Kim Jong Kook who has enjoyed immense popularity as a couple with Yoon Eun Hye on popular variety Xman in the past made his long-awaited return to SBS variety, Family Outing as a permanent member (to be confirmed). And this seemed to have a big effect on the ratings. Not only did Family Outing smashed it’s own record with a new high rating, it also ensured that it remained in the No.1 position (against other variety) for 6 consecutive weeks.
According to TNS Media Research, Family Outing obtained a nationwide rating of 27.5% last night. This was an increase of 3.9 percentage points compared to it’s previous high of 23.6% achieved on 19th October where DBSK were the guest family members. As for it’s rivals, MBC We Got Married and KBS2TV Happy Sunday (1D2N has a high rating, but the rating takes into account other programs on Happy Sunday and so it’s lowered overall) got just 13.5% and 12.4% respectively. With Rain scheduled to appear on Family Outing soon, it might break the 30% barrier which was unthinkable when it started.
Having watched the 3 of them on a regular basis, it’s hard to pick a favourite because they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. But right now, Family Outing is slightly edging the other 2 in terms of popularity and having the novelty factor because they have rotating guests every fortnight. I did have my doubts about Family Outing initially because it looked like a 1N2D clone. But it has grown immensely and is deserving of it’s position now.