TV’s Top-Rated Daytime Drama Notches Another Year at No. 1 — Making It 24 Years in a Row

Dec 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. It’s kind of easy to be the highest rated program of any genre when you’re the last one standing.


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