‘Young and the Restless’ News: Viewership Down – Fans Hate New Storylines

Young and the Restless fans are leaving in droves. Major actresses are jumping ship as well. Is the return of previous executive producer and head writer Josh Griffith an attempt to stop this downward spiral? Or could he be part of the problem? Things have been on a downturn for a while now, but even more so since Mal Young took the helm as head writer and executive producer.

Young and the Restless – What Went Wrong?

In less than 8 months, Young and the Restless lost 800,000 viewers. For the first time ever, Y&R was number 2 in the 18-49 year old demographic.  It was beat in this key area by ABC’s General Hospital. The CBS show is now ranked second in the 18-49 demographic. There were also two days in August that viewership fell below 4 million.

Doesn’t Mal Young have to take the blame for this unfortunate turn of events? Under his leadership, the show moved away for the core, beloved families and moved in new faces at an alarming rate. Fans are particularly upset with the re-writing of history. Additionally, the arrival of the Rosales family has viewers in a tailspin. Is this why Josh Griffith was brought back?

Young and the Restless Fans Unhappy with Current Storylines

The return of Dina Mergeron (Marla Adams) had a promising start. Fans were engaged in the real-life aspects of Dina’s Alzheimers storyline. Nonetheless, this quickly changed to the reveal that Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is not John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son. Many fans feel this is a huge mistake and might turn the channel because of it.

The Abbotts and the Newmans have been the foundation of the Young and the Restless in recent years. Both families are the legacy of the show. These characters feel like family to fans.  When writers begin to change history fans leave. The upcoming departure of Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) will only make this worse.

Even the Hamilton-Winters families have become well-established and accepted. With the recent death of Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan) and fan favorite Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) moving to recurring, it is likely this family will move to the back-burner.

Some plots have fallen short with viewers such as Mariah Copeland’s (Camryn Grimes) same-sex romance and Summer Newman (Hunter King) sexually harassing her mom’s boyfriend. It does seem on some days that Young and the Restless is nearly unrecognizable from its roots and former heyday.

Can Y&R Be Fixed?

Young and the Restless spoilers hint that Jack will discover the name of his father. Let’s hope for a miracle and the name is John Abbott.  This one change could have a positive impact on the rating slide. Such a discovery would honor John as he is such a beloved character. A move back to the basics would also be helpful.

As Dark Horse grows, the battle between Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) would be exciting to watch. And there is still much to learn about Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor). By exploring the rich histories and possible futures of the characters already on the screen, fans continue to care. Too many new faces, too fast, equals fewer viewers.

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Heather Brueck

I have been hooked on the soaps for many years. I still remember sitting on my grandmother’s lap as she watched her “stories”. Today, ‘Bold and Beautiful’ and ‘Young and the Restless’ keep me glued to my set. My love of all things soap coupled with my love of writing makes me a perfect fit with the Soap Dirt team.