BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Days of Our Lives won drama series honors for the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
The NBC soap opera that began airing in 1965 beat out defending champion General Hospital and three-time winner The Bold and the Beautiful.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks against One Life to Live, which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
The only other drama series win for Days was in 1978.
Doug Davidson of The Young and the Restless and Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful won lead acting honors at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton.
Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he’s played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on Y&R, repeated her win from last year.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap before winning.
Tom plays Katie Logan on B&B. Last year, she became the first person to win Daytime Emmys in the younger, supporting and lead categories.
There was a tie for supporting actor in a drama series. Scott Clifton of The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller of The Young and the Restless both won.
Julie Marie Berman of General Hospital won supporting actress honors.
Ben Bailey of Cash Cab picked up his third win as outstanding game show host, beating out five-time winner Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! among others. Cash Cab is no longer in production after eight years of shows that took place in a cab as Bailey plied the streets of New York.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.
George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars won for outstanding special class animated program.