Daytime Emmys 2018: Our top users say ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’ are neck-and-neck for Best Drama

CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” may have the fewest acting pre-nominations on this year’s Daytime Emmy ballot, but it’s the front-runner to win Best Drama Series according to the early predictions of our savviest users. However, it might come down to the wire as NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” is nipping on its heels.

“B&B” dominated Best Drama Series for three years in a row from 2009 to 2011, but those were the only times it prevailed with the television academy after 30 years on the air. Nevertheless it’s now backed by 12 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations. That includes user PATRICK DELPECH, who got the single highest score (73.89%) betting on last year’s contenders, so keep his forecasts in mind when making your own.

But “Days” is not far behind with support from eight of those top users. The series has been on the air much longer than “B&B” — it’ll be 53 years this November — but it has also won the top prize only three times, in 1978, 2013 and 2015.

The race between “B&B” and “Days” is even closer judging by our All-Star Top 24. Those elite prognosticators got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Daytime Emmy predictions, and they’re split right down the middle, with 10 picking “B&B” and 10 picking “Days.”

But are we foolish to underestimate the two most awarded soaps of all time? “General Hospital” is the defending champ and holds the record with 13 Best Drama Series wins. Now it has support from 4 of our Top 24, among them eastwest, who tied for second place with 71.67% accuracy forecasting last year’s nominations. Three of our All-Stars are also betting on “GH.”

Our users are less optimistic about “The Young and the Restless,” which has won Best Drama Series nine times, most recently in 2015 in a tie with “Days.” Is it a bigger threat than we’re giving it credit for? We may get a better idea when the nominations are announced on Wednesday, March 21.

Be sure to make your Daytime Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on March 21. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Daytime Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our daytime TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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