See if you can remember back to the week of December 2017. “The Young and the Restless” scored its highest ratings in years– 4.8 million viewers.
Well, on Friday, June 1st, “Y&R” scored just 3.8 million fans. In the space of five months, the number 1 raed daytime drama somehow shed 1 million viewers.
The total viewers came to 4.169 million. Back during December 19th, the total was 4.8 million, with three days in a row between 4.7 and 4.8 million.
Where did everyone go? Of course, more people are at home during Christmas week, but still you have to wonder if executive producer Mal Young, who is also the head writer, is maybe not getting things right. And that’s kind of startling.
Over at “General Hospital,” the trouble continues. For that last week of May, the show remained in fourth place in the key demos, 18-34, 18-49. That’s fourth place out of four. All the soaps are down, and the number do get smaller in the summer unless the writers can captivate younger people on school vacation. But they also have to stick to their respective shows’ strengths. Too often the executive producers lose sight of that. That’s why there are only four soaps left on the air.
As for “Young and the Restless,” they’d better get it together fast.