Local version of 'Running Man' becomes most popular reality show in China
Angela Jung, Jan. 23, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Chinese remakes of Korean reality programs show strong performance in viewership, the Beijing office of the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) said Monday. Among the top 20 reality shows which went on air in China last year, seven programs turned out to be remakes of Korean shows. They are ranked in order of viewership rates at their peak during the run of each program.
"Hurry Up, Brother," the Chinese version of Korea's popular reality show "Running Man," has snatched the number one and two spots on the list.
The 11th episode of "Hurry Up, Brother Season 3," which aired on Jan. 8, recorded 4.701 percent in viewership to top the list, while the fifth episode of Season 4 that was broadcast on May 27 recorded 3.934 percent to come right after.
The final episode of the Chinese adaptation of "I am a Singer Season 4," MBS TV's singing competition show, ranked 7th with 2.603 percent, and the 11th episode of the Chinese version of "Hidden Singer," a similarly formated show on JTBC, rated 14th with 2.083 percent.
The KOCCA office in Beijing said a variety show with over one percent viewership is considered very popular since there are more than 2,000 programs to compete with.
Since late last year, Beijing has retaliated against Seoul's decision to set up an American anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula by putting restraints on the Chinese consumption of Korean cultural products.
The viewership result, however, shows that the effect of Beijing's efforts to rein in the popularity of Korean entertainment shows might be minimal.