TVGN to Become the Exclusive Basic Cable Destination for 'The Young And The Restless'

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April 3rd, 2013

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via press release:



Acquisition of Top-Rated Daytime Franchise from Sony Pictures Television

Marks First TVGN Programming Announcement as Part of New
CBS Corporation/Lionsgate Partnership

“The Young and the Restless” Set to Air on TVGN at 7:00 PM, ET/PT with Day-and-Date Episodes Beginning This Summer


LOS ANGELES — April 3, 2013 — TVGN today announced that it will become the exclusive basic cable home for the #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Y&R). The acquisition of the top-rated daytime franchise from Sony Pictures Television marks the first TVGN programming announcement as part of the new CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS)/Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) partnership.


Beginning this summer, Y&R will move from Soapnet, where it has already been a basic cable ratings success, to TVGN, keeping the 7:00 PM, ET/PT time slot where it has built a loyal fan base, and will appear day-and-date with its broadcast on the CBS Television Network. One of the most popular franchises in daytime television history, Y&R recently celebrated 40 years on the air on CBS, where it has dominated the ratings in daytime.


Currently, Y&R is the #1 daytime drama on network television among total viewers and key demos, including women 18-49 and 25-54. It has also been Soapnet’s #1 series for five consecutive years, delivering a significant audience share among women 18-49 and 25-54—two key demos for TVGN.


Y&R, which is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television, has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years. It has received 119 Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other daytime drama, and 412 Emmy nominations. The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.


Y&R revolves around the rivalries, romances, hopes and fears of the residents of the fictional Midwestern metropolis, Genoa City. The lives and loves of a wide variety of characters mingle through the generations, dominated by the Newman, Abbott, Chancellor, Baldwin and Winters families. When THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS premiered in 1973, it revolutionized the daytime drama. It continues to set the standard with strong characters, socially conscious storylines, romance and sensuality.


About TVGN

TVGN is a fully distributed entertainment network owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate. The venture combines CBS’s programming, production and marketing assets with Lionsgate’s resources in motion pictures, television and digitally delivered content. Seen in more than 80 million homes, TVGN’s programming celebrates Hollywood with original series and specials that cover celebrity lifestyles, entertainment news, the red carpets, and what Hollywood does best—movies. TVGN’s new ownership structure is comprised of the company with the #1 broadcast network and many of the top first-run syndication series (“Entertainment Tonight,” “OMG! Insider”) and the studio that distributes the blockbuster “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises and produces such award-winning dramas as “Mad Men.”


  • DenverDean

    Good move. Now if only B&B could get a cable deal…. This make total sense with SoapNet’s eventual disappearance and the CBS deal with TVGN.

  • TimsDale4ever

    They aught to pick up the returning web soaps that are starting in April — OLTL and AMC.

  • bob

    Good move? I never heard of this channel. I hope I have it. lol.

  • Mike

    Love this move.

    It will be the final nail in SoapNet’s coffin though. There is no way they can make it without Y&R even if the current carriers are just burning off contracts.

    The last time I saw ratings Y&R was way ahead of the other programs on SoapNet.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I just figured out that this is the TV GUIDE NETWORK. This is channel 3 for me. Anyone who has even basic cable should already have this. Awesome!!! Would LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE to see the new OLTL starting on 04/29 eventually picked up here as well.

  • Dunce

    TVGN is a bit annoying to watch though its not in HD but that’s not a big problem since SoapNet isn’t either but the bigger problem is the guide below the show that’s annoying to look at. They need to adopt an ESPN type bottomline graphic for that.

    Hopefully B&B will get a syndication deal as well.

    Does this mean Y&R isn’t on SoapNet anymore? If not SoapNet should open up that slot to AMC and OLTL repeats or TVGN should buy them.

  • Barb

    I didn’t even know what the TVGN was until it was mentioned in the replies. From from SD channel to another. Still no HD then – oh well.

  • JayTN

    People hoping that TVGN will pick up the soon-to-be web series AMC and OLTL may be disappointed. Let’s not kid ourselves here. If TVGN were not co-owned by CBS, Y&R would not be airing on it. I don’t believe that CBS would be interested in helping out ex-ABC soaps with a distribution deal. At least Y&R fans will soon have another outlet to watch their soap if their cable system has already dropped SOAPNet (or when SOAPNet is eventually dropped nationwide). That fact will likely allow Y&R to have a leg up on its NBC and ABC soap competition, which will be left without a cable presence once SOAPNet goes dark for good.

    Although nothing is confirmed, there are rumors that CBS and Lionsgate want to turn TVGN into a USA Network/FX/TBS/TNT style network with a mixture of motion pictures (Lionsgate distributes those Tyler Perry movies), syndicated series and original programming. Much like the CW – co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros. – which predominantly airs series produced by CBS and WB, the new TVGN (which will likely be renamed) could become an outlet for more CBS produced programming and also for programming produced by Lionsgate.

  • Mike

    We have Charter and our TVGN no longer has the guide at the bottom of it. It is full screen for the shows now.

    In other articles about this they all confirm that Y&R will no longer be on SoapNet come Summer. So if SoapNet does continue they will have to air something else.

    I don’t see SoapNet picking up the revivals of AMC and OLTL either since ABC/Disney has already announced the network is ending. I doubt they would pay for new programming when they are just playing out contracts.

  • RJ

    Over 90% of carriers no longer have the listing on TVGuide. If you do, it’ll be phased out quite soon.

  • James

    I think this move is neat….it is cool…and it is very good for Y&R future. I would love to see other daytime soaps on it. Very smart by CBS. Now put B&B replays on it as well.

  • robert

    Great news. The final nail in soapnets coffin. Soapnet is losing its top rated show. I think this is great news. TVGN is available in over 200 million homes. This will give Y&R great publicity in primetime. Y&R being on a high rated channel could increase its daytime ratings.

  • marion

    Will some network pick up the great soap, Passions. I don’t know if DirectTV is showing the wildest soap ever, anymore.

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