The last two months for TVB have been less than stellar. The spring television season ended with ratings so poor that the mid-season finished off with some of TVB’s lowest-ever rated dramas, including Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳> and Bullet Brain <神探高倫布> slipping below 20 ratings points.
However, with the broadcast of the Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠)-produced romantic drama Slow Boat Home <情越海岸線> last month, Hong Kong’s most popular station finally saw a slight surge in ratings. The Cheung Chau-based series debuted at 25 points in its first broadcast week in mid-May, totaling 1.61 million viewers. The finale week rose to 28 points and peaked at 30 points, drawing in 1.80 million viewers to watch the show’s bittersweet conclusion. Slow Boat Home’s second-to-last episode, which aired last Thursday, was the most-watched television episode of the week.
TVB’s new fantasy drama A Change of Heart <好心作怪>, starring Michael Miu (苗僑偉),Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Niki Chow (周麗淇), and Joey Meng (萬綺雯), is also faring well in ratings. The black comedy series debuted at only 24 points on its first week, but ratings on its second week went up by 3 points, averaging 1.73 million viewers per episode. The series peaked to 29 points last Wednesday and Thursday.
If the ratings for A Change of Heart continue to rise, TVB’s spring season may finish on a sweet note. It will also make a perfect introduction to TVB’s highly anticipated summer season, which includes dramas Awfully Lawful <熟男有惑>, Karma Rider <師父·明白了>, Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲宵II>, and Always and Ever <情逆三世緣>.
Unfortunately, TVB’s new dating reality show Bachelors at War <求愛大作戰>, a sister production to the highly rated dating show Bride Wannabes <盛女愛作戰>, debuted to a record low of 20 rating points, with only 1.28 million viewers tuning in to watch. Bride Wannabes’ debut rating was 6 points higher.
Bachelors at War also received 32 complaints last week, as reported by the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority. Some viewers complained that the judges on the show lacked professionalism. Other complaints were against the show’s material, which was said to be “offensive, nonsensical, and discriminating.”
Source: Apple Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.