Running Man (TV series)

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Running Man
Running Man logo as of 2017.png
Original title 런닝맨
Genre
Created by
  • Jo Hyo-jin
  • Kim Joo-hyung
  • Im Hyung-taek
Directed by
  • Jung Chul-min
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 409 (as of July 15, 2018) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Jung Chul-min
  • Lee Hwan-jin
  • Kim Han-jin
Location(s) South Korea, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Australia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Switzerland
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 80–95 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Urban Works Media
Distributor SBS
Release
Original network SBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format
Original release July 11, 2010 – Present
Chronology
Related shows Good Sunday
Keep Running
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Reonning maen
McCune–Reischauer Rŏnning man

Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show, forming part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup. It first aired on July 11, 2010.

Running Man was classified as an "urban action variety"; a genre of variety shows in an urban environment.[1] The MCs and guests were to complete missions at a landmark to win the race.[2] The show has since shifted to a more familiar reality-variety show concept focused on games. It has garnered attention as being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday's Family Outing in February 2010.[3]

The show has become popular in other parts of Asia, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into various languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.[4][5]

The show has made it to the list of Business Insider's 20 TV Shows of 2016.[6]

Since April 2017, Running Man is airing as the first part of Good Sunday at 4:50 pm KST and competing against KBS2's The Return of Superman and MBC's King of Mask Singer.[7] Running Man previously aired at 6:25 pm KST on Sundays, as the second part of Good Sunday, competing against KBS2's 1 Night 2 Days.

Format[edit]

Current[edit]

As of episode 48, the members have taken part in a series of missions to become the winner(s) at the end of the race. Missions form the basis of Running Man as members try to avoid punishment in earlier episodes or to win prizes. Multiple missions are presented in each episode, with the highlight of Running Man being race missions. The format of the show has veered away from the "race mission + others" to "one continuous race + missions"

Previous[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production staff[edit]

The staff run the games, often showing up on cameras either by actively participating in the game or influencing the outcome of various missions. This includes the personal cameramen (VJs), production directors (PDs), floor directors (FDs), stylists, boom operators, etc.

Chief producer, Nam Seung-yong, is responsible for the production of the program, with PD Jo Hyo-jin, Im Hyung-taek, and Kim Joo-hyung[13] mainly responsible for the directing and production of the recordings of the program since inception. Other PDs have joined the program to assist as the program shifts from a single landmark to multiple locations for recording, notably Hwang Seon-man and Lee Hwan-jin. FD Go Dong-wan assists in the recordings of the program and is known to be shown on camera many times, as well as delivering and assisting the members in missions. Producer Kim Joo-hyung has left the show as of episode 182 as he was reassigned to Inkigayo.[14]

Each member has their own personal cameramen who follow them around exclusively during recordings. Notable cameramen include Ryu Kwon-ryeol (Yoo Jae-suk's primary VJ), Kim Yoo-seok (Ji Suk-jin's primary VJ), Choi Yoon-sang (Lee Kwang-soo's primary VJ), Yoon Sung-yong (Haha's primary VJ), Sung Gyu (Song Ji-hyo's primary VJ), Jo Seong-Oh (Gary's primary VJ, now Yang Se-chan's primary VJ), Kim Ki-jin (Kim Jong-kook's primary VJ), and Kim Si-yeon (Jeon So-min's primary VJ)

On November 19, 2014, the show's head director, Jo Hyo-jin, announced his departure from the show after working with the members for four years.[15]

On March 20, 2016, the show's main PD, Im Hyung-taek left the show (as of episode 291) as he became the producer of Hurry Up, Brother, resulting in new generation PDs to take over, notably PD Lee Hwan-jin, PD Jung Chul-min, and PD Park Yong-woo.[16] FD Go Dong-wan also announced his leave via his Instagram.[17]

On July 3, 2016, SBS confirmed the return of producer Kim Joo-hyung to the show.[18] That same month, it is confirmed that he will be the new main PD of the show.[19] However, it didn't last long as PD Kim Joo-hyung announced that he is leaving the show shortly after. Subsequently, PD Lee Hwan-jin has taken over as the main PD of Running Man until March 2017. As of April 2017, Running Man main PD is Jung Chul-min.[20]

Guests with the most appearances[edit]

During its run, some of the guests were occasionally featured or invited to the show. These guests were notable for their constant appearances and were often considered to be the "8th/9th/10th Running Man". The following list is the list of the guests who appeared the most often as of 8 July 2018.

