“Queens of Diamonds and Hearts” Finale Peaks at 40 Points
The last two episodes of Hong Kong TVB drama, Queens of Diamonds and Hearts <東西宮略>, were aired back-to-back last week, showcasing a crowd-pleasing ending for Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Fala Chen (陳法拉), and Sharon Chan’s (陳敏之) characters. The finale attracted 2.59 million people tuning in to watch. The ratings averaged 36 points, peaking at 40 points. This represented an increase of 12 points over the previous week’s ratings results!
Despite the finale’s optimal performance, the average ratings of Queens of Diamonds and Hearts, only averaged 29 points over its entire broadcast. Perhaps the well-known story of Chung Mo Yim (Fala Chen) and Ha Ying Chun (Sharon Chan) contained few surprises for the audience. The drama’s average ratings fell one point short of TVB Executive Chairman, Norman Leung’s (梁乃鵬) benchmark of 30 points in order for a celebratory dinner to be held.
Steven Ma (馬浚偉 ) and Linda Chung’s (鍾嘉欣) new drama, Daddy Good Deeds <當旺爸爸>, took off on a solid start, averaging 30 points. Two complaints were filed with the Broadcasting Authority that the drama appeared to encourage youths in leading easy and soft lifestyles. Daddy Good Deeds marked Steven Ma and producer Miu Siu Ching’s (梅小青) last drama at TVB and should have its share of supporters.
Til Love Do Us Lie Averages 29 Points
Last week’s ratings for sitcom Til Love Do Us Lie <結·分@謊情式> averaged 29 points, falling one point from last week’s performance. The dramas’ stars, Eddie Cheung (張兆輝) and Kiki Sheung (商天娥), were plagued by frequent rumors that they did not get along with each other. Throughout the filming of Til Love Do Us Lie, it was rumored that Kiki acted like a diva, scolded her costars, and refused to accept filming notices. Kiki indicated her exasperation on her Weibo blog, “All these rumors, does the entertainment circle really have to be like this?”
Producer Kwan Wing Chung (關永忠) denied that the cast did not get along with each other, stating that he never received complaints from the director.
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Jayne: TVB appears to have good luck when their air the last two episodes of a drama in a 2 hour finale. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts perhaps had a much-too-predictable story, as typical of recent ancient comedies. Or perhaps the older reincarnations of “Cho Mo Yim” were too deeply etched in audiences minds?