Broadcast Live+7 for April 20-24: ‘Y&R’ and ‘B&B’ Hit Three and Four Week Highs, ‘GH’ Top Gainer in Delayed Viewers

The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman, Michelle Stafford

The final batch of original episodes of “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” aired during the week of April 20-24, 2020, and with that we start our first weekly Live+7 ratings report for the daytime broadcast television shows aired on ABC, CBS, and NBC.

General Hospital” was the week’s biggest gainer in Total Viewers, Women 18-49, Women 25-54, and Adults 18-49. The ABC series gained anywhere between 24% and 29% in the key sales demos when adding in delayed numbers. The soap gained the most viewers overall for the week with 364,000 viewers watching the soap over seven days. “Y&R” gained the second largest audience in delayed viewers with 291,000 viewers added while “The Today Show II,” “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” and “The Today Show with Hoda & Jenna” gained no new viewers after seven days. “The Talk” was the least-watched daytime show for the week in all categories. “Y&R” attracted its largest audience in three weeks (since 03/30/2020; 4,457,000) and “B&B” attracted its largest audience in four weeks (since 03/23/2020; 3,840,000).

Below are the daytime broadcast television Live+7 rankings for the week of April 20-24, 2020.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Each week Soap Opera Network reports on how many viewers watched a particular soap opera. The numbers we publish have traditionally been Live+Same Day, meaning viewers watched the show as it aired in its regular time slot up to 2:00 a.m. EDT the next day. Live+7, however, differs in that it includes viewership up to seven days after the original broadcast. So, if you watch a show within seven days after it originally aired your viewership would be counted as long as you are an official Nielsen household.