Position Name No. of episodes Episodes Occupation
1 Hong Jin-young 15 205, 221, 266, 299, 357, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408 Singer
2 Lee Sang-yeob 13 381, 390-396, 399-400, 406–408 Actor
3 Jung Yong-hwa 12 7, 11, 17, 35-36, 72-73, 104, 127, 129, 186, 242 Member of CNBlue
Kang Han-na 12 343, 380, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408 Actress
Lee Da-hee 12 388–389, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408 Actress
6 Nichkhun 11 4-5, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195, 248, 256, 306 Member of 2PM
7 Park Ji-sung 9 96–97, 152–154, 199–200, 283–284 Former Soccer Player
8 Suzy 8 55, 93–94, 117, 155, 172–173, 208 Former member of miss A
9 Lee Chun-hee 7 2-3, 76-77, 226, 269, 339 Actor
Lee Joon 7 8, 95, 104, 108, 129, 162, 320 Former member of MBLAQ, Actor
Kim Kwang-kyu 7 15, 32, 159, 176, 271-272, 274 Actor
Kim Woo-bin 7 138, 166, 188-189, 191, 225, 240 Actor
Son Na-eun 7 162, 202–203, 356–357, 360–361 Member of Apink
Jo Se-ho 7 305, 360–361, 367–368, 374–375 Comedian

List of episodes[edit]


YearEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
201023July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11)December 26, 2010 (2010-12-26)
201151January 2, 2011 (2011-01-02)December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25)
201252January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)December 30, 2012 (2012-12-30)
201352January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)December 29, 2013 (2013-12-29)
201449January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05)December 28, 2014 (2014-12-28)
201552January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)December 27, 2015 (2015-12-27)
201652January 3, 2016 (2016-01-03)December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
201752January 1, 2017 (2017-01-01)December 31, 2017 (2017-12-31)
2018TBAJanuary 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)TBA


List of guests[edit]

Five of Running Man's permanent cast (Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo, Kim Jong-kook and Ji Suk-jin) in Malaysia at a fan meeting

Many guests have taken part in Running Man. The following is a compilation of guests and the number of times they have been on the show. With regards to guest-turned-members (Song Ji-hyo, Jeon So-min, Yang Se-chan) or former members of the show (Lizzy, Song Joong-ki, Gary), only the times they were a guest are counted. The guests were sorted according to their appearances and the number of episodes appeared.

Reception[edit]

Kim Jong-kook (middle) and Haha (right) in Dallas in 2014, at a Running Man Brothers concert

The first episode of the show received mixed reviews. According to Asiae the show concept was promising but the crew could not use the location to full potential and the pace was not fast and dynamic enough.[21]

Despite a slow start, Running Man became increasingly popular in South Korea and throughout Asia.[22][23][24][25][26] In its home country the show is watched by 2.1 million people on average.[27] Due to the existence of fansubs, it is watched outside of Asia as well, being translated into English, Spanish and Arabic, among others.[28]

According to The Straits Times, the popularity of the show is due to its unpredictability, the comedy involved, the celebrity guests and the chemistry between the regular cast members.[29] Assistant professor Liew Kai Khiun at the Nanyang Technological University attributes the appeal of Running Man to the ability of using public space in a creative way: "Running Man is about taking audiences to the various corners of not only South Korea, but the region as well. In the rather fast-paced urban societies in Asia, the show helps to provide release from the daily tensions that such streets and buildings are associated with."[29] Liew thinks that the cast members are not particularly good looking, thus have nothing to lose, even if they "wrestle with one another like children".[29]

According to producer Jo Hyo-jin, the show is popular because the concept of having to choose a winner is culturally easy to understand. He also named the good relationship between the regular members as one of the reasons for the show's success.[30] Celebrity guests like Super Junior, Girls' Generation and f(x) play an important part in the success as well, although they sometimes induce criticism. For example, after the airing of the Big Bang episodes, some viewers complained that the band won too easily. Jo Hyo-jin, however, denied any special treatment of the celebrities. Jo explained that fans are also highly critical of the games, therefore it is not possible for the crew to reuse games without changing them.[30]

The regular members of Running Man have held several fan meetings throughout Asia. In October 2013, their Singapore fan meeting drew a crowd of 3000.[31] When the cast arrived for shooting in Vietnam and other countries, they were greeted by thousands of fans at the airport.[32]

Ratings[edit]

In the ratings below, the highest rating for the show will be in red, and the lowest rating for the show will be in blue each year.

2010[edit]

List of ratings (episode 1–23)
  • Good Sunday divides its program into two parts, Running Man airs as Good Sunday Part 1.
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
1 July 11, 2010 12.0% 12.5% 10.0% 10.7%
2 July 18, 2010 8.0% 8.1% 7.8% 8.7%
3 July 25, 2010 6.7% 7.8% 7.4% 8.1%
4 August 1, 2010 7.8% 8.6% 6.3% 7.0%
5 August 8, 2010 8.0% 8.9% 7.3% 8.8%
6 August 15, 2010 7.6% 7.9% 7.8% 8.5%
7 August 22, 2010 8.4% 9.3% 6.6% 7.7%
8 August 29, 2010 8.4% 8.9% 7.9% 8.1%
9 September 5, 2010 9.3% 9.5% 7.4% 8.2%
10 September 12, 2010 7.8% 8.2% 6.6% 6.8%
11 September 19, 2010 8.2% 8.5% 7.0% 7.9%
12 September 26, 2010 6.7% 6.8% 5.6% 6.5%
13 October 3, 2010 7.0% 7.2% 7.1% 8.1%
14 October 17, 2010 11.1% 11.8% 8.8% 8.8%
15 October 24, 2010 13.2% 14.1% 11.1% 11.4%
16 October 31, 2010 11.0% 11.5% 10.3% 11.0%
17 November 7, 2010 13.2% 14.1% 9.8% 10.2%
18 November 21, 2010 10.3% 10.8% 8.9% 9.5%
19 November 28, 2010 13.2% 14.0% 9.3% 9.9%
20 December 5, 2010 11.8% 12.6% 9.3% 9.8%
21 December 12, 2010 12.7% 13.7% 11.2% 12.1%
22 December 19, 2010 13.2% 14.2% 10.6% 11.1%
23 December 26, 2010 12.6% 13.9% 10.7% 11.6%

