Meteor Garden 流星花园 comes back with a story that’s familiarly comforting albeit with changes that may take some getting used to. For one thing, Dao Ming Si is a genius and F4 are expert bridge players. I don’t know how that will work when part of Dao Ming Si’s appeal is that simplistic boyish charm of his.
Nostalgia seems to have done wonders for tv viewership as it brings in CSM52 ratings of 1.126% and CSM Nationwide ratings of 1.11%. In this day and age, breaking 1% is a tall order especially for a drama in the later 10pm time slot. Meteor Garden hitting these numbers so early on pits it against 7:30pm primetime dramas that are also pulling in 1%. Online numbers are also on the right track as the show has reached 100 million views within the first 12 hours of its release.
Although completely different in genre, The Destiny of White Snake 天乩之白蛇 is another youth oriented drama that premiered last night. It seems to be putting a cuter spin on the classic love story about the legend of white snake. The show has reached 100 million views within the first 22 hours of its release.