Glitz dominates local TV charts

Glitz dominates local TV charts
Three Wishes, starring Huang Biren and Thomas Ong, was the top-performing Chinese drama.

The overall top 10 television programmes for MediaCorp's Channel 5 and Channel 8 last year follow a familiar pattern.

On the Chinese-language Channel 8, one-off special programmes dominated the chart, with a few local dramas making the cut.

On the English-language Channel 5, one-off special programmes and old movies ruled, shutting out local dramas entirely.

But there was good news for local English- language dramas as returning series improved on their numbers.

The fourth season of immigration drama Point Of Entry pulled in an average of 386,000 viewers an episode, compared with 322,000 for its third season.

The viewership for the second season of legal drama Code Of Law jumped to 367,000 from 275,000.

And the second season of period police drama Mata Mata held the attention of 336,000, up from 298,000 in its first outing.

The third season of Code Of Law, which is inspired by real-life criminal cases, is now showing and the third and final season of Mata Mata is slated to air at the end of this year.

The two shows of the 20th edition of the glittery Star Awards were the most watched events on Channel 8.

A total of 1.69 million and 1.44 million viewers tuned in to watch Pierre Png, Rebecca Lim and Guo Liang pick up acting accolades for the first time while The Dream Makers nabbed Best Drama Serial.

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