If it ain’t broken, why fix it? This can be applied to current variety shows in Korea, in particular SBS Family Outing and MBC We Got Married who are both going along different paths in their path to become the ratings leader.
PD Jang Hyuk Jae of SBS Family Outing announced today that the family on the variety show will remain as it is with no one being added or departing. This mean that Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Hyori, Park Ye Jin, Kim Suro, Lee Chun Hee, Daesung and Yoon Jong Shin will remain as it is. He was speaking in response to whether they might be any changes in the family lineup as reported.
PD Jang expressed, “They (family members) have excellent chemistry now and are well-liked by many regardless of age. Those in the 40s are taken care of by Yoon Jong Shin, the 30s by Kim Suro, Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Chun Hee, Lee Hyori and the 20s by Daesung and Park Ye Jin. Together, they are ‘Family‘.
With Family Outing currently enjoying a strong following and high ratings, the success must be attributed to the permanent family members who have contributed a lot with their wacky personalities. And when you add rotating guests like Kim Jong Kook, Rain, etc once every fortnight to the mix, the novelty factor and possible relationships makes it very interesting.
How are guest family members picked? PD Jang replied, “It’s not about inviting idols just because we want to create headlines or anything. Anyone can become a family member as long as their schedule permits them to.”
MBC Sunday Sunday Night segment, star wedding variety We Got Married is finding itself in a sticky situation. This was evidently seen via the ratings decline in the weeks after Andy and Solbi’s departure. This is despite the addition of Hwanhee, Hwayobi and Marco, Son Dambi couples, new PDs (from Episode 29 onwards), different studio recording format plus some subtle changes.
According to TNS Media Korea, the rating of We Got Married this past Sunday (Episode 31) was 13.5%. This was a drop of 2.2 percentage points from the previous episode of 15.7%. This is particularly worrying since it’s competitor in the same timeslot, SBS Family Outing had 27.5%, besting it’s own record.
The production team have been trying to assimilate the new couples into the show, hoping that the viewers can try something new (novelty factor) and take to them. But obviously, most of the viewers aren’t buying into it and felt that they are incapable of filling the void left behind by Andy and Solbi.
1N2D has been going on strong because it has stuck to it’s trusted 6-member team of Kang Ho Dong, Lee Seung Gi, Eun Ji Won, Lee Su Geun, Kim C and MC Mong for months now. The chemistry between them is excellent and viewers can identify with them easily when they tune in every week.