“Running Man” Ratings Peak As Song Ji Hyo Faces Off Against Yoo Jae Suk
The September 24 broadcast of the SBS variety show featured a special “two vs. six hide-and-seek” mission, in which the cast split up into two teams to compete against each other. Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin formed one team, and they attempted to hide for 20 minutes without being caught by the remaining six members.
Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin were forced to attach a total of 10 bells to their clothing, so that the other cast members could hear them as they moved around the building. Yoo Jae Suk then came up with a seemingly clever strategy: his plan was for Ji Suk Jin to wear nine of the bells while he wore only one, in order to improve their chances of having at least one of them survive.
However, due to Song Ji Hyo’s remarkable “ace” instincts, Yoo Jae Suk’s plan crashed and burned within just five minutes. Less than a minute after the game began, HaHa managed to find and eliminate Ji Suk Jin, and just a few minutes later, Song Ji Hyo’s intuition led her to the 13th floor of the building, where Yoo Jae Suk happened to be hiding.
According to Nielsen Korea, the episode scored an average viewership rating of 6.8 percent nationwide, and it also took first place in its time slot among the key demographic of viewers ages 20 to 49 (with an average viewership rating of 3.6 percent).
The most-watched minute of the show was the moment when Song Ji Hyo tracked down Yoo Jae Suk and chased him into a corner, with viewership peaking at 7.8 percent.
Check out the full episode of “Running Man” below!