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Y&R Celebrates 28 Consecutive Years As Daytime's Top-Rated Drama!



In yet another milestone for the iconic The Young and the Restless, for the week ending December 9th, 2016 the top-rated CBS daytime drama series held the number one slot for now an unprecedented 28 consecutive years which comes to 1,457 consecutive weekly wins in the Nielsen ratings.

Y&R’s impressive streak began the the week of December 26th, 1988. The series is officially in its 43rd season.

In a press release from CBS, they touted: Y&R averaged 4.66m and was first in women 25-54 (1.4/10) for 511th time in 513 weeks and first in women 18-49 (0.9/07) for the 505th time in 509 weeks.  Meanwhile season-to-date: The Young and the Restless is averaging 4.95 and is first among all daytime programs in women 25-54 (1.6/11) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).

So, what do you think of Y&R’s 28 year streak at number one? Do you think they can ever be beat? Share your congrats to the Y&R and CBS Daytime teams in the comment section below.

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That is what I am talking about! 28 years baby, and we’ve got another 28 years ahead of us! CBS and The Young and the Restless will always reign supreme over all else!

Oh, yeah, Scott!!!!!
Y&R; my favorite soap of all time–with OLTL a close second.

hey Scott..
I doubt there will even be daytime tv 20-28 years from now ahhaa!


We oldies who have faithful through even being. acknowledged !

I hear you about the oldies Elaine. I have been a fan of the show since the mid eighties, which in my opinion were the glory days of the show. Give me a good Traci and Lauren cat fight any day over what we had to watch over the past year. But I think things are slowly taking a turn for the better. As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Here’s to 28 more wonderful years Y&R! !

It’s beyond baffling that this boring mess of a show is #1, way beyond baffling , Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Hi, soapqueenforever,
I just turned 30, and I consider myself an ‘oldie’ watcher, as I started watching Y&R as a tot with my Gran.
But, it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I became an avid watcher because I finally made sense of the storylines. LOL.
And, as Elaine said, I am also one of the faithfuls, no matter how big my ennui with some of the characters/stories is.
Happy Holidays to all.

It always felt as something stinky is going on with the YR numbers.
28 Consecutive Years as #1 .. and during those 28 years there were many other Great soaps and not once, not once, in 28yrs did one of the other great soaps ever come as #1 not even one time.
– the odds are sky high on that ever happening.

It is a simple formula, a ton of talent with most of the cast, better to great writing in MOST years and honestly, the thing that makes them who they are is their network, CBS, they believe in their soap and support it!

Thank you Michael for your reply, I hope
you are right and things will improve.
I am so tired off silly baby stories and
no happiness for anyone, they never
used to drag out S/l for a year some time,
Thank you very much for writing your
stories they are always a treat to read,
which I enjoy reading.

It’s not my intent to throw cold water here. But quite frankly, this continuing streak of consecutive years for Y&R being the top-rated daytime drama does not equate with sustained high quality for the program, IMO. It simply means that its fans/viewers are much more inclined to sit through and stomach long stretches of painful storytelling than those of the other soaps. Putting/keeping CBS on at 12:30 pm ET/11 am PT is a force of habit that can’t be broken for many no matter what. Y&R resides in a very viewer-friendly time slot on the network that promotes its daytime lineup the most. It’s not out on an island like Days on NBC, GH on ABC.

Plus, it stands to reason that it’s much easier to stay #1 in this genre nowadays when there are only 4 daytime dramas left! Honestly, what the now defunct ATWT did decades ago was far more impressive to me because there were 15-20 soaps on the air way back in those days. Y&R’s numbers are a shell of what they were even 5 years ago in the key demos.

Several years from now, if indeed there are only 3 (or even 2) daytime soaps left, is this show really still going to be lauded every December for “30-31-32, etc. years as daytime’s top-rated drama”? LOL

I cringe everytime I read = Y&R the #1 soap-
by constantly saying saying #1 every time Y&R is mentioned in articles etc it diminishes the other soaps, like a slap in their face, nasty to do to other soaps.
It’s like nasty gloating . (28 years of it)

For a #1 show the sure go through writing rgime every few months..

It’s quite an accomplishment but in all fairness the other three soaps are such a mess that even with Pratt as head writer Y&R was the least awful of the four this past year.

the success of this soap is due to these factors : cast stability with preservation of the key characters , very little recasting , a very structured show with a vision for the most part preserved hence no need to reboot because the show has stayed true to its stories and characters , the emphasis on family , the family and also character relationships being very real and honest and not cartoonish .
My concern now is that i feel that there is too much gc buzz , too many conversations , talking heads , and too much chancellor park , i don’t want the soap to turn into a talkative soap with no action , no adventure , no mystery , no romance , no excitement , i am not asking for cliff falls , car crashes , fires , explosions , earthquakes , tornadoes , cave ins and any type of accident to occur every week but i do expect to see these types of stories still being told every now and then .

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General Hospital’s Rena Sofer Remarries Sanford Bookstaver

Congratulations are in order for Rena Sofer (Lois Cerullo, General Hospital) and her longtime love, TV director and producer, Sanford Bookstaver. The couple re-tied the knot over this past weekend in a wedding ceremony.

In a post on her Instagram, Sofer shared the details, expressing, “This weekend on what would have been our 21st wedding anniversary I got to Re-Marry my best friend Sanford Booksaver once again!”

The GH star and Daytime Emmy-winner added,”The journey we are about to begin is the most exciting adventure, in a new state and town, but most thrilling is that we get to do it together as husband and wife!”

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Alluding to their time apart, Rena noted, “The three years we spent apart were humbling and heartbreaking but vital to us finding each other again. The love I have for you now is the foundation of my life. I can’t imagine another moment NOT walking through life with you hand in hand and our hearts entwined. You are the love of my life, and it’s not ‘oops we did it again, but I’m so grateful we did it again!❤️❤️❤️”

Previously, Sofer was married to GH and Days star, Wally Kurth (Ned and Justin, respectively) from 1995-1997, and the two share a daughter together, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. Rena and Sanford were previously married from 2005 to 2017 and share a daughter together, Avalon Leone.

Share your well-wishes to Rena and Sanford as they embark on the next chapter of their lives together as a married couple via the comment section below.


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REPORT: Matthew Atkinson Back to The Bold and the Beautiful

When we last saw The Bold and the Beautiful’s Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson), he headed out of Los Angeles with his son, Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) and headed to Paris. The decision to leave was prompted by Hope (Annika Noelle) turning down his marriage proposal once again, and by prodding from his sister, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

Many Thope fans have wanted to see Hope and Thomas reunite and figure out where to take their relationship next, but he has been nowhere insight, and so has his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson.

However, in a new report from Soap Hub, their sources indicate that Atkinson will be back on screen next month by mid-June. In a tease, Atkinson posted a photo on his Instagram story (which has since disappeared, since IG story posts only stay up for 24 hours), where he was pointing at a TV screen behind him that showed Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) and Eric (John McCook) in a scene. No telling the true meaning of that snap, but it could be he is back at the show.

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As Hope and Finn (Tanner Novlan) are getting closer, the timing could just work out in the most dramatic way if Thomas were to return. Since Hope and Finn are bonding over their parents, Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) and Deacon’s (Sean Kanan), upcoming nuptials, will the doctor and the designer hit the sheets and Thomas walks in on it?

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Now let us know, when Thomas returns do you want to see him reconcile things with Hope, or do you want him back to the obsessed Thomas of the past who hatched plots to get what he wanted? Comment below.

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Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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