The Young and the Restless, often referred to by fans as Y&R, is a long running daytime soap opera on CBS which originated in the United States but also enjoys an international following. It was created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The show first aired in 1973, and has been going strong ever since. In fact, the show now boasts having aired more than 11,000 episodes on television since its inception in the 1970s.
The show has been extremely successful, and in 2013 it was found by the Nielsen ratings, a company responsible for collecting surveys about television viewing habits, the most watched show of its kind for the last 25 years. And YR doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
While the cast has certainly changed over the years, the show itself remains incredibly popular, and it has also shared characters with another popular daytime drama called The Bold and Beautiful. The show, while having dropped in viewership in recent years, was renewed by CBS in 2014 to continue running through the year 2017.
Fans of #YR are often die hards, but with the show currently in its 44th season, there are bound to be some mixed opinions on the show’s quality. IMDb users have given the show a fairly low rating of 5.2 out of 10 stars. However, the show continues to be the most-watched daytime drama. So, perhaps the reason for its low rating is that it is crafted to appeal to a crowd that enjoys and has come to expect the tropes and plot lines that others find not so appealing or have lost interest in over time.
Many raving fans say it is a classic and addictive show that knows how to keep you coming back for more, day after day. It definitely delivers on consistency for its fans, and it has always won countless awards in the daytime category. It is a show that certainly has a storied legacy.
The show already has a contract with CBS to continue through 2017. Due to the show’s continued success, in spite of its sometimes shaky ratings. It is likely to continue to be on the air well beyond the year 2017. CBS and #YoungRestless have enjoyed a long and profitable career together, and it would not be surprising to see them strike a multiple year deal for more seasons of the show some time midway through the year 2017. Historically, this has been when the contract for the show has been renegotiated. However, no official announcement has been made at this time.
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