Sunday Variety Shows’ Ratings Show Dramatic Flip


Sunday night’s variety shows have displayed a surprising result, as the ratings show a dramatic flip in viewership.

December 8’s 6PM (KST) variety shows’ ratings exhibit KBS2TV’s “1 Night, 2 Days Season 3” (hereafter “1N2D Season 3”)  ranked first, followed by SBS’ “Running Man,” and MBC’s “Real Men.” The surprising results contrast sharply from last month’s ratings, as the viewers’ preferences have seemed to have experienced a complete flip.

Having broadcasted its first episode of season three on December 1, the second episode of KBS2TV’s “1N2D Season 3,” aired on December 8, brought in a rating of 15.8%. The second episode portrayed a 1.5% increase in rating compared to last week’s 14.3%. “1N2D Season 3” ranked first in ratings for its timeslot; the show has ranked first for two weeks in a row.


SBS’s “Running Man” brought in a viewer rating of 13.2%, showing a decrease from last week’s 13.3%. Likewise, MBC’s “Real Men” also showed a decline in ratings, bringing in a viewership of 12.6%, a decline from last week’s 13.2%

The variety shows in the 5PM (KST) timeslot showed ratings of 13.8% (MBC’s “Daddy, Where Are We Going?”), 10.7% (SBS’ “K-Pop Star 3”), and 7.5% (KBS2TV’s “Superman Returns”).

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Notably, December 8’s “1N2D Season 3” welcomed special guest Suzy of miss A, and “Running Man” featured special guests Gong Yoo and Park Hwee Soon.

Although unexpected, the new rankings of variety shows, in regards to Nielsen Korea’s ratings, display an interesting competition between Korea’s top variety shows.

Which variety show will you choose to watch next Sunday?