Which Daytime Soaps Placed in Yahoo’s Top Searched Non-Reality TV Shows of 2015 List?

Melissa Claire Egan, Justin Hartley
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Who says daytime soaps are dead? In 2015, CBS’ “” and “” and NBC’s “” all placed among 2015’s top searched non-reality TV shows on Yahoo! In fact, outside of “” and “,” all three dramas placed in the top five on the search giant’s year-end list.

It was a year filled with disaster in Genoa City with plane crashes, building collapses and tower fires, but “Y&R” was only able to place second to “The Walking Dead” on the Yahoo! top searches of 2015 list as the AMC phenomenon continued to steamroll past everything in primetime outside of football in total viewers and the key sales demos.

With the launch of prequel series “” earlier this year, and the fate of fan favorite Glenn Rhee (portrayed by ) on the minds of loyal viewers around the world, the zombie series continued to captivate audiences.

Back in Genoa City, Adam Newman () was finally revealed to his friends and family and remained the town pariah. Meanwhile, Sharon Newman () and Dylan McAvoy () might be celebrating their marriage and newborn baby now, but they’ll soon be in for a rude awakening when it comes out that their child is actually Sage’s () with Sharon’s ex, Nicholas () – or maybe her other ex, the aforementioned Adam.

In third place was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which left its fans questioning the possibility of Jon Snow (portrayed by ) being alive.

“Days of our Lives,” which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with some of its highest in recent memory, followed in fourth place. The bumps could only last so long after the soap killed off one of the most prominent gay characters in daytime history with Will Horton () getting strangled, and one of its most popular characters ever in Bo Brady so soon after portrayer returned to the canvas.


Closing out the top five was “B&B” with a year that brought plenty of color to the fashion world as the storyline surrounding Maya Avant’s () shocking revelation that she was a transgender female eventually led to her sister, Nicole (), agreeing to carry Maya’s child with Rick Forrester (), and then the recent news that Maya and Nicole’s father, Julius (Obba Babatunde), also fathered the vengeful Sasha (). Of course, no one can forget how Thomas Forrester () slept with his seemingly unconscious new step-mother, Caroline (), which has led to the staple “Who’s the Daddy?” storyline with Thomas’ own father, Ridge () being the other possibility. Viewers, however, know that only Thomas could have fathered the baby considering his daddy had a vasectomy while in Paris.

Other shows placing in the top search list include the Lyons gang at FOX’s “” (No. 6), FX’s concluded “” (No. 7), Netflix’s “” (No. 8) and “” (No. 9) and Comedy Central’s long-running animated series, “” (No. 10).

What follows is a breakdown of the top searched Non-Reality TV Shows of 2015 (sorted by rank):

1 The Walking Dead AMC
2 The Young and the Restless CBS
3 Game of Thrones HBO
4 Days of our Lives NBC
5 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS
6 Empire FOX
7 Sons of Anarchy FX
8 Orange is the New Black Netflix
9 House of Cards Netflix
10 South Park Comedy Central

Outside of “Empire,” the three daytime soaps were the only broadcast network series to place in the search list.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly placed “B&B” and “DAYS” in the wrong slots. The NBC drama ranked fourth while the CBS soap placed fifth. We apologize for the error.


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