2011[edit]

List of ratings (episode 24–74)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
24 January 2, 2011 9.7% 12.9% 11.1% 12.1%
25 January 9, 2011 11.7% 15.7% 10.9% 11.1%
26 January 16, 2011 11.8% 14.4% 11.5% 12.0%
27 January 23, 2011 12.6% 15.8% 13.2% 14.5%
28 January 30, 2011 13.7% 17.5% 14.9% 16.3%
29 February 6, 2011 13.1% 16.6% 15.0% 16.2%
30 February 13, 2011 10.4% 12.5% 10.7% 11.4%
31 February 20, 2011 11.2% 13.7% 12.6% 13.4%
32 February 27, 2011 11.2% 13.7% 12.8% 13.7%
33 March 6, 2011 10.4% 13.1% 11.2% 12.0%
34 March 13, 2011 8.3% 10.7% 10.1% 11.2%
35 March 20, 2011 8.7% 10.4% 9.9% 10.6%
36 March 27, 2011 9.6% 11.7% 11.2% 12.3%
37 April 3, 2011 10.5% 12.9% 11.7% 12.5%
38 April 10, 2011 10.2% 13.4% 11.1% 12.5%
39 April 17, 2011 9.5% 12.6% 10.8% 12.4%
40 April 24, 2011 9.6% 12.4% 10.7% 11.2%
41 May 1, 2011 8.0% 9.7% 9.8% 10.8%
42 May 8, 2011 8.0% 9.9% 7.7% 8.1%
43 May 15, 2011 9.1% 11.9% 9.6% 10.0%
44 May 22, 2011 6.1% 8.0% 6.6% 8.0%
45 May 29, 2011 6.1% 7.6% 6.2% 7.3%
46 June 5, 2011 5.7% 7.2% 7.0% 8.2%
47 June 12, 2011 6.6% 8.9% 8.8% 9.7%
48 June 19, 2011 7.9% 10.3% 7.9% 9.4%
49 June 26, 2011 9.2% 12.0% 10.3% 10.5%
50 July 3, 2011 11.5% 14.2% 13.3% 14.6%
51 July 10, 2011 12.0% 13.9% 12.9% 13.5%
52 July 17, 2011 12.6% 14.5% 13.1% 13.7%
53 July 24, 2011 12.2% 14.2% 13.3% 13.9%
54 July 31, 2011 12.3% 14.2% 13.0% 14.4%
55 August 7, 2011 14.5% 17.4% 14.7% 15.3%
56 August 14, 2011 13.2% 16.8% 13.9% 15.6%
57 August 21, 2011 12.8% 15.1% 13.4% 15.3%
58 August 28, 2011 13.2% 15.0% 14.8% 15.7%
59 September 4, 2011 14.0% 16.0% 14.0% 15.3%
60 September 11, 2011 13.4% 14.8% 13.2% 13.8%
61 September 18, 2011 16.4% 17.8% 16.2% 16.6%
62 September 25, 2011 14.3% 18.5% 14.3% 15.5%
63 October 2, 2011 13.0% 16.0% 13.8% 15.0%
64 October 9, 2011 13.0% 14.2% 13.7% 14.0%
65 October 23, 2011 13.5% 16.8% 14.6% 15.1%
66 October 30, 2011 15.5% 17.5% 14.5% 14.9%
67 November 6, 2011 15.3% 18.3% 15.8% 16.8%
68 November 13, 2011 16.0% 19.4% 15.7% 16.9%
69 November 20, 2011 15.0% 17.1% 16.9% 18.2%
70 November 27, 2011 16.5% 19.8% 18.0% 19.8%
71 December 4, 2011 14.7% 17.6% 16.1% 17.9%
72 December 11, 2011 17.1% 20.4% 17.5% 19.0%
73 December 18, 2011 17.2% 18.9% 19.2% 20.8%
74 December 25, 2011 16.5% 18.7% 17.7% 18.3%

2012[edit]

