Fans didn’t care for how Doug Davidson (Paul) was treated this year. He was switched to recurring status after a 40-year run with the show.
And while it was only logical to have Paul recur during the J.T. disappearance story, he instead simply stopped appearing with little to no explanation.
A series of actresses opted to exit. For the normally stable Y&R, these moves were jarring.
Fans weren’t happy about stories that were driven by plot, not character. Why was Summer (Hunter King) intent on seducing her mother’s boyfriend (Billy, Jason Thompson)? And why did Phyllis forgive her so easily? Nikki’s killing J.T. was justifiable homicide; why lie about it?
Additionally, many viewers preferred the “what’s next” preview on Y&R at the end of the show compared to the “previously, on Y&R” — perhaps that can be remedied.
There was a time when audiences couldn’t wait to see the next day’s episode of their favorite soap. Can that be recaptured?
According to TV Series Finale, Y&R has dropped 4.7% in total viewers during 2018. Hopefully, viewers — along with Paul, Ashley, and Neil (Kristoff St. John) — will return in 2019!
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for air times.