The Young and the Restless Ratings Drop: Michael Muhney’s Firing and David Tom Replacing Billy Miller to Blame?

The Young and the Restless Ratings Drop: Michael Muhney's Firing and David Tom Replacing Billy Miller to Blame?

It has been a couple of weeks since both Billy Miller’s and Michael Muhney’s characters on The Young and the Restless left Genoa City. Many longtime fans insisted that they would leave the show beginning the month of February with new viewing habits that no longer meant devoting an hour a day to Y&R. I think we have all been anxious to see the first set of numbers to come out after both actors left to see if the fans would actually act on their rage and truly tune out.

TV By the Numbers shared that 244,000 less people tuned in to Y&R for the week of Feb. 3-7 than viewed the show the week prior. That’s almost a quarter of a million less people which is a pretty significant drop, one that surely has caught the attention of the powers-that-be. To be honest though, evaluating how Y&R is truly effected is going to take time and there are other variables. Some fans may have threatened to tune out but then continued watching anyway. After a few weeks the void may be too great and then they’ll leave too.

Also it seems that replacing Billy Miller with David Tom initially looks like a colossal mistake on the part of the head honchos. David first played Billy Abbott over ten years ago and back then he did really well in the role and even won a Daytime Emmy. However in the ten years that have passed the character has grown and evolved into someone totally different and as of now the fans seem to be collectively hating him. The only thing worse than firing a favorite is then replacing him with an actor that just doesn’t fit. If people don’t warm up to David then look for those ratings to dip even lower in coming months. David’s performance may actually play a huge factor in what happens with Y&R’s numbers. Do you think they are going to keep dropping over time? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!



  • edwina lee

    Let’s be honest here…why compare last year’s numbers when what matters here is comparing this week’s to last week’s? Ratings are down for darn sakes. Gee, could it possibly have anything to do with the exits of MM and BM? Or the horrendous storylines? Perhaps the unprofessional comments by co-stars that makes me not want to watch their characters on screen? Then again, it could also be the machinations of JFP, the Soap Slayer.

    • cim

      Agree. It wasn’t just MM and BB exit. It was the way the fans were treated. A combo of things make me not miss the show. We should protest on Twitter anf FB. Just to remind them we matter.

    • janie

      Edwina (love the name, is it from All of Me?) Your take on this is perfect & well said! I agree 100% with you!! :-)

  • Sher

    Edwina Lee’s comments are right on the money!

  • Annette Ealey Green

    I stopped watching y&r and b&b because of the repeatedly rediculously story lines. You have let go good people that gave their all to you and you couldn’t pay them their worth! I promise you your ratings will rise again if you give you veiwers what they want. Soon I will unlike your page on facebook because I am kept updated by your fan’s status updates. Writters you really missed the mark on this one. The people who hire and fire think if they replace the beloved of the audience rverything would be ok, I think not! Cancel the show now before you are forced to because you certainly do not care about your fans. I have been watching since I was in grade school now I have a grandchild of my own, just to give you some sort of timeline of my faithfulness to your show. You have lost many longtime fans over years of not caring what we think.

    • mamarosaone

      Talk about bad storylines, ever watched General Hosp? I’ve been watching cause Soap Opera Digest said MM or BM may show up on it as Jason, but its really stupid!

  • RedRiver38

    Don’t watch, don’t care.

  • Linda Simpson

    You can not replace perfection.

    • Darlene

      That’s The Truth ….

  • Linda Simpson

    Same here !!

  • Lola

    I said I wasn’t going to watch anymore and I’m sticking to it, after 40 yrs if watching. MM & DM leaving was the last straw for me, and the storylines I won’t even go there! I don’t miss it at all. I just freed up an hour if my life and it feels great. But I miss MM ?? Can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

  • Kim Crabtree Reardon

    they may have a contract for a few years.. but when a show doesn’t make money they either change who’s running it or cancel.. My hope is that JFP will be let go.. bring back some of the old “Bell” people and get some better writing. I was getting bored with every storyline except the one with Adam.. then they had to go and screw that up.. It’s the only thing that kept me watching.. so I’ve stopped.. Don’t think I’m the only one who was fed up LONG before Michael Muhney and Billy Miller left.. some days it was all I could do to sit through it!!!! I watched this show from the early 70s.. I loved Young & the Restless my whole life.. but the show that’s on now.. is NOT the show I grew up with.. and I doubt they can bring it back!! Numbers are numbers and I bet they keep declining.. not just from fans of the two actors but fans who want a believable storyline and good performances.. Not the same old thing every other year.. New blood is needed to keep this afloat.. they had it and let it go.. I’m tired of the same old Victor and Jack crap.. Jack needs to win and stay a winner.. Let ol Vic lose for once.. or is that Not in EB’s contract.. ??

