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50 October 24th, 2013 The Young and the Restless Draws Biggest Weekly Audience Since February!

Looks like as much as viewers protested how much they would tune-out the death of little Delia storyline via a hit and run, they actually tuned-in and in droves!  According to CBS, the top rated soap opera drew its largest audience for the week ending October 20th since earlier this year!

According to Nielsen, The Young and the Restless delivered its largest weekly audience since last February 10th with 4.76 million viewers.   In addition, Y&R was number one in women 25-54 and 18-49 key demos!

The rest of CBS’s daytime lineup also had very strong week-to-week growth including: The Bold and the Beautiful which  was up +8% in viewers (3.65m from 3.38m), +15% in women 25-54 (1.5/09 from 1.3/08), +38% in women 18-49 (1.1/07 from 0.8/06) and +40% in women 18-34 (0.7/04 from 0.5/03).  And the afternoon chat fest series, The Talk was up +3% in viewers (2.67m from 2.58m), +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/04 from 0.6/04) and +33% in women 18-34 (0.4/3 from 0.3/02) week-to-week.

So what do you think about Y&R’s rating increase during the controversial storyline?  Weigh-in!

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  1. Derrick says:

    Go Y&R………………..

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  2. George says:

    Won’t last this show is getting progressively worse!:). I’m not watching it again until this regime is gone!

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  3. Carol says:

    I think the acting has been superb.

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  4. su0000 says:

    haaa
    Y&Y brought in people who like to be depressed and sad..
    Guess some people are masochist and like to feel the pain even if pain of others.
    ohh well some people like psychological mental pain, self punishment..
    I prefer to have my day happy and enjoy entertaining soaps as GH and not wallow in the pain of Y&R….

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  5. Marlene C. says:

    I never stopped watching. The acting has been incredible, and more than makes up for a depressing, but true to life story line. I know the pain, but have always found opportunities to share it with others suffering in the same way, helps make it more bearable. I realize many watch soaps for a release from the pressures of everyday life, and to enjoy watcing a good romp in the hay, once in a while, but a story like this does have its merits and place, just as other pertinent issues do.
    For anyone who has “tuned out” I respect that, but you missed some stellar performances.

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    Patrick replied

    “…know the pain, but have always found opportunities to share it with others suffering in the same way, helps make it more bearable.”

    I hear that…. it’s fascinating to know how our minds work, trigger, relate…. and so on and so on.

    If I had the time… I would squeeze in Y&R…. I do record fridays epi.

    remember back in the day… when there were upwards of 10 – 12 soaps. each network had 3-4 shows each.. guesstimate

    LOL… that’s ALL I watched…. I swear… I would record 5 soaps a day.

    soaps abound – I love GH and DOOL

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    Derrick replied

    Bingo! Tremendous and incredible acting. I just don’t understand the hate from others!

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    MEG replied

    WELL SAID.

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    Mary SF replied

    Speaking of stellar performances— wait until you see Monday’s show (Friday’s show in Canada) and the scenes between Billy and Ashley-won’t give anything away, but if you are a fan of the Abbott family– there is a special treat coming on Monday— a door will be unlocked

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  6. Leah says:

    Rating for week ending 9/27 were 4.73M; so an increase of 20K – 30k over a loss of 228k last week? I guess its about rebounding off of bad press about last week.

    Will get excited when #s stabilize and key demos show significant increases.

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  7. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Write something that gets people talking and others tune in to see what the fuss is about…it sometimes dont work but other times it does and this is one of those times it worked, so those who hated the storyline of Dehlia’s death you actually helped increase the ratings by so much talk about it but will it last…if i like a soap or not…and if i watch or not…im just glad there is enough people out there to keep all 4 remaing soaps on the air!!!

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  8. Leah says:

    Oh, was referencing difference of 20k to 30k over Feb high. Sorry for confusion.

    ps. at 2/3/12 (and prior week of 1/27/12) Y&R had 4.96M. 2112 highs have yet to be topped. Maybe by year’s end……

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  9. Mary SF says:

    Of course this got ratings that is why they wrote it. For every person who might have not watched, there were probably two or more that did just to see what all the fuss was about. And to be honest and as much as I hate to say it– it was the most exciting thing to have happened on the show for a while. It was depressing, but it was never boring, which is more than I can say for some other stories on the show right now. So it was a calculated risk on their part– short term gain, but whether this will pay off in the long term, whether they will keep the lookie lous, who showed up just for this one development has yet to be seen.

