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“C.L.I.F. 2” is most-watched Singapore drama of 2013

Police drama “C.L.I.F. 2” was the most popular Singapore drama of last year, according to a list of most-watched television shows released by local broadcaster MediaCorp recently.

SINGAPORE: When it comes to television entertainment, Singapore viewers seem to gravitate toward local content.

In the list of most-watched television shows of 2013 on Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel U released by Singapore broadcaster MediaCorp recently, police drama “C.L.I.F. 2” was the most-watched Mandarin television drama of last year.

Some 901,000 viewers tuned in each night to catch the police drama, which starred big names like Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu and Rui En.

“With its realistic and engaging storyline supported by The Singapore Police Force, it is no surprise that ‘C.L.I.F. 2’ had resonated so well with local viewers,” said Paul Chan, MediaCorp’s Vice President of Network Programming and Promotions.

"C.L.I.F. 2" beat blockbuster drama “The Dream Makers”, a drama about life in a television station, which had an average viewership of 885,000.

Interestingly, it was “The Dream Makers” which had the highest average number of online viewers (80,000), who caught episodes of the show via MediaCorp’s online platform Toggle as well as its Catch-Up TV service.

“The Dream Makers” producer Winnie Wong attributed the drama’s online success to its storyline.

“It is rare to see a local drama that looks at what goes on behind the scenes at a television station.

“'The Dream Makers’ has a strong storyline that garnered positive word-of-mouth, which caused  more netizens both in Singapore and overseas to catch the show online,” said Wong.

She added that the creative team is “thinking about shooting a sequel if there is enough demand”.

Third place on the list of Top 10 most-watched dramas was shared by “The Journey: A Voyage”, “Break Free” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”, which all had an average viewership of 835,000.

Despite fierce competition from overseas productions such as Korean drama “Doctor Jin”, which had an average viewership of 337,000, and Taiwan drama “Spring Love”, which had an average viewership of 335,000, it was made-in-Singapore romance drama “Marry Me” that won hearts to emerge as the most-watched drama on Channel U.

“Marry Me”, which looks at the lives and loves of three women, drew 345,000 viewers each evening.

Locally-produced English-language dramas “Point of Entry 3” and “Mata Mata” were the most-watched dramas on Channel 5, with an average viewership of 322,000 and 298,000 respectively. This was followed closely by US drama “Missing”, that missed the top spots with an average viewership of 295,000.

Still, the title of 2013’s most-watched television show goes to the glitzy “Star Awards 2013 - Show 2”.

The annual star-studded awards show had an average viewership of 1.66 million, some 150,000 more than last year.

Other popular shows last year include “Say It!”, which topped the list of most-watched variety programmes with an average viewership of 768,000, and “Let’s Cook”, which was the top info-ed television show of last year, attracting an average of 748,000 viewers each episode.

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