CBS’ “Young and the Restless” Scores Record Ratings with Adam Newman’s Exit

Michael Muhney was allegedly fired from the soap opera for groping a co-star’s breasts

Fans are still furious with CBS that they fired Michael Muhney from “The Young and the Restless,” where he played Adam Newman but, with all the controversy around the decision, the big honchos over at the network are laughing all the way to the bank.

The Wrap reports that the week following Adam and Billy Abbott’s presumed death in the car crash (I say “presumed” because we all know how things stand in soap opera world: no one really ever dies if the producers and writers don’t want them to) brought record ratings for the series.

“Young and the Restless” scored the highest ratings since 2008, “and contributed to an eight-year high for CBS’s daytime slate overall,” the e-zine says.

“For the week ending Feb. 2, ‘The Young and the Restless’ averaged 5.73 million total viewers — its strongest showing since the week ending Feb. 29, 2008. (In the women 25-54 demographic, ‘Y&R’ scored a 2.3 rating/12 share, its best weekly performance since Feb. 2011.),” the publication further notes.

According to reports online, Muhney was fired after co-star Hunter King complained to the bosses that he had harassed her for a while and even groped her breasts on two occasions. Word has it that Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman on the series, backed up her claims and her demand that Muhney be fired.

Braeden has already denied any involvement in this, saying that the only one to blame for what happened to Muhney is Muhney himself, because he couldn’t “keep his mouth shut.”

Oddly enough, the two parties supposedly directly involved in the incident have not said anything about it, even though the fans are demanding that they speak up. Shortly after he was fired, Muhney tweeted to say that we should not believe all we read online and definitely not judge before we have all the facts.

King has not addressed the controversy in any way, and neither has CBS.

Below is the scene in which Adam Newman and Billy Abbott supposedly lost their lives. In response to one of our previous articles, many fans said they would no longer watch the soap opera if CBS doesn’t bring Muhney back. Are you one of them? Let us know in the comments section below.

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