Despite being broadcast during a “cannon fodder” timeslot, TVB period drama Short End of the Stick <公公出宮> has exceeded viewership expectations. Thursday’s episode—episode 8—received an average rating of 32 points and peaked at 34 points—reaching 2.1 million viewers.
The comedy drama about expelled palace eunuchs premiered on February 9, the second day of the Chinese New Year. Promoted as a CNY series, it features a solid cast including Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Power Chan (陳國邦), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and John Chiang (姜大衛) in lead roles.
This week, the cast including Raymond Cho and Edwin Siu attended a celebratory banquet for the series. Raymond, who once pledged to wear a low-cut evening gown if the ratings went up, was asked by reporters if he would keep his word. The actor said, “Wayne Lai was the one who suggested that, not me. But I honestly don’t mind. If you want me to go shirtless I can do that too, but let’s see if our female cast is up for that challenge. The more ‘balls’ the better.”
The party then turned their focus to Edwin Siu, urging him to get married soon. The actor is currently dating Priscilla Wong (黃翠如), his costar in Madam Cutie On Duty <師奶MADAM>. Edwin laughed and said, “I know… I know! But I’m so busy, busy with shooting dramas!” Raymond added, “We’ll have to see if her tummy can wait… I meant Nancy!”
Edwin then turned everyone’s focus back to Raymond, and said, “I’m actually much happier for Raymond. I can’t believe the audience is finally noticing him after so many years.” Raymond retorted, “I’ve always been well-known!”
Upon hearing that Nancy expects Raymond to receive good results at the end-of-year awards ceremonies, Raymond said, “I’ve never thought too closely about these things. I do not have big hopes in winning. Besides, I have such great competitors. To have my brothers around me is already enough.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.