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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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OLTL Alum Brandon Routh Revisits Playing Superman This Time On TV

Big news out of San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend involving former One Life to Live star and the former motion picture Superman, Brandon Routh (Ex-Seth Anderson, One Life). The actor will be making a comeback in the superhero role, but this time on television.  Brandon played the man of steel in the motion picture Superman Returns over 13 years ago.

Routh who presently stars on Legends of Tomorrow as Ray Palmer AKA The Atom will be donning the Superman cape along with Tyler Hoechlin in an Arroverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths. Both Routh and Hoechlin will appear as Superman but in “different time frames.  Crisis on Infinite Earths will take place over five episodes, three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.

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During Arrow’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel, Brandon Routh revealed that he was wearing a shirt with the Kingdom Come Superman emblem, which means he will be playing the Superman from another universe.   As to what the story will be, it is reportedly based on Kingdom Come, a story that landed on the pages of the Justice Society of America, set far in the  future, when Superman has a bit long in the tooth, and is facing competition from a younger, more violent generation of superheroes.

Routh told EW: “It’s an opportunity for me to kind of say hello and goodbye to the character in a way I didn’t get to the first time.  Being a young individual of 24, 25, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this for years and make multiple movies.’ And that, of course, didn’t happen. I’m just very honored to be able to do this one last time.”

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As for Routh’s time on One Life playing opposite Melissa Archer’s Natalie, from 2001-2002, his time in Llanview was cut short via a reported firing and was then replaced.  Guess Brandon has had the last laugh with this one going on to motion picture and primetime TV superhero roles.

Watch below when Routh revealed his upcoming man of steel turn at the Arrow panel at SDCC below.

Then, let us know, will you be checking out Brandon as Superman once again? Do you recall his time on One Life to Live when Seth was scheming with Natalie? Comment below.

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Michele Lee, Donna Mills & Joan Van Ark Talk Their ‘Sister’ Act and How They’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet

Who doesn’t love to see a Knots Landing (1979-1993) reunion,  especially when the three major leading ladies from the iconic primetime soap are seen together and step out in public!

Last night, the threesome of Michele Lee (Ex-Karen), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby) and Joan Van Ark (Ex-Valene) appeared in Hollywood at the the Hollywood Bowl The Jose Iturbi Foundation dinner, which promotes classical music to mainstream audiences, and awards grants to musicians, held before its concert.

It was there that these women chatted about their enduring friendship, and of course, missing that infamous cul-de-sac!  In a feature for ABC News via AP, with the fan favorites from ‘Knots’, Van Ark commented: “The truth is that we are, in fact, sisters. And when we’re together, it’s goofy and fun. When we have our three-way conversations, which might be just the three of us, we are truly joined soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart.”   The trio revealed that they always get together for dinner.

Coming up in December is what would be the 40th anniversary of the debut of Knots Landing. When asked if there might be another reunion show, Van Ark remarked that she would hope that Valene, Abby, and Karen would have had some ‘work done’, commenting: “They’ll all have facelifts, I hope.”

And if that wasn’t funny enough, Joan chimed in that there is a back-up plan if there is no reunion: “It’s a show that were going to call  ‘We’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet.’ And we’re not. We’re not.”

With female empowerment being a huge topic of our time, Donna Mills expressed how ‘badass” the ‘Knots’ gals were for their time: “We were so strong, our characters were so strong, that it was like, ‘Don’t mess with them.'”

So, would you like to see a ‘Knots’ 40th reunion special? Comment below.

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‘Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Slapped With Restraining Order After Allegedly Attacking Wife; Demanding She Have An Abortion

In what is now become sadly its own soap opera, the creator of ‘The Bachelor” franchise, Mike Fleiss and his wife, Laura are in the middle of a media frenzy this week after reports surfaced on Wednesday that Laura filed a restraining order against him following an argument and altercation allegedly over Fleiss demanding she have an abortion, as she is presently pregnant with his second child.

As more information came to light Mike had filed for divorce last week earlier after five years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences, according to court documents. It was listed their separation date was on July 7.  In addition, Mike requested joint legal and physical custody of their young son, Benjamin,

Shortly after the divorce filing, Laura who is a former Miss America from Wisconsin (Laura Kaeppeler), winning the crown in 2012, then filed an emergency domestic violence restraining order on Mike. In her claim, she says he physically attacked her and “demanded” she get an abortion. This allegedly went down over the July 4th weekend,  Court documents state that Laura is ten weeks pregnant at this time.

In addition, Laura alleges that Fleiss informed her: ‘If you have an abortion, then we can just go back to the way we were.’”  She went on to say: “Prior to July 4th, Mike threatened me that if I did not have an abortion, he would end the marriage.  This was not the first time he had threatened a divorce during our marriage, but now, he was using this threat as leverage to force me to have an abortion. In addition, on July 4th, Mike made the following statements to me: ‘I am cutting you off financially Monday morning’; ‘You are paying for everything with your money’; ‘Next time I see you, I don’t want to see your stomach’; and ‘You have a choice, you can choose. Have an abortion or go back to Wisconsin, but you are not taking Ben.’”

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Fleiss defended himself in the documents obtained by The Blast: “I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss ‘Ben,’ in any way., Laura was the aggressor during the incident and physically attacked me. I tried to get away from her as she was chasing me and hitting me. I have security footage from our home that shows the incident, which the Court can review.”

He also added that: “After the incident, Laura was initially remorseful. I was leaving Hawaii for work commitments in Los Angeles. I spent time with Ben at the house in Hawaii prior to leaving for Los Angeles. A few days after the incident, Laura stopped all communication with me. “I don’t know where Ben is and I want custody of him because of Laura’s instability.”

On Thursday, Radar Online released text messages provided by Fleiss to the courts from his estranged wife.

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers, the company behind the “Bachelor” franchise said of the incident and the status of Fleiss with this series: We are aware of these serious allegations, and are looking into them.”

So, do you think Fleiss should be, or will be asked to step away from ‘The Bachelor’ franchise in lieu of this domestic dispute and violence issue? Comment below.

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