“Bullet Brain’s” Finale Rises to 28 Ratings Points

By on May 13, 2013 in TV Dramas

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Bullet Brain <神探高倫布> finally aired its finale last Friday, May 10 with the ratings peaking at 28 points. Although many people tuned in for the final episode of the controversial drama, it still received many negative responses.

Many thought the ending of Bullet Brain copied the popular Hollywood movie Inception. Additionally, with Natalie Tong’s (唐詩詠) rape scene, Bullet Brain successfully drew in approximately over 1.8 million viewers for the finale, unlike the recent episodes of Beauty At War <金枝慾孽 (貳)>, whose ratings dropped to an all time low of 18 points.

Even though the episode began with Natalie’s rape scene, the audience members were not impressed by the fact that TVB has broadcast these types of scenarios far too many times in the past year. Many of the viewers criticized the final episode and posted many negative comments on Facebook, which surprisingly caused an increase in viewership due to the intense discussions. Viewers who normally did not follow the drama in the early episodes tuned in to watch the finale out of curiosity, boosting the ratings.

When asked about Inception, producer Lee Tim Sing (李添勝) blasted the movie to be awful and boring, so who knew that the ending of Bullet Brain would be so similar to Inception? However, many ridiculed the imitation. Viewers said that during the dream inception scene, Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) somehow turned into Pro Sir, his character in Forensic Heroes 3 <法證先鋒III>, while Natalie was similar to her character in A Fistful of Stances <鐵馬尋橋>, in which she also got raped.

Audience members then sympathized with Sire Ma (馬賽) as she is one of the female artists with the most rape scenes in TVB.

Despite the low viewership ratings for the series, the cast members were not shot down by the severe criticism. After the finale, Ngo Ka Nin (敖嘉年) added, “I get too attached and end up feeling very nostalgic when a series ends. I know that not everyone liked Bullet Brain, but I think the most important part was the process and experience. For those who tuned into Bullet Brain, I want to thank you for all the support and encouragement!”

“Beauty at War” Dips to 18 Points

While Bullet Brain generated the highest ratings among all TVB productions last week, Beauty at War <金枝慾孽(貳)> continued to suffer in ratings, averaging 21 points. In last Thursday’s episode, it even plunged to 18 points, marking it as one of the lowest-rated dramas in the past few years.

Sources: ihktv.com, Apple Daily

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  • 36 comments to “Bullet Brain’s” Finale Rises to 28 Ratings Points

    1. Simon Lee says:

      Looks like people don’t really get BAW at all.

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      • idontknow replied:

        is hk people really that stupid to understand?

        I think personally they should forget the first one (war and beauty) and see beauty at war as a fully other drama. So that they won’t make a link to it everytime.

        maybe that’ll make it easier to understand

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    2. Chen says:

      BAW doesn’t deserve this treatment. It is definitely not the worst series in recent years! Its ratings were definitely pulled down by airing after Bullet Brain. Hopefully Slow Boat Home will draw ratings back to 27-29ish as it is a simpler plot.

      I really want to see Ada in a hit TVB series again, she hasn’t been in a ratings hit since To Catch the Uncatchable!

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        Spot on.

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      • Ric replied:

        I think BAW is way better than BB and its ratings were probably pulled down by it. However that effect is likely minimal. BAW’s ratings are significantly less than BB so that means people who watched BB didn’t even bother to watch BAW and virtually no new viewers tuned in to specifically watch BAW.

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        • Simon Lee replied:

          doubtful.

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        • Ric replied:

          Doubtful about what? Numbers don’t lie. If they released ratings for whatever us after BAW I bet ratings for that show is around the average for that timeslot.

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      • miriamfanz replied:

        I agree! BAW doesn’t deserve such low ratings. Surprised BB managed to get 28 points with the crazy ending. Hated that Columbo ended up with Eva when he CLEARLY loved Mui Mui.

        Symbolism in Bullet Brain (on int’l relations) http://casualtvb.blogspot.com/2013/05/symbolism-in-bullet-brain.html

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        • Sammie replied:

          Come on…Mui Mui was already dead & Da Hei didn’t fall for Eva right away. Even when Dai Hei was still Columbo, he was merely using her to achieve his wicked intention. It was Eva who adored him, but don’t forget Eva also sacrificed alot to win his heart although there was one point she left him…if u r talking in the context of love relationship.

          Although Dai Hei loved Mui Mui so much, he must let go and keep moving with his life…because his wife was already dead. Remember, Dai Hei loved his wife so much he wanted to marry her? It was a new life again when he ended up with Eva. Life must go on. Furthermore, they do love one another.

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    3. Larry 3 says:

      Overall, the average rating last week was 24 points. That is LOW and it should be a contender for the Best Series of 2013.

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    4. Daisy says:

      Natalie Tong, Sire Ma and Charmaine Li does tend to get a lot of rape scenes

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    5. vann says:

      What a good news for me and a bad news for Larry. I think the series has a good ending that has appealed viewers going back to watch it. I wished a good luck for Larry_he did not want a good news for “Bullet Brain”_but it turns out to be a bad luck! sorry about that.