    • Spot2

      Eric Braeden may be the worst actor in daytime.

  • Stephanie PhDiva Miller

    Y&R Is done!!! Period! All you have left is a bunch of washed up, boring actors with no real storylines that make you feel like you’re watching wet paint dry! Sheesh!! Go away already!

  • Nikki

    TOTALLY AGREE – and KNEW it was going to happen! Billy Miller took on a re-casted popular Charecter and completely made us forget then ANYONE else ever played Billy Abbott. Y&R and CBS are MORONS for not giving Miller what he wanted, no matter what it was to keep him in that role. He was AMAZING as Billy Abbott and NOONE will ever be able to replace him – he’s Billy Abott just like Michael Muhney IS Adam Newman!! I just can’t even watch & I’ll admit I peeked BUT cringed at the sight of Tom kissing Amelia! And I could NOT take the “characters ” on the show breathing the word Adam or looking at pictures cause all I think about is these DISCUSTING EGOTISTICAL, JEALOUS, PROB LYING.. Castmates & how they have acted toward Michael Muhney. This show is DEF gonna go down as long as they have JFP & DONT LISTEN TO THE FANS… Billy Miller leaving is all on them for not cooprating with what he wanted AND I am SURE they were behinde this MM madness (and have a feeling it had to do with EB). STUPID, SO STUPID losing 2 of the biggest & best male leads on the show – they were the future of Y&R

  • Joyce Morgan

    To answer the question… yes, as well as losing Michelle S. and lousy and long drawn out story lines!!

  • BOWLERAS

    hope so

  • Linda

    Funny how it is put that the viewers who decide to leave Y&R are in a rage. NO! We can simply excorsise our rights not to watch a show for any reason. When writers make huge mistakes in their thinking and actions and the show sufferes because of it. Don’t blame your fan base! They hold you up, keep you up and going. Y&R let down their fans with too many changes that is impacting the shows ratings…they should have been honest about what was going to happen up front. Not make a spectal out of loyal fans who were with them all along. Then for the actors to treat the fans as if they were nothing. Well then the next 3 years should be really interesting! I meant what I said I would refuse to watch and I maintain everyday!

  • summer43224

    I don’t recall seeing where anyone said they were not still #1. They said the ratings were down. Maybe you should hire a number cruncher….

  • BOWLERAS

    hope so

  • cim

    Yep they will drop. At this point I’m not factoring in Munheys departure. The show sucks. Bill isn’t a good fit with Vicky..and he’s not a great actor. Lily / Cane..boring. Chloie can’t act to save her life. Hearing heru makes me change the tv. The show is full of bad actor/ess with predictable, boring, storylined that piss you off. The handfull of good actors/ess have no stories. I’m done with the show.

  • SCH

    David Tom is terrible as Billy!!!

    • Nancy

      OMG DT is terrible I did not like his sister either!!! He looks like a little boy does not fit the part. I miss MM and BM. As far as MM goes they put a gag order on him because then he could not fight back. I do not believe any of those accusations. I had this happen to me at one of my jobs years ago and when I did report it I found out he was doing it to several other women, that’s usually the pattern. MM has never been accused of anything like this before. Its crazy to have his career ruined and maybe his family!!!

  • Pattie Estep

    I think its coming to an end because no one is listening to the fans and then you have some of the cast still insulting the fans for voicing there unhappiness with the storylines.KSJ is still being nasty about it.It turns the fans off to the whole show.I myself don’t even tune in anymore.I will if changes are made before its to late.

  • Sylvia Gillis

    There were 3 actors that Y&R couldn’t afford to lose, Michael Muhney, Billy Miller & Michell Stafford & in a swoop all of them gone. What is the qualites they all had in common? Sensitivity & vulnerability. Times have changed. Fans no longer follow the dictate of a Soap when it’s obvious that the dictate is destructive to their enjoyment of that show. The last straw is when they fire an outstanding actor like Michael Muhney & try to destroy his career & their shrews join in the chorus. It’s reminiscent of the days of stoning or burning at the stake while the bystanders cheer it on figuritively speaking. I’m reading how the loss of MM as Adam is affecting some viewers. There are viewers whose fathers were abusive that identified with Adam’s struggle in regard to Victor. Do you think most actors performances could elicit reactions like this. NO, MM is so special. I’ve watched a few short videos of MM as Adam. Each time tears well in my eyes, knowing that I’ll never be able to enjoy MM’s portrayal in the future. I can’t support a show that took this pleasure away from me & so many other fans.

  • msgermss

    David Tom is awful, just awful as Billy Abbott. Letting Billy Miller leave and firing Michael Muhney were colossal mistakes. More importantly, ignoring the fans was like throwing gasoline on an already smoldering fire. You must listen to the fans or we won’t support you….simple as that.

