With 58 Emmy Awards and the tag of NBC’s longest-running show, Days Of Our Lives has been a staple daytime soap opera for fans. However, after airing on NBC for 57 years, the show is now moving from NBC to its streaming service, Peacock.
The news of this move was first announced by Vulture on Wednesday. As per reports, the show will move from the broadcast network to its streaming service on September 12, which is a bit more than a month’s time. The empty time slot will be taken over by NBC’s News Daily the next month. So, how are fans feeling about the switch? Read on to find out more.
Days Of Our Lives Renewed For Season 58
Talking about the big move, Chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Mark Lazarus said, “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement with viewers.”
“With a large percentage of the Days Of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers,” he continued
Following its long-running success, the show has been officially renewed for Season 58. It will air in 2023 on Peacock and not NBC. Days Of Our Lives spin-off, Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, is already streaming on Peacock. The show is now streaming Season 2, which premiered last month. It dropped one episode per day over the course of one week, with five episodes in total.
Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Season 1 also had five episodes that were released back in September 2021 on Peacock.
Fans Do Not Want To Pay For Their Favorite NBC Show
However, this move of the fan-favorite show from the broadcast service to the streaming service wasn’t welcomed by fans. Furious fans also expressed their displeasure about having to pay for their favorite show. Although Peacock’s subscription is free, with past episodes of DOOL currently streaming free on the platform, fans suspect that the move will take it to Peacock Premium.
In Peacock’s premium version, viewers can watch the initial few episodes for free, after which they need to pay to continue.
Fans took to Twitter to express their views on the decision as one commented,
“Hey, @peacockTV @nbc, there is no way anything you put on in place of Days of Our Lives will be as worth watching as it is. Not a talk show, game show, or news show. You could count on me to watch your network 5 days per week, year-round during the day. I’ll have zero motivation now.”
Hey @peacockTV @nbc there is no way anything you put on in place of Days of Our Lives will be as worth watching as it is. Not a talk show, game show or news show. You could count on me to watch your network 5 days per week year round during the day. I’ll have zero motivation now.
— Roslyn 🤷🏼♀️💇🏼♀️🐞 (@calirozzy) August 3, 2022
A second chimed in, “Too bad. I’ve been watching for 45 years, but I’m not getting Peacock.”
“I’m not a fan of this,” mentioned the third user.
A fourth expressed, “I don’t think it’s fair that it has to be paid for to watch even if it is minimal. Not happy. Won’t be watching anymore after September. In fact, I may as well just stop now.”
I’m 64 and I’m not crazy about this at all. Been watching on NBC since the late ’70s. I don’t think it’s fair that it has to be paid for to watch even if it is minimal. Not happy. 😠 Won’t be watching anymore after September. In fact, I may as well just stop now. 🤷
— Stacey Massey (@smassey712) August 4, 2022
A fifth fan commented furiously, “Not a good move @nbcdays @NBCUniversal The older viewers (like myself) won’t stream it. Sad to see you don’t appreciate your loyal viewers who have kept you on the air all these years.”
“And they expect people to pay for a show they’ve been watching for free since the ’60s? I’m not buying into that,” mentioned another.
Fans Worried About The Future Of Days Of Our Lives
This major move comes when fans have been worried about the future of the show. Viewers have lately been noticing a pattern with the cast as many are leaving the show. Popular names such as Marci Miller, Sal Stowers, Lamon Archey, and Victoria Konefal have been written off from the show already. Yet, fans feel like there is more to come!
What are your feelings about Days Of Our Lives transitioning from NBC to Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comments!