List of ratings (episode 75–126)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
75 January 1, 2012 18.6% 21.5% 19.2% 21.7%
76 January 8, 2012 18.5% 20.9% 18.6% 20.6%
77 January 15, 2012 18.0% 20.7% 20.1% 22.7%
78 January 22, 2012 12.4% 12.6% 15.7% 17.6%
79 January 29, 2012 14.4% 15.7% 18.0% 20.7%
80 February 5, 2012 17.0% 18.8% 17.2% 18.7%
81 February 12, 2012 16.7% 18.8% 17.4% 19.3%
82 February 19, 2012 17.9% 21.9% 16.7% 18.2%
83 February 26, 2012 17.5% 20.6% 18.1% 20.7%
84 March 4, 2012 17.6% 21.6% 17.7% 20.2%
85 March 11, 2012 17.8% 22.0% 16.9% 19.5%
86 March 18, 2012 16.0% 19.8% 16.9% 19.2%
87 March 25, 2012 16.4% 19.7% 17.4% 19.8%
88 April 1, 2012 17.5% 21.5% 16.7% 18.5%
89 April 8, 2012 15.4% 20.1% 16.1% 18.1%
90 April 15, 2012 13.1% 15.9% 14.3% 15.8%
91 April 22, 2012 17.5% 21.9% 17.6% 20.0%
92 April 29, 2012 13.1% 15.8% 14.3% 15.7%
93 May 6, 2012 18.3% 21.2% 17.7% 19.6%
94 May 13, 2012 17.2% 20.5% 17.0% 18.9%
95 May 20, 2012 18.1% 22.2% 19.5% 22.2%
96 May 27, 2012 19.3% 23.2% 19.2% 20.6%
97 June 3, 2012 22.1% 27.6% 20.4% 22.0%
98 June 10, 2012 18.6% 22.5% 17.2% 19.0%
99 June 17, 2012 17.1% 19.4% 17.6% 18.7%
100 June 24, 2012 19.6% 23.1% 17.6% 19.0%
101 July 1, 2012 19.0% 21.5% 17.6% 19.1%
102 July 8, 2012 19.6% 22.6% 19.3% 21.2%
103 July 15, 2012 22.6% 25.2% 20.2% 22.0%
104 July 22, 2012 20.5% 23.3% 19.2% 20.6%
105 August 5, 2012 16.2% 17.7% 17.1% 18.5%
106 August 12, 2012 21.1% 23.9% 19.5% 20.6%
107 August 19, 2012 20.1% 23.9% 18.6% 20.3%
108 August 26, 2012 18.6% 21.4% 15.8% 17.5%
109 September 2, 2012 22.7% 24.5% 19.9% 21.1%
110 September 9, 2012 22.0% 23.8% 19.9% 21.4%
111 September 16, 2012 21.4% 22.0% 19.4% 20.5%
112 September 23, 2012 19.0% 20.7% 16.9% 18.0%
113 September 30, 2012 17.3% 18.2% 15.9% 17.7%
114 October 7, 2012 18.9% 20.1% 17.8% 19.1%
115 October 14, 2012 19.4% 21.8% 18.8% 20.1%
116 October 21, 2012 19.6% 21.3% 18.4% 20.3%
117 October 28, 2012 20.9% 23.2% 19.4% 21.1%
118 November 4, 2012 21.2% 23.1% 19.6% 20.7%
119 November 11, 2012 23.3% 24.9% 20.9% 22.6%
120 November 18, 2012 22.9% 24.3% 20.7% 22.1%
121 November 25, 2012 21.8% 22.9% 18.3% 19.9%
122 December 2, 2012 20.6% 21.1% 17.7% 19.5%
123 December 9, 2012 22.2% 25.1% 20.0% 21.6%
124 December 16, 2012 23.4% 25.7% 19.0% 20.5%
125 December 23, 2012 21.0% 22.9% 17.9% 18.9%
126 December 30, 2012 22.2% 24.2% 18.1% 19.3%

2013[edit]

