Soap Opera Ratings: 'The Young & the Restless' Hits 20-Month High in Total Viewers

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November 1st, 2013

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via Soap Opera Network:

Ratings  for the Week of October 21-25, 2013

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,919,000 (+160,000/+509,000) *
2. B&B 3,669,000 (+16,000/+561,000)
3. GH 2,855,000 (+34,000/+104,000)
4. DAYS 2,505,000 (-138,000/+80,000)

* 1.75 year high: highest since January 30 – February 3, 2012 (4,949,000)

1. Y&R 3.5/12 (same/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (same/+.2)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/+.1)


Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 815,000 (-38,000/+21,000)
2. GH 743,000 (-2,000/+42,000)
3. B&B 690,000 (+10,000/+97,000)
4. DAYS 583,000 (-74,000/+64,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/+.1)
2. GH 1.2/8 (same/+.1)
3. B&B 1.1/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/+.1)

Source: Soap Opera Network


Y&R = The Young & The Restless, B&B = The Bold and The Beautiful, GH = General Hospital, DAYS = Days of Our Lives.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Mike

    I’m beginning to believe more and more that All My Children and One Life To Live won’t be back at all this time.

    This is a quote from a new article posted at SON:

    “The ratings were never what Prospect Park had hoped for and in September it was announced that they were stopping production on OLTL because of a lawsuit pending with ABC. The deal originally brokered meant that Prospect Park could borrow characters that were old fan favorites for the rebooted shows but ABC could still use them in guest stints on General Hospital. A few of these soap crossovers resulted in ABC randomly killing off characters without giving Prospect Park a heads up. That resulted in Prospect Park suing the network and deciding to shelve one show until the legal issue is resolved.

    Now according to the Nov. 11th print edition of GLOBE magazine All My Children is also no longer on the shooting schedule. The bottom line is budget. While reviving the shows sounded great on paper the reality is that the fans just aren’t tuning in enough to justify the cost of production. AMC already has canceled two dates to begin production on another season and those close to the show concede that no one believes that it or OLTL will ever really return. Are you a fan of either show? Did you watch the rebooted version of either show? Did you think that it had a chance of staying on the air thanks to Prospect Park? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!”


    Sounds like Prospect Park found out the same thing ABC did — the cost of production doesn’t jive with the ratings. No matter how good we fans think the ratings are there is always another side of the story.

  • Heather

    I think that Prospect Park (or any other company for that matter) should let these two soaps rest in peace. The more they are attempting to revive them, the more they are making a mockery of the legacy of these two soaps. AMC and OLTL were great shows and I don’t think they deserve to be made a ridicule of with all these cartoonish attempts to bringing them back to life.

    They are four soap operas left and it seems that the networks are committed to keep them on the air on a long term basis. These are the shows that soap opera fans should be fighting for. Fans of AMC and OLTL can (if they haven’t done it yet) could adopt one of these four soaps. And if they don’t have any interest for any of these soaps, that’s fine too. But continuing to think that a relatively small 5 year old production company (with no official website about their business as I’m writing this) can save two expensive soap operas, is a little bit ridiculous in my opinion. No offense intended.

  • Toshi

    I have been a committed fan and watched y and r religiously since the 80’s and never strayed until last year when Y and R changed into a much different show. My partner is a lifelong Days watcher and so I started watching Days to fill that void. I am hooked. It is everything used to enjoy when watching Y and R in its hay day. The production values are great and rather than fast forwarding through half of it like the last year if Y and at, I actually am sad when it is over and am left wanting more. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a show as much.

  • TheBadWife

    I have watched Days on and off in the last couple of years. More on lately as I too have become disappointed with the direction of Y&R. I still watch B&B and do not have a DVR so I switch back and forth. Days is good lately. Oddly I think Days did a better job with Kristin than Y&R did with Ashley. Dissapointed she is leaving.

  • JayTN

    PatF…one thing working in CBS’s favor in daytime is that the network has more space than ABC or NBC do, as both of those networks have been giving time slots in daytime back to the local affiliates while CBS has stubbornly kept theirs. Instead of giving back the 3:00 PM time slot to affiliates when “Guiding Light” was canceled, CBS plugged “Let’s Make a Deal” in there. Same thing when “As the World Turns” was dropped…CBS simply replaced it with “The Talk”.

    Compare that to NBC and ABC. When NBC canceled “Generations” back in the early ’90s, its 12:30 PM time slot was soon given back to affiliates. The cancellations of “Sunset Beach” and “Passions” allowed NBC to expand “Today” from two hours to a total of four hours by swapping the 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM hours for the earlier 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM hours. ABC gave back the 12:30 PM half hour once “Port Charles” ended and did the same thing with the 3:00 PM hour to entice nervous affiliates to pick up “Katie” last year. CBS is the only network not to have given back/swapped any daytime hours to their affiliates in the past 10-15 years.

