As viewers are gearing up for another new year of exciting dramas, the broadcast numbers for the top 20 Mainland Chinese dramas from 2018 were released by Shanghai-based marketing consulting company, VLinkage.
In 2018, Mr. Right <恋爱先生> took home the top spot on the list of Top 20 Dramas with Highest Viewership (Broadcast) with 1.56% in ratings. Coming in second and third were Mother’s Life <娘道> with 1.54%, and The Story of Zheng Yang Gate <正阳门下小女人> at 1.41%.
With four from the top five dramas airing on Jiangsu Television, the station emerged as the biggest winner. On the flip side, Hunan Television failed to produce a drama within the top five slots, and their highest performing drama was Negotiator <談判官> coming in the eighth spot.
On the list of Top 20 Dramas with Highest Viewership (Weekly Broadcast), the clear winner was 2018’s favorite Legend of Fuyao <扶搖> at .84%. Idol drama Meteor Garden <流星花園> came in at second with .83%, while Guan Xiaotong’s Untouchable Lovers <鳳囚凰> took home third place with .72%.
In the Top 20 Dramas with Highest Viewership (Web Broadcast) category, breakout drama Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> was the clear champion with 18.2 billion views. Second place went to Mr. Right again at 16.35 billion views, while Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Place <如懿傳> came in third with 16.1 billion views. It’s also worth mentioning that Ashes of Love and Legend of Fuyao came in fourth and fifth respectively – indicating that these dramas were also very popular among online viewers.
Although Hunan Television was unsuccessful in airing a chart-topping drama, their first drama of 2019 is seemingly doing fairly well. Counting on the The Story of Minglan <知否知否应是绿肥红瘦>, starring newly-weds Zanilia Zhao (趙麗穎) and Feng Shaofeng (馮紹峰), Hunan Television is hoping to make a major comeback this year.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.