List of ratings (episode 127–178)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
127 January 6, 2013 20.2% 22.0% 19.9% 21.6%
128 January 13, 2013 20.5% 22.4% 19.4% 21.2%
129 January 20, 2013 19.1% 21.1% 18.4% 20.1%
130 January 27, 2013 19.8% 21.2% 19.5% 21.7%
131 February 3, 2013 23.6% 25.9% 20.4% 22.2%
132 February 10, 2013 15.4% 16.3% 14.2% 15.3%
133 February 17, 2013 23.1% 24.6% 21.0% 22.7%
134 February 24, 2013 19.9% 21.2% 17.3% 18.6%
135 March 3, 2013 19.9% 21.9% 19.1% 21.0%
136 March 10, 2013 19.5% 21.2% 20.4% 22.6%
137 March 17, 2013 18.5% 20.3% 18.4% 20.3%
138 March 24, 2013 19.8% 21.7% 19.6% 21.5%
139 March 31, 2013 18.1% 20.3% 18.4% 20.4%
140 April 7, 2013 17.2% 19.0% 16.6% 18.7%
141 April 14, 2013 17.2% 18.3% 18.1% 19.4%
142 April 21, 2013 15.3% 15.7% 17.5% 19.0%
143 April 28, 2013 14.5% 15.5% 15.3% 17.1%
144 May 5, 2013 11.9% 12.7% 12.7% 13.8%
145 May 12, 2013 13.4% 13.6% 14.6% 15.5%
146 May 19, 2013 12.4% 12.7% 14.5% 15.4%
147 May 26, 2013 15.0% 15.4% 17.0% 19.6%
148 June 2, 2013 12.9% 13.2% 13.7% 14.8%
149 June 9, 2013 12.4% 12.8% 12.8% 13.8%
150 June 16, 2013 10.7% 11.3% 11.4% 11.6%
151 June 23, 2013 11.7% 12.0% 12.4% 13.2%
152 June 30, 2013 13.2% 14.2% 13.6% 14.7%
153 July 7, 2013 13.2% 13.4% 14.5% 15.6%
154 July 14, 2013 15.6% 17.2% 15.0% 16.2%
155 July 21, 2013 13.1% 13.7% 13.2% 14.5%
156 July 28, 2013 12.5% 13.5% 13.0% 14.5%
157 August 4, 2013 11.8% 12.4% 9.8% 10.0%
158 August 11, 2013 11.6% 12.4% 11.7% 11.7%
159 August 18, 2013 13.9% 15.1% 14.3% 15.7%
160 August 25, 2013 12.1% 12.7% 12.3% 12.4%
161 September 1, 2013 10.9% 11.6% 11.3% 11.9%
162 September 8, 2013 12.2% 12.8% 13.6% 13.9%
163 September 15, 2013 11.6% 12.7% 12.0% 12.9%
164 September 22, 2013 13.2% 13.5% 14.1% 14.2%
165 September 29, 2013 12.3% 13.1% 13.5% 13.8%
166 October 6, 2013 11.9% 12.6% 12.3% 13.2%
167 October 13, 2013 11.2% 12.0% 11.7% 12.5%
168 October 20, 2013 12.1% 13.7% 12.6% 13.6%
169 October 27, 2013 10.7% 11.8% 12.1% 13.2%
170 November 3, 2013 11.8% 13.2% 11.5% 12.0%
171 November 10, 2013 13.1% 14.1% 14.3% 15.7%
172 November 17, 2013 12.2% 12.9% 12.5% 13.5%
173 November 24, 2013 13.9% 15.5% 14.4% 15.9%
174 December 1, 2013 12.5% 14.2% 13.3% 14.5%
175 December 8, 2013 11.5% 13.4% 13.2% 14.8%
176 December 15, 2013 11.6% 13.2% 13.3% 14.0%
177 December 22, 2013 11.6% 13.4% 12.3% 12.7%
178 December 29, 2013 11.6% 13.2% 13.8% 15.6%

2014[edit]

List of ratings (episode 179–227)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
179 January 5, 2014 100% 15.4% 15.1% 16.2%
180 January 12, 2014 12.2% 14.0% 15.1% 17.3%
181 January 19, 2014 12.2% 14.1% 12.3% 13.2%
182 January 26, 2014 14.1% 15.7% 15.5% 17.4%
183 February 2, 2014 13.5% 16.3% 13.8% 15.1%
184 February 9, 2014 12.9% 14.9% 14.9% 16.4%
185 February 16, 2014 12.1% 13.8% 12.6% 13.9%
186 February 23, 2014 11.2% 12.8% 11.6% 12.9%
187 March 2, 2014 9.1% 10.8% 12.9% 15.2%
188 March 9, 2014 11.8% 13.3% 13.0% 14.5%
189 March 16, 2014 9.9% 11.8% 12.8% 14.1%
190 March 23, 2014 11.1% 13.2% 13.6% 15.8%
191 March 30, 2014 9.0% 10.7% 10.4% 12.0%
192 April 6, 2014 12.6% 14.7% 13.6% 15.4%
193 April 13, 2014 10.9% 13.0% 12.0% 13.0%
194 May 4, 2014 9.6% 10.5% 8.7% 9.8%
195 May 11, 2014 11.6% 13.7% 11.2% 12.3%
196 May 18, 2014 9.4% 10.8% 9.6% 10.7%
197 May 25, 2014 11.1% 13.3% 10.7% 11.4%
198 June 1, 2014 12.6% 13.2% 12.1% 13.4%
199 June 8, 2014 13.4% 15.5% 12.8% 13.4%
200 June 15, 2014 11.1% 12.9% 10.9% 12.1%
201 June 22, 2014 10.4% 11.7% 9.5% 10.0%
202 June 29, 2014 11.1% 11.8% 10.9% 11.2%
203 July 6, 2014 10.3% 10.6% 9.0% 9.5%
204 July 13, 2014 9.9% 10.3% 9.2% 9.5%
205 July 20, 2014 10.8% 11.9% 10.1% 10.7%
206 July 27, 2014 9.6% 11.4% 8.6% 9.0%
207 August 3, 2014 9.5% 10.0% 10.0% 10.2%
208 August 10, 2014 9.0% 10.3% 9.1% 9.8%
209 August 17, 2014 10.6% 12.4% 10.5% 11.6%
210 August 24, 2014 9.0% 9.7% 8.5% 9.2%
211 August 31, 2014 9.1% 10.4% 9.2% 10.0%
212 September 7, 2014 5.6% 6.3% 6.2% 6.6%
213 September 21, 2014 6.8% 8.5% 7.2% 8.1%
214 September 28, 2014 7.6 9.7% 7.5% 7.8%
215 October 5, 2014 9.2% 10.0% 10.1% 11.1%
216 October 12, 2014 8.5% 9.8% 8.9% 9.5%
217 October 19, 2014 11.0% 13.0% 12.1% 13.7%
218 October 26, 2014 9.2% 10.3% 9.3% 10.5%
219 November 2, 2014 10.3% 11.7% 10.8% 11.1%
220 November 9, 2014 8.6% 10.2% 9.1% 9.8%
221 November 16, 2014 9.2% 10.4% 9.3% 9.9%
222 November 23, 2014 8.6% 10.6% 9.8% 10.3%
223 November 30, 2014 10.1% 12.2% 10.8% 11.5%
224 December 7, 2014 11.7% 15.2% 12.1% 13.3%
225 December 14, 2014 10.3% 13.0% 11.9% 13.3%
226 December 21, 2014 9.6% 11.5% 10.9% 11.5%
227 December 28, 2014 11.7% 14.5% 12.9% 13.4%

