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'Youn's Kitchen 2' off to solid ratings start

All News 10:04 January 06, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- Reality TV show "Youn's Kitchen 2" on cable channel tvN is off to a strong start by garnering a viewership rating of 14.1 percent for its first episode, aired Friday, the network said Saturday.

The program topped the ratings list of all TV programs aired in the same time slot, earning 14.1 percent on average and peaking at 17.3 percent at one point. The figures outperformed those of the first season, which recorded 14.1 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The new series features four famous actors running a temporary mom and pop Korean restaurant in the small town of Garachico on Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands. The first one was shot in Gili Trawangan, northwest of Indonesia's Lombok.

Season 2 maintains the original cast of Youn Yuh-jung, Jung Yu-mi and Lee Seo-jin, with senior actor Shin Goo replaced by young heartthrob Park Seo-joon.

During the first episode, the cast members were seen preparing for the opening of the restaurant with the main dish being "bibimbap," Korean rice topped with an assortment of vegetables and meats.

Actor Lee Seo-jin said in an online talk show Thursday that the team would shoot Season 3 if the ratings get over 15 percent. The segment was live-streamed via the V Live platform of South Korea's biggest portal site, Naver, to mark the start of the second season.

A poster for "Youn's Kitchen 2," provided by tvN (Yonhap)


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