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The Young and the Restless Celebrates 25 Consecutive Years As Number #1 Daytime Drama!

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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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su0000
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su0000

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
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Harlee

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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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
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su0000

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

Harlee
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Harlee

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) LaurieLance, crazy… Read more »

robert
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robert

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)!
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jimh(leave it to beaver)!

must be a lucky timeslot: everyone on lunch break!

Jared
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Jared

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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

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.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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
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Joshua

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)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

beacon
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beacon

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)!
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jimh(leave it to beaver)!

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
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Harlee

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

Thanks

beacon
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beacon

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)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

Jared
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Jared

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… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

PatF
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PatF

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… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

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
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Jared

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… Read more »

RLeternal
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RLeternal

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

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!!!!

Esther
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Esther

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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DAYS Billy Flynn and Wife Gina Comparetto Expecting Their First Child

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives’ Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and his wife, actress, Gina Comparetto, on the news that the couple are expecting their first child!

The duo wed back in 2016, and now in a series of beautiful Instagram posts on Comparetto’s account, Billy and Gina shared the news publicly of their baby on the way with some photos to mark the occasion.

Gina expressed: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes 👶🏼…. Thank you to my dear, talented friend @jessieco_photo for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will cherish them forever and we love you! ❤️. Thank you @makeupmaryann for the gorgeous, 60s-inspired hair & makeup that you did! You’re truly the best! ❤️

Then, in a another set of photos it simply says: “Mom & Dad 💘” while Billy and Gina look over the book “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting.”

In the newest post, their are more adorable pics this time stating: “Party of 3 ❤️”

You can check all of them out below.

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As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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