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57 December 18th, 2014 Y&R Marks 26 Years As The Number #1 Daytime Drama!

Genoa City still is the top city on the soap opera map, according to news today out of CBS! The Young and the Restless this month has now been the number one daytime drama for 26 years straight, and according to the Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 12th, 2014.

That is quite the accomplishment. Y&R began its winning streak the week of December 26th, 1988.  The series now its 41st season has not been unseated for over two and half decades by any other network daytime drama!

According to the ratings ending week of  December 12th, The Young and the Restless averaged 4.76 million viewers, up +4% over last week.  The program also led the week in both women 25-54 (1.8/12) and women 18-49 (1.2.09).

Season-to-date, The Young and the Restless is daytime’s #1 drama in viewers (5.04m), women 25-54 (2.1/14) and women 18-49 (1.4/10).

So, what do you think of Y&R at number #1 26 year running? Could any other soap opera take the top spot from them? Comment below!

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  1. Timmm says:

    I thought GH could have or maybe in 2015 will dethrone Y&R but either way its nice to see positive ratings for ANY of the four remaining soaps. After three big recasts this year and better writing, Y&R could win the ratings battle for the 27th year in a row!

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    Harry replied

    Well said, Timm. I think Gina Tognoni is a tour de force as the new Phyllis.
    I am also enjoying Mariah. In fact, she is a breath of fresh air–I love her sarcasm and tough exterior which is used to hide her vulnerability.
    As always, love Jack. Victor needs to find a hobby more suitable for a man of his age. He could go coin and jewel hunting at the park, write haiku in the coffee shop while wearing a beret, or shoplift like mad at the local Walmart.

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    Mary SF replied

    Better yet, he should be a Wal-Mart greeter– can you imagine walking in and seeing his “happy” face– that would be the best news for the Target next door — LOL

    Timmm replied

    Yes Harry, Gina has done a splendid job. Some say she is a little rough but she has been gone for a year and she isnt too happy what others have done, specifically moving on without her. They may soften her a bit for Christmas. Speaking of softening, yes Mariah is warming up to her mother. She is another one who got dealt a short hand and was full of fire and brimstone! I love her and Kevin together. Victor, how about him running his billion dollar empire! I couldnt imagine Trump getting involved in half the silly things the Mustache gets involved in!

    Kim Huck replied

    I loved Shick but Nick is so immature so I want Adam with Sharon. They had so much love friendship and chemistry

    aria replied

    The Y&R dethroned GH 25 years ago, so it would be fitting if GH reclaimed its throne, but regardless, i hope for 2015 all soaps go up in the ratings.

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    harry replied

    Mary, I always thought Victor would be an amazing Walmart leader but I think he would scare the children away.

  2. robert says:

    congrats to y&r. 26 years is unheard of.

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    Kim Huck replied

    Please bring back Victoria Rowell. We need Drucilla back and Amber Moore and Daniel

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    Sammie replied

    The show has gotten along quite well without VR, I think that will continue.

  3. Nicole says:

    Go Y&R!!! So happy for the show GT is fantastic and Justin is making Adam his own.

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    Sammie replied

    YES! GT is fantastic as Phyliss! Never thought I’d say she’s even better than MS.
    And the new Adam! He is the best, loving him, of course I’ll hate him as soon as he does something nasty, but the actor is fantastic.

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  4. su0000 says:

    baw
    during the past ’26′ years there have been some really great soaps, really great..
    Y&R has had great years and years and not great, yet is was #1 ..
    Other soaps, or just one other soap during the 26 years, just once should have been better than Y&R even if for just 1 time..
    This past year Y&R stank.. people tuned in to see the new, Billy, phyllis and Adam, not because of great stories LOL

    Anyways;
    congrats to Y&R for pulling it off, once again… :) CONGRATS!

    Numbers do not make a soap great nor do numbers make happy viewers,,
    A great soap, a #1 soap, is the soap you love to watch everyday and not FF through half of it… !

    ALL the soaps are #1 to their fans.. ) dman the numbers, their soap is #1 ….

    Long live the soaps !!! :)

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    Harry replied

    HUH?

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    Sharice replied

    “Young and the Restless” hasn’t been No. 1 in excellence in about ten or eleven years.

