General Hospital spoilers and news show that ratings continue to be a concern for the ABC soap. With that in mind, could Stephen Nichols become a pawn in the ratings game? He played Patch (aka Steve Johnson) on Days of Our Lives on and off in the mid-80s and came back in the early 2000s then once again in 2015 as the handsome love of Kayla’s life. But Nichols also spent time on both GH and Young and the Restless as well-liked characters there. Could the hunky actor wind up on CBS or ABC soon?
Ratings a Wreck at GH
General Hospital fans know the soap has been locked in at third place among the four soaps when it comes to ratings, but not too long ago, Days of Our Lives toppled them from the spot and pushed them into last place! That must bother GH showrunner Frank Valentini since he’s the one that axed Ron Carlivati (DOOL’s showrunner and head writer) from the ABC soap as head writer.
Ron has made no secret that he’s thrilled to beat GH at their own game when Days had an impressive showing at the Emmys this year taking top honors in many categories above his former soap. Although the latest rating report from Soap Opera Network shows that GH has crept back above Days of Our Lives, the gap is tight and in the critical 18-34 and 18-49 demographics, Days bested GH again!
— Diane (@DiamondsNTears) July 4, 2015
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Will Nichols Land Back at GH?
The latest General Hospital spoilers hint that Port Charles could use another Cassadine. Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) just got dumped and Alexis Cassadine (Nancy Lee Grahn) is searching for answers about their father Mikkos Cassadine. Plus, it’s summer and that means it’s time for a visit from Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel) and fans are clamoring for Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) return.
All these circumstances make it a prime moment to bring back Stephen Nicolas as Stefan Cassadine, Alexis and Valentin’s other brother. Stefan supposedly died back in 2003, but GH fans know that a little thing like death never stops a Cassadine from cropping back up in Port Charles. Plus, you might have noticed that Ron Carlivati has scooped up GH actors left and right.
Days hired Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine) who’s won rave reviews as Stefan O. DiMera. Carlivati also scooped up Y&R’s Greg Rikaart. Tyler reportedly left GH over a lowball contract offer while Rikaart was rumored to be unhappy Y&R wouldn’t write his character Kevin Fisher as gay. Both now seem happy over at Days… Could GH want some payback and hire back Stephen Nichols?
Could the Actor Go Back to Y&R?
Another soap option for Stephen Nichols is over at Young and the Restless at CBS. He could come back as Tucker McCall and there’s room for him in the story right now. With Mishael Morgan confirmed out at Y&R, that means Tucker’s son Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) is about to be devastated when he loses Hilary and their baby since she’s not far enough along to birth it and leave the kid with him.
Plus, Tucker used to get frisky with Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and it’s been a minute since she’s had a man. Ashley could definitely use some loving and Tucker would be just the man to give it to her! The one downside to bringing back Tucker is that lately, every time showrunner Mal Young reintroduces a former character, he seems to ruin them.
Two cases in point are what Mal Young did to Tamara Clatterbuck making Alice a sex trafficker and – even worse – making JT Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) a domestic abuser. Fans of Stephen Nichols might appreciate him more over at GH rather than having Tucker dragged back to Genoa City only to make him a serial killer or some other villain that’s out of character…
Where would you like to see Stephen Nichols land now that he’s out at Days of Our Lives? Are you a Stefan Cassadine fan or would you rather see him back at YR as Tucker? Check back often with Soap Dirt for the latest Y&R, Days, and General Hospital spoilers and news.