“Running Man” Achieves High Viewership Ratings With Hilarious Guests

This week’s guests on “Running Man” helped bring in successful viewership ratings with their hilarious jokes and skills.

According to Nielsen Korea, the September 9 episode of “Running Man” achieved 5.4 percent viewership ratings for viewers in their 20s to 40s, widely considered the target audience for broadcasting stations. The show beat its competitors KBS’s “Happy Sunday” and MBC’s “The King of Mask Singer” with its viewership rating. Overall, the show ranked third after SBS’s “My Ugly Duckling” and SBS’s “Master in the House.”

This week’s episode was the second part to the “Truth or Dare” special, called “Dangerous Race 2: Eternal Love.” The episode brought out a star-studded guest line-up including BIGBANG’s Seungri, iKON’s B.I. and Bobby, Sunmi, Lee Si Ah, Lee Elijah, Lee Joo Yeon, and Kim Ji Min. Each of the stars shone in their own way, adding their own unique humor to the show. The guests and cast members teamed up as couples, with Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Elijah, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Si Ah, Kim Jong Kook and Lee Joo Yeon, Song Ji Hyo and Bobby, Yang Se Chan and B.I., Ji Suk Jin and Kim Ji Min, HaHa and Sunmi, as well as Jun So Min and Seungri.

The first mission featured the guests showing off their impressions and skills. Lee Si Ah showed off her impression of a dog barking, which started an all-out war of animal noise impersonations. Though B.I. also impressed with his impressions, he became flustered and admitted defeat to Lee Si Ah.

Seungri made everyone laugh with his ability to dance to any song, including the theme song to a popular children’s television show, as well as the theme song to SBS News. B.I. impressed the cast with his meaningful, yet hilariously relatable poem on the show, while Lee Elijah pulled off a disjointed dance with a serious expression.

The highest watched minute of the show was achieved by B.I. and Yang Se Chan during the human curling segment. By using B.I., Yang Se Chan got rid of his team’s debt during the race, which amounted to a total of 35,000 won (approximately $31). The minute achieved 9.3 percent viewership ratings.

At the end of the race, other than the winning green team, each team had to send one member to receive punishment. HaHa and B.I. received one hit on the flogging table, while Lee Kwang Soo hilariously received two hits as well as a cream pie to the face.

If you haven’t already, watch the latest episode below!

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