“Hangout with Yoo”, one of MBC’s representative entertainment programs, has shown a decline in viewership ratings for 3 weeks in a row.
Adapted from KBIZoom On June 20, 2022, according to viewership ratings research company Nielsen Korea, on June 19, MBC’s “Hangout with Yoo” recorded 5.5% nationwide and 5.9% in the Seoul metropolitan area. The viewer rating in 2049, the main indicator of channel competitiveness, is 3.0%, ranking first among entertainment programs broadcast on Saturdays.
“Hangout with Yoo” took first place compared to other shows, but it was a disappointing record considering the ratings alone. Previously, “Hangout with Yoo” recorded average viewership ratings ranging from 6% to 7%.
Episode 139 which aired in the last week of May recorded 7% nationwide, but dropped to 6.9% in episode 140, 6.3% in episode 141 and 5.5% in episode 142.
Viewers who liked the show pointed out that the reason for this downgrade was the prolonged WSG Wannabe special.
Since early April, “Hangout with Yoo” has been working on a project to form WSG Wannabe – a girl group that is expected to succeed in WSG Wannabe’s popularity. This special episode has been airing for two months from member formation to song selection.
Currently, “Hangout with Yoo” is divided into three representatives, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Mi Joo, Kim Sook and Shin Bong Sun, Jung Hoon and Haha, and chooses songs for each company group. The song ‘Now’, composed by singer Yangpa, and the candidate song ‘It’s Time’, written and composed by SG Wannabe’s Kim Jin Ho, have been released.
In addition, the songs of the WSG Wannabe candidates also flowed profusely, but when this special episode will end, it seems that it is uncertain. Therefore, viewers who are getting tired left complaints such as, “It’s fun, but feels too tiring at the moment”.
However, curiosity is also increasing regarding the upcoming developments. The choice of agency by WSG Wannabe made the audience excited. In the next broadcast, the remaining members Yoon Eun Hye, So Yeon, Uhm Ji Yoon, and SOLE will finalize their agency selection.
What will the WSG Wannabe union look like? Despite the drop in ratings, “Hangout with Yoo”, which still piques the curiosity of many viewers, is broadcast every Saturday at 6:25 p.m. KST.