A show airing on CBS is celebrating one of the most impressive achievements in TV history — a winning streak spanning 27 years. The network announced that “The Young and the Restless” is marking 1,405 consecutive weeks as daytime’s No. 1 drama.
The soap opera, which is in its 42nd season, has been on top since the week of Dec. 26, 1988, the network reports. The announcement cites Nielsen live+same day ratings.
For the week ending Dec. 11, “Y&R” averaged 4.79 million viewers (up 1% from last week), a 1.7 average rating in women 25-54 and a 1.2 in women 18-49 (up 9%).
Said Angelica McDaniel, head of CBS Daytime and Syndicated Development: “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. 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!”
Season-to-date, the daytime drama is averaging 5.08 million total viewers, second in daytime behind only CBS’s “The Price Is Right 2.” “Y&R” is first among all daytime programs in women 25-54 (1.9 average rating) and women 18-49 (1.3).