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29 December 12th, 2013 The Young and the Restless Celebrates 25 Consecutive Years As Number #1 Daytime Drama!


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!

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  1. su0000 says:

    It is impossible for Y&R to be #1 for 25 years..
    There were more great soaps in 1988, and Y&R has not been all that good every year since 1988..
    Someday, the real story will come out as to how CBS has controlled numbers.
    There is something very wrong with Y&R being #1 for 25 straight years with never ever one year down..
    Y&R is not always good, some years it has been terrible.

    ((perhaps because it is shown in 36 countries, and that would give it more viewers but not always the best soap)


    Harlee replied

    You’re such a whiner and cry baby….boo hoo, lets have a pity party for “su0000″ because your blog is completely ludicrous! Throwing a tantrum because your show isn’t #1. I’m not too pleased with YR at the moment but after 40 years of watching this show that didn’t fall past #4 after the first year on CBS in 1974 and been #1 since 1988 is a great feat during this day and age, all because of Bill Bell…..

    You do know whom Bill Bell is, correct? I’m 53 and your age_____ is what? You’re probably too young to realize how magnificent Bill truly was and his ability to create such great drama….take your Barbies and go home whiner…please! An accomplishment is an accomplishment regardless we all know you never give one.

    Congrats YR….it’s richly deserved….now please fire JFP….geez.


    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Bill Bell was the best…he was still doing great work at Days during Y&Rs first few years…hey, Harlee im also 53!

    su0000 replied

    I have no ”blog”, what are you ranting about..
    hope you feel better now, bad hair days are a bitch .. :)

    Harlee replied

    I do feel so much better…you’re always, not a little but ALWAYS putting YR down for some reason or another and don’t even watch the show, with all the venom you spew about YR….if you say do watch I don’t believe nothing you would say anyway…..peace out

    Jimh….so nice to know I’m not the only one here at that age….you know what we grew up in the golden age of soaps, the ’70s and we had what 16 or more soaps on the air through out the that decade. Being a teen coming home watching (yes with Beta) Laurie\Lance, crazy ass Vanessa, Bill’s cult story, quad of Lucas\Leslie\Laurie\Lance, or Holly being raped by Roger on GL, watching it all unfold from the affair being exposed between Kim\Bob\Jennifer\John on ATWT (the dirty bastard, pre-Victor there was John Dixon!) Wonderful, wonderful time, we had EON, LOL, SFT my love of soaps on CBS….sigh


  2. robert says:

    Congrats to Y&R. 25 years is unheard of.


  3. jimh(leave it to beaver)! says:

    must be a lucky timeslot: everyone on lunch break!


    Jared replied

    On the west coast, Y&R comes on at 11am. GH comes on at 1pm. There are different groups of people who take lunches at different hours, some at 11am, some at noon and some at 1pm. Many who sit in the lunch room plan their lunch hours around their preferred TV schedules. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some GH! LOL It is a better show AT THIS TIME, and so is DAYS. However, Y&R is still the most watched soap on American television and one of the most watched shows on daytime; and it would even be moderately competitive in prime time slots. A lot of people don’t like American Idol, or Sunday Night Football, but it doesn’t change the fact that these shows have been #1 in the ratings. Y&R IS #1; and based on the numbers, on any given day 1.5M to 2M people prefer to watch Y&R. I’m just not one of them. I just don’t like denials or simple “explain aways” to hard facts.


    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Ive watched this show off and on since the 70s but never really got addicted to it…the best thing about it is that the show stays focused on most of its vets, and its rarely used campy and farfetched plots to tell its stories…my current soap favorites are Days and GH…imo, these are the most entertaining…GH needs to trim its cast…move its plots more consistently…and a little less gloom and doom…then it could be as great as it was in the 1980s…GH is really good now but what im trying to say that with some improvements it could even be better! imo

  4. Joshua says:

    Let’s be real here, this show has been unworthy of being No. 1 for a good ten or eleven years.

    Only reason for this is habit.


  5. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    So happy for Y&R to achieve their twenty-fifth year at No.1 in the ratings. The series has honestly never been better than it is right now. The show is really character-driven, and not plot-driven, which I love. And a lot of familiar faces are either on the canvas, or returning to the canvas! Here’s to another 25 years a top of the ratings!


    Joshua replied

    Which SHOW are you watching?

    To say that it has never been better is like saying Whitney Houston died right when she never sung better!!! :(

    You obviously never saw “Young and the Restless” in 1989. THAT my friend is when it peaked. What we have today is absolute crap.


    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree. Y&R is amazing, and has been since Jill and the new writing regimes have taken hold of the series.

