Competition is gonna be fierce with the premieres piling up for the upcoming Lunar New Year. Given how lackluster this month turned out to be, I'm so ready for the next batch of dramas though I haven't quite decided which one to start with yet. Suggestions please?
Contrary to popular opinion, I honestly believed that General and I was the drama to watch but ensuing developments had me at wit's end and I've dropped the show altogether. The lure of Wallace Chung remains strong but then again, I'd rather not see him bleeding and keeling over a girl whose motivations I cannot understand.
For all the heat that this beleaguered drama has been getting, it is performing well in terms of ratings, thanks in part to the star power of Wallace Chung and Angelababy. The series broke past 1.0, which is respectable but still a disappointment considering how high profile the production was.
I would have expected more hype given Li Xiao Lu's attachment to the project though it doesn't seem to have hindered the show from vying for the top spot and going head to head with General and I throughout the course of its run.
When it comes to remakes, I hope for the best and expect the least so it was pleasant to see a heartwarming offering in Pretty Li Hui Zhen. Audiences seem to agree as the show consistently ranks at number 1 with ratings that have also broken past 1.0.
After being taken down from Dragon TV, Candle in the Tomb never had a chance to fight for TV ratings but its web presence stays strong at number 5.
Legend of the Condor Heroes may not be kicking butt at a measly 0.675 but I hear really good things about the show. If you are a fan of wuxia and sick of remakes falling apart, this may be the one you are waiting for. It is doing a lot better online as well at number 6.
Top Dramas (Jan 25, 2017)1. General and I
2. Pretty Li Hui Zhen
3. Guardian of Beauty
4. Love & Life & Lie
5. Candle in the Tomb
6. Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017
7. Don't be Arrogant 2
8. Just One Smile is Very Alluring
9. Magic Star
10. War and Beauty
Top Celebrities (Jan 25, 2017)
1. Zanilia Zhao
2. Wallace Chung
4. Tiffany Tang
5. Dilraba Dilmurat
6. Yang Yang
7. Joe Chen
8. Jin Dong
9. Li Yi Feng
10. Sheng Yi Lun
* View count is based on the nine streaming sites (Youku, Tudou, iQiyi, QQ Tencent, LeTV, PPTV, Xunlei, Sohu, Mango)
** Star popularity is based on view count, weibo, douban, tieba, search results, etc.
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