“The Witness” Continues Low Ratings Streak After “Operation C9”

Though Him Law is praised for his acting in emotional scenes, the actor is unable to save the low ratings for “The Witness”.

Heading towards the end of 2020, recent TVB dramas Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 <C9特工> and The Witness <木棘証人> have tanked in viewership ratings.

Airing its finale on October 16, Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 was ranked the lowest in ratings for the entire year, only averaging 20.8 viewership points during the drama’s broadcast. Although the series featured TV King Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Samantha Ko (高海寧), the two stars were unable to save the unpopular show.

Taking over the 9:30 p.m. time slot after Operation C9 completed its run, Him Law’s (羅子溢) The Witness received better reviews than its predecessor. Although both dramas are created by the same producer, Leung Yiu Kin (梁耀堅),  there are major differences as to why viewers prefer The Witness despite it only garnering 21.4 points in its initial week of broadcast. Operation C9 featured flashy action scenes but a weak storyline, while The Witness has more room for character development and allows actors to showcase their acting abilities. The Witness also includes funny and lighthearted scenes throughout the episodes, making it more enjoyable to watch overall.

During the same week ending October 25, Chinese drama The Song of Glory <錦繡南歌> fell to 20.6 points. As the drama is nearing its finale, it is expected that the drama will most likely break this year’s record for being the lowest-rated series on TVB prime-time television.

TVB’s anchor sitcom Love Come Home: Lo and Behold <愛•回家之開心速遞> also suffered a slight drop during the middle of the week, averaging 25.5 points last week. In the midnight time slot, reruns of Legal Mavericks <踩過界> averaged 5.9 points while racing program Trackside <賽馬直擊> averaged 5.3 points.

Source: HK01

This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.

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  1. both dramas with the producer has absolutely no attraction for drawing viewership based on actors and storyline.

  2. Honestly that’s sad because the witness is much better than c9. It’s actually funny in some parts and not overly cheesy like c9. The storyline is consistent and not confusing. Unfortunately everyone fails to recognize willie’s talent. Him and Kelly aren’t big enough to bring in the audience.

    1. @tt23 My opinion of Kelly has improved with this drama. She shows that she can be more than a pretty face (I haven’t watched Legal 2 yet though), and generally her expressions and such have been on point in The Witness. I wish tvb had more of these light hearted dramas that feature a fresher cast, but the main thing is having a solid plot and good characters.

    2. @tt23 Much better than C9. I didn’t even finish that one. Yup, this one I am 10 episodes in and I find it to be entertaining and funny not by the leads but by the witness chubby guy and Kelly the one that plays the sister.

  3. Becos you guys were raving about this, I gave it a try. It was boring same old same old. Watched one episode and dont get the hype at all.

  4. It’s such a bummer though. I love this much more than c9. Couldn’t even bring myself to watch over 2 eps for c9 lol

  5. I am now watching The Witness. Not bad. It keeps me going . I just finished episode 2. So far it is pretty good.

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