SNLK Heats Up Saturday Night
TvN’s Saturday Night Live Korea (SNLK) surpassed the three-percent mark in viewership for its second episode, recording an average of 1.661 percent and peaking at 3.263 percent. (AGB Nielsen Media Research, households with cable, sum of tvN, Super Action, Onstyle, and XTM channels)
Notably, reactions to the show were explosive among viewers in their 20s and 30s. For the age group, the share of audience hovered around 30 percent, indicating that one out of three people watched the show. Even prior to the airing of the second episode, the show ranked high in the list of most searched words while good reviews and comments expressing high expectations flooded SNS and websites.
Gong Hyung Jin, well-known for his strong supporting comic performance, appeared as a guest host and brought out laughs in each segment with his acting and performance with the cast and crew. He also performed live Yoon Do Hyun’s I’ll Forget, showing off his talent as a singer and enjoyed the live show without seeming nervous at all.
For the second episode, social satire became stronger and more poignant than the first episode, bringing out gratification and empathy among viewers. Starting with the first segment on the set of the National Assembly, the satire comedy peaked at the segment of ‘Weekend Update’ host by director Jang Jin. Following the first episode, Jang continued to finger out hot issues for the week, and did not hold back his poignant comments. His words like “Politics is not a sport game. One side’s loss doesn’t mean the other one’s win”, “Was the Korean War sole crime committed by Kim Il Sung?” drew explosive responses online after airing.
Cast members including Lee Han Ui, Jang Young Nam, Ahn Young Mi, Kim Seul Gi, and Kim Ji Kyeong showed off their outstanding performance and perfect harmony with Gong Hyung Jin, making the show shining more. Jang Young Nam, who was planning to be married 12 hours after the show, drew fervent applause and responses with her enthusiastic performance.
SNLK is the Korean version of America’s famous comedy variety show, Saturday Night Live, which has been enjoying a great deal of popularity for 37 years since it first aired in 1975 on NBC. The Korean version is helmed by filmmaker Jang Jin while 16 cast members including actors and comedians perform with a guest host. It airs every Saturday at 10:30 pm.
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