Longtime viewers know that this isn’t the genre’s heyday. However, ‘The Young and the Restless’ remained above five million daily viewers throughout January by delivering on engaging arcs and unveiling a ballyhooed cast addition that was likely rating’s boosting. Now, as Nielsen’s February Sweeps have taken hold, one pertinent question rises: Will CBS’ top daytime drama be able to maintain popular momentum, or at least hold strong?
The Newman-Santori feud added a twist to the classic ‘Dark Knight’ (Eric Braeden) scenario. ‘Victor’ fighting with his family against an outside enemy. If only ‘Luca’ (Miles Gaston Villanueva) were somehow ‘Jack’s’ (Peter Bergman) long lost son. Ah well, one never knows. In the meantime, ‘Noah’ (Robert Adamson) might well be playing ‘Marisa’s’ (Sofia Pernas) unlikable husband for a fool under the guise of patriarchal retribution.
‘Shick’ was briefly reunited for a mystery caper. Yes, ‘Sharon’ (Sharon Case) and ‘Nick’ (Joshua Morrow) worked well together (platonically speaking) as they solved part of the ‘Dr. Anderson’ (Elizabeth Bogush) dilemma. However, the apparent murderess ‘Patty Williams’ (Stacy Haiduk) has momentarily silenced the person who switched ‘Christian’ to another mother (‘Sage’, Kelly Sullivan). Fans are right to wonder if anyone will act upon her baby-switch statement that’s likely to follow in the near future.
‘Lily’ (Christel Khalil) and ‘Cane’ (Daniel Goddard, whose workplace injury is on the mend), are nearly back together. Across that family’s divide, ‘Hilary’ (Mishael Morgan) has a restored memory, which means that ‘Neil’ (Kristoff St. John) is back on the curb and also on the bottle. Now ‘Devon’ (Bryton James) must decide whether to reestablish his ‘Hevon’ account.
‘Natalie’s’ (Mara McCaffray) photogenic face projects well beyond her geeky glasses and computer obsession, as ‘Kevin’ (Greg Rikaart) surely knows. She’ll give ‘Mariah’ (Camryn Grimes) a run for her moody money. Meanwhile, ‘Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) and ‘Billy’ (Jason Thompson, the aforementioned notable cast addition) need the newest Genoa City hacker to focus solely on foiling ‘Victor Newman’s’ grand cyber plans.
Of course, a good YR story should include ‘Adam’ (Justin Hartley) before it ends. This revived character has ‘Chelsea’ (Melissa Claire Egan) and his son secured. But, the recently lost Santori battle was unexpected. So, expect Junior to plot further vengeance, along with some snarky banter.
As for the other characters who were left off this page. According to the most recent television ratings, the sun will continue to rise for awhile over this broadcast network’s horizon. So, further soapy columns will be able to fill future digital pages indefinitely.