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'Produce 101' tops TV chart for eighth-straight week

All Headlines 09:00 June 06, 2017

SEOUL, June 6 (Yonhap) -- Season two of "Produce 101," Mnet's all-male idol audition show, topped a TV popularity index for the eighth straight week, data showed Tuesday.

"Produce 101" scored 264.3 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming the most popular TV program from May 22-28.

CPI, developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, online search tallies and buzz on social media.

This composite photo shows highlights from Mnet's all-male audition show "Produce 101." (Yonhap)

In the show, a group of viewers called "public producers" choose by popular vote members of a new project idol group from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies, along with the team's roster, concept and debut song.

Last year's first season featured a pool of female singers and culminated in the project girl group I.O.I. Season two features only male trainees.

"Lookout," MBC TV's weekday action-thriller drama starring Lee Si-young and Kim Young-kwang, came in second with 224.8 points, and KBS 2TV's weekend variety show "Happy Sunday - Return of Superman" finished third with 223.2 points.

MBC TV's Saturday comedy show "Infinite Challenge" rose nine notches to the fourth spot and KBS 2TV's Monday-Tuesday series "Fight For My Way" finished fifth. KBS 2TV's late night talk show "Happy Together" soared 13 pegs to sixth.

"Island Trio," a new reality TV show co-produced by tvN and fellow CJ E&M-affiliate OLIVE TV, debuted on the chart at seventh place, and SBS TV's romantic comedy "Suspicious Partner" climbed two notches to the eighth spot.

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