  • Sharon

    The show needs to listen to what fans want, so many of us have wanted Sharon n nick back together for years. We all love billy miller even Amelia misses him. Adam (MM) getting rid of him was the biggest mistake and also getting rid of Stephen Nichols. Why go on with a stupid lily and cane they r so boring. I liked Chelsea with Dylan…. Stop making Sharon into a nutcase. Give us good romantic story lines that have been lacking for a year now. Bring back BM and MM if u care what fans want

    • 1Kathleen 75

      Hate Sharon and Nick together she is so boring. Avery and Nick had chemistry. I agree the crazy train has to stop. Give Sharon a good storyline and new love interest. The worst was loosing Phylis (Michele) she was great and played her to a t, could not picture anyone taking her place.

  • 1Kathleen 75

    The new Billy (Tom) has not chemistry with Victoria, she and Billy Miller had that chemistry that is hard to find, the same with Nick and Avery they were hot together now she is with the other one boring not chemistry at all. I thought Nick and Avery were going to do the long haul like Nicky & Victor. As for Adam (Michael) if the rumors are true and he sexually harassed a woman on the set then good riddance, he was a good Adam though. I myself find the show getting so boring and no longer care If I miss it.

    • Don

      That is why the show will break them up so that they can bring the character to a new direction

      • 1Kathleen 75

        New direction isn’t working.

  • 1Kathleen 75

    Agreed, Billy had passion, energy, he brought life to Billy and Victoria.

  • Miss P.

    I’ve watched since day one and used to like David Tom’s Billy. Not any more. He just comes off as too young. It is not working for me at all. As for Michael Muhney, I love the Adam character and feel that it could be played by another competent actor. If he was truly that big a pig off screen, good riddance.

    • livewire

      You don’t know what real acting is. Also in the USA people are INNOCENT till proven guilty in a court of law. They are nothing but allegations, nothing proven! Get real.

  • deby mayo

    I agree i wont watch anymore the new billy is terrible. you let two of your best actors go. why didnt you let summer go she makes me sick

  • Me

    I want Michael and Billy M.back!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbi-Merritt/100000173020366 Debbi Merritt

    replacing Billy Miller with David Tom HUGE MISTAKE!!
    Billy Miller was on y&r for 12 years. during that time you were permitted to work on other projects. When Billy Miller asked to work on another project he was told NO by the head writer. So that is why he left!
    Y&R needs to hire BILLY MILLER. a drop of a quarter of a million views is the result of the new head writer’s CHOICE. HUGE FANBASE for Billy Miller and Michael Muheney.
    without Billy Miller and Michael Muheney superb acting there is nothing to watch anymore! stupid stupid stupid storylines over and over!! Y&R fire the head writer then hire billy Miller that’s what Y&R fans DESERVE nothing less!

    • Don

      Correction DT played billy 12 years ago and BM played billy 5 years. DT won emmy for his perfomance of billy abbott and u will get use to him give him a chance

    • LUPP

      BILLY MILLER WAS ONLY 5 YEARS ON THE SHOW. AND I DIDN’ T LIKE HIS VOICE. AND HIS BULLY PRENSENCE. IT’S TIME DAVID TOM GET A NEW STORYLINE BECAUSE HE STEPPED IN IN A HORRIBLE STORYLINE NOT FIT TO HIM, WHILE MILLER LOOKED BULLY, HE SEEMS A HARMLESS HUMAN BEING. I AM GLAD THEY REPLACED HIM, I THINK THAT DAVID TOM MAKE A BIG MISTAKE WHEN HE LEFT THE ROLE, THEN CAME MARIA ARENA AND HIRED BILLY MILLER RUINING THE CHARACTER OF BILLY ABBOT TO A GIGOLO LOOKLIKE, ARENA MAKE BILLY A GAMBLER AND A BULLY LOOKLIKE. WHEN BILL BELL ORIGINATED BILLY ABBOTT AS A ROMANTIC HUMAN BEING, SHE RUINED THE CHARACTER ONCE THE STORYLINE WOULD CHANGE TO SOMETHING MORE FEET, I THINK DAVID WOULD ROSE TO THAT, AFTER ALL, IT’S JUST THE BEGINING THE GUY IT’S ONLY A HALF OF A MONTH ON THE SHOW, ABOUT MICHAEL MUHNEY HE NEEDS TO RETURN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THE SHOW IS VERY POOR WITHOUT HIM AND THE WINTERS CLAN WITHOUT DRU IS HORRIBLE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbi-Merritt/100000173020366 Debbi Merritt

    yes Y&R numbers are going to continue to drop. Reason the new head writer!!! terrible storylines letting Michele Stafford go letting Billy Miller go. bringing back both actors will mean more people will watch. as of now nothing really left. I use to be excited waiting for the daily show, no more. I dvr last week I didn’t watch for 4 days and then watched on day 5 all 5 days. I didn’t miss watching it those 4 days.

