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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Friday, August 31, 2018

How did viewer ratings for the final episode of 'Produce 48' compare to 'Produce 101' seasons 1 & 2?


Mnet's 'Produce 48', the third in the 'Produce' series, came to an end on August 31. 

Compared to seasons 1 and 2, how did viewership ratings for the final episode of 'Produce 48' do? According to Nielson Korea, the average viewership rating for the final episode on August 31 was recorded at 3.1%, with the highest rating recorded during the broadcast being 4.4%. While this marks the program's highest rating this season, the ratings don't live up to seasons 1 and 2. 

The average viewership rating for the final episode of 'Produce 101' season 1 was 4%. The last episode of 'Produce 101' season 2, 5%. In conclusion, the third season of the 'Produce' series acquired much less attention than previous seasons. 

Ever since the beginning of 'Produce 48', the show received scrutiny from netizens for taking away the "nation's group produced by nation's producers" aspect, arguing that the involvement of Japanese idols introduced foreign factors into the series. In addition, netizens claimed that 'AKB48 manias' led the majority of votings. Some netizens even argued that 'Produce 48' would bring a negative effect to the growing K-Pop industry, by "showing Japan how to create talented girl groups".

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