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“Running Man” hit crisis.
Sunday variety show SBS “Good Sunday – Running Man” rating descended. According to AGB Nielsen, “Running Man” broadcast in August 26th recorded a 15.8% rating nationwide. The rating fell 2.8% from previous episode which recorded a rating of 18.6% nationwide. Meanwhile, KBS2 “Happy Sunday — 1N2D” recorded a rating of 19.6% nationwide in the same time, widening the gap between two shows from 0.1% to 3.8%.
“Running Man” have been maintaining its three years longevity, and from its low rating days, “Running Man” members’ unique antics which resulted in solid character is their biggest virtue. They have been implementing drama concept and changing the guests weekly to keep the show dynamic, with nametag tearing and opponent chasing as their default format.
The guests casting is the one who responsible for “Running Man” defeat to “1N2D”. In the recent episode, “1N2D” invited the members’ friends. “1N2D” members got “Ask Your Friends to Pick You Up” as their morning mission. Kim Namjoo, Shinji, Baekga, and Hong Kyungmin made appearances (as their friends), while Sung Sikyung called his non-celebrity friend instead of inviting a celebrity. “1N2D” members’ strong bonds (with their friends) is really touching since they still made appearance despite the sudden invitation.
On the other hand, “Running Man” guest seems to head in different direction. “Running Man” is exciting with its way of turning its character into somewhat cheesy and childish, starring high-profile guests in clumsy RPG-like world. Stars who aren’t usually appeared in variety shows come to “Running Man” and they’re mostly newcomers (in variety shows).
The problems with “Running Man” as it entered its third year is that it already had its interesting specific formula. Dependence on the guests for rating was also developed. Kim Soohyun’s appearance in “Running Man” is supposed to be an advantage and an extraordinary (rating) turnover, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
On the other hand, the public relation team still boasted Park Taehwan’s guest appearance in “Running Man”.
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