    The show should have succumbed to “General Hospital” or “Days of Our Lives” back then.

    At this point, it’s just habit for the Nielsen folks.

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    Nikki replied

    I have to agree. I myself tuned in to see the new Phyllis, Billy & Adam. I think they are bringing too many people into the show now. I liked it better with Nikki, Victor & the regulars. Now I read where their going to bring in someone else to play Jack’s son Kyle. I really think with the way Bold & Beautiful has the stories lately along with all the travel involved it may pass Y & R next year.

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    su0000 replied

    I am simply seeing like this..

    ALL fans of DOOL and Y&R, watch both, I’d bet most would agree that DOOL is better than Y&R..
    also-
    ALL fans of General Hospital and Y&R, watch both, would agree that GH is better than Y&R..
    The Y&R fans that do not watch any other soaps than Y&R have no idea that other soaps are better than Y&R…. lol

    Nikki replied

    Suoooo I agree with just about all you said but I also think fans we’re expecting a little more from Y & R this year. I really like the new layout of the outside of the houses. The stories have really improved as well but they should leave some of the stories in the dust( sort to say). I like the new Phyllis from the day she flung opened the church doors Phyllis was born again. Billy Miller was the best but he’s gone and this Billy is doing a great job especially now that he’s getting more story to act out. He’s terrible with Victoria but fantastic with Chelsea. Adam/Gabriel is terrible with Chelsea. The plot in the restaurant where he’s standing starring at her (she blew it) He played it out so well but she looked up and smiled at him this girl who’s suppose to be so in love with Billy. In reality she should have been concerned. The time in the park he says cute kid she says thank you. Are you kidding some strange guy says that to me I’m looking for the cops. She really can’t play off him at all I think its safe to say Chadam is dead however… The story where he talks to Sharon in the coffee shop she actually looks interested in him and he plays off that I think Shadam may come back. What do you think?

  5. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Oh come on suZEE Q…people tuned in to see the new Billy, Phylis and Adam…some truth to that…but they stayed and that wouldnt have had happen if the stories were that bad…lol…come on now…its just entertaiment…dont be a complainer…enjoy…lol…su, Happy Holidays from your now no.1 fan!!!

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    Harry replied

    Yes, indeed! Jim, did you see today’s Y&R? It ended with Adam telling Jack he was Adam. It was a riveting scene and the nu Adam is good. He reminds me very much of Michael Muhney’s Adam. There’s a certain look in his eyes.
    And of course Peter Bergman brought out the best in him. Great scene–stay tuned.

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    su0000 replied

    Hi guys!!!!
    I enjoy parts of Y&R..
    I do FF dying people.. that crappola is some depressing stuff.. I don’t need/want to see that downer dying stuff..
    I like Victor..!!!
    I want Pratt to spice it up, give me something to ooww and ahhh about :)
    Killing off Sharon would be good! I would pay to see that LOL !!
    What can I say here.. I like gripping excitement and Y&R has been a big snore this past year,,
    I’m putting faith in Pratt !! I know he will kill off someone!

    jimh and Harry..
    luv posting with both of you !! always a pleasure!!
    .. HAPPY HOLIDAYS/CHRISTMAS !!
    and all that jolly stuff.. hope Santa is good to you!!

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, Harry… I so agree. I knew from the onset that Justin would bring it. He is great, as is Gina. Y&R was the first soap I got ‘into’ as a fourteen-year-old, in boarding school……now, I’m in love with GH. It’s like a book I can’t put down…LOL.
    I think Y&R is beginning to get its mojo back, and the grandiose reputation as the number one soap
    All I ask Santa is for Neil to get his sight back; rush home (or wherever his baby-doll, duplicitous wife is) with the life-changing news and BOOM, he catches the cheaters and betrayers in the act…..I hope it won’t be his bed…that would be another hard pill to swallow…..actually, the entire Winters family is a hard pill to swallow….well, except for Malcolm. No more Neil drama, please !!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Justin is a great actor…good to see him back in daytime and Kelly Sullivan too…Happy Holidays!!!

    k/kay replied

    @Harry all I can say about the new Adam is he is 2 to 3 inches taller more buff and 10 years younger in the face! Life is grand!