2015[edit]

List of ratings (episode 228–279)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide
228 January 4, 2015 15.7% 17.8%
229 January 11, 2015 14.7% 15.8%
230 January 18, 2015 12.0% 11.3%
231 January 25, 2015 10.3% 10.8%
232 February 1, 2015 11.3% 12.8%
233 February 8, 2015 10.4% 11.6%
234 February 15, 2015 11.0% 12.6%
235 February 22, 2015 10.6% 12.0%
236 March 1, 2015 10.3% 11.1%
237 March 8, 2015 11.2% 12.1%
238 March 15, 2015 10.0% 10.6%
239 March 22, 2015 9.7% 9.5%
240 March 29, 2015 11.0% 10.9%
241 April 5, 2015 10.7% 10.3%
242 April 12, 2015 10.8% 10.3%
243 April 19, 2015 9.7% 9.3%
244 April 26, 2015 9.5% 8.8%
245 May 3, 2015 9.0% 8.5%
246 May 10, 2015 8.7% 9.2%
247 May 17, 2015 10.5% 9.9%
248 May 24, 2015 8.2% 8.1%
249 May 31, 2015 9.8% 10.3%
250 June 7, 2015 9.3% 10.7%
251 June 14, 2015 10.4% 11.0%
252 June 21, 2015 7.4% 7.4%
253 June 28, 2015 8.2% 8.0%
254 July 5, 2015 9.1% 9.7%
255 July 12, 2015 11.3% 11.0%
256 July 19, 2015 9.4% 8.9%
257 July 26, 2015 8.4% 7.7%
258 August 2, 2015 7.9% 6.8%
259 August 9, 2015 9.2% 9.0%
260 August 16, 2015 10.6% 9.4%
261 August 23, 2015 8.2% 8.6%
262 August 30, 2015 8.6% 8.9%
263 September 6, 2015 7.9% 8.7%
264 September 13, 2015 8.1% 7.7%
265 September 20, 2015 8.1% 9.0%
266 September 27, 2015 7.5% 7.5%
267 October 4, 2015 8.5% 8.7%
268 October 11, 2015 10.0% 10.8%
269 October 18, 2015 7.8% 8.9%
270 October 25, 2015 8.8% 10.1%
271 November 1, 2015 10.1% 9.6%
272 November 8, 2015 6.5% 8.0%
273 November 15, 2015 4.4% 5.4%
274 November 22, 2015 5.2% 5.5%
275 November 29, 2015 4.8% 6.1%
276 December 6, 2015 5.2% 6.4%
277 December 13, 2015 4.5% 4.8%
278 December 20, 2015 6.4% 6.9%
279 December 27, 2015 7.4% 6.9%

2016[edit]

