Thursday, April 25, 2024

No Soap: CBS’s “Young and the Restless” Has 3rd Week Out of Last 4 Below 4 Million Viewers as Show Tries to Right Ship


Ratings trouble continue for CBS’s number 1 show, “The Young and the Restless.”

For the first week of June, “Y&R” fell below 4 million viewers again for the week. It’s the third time in four weeks that’s happened. One Tuesday, June 4th they were down to an alarming 3.8 million.

The actual number is 3,966,000. Back in December 2017 “Y&R” was up to 4.8 million. That was far off old highs but still showing signs of life.

The current trend is worrisome because they’ve lost a million fans and they don’t seem to be coming back. Abrupt cast changes have led to a kind of destabilization. Some of the actors who left returned, but Eileen Davidson is still MIA.

All the soaps are down coming out of May sweeps and going into summer, a traditionally slow time. But it’s time to step up the game or they will be gone, replaced by more inane reality and talk shows.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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