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NBC Renews Daytime Soap Opera ‘Days of Our Lives’ for a 55th Season

Longest-running NBC series will continue to run for a bit longer

NBC’s longest running series, the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” will continue on for a 55th season, the network said on Tuesday.

The show is currently in the middle of its 54th season and is coming off a 53rd season (Sept. 2017 – Sept. 2018) that saw a 4 percent lift in total viewers when it averaged 2.55 million viewers according to Nielsen’s live-plus-seven numbers. Earlier this year, it aired its 13,500th episode.

“With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s iconic characters with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers,” said Bruce Evans, executive vice president of current programming for NBC Entertainment. “The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.”

“Days of Our Lives” first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, “Days of our Lives” airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras. “Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.