Here’s What Chinese Netizens Were Streaming This Summer

In a land without Netflix, these are the shows and video platforms that put up the numbers over the summer months.

Hit web series “The Untamed”

Summer vacation is officially over, with a new semester just beginning in Chinese schools. Over the last few months, we’ve reported on some of the hit shows to come out via online platforms like iQIYI, Tencent Video and Youku, but of course there were far more variety shows, internet series and internet films than what we covered here on RADII.

According to a recent report from professional data analysis platform Gu Duo Media, original internet video content racked up hundreds of millions of views from Chinese netizens this summer — here’s a hint at what future trends may be in store.

Variety Shows

If you follow RADII, you’ll be familiar with some of Baidu-owned platform iQIYI’s music-themed variety shows, including the just-finished third season of Rap of China, and the new-for-2019 original series The Big Band, which brought long-running underground indie bands to the center of public attention.

But among the 27 variety shows that aired from May to August 2019, Youku’s second season of Street Dance of China led the pack. The show gathered almost all of the most famous dancers from star crews around China, receiving 1.3 million bullet comments and receiving an exceptional 9.7 out of 10 rating on film rating site Douban.

The Coming One: Girls

Meanwhile, Tencent Video’s music talent show The Coming One Girls, which focuses on female contestants pursuing their music dreams, won nearly as much favor with audiences, proving the format isn’t purely the domain of iQIYI. CONTINUE READING



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