‘Produce 101’ tops TV chart for ninth straight week

This composite photo shows highlights from Mnet’s all-male audition show “Produce 101.” (Yonhap)

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) — Season two of “Produce 101,” Mnet’s all-male idol audition show, topped a TV popularity index for the ninth straight week, data showed Tuesday.

“Produce 101” scored 265.7 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming the most popular TV program from May 29-June 4.

CPI, developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, online search tallies and buzz on social media.

In the show, a group of viewers called “public producers” choose by popular vote members of a new project idol group from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies, along with the team’s roster, concept and debut song.

Last year’s first season featured a pool of female singers and culminated in the project girl group I.O.I. Season two features only male trainees.

SBS TV’s “My Sassy Girl,” a period romance comedy that is part remake of the Jun Ji-hyun movie from 2001, debuted on the chart at second place, with 233.6 points, followed by star producer Na Young-suk’s new tvN show “Dictionary of Useless General Knowledge” with 232.9 points.

KBS 2TV drama “Fight For My Way” climbed a notch to fourth place and MBC TV’s period series “Ruler: Master of the Mask” soared nine pegs to rank fifth.

New Lee Dong-gun drama “Queen For Seven Days” on KBS 2TV entered the chart for the first time at sixth place, followed by SBS TV’s weekday drama “Suspicious Partner” coming in at seventh place.



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