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      • Simon Lee replied:

        LOL Vann.

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      • LUCY replied:

        ahah before i clicked into this post i knew Larry had something to say

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        • Larry 3 replied:

          nooooo, really

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        I think you need to read the line…
        Although many people tuned in for the final episode of the controversial drama, it still received many negative responses.

        Yeah good news.

        Good luck to you somewhere out of space.

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      • dd replied:

        I tuned in with my aunt about halfway in. We watched it for 15 mins until she said the Cantonese equivalent of “this is retarded”, and I replied “I was just waiting for you to say it” and we turned the TV off and ate dragonfruit.

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    6. Yen says:

      “When asked about Inception, producer Lee Tim Sing (李添勝) blasted the movie to be awful and boring ..”

      Is that the Inception staring Leonardo DiCaprio?!
      And what did he said about the movie??!
      AWFUL and BORING?!!!

      In that case, Bullet Brain is TOTALLY RUBBISH and not just a waste of the viewers time but also our ELECTRICITY!!

      INCEPTION = BRILLIANT
      BULLET BRAIN = MIGHT HAS WELL PUT A BULLET ON HIS BRAIN FOR PRODUCING SUCH A RUBBISH DRAMA!!

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      • Jackson replied:

        Yes – what is wrong with Lee Tim Sing, it is bad enough he produce such a bad series but to blast Inception as Awful and Boring??
        If this is his standard, i have no faith in Rosy Business 3 – because his idea of a good series is Bullet Brain and Inception – an awful and boring movie!

        Jeez…..

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        • Chen replied:

          I had high expectations of Bullet Brain but sadly they weren’t met. I think we all forgot what Tim gor is strong at and that’s those more serious, relatable, classic stories that he has basically stuck with since Rosy Business. He fails at fantastical/humour type stuff, remember Man In Charge? Best Bet? That’s why I think Rosy Business could be ok unless Tim gor tries to change the formula too much rather than sticking with what works for him.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        To some Inception could be awful and boring. Personally, I thought it was confusing, at times boring but mostly illogical even in the dream world where everything isn’t supposed to be logical.

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        • Yen replied:

          I find Inception a nice piece of work just like The Shutter Island! And also Master of Play 心戰!
          It will makes me wanted to watch it again and again!

          And Bullet Brain is the BEST SLEEPING PILL for me lately! Whenever I’m watching it, less than 10minutes, I passed out xD

          Can’t deny I quite like the ending but lolll for him to blast Inception as AWFUL and BORING?!
          Especially when it’s being compared with BB.. ==!!
          It should be the other way round..
          BB not just AWFUL, BORING but a WASTE of my ELECTRICITY!
          But thanks anyway to BB as yeah, I tend to fall asleep real fast when I tune on that drama!

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      • claire replied:

        Yeah, “Inception” is brilliant film with original idea, Christopher Nolan did it! Seems Tim Gor doesn’t understand what “Inception” story tells…:p

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        • skinnymocha replied:

          “Inception” was inspired by the Satoshi Kon anime, “Paprika”. I watched the latter first and enjoyed that a little more. I love the soundtrack.

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    7. Larry 3 says:

      TVB receive 22 complaints: Wayne Lai and Sire Ma’s MEDIOCRE acting; the series was difficult to understand and unattractive.

      lol 🙂

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      • Dilly replied:

        I am surprise only 22. Should be 2222 instead

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      • Mav replied:

        Must be retarded if anyone found it difficult to understand.

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        • Larry 3 replied:

          Its probably majority of the 22 complaints are housewives.

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        • Simon Lee replied:

          Not too sure.

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    8. shampoo says:

      wow so much negative comments on BB. is it because everyone expected something different from this series?
      i watched this series without knowing what were shown on those tvb presentation trailers and i thought the first 5 eps were pretty good. last 5 were decent but really, i don’t think this series overall was that horrible. i have watched much worse the past year and at least the ending of this series isn’t with the whole cast suddenly dancing away on screen.

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      • Simon replied:

        LOL well said.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        is it because everyone expected something different from this series?

        YES, many thought it would crime solving-love triangle thingy. Nevertheless, it was Scary Movie XI bootleg version of it.

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      • Jessica replied:

        I think that’s why a lot of people hated it. I didn’t find the acting particularly bad either.

        I thought it was an okay series because I have no expectations when it comes to TVB dramas. Actually, I expect them to all be horrible. Bullet Brain wasn’t that bad.

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    9. Pinky Kang says:

      Why people complain if u dont like the serial
      Dont watch it….that simple…dont hkg people have
      Anything to do rather that watching stupid serial n
      Then complaining…hopeless …

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        If can’t complain, then TVB is hopeless with the recent series slumped.

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    10. Sammie says:

      I guess not many people like it because it is out of what they have expected from the trailer.

      I watched the trailer and got excited about it. I guess BB would have received a better response if they did not change it and just remained like what have been shown.

      Anyway, BB was not really that bad la. 🙂

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