I’m not surprised to see the shows gain, as people are quarantining and staying home, but somehow Y&R did not reap the benefits this week. Monday and Thursday are more accurate numbers for Y&R; Tuesday and Wednesday are not – but because they counted Y&R is down (for that matter how does 4 mins runtime count?)
As others have said, with all the preemptions, the numbers may not be a true representation of viewership. Wasn’t there one week GH only had like 600,000 viewers, yet the numbers counted; then it rebounded back to “normal” the following week. Who knows about next week, another show may have more preemptions during its time slot – B&B could be last in HH?!
With that said, as a viewer of both Y&R and B&B, I do find B&B more interesting right now. That changes week to week. We need to consider story, as well, and for those that watch B&B know that the previous week a villain's months of scheming was exposed in true soap fashion, during his wedding in front of all the guests, that was Friday; this weeks numbers represent the fallout (as well as a forbidden kiss caught on video that threatens 2 marriages). So I find it very plausible B&B would gain 400,000 viewers. Again, Y&R, should be up IMO, but the daily numbers are all over the place so that just didn’t happen.
As well, B&B has been on Y&R’s heels for sometime now, at one point only behind 250,000 viewers last summer (granted more stabilized lately 400,000 / 500,000 viewers). So it is not out of the realm of possibility that B&B would top Y&R – just not sure this week is an accurate representation of that.
Hopefully that made sense…oh love the clip of Susan Lucci!