in 91 episodes? It felt like 500!
  • Deimos was on way too damn much.
  • Susan Seaforth Hayes getting 32 episodes in her sixth decade on the show! Love it.

If you’re as big a nerd as me and interested in checking this out, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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12 Comments on “2016 Year-End Episode Rankings”

  1. ADW Says:

    Wow! I’m shocked about Rafe, he really has his head up his ass (and Hope’s) and needs to involve himself with other matters such as finding out what his father and brother are up to.
    I forgot Jade didn’t arrive until Feb 2016 I felt like I had to endure that annoyance for so much longer.
    It’s ridiculous Daniel died on New Years 2016, yet he was in 7 episodes this past year! I feels like his flashbacks were so much more frequent AND he’s talked about more than Bo.
    Clearly, there was a lot of experimentation with new and returning characters and many got scraped. I feel like there were more intentions with Blanca, Finn, Phillip, Audrina…but, they feel casualty to the changes in the team.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I’m sort of surprised Jade showed up as far back as February, actually. I guess there have been periods where she was barely on, but it doesn’t seem like almost a full year.

      I wonder if the Daniel episode count includes all the times Chloe and Nicole have had those damn surrogacy flashbacks, or just ones where he was lying in the hospital bed waiting to be taken off life support. If this were “episodes mentioned,” he’d be ahead of Rafe!

      I’d love to know what the plans were for a lot of the characters who were brought in and then discarded. I have a feeling the JJ/Gabi triangle was what Higley had in mind for Lani all along, but Griffith didn’t want to feature any of them.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Remember back like 3 years ago people used to complain how we never saw Hope despite Kristian always tweeting she was on set? Now people complain we see her too much, lol.

    I think it felt like Ciara was on so much because one, the actress was horrid and it’s hard to get that out of your mind, and two, she really was on a lot the first eight months out of the year. Her air time dramatically dropped in September. It felt like her and Chad were in the Dimera study every single day this past summer. Zzzzz

    • mykleraus Says:

      That’s so true about Ciara. Think about how many “storylines” she had in those eight months: Theo’s bullying, being kidnapped in that warehouse, the rape, falling for Theo, Prom/vandalizing that jerk’s car, becoming Thomas’s nanny/falling for Chad, interning at the insane asylum (LOL)… it goes on and on. They threw a LOT of stuff at her really fast and then dropped it all!

  3. Fluffysmom Says:

    Josh Taylor must be exhausted! He hasn’t worked this much in years. The same goes for James Reynolds.

    Rafe has never been a favorite of mine. I’d like a break from Hope and Rafe. Why can’t she be in prison offscreen??

    It’s interesting to see the numbers for the year as well as month by month.

    • mykleraus Says:

      There was a point last spring when I remember thinking, “Holy crap, Josh Taylor is actually on a LOT.” It’s died down a little, but I thought they generally used him well — as a cop, brother, and dad (aside from all the stuff about covering up relatives’ crimes, obviously).

      I think all Hope needs is a non-annoying story. This pairing is doing her no favors. I can’t wait for this “I killed Stefano” arc to be over so they can rest her and use her as a support family member for a bit.

  4. Michelle Says:

    Does it make me weird that I’m fascinated by this? I went back and looked at some numbers. Like who would have guessed that Kyle Brandt was in 500 episodes almost? That era of his Philip was so forgettable to me. It seemed like such a blip, but he was on more episodes than a bunch of others, including the recently departed Jen Lilley.

    • mykleraus Says:

      If it makes you weird, I’m weird with ya! I find this stuff fascinating.

      Kyle Brandt being in more episodes than Jen Lilley seems crazy! But I guess even though he wasn’t driving story, he was *in* a lot of stories. That Philip was honestly just an accessory to the (horrible) Shelle story of that period. Ugh. And that was a time, I guess, when they’d have the whole cast at an event for episodes on end, just hanging around.

      Now you’ve made me want to go back and do some looking of my own!

      • Michelle Says:

        You should! The amount of episodes the four main Last Blast era teens were on is huge, though not surprising. It was almost a teen soap for awhile there in the early 2000’s. Molly Burnett and Rachel Melvin were also on a huge and unsurprising amount.

        Also look how little Freddie Smith was used his first year and a half. He even was absent for like 2 months in a row at one point.

        The vets seem to be up and down depending on who was writing at the time.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I was just looking at 2000. Jason Cook debuted in the last part of 1999 and then led 2000, with Kirsten Storms right behind him. I remember finding it jarring at the time, but that’s nuts.

        There was a REALLY strange period in 2006-07 when Hall, Hogestyn, Reckell, and Alfonso would literally disappear for a month or two at a time. It was when they were testing out ways to cut the budget, I guess.

  5. Emtv Says:

    I wish they’d give race a real storyline aside from playing second fiddle to another Sami or hope. Galen Gering has been a favorite of mine since passions (I still LOVE that 3 main passions actors ended up on days!). You and I share many similar thoughts, but I hope this year revolves less around those-who-should-be-teens-instead-of-“grown-ups” and get back to the people who’ve been there. I’ve been watching since 1990 and long for More of the past nods and characters that have been appearing.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Rafe is weird for me. I always enjoy him when they sort of let him sit back and be a solid supporting guy — GG is great with the wry one-liners and a voice of reason. Then they throw him into these “epic” romances, and they start writing him as pouty and obnoxious. I don’t get it. He and Hope had a nice, friendly organic chemistry when they were working together, and then they went full-speed-ahead with pairing them and instantly gave them this off-putting “us against the world” mentality. I wish they’d write to GG’s strengths more.

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