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Reality show featuring celebrity homebodies performs well on TV chart

2018/05/02 10:22

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SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- MBC TV's reality show "It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets" has inched up by one spot to rank No. 5 on the weekly TV chart, data showed Wednesday.

The reality show featuring celebrity homebodies garnered a score of 225.1 on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for April 16-22.

The show was broadcast as a three-part pilot in August and immediately grabbed viewers' attention, due largely to its fresh setup that shows big-name K-pop stars like Wanna One's Kang Daniel and EXO's Xiumin as they laze about at home, fiddle around doing nothing much and occasionally venture out on small missions.

Viewership ratings reached around five percent, numbers considered high for a pilot program.

Last month, the pilot was converted to a regular program with new cast members including Koo Jun-hoe of K-pop boy group iKON and rapper Loco.

The show's strong performance, albeit with relatively low viewership ratings of around two percent, is largely attributed to the presence of Kang Daniel, a rookie who won the idol competition show Mnet's "Produce 101 Season 2" last year.

Kang became sensationally popular after the survival show ended for his sweet, innocent image and charismatic onstage performances. On the back of a strong, loyal fan base, the 21-year-old now stands shoulder to shoulder with top-tier stars of the Korean entertainment industry.

This file photo shows boy band Wanna One's Kang Daniel. (Yonhap) This file photo shows boy band Wanna One's Kang Daniel. (Yonhap)

Meanwhile, tvN's series "My Mister," a story about a heartwarming friendship between a young woman who led a lonely life before befriending middle-aged colleague at work, continued its winning streak for the second week in a row.

The index, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media site trending and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and seven cable channels owned by CJ E&M, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time. JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, was not included in the survey.

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