The viewership rating of ‘Knowing Bros‘, featuring YouTuber Free Zia, dropped slightly.
According to Nielsen Korea, an audience rating research company on January 23rd, JTBC‘s ‘Knowing Bros‘, which aired the previous day, recorded a nationwide viewership rating of 3.1%. This is a decrease of 0.8%p compared to the last broadcast in which group 2AM appeared.
This record is also the lowest among the episodes aired in January of this year.
On this day’s broadcast, Free Zia, actress Kang Ye Won, who is known as the co-representative of his agency Hyowon CNC, and rapper Lee Young Ji appeared.
Free Zia, who received the attention of fans around the world with Netflix‘s ‘Single’s Inferno‘, has been a hot topic since the moment she was cast in ‘Knowing Bros‘.
However, recently, suspicions arose that Free Zia wore fake luxury brands on various broadcasts and on her YouTube channel. In the end, Free Zia and her agency acknowledged some of the fakes and received more criticism.
Among them, the production team of MBC‘s ‘Omniscient Interfering View‘, where Free Zia was decided to appear, decided not to release her recordings. However, the production team of ‘Knowing Bros‘ revealed that they plan to air it with some edits.
Was it difficult to capture the fans’ hearts that had already turned? ‘Knowing Bros‘, which released Free Zia unedited, swallowed the disappointment of recording the lowest ratings during this month’s broadcast.
Moreover, after the broadcast, there was a lot of Free Zia, which caused a bigger controversy. Regarding this, ‘Knowing Bros‘ side said, “We edited it in consideration of the cast and conversation flow,” regarding the appearance of Free Zia without editing.