  • livewire

    Maybe you should learn some respect. ; -)

  • livewire

    Does not prove anything. He has NOT been charged with anything, which means it is just allegations period, more than likely unfounded.

    He probably was apologizing for the overzealous fans who were attacking HK.

  • livewire

    You must be 13 years old and have zero clue what acting is. ;-)

  • livewire

    How much did JFP pay you? The numbers do NOT lie. Sorry but it is failing.

  • xy&rfan

    On 1/31/14 I stopped watching Y&R after 40 years. The treatment of MM by TPTB, the cast, etc was beyond disgusting. The disrespect afforded the fans by the same above mentioned was beyond belief. We made Y&R #1 for all of those years, we paid all of your salaries and what do we get in return? You didn’t take any of us seriously, well now it’s your turn to watch. My watching days for Y&R are over….

  • KKatherine Custer

    I am sorry but David Tom is no billy miller and no billy Abbott. No offense to him but he just isn’t right for the part. Billy miller made us fall in love with billy Abbott. His charm and Witt and that smile are trademarks and are irreplaceable. As for MM it is hurrendous how they have allowed a mans reputation to be smeared. I stopped watching because I will not support a show that treats my favorite actors like door mats. The heart if YR passed last year and she sure us missed. It’s been down hill ever since. Shame on CBS for allowing this to occur.

    • Don

      Yes DT is not BM but DT played the part a decade ago and won an emmy for that it take sometime before u get use to him again like you get use to BM in the role

  • Michaelsupporter

    Did they think the ratings would go up! They let go the two most talented men of the show and expect the ratings to be
    high…stupid!!!!!

  • Emily27

    Jeanne. Excuse me? I don’t care what kind of person you are, I READ the article. He tearfully apologized to his castmates for letting them down. That’s it. That’s the gist of it. No mention of accusations, admission of guilt, or charges. Nothing. None of us know the real reason for all this. It’s just suppositions. So much for ‘a wild accusation’. You have A LOT of time on your hands. Find a hobby.

  • Don

    Now it BM’s Billy not DT’s so it will take sometime to for u to get use to DT in the and for that as any recast they have to go to a new direction with the character.

  • Don

    give him time to adjust it will take months before it happens.

  • Loree

    Being honest, I have watched a couple times since Jan. 31 hoping that I would read somewhere that MM would be returning to the show and that they got kinks worked out. Terrible story lines now. and no magnetism between the new Billy and Victoria. Can’t wait to see where MM lands. that will be my new favorite soap if daytime or my new favorite series if nighttime. Bye Y & R

  • don

    I think MM’s firing was a mistake because I like Muhney’s portray of Adam but unless they bring the original Adam Chris Engen back to role the only replacement possible of MM since he played the role before and he left the show due to the direction of the show and the gay storyline as for Billy Miller leaving its sad but this buisness Y&R did not give him what he asked for so he did not re-signed with show and his replacement he played the role before and I was good then and now I will not comment his performance until the stoyline of his character is far enough.

  • Former fan

    THE TOM GUY PLAYING BILLY ABBOTT SUCKS – I’M TUNING OUT FOR GOOD – SEE YA!!!!

  • Darlene

    I think there is no one to blame for the loss in the ratings, Other than the powers that be, and I am sure you know who you are, as for the replacement of Billy, that does not seem to be working out so well either, So I guess you will have to think good and hard before replacing Adam…Let’s hope for the best all around…

  • Darlene

    As for his career I hope it will not be ruined at all, because I agree with you there should have been a Investigation. So Until Proven I Don’t believe he Is ….

  • martine

    Bring the old billy , this one doesnt fit at all !!!! I just fastforward when it s one of is scène !!!! He just doesnt fit !!!! Hes boring!!!! I miss the one and only billy !!!!

  • cpatrish

    I absolutely hate DT as Billy Abbott. Because he is shorter then AH, and because his voice sounds so much younger, he seems like a kid in the wrong place. I hate him doing this role. Awful!!

  • Janet Hare

    Bring back Billy Miller. David Tom just does not cut it as a “grown-up” Billy Abbot. The chemistry between the “new” Billy and Victoria is just not there. Bad casting. BRING BACK MILLER!!!!!

  • Dennis Longcoy

    I am totally disgusted with the replacement of Billy Miller in the role of Billy Abbott. The replacement (David Toms) can’t act worth a damn, and is just not likable nor believable in the role..
    GET BILLY MILLER TO RETURN !!! Pay him what he wants.