FTV sweeps Chinese New Year specials ratings

No surprise here, FTV swept the top four spots with their Chinese New Year’s Eve programming last Wednesday. TTV’s big budget Red & White extravaganza took the next three places, followed by FTV again in eighth. FTV’s CNY special featuring Golden Bell winner Zhu Ge Liang was the highest-rated variety with 6.27%. In the music category, TTV's “2011 Red & White Entertainment Awards” easily beat CTV’s “Million Star Battle”; the 5-hour Red & White special averaged 3.18%, which was actually down from last year’s 4.73%.

The rest of the week was relatively slow: Prime-time drama “Night Market Life” dropped to 4.99%, but fear not, [spoiler] one of the main characters will soon be stabbed to death at a wedding. Over on Sunday, “Love Buffet” held onto the top spot but ratings were down. It averaged 1.41%, followed by the SETTV-produced “Channel-X” at 1.18%. Interestingly, SETTV’s other drama, “The Fierce Wife”, has steadily improved in its Friday at 10 timeslot despite being up against ratings champ “Rookies’ Diary”. “Wife” averaged 1.93% last week, which makes us wonder how it would have performed if it was on Sunday's instead...

And there are also some changes in variety programming: Harlem Yu’s hosting stint on CTV’s “Guess Guess Guess” is over after six-month. The show has struggled ever since it moved to Friday at 8 to make way for “Mr. J Channel”. Yu reportedly didn’t want to compete against his mentor and friend Chang Hsiao Yen (“Million Primary School”) in the same timeslot. Former host Jackie Wu and his “Azio Superstar” cohost Patty Hou are rumored to be taking over “Guess Guess Guess”. This must be great news for Wu, since his Saturday show “Super King” has been taken off the air (for now) due to poor ratings. CTS asked the production to reorganize its hosts and come up with new material. That’s not all, Wu’s other show on CTS, “Power Sunday”, is also being reworked due to, again, poor ratings.

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Source: Chinatimes, UDN, image from Hua Wei

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