    NBC is probably best suited to re-engage its daytime schedule. They could simply swap one or two of those extra “Today” hours with their affiliates. While that may be easier said then done, at least NBC still “owns” those hours, unlike ABC, which is probably never getting back that 3:00 PM hour, which will only hamper its ability to effectively program a daytime schedule. For ABC, as it stands now, there is no room for anything as long as “The View”, “The Chew” and GH are doing well. ABC is in the position of having to cancel an existing series in order to introduce a new one.

  • KansasGuest

    Congratulations to all the daytime soaps for continuing to build their audiences! I’m happy for all of them. I agree with whoever wrote that the 4 soaps left on daytime will be the only ones for a while. BUT…I disagree that there aren’t any new soaps being made. There are new soaps being developed all the time. They just aren’t on daytime television any longer. Online soaps (“Tainted Dreams”) are trying to break through to younger audiences and many people get their soap fix with evening dramas like SCANDAL, REVENGE, and DALLAS 2.0. There is even talk now that they’re trying to produce KNOTS LANDING 2.0 for primetime.

    True, these aren’t “soaps” in the traditional definition. But, it’s just so expensive to make 250 new episodes of one program, and pay a rotating cast of 40+ actors plus 75+ crew personnel all year long. That any network continues to do this is, IMO, a gift. It’s CRAZY expensive to produce a traditional daytime soap opera.

  • Mike

    But it used to not be that expensive and it is not just inflation that makes it that way.

    People keep bringing up over the years how that the soaps used to finance the networks prime time schedules. They did but it was because soaps were the cheapest form of entertainment then and they still brought in great ratings.

    Shows like The Edge of Night often were written by one writer. Many scripts were written exclusively by the head writer Henry Slesar. Harding Lemay used to write full scripts of Another World.

    The actors were popular but they didn’t demand big salaries.

    As soaps got more and more popular more of them wanted their share of the wealth. Unions got involved. Suddenly a writer couldn’t do more than so many scripts a week. There had to be so many directors and writers. Actors wanted bigger salaries.

    The wardrobe departments used to buy stuff from department stores. The sets were very basic. That all changed. They went to big sophisticated lavish sets. Instead of borrowing furs and gowns they bought them.

    And on and on it grew. Their big popularity in the 80’s and 90’s really hurt them big time in the long run.

  • jonboy

    So, they need to go to the Unions and say, look, these shows don’t draw the viewers and revenue they used to and if we stand a chance of continuing them and keeping these actors, writers, etc employed you need to relax your standards.

  • Mike

    Just read this on the RMA Cable Group site:

    SOAPnet to stop broadcasting at the end of the year

    The ABC Cable Group advised RMA Cable today that effective Dec. 31st, 2013 at 11:59:59 they will cease entirely to exist. The channel will shutdown completely.

    As such, it will no longer be available on the RMA Cable (or any other cable/satellite) system.

  • PatF

    YR used to be SoapNet’s top daytime drama, so with out it, I’m surprised it didn’t shut down sooner.

    It strayed too far from what it could have been. Too bad.

  • jonboy

    I stopped Soapnet long ago. With the alternatives of watching on demand or DVR-ing same day episodes there wasn’t much else to attract me. When they used to run the old prime time soaps there was something to tune in for.

  • Umanyways

    Days makes back it’s budget every season and then some. plus it’s been gettin Daytime Emmys the last 2 years. It AIN’T GOIN’ NO WHERE!!

  • Toshi

    Days is great. I am loving every minute, hour of it. Haven’t enjoyed a show this much in years.

  • George

    The Black widow strikes again. Jill Phelps kills off another beloved character. Granted, she gives incredible actors the opportunity to chew up the scenery with stellar performances but at what price. During the 90s when sshe killed off beloved Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light, the domino effect of her death not only brought Ellen Parker an emmy, the standout writing and performances reamin unmatched to this day. The same is holding true with the performances surruondind Delia’s death. However, enough withthe black widow. I never complained about Maria Arena Bell’s storytelling. She just didn’t know how to finish most of her storylines.

  • Mike

    Maria Bell and Lynn Latham did just as much damage to beloved characters as Jill Phelps regime has done in killing off one. Many of the things they allowed to happen and wrote to legacy characters were just as bad. I wish a million times they had left Phillip dead than resurrect him for the awful story they gave him.

  • Toshi

    The return of Philip was awful. I forgot about that. Dedicated to Days now.

  • jonboy

    The return of Philip was why I quit watching Y&R for years. When someone is dead, they’re dead! Now if they’ve gone missing and body never recovered I can accept a return. But that was not the case with Philip. The elimination of the character of Delia is not bothering me. And, I know its only been a few days, but I am not feeling the new writer. I can’t tolerate characters doing totally nonsensical things (unless its on GH, which is total fantasy.). Adam recording his confession and giving it to Avery for safe keeping? Come on, who would do that? And Nicks cell not getting a signal in the freezer? I can’t think of anywhere I’ve been that I have been unable to get a signal. These people leave incriminating evidence and cell phones laying around like its nothing.

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