Dilraba Dilmarat is the New Ratings Queen

As 2021 is drawing to a close, a new tide is surpassing a former group of elite artistes in the Chinese entertainment industry. As the new Ratings Queen, Dilraba Dilmarat‘s (迪麗熱巴) dramas accumulated 7.3 billion views and topped Yang Mi‘s (楊冪) dramas in online views.

Making her debut eight years ago, Dilraba’s rise is attributed to Jaywalk Studios, which is partially owned by Yang Mi. Dilraba dominated drama viewership this year with the airing of two dramas, The Long Ballad <長歌行> and You Are My Glory <你是我的榮耀>. Her strong chemistry with costar Yang Yang (楊洋) pushed You Are My Glory to 4 billion views, and ascended Dilraba’s career to a new peak.

In second place with the highest drama views is actress Tong Yao (童瑤), who launched into stardom after Nothing but Thirty <三十而已> in 2020. This year, her drama The Rebel <叛逆者> narrowly edged out Sun Li (孙俪), who placed third for The Ideal City <理想之城>. In fourth place is Tan Songyun (譚松韻).

Only 27 years old and the youngest among the new elite actresses, Bai Lu (白鹿) had an impressive run in 2021. With three dramas aired including Song of Youth <玉樓春>, One and Only <周生如故>, and Forever and Ever <一生一世>, Bai Lu was in fifth place with the highest drama views.

In sixth place is Ma Sichun (馬思純) with You Are My Hero <你是我的城池營壘>. Seventh is Li Qin (李沁) with Tears in Heaven <海上繁花> and My Dear Guardian <愛上特種兵>. Eighth is Qin Lan (秦嵐) who won over viewers and critics alike in The Rational Life <理智派生活>. Ninth is Guli Nazha (古力娜扎), who had three dramas aired this year but only Weaving a Tale of Love <風起霓裳> had breakout views.

Surprisingly, Yang Mi (楊冪) came in at tenth place. The actress had once achieved 50 billion views with Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花>. However, Storm Eye <暴風眼> only achieved moderate success and Novoland: Pearl Eclipse <斛珠夫人> started airing in November and did not make it in time for this year’s ratings rankings chart. Although Novoland: Pearl Eclipse  received a lot of criticism over William Chan’s (陳偉霆) acting and styling, the drama has accumulated 1.9 billion views to-date.

Zhao Liying Does Not Make Top 10

This year’s Top 10 actresses with the highest drama views did not include Zanilia Zhao Li Ying (趙麗穎), who once achieved 40 billion views with Princess Agents <楚喬傳>. This is likely due to the actress only having one drama, CCTV’s Faith Makes Great <理想照耀中國>, aired this year in which she only starred as one among 40 ensemble cast members.

Since divorcing William Feng (馮紹峰), she has been working non-stop and has The Story of Xing Fu <幸福到萬家> and Who is the Murderer <誰是兇手> waiting to air. Zhao Liying is especially concerned about Who is the Murderer, as this will be her first time taking on an antagonist role as a doctor with questionable intentions. The drama has allegedly not received approval, as authorities are worried about the negative portrayal of doctors. Adjustments may be required to the role, which could be a roadblock towards Zhao Liying’s attempt to diversify her career.

Top Male Stars

As for actors starring in dramas with the highest views, Yang Yang and Zhu Yilong (朱一龍) vie for the top spot. For years, Yang Yang has been unable to surpass his own success in 2016’s Love O2O <微微一笑很倾城>, until this year’s You Are My Glory earning him the title, “The Nation’s Boyfriend and Husband”.

Zhu Yilong had a successful year with espionage thriller, The Rebel, being broadcasting continuously by different television stations across China. It is said that the drama has been broadcast over 100 times!

Another close competitor is Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), whose The Sword and Brocade <錦心似玉> has accumulated 5 billion views. Although not filming a large number of dramas, the 47-year-old is still a pillar in guaranteeing viewership.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.

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  1. The facts in this article are a bit skewed
    1. NPE has not finished airing, it started with about 200 million views and broke 1 billion in 10 days, TLB in comparison broke 1 billion in 15 days and YAMG in 8( to be fair the level of marketing was on another level) NPE has already broken 2 billion before the period of time TLB achieved the same. So it’s unfair to compare when the only advantage is having aired before.
    2. Zhao Liying had LOF, the level of marketing can be said to be even higher than YAMG and if I remember correctly it has crossed the 5 billion mark. It broke the 1 billion mark in ten days and 2 billion in 20 and it had the advantage of airing an episode a day with 45 episodes. So ZLY not being on that list doesn’t have anything to do with not having a hot drama of recent.
    It’s true that in the idol market there is a new wave of idol stars and Dilraba and Yang Zi are currently on top but this list is ridiculous. As far as YM and ZLY don’t stop acting they are not not going anywhere.

