“General Hospital” is the frontrunner to win Best Drama Series according to our Daytime Emmy predictions. It gets leading 3/2 odds. Airing since 1963, “GH” is the longest-running of the four daytime soaps left on the air. The Daytime Emmys didn’t get their start until 1972, so “GH” predates these kudos by almost a decade, but it is currently the king of these awards. It has won the top prize 12 times, more than any other series. It’s also the current defending champion for Best Drama.
These official odds are based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at their Daytime Emmy nomination picks last year, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Daytime Emmy nominations, and all Users, who are our largest and often savviest bloc of predictors.
“GH” is the unanimous pick of our Editors, but our other prediction groups are split with 13 of our Top 24 Users and 12 of our All-Star Users also betting on the ABC sudser, not to mention more than 230 overall Users, far more than are predicting any of its rivals. But “The Young and the Restless” is right behind it with 5/2 odds. The CBS soap is the top-rated drama in daytime, and it has the second most all-time wins for Best Drama Series with nine. “Y&R” most recently won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015, and it also holds the record for the most nominations in the top category with 33 bids. Currently four of our Top 24 and five All-Stars forecast that it will win again this year.
“Days of Our Lives” ranks third with 7/2 odds. The NBC serial has only won this award three times, but two of those were recent: 2013 and 2015, when it tied with “Y&R.” This year it’s backed by two of our Top 24 and one All-Star.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” ranks last in our predictions with 4/1 odds despite support from five of our Top 24 and six All-Stars. The CBS drama set in the Los Angeles fashion industry debuted in 1987, which makes it the youngest soap on the air. Like “Days” it has won Best Drama three times (2009-2011), but of the remaining soaps it has gone the longest without winning.
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