TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

With 2017 almost coming to an end, it is time to start reflecting on the results of TVB’s 50th television season. If there was any lesson to be learned at all, 2017 has taught us that blockbuster productions do not necessarily mean it would win the hearts of the masses, and that lower-budget dramas should not be swept under the rug.

As of today, three of TVB’s top-rated dramas of the year are locally-produced, smaller productions that were never meant to be promoted as big series. Coming fourth on the list is the recently-aired The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, starring Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞), and Moon Lau (劉佩玥). The Exorcist’s Meter, a horror drama about a taxi driver who can see supernatural beings, averaged 24.75 rating points per episode, putting it as the fourth most-watched television drama of the 2017 TV season thus far. The Exorcist’s Meter was never meant to be promoted as an anniversary drama, but after a successful premiere episode and an even more successful first week, The Exorcist’s Meter eventually followed the footsteps of Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, becoming a kickstarter for TVB’s 50th anniversary season. The Exorcist’s Meter underperformed when it aired its final episode on a Sunday, but the random switch in broadcast date was to blame.

Elena Kong and Ben Wong in “Tiger Mom Blues” (2017).

The third most-watched television drama of the year is Tiger Mom Blues <親親我好媽>, which aired in the beginning of the year. Starring Ben Wong (黃智賢), Elena Kong (江美儀), Sharon Chan (陳敏之), and a special starring appearance by Michelle Yim (米雪), Tiger Mom Blues averaged 25 rating points when it aired in February. The show is also responsible for pushing Matthew Ho (何廣沛) to stardom—the rookie actor is now leading TVB’s next generation of siu sangs, and is co-starring a drama with Joe Ma (馬德鐘).  Tiger Mom Blues was not produced with a big budget, and it also went through a controversial production phase, but it won the audiences with its heartwarming script and talented cast.

Second place is A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣>, a time traveling comedy about three Ming Dynasty court officials who were warped into modern-day Hong Kong as they go on a search for their lost princess. Starring Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Matthew Ho, A General was both a ratings hit and a trending series when it aired in Hong Kong this past summer. It averaged 26.8 points.

Number one on TVB’s most-watched list is no other than The Unholy Alliance <同盟>, the answer to last year’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄>. Created by Four Walls producer Jazz Boon (文偉鴻), the martial arts drama saw TV King and Queen duo Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) returning as the lead stars, costarring Film Queen Nina Paw (鮑起靜) in her first TVB drama. The Unholy Alliance easily defeated all other TVB dramas that aired this year, averaging 28 ratings points during its broadcast run. It was not produced with a high budget, but its connection with Four Walls definitely helped with the promotion.

Jessica Hsuan and Frankie Lam in “My Unfair Lady” (2017).

On the other hand, big-budget dramas and carefully-crafted productions like My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> and the co-production Line Walker: The Prelude failed to outrun its local competitors. My Unfair Lady received praises on all fronts—the high-budget camerawork and no-studio filming style definitely earned many praises from critics, but it averaged only 24 points during its broadcast run. The show did, however, give Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) her first TV Queen honor since 1999’s Detective Investigation Files IV <刑事偵緝檔案IV>.

Though led by respected veteran actor Michael Miu (苗僑偉) and popular idol Pakho Chau (周柏豪), Line Walker: The Prelude failed to reach expectations. Despite being a co-production with China’s Penguin Pictures, Line Walker: The Prelude averaged only 24 points during its run. It also failed to catch the same attention in China as its 2014 predecessor.

Can you think of any other examples of successful low-budget TVB dramas?

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Insiders Believe Rebecca Zhu and Matthew Ho are Dating

Insiders Believe Rebecca Zhu and Matthew Ho are Dating

Insiders of the TVB drama A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣> are claiming that their stars Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) and Matthew Ho (何廣沛) are dating—and have been dating for about six months.

