Though there are still several fans watching NBC's remaining soap opera Days of Our Lives, there are still signs that the 50-year-old program could be on its way to the chopping block.
Not only did emails leaked during the major Sony hack earlier this year seem to hint that the show may not have much leverage beyond celebrating its 50th anniversary this November (earning itself maybe one more year afterwards), but some other tell-tale signs that the show could be heading for eventual cancellation have emerged as well.
The soap has suffered dome big losses in its cast in the past year, with both James Scott and Alison Sweeney exiting in 2014, taking their extremely popular characters of EJ DiMera and Sami Brady with them. Since then, Chrishell Stause has also left the show and caused the exit of her character, Jordan Ridgeway--and several other actors are making departure plans.
It was revealed earlier this month that Freddie Smith, who portrays the wildly popular Sonny Kiriakis will have wrapped up his arc on the show before the end of this year (there have been no immediate plans to recast the role announced). In addition to his departure, new character Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) will be off the canvas soon, and the recently returned Melanie (Molly Burnett) potentially being off the canvas by May.
Also not helping the show's potential run has been much lower ratings compared to its competing shows. Though all of the soaps (including ABC's General Hospital and CBS' The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful) have been experiencing some downward trends in total numbers, Days of Our Lives has been experiencing much steeper declines than its counterparts, specifically in key target demographics of women 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54.
According to We Love Soaps, the most recent ratings for all of the soaps during the week of April 5th saw better trends for the other three soaps on all three demographics, whereas Days declined. The Young and the Restless and General Hospital saw gains across all three key demographics (women age 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54), and The Bold and the Beautiful saw increases among women 18-49 and 25-54 and a decrease among those aged 18-34. Days of Our Lives however saw declines in all three demos.
There has been no official word on the soap's potential to be renewed or cancelled.