  6. su0000 says:

    I, for a long time have thought it is not the soaps that can not grab attention is it their name/title..
    Young and Restless that title will get some attention especially by younger people..

    Days of Our Lives..
    That sounds like grandma’s boring diary ..
    Then name of the soap, in this era of media, the 21st century would not get the attention of a potential new viewer..

    General Hospital..
    What does that even say about the soap?
    It’s a show that has a hospital, and it’s not an attention grabber to give the essence of the show..
    That title couldn’t get the attention of any small crowd to tune in lol ..

    the names of the soaps are horrible in this era of media..
    soaps/series are noted as ‘Scandal, Revenge, and TV shows with grabbing titles as ‘ The blacklist, Sons of Anarchy, well you all know the titles of the now tv shows, and then to have daytime shows with names of Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital well those titles could not attract anyone under the age of 70/new viewers.. soaps need ”new” viewers..

    the soaps could have high millions if they come into the 21st century and had a makeover..
    soaps will die if they stay in the 70′s and don’t keep up with modern media, starting with new titles…

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    Harry replied

    That is a very interesting perspective, Miss Sue. Now i have to ask, are you from Another World? Because we only have One Life to Live so be Bold and Beautiful but not so much that you have to check into General Hospital’s emergency room. All My Children are all Young and Restless which is another word for ADHD. They say it’s a matter of genetics and they must medicate. Sigh. It’s hard to get through these Days of Our lives with our ancestors’ Dark Shadows looming over us.
    And As the World Turns, we move on with lots of Loving and a dash of Ryan’s Hope.

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    su0000 replied

    Harry..
    LOL you’re a luvable goofy! and .. HUH??
    I can not tell you where I am from or I would vanish.. sssshhhh..
    i do vote to spice up the names of the soaps they need a big change and a door opening into the 21st century.. a media makeover..

    If Days of Our Lives (sounds like grandma’s diary)
    was called ” Nights of Sin… people would click in.. LOL yah betcha ;)

    Nikki replied

    Love it.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    very good, Harry!!!

    CeeCee replied

    But, Harry. You ‘gotta’ love Su. She is the most entertaining poster on this site. I actually await her comments with bated breath…LOL.

    Keep ‘em coming, Su….I love it !!!!

    CeeCee replied

    Clever post, Harry. I repeat, I love the wry humor.

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, lest I forget…I guessed months ago that Su is from Minnesota, Yah? Yah betcha…..

    su0000 replied

    Cee Cee .. lol ya gots meh !!
    its said we string the words;
    “Have to” is often “hafta,” while “I’m going to” is “eye-mina” and “what are you” is “whatcha” Not Bad” “Naaht Bah-d
    The Dragon Speech to text program loves us Minnesotans… LOL
    and- syntax is something we put in soap.. yah vul!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! :) Enjoy!!

    (actually, nobody speaks like that, only up in the iron range.. .. but yet..?

  7. Derrick says:

    Go Y&R

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  8. Joel says:

    It may have been number one all these years but those ratings represent the number of tvs tuned to that channel. It in no way represents the quality. Over the years, many other soaps were lower rates than y&r but better quality.

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    su0000 replied

    yah!!

    Quantity is not Quality …

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    Patrick replied

    “…It in no way represents the quality. ”

    ditto

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  9. Chris says:

    Not to rain on Y&R’s parade because clearly it continues to do very well after all these years. But honestly this streak is a bit overrated, IMO. After all, it’s obviously much easier to stay at the top of this genre now since there are so few daytime dramas left. I truly think that what ATWT accomplished decades ago (it was #1 for 20 straight years from 1958-78) was more impressive because there was so much more competition in the genre in those days. Just saying.

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    PV Jr. replied

    That’s an excellent point, Chris.

    Not to mention that what Y&R has managed to do during those 26 years includes fighting upstart soaps, like my beloved SANTA BARBARA or something like PASSIONS, which is easier to do because the new shows did not have established fan bases. And, well, where are those aforementioned shows, sadly?

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  10. Iakovos says:

    Y&R benefits from its time slot. Easy to watch at lunch! Show is not top quality but Y&R has loyal fan base and strong legacy.

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  11. Jared says:

    Congrats to Y&R!

    Y&R = THE gold standard in daytime dramas in both viewers and quality for over a quarter century! That is quite the amazing feat!