The TVB time traveling comedy—which ended its run on August 27th—stars Matthew as Siu Tung, a young Ming dynasty eunuch who travels to the future alongside a general (Edwin Siu 蕭正楠) and a court scholar (Raymond Cho 曹永廉). In present day Hong Kong, Siu Tung falls in love with Cat (Rebecca), a business woman, who reciprocates his love. General, Scholar, Eunuch is not only winning in word-of-mouth, but also in ratings, and some say Matthew is set on being one of TVB’s future siu sangs.

According to insiders of the show, Rebecca and Matthew grew very close on the comedy drama set. One source said, “Matthew was a bit shy at first, but Rebecca was very cute around him. The two of them liked to whisper to each other a lot. It was kind of obvious about what was happening!”

Their alleged relationship was apparently an open secret among the cast. Matthew’s costars Edwin and Raymond even teased him about Rebecca during a live broadcast to promote the show. They said, “How come Rebecca Zhu could make Matthew Ho buy breakfast for her? When we tell you to do the same, you just ignore us!” Whenever someone among the cast mentioned Rebecca’s name, Matthew would turn shy.

Some sources have also said that they have seen Rebecca and Matthew meeting up in private. Matthew once mentioned in an interview that he and Rebecca share the same interests, which was what got them to warm up to each other so fast.

Rebecca once said about Matthew, “He’s actually quite mature and manly. He is especially serious about his career. He would do his homework and research before starting work. This is why he was so convincing in his role.”

Matthew once dated Ice Chow (周梓盈), his 2012 acting class classmate. They reportedly dated for five years before splitting. It’s been said that the split was due to Matthew’s busy schedule.

Source: Eastweek

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“General, Scholar, Eunuch” Actors Matthew Ho and Rebecca Zhu Rumored to be Dating

Matthew Ho and Rebecca Zhu have reportedly gotten close after filming the TVB comedy.

“The Unholy Alliances” Premieres to 26.2 Points

“The Unholy Alliances” Premieres to 26.2 Points

TVB’s The Unholy Alliance <同盟> premiered last week with high ratings, scoring 26.2 viewership rating points across all platforms when it aired its first episode on Monday, August 7. The Jazz Boon (文偉鴻) drama, regarded as the modern version of A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄>, is an action-crime drama that centers on an influential Hong Kong family. Thursday’s episode (August 10) peaked up to 27.4 points, averaging 1.77 million viewers. The show stars Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), and Nina Paw (鮑起靜) in her first TVB drama.

The hilarious A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣> averaged 26.5 points on its third week of broadcast, and Wednesday’s episode (August 9) peaked to 27.6, averaging 1.79 million viewers. The time traveling comedy stars Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), Matthew Ho (何廣沛), and Kristal Tin (田蕊妮). A special reality episode of the series, titled big big channel’s Mahjong Challenge, averaged 27.1 points.

The weekend drama Legal Mavericks <踩過界>, a crime drama starring Vincent Wong (王浩信) as a blind lawyer, averaged 19.5 points on Saturday and 19.9 points on Sunday, drawing 1.29 million viewers.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

TVB Paves the Way for Matthew Ho to Lead the New Generation

TVB Paves the Way for Matthew Ho to Lead the New Generation

Rising star Matthew Ho (何廣沛) will be teaming up with veteran actor Joe Ma (馬德鐘) for the new TVB drama Leaping Across the Lifeline <跳躍生命線>, a show that centers on the lives of ambulancemen and women. It will be Matthew’s first drama as the second lead.

Matthew is perhaps best known for his role as the eunuch Lee Chun-chung from A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣>, currently the year’s highest-rated television drama. However, his image as the “soft and powdery” boy-next-door might undergo an 180 degree change with Leaping—some say his new role in the upcoming show will be reminisce of Louis Koo’s (古天樂) athletic image in 1998’s Burning Flame <烈火雄心>.

The 28-year-old, who is from TVB’s artist graduating class of 2012, earned his first major role in 2014’s Never Dance Alone <女人俱樂部>, portraying the younger version of Lawrence Ng (吳啟華). He subsequently appeared in the high-profile drama Law dis-Order <律政強人> and the critically successful Tiger Mom Blues <親親我好媽>, which brought him to prominence.