  6. beacon says:

    You forgot one of the most important milestones of all, when Sheila/Kimberlin Brown crossed over from Y&R to B&B, the first of its kind in terms of a front-burner storyline being continued on two shows at the same time.


    jimh(leave it to beaver)! replied

    Back in the 1960s widower Mike Bauer and his daughter Hope moved from CBS’s Guilding Light to NBCs Another World where he fell in love with married Pat Randolph…and later returned to the Guilding Light when he realized he had no future with her…i consider this one of the first crossover storylines long before Sheila did her jump from Y&R to B&B!!!


    Harlee replied

    Thank you jimh (leave it to beaver) for:

    1. Mentioning GL
    2. You’re so correct
    3. Being someone that is of age range or if not knowing your history


    beacon replied

    Yes, but the crossover storyline on Guiding Light didn’t play out simultaneously on BOTH SHOWS like Sheila’s did. Get your facts straight you two.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Sorry beacon…i wasnt trying to get you mad or anything…i probably shouldve made myself clearer…Guilding Light and Another World may not have played their crossover the same way as Y&R and B&B but it still is a forerunner to later day crossovers like the Sheila storyline.


    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    plus what made the Guilding Light/Another World(both created by ina philips:spelling?) crossover more unique than others is that it happened on two different networks!

  7. MBmomof3 says:

    Congrats Y&R. Thanks for the memories. I’ll stay tuned.


  8. Jared says:

    Y&R was always “my” show until the late 2000′s. I’m happy for the show’s success, and I hope it continues to succeed. 25 years is quite a feat, and when you put the show’s numbers up against even many prime time shows, it is competitive as well. I do prefer GH and DAYS nowadays, but I’ll always root for Y&R to return to its former glory quality-wise. As for the numbers, despite what some naysayer posters may say or want to believe, the numbers do not lie. Y&R IS the most watched daytime drama, and it probably will remain the most watched daytime drama until the genre eventually disappears from weekday programming.


  9. Mary SF says:

    Victor keeping Michael the Jabot photographer in his dungeon in the basement at the Ranch has a sentimental spot in my heart, although not the best story line ever, it was the story that got me hooked on the show. But I think that was before the show was number one in the ratings.


  10. PatF says:

    First of all…since the post is about YR being number one for 25 years. CONGRATS.

    Well deserved.

    Is it at its creative best right now, no. But really it was until 2006. I watched almost since the beginning.

    ATWT was number 1 from 1958-1978, and I know it also wasn’t always at its creative best at that time. In fact YR probably had some kick ass years in there.

    All My Children hit #1 before GH went to the top in 79/80 where it stayed until it was dethroned by YR. And everyone KNOWS that in those 8 or 9 years GH went downhill in quality fast, and SHOULDN’T have been #1. But as someone said, it’s just viewing habits.

    The difference these days is that there are only four soaps, and the “head start” that YR had by about 1990/91 was so great that as every show lost its viewership, no one really has come close since. I know people don’t want to believe that, but it’s all in the total ratings.

    Other shows have hit that top spot in the demos, but that’s because those demos are soooo small that any fluctuation is noticeable. So have some consolation that “your” show has or may hit #1 in a demo, but it’s going to be a while still before any show hits this milestone.


    Omar replied

    Finally, the voice of reason..I agree with you 100%..Well written message and SO true!! Congrats to Y&R, deserving or non deserving, they are the perennial soap in overall ratings..Here is hoping all the other soaps surge higher in total viewers.


    Jared replied

    I love this post. So true! I like FACTS, hard facts. Thank you for bringing sense and logic to the topic. And once again, congratulations to Y&R! This Bell brand was rightfully number one in both ratings AND quality for decades. I recall many times GH or some other less than soap, at the time, won the best show Emmy during years Y&R was clearly the best show in quality, too. Also, it’s wonderful to see the recent ratings resurgence in all four remaining soaps. Y&R is starting to flirt with averaging 5 million daily viewers again. GH seems to regularly have 3-3.5 million viewers every day now. It seems the four remaining shows are four different brands that are developing new audiences or re-capturing old ones.


  11. RLeternal says:

    25 consecutive years @ #1; that’s awesome for any show. If Y & R is so popular among the masses; it must be a really good show. I have not watched Y & R. May be I should start watching the show from Jan 2014.


  12. Mary SF says:

    The best soap is whichever soap you love. Ratings just relate how many people are watching a show that’s it. Some high quality shows on prime time get cancelled all the time because there aren’t enough viewers, while other shows that are less than stellar continue on for years—ratings just say how many viewers are watching, why they are watching, or if what they are watching is worth watching is not measured. So being number one in the ratings for 25 years is a feat regardless of quality, because to get a loyal and consistent viewership is to be envy in this day and age of the fickle consumer. Congrats.


  13. Beth says:

    It was a good show until some jerk made the decision to get rid of the actor Michael m. That played Adam. I’m done with the show!!!!


  14. Esther says:

    Since I work, I was able to watch General Hospital & Days of Our Lives at night, now I can’t and I am very disappointed, so I will switch to Young & Restless and The Bold 7 Beautiful. Thanks Disney for the let down!!!!!!


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