It was an uneventful week in c-dramaland with most of the shows preempted and web rankings barely moving from last week in light of Lunar New Year festivities (oops, just learned that it’s because the source wasn’t updated at all).
Negotiator accumulates 4 billion views online as of today and emerges as the ratings leader among the primetime shows on television. Peace Hotel is a very close second with ratings also past 1.0%. I was expecting much more from Memories of Love which had the combined star power of Wallace Chung and Aaron Yan but the show seems stuck within the middle range while K9 Coming continues to lag.
As for the 10pm shows, Nirvana in Fire 2 aired its last episode with only minor improvement in viewership though a nice consolation is that word of mouth has been consistently positive. I took a quick peek at douban (which is like the Chinese IMDB), and it rakes in a very respectable 8.5/10.
TV Ratings (CSM52Cities and CSMNationwide are both commonly used. Writeup is based on CSM52.)
*The above are mostly primetime shows that air at 19:30 while those highlighted in blue air at 22:00. **Rankings are overall rankings across the shows airing on the same night, regardless of air time. *** Reruns are not included. **** Dramas that air on CCTV (the state television broadcaster in China) are not included.
Web Rankings (Current week data unavailable due to CNY. 7-day Rankings last updated Feb 12.)
Top Dramas (7-day)
1. Mr. Right
3. Peace Hotel
8. Pretty Man
10. KO One Re-call 5
Top Celebrities (7-day)
1. Yang Mi
2. Zhao Liying
3. Yang Yang
4. Jin Dong
5. Chen Shu
7. Huang Zitao
10. Hu Ge
*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