CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is already bringing it, if ratings are anything to go by, but next week the soap will be kicking things into high gear with Summer’s (Hunter King) desire to be perfect turning into a deadly situation and Billy (Billy Miller) getting ever closer to learning the truth about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) possible role in the death of his daughter.
One week ago today, TMZ reported that Michael Muhney was fired from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” last month following allegations that he groped the breasts of one of his co-stars. Since then, several actors from the daytime drama series have spoken out on social media in support of Hunter King (Summer Newman), the alleged victim of the groping. Two actors from the series (Eric Braeden and Jerry Douglas) recently conducted interviews discussing Muhney’s behavior on set and indirectly commented on the behind the scenes turmoil since the story hit mainstream media. Earlier this morning, following a tweet to King by a fan that read, “if ur being manipulated into this u need to be strong & tell the truth. Ur young & talented. There will be life after #YR,” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) took issue with the tweet and responded with, “You have been deceived, lied to. Those of us in the know, are in the KNOW. #TruthWillSetYouFree.” But that’s not where the tweets ended.
The banner fans pulled together $785 for in honor of their favorite actor, Michael Muhney, who was fired last month from “The Young and the Restless” amidst allegations he fondled the breasts of one of his co-stars, finally flew over the CBS Television City Studios on Thursday, January 9, which wasn’t the actual intended studio, reports TMZ.
While the wording of the banner changed from “NO ADAM NEWBIE, JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY,” to “#TEAMMUHNEY SUPPORTS MICHAEL MUHNEY” with a heart at the end, TMZ noted that if the fans wanted their support of the actor to get the attention of CBS honchos, they should have flown the banner over CBS’ offices in the valley.
In a bit of soap opera irony, former “One Life to Live” star Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle Lewis), who happened to be in the area, spotted the banner and posted a picture on his Twitter page. In his tweet he said, “[bleep] just got REAL” with the hashtag, “soapwars.”
Following Eric Braeden‘s interview with Radar Online, Jerry Douglas has also spoken out on Michael Muhney‘s firing from “The Young and the Restless” and the subsequent scandal surrounding said firing. “I think Bill Bell ["Y&R" creator] would be turning in his grave,” the actor tells RumorFix.com in an interview published today.
Portraying the ghost of John Abbott on the soap, Douglas says, “[Muhney] was very respectful with me telling me how much he admired my word [Editor's Note: RumorFix used "word" when it likely meant "work"] and all of those nice compliments.”
While several actors from “The Young and the Restless” have indirectly acknowledged the scandal surrounding Michael Muhney‘s (Adam Newman) firing last month and subsequent allegations he groped the breasts of Hunter King (Summer Newman) via social media, no actor has acknowledged the situation as publicly as the legendary Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).
As many of you know, following Muhney’s exit interview with Huffington Post Canada, published the day after announcing he had been fired by the soap, there were insinuations that Braeden was likely at fault for not just Muhney’s firing but that of former “Y&R” actress Maura West (ex-Diane Jenkins; currently playing Ava Jerome on “General Hospital”). On Twitter, Braeden said at the time, “Implying I had [something] to do with MWest’s departure is libelous!” He added, “Of course I am [upset]. Wouldn’t you be if some slimeballs make statements that reflect not an iota of reality?”
CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” ushered in 2014 with their largest weekly audiences in several years, according to ratings data released today by Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 30, 2013 through January 3, 2014.
Per the ratings company, “B&B” averaged 4.13 million viewers, which marked its largest weekly viewer total since the week of February 25-29, 2008. The soap also delivered its best Women 18-49 rating (1.2 rating/6 share) since the week of September 2-6, 2013, and its best Women 25-54 rating (1.7 rating/8 share) since the week of January 14-18, 2013.
“Y&R” meanwhile deleivered an average 5.31 million viewers, which was the soaps largest weekly audience since the week of January 31 – February 4, 2011.
Nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series were announced today for “The 45th NAACP Image Awards,” scheduled to air Saturday, February 22 on TV One. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were once again dominant in both acting categories.
Robert Adamson may best be known as “The Young and the Restless’” Noah Newman, but what many fans might not know is that the actor is also a talented director. He’s made several short films — and he even met his real life flame, Linsey Godfrey (Caroline Spencer, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), after casting her in one of his recent projects! Soap Opera Network caught up with Adamson, who gave us the scoop on his films, love life, “Y&R” and more!
Ratings Report for the Week of December 23-27, 2013
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,840,000 (+111,000/-11,000)
2. B&B 3,819,000 (+160,000/+269,000)
3. GH 3,021,00 (+134,000/+4,000)
4. DAYS 2,748,000 (+313,000/+201,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/9 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.7/7 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/6 (+.2/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/5 (+.2/+.1)
“The Young and the Restless’” Robert Adamson (Noah Newman) is the latest actor from the series to speak out in light of the vitriol spouted on social media against co-star Hunter King (Summer Newman) following allegations that Michael Muhney (soon-to-be ex-Adam Newman) groped her breasts, which reportedly is what ultimately resulted in his firing last month.