    As for the others, haters will hate, and losers will lose.

    Go Y&R!

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  12. Patrick says:

    ad nauseam

    be that as it may

    I will soapbox

    CBS can grandstand all they want…

    GH and DAYS stratosphere … leave behind the once heralded

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  13. sonniorsolita says:

    I find lately that if I turn on Y&R, I am sucked in for the full hour, which has not been the case for a long time. That’s mainly due to Gina Tognoni, Justin Hartley, Kelly Sullivan, Eileen Davidson, Tracey Bregman and Christian LeBlanc. Heck, even this downtown development plan has made Steve Burton and Jessica Collins more interesting. (And almost made Cain and Lily bearable. Sorry, they bore me to tears.) I think Burgess Jenkins’ Billy will become more interesting when he’s truly engaged with fighting Adam. It seems like the writing is emphasizing Billy’s serious side now, which should contrast well with Adam’s lack of control. Y&R is positioned really well for 2015. Of course, I’ll never be a true fan because my least favorite characters are Victor and Nikki, LOL! Just tired of them.

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    Patrick replied

    the actors you plug… are mind blowing…

    phyllis, adam, sage, ashley, Lauren, and michael….

    i’d throw in Constance

    and you’ve got a smorgasbord

    even Kelly morphs

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  14. toscanti says:

    I will be the first to admit, I have “NO RESPECT” for Jill Farren Phelps. That said, I’m loving GT as “Nu Phyllis” and JH as “Nu Adam” they are really bringing it. BJ as “Nu Billy” is not even close to being Billy. He’s a good actor but lacks the chops to play this role. Kelly Sullivan is a great addition. I’m curious to see what will happen when the new co-executive producer/head writer takes over. Hopefully this will spell the end for JFP and her reign of terror. Congrats Y&R!

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  15. PV Jr. says:

    Former Sony employee and supporter and lover of the remaining soap operas on the air, including two Sony properties (Y&R and DOOL), but let’s all hope that this hack will not cause Sony to abandon these soaps and other intellectual properties to save money because lord knows they are going to be hurting financially once the dust settles on this hacking scandal.

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    su0000 replied

    so far Sony is out a 100 million..
    I don’t see it see affecting TV, but ya never know…
    I think the sponsors of a show would have a say??

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    PV Jr. replied

    Well, more like 1.2 BILLION!

    With the release of all our SSNs, emails, home addresses, health information, there will be major ramifications. There are already two class action suits. Sony just settled one with Playstation. Not playing THE INTERVIEW in theaters will cost at least 75 million.

    The company just went through another round of layoffs last year

    Not to mention that it was not that long ago that investor, Loeb, wanted them to spin off the entertainment portion to another company.

    All I am saying is that the soaps better continue to be money makers or I see Sony no longer producing them to cut costs. There have been rumors for a long time that the networks do not want the soaps. The affiliates want their time back. I hope it does not come to that, but I think we would be ignorant to just think it would never happen.

    And another thing, I am surprised none of the actors, past or present, from either soap, have been asked by the soap media what they think about having their private information out there and I know, for sure, it is. I have seen the tree from the first data dump that lists the files and they had just about every deal memo for DOOL and Y&R for the last 10 years. Poor James Reynolds was mentioned many times for his years of service. I wonder if they have all had to freeze their credit and get credit monitoring like the rest of us.

  16. Lawrence says:

    Not surprising at all since it really doesn’t have any competition.

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  17. Mary SF says:

    Whenever anyone or anything is successful at what they do there will be those who will try to demean the accomplishment — regardless of the why, the fact is they have been in the spot for 26 years, and no matter what happens tomorrow nothing changes what they have done. I think to keep that position during some really rocky leaderships is quite the legacy of the Bells who built up a loyal and large fan base that even when many dropped away they still had enough to keep their spot.

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  18. k/kay says:

    Probably YR will stay #1 until they all fade away! As for me I pulled the plug today I only had Y&R left on my DVR and I watched two weeks in 1 Hour. Pathetic! Have a Happy Holiday Season and the best things to happen to all in the New Year!

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  19. paul says:

    I am going to say that over the last few weeks and even a couple of months, Y&R has been good. Phyllis and Adam recasts are perfect. Love the new sets popping up and enjoy the pairings on the show.

