‘The Young and the Restless’ drew 4.57 million average daily viewers last week, which is solid daytime business in 2018. The nearly three-decade reign of this steamer atop the ratings’ docket hasn’t happened by accident. Instead, a solid contingent of viewers obviously believes that strong stories have been delivered.
J.T.’s (Thad Luckinbill) death and the return of Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) followed the show’s forty-fifth anniversary celebration. Engaging arcs, populated by fan’s favorite characters have made the show a daily binge for daytime viewers in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere across the globe.
Luckinbill’s dramatic write-out included J.T. attacking the one and only Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), who he left for dead. Y&R’s lead male character survived, but has been left in a vulnerable state. He’s confined to a wheelchair while his somewhat loving wife Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) has been charged with running Newman Enterprises. She’s done so very coolly, matching her reaction to becoming J.T.’s impulse executioner. Vickie (Amelia Heinle) continues to grapple with the fallout of all that happened.
Tied to the above are Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) and Sharon’s (Sharon Case) ties to the coverup involving J.T.’s planting in Chancellor Park. Viewers feel Sharon’s plan to reunite ‘Shick’ could be dashed as a result.
Meanwhile, Neil returned to town just in time to advise Devon (Bryton James) regarding his plan to have a baby with Hilary (Michael Morgan). ‘Hevon’ Part II isn’t supported by any of Devon’s loved ones.
It can be argued that Hilary has been treated badly by Devon in recent months. However, she appears to have committed herself to having a child with her seemingly only love. Whether she’s actually with child right now hasn’t been fully confirmed. But she does have a self-test result and announced her condition to the audience bees via the ‘Hilary Hour’.
Abbott intrigue must also be mentioned, as it seems Jack (Peter Bergman) isn’t John’s (Jerry Douglas) son. Is it possible he’s Victor’s brother? If so, one of Y&R’s decades-long character battles would escalate into the soapy stratosphere. This tale, the others and ones not referenced all combine to make Y&R a worthy soap opera ratings’ leader.
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The Young & The Restless airs weekdays on the CBS network.