It’s time to celebrate this week at The Young and the Restless! According to a press release from the series and CBS, “With today’s release of network television’s daytime ratings, CBS’S The Young and the Restless has marked its 1,300 consecutive week or 25 years as the #1 daytime drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending December 2, 2013.
The Young and the Restless currently in its 40th season with more than 10,250 episodes, began its winning streak the week of December. 26, 1988! Season-to-date, Y&R is averaging 5.10 million viewers, its largest audience to begin a season since 2011-2012. The Young and the Restless is first this season in both women 25-54 (2.1/13) and women 18-49 (1.4/10, tie). The Young and the Restless has also been first in women 25-54 for 354 of the past 356 weeks and first in women 18-49 for the 349 of the last 352 weeks.
“I am so proud of the talented cast and crew, past and present, for making The Young and the Restless #1 for 25 years,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you to our loyal and passionate fans for helping us reach this incredible milestone.”
Below is just a sampling of 25 Years of Y&R milestones:
- Peter Bergman joins the cast as Jack Abbott in November, 1989, replacing Terry Lester who originated the role. Bergman has been nominated for 17 Daytime Emmys and has won three.
- In 1993, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) became the first daytime actor to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In 1994, a car driven by Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) runs down Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell). The truth wouldn’t come out until the storyline was revisited in 2012.
- In 1999, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill (Jess Walton) are awarded joint custody of the Chancellor mansion.
- Shemar Moore wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000.
- Y&R was the first daytime drama to be broadcast in high definition (2001).
- In May 2005, Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes) dies tragically, attempting to drive a drunk Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) home from a party.
- The 10,000th episode aired on Thursday, September 27, 2012.
- Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) marry for the fourth time in March, 2013.
- Over the years, Y&R has tackled a wide range of social issues including alcoholism, teen pregnancy, breast cancer, eating disorders, sexual harassment, AIDS and cyber bullying.
- Y&R has filmed on location in numerous locations around the world including Bermuda, Nevis, Paris, New Orleans, and Hawaii.
Congratulations to all of our colleagues over at The Young and the Restless for 25 years in the top spot! Now, what do you think about the big milestone? What is your most memorable moment from 25 years of Y&R being number one? Let us know!