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'The Young and the Restless' ratings: Muhney, Miller exits bring in big numbers

“The Young & the Restless” fans have been quite anxious to see what would happen to the ratings for the show after the exits of Michael Muhney and Billy Miller. Many Muhney fans, irate over his firing, swore they would stop watching after his last show. On Feb. 6 Soap Opera Digest shared the news on just how the ratings were over the course of Muhney and Miller's last shows. It's clear that things went quite well for “Y&R.”

Billy Miller will be missed on 'The Young and the Restless'
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How has 'The Young and the Restless' done in the wake of Muhney's exit?
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It seems that the conclusion of Adam and Billy's storylines with Muhney and Miller drew the largest “The Young & the Restless” ratings the show has had in quite some time. They got a 4.0 Nielsen rating, the first time that's happened in six years.

Ratings for soaps in general in January were bouncing around a bit, as the cold weather seemed to bolster viewership briefly and then things leveled out a bit again. However, “Y&R” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” did have some particularly strong showings over the course of the month.

The big question, of course, is what will happen to “The Young & the Restless” ratings now that Michael Muhney and Billy Miller are entirely off the canvas. David Tom has taken over the role of Billy Abbott again, which the character of Adam Newman is off the show for a while.

A number of passionate “Team Muhney” fans have sworn off “Y&R” entirely, but many other fans have a hunch the show will continue to do just fine in terms of ratings. Time will tell, and many are curious to see just how “Y&R” fares in the midst of the controversy over Muhney's exit.

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