1st U.S. Remake of Korean TV Show Tops American Ratings

  • By Yang Ji-ho

    August 26, 2016 10:29

    "Better Late Than Never," an American remake of cable channel tvN's reality travel show "Grandpas Over Flowers," got off to a good start, topping the ratings for its time slot.

    The debut episode, which aired on NBC at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, received the highest viewer ratings among the four major U.S. networks -- NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS -- CJ E&M said on Thursday.

    Some 7.35 million people watched the show, the second-biggest audience for the day overall after "America's Got Talent," which drew 11.7 million viewers.

    "Better Late Than Never" is the first-ever remake of a Korean TV program. After two years of preproduction, it was given a coveted prime-time slot by NBC.

    It captures the experiences of comedian Jeff Dye, actors Henry Winkler and William Shatner, sportscaster Terry Bradshaw and former boxer George Foreman as they encounter new cultures on their travels to Seoul, Hong Kong, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan.

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