“Running Man” Places Last in Ratings, Producer Doesn’t Care

“Running Man” Places Last in Ratings, Producer Doesn’t Care

The popular Sunday variety show SBS’ “Running Man” placed last in ratings for its June 16 episode, with 11.4% (Nielsen Korea). It was 0.1% behind its competition KBS’ “1 Night, 2 Days,” which hit 11.5%. MBC’s Sunday variety show “Real Man” placed first among the timeslot for the three representative Sunday variety shows with 14.8%. The June 16 episode of “Running Man” was a “super hero” special in which the members dressed up as popular super hero characters and played the games with super hero “powers.”

In a phone interview with Newsen, producer Jo Hyo Jin said, “I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the ratings. Sometimes it’s like this and sometimes it’s like that. I think we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Previously, many people have voiced the opinion that “Barefoot Friends,” starring Kang Ho Dong and many others and airs right before “Running Man” on SBS, is bringing “Running Man” down along with its own flagging ratings. Regarding this Jo Hyo Jin said, “I don’t think that matters.  It’s something we have to do well ourselves,” showing his focus and responsibility for his own show. 

The upcoming episode of “Running Man” will feature guests Jung Woo Sung, Han Hyo Joo, and 2PM’s Junho. The ratings game is a tight one so fans will have to see who rises to the top next Sunday. 

132 comments
Love Peace
Love Peace

Running Man is the reasn why I start digging into korea variety show !! I love running man forever!!! But to make the show more interesting, they should make like this special episode. 'Runningman Reunion' featured song joong ki.. muehehe  just my suggestion, its been awhile to see the original cast reunite again. 

Personally, I think the relationship between the crew and the cast are quite close. They are really like a family. Heck even their crew and PD had their own fanbase now. :)

Dollxhie
Dollxhie

They have such a huge international fan base! Why can't they release their own eng subs for the show and make money off of that since kshownow does that anyway... SBS would be making so much if they catered to international fans too.

Badass Biker
Badass Biker

Korean show ratings are HIGHLY unpredictably and fluctuates constantly. It shouldn't be used to judge how good a show is, but sadly that's the only indicator there is right now. 

I hope that Running Man would find a way to make a living through their international audience because it'll be unfair if the show gets cancelled just because Korean audience don't watch it but so many people outside Korea still watch it. 

Salma Fahad
Salma Fahad

RUNNING MAN is the best show i have ever watch , even my brother how doesn't know anything about kpop and kdrama love running man .

RUNNING MAN IS THE BEST =))) FIGHTING $___$

biruCHOCOLATE
biruCHOCOLATE

well....RM might be extremely popular abroad but low digit rating in korea may lead them to be discontinued if it happen continuously.....try to watch any kind of new variety shows....then you'll understand why ratings is so important in korea e-biz...

i.intyas
i.intyas

they don't need to be worried. Running Man has a lot of Loyal fans abroad.

wahyuni cantique
wahyuni cantique

I Love Running Man....Running Man member and crew JJang..PDnim Hwaiting....

Lynda Guthrie
Lynda Guthrie

I just started watching the show on Drama Fever and I love it.

Meilyana Manembu
Meilyana Manembu

I don't care with that rating,,I like Running Man,,,Running Man is best,,,

polarbear1
polarbear1

why does everything have to be a competition? I love runningman, I love 1n2d. I dont thinnk the viewers care which one is placed 1st or last. As long as we see it on sunday (for me, monday) then we're most likely satisfied. i always look forward to mondays. :D

diyana901114
diyana901114

The pd gave a great answer...it's so sad that some people are blaming barefoot friends.

Annie Fighting
Annie Fighting

I loved this ep (:

Great to see the producer being such a good sport. Shows how much the show really means.

Leviandi Adhie
Leviandi Adhie

Go invite Yoon Eun Hye as a Guest, the theme will be Missing You, and the rating will go high as a stars, trust me its works ^^ kekeke (Jong Kook & YEH, Daebak)

nhli_12
nhli_12

Running Man fighting!!!

Li Ai Lingz
Li Ai Lingz

will always love running man no matter what ratings they get... :)\

Nhila Jun
Nhila Jun

Hwaiting Running Man cast...!!!!!!

Ari Susilowati
Ari Susilowati

oooww thats pity i think radio star number one yuhu

Feby Chindy Liemor
Feby Chindy Liemor

RunningMan is the best variety show i have ever watched...original and sincere

Yumi Sung
Yumi Sung

why want to compete with other shows? if they dont wanna watch it then who cares. running man is the only show i watch.

Sin Jong Pak
Sin Jong Pak

DESCUBRE POR FIN QUIEN VISITÓ TU PERFIL.!!!!!! ES EL UNICO QUE FUNCIONA!!! :D :D :D (Y) (Y) ÉSTE A DIFERENCIA DE LOS DEMÁS FUNCIONA, DESCARGUEN LA APLICACIÓN! http://appinteresantes.com/TWAMpo/ (Y) (Y) :D :D ;) ;) :3 :3 :3

Elameehs Columna Roque
Elameehs Columna Roque

Yeah.. Who cares.. Runningman is popular worldwide anyways.. I'm starting to like Barefoot Friends too.. Cool.

ALexander Wutang
ALexander Wutang

what everyone else is saying lol its true people bootleg the show and it gives the actual televised version less ratings but that doesn't mean its not popular.

NoOr HaFie Za
NoOr HaFie Za

Lol, only the ratings in korea. We got world wide internet all around the globe ~ dont worry dear PD keep up the good workkk

Tedmund Chan
Tedmund Chan

He may not care but what about the network...

Jasper Pau Velasco
Jasper Pau Velasco

It's not all about the ratings, As long as we enjoyed watching Running Man and how it makes people laugh and happy. ^_^ RM is still on the # 1 for us! FIGHTING!

Mariko Ito
Mariko Ito

Yeah, how do they have to care when it's the most famous korean show in the worldwide? Even if south korean don't love it any more, there're still us

Jennifer Mahr
Jennifer Mahr

<3 Running Man! I hope this doesnt lead to cancellation! D:

Nur Fzlia A
Nur Fzlia A

Running man is really popular at my country..so what?! Love sparta 《♡》

Ruth Mitze
Ruth Mitze

just because running man got low ratings doesn't mean it's not entertaining at all. It is still the best variety show ever made :) running man has brought laughter into billions of people in the world xD it has always been a stress reliever :) hwaiting running man!~~

Chen Alvin
Chen Alvin

their tv ratings in south korea may be low but they are enough famous throughout the world, or at least asia. just look at the response they get when they went to china, hong kong, vietnam, thailand.

Syahirah Norazam
Syahirah Norazam

Soooooooo whhhat . Tolong aahh x minat betray ..haha . Lol

b2095345
b2095345

runningman already localized by more than 20 channel in various country, and of course they already make lots of money.. nope they cant put eng sub right away, i believe they write it somewhere in their agreement with those various international TV channel

b2095345
b2095345

@Badass Biker do you ever see any TVshow with low rating but high international fan that get canceled?? lets see gag concert, WGM, and infinity challenge they get even lower rating than RM, and lower international interest compared to RM, but they last till now, (FYI gag concert last for 15 years now)