'Infinite Challenge' tops TV chart with space center visit

Su Jin Jang, Nov. 8, 2016, 9:11 a.m.

"Infinite Challenge," one of South Korea's best loved variety shows, topped a TV popularity chart the week its cast members visited a space center in Russia, data showed Tuesday. The MBC TV show, which features a group of comedians and entertainers tackling all sorts of unusual missions, rose five places to No. 1 on the Content Power Index (CPI) chart during the week of Oct. 24-30.

In the episode that aired Oct. 29, all six cast members flew to Russia to visit a space center near Moscow. The special episode was one of the program's 10th anniversary projects.

Comedian Yoo Jae-suk and the team stuffed themselves with noodles while doing handstands in a desperate attempt to simulate life in space and later entered a flight simulator that subjected them to an environment similar to 8,500 meters above ground.

The episode scored 253 points on the CPI, which measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, keyword searches and mentions on social media. The index was developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and media ratings company Nielsen Korea.

In second place was the SBS drama "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo," which scored 248.6 points, followed by the SBS rom-com "Jealousy Incarnate" with 246.5 points and cable channel tvN's "Drinking Solo" with 242.9 points.

Other programs in the top 10 included the MBC rom-com series "Shopaholic Louis" with 231 points and the SBS variety show "Running Man" with 220.6 points. In "Running Man," cast member and rapper Gary announced his departure from the program.

The new KBS series "Sweet Stranger and Me" entered the chart at 8th place after the first two episodes. Starring Soo Ae and Kim Young-kwang, the rom-com tells the story of a flight attendant and a man three years her junior who claims to be her stepfather.

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