SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — Weekend comedy show “SNL Korea” climbed to the top of a benchmark TV index, backed by the guest appearance of popular boy band Wanna One, data showed Tuesday.
TvN’s “SNL Korea” scored 260.1 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming the most popular TV program from Aug. 7-13. The show, now in its ninth season, is an adaption of the long-running late night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” on U.S. TV network NBC.
The show’s Aug. 12 broadcast featured Wanna One, a project boy band created through Mnet’s popular audition show “Produce 101” as the host. The band made a jaw-dropping debut this month, selling over 500,000 copies of its debut EP album through preorders. Lead track “Energetic” topped all major streaming music charts within hours of being released.
KBS 2TV’s new fantasy drama “Manhole” jumped on the chart at second place, scoring 251.1 points, and late night variety talk show “Happy Together” came in at third, with 251.3 points.
Infinite Challenge soared 11 steps to rank fourth, thanks to the guest appearance by American comedic actor Jack Black on its Aug. 12 broadcast. “Man Who Dies To Live,” MBC TV’s mid-week drama starring Choi Min-soo, finished fifth.
MBC TV’s late night talk show “Radio Star,” which starred Korean-Japanese singer-celebrity Kangnam and Kim Jin-woo of boy band WINNER, ranked sixth, followed by SBS TV’s “Same Bed, Different Dreams 2” clocking in at seventh place.
Celebrity reality shows “Mom’s Diary — My Ugly Duckling” and “I Live Alone” clocked in at the eighth and ninth spots, respectively, followed by weekend family drama “Father is Strange” finishing 10th.