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Top-rated 'Young and Restless' marks 40 years

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Jill Farren Phelps, second from right, executive producer of "The Young and the Restless," poses with, from left, the show's head writer Josh Griffith and cast members Robert Adamson, Redaric Williams and Steve Burton at the Hot New Faces of "The Young and the Restless" press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

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From left, Lamon Archey, Robert Adamson, Max Ehrich, Redaric Williams and Hunter King, cast members in "The Young and the Restless," are pictured together during the Hot New Faces of "The Young and the Restless" press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

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"The Young and the Restless," daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday. Although ratings have dipped, there appears little immediate chance that another show will overtake it soon, said Carolyn Hinsey, a veteran chronicler of daytime dramas and author of "Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter."
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    • Jill Farren Phelps, second from right, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless,” poses with, from left, the show’s head writer Josh Griffith and cast members Robert Adamson, Redaric Williams and Steve Burton at the Hot New Faces of “The Young and the Restless” press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
    • From left, Lamon Archey, Robert Adamson, Max Ehrich, Redaric Williams and Hunter King, cast members in “The Young and the Restless,” are pictured together during the Hot New Faces of “The Young and the Restless” press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
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