List of ratings (episode 280–331)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide
280 January 3, 2016 5.4% 6.3%
281 January 10, 2016 6.0% 6.6%
282 January 17, 2016 6.4% 6.7%
283 January 24, 2016 6.2% 7.2%
284 January 31, 2016 6.5% 5.6%
285 February 7, 2016 5.4% 5.9%
286 February 14, 2016 6.0% 5.5%
287 February 21, 2016 6.0% 6.1%
288 February 28, 2016 6.5% 7.4%
289 March 6, 2016 7.1% 7.5%
290 March 13, 2016 5.1% 5.6%
291 March 20, 2016 6.4% 6.4%
292 March 27, 2016 5.5% 5.4%
293 April 3, 2016 6.8% 8.0%
294 April 10, 2016 5.0% 4.9%
295 April 17, 2016 7.0% 7.4%
296 April 24, 2016 8.6% 8.4%
297 May 1, 2016 9.3% 9.1%
298 May 8, 2016 7.9% 7.8%
299 May 15, 2016 8.0% 9.1%
300 May 22, 2016 7.6% 6.8%
301 May 29, 2016 7.1% 7.7%
302 June 5, 2016 6.2% 6.8%
303 June 12, 2016 6.6% 6.8%
304 June 19, 2016 7.4% 7.0%
305 June 26, 2016 6.3% 7.4%
306 July 3, 2016 6.6% 7.2%
307 July 10, 2016 7.4% 7.4%
308 July 17, 2016 6.7% 7.8%
309 July 24, 2016 7.2% 7.1%
310 July 31, 2016 7.5% 6.8%
311 August 7, 2016 5.9% 5.3%
312 August 14, 2016 5.9% 5.7%
313 August 21, 2016 5.9% 5.7%
314 August 28, 2016 5.9% 5.5%
315 September 4, 2016 7.3% 6.1%
316 September 11, 2016 7.1% 6.7%
317 September 18, 2016 6.9% 7.0%
318 September 25, 2016 7.5% 6.8%
319 October 2, 2016 6.5% 6.2%
320 October 9, 2016 6.5% 7.2%
321 October 16, 2016 6.3% 6.5%
322 October 23, 2016 7.1% 7.5%
323 October 30, 2016 6.2% 6.4%
324 November 6, 2016 6.8% 6.7%
325 November 13, 2016 7.1% 6.2%
326 November 20, 2016 6.3% 6.2%
327 November 27, 2016 7.0% 6.7%
328 December 4, 2016 7.9% 6.2%
329 December 11, 2016 7.3% 6.6%
330 December 18, 2016 6.3% 5.9%
331 December 25, 2016 5.5% 5.3%

2017[edit]

List of ratings (episode 332–383)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
  • Note for TNmS ratings, the ones listed here is the higher ratings chosen amongst ratings for each episodes.
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide
332 January 1, 2017 6.6% 6.6%
333 January 8, 2017 6.7% 7.5%
334 January 15, 2017 8.0% 7.8%
335 January 22, 2017 6.8% 6.6%
336 January 29, 2017 5.3% 4.9%
337 February 5, 2017 7.0% 6.8%
338 February 12, 2017 6.9% 6.8%
339 February 19, 2017 7.2% 6.4%
340 February 26, 2017 7.3% 7.4%
341 March 5, 2017 6.5% 6.2%
342 March 19, 2017 6.2% 5.5%
343 March 26, 2017 5.5% 5.2%
344 April 2, 2017 6.4% 5.1%
345 April 9, 2017 4.4% 3.4%
346 April 16, 2017 5.6% 5.4%
347 April 23, 2017 7.1% 6.4%
348 April 30, 2017 4.9% 5.2%
349 May 7, 2017 5.9% 6.3%
350 May 14, 2017 7.8% 6.6%
351 May 21, 2017 6.4% 5.9%
352 May 28, 2017 6.2% 6.2%
353 June 4, 2017 6.7% 6.1%
354 June 11, 2017 6.3% 5.9%
355 June 18, 2017 5.6% 6.2%
356 June 25, 2017 6.0% 6.2%
357 July 2, 2017 6.6% 6.9%
358 July 9, 2017 7.2% 6.1%
359 July 16, 2017 6.9% 6.6%
360 July 23, 2017 8.3% 8.0%
361 July 30, 2017 7.7% 5.4%
362 August 6, 2017 6.8% 5.5%
363 August 13, 2017 7.2% 7.0%
364 August 20, 2017 6.8% 6.6%
365 August 27, 2017 6.7% 6.1%
366 September 3, 2017 6.5% 7.7%
367 September 10, 2017 9.0% 7.9%
368 September 17, 2017 8.7% 8.2%
369 September 24, 2017 9.6% 8.7%
370 October 1, 2017 7.7% 8.3%
371 October 8, 2017 7.4% 7.9%
372 October 15, 2017 8.4% 8.8%
373 October 22, 2017 8.2% 8.8%
374 October 29, 2017 8.9% 8.2%
375 November 5, 2017 6.6% 6.9%
376 November 12, 2017 7.7% 7.7%
377 November 19, 2017 8.8% 8.7%
378 November 26, 2017 7.9% 8.6%
379 December 3, 2017 10.5% 10.3%
380 December 10, 2017 8.6% 9.4%
381 December 17, 2017 8.6% 9.4%
382 December 24, 2017 7.5% 8.5%
383 December 31, 2017 7.1% 6.8%

2018[edit]