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  10. Jared says:

    Y&R will always be my first soap love. I haven’t enjoyed it much since the Alden/Smith era; and I do hope that the decision makers will make the needed corrections with its show runner and creative staff before the ratings start to become affected. When you compare Y&R’s numbers to other shows on daytime, it is quite the numbers juggernaut, whether it’s good or not, which many of us will say it is not. I would like to see the show returned to its former glory that matches its numbers.

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  11. Lynda Westlake says:

    Bravo to the actors in this horrible storyline. However today was the first day in over a week that I didn’t need tissues.

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  12. Tootsie says:

    I gave up on Y&R a few months ago. The stories were too depressing and boring. IF ratings are up, I have no doubts they’ll be in the gutters again soon. Fans may only be briefly tuning back in, simply out of curiosity’s sake. Not sure how it happened, but my TV ended up on CBS this past week, as Y&R came on. I saw the story about Deliah and quickly tuned out. I just turned off my TV, completely. IF the DVR was still going, who knows? If that goes towards ratings… it’s a mystery to me. I don’t believe many of the ratings I read anyways. I think their inflated for advertisers. Ratings don’t prove anything…

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    Barbara replied

    I love Y&R and will not stop watching because I don’t agree with the writers and story lines. I have to say that his story line has by far the BEST episodes I have ever seen in daytime Soaps. If you turned it off you missed amazing acting.. It is sad that people can’t deal with real life situations. Yes people die, children die. It is a part of life. Some people don’t know about death of a loved one and when that time comes and it will to all of us, they don’t know how to handle it. Kudos to Y&R and this story! Emmys all around!

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    George replied

    I tuned out cause the show is boring, I say all more if its entertaining but the show has lost it! Music sucks
    New actors suck
    No good villain suck
    People who are hung up on the Delia thing are pathetic she’s only been on the show a handful of times.

  13. Mike says:

    The internet soap opera community who whine and complain about Y&R, JFF, and especially this death of Delia storyline are nothing but a fraction of the 4 million+ people who watch this show daily. Yes the story is dark and depressing but the performance of the actors has been Emmy worthy and the fact that it’s drawing a record number of viewers means the show’s writers and producers must be doing something right.

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    Alan replied

    This show’s been number one for years so I wouldn’t say it’s because the current team is doing outstanding work; I think people just watch out of habit and with so few soap options to change over, they stay on hoping things will improve.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Wait a minute–it doesn’t say anything about records; it says the show had its best ratings since February. That’s an accomplishment and something the show can be proud of, but it’s more like regaining lost ground than anything else–and the key question is, is this part of an upward cycle, or did the controversial storyline goose the ratings temporarily and do longer-term damage?

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  14. MEG says:

    THE ACTORS HAVE BEEN AMAZING IN THIS S/L .ESPECIALLY MICHAEL MUHNEY ,BTW I ‘M SICK OF THE MOB S/L.ON GH.

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    MEG replied

    I JUST DON’T FEEL ANYTHING FOR THE MOB AND ROBINS RETURN JUST DIDN’T TOUCH MY HEART WHILE Y& R S/L WITH ALL THE CHARACTORS HAVE,

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  15. ethel says:

    that’s why i don’t pay any attention when i see a mass postings all over the internet from fans saying they are going to stop watching any soap because of a particular s/l….i watch all 4 soaps on the air & get very upset at times when they have horrible story lines but i don’t stop watching……………
    with an increase of viewers such as this people were watching and it wasn’t all new viewers either!

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  16. Joshua says:

    How is that even possible?!?!

    Every “Young and the Restless” message board over the past two weeks has been filled with angry women screaming killing Delia was the worst thing to happen to this show … well since Steve Burton came aboard with Jill Farren Phelps.

    Could it be the Nielsen households get off on kids dying on soaps? Weird and not in step with the majority of viewers.

