Ratings, Rants and Raves: The Young and the Restless Ties Lows Among W18-49 and W18-34!
CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless may have been holding the No.1 spot since 1988, but it was struggling in key demos the week of Dec. 3-7. (Source: Soap Opera Network) Y&R hit a new low among women viewers 18-49. In both the W18-49 and W18-34 demos, the sudser tied its all-time low. Y&R also fell 197,000 among total viewers, during a week that saw all four soaps dip in that category.
In story, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), Adam (Michael Muhney), Avery (Jessica Collins) and Kyle (Blake Hood) were worried about Jack's (Peter Bergman) dopey antics at Newman. Chadam came to blows over Sharon (Sharon Case). Nick (Joshua Morrow) warned Adam not to use Sharon being cray-cray to get back into her knickers. Villy's marriage continued to suffer. Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) were worried about Fen's (Max Ehrich) crush on Summer (Hunter King) and Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) gave a memorable cocktail party at their new crib.
I enjoyed Y&R the week in question, most notably the Newman's cocktail party from hell. As much as I bitched about the Ranch being burned down, I am loving the new, sleek, modern Newman base. Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) is quickly becoming a favorite. Seeing her whisper commands for Adam not to move, as Sharon was having her meltdown, was fun. It was a treat all around to see so many Newmans, dressed to the nines, dysfunction at the ready. Whoever did MTS's hair should win the Nobel Peace Prize in Hair Artistry. Oh and Carmine (Marco Dapper) is always a nice touch!
Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) is never better than when he's trying to win Victoria Newman's (Amelia Heinle) heart. Watching him re-woo the woman of his dreams had me falling in love with this couple all over again. I'm also digging the Kyle/Phyllis chem-testing. Jack banged Jill (then-Brenda Dickson) when she belonged to his father. Maybe it's time for history to repeat itself? Max Ehrich is growing on me as an increasingly-creepy Fen. I just hope they don't take him down Ricky (Peter Porte) boulevard.