Quote shalaydra75: There is a thread "characters that you can do without"-that might not be exact. Since MAB got her job through nepotism, she was susceptible to such threads. Since Lane did not capture my interest to until the pregnancy s/l, I learned their history on youtube. The poster who was uploading the videos, advised viewers to visit the CBS boards because the posters were attacking Lane. I honestly did not believe their posts would have an impact, but now I think it did. MAB and later TPTB treat Lane and the Winters as though they are disposal. When you have threads calling for characters removal and TPTB respond, it causes fans of those ousted or disrespected character to become frustrated, and they then leave.
You are absolutely right. MAB and her wingmen, Hogan Sheffer & Scott Hamner, were very slow learners. Everytime MAB did one of those destructive rewrites to either Cane or Lily or both, the viewership dropped drastically. Some loyal LANERS could not accept Chloegate b/c it was totally unnecessary that Cane marry this little munchkin stalker just b/c she got pregnant thru booty calls. In swoops BA to take advantage of the LANE split by wooing Lily & conspiring w/ the stalker to keep LANE apart. Even though MAB had trampled LANE, Chilly still could get a successful toehold w/ the audience. Then MAB tried to whitewash the little tramp & her manho by turning Cane into an imposter, liar & con-man so that he would look worse to viewers than either of them or both put together. MAB constantly & consistently fed this garbage to the audience; it was so badly written (convoluted) that only those who wanted to believe it bought it hook, line, & sinker. Thus the Cane hate thrives & he has done so much less than all of the other males in GC. Soap magazines & bloggers poked fun at this PC3 rewrite or retcon as we called it then. Another exodus of LANE fans & they did not return.
MAB tried to kill Lily off the show by giving her stage 4 ovarian cancer w/ a radical hysterectomy & chemotherapy as the cure. If that was not enough, then we get parents for Cane who happen to be a mob family from Australia. Another mess in which MAB actually murders Cane just so she could put Lily into a contrived relationship w/ her ex-hubby from a teen marriage. That went over horribly w/ the audience so she had to cut that short and bring Cane back to the GC canvas. In the meantime, another great migration from Y&R by LANE fans. DG says one of the execs mentioned to him that Y&R lost over 900,000 viewers in the 3 months he was murdered & off screen. So in those five years since 2008, Y&R has dropped from a consistent 5-6 million plus viewers to 4.5 million on a good week. Ratings went from a consistent 4.0 plus to what you see now. MAB ran the viewers away and JFP seems to have a vision for Y&R that will keep turning off viewers & running them away. MAB took everything from Lily, Cane, Neil and sidelined them, isolated them, and often backburneredd them. She could not write for them so they disappeared from view and finally returned for Winters Wednesdays; she wanted to get back to that "old black storyline" as she put it. If not for LANERS support, I am certain DG, CK, KSJ, BJ would be gone from Y&R by now. I keep hoping that things will get better for LANE and this time I hope it does. Keep the Faith! Keep Hope Alive!