List of ratings (episode 384–TBA)
  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of Running Man. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
  • Note for TNmS ratings, the ones listed is the highest ratings amongst ratings for each episodes.
Ep. # Original Airdate TNmS Ratings[33] Nielsen Ratings[34]
Nationwide
384 January 7, 2018 7.7% 8.5%
385 January 14, 2018 7.3% 8.6%
386 January 21, 2018 7.5% 8.6%
387 January 28, 2018 8.6% 9.6%
388 February 4, 2018 10.2% 9.2%
389 February 18, 2018 7.8% 7.8%
390 March 4, 2018 8.1% 7.7%
391 March 11, 2018 7.8% 7.0%
392 March 18, 2018 9.1% 9.2%
393 March 25, 2018 7.3% 8.1%
394 April 1, 2018 8.9% 8.2%
395 April 8, 2018 6.9% 7.3%
396 April 15, 2018 7.8% 6.9%
397 April 22, 2018 8.4% 7.4%
398 April 29, 2018 6.8% 7.1%
399 May 6, 2018 7.6% 6.8%
400 May 13, 2018 8.3% 7.6%
401 May 20, 2018 8.2% 5.9%
402 May 27, 2018 5.8% 6.9%
403 June 3, 2018 7.0% 6.6%
404 June 10, 2018 7.4% 6.9%
405 June 17, 2018 7.7% 7.2%
406 June 24, 2018 8.3% 7.6%
407 July 1, 2018 11.3% 7.9%
408 July 8, 2018 7.9% 6.8%
409 July 15, 2018 8.3% 7.1%
410 July 22, 2018
411 July 29, 2018

Tours[edit]

Other works[edit]

Merchandising[edit]

The Running Man 300th Anniversary Special hats and socks on display

In order to "relay the feeling of Running Man", Running Man has made merchandises available on sale since 2015. The products ranging from stickers, socks, hats, shirts, and shoes.[35]

On May 26, 2015, a special project called the "Running Man Challenge" was made in collaboration with a footwear co-created platform, ROOY.[36] Its main objective is for the fans to design a shoe that "would unify and coordinate between the cast members." 777 submissions were made, and in June 2015, a design made by a fan named Noh Seung-soo was selected to be the official design for the shoes. The shoes went on sale on February 22, 2016.[37][38] Currently, a second "Running Man Challenge" is held. The winner for this challenge will have his/her design to be the new shoes.[39]

In 2016, Running Man collaborated with NBA to make a 300th Anniversary special hats and shirts.[40]

Animation[edit]

On June 14, 2017, it was announced that Running Man will be adapted into a half-hour animated show. It will features the original seven members, including former member Gary, in animal form.[41] The show will have 24 episodes and EXO-CBX will provide the theme song for the show. Additionally, the animated show will be the first show to be broadcast in UHD in South Korea.[42]

Comic book[edit]

In March 2013, a comic book adaptation of the series was published. The series, titled Running Man: How do I Find the Kidnapped Idol?, is written by Hong Yong-hoon and illustrated by Kim Moon-shik. The comic book, which is aimed for children, was released on March 25, 2013.[43][44]

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Member(s) Notes Ref
2015 A Girl Who Sees Smells SBS All Cameo (episode 1) [45]
Game of Dice N/A Gary, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo Commercial film [46]

Controversy[edit]

Gary's departure[edit]

On September 2012, Gary made a surprising announcement on social media about his intention to leave the program. It is believed that his intention came from the recent criticism concerning the "Super 7 Concert" which his company, Leessang Company, was producing. Gary decided to take responsibility for its failure by resigning himself from any activities. Due to this, Running Man production staff and the members decided to postponed their filming schedule on September 24–25, 2012 to convince him to stay in the program.[47][48] A week later, Gary officially apologized due to the controversy that he created and confirmed his decision to remain as a member of the program.[49]

Season 2 proposal[edit]

On December 14, 2016, it was announced that Kim Jong-kook and Song Ji-hyo were leaving the show, as a new season with a new format starring the remaining cast members and new member Kang Ho-dong would air in January 2017.[50][51][52] Initial reception was mixed. However, it was revealed that Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook were not given any notice about their removal, resulting in an overwhelming negative reaction.[53][54] In addition, news of Kang Ho-dong refusing the offer to join the new season resulted in a possible cancellation of Season 2 of Running Man.[55]

On December 16, 2016, an emergency meeting was held with the consensus reached that all members would leave, ending the program altogether in February 2017[56][57][57][58] with a subsequent program taking its place.[59]

However, on January 24, 2017, SBS announced that the show will continue airing with all of the remaining cast members. The decision came after Nam Seung-yong, the new Vice President of SBS Entertainment Headquarters, who was involved in conceiving Running Man, had further conversations with every member in regards to the show's future.[60][61] Subsequently, after apologizing to Kim Jong-Kook and Song Ji Hyo for all of the issues regarding the program, the former then became actively involved in convincing the other members to continue working on the program.[62]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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