    1. It’s good that you brought attention to why this article is not accurate, however, everything needs a timeline. LOF started airing in December 2020, so it was counted towards 2020, same with if the list’s cut off date is day a few days ago, it’s not their fault they can only partially count NPE. But that’s why they also have highest view rating over a certain period of time (3yrs/5yrs/etc).
      Tbqh, initially I enjoyed TLB, but then it got so bad that I just dc to finish, and I think I only finish because I got nothing to watch and thought only 10 more eps, why not just finish it but oh what a chore. I haven’t been able to care for ZLY’s drama, her roles seem pretty much the same as Princess agent and I know how that one turned out, so no thank you. And YM, from the clips I have seen of each episode, it didn’t feel there’s much of a storyline worth bothering. So the numbers these 2 stars pull in mainly due to their fandoms and being in the industry a lot longer than the rest. Quality and how nice the drama is seriously have nothing to do with those silly numbers

  2. Frankly, to even be in the top 30 is a great achievement in a cut-throat industry like this. The pay you get is more than enough to live a cushy life. This list, when you look a little deeper, doesn’t really matter so much in the bigger picture IMO. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater, there are a few actresses that I like who’re on this list and it’s great that they bring in such a massive viewership, it’s just not a big deal if your fave is higher or didn’t make it on the list.

    I prefer seeing an improvement in the quality of the scripts and acting. Now THAT’S something with more substance to it. While I understand any government would be a little wary in doubt being sowed in the public’s mind of professionals you’re supposed to trust, I think we need a bit of reality and change in their portrayal. For art’s sake and to give people a more realistic depiction. But this is China we’re talking about, so, yeah. I don’t hold big hopes for them on that front.

    1. Yup, many of the big name dramas are just snorefest for me. And many of the big name actresses, YZ for example, is just not great to watch. At the end of the day, it’s all boil down to the script, how well they play it, the chemistry between the leads, and whether you enjoy it lol!

      1. Yang Zi might look ugly at certain angles but she is very harmless. She is bigname for good acting and having lovable personality, not her looks. AOL was the only thing I managed to finish with her in it and she nailed the chemistry with her lead.

  3. The comparison isn’t even fair. artists like ym and zly only had one drama counted while bai lu and dilreba had more than one drama. obviously the latter two had higher viewcount

  4. Picking the right project really is key.

    I know people like Yang Mi will continue to get first pick of good scripts but I hope they challenge themselves instead of sticking to what’s safe and popular.

    1. If you’ve followed YM’s works you should know that she has done a lot diversifying in the past few years but they were not successful bcoz working with a credible team is key and YM doesn’t have the connections like people like ZLY or WYB, who get to work with better teams for reasons other than acting skills. She still has thank you doctor and she and her perfect husband and this year’s storm eye let’s wait and see the results.

    2. Why do pple always say Yang Mi can always pick her scripts? Is it because she owns 1% of Jaywalk? Then I have another question. Zhao Liying also owns 1% of Strawbear ever since 2015. Now is already 2021. How come never once did I ever hear Zhao Liying can always pick her scripts? Every time something went wrong they just find any random nobodies to suffer the hot seat. Lots of nobodies always manage to steal screentime somehow, because they are always so rich they can bribe producers. Producers who? If Yang Mi is a producer then Zhao Liying is also a producer, if producer Zhao Liying already took briberies she should not disclose that others are stealing screentime, but she did so shouldn’t that be the hotter question? Yang Mi is a senior, all these years, she still only has one connection and only one agency. If changing agency is that easy Yang Mi and everyone else would love to jump around too. Yang Zi was loyally in her agency for 7 years, she was never promoted to a producer. Just because Yang Mi is in her agency for so long, it means she is a producer? Not trying to stan Yang Mi but I don’t get how a senior actress get treated this way. Zhao Liying only blew up in 2015 because of The Journey of Flower, her fans even expect child actress like Yang Zi to show her respect. I think Yang Mi very much deserves the same respect pple respect Zhao Liying. If Zhao Liying isn’t questioned about producing good shows, then stop questioning Yang Mi that too. One more thing, if Zhao Liying isn’t questioned about her child then don’t question Yang Mi on that either, her divorce is more complicated than not hanging out enough.

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