I have hated the show ever since becoming aware of its existence in 1989 or so, when I started to watch ATWT and GL. The characters spoke in a way no human being I had ever known used language. It was so stilted, I could never watch more than two episodes in a row without making such enormous fun of myself, I had to give it up. I cannot explain its popularity.
It became watchable only during the very short reign of Lynn Marie Latham, if for no other reason than that the characters spoke like actual human beings, ones I knew and could (finally) recognize. She even introduced some Jewish characters in this very whitebread world.
She did not, however, do anything to get rid of the central conceit of the program, that the ancient old bag of crust known as Victor Newman was so essential, so compelling, that he was the very epicenter of life in Genoa City. Men wanted to be him, women wanted to be with him. His very "genetic material" was so desireable, women would hide in closets in hopes of extracting it from his penis.
Whereas, he's just this rich, old bag of bones who should have been gotten rid of long ago.
They've been trying to recenter the show around his various crotchdroppings, but the only one who's actually compelling enough to make me tune in on the regular is currently being written as the show's villain, and he just gets worse and worse. He's someone they could conceivably use as an antihero, the way they've done with TGVN all these years, but the only note they're giving him to play of late is "scoundrel." If the actor weren't so handsome, so charming, I'd have written the show off entirely twelve years ago (or whenever LML left).
But Mark Grossman is so completely my type, I started watching again two years ago. I noticed him on the TV in the lobby of a medical office I went to for some testing, and I just had to watch this guy tomorrow. That is the only reason I watch.
I skip entire episodes he's not in. I can't stand most of Y&R's young set. I give Kyle, Summer, Theo, and Abby the finger when they appear in the opening credits. Phyllis, too, but she's no "young set" member. How Nick can stick his dick...oh, forget it. Hope this answers some of your questions.