    I do wish for the new year some differences though. Neil may be blind but its disrespectful to people who are blind that they are making Neil DUMB, as well. I can understand Lily not knowing the truth about Devon and Hillary because Cane was never a loyal individual to her in cluing her in on anything. But to make Neil constantly udder what amount to “Mike Brady”-isms borrowed from the BRADY BUNCH movies while his wife screws his son RIGHT in front of him is dumb. WISE UP NEIL… and thats to the writers.

    Adam back is amazing and recast can’t be better. But I am not interested in seeing the redux of Delia’s death and whether Adam did it or not. I would really prefer seeing Adam come back and knocking on the door of that woman who said she saw Adam’s SUV hit delia and then drive off and telling her HE KNOWS SHE REALLY KILLED DELIA. Get the fact that adam is NOT a child killer done with now.

    Last but not least, Crimson Lights may be a shop thats been around for 15 or more years but the previous owner almost closed it cause of bankruptcy issues and NO CUSTOMERS and no one in town tried to help. Dylan is crying because he has NO plan B for work and not cause a coffee house is an institution. As always, this VIOLENT and aggressive character needs others (Hi, Daddy, Mommy and soon to be wifey) fighting for him other than the writers copping onto the fact that he needs a plan b. (PLus warehouse district in the midwest reads to me as RUN DOWN, DANGEROUS and empty lots everywhere, not historic or landmarked.)

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  20. CeeCee says:

    You bring a smile to my face, Su…you are like a splash of sunshine. It must be fun being you…never change. Your enthusiasm and loyal support of GH is like a contagion….I’m hooked.
    Best of the Season to you and yours also….later.

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    su0000 replied

    CeeCee !
    You’re a happy person, it’s always a good time posting with you :)
    Wonder what 2015 will bring for us.. I’m sure whatever it will be great!

    ………….. HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!
    (hope Santa is good to you :)

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  21. CeeCee says:

    @Nikki.
    I agree with you, Nikki. I never really felt a spark between old Adam and Chelsea….not the way he and Sharon meshed, romantically or sexually. There really is nothing forthcoming in that department from Chelsea with anyone. In my opinion, as pretty as she is, Chelsea does not have the ‘it’ factor with anyone. I have yet to grow any positive feelings for nuBilly. It has nothing to do with Billy Miller….I could/would have gotten used to a new role-player, as I did with Gina Tognoni as Phyllis. This guy just does not cut it for me.
    Perhaps he and Chelsea are good together because they are both as bland as oatmeal or polenta.
    Yes, the scene in the park was weird. I have a seven-month old, and if a stranger approached me and my baby, I would also report the incident….especially these days. The park and school areas are a Mecca for pedophiles. Chelsea is ‘ditzy’ anyway, so the incident does not surprise me. You’re right, I do not see how nuAdam can recapture what he has lost, family-wise.
    Nonetheless, inasmuch as the viewer witnessed a little ‘exchange’ between nuAdam and Sharon, I hope it does not come to fruition. That relationship was fetid….bad stuff brought them together from the onset…..bad omen!!!!
    Perhaps he should remain a bachelor for a while….scan the landscape, LOL….I am sure Su would say the same thing, as she has repeatedly said of Jason Morgan…..I agree. But, when there is one’s very own child to consider…..that theory takes an entire different concept. ….hard to keep away from one’s child.

    I actually believe Nick and Sharon belong together…..but, they both get on my nerves. She with her excuses, he with his holier-than-thou attitude. I am not a Sharon fan, but to be fair, what is Nick’s problem? She was ill…and, by his own words, he told her that whatever the ‘secret’ was, she could approach and confide in him without fear….that he loved her; that he would understand. Lovers, husbands and wives etc. should be each-other’s best friend…..
    Happy Holidays.

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  22. Dail Davis says:

    You might be first now but things can change very quickly especially if the “oldies” keep getting let go. Rumor is Michael is going to General Hospital. So, if this happens I have promised myself I will not Y & R anymore. I’m sure I’m not the only one

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  23. kalamaty says:

    I LOVE what news like this does to the haters! Y&R is the number one show for a reason; best production values, best actors, best writing, directing, etc. Bow down before the Y&R behemoth!!

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