The premiere episode of action drama, Tiger Cubs <飛虎>, raked in 29 points and peaked at 30 points on Sunday, June 24th. With approximately 1.86 million viewers in Hong Kong tuning in, Tiger Cubs was the TVB program that garnered the highest ratings last week. Portraying a violent criminal in Tiger Cubs, Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) performance earned him praise!
Fans Praise Kenneth for Handsomeness
Viewers complained that Kenneth’s method of murdering Kelvin Leung (梁証嘉) and Otto Chan (陳志健) was too gruesome to watch. As Kenneth ruthlessly cut the throats of his two victims, blood drained from their necks. Although the scene was filmed in dim light, the image was jolting enough to spur 5 complaints to be filed at the Broadcasting Authority and TVB respectively.
It was refreshing that “diamond bachelor” Kenneth Ma took a 180 degree spin by playing a violent criminal in Tiger Cubs. Despite Kenneth’s ruthlessness, fans on Weibo complimented him, “He’s outrageously handsome, not terrifying!” Another fan wrote, “The drama’s ratings were strong because Kenneth Ma is in the drama! Without him, the series would not be as good!”
Due to the brutal violence and massive gunfire scenes, Tiger Cubs has drawn comparisons to Johnnie To’s (杜琪峯) 2004 film, Breaking News <大事件>. Although Tiger Cubs was criticized as lacking realism in portraying the Hong Kong Police Departments’ Special Duties Unit’s (SDU) operations, the gritty violence thrilled and repelled audiences at the same time.
TVB Deputy Director of External Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming (曾醒明), indicated that Tiger Cubs’ reception was extremely successful. The drama generated lively discussions and boosted TVB’s weekend timeslot performance dramatically. Tiger Cubs even outperformed the ratings of dramas airing during primetime slots from Monday to Friday. In July, the broadcast of Tiger Cubs will be extended to Saturday and Sunday.
“Master of Play” Averages 23 Points
Another drama featuring gratuitous violence, Master of Play <心戰>, may win the title of “drama with the most audience complaints” due to its serial killer subject matter. Although Master of Play was created by golden duo, producer Jonathan Chik and scriptwriter Zhou Xuming, older viewers did not gravitate towards the dark subject matter.
Master of Play dropped 1 point, averaging 23 points last week. Entering its final week of broadcast, Master of Play will air its ending episode on Friday, June 29th in Hong Kong.
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