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Posted by Sophie-Ha Monday, December 12, 2022

'Running Man' changes broadcast time slot with sluggish viewer ratings

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'Running Man' has been an all-time favorite variety entertainment program of many South Koreans, but recently, the viewer ratings have been sluggish.

SBS recently decided to move 'All The Butlers Season 2' to 5:00 PM, which is the current time slot for 'Running Man.' The longest-running SBS entertainment program, 'Running Man,' has been moved to 6:20 PM.

This decision was revealed in a surprise on 'Running Man,' during the episode that aired on December 11. During the broadcast on this day, Jeon So Mi got in a taxi, and when the driver asked which program she is filming, she replied by saying, "Running Man that is airing at 6:20 PM." The producers confirmed that the time slot has indeed changed by posting on the subtitle, "The broadcast time has been changed to be 6:20 PM starting January 1."


It has been revealed that SBS made this decision to maximize viewer ratings by shifting time slots; however, this has caused some viewers to complain about the frequent changes in the broadcasting schedule.

Previously, 'Running Man' has changed its time slot several times since its first broadcast in 2010. 'Running Man', which was broadcast its 5th season in 2010, moved to the 6:20 PM time slot in 2012. After that, for various reasons, the time slot was moved in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the broadcast time was changed again as new members Yang Se Chan and Jeon So Min were recruited. With this schedule change, 'Running Man' will be shifting to a new time slot for the first time in five years.


Currently, 'Running Man' is experiencing sluggish viewer ratings. According to Neilsen Korea, 'Running Man' has been recording a 3~4% viewer rating for the past 6 months while KBS2's 'Boss In the Mirror,' which is airing in the same time slot as 'Running Man' is recording 5~6% viewer rating.

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yeahkpop165,958 pts Monday, December 12, 2022 3
Monday, December 12, 2022

The show has changed over the years as the members got older. The draw used to be the weird games they'd play as well as the bizarre challenges the writers would come up with. It was exciting and often funny. Guests wanted to be on the show to play and challenge themselves and the members and viewers loved watching (at least I did). Now the show is more of a talk or quiz show with some travelogue show thrown in. Good for the member's physical wellbeing, but kind of boring compared to what they used to do. As much as I love the original members, realistically, RM has slowed down a lot. In the recent episode, I was happy to see them out and about, interacting with people.

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k_kid16,932 pts Monday, December 12, 2022 0
Monday, December 12, 2022

Running Man's TV ratings aren't indicative of the show's popularity. People still stream the show online more than they watch it on television.

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