Source: Eastweek

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Priscilla Wong in Talks to Play Edwin Siu’s Daughter in “A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch” Sequel

Priscilla Wong in Talks to Play Edwin Siu’s Daughter in “A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch” Sequel

TVB is considering a sequel for their latest comedy drama A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣>, which has been seeing a solid increase in ratings since its debut on July 17.

The time-traveling comedy stars Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Matthew Ho (何廣沛) as the titular characters, three historical men from the Ming dynasty who time travels to present-day Hong Kong. The first week of episodes drew in an average rating of 24.5 points, followed by 25.8 points on the second week. On the third week of broadcast, A General scored a solid 26.8 points, drawing in an average of 1.73 million viewers.

With a solid audience base, TVB has expressed interest in producing a sequel for the show, which will continue the story of the general, the scholar, and the eunuch traveling back to their homeland and time. It is reported that TVB is trying to recruit Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) to play a cyborg of the future, who travels back in time with them.

Producer Marco Law (羅永賢) said, “It’s in serious consideration. The idea is that the three main characters will travel back to the Ming Dynasty from the present day, and will have to readjust back to their old life again. They may also bring Kristal Tin (田蕊妮) and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) with them, and they’re going to have to learn about their new life. There’s a lot of room for the imagination!”

The producer added that he plans on creating a new character for the show, a cyborg from the year 2030, who follows the main characters back to Ming China. The producer plans to cast Priscilla Wong in the role.

“If all of this works out, they won’t be playing a couple,” said the producer when asked about Edwin and Priscilla’s relationship line for the sequel. “I may write her as Edwin’s daughter or Raymond’s daughter.”

Reporters approached Priscilla for confirmation, who said she hasn’t received any information from TVB about her new casting. “That is hilarious. Is this true? If it is then it’s going to be so much fun! I really enjoy the show, and I’ve heard that the cast had a blast filming it.”

Mentioning that her boyfriend, Edwin, doesn’t want her to have any intimate scenes with Raymond, Priscilla said, “Haha! I don’t know if that’s true but I would love to play a couple with Raymond!”

Asking Edwin if he has heard about the sequel, he said, “I’m excited! I have heard about it from Marco. Hopefully he’ll put me back on the show!”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Grace Wong’s Husband Upset by Kissing Scene

Grace Wong’s Husband Upset by Kissing Scene



At a promotional event for A General, A Scholar, and an Eunuch <超時空男臣>, Grace Wong (王君馨), revealed her husband Daniel‘s shocking reaction when he watched her kiss scene with Raymond Cho (曹永廉).

Unable to contain her laughter, Grace said her husband started cursing when he saw the kissing scene. Upon hearing this, Edwin Siu (蕭正楠) jumped in, “Of course, if my other half has to kiss Raymond, I would be swearing too. Pretty sure it’ll be multiple swear words. He [Grace’s husband] is already very conservative and very polite. Your husband has good manners.”

When asked what he would do if his girlfriend Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) were to kiss his good friend Raymond in a drama, Edwin laughed, “I would tell her to reject the series! I wouldn’t be able to take it, I just can’t do it. I don’t know how many times she’ll have to rinse her mouth before I can kiss her. I would die.”

Not surprised at both Daniel and Edwin’s reactions, Raymond revealed that his wife has not watched the show yet, but perhaps she would be equally as angry. Siding with Edwin, Raymond said he would turn down kiss scenes with Priscilla in the future for the sake of their friendship.

After a week of broadcast, A General, A Scholar, and an Eunuch has been performing fairly well, averaging 24.5 viewership points so far. Even TVB Chairman, Charles Chan (陳國強), complimented the series. Hoping to boost ratings, Edwin jokingly suggested that Grace should kiss Raymond again in celebration if the ratings keep increasing.

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.