Because of Meeting You 因为遇见你 is this month’s runaway hit nearly reaching the elusive 2.0. It ranked number 3 after its first and second day of broadcast but has climbed to the coveted number 1 spot from the third day onwards and stayed there since.
Its closest competition alternates between Feather Flies to the Sky and The Battle at the Dawn but both lag behind without managing to break 1.0. I would have predicted as much because aside from Because of Meeting You, none of the other shows seem buzz-worthy enough. The Battle at the Dawn can bank on the popularity of Cecilia Liu but even she cannot bolster the lack of other big names and truth be told, the spy genre is not exactly the most mainstream.
Granted ratings are never really an accurate measure of whether a show is good or bad but it’s bad when there isn’t enough interest to start a show in the first place. Case in point, I haven’t bothered to watch any of the shows this month though I have to admit, I am very tempted to binge Because of Meeting You and all its melodramatic angst.
With Legend of the Condor Heroes still chugging along at the 10 p.m. slot, its ratings are ahead of A Different Kind of Pretty Man 2, Hunan TV’s latest offering. It seems like a fair outcome given that Condor Heores is a classic while the latter is more of an experimental humor that is either gonna be a hit or miss.
Because of Meeting You also leads in terms of online viewership but Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms deserves a special mention for taking second place. Seriously, I give it mad props considering that it’s not even airing anymore! The Ten Miles cast is doing well too – Yang Mi tops the celeb list while Mark Chao and Dilraba Dilmurat follow closely at 4 and 5.
Top Dramas (March 23, 2017)
1. Because of Meeting You
2. Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
3. Feather Flies to the Sky
5. Full House of Happiness
6. Detective Samoyeds aka Righteous Arduor of Chang An
7. Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017
8. Za Jia
9. Nan Ji Bei Tui
10. Soldier’s Way
Top Celebrities (March 23, 2017)
1. Yang Mi
2. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi
3. Zhao Li Ying
4. Mark Chao
5. Dilraba Dilmurat
6. Li Yi Feng
7. Hu Ge
8. Ju Jing Wei
9. Yang Yang
10. Tiffany Tang Yan
* View count is based on the nine streaming sites (Youku, Tudou, iQiyi, QQ Tencent, LeTV, PPTV, Xunlei, Sohu, Mango)
** Star popularity is based on view count, weibo, douban, tieba, search results, etc