After Ratings Disaster for “The Witness”, Will “Line Walker 3” Live Up to Expectations?
The TVB ratings report for the week ending November 15, 2020 had mixed results. The Witness <木棘証人> disappointed in ratings in its finale week, sitting in the bottom three dramas of the year. Airing during the coveted Anniversary period in the late fall/ early winter, The Witness nevertheless was a ratings disaster, making many wonder if Line Walker: Bull Fight <使徒行者3> would be able to attract more viewers despite the recent downtrend in the station’s viewership.
The Witness averaged 23.2 ratings points in its last week of broadcast, and 23.9 points in the final episode. Overall, the drama had an average of 22.1 ratings points. Though The Witness received positive reviews, several factors may have affected its ratings. The light-hearted comedy is perhaps better suited for the earlier 8:30 p.m. time slot when most viewers would be having dinner before their televisions, instead of the later 9:30 p.m. time slot it was allotted. Airing the week right after Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 < C9特工> ended may have also led to The Witness‘ poor results, as the former drama along with Mainland Chinese drama The Song of Glory <锦绣南歌> were dramas with the lowest ratings this year.
Another noteworthy development worth watching is that Line Walker: Bull Fight <使徒行者3> reached 27.6 points in its premiere episode. Line Walker: Bull Fight‘s ratings is a stark contrast to its predecessor The Song of Glory which only reached 19.8 points. There is almost an eight-point difference which means that 500,000 more viewers tuned in. Though Line Walker: Bull Fight is Raymond Lam‘s ( 林峯) comeback drama and features a stellar ensemble cast, it averaged a modest 25.2 points in its first week of broadcast, which may have been affected by the fact that it had already finished airing on online Chinese platforms.
Meanwhile, long-running sitcom Come Home Love: Lo and Behold <愛·回家之開心速遞> maintained stable ratings with an average of 25 points for the week, and the rerun of Under the Canopy of Love <天幕下的戀人> in the midnight time slot averaged 5.1 points.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.