1. In all the articles out there, they claim that the first episode of Bandal friends had a 0.2% viewers rating. But in fact, they scored 0.3%. And their average viewers rating for now is around 0.5~0.6%. (BF has 12 episodes in total and 9 episodes were broadcast up until now)
2. But is the first episode's viewers rating too low??? You were actually able to watch BF on Naver's V app and it was free and also in HD. For idols' variety shows, the viewer base is majority made off fandom but BF got a lot of popularity in China.
"Bandal Friends got 30,000,000 views in China"
In 1 month, they were able to get a total of 70M views.
3. BF is not hosted by public channels like SBS, KBS, MBC but by JTBC (cable channel). So there's no point comparing it to Radio Star or Infinity Challenge and the likes. In comparison, SMTM is also broadcast in cable channel. And it's a very famous TV show, their songs get charted and they are always mentioned in community sites. For a popular show like that, they are only able to hit 2% in viewers rating. So for a cable show to hit "low" in viewers rating is normal.
(Top of TV shows that made the "hot topic")
BF was around top 9~14 in terms of "hot topic". BF is not a show where they cast famous gagmen or celebrities. Considering that it's a show made of idols for their fans, this is pretty impressive.
BF is currently filming their newest episode
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