Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. TV

'The Young and the Restless': Ratings' rise provokes a key question

See also

'The Young and the Restless' has been a hot topic since late-last year. That, in turn, helped draw viewers at rates (nearly 6 million live sets of eyes) that haven't be seen since 2008. But, will this CBS' steamer be able to sustain ratings' success now that many major plot lines have changed?

The three major broadcast television networks understandably cut their soap opera losses during the past decade due to major ratings' declines. Changing lifestyles, shifting demographics and other factors forced those hard business decisions to be made.

Soap operas, which have always been particularly unique on the TV screen, are fueled by passionate loyalists who are deeply committed to their 'show', or 'shows'. So, it's natural that fans react zestfully when their beloved stars leave, or are pushed out.

Combine the modern incarnation of the great Michael Zaslow (most famously known for his portrayal of 'Roger Thorpe' on 'Guiding Light') with the lineage of Victor Newman and the 'YR' spark was lit. Yes, Michael Muhney was consistently terrific every time 'Adam Newman' was written into any scene starting in 2009.

Already dealing with the death of Jeanne Cooper, the voluntary departure of Michelle Stafford, and the apparent voluntary departure of Billy Miller, the top brass at 'YR' didn't need a divisive real-life controversy to emerge. However, that's exactly what it got.

No one, outside of the main players, really knows why Muhney is no longer on the show. The set-up to the announced January 30 final scene, where the actor and the character are both banished from Genoa City, obviously was going to draw interest. But, will enough of the returned, or new, viewers stick around now that he's gone?

There has and will likely always be a certain segment of any TV show's fan base that chooses to look away for personal reasons. And then the major question is: Will they be replaced by enough new fans to even, or increase, the score? If not, early February 2014 could be the peak of 'YR'.

Follow Sean by clicking on the word 'Subscribe' aside of his photo. Connect with him through social media via Twitter @SeanyOB, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and read his blog Insight.


Today's top buzz...

  • NHL ice girls
    They may be smoking hot, but these NHL ice girls serve a purpose
    Sports Chicks
  • Miley Cyrus
    Find out why Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a Kansas City concert
    Music News
  • Amaris Jackson
    The Washington Wizards sign a 10-year-old with cancer to contract
    NBA Buzz
  • Emily Kinney
    'Walking Dead' fans are buzzing about the show as Emily Kinney was spotted with writers
    TV Buzz
  • Barry Trotz
    The Nashville Predators part ways with the only coach they've ever had
    NHL Buzz
  • AC/DC
    AC/DC may announce their retirement following a serious health issue
    Music Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!