'The Young & the Restless' Celebrates an Unprecedented 25 Consecutive Years as Daytime's Number 1 Drama

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December 12th, 2013


via press release:





Delivering its Largest Audience to Begin a Season Since 2011-2012


CBS Daytime Lineup #1 For 27 Consecutive Years

With today's release of  Network television's daytime ratings, CBS'S THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has marked its 1,300 consecutive week or 25 years as the #1 daytime drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dec. 2.


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, currently in its 40th season with more than 10,250 episodes, began its winning streak the week of Dec. 26, 1988.


Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is averaging 5.10 million viewers, its largest audience to begin a season since 2011-2012.


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is first this season in both women 25-54 (2.1/13) and women 18-49 (1.4/10, tie).  THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has also been first in women 25-54 for 354 of the past 356 weeks and first in women 18-49 for the 349 of the last 352 weeks.


"I am so proud of the talented cast and crew, past and present, for making THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS #1 for 25 years," said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime.  "A special thank you to our loyal and passionate fans for helping us reach this incredible milestone."



  • Peter Bergman joins the cast as Jack Abbott in November, 1989, replacing Terry Lester who originated the role.  Bergman has been nominated for 17 Daytime Emmys and has won three.


  • In 1993, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) became the first daytime actor to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


  • In 1994, a car driven by Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) runs down Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell).  The truth wouldn’t come out until the storyline was revisited in 2012.


  • In 1999, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill (Jess Walton) are awarded joint custody of the Chancellor mansion.


  • Shemar Moore wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000.


  • Y&R was the first daytime drama to be broadcast in high definition (2001).


  • In May 2005, Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes) dies tragically, attempting to drive a drunk Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) home from a party.


  • The 10,000th episode aired on Thursday, September 27, 2012.


  • Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) marry for the 4th time in March, 2013.


  • Over the years, Y&R has tackled a wide range of social issues including alcoholism, teen pregnancy, breast cancer, eating disorders, sexual harassment, AIDS and cyber bullying.


  • Y&R has filmed on location in numerous locations around the world including Bermuda, Nevis, Paris, New Orleans, and Hawaii.


CBS's Daytime lineup has also been number one for 27 years, beginning with the 1986-1987 season.  This season, all of the Network's daytime dramas (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), game shows (THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET'S MAKE A DEAL) and THE TALK are posting year-to-year growth in viewers and/or women 25-54.


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.



  • robert

    Congrats to Y&R for 25 years at number one. It is still winning in total viewers by a landslide.

  • Derrick

    Congrats Y&R

  • Jeff

    Good for YR, but sad they can’t let GH have the well-deserved ratings spotlight for one week without manufacturing a press release with some “good ratings news”. That must be JFP’s bruised ego since she practically buried GH 6ft under herself, and now FV came in brought it roaring back to life.

  • David

    Yeah, only now it’s 1st of three, right?

  • Mike

    Yesssssss I’m glad it’s up in total viewers

  • Bart

    GO “Y & R”!! The only soap I’ve ever watched and have been watching since January of 1981!!

  • moshane58

    Congrats to Y&R and its fans…

  • Mike

    Congrats Y&R!!!!!

    I never get why there has to be jabs between the shows. Geesh we only have 4 left. I think it is wonderful that all 3 networks had something to brag about this week.

    People preach all the time about keeping things positive. The one week 3 of the 4 shows have something to brag about people still can’t keep from throwing the jabs.

  • Ally

    I watch both Y&R and GH. I’ve watched GH much longer so I have a soft spot for it, but I enjoy Y&R too. Both shows have improved over last year, but GH’s improvement was greater.

  • Jeff

    I guess by people, you mean me, and it’s not a jab at YR, it’s a jab at JFP, who I can’t believe still has a job in daytime or anywhere. I am happy for Y&R and the fans, but JFP probably insisted a press release go out to try and top the great GH ratings news.

  • Mike

    No, I meant people. It has been happening on several boards that have posted the press release. Even some are disparaging NBC for doing the same for the Days news.

    I personally don’t believe any producer has the power to demand a network release a press release anymore. If they did there would be more of them for daytime.

    And if CBS did not have a history of releasing these type of press releases for Y&R’s anniversaries at the top of the ratings then there might be some credence. But they do have a history of doing so.

    And yes GH’s increase was great, but also 25 years at #1 which this press release is celebrating is important too.


    I’ve been watching it for all 40 years.

  • Traci

    Too bad their #1 reign won’t continue, instead expect Y&R to drop quickly in the ratings, as fans are leaving by the thousands due to the firing of Michael Muhney, poor storylines, other actors leaving in the past year, etc., etc., to now it bears zero resemblance to the show we used to know and love. For most of us, the firing of MM was the final straw, and Y&R will be lucky to survive, let alone maintain their #1 status.

  • Alta Stewart

    Let’s see the ratings of Y&R after Jan 30 . I’m predicting the show will soon be canceled due to the poor story lines and the firing of MM and Michelle leaving .i think they will get what they deserve, after all they get what they pay for !

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