'The Young and the Restless' Tops Daytime Soap Opera Ratings for 1,405th Straight Week, Hitting 27 Years at #1

Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden star as Nikki and Victor Newman.
CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless has now won the weekly soap ratings for 1,405 consecutive weeks – a total of 27 years – as daytime’s #1 drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week of December 7-11, 2015.

The Young and the Restless, currently in its 42nd season, began its winning streak the week of December 26, 1988.

“Spending a few seasons at number one is a remarkable achievement for any show in television today, but to accomplish 27 years at the top is truly Hall of Fame status,” said Angelica McDaniel, Head of CBS Daytime and Syndicated Development.

“This success is a testament to the incredible passion and hard work of the cast, staff and crew on The Young and the Restless led by Jill Farren Phelps and Charles Pratt, Jr., Sony Pictures, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and CBS Daytime. All of our efforts would mean nothing without the most dedicated fans in daytime who have made Genoa City their home, many for years. Congratulations to all involved for this success!”

For the week, The Young and the Restless averaged 4.79 million viewers (up +1% from last week), 1.7/11 in women 25-54 and 1.2/09 in women 18-49 (up +9%).

Season-to-date, The Young and the Restless is averaging 5.08 million, second among broadcast network shows in daytime behind only The Price is Right 2 (second half hour), and is first among all daytime programs in women 25-54 (1.9/13) and women 18-49 (1.3/10).

In key women demographics, The Young and the Restless has been first in women 25-54 for 459 out of the last 461 weeks and first in women 18-49 in 453 of 457 weeks.

When Y&R's 27 year streak began, there were 12 daytime dramas on the air. Today, just four remain.

1 comment:

  1. It doesn't appear this streak will end any time soon. I'm curious about where Y&R ranked in 1988 among ALL daytime programs, not just the networks. These days, Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune are watched by 9-10 million viewers a day.

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