The highest-rated daytime drama on television has held that spot for more than two decades, and this week it will mark 24 years in a row, Deadline.com reports.
The show is CBS’s "The Young and the Restless." The streak means it has been No. 1 in households for 1,248 consecutive weeks. It started the winning streak on Dec. 26, 1988, the story reports.
“That was a time before Nielsen people meters, when household ratings were the main ratings currency,” Deadline notes. “In women 25-54, ‘Y&R’ has been No. 1 for 302 of the past 303 weeks, and in women 18-49 for 297 of the last 298 weeks.
The piece also notes: “The week ‘Y&R’ kicked off its streak, there were 13 daytime soaps on the air. Today, there are only four. CBS, which has the most — two — has ranked as No. 1 in daytime for the past 26 years.”
"Y&R," with Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott headlining the cast, is in its 39th year of broadcast.