The addition of Park Chan Ho to the cast of 1 Night 2 Days seems to have a galvanising effect as the ratings for the already popular show went past 30% once again for the 2nd week running. SBS Family Outing obtained 27.4% while MBC We Got Married did not air due to the on-going media strike.
According to TNS Media Korea, KBS Happy Sunday segment, 1N2D single-episode rating clocked 30.96%. Although this represented a drop from last week rating (32.51%), the fact that it went over 30% for 2 weeks in a row showed that it is still the choice of many viewers on a Sunday evening.
And thus the 80 minutes episode yesterday once again came out on top against competing programs. The peak rating for the episode was 43.5% where Park Chan Ho and the other 6 members of 1N2D competed in the Bokboolbok game where they had to pick a bun that did not contain spicy fillings.
The high ratings posted by 1N2D also enabled the average rating of KBS Happy Sunday (including Immortal Music Classics) to go over 20%, achieving a total of 20.7%. Despite 1N2D posting high ratings weekly, the average rating of KBS Happy Sunday is usually below 20%. So another milestone for them.
The episode shown yesterday was part 2 of the Gongju trip where famous Korean baseball player Park Chan Ho came back to his hometown and served as their local guide (but he was actually equally clueless like them about many things, having been away for a long period). Despite his lofty star status, Park Chan Ho was able to mix around with the cast of 1N2D with relative ease and comfort, which entertained viewers. A good start to 2009 for 1N2D.