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'The Young and the Restless': Nielsen Ratings' roller coaster questioned

YR remains the daytime ratings' leader.
YR remains the daytime ratings' leader.
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'The Young and the Restless' drove toward the 6 million viewer mark two months ago. Since then it moved in and around the 5 million line.

No matter what anyone's opinion of recent events is, YR is still attracting the most viewers when compared to its three remaining soap opera competitors. So, how can that fact be reconciled with the bitter screams that have been shouted at this particular show?

In the fall of 2012, executive producer Jill Farren Phelps took control of the last daytime jewel. That diamond was averaging almost 4.5 million viewers per week way back when. One year later, prior to Michael Muhney's termination, YR's fictional fonts were attracting nearly 5 million sets of eyeballs. By the time 'Adam Newman's' last scene was shown in late-January 2014, YR was being seen by nearly 5.75 million viewers per week.

Three weeks ago, with multiple cast changes having taken hold, slightly more than 5 million viewers were still watching. Within the last few weeks more than 300,000 viewers tuned out, which put the show almost back to where it was when Phelps initially took over. At least that's what the Nielsen Ratings appear to confirm.

Audience turnover has occurred. Maybe, that was the point of this wild ride. If it wasn't, has this real-life plot been misconstrued from the start?

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