Monday, May 27, 2024

CBS Renews Long Running Soap “The Young and the Restless” Through 2024 and 51st Anniversary Despite Declining Ratings


The people in Genoa City can breathe a sigh of relief.

CBS has renewed long running soap opera “The Young and the Restless” through 2024. That will mark the soap’s 51st anniversary. It’s a nice sign considering the show has seen declining ratings in the last year that imperiled it.

The network will likely renew “The Bold and the Beautiful,” as well.

CBS hasn’t said what that means for new talk shows, but they will have to deal with that. The truth is, it’s easier to keep going with what’s known and not anger 3 or 4 million people than try to launch something new. So far, no one’s been able to come up with anything new that people want to see.

“The Young and the Restless” had 3.7 million viewers two weeks ago. They were off by a half million from a year ago and 1 million from two years ago. Still, they’ve been number 1 in their timeslot for 31 years. No one’s going to mess with that.

Maybe now they can hire back some of their popular actors who’ve left the show, like Eileen Davidson, and feature her unrelated castmate, Doug Davidson, some more.

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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