It’s been a mixed week in broadcast ratings, as TVB’s prime time dramas Come Home Love: Dinner at 8 <愛．回家之八時入席>, The Last Healer in Forbidden City <末代御醫>, and Over Run Over <EU超時任務> saw a dip in ratings mid-week.
Aside from the J2 broadcast of the Happy Valley horse races, which snatched one to two points from TVB’s regular ratings, the launch of Hong Kong’s new free-to-air station ViuTV also seemed to have affected TVB’s normal prime time broadcast.
According to official news reports, Dinner at 8, which premiered this Monday, dropped 7 points on Wednesday, averaging 22 points and peaking at 23 points. The Last Healer in Forbidden City averaged only 20 points and peaked at 21 points, while Over Run Over fell to 22 points with a peak of 23 points. Carol Cheng’s (鄭裕玲) talk show Do Did Eat <Do姐有問題> averaged 17 points and peaked to 18 points.
ViuTV, which launched on Wednesday, April 6, is proving to be a tough competitor for TVB. According to data from Nielsen, ViuTV pulled in an average of 5 points across Wednesday’s prime time slot. ViuTV’s broadcast of the South Korean drama Descendants of the Sun and the local variety show Travel with Rivals <跟住矛盾去旅行> increased ratings to 8 points.
However, more accurate and detailed ratings for ViuTV will not be revealed until early May.
Despite the competition, TVB did regain their momentum the following day. On Thursday, Dinner at 8’s ratings went up to 23.7 points.
TVB’s two follow-up dramas also witnessed an increase in ratings as well: The Laster Healer in Forbidden City recorded 21.4 points, while Over Run Over recorded 23 points. Do Did Eat increased two points, at 19.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.