There are hundreds if not thousands who record this show and FF through commercials.. so they have already lost those viewers for a product.. but the Soaps are still on.. but it might be why the stats of viewers are lower.. I don't know if they count the recorded ones or not.
I read somehwere that 30 percent record soaps.
I don't take myself as a fan that seriously.. I can watch or not.. I am not being paid to be loyal.. it it fantasy entertainment.
Sorry, but I don't get upset when a character leaves.. it is part of that genre.. I watch a Soap for the "entire" soap.. I am not into certain characters, couples. etc.
To me, when you become that type of a viewer. you are asking to be disappointed.