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    dg replied

    I dont think anyone gets off on seeing a kid die even in fiction. It’s about the story becoming shocking and interesting. This story puts Adam in a new light and it makes us wonder just how he’s going to get out of this if he is the culprit.
    And I like watching tragic stories because it’s a catharsis. It gives you a chance to experience the emotion of the characters in a safe setting because its all fiction. And some of the best acting I have ever seen on soaps has come from tragic stories.
    And I think viewers take the stories far too seriously. Its all fiction. No one is really dead. Viewers lose sight of that fact. I bet most of the viewers complaining dont even know the actress’s name who played Delia. I’m sure they are more upset than little Sophie Pollano. Even at her young age Im sure she realizes that this is just a fictional story. Delia doesnt really exist. Sophie has a new job on the ABC sitcom The Millers and she has moved on. Viewers need to dry out and come back to reality.
    It’s a story and tragedy has always been a staple of soap operas.
    I would prefer tragedy to all of the ridiculous and at times indecent sex that goes on.
    And nothing was really shown on screen. We didnt see Delia in front of the car ( which has been done on other soaps in the past). Soap tragedies have been a lot worse in the past.
    BB actually featured the shooting of a child by a stray gang bullet years ago in the 90s or early 2000s. It was ridge’s daughter Bridget I believe when she was a baby. Brad Bell took a lot of heat for that story. And he also once tricked the audience into believing that Steffy was kidnapped and eaten by a shark, lol.
    One Life to live in the 78 showed 13 yr old Brian Kendall being hit by a car on location. On GH in the early 90s we actually saw little 7 or 8 yr old BJ being pulled out of her overturned school van by Ricky Martin.
    In 1979 Ryan’s Hope killed off infant Edmond in a fire caused by a faulty space heater. They actually showed the heater smoking next to the infant sleeping in his crib! All of these plots spiked ratings considerably for the show not because we “got off” on watching the fictional kids suffer, but because we were shocked by the tragic occurrences and we were compelled to watch how the parents got through it.
    People need to take a step back into reality. It’s just a story, its not real people!

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  17. mike says:

    I have not watched since they killed Delia.

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    George replied

    Get a grip

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    dg replied

    All of these people are complaining like she was a major character. She was a child that we barely saw, lol. Its ridiculous! And I doubt that any of these people could name the actress who played Delia ( without Googling), lol.
    It’s a story people and soaps have featured tragedies since the beginning…miscarriages, stillbirths, kidnappings, horrible accidents. They are a stape of the serial genre. If you cant handle stories like that you shouldnt be watching serials.
    Go watch children’s TV or cartoons. Everything is tame there.

    blake replied

    Mike is just stating his opinion, God forbid.

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    k/kay replied

    Actually she has been discussed more since they killed her off from reading the blogs I guess she played with Faith. Since when did that happen? Esther spent more time with her then anybody and she is locked in her room.

  18. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Eat that haters! Y&R is the best it has been in YEARS. And it’s only going to get better; ratings are proving that right now!!!!! Loving everything I am seeing on the show right now. It’s fire, and so entertaining. I haven’t been this intrigued in years.

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    George replied

    Small minds easily entertained!

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    Joshua replied

    OMG@Scott … “best it has been in YEARS”???

    Are you absolutely insane or in denial??? Did you ever see an episode from 1988? Or even 1998?

    THAT is when this show was in the “best” phase.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Okay. Both of you “insulting” me because I happen to be enjoying something is sad. You both must have little to no time on your hands. Please go entertain yourself elsewhere.

    dg replied

    I cant wait to post this on the GH facebook group pages, lol.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Wow. That must be the most exciting thing to happen in your life.

  19. PatF says:

    I don’t like that YR got such big ratings off of this story. We know that there are other equally compelling tales that could be told and acted like crazy by their talented cast.

    But ALL the shows now write for the ratings, including GH, which I just can’t watch, and DAYS. They have had ridiculous stories going. I tuned into GH on Wed, and there were at least three separate characters who had or were pointing guns. Really?

    And a priest was raped on Days not too long ago?

    Violence and aggression on these shows seem to be a hit with their fans.

    I hope YR drops this quest of killing off legacy characters, whether they are children or not. It’s shameful to do these stunt stories on ANY of the shows.

    Just tell a good story and people will watch whether there are guns or baby killings.

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    Mary SF replied

    Well said. Unfortunately stunt writing is here to stay because—–

    Ratings are never about how good a show is, it is about how many eyeballs the program can bring in to watch the commercials. That is what they are writing for. I read somewhere if you have the ratings black box in your house and you channel surf during the ads, your box isn’t counted. And if you have the box and you DVR it and fast forward through the ads, your box is not counted.

    So ratings have nothing to do with the show–but the ads and as long as they bring in eyeballs the networks don’t care if soaps have a psychopathic gorilla killing the citizens of Port Charles, Salem, LA or GC with poison bananas for a story line, as long as people watch–and see the ads.

    Sad but true– soaps today are written as means to sell product first instead of being the by product as in the early days.
    And what the early soap writers knew is what you said— just tell a good story and people will watch—— and then in the process might be swayed to buy a product or two they saw during the commercial break.

