A billion views seemed impossible to break even a few years ago, but now that Chinese dramas are gaining traction in not only the nation, but also across Asia, the astronomical view counts will only climb up more in the future.
Here are 9 television dramas produced in China that broke 25 billion views as of 2019!
9) Love O2O <微微一笑很倾城> (2016), 25 billion views
Starring Zheng Shuang (郑爽) and Yang Yang (杨洋), Love O2O sets the standard of what makes a good and addicting school romance.
8) Ode to Joy II <欢乐颂> (2017), 27.59 billion views
The sequel to the 2016 comedy drama surpassed it predecessor, and is a must-watch for all young and independent city women around the nation. It is one of the fastest television dramas to reach 25 billion views.
7) Noble Aspirations <青云志> (2015), 27.85 billion views
With a star-studded cast led by Li Yifeng (李易峰) and Zanilia Zhao (赵丽颖), hitting a billion views is only inevitable.
6) The Princess Weiyoung <锦绣未央> (2016), 27.93 billion views
The historical romance was credited as being the series that brought together Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) and Luo Jin (罗晋), now married. It also starred Vanness Wu () in his first lead appearance in a mainland Chinese drama.
5) The Legend of Mi Yue <羋月傳> (2015), 28.72 billion views
Set during the Warring States period of ancient China, The Legend of Mi Yue stars Sun Li (孙俪) in the title role, known as the first stateswoman of China. It is produced by the same forces that created 2011’s hit series Empresses in the Palace <后宫·甄嬛传>.
4) Fighter of the Destiny <择天记> (2017), 30.11 billion views
The xianxia series wasn’t exactly favorably reviewed by critics, but with the popular Lu Han (鹿晗) and Gulinazha (古力娜扎) leading the show, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the show would eventually become a blockbuster hit.
3) In the Name of the People <人民的名义> (2017), 34.11 billion views
The modern thriller is known for being bold, especially when it came to touching upon sensitive topics like government corruption. It stars veteran actor Zhang Fengyi (张丰毅) and Lu Yi (陆毅).
2) Princess Agents <楚乔传>, (2017), 48.22 billion views
The historical fiction action series is led by ratings queen Zanilia Zhao, and is known for being the first drama to break 40 billion views.
1) Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花> (2017), 52.28 billion views
Based on the popular novel of the same name, Eternal Love is now the first Chinese television drama to reach over 50 billion views. It stared Yang Mi (杨幂) and Mark Chao (趙又廷). A spin-off starring Dilireba (迪丽热巴) and Gao Weiguang (高伟光) will soon be making its debut.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.