According to Nielsen Korea, the May 27 broadcast of the SBS variety show performed well with the key demographic of viewers ages 20 to 49, claiming first place in its time slot across all channels. The episode scored average viewership ratings of 4.4 percent and a peak of 8 percent, while KBS’s “Happy Sunday” trailed at a close second with average ratings of 4.3 percent. MBC’s “King of Masked Singer” followed in third place with ratings of 2.4 percent for the night.
The May 27 broadcast of “Running Man” featured a special “Zombie Couple Race,” with a star-studded lineup of guests that included WINNER’s Song Mino and Kang Seung Yoon, AOA’s Seolhyun and Hyejeong, MOMOLAND’s JooE, and WJSN (Cosmic Girls)’s Dayoung.
The episode required the guests and cast members to band together as they attempted to identify the two zombies that were secretly “infecting” the other humans. In the final moments of the race, Song Mino and Yoo Jae Suk both insisted that they were the “human vaccine” that had been secretly curing the infected humans. Although the other cast members were able to determine that one of the two was the human vaccine and the other was a zombie, there was no evidence to prove which of them was lying and which was telling the truth.
Although Yoo Jae Suk made a valiant effort to convince the others that he was the human vaccine, Song Mino’s patience and determination in making his argument finally persuaded the other members. The two stars’ passionate verbal showdown was the most-watched minute of the episode, with viewership ratings peaking at 8 percent during their debate.
In the end, the cast ultimately decided to believe Song Mino, and the humans were able to secure victory and defeat the zombies.
Watch the full episode of “Running Man” below!