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  20. Kim H says:

    Well I for one am not being a hypocrite.I have not watched since Oct.11 when Billy was going down memory lane with the future that Delia might have.I thought this direction was horrid and totally uncalled for.It isn’t what I want in a soap.One I’ve watched since Nikki was in her 20′s.I like drama but hate what JFP has done.I have heard many times that she is good at ruining a soap and now understand what people meant.I know I’m missing some good performances but that isn’t swaying me from boycotting.

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  21. robert says:

    Y&R was really good last week.

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  22. jaybird369 says:

    Yeah, right, as in…N-O-T!!!!! As a longtime soap opera viewer, I am N-O-T fooled here for a second!!!!! To me, soap ratings DON’T MEAN S-Q-U-A-T!!!!! Y&R (and ESPECIALLY Y-O-U, Jill Farren Phelps)…you are fooling NO ONE!!!!!!!

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  23. Joy Margetts says:

    The reason Y & R is alive and well is because the actors who have been playing their characters for years are the cream of the crop. They overcome bad s/l’s and keep us watching.

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    su0000 replied

    No way..
    whomever plays Lauren is god awful actress..

    So is the woman who plays Niels girlfriend, she is terrible..

    And Nikki has been better, last 2 years she has become whispering slow..

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  24. Kate says:

    I have really enjoyed Y&R. I am an AMC refugee. It is the only soap that I can watch right now. I will take a look at B&B when Thorston Kaye starts on it. I do not like GH or DOOL.

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  25. su0000 says:

    lol
    Y&R is like a car accident, all slow down, stretch their necks to see if there are bodies..
    All tragedies get the curious on-lookers to see the bodies and the filling of ambulances..
    People do that, gawk / wanna see the victims of the car accident..

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  26. dg says:

    Despite all the whining and belly aching by viewers story like this always spike ratings usually due to the shock value. The bottom line of YR’s success is that despite the decline in over all soap viewership YR loss less of its core audience over the last decade.
    And the audience that is left continues to stick with it through thick and thin. YR is nowhere near the quality it experienced under the masterful hand of Bill Bell that is true. And both Maria Bell and JFP have made missteps and bad decisions. But the viewers seem to cling to show’s legacy and the well drawn characters, even when the writing isnt up to par. I think the Delia story while obviously a sweep gimmick still had strong emotional impact and gave the show shock value which is something it sorely needed.
    Moving forward the new writing regime need to study the past work of Bill Bell. Josh G wrote very uncomplicated, episodic story lines and he missed several key opportunities to creating interesting ongoing conflict. The result of his tales were predictable,lackluster episodes.
    The new writers need to concentrate on creating complex, long arc stories that encompass all the core families and create a sense of synergy and continuity that honors the grand history of this iconic show.

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    su0000 replied

    quote;
    ”Despite all the whining and belly aching by viewers story like this always spike ratings usually due to the shock value.”///

    ”shock value” and a depressing sad story of a child’s death that is going to go on and on and on and on and on to the point of becoming way overkill of a tragic story line .. ”shock” and smi-living the torment of child’s death are 2 different thing

    I love ”shock” and surprises but I do not like sadness and depression in my daytime tv, it lingers.. I enjoy entertainment not a tragic child’s death story..

    People are tuning in to witness a child’s death and wallow in sadness and depression over it, that is sad in itself lol ..

    Y&R was falling and to get viewers over a child’s death is being very desperate; I can feel the fear of CBS over Y&R falling … lol

    (this story will go on forever, yuck ..)

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  27. Patrick says:

    SIDEBAR: STAT

    all points bulletin.

    for those who love powerful women portraying intelligence, restraint, power, quipping understanding, knowing full well, they ARE and the male anatomy is just that… no thought process to mix

    it’s staggering… to know

    Jessica Lange
    Angela Bassett
    Kathy Bates
    Gaboury Sidibe

    and by no means left unattended “The Cast”

    American Horror Story: FX: it’s the headliner of the fall season

    witches coven celebrate

    “please catch up”

    on par to rule the emmys next year

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  28. Debbi says:

    Still think the killing Delia storyline was a cheap shot. Not the same as killing Cassie which brought home drunk driving as an issue. This was senseless, and just done for sensationalism or because the writers simply cant come up with anything original. They are also holding Micheal Muhney’s acting range potential back by constantly having him as this one dimensional monster. Same with Eric Braden. Yes people are tuning in, because even if they disagree with some oof the storylines, they keep on hoping for something new and different and becuase all the characters have become so familiat to those of us who have tuned in for decades. Y & R is one of the few soaps left, and I certaintly hope the producers realize that there are a lot of loyal fans who may begin to disappear if the writer dont begin to actually do what they are being paid to do.

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