Quote valleycliffe: i have watched y & r for the better part of 30+ yrs. y & r was #1 before ms and will be #1 if ms was to leave. i watch for all the characters cause i am a fan of the show, not just 1 character.
should ms decide to leave, i say farewell, god speed and i hope you find what you are looking for
Here is something we can all agree on. The honchos at SONY and CBS don't give a leap about what happened 20 or 30 years ago. The care about how many folks in the target age group can they deliver to the folks who pay their very big salaries. That is ALL they care about.
No one actress or actor is the be all or end all of the show. BUT all three actress: Eileen Davidson, Victoria Rowell and Michelle Stafford have large fan bases. When these ladies leave, its gives their fans one more reason NOT to watch the show.
Here is a FACT. In 2008, Y&R is drawing about half the audience that it drew in the 1980's. It's not one big blow that is hurting the show, it's like Nelson Branco said, it's death by a thousand little cuts.
Here is another fact. If Y&R was drawing a 3.7 rating in the 1980's, it would be cancelled.