‘Y&R’ Marks 27 Consecutive Years as Daytime’s #1 Drama

The Young and the Restless
"The Young and the Restless"
Sony Pictures Television

With a streak that began with the week of December 26, 1988, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has now stood at the top of the Nielsen ratings among total viewers for 27 consecutive years, it was announced today by Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution.

“Spending a few seasons at #1 is a remarkable achievement for any show in television today, but to accomplish 27 years at the top is truly Hall of Fame status,” said McDaniel.

“This success is a testament to the incredible passion and hard work of the cast, staff and crew on ‘The Young and the Restless,’ led by Jill Farren Phelps and Charles Pratt, Jr., Sony Pictures, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and CBS Daytime. All of our efforts would mean nothing without the most dedicated fans in daytime who have made Genoa City their home, many for years. Congratulations to all involved for this success!”

During the week of December 7-11, 2015, “Y&R” averaged 4.79 million viewers (+1% from the week prior), a 1.7/11 in Women 25-54 and a 1.2/9 in Women 18-49 (+9%).

For the season “Y&R” is averaging 5.08 million viewers (Live+7 numbers are factored into the season average), second in daytime behind only part two of “The Price is Right.” The soap ranks first among all daytime programs in both Women 25-54 (1.9/13) and Women 18-49 (1.3/10), the key sales demos that make up the daypart.

“Y&R” has ranked first in Women 25-54 for 459 out of the last 461 weeks and first in Women 18-49 in 453 of 457 weeks.