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

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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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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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!

Celia
Celia

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

su0000
su0000

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

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

LOOKING FORWARD TO SALLYS STORY ,BUT I WANT TO SEE MICHAEL MUHNEY FOR SHARON,BETTER S/L’S FOR SHARON.

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

We oldies who have faithful through even being. acknowledged !

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

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! !

rocky83
rocky83

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

Celia
Celia

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.

su0000
su0000

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.

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Elaine
Elaine

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.

Pat
Pat

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

su0000
su0000

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)

Martin Verlander
Martin Verlander

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

Alan
Alan

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.

Nicholas
Nicholas

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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AW and Y&R Alum Alicia Coppola To Recur On ‘Empire’

More exciting roles coming the way of Alicia Coppola! Casting news out today has that the former soap alum of both Another World (Ex-Lorna) and more recently, The Young and the Restless (Ex-Meredith) has landed a recurring role on Empire.

According to Deadline: “Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris).  She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House.”

In an Instagram post on Friday, Alicia posted: “What a way to start the Holidays, end 2018 and begin a wonderful 2019! Thank you is all I can say. To say I am Grateful is an understatement. @empirefox here I come!” Recently, Coppola also recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles.

On Thursday night’s Soap Nation Live radio broadcast, Linda Dano, who played Alicia’s on-screen mother on Another World, Felicia Gallant, had complimented Alicia during her guest segment, and she still keeps in touch with her.  You can listen to that here.

So, will you be checking out Alicia on Fox’s Empire?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Heading To Elvis Presley’s Graceland For Fan Celebration Weekend

Big news for GH fans! For the first time ever, Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host a special “General Hospital”- themed fan celebration. The event kicks off Friday, January. 18, and will include numerous exclusive events held in various locations throughout the Graceland Campus; including: Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex, and the AAA-rated Four Diamond luxury resort, The Guest House at Graceland.

Beginning today, Friday November 16th fans can log on to Graceland.com/GeneralHospital and purchase tickets several GH-themed parties, such as “The Live Nurses Ball” and the “Metro Court Hotel Lounge Party, ” as well as catch screenings of classic episodes, blooper reels and never-before-seen content.

Additionally, several stars of the series will appear including: Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos Jr.), Steve Burton (Jason Morgan), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan Ashford), Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Wes Ramsey (Peter August), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine), Josh Swickard (Detective Harrison Chase), Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) and executive producer Frank Valentini.  The cast and EP will share their favorite memories from the show, answer questions from the audience, and participate in autograph signings and exclusive photo opportunities.

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Valentini said in a statement on the event: “I’m excited to meet with the fans and have them spend the weekend with the extremely talented cast of ‘General Hospital.’ It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a historic location.:

Various levels of packages are available for immediate purchase. For more information and details, please visit Graceland.com/GeneralHospital.

In addition to all the GH-themed events, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Graceland. Fans will be invited to visit the iconic mansion that Elvis called home; Elvis Presley’s Memphis – a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex filled with museum exhibits, shops and restaurants; and Elvis’ custom jets. Guests in attendance will also have the option to purchase exclusive General Hospital merchandise only available to attendees.

So will you be heading to Graceland in January to see the stars of GH and participate in this one-of-a-kind fan experience? Comment below. But first check out this just released promo for the event!

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The upcoming season of The Bachelor does not roll out till January, when season 23 gets underway on the 7th of that month, but ABC today released its key art first poster for promotion of their latest ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood.

Chris Harrison host and EP of the series, posted via Instagram: “It’s now officially official and I have the official exclusive poster to prove it. Colton’s dramatic season of #TheBachelor premieres Mon Jan 7th.”

The poster has the slogan: “What does he have to lose?” and one would assume its a nod to Colton’s noted and much discussed virginity.

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Viewers first met Colton in Becca Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette, where he came in as fourth runner-up.  He continued on the franchise on Bachelor In Paradise, and his controversial on and off again relationship with Tia Booth, Becca’s friend.

Just how will Colton handle kissing a bevy of ladies, the fantasy suites, and more?  Guess we will find out,and if his season will be a doozy compared to the lackluster season of Arie Luyendk Jr., until Arie dumped his choice for love Becca and went back on his word and fell back in love with the runner-up  – his now fiancee and expectant mother of his chid, Lauren Burnham.

So, what do you think of the poster art for the new season of The Bachelor? Will you be checking out Colton during his effort to find true love? Comment below.

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