The Ranksters

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The Ranksters
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Hangul뭐든지 프렌즈
GenreVariety
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Production location(s)South Korea
Running time80 minutes
DistributortvN
Release
Original networktvN
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseJuly 17 (2019-07-17) –
September 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)
External links
Website

The Ranksters (Korean뭐든지 프렌즈) was a South Korean variety show program on tvN. It was aired on tvN on Wednesdays at 23:00 (KST).[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Ranking Market Employees[edit]

Anything Friends[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

Episode 1-5[edit]

This show features 2 segments, namely "No Matter What Ranking Mart" and "Taste Detective Friends".[3] The cast will be split into pairs, while the guests will form their own pair.

In the first segment, "No Matter What Ranking Mart", the pairs compete to answer different themes Top 5 (out of 30 items), based on actual surveys conducted in Korea, such as "Top 5 items that you will be reluctant to buy using your own money but other people are thankful for when gifted to them as presents from you". If a pair chose an item that is not under the Top 5, they will have to pay for the item with their own credit cards. The pair that guessed the most number of correct Top 5 items will have their spending deducted to zero. From episode 4, the pairs will have to answer just the top 3, out of 20 items.

In the second segment, "Taste Detective Friends", they will move to the Food Court. There will be a food theme for each episode, and there are a number of versions of the food out of the versions shown above that are actually being sold, while the rest of the versions are made by the production team. The pairs have to play games to get to choose first, as they each attempt to guess which are the real versions, while trying their own choices. If he/she guesses correctly he/she will not have to pay for these food products using their own credit cards.

The money spent by the cast will be used to purchase the items to be used for future episodes.

Episode 6-8[edit]

New segments are introduced, in addition to the current segments shown in the first 5 episodes. The main objective for each episode is to pick each episode's Employee of the Week, which is through the competition between the cast and the 2 guests each week.

  • Guess the titles of the songs that are played at the same time.
  • Charades. For only episode 6, the English words speed quiz was played with a foreigner. Each side has 100 seconds to explain as many words as they can to the foreigner in English.
  • Guess the correct song and its singer based on its music video which would play a different song from the music video.
  • A slightly modified version of "Taste Detective Friends". For each round, 4 types of food are shown and each team has to choose only 1 type of food they think is actually sold.

Episodes[edit]

  • Pair A consists of Park Na-rae and Yang Se-chan
  • Pair B consists of Hwang Je-sung and Yang Se-hyung
  • Pair C consists of Moon Se-yoon and Hong Yoon-hwa
  • Guests will form Pair D
Ep. Broadcast
Date
Guest(s) No Matter What Ranking Mart Taste Detective Friends Final spending
Theme Top Items Spending Theme Food Items[a] Correct Guessers
1 July 17, 2019 N/A Top 5 items that you will be reluctant to buy using your own money but other people are thankful for when gifted to them as presents from you 1. High quality tumbler
2. Mini air purifier
3. Flowers
4. Beer foam maker
5. Mini flower pot
Pair A: ₩588,430
Pair B: ₩216,790
Pair C: ₩0[b]
Jjajangmyeon 1. Chilli galbi jjajangmyeon
2. Cotton candy jaengban-jjajangmyeon
3. King octopus jaengban-jjajangmyeon
Yang Se-chan
Yang Se-hyung
Hong Yoon-hwa
Pair A: ₩614,830
Pair B: ₩224,790
Pair C: ₩10,500
2 July 24, 2019 Solbi
Solbin [ko] (Laboum)
Top 5 hot Hallyu items based on an overseas shopping portal 1. Seaweed
2. Snail cream
3. Italy towel
4. Konjac sponge
5. Insect screen repair tape
Pair A: ₩0[c]
Pair B: ₩190,473
Pair C: ₩237,026
Pair D: ₩228,410
Cold food 1. Hanwoo naeng-gomtang
2. Chicken ice cream burger
Yang Se-chan
Park Na-rae
Pair A: ₩0
Pair B: ₩190,473
Pair C: ₩237,026
Pair D: ₩278,910[d]
3 July 31, 2019 Kim Ji-min
Joo Woo-jae [ko]
Top 5 presents with most sense for newlywed homes according to the 30s and 40s 1. Air fryer
2. Mood lamp
3. LED wall clock
4. One shot drinking set
5. Mini beam projector
Pair A: ₩0[e]
Pair B: ₩260,350
Pair C: ₩88,600
Pair D: ₩389,000
Doenjang 1. Siraegi doenjang pasta
2. Doenjang fried chicken
Park Na-rae
Hong Yoon-hwa
Pair A: ₩0
Pair B: ₩260,350
Pair C: ₩140,100[f]
Pair D: ₩389,000
  • Pair A consists of Park Na-rae and Yang Se-chan
  • Pair B consists of Moon Se-yoon and Yang Se-hyung
  • Pair C consists of Hong Yoon-hwa and Hwang Je-sung
  • Guests will form Pair D
Ep. Broadcast
Date
Guest(s) No Matter What Ranking Mart Taste Detective Friends Final spending
Theme Top Items Spending Theme Food Items[g] Correct Guessers
4 August 7, 2019 Jang Sung-kyu [ko]
Jimin (AOA)
Top 3 hot items for the summer with 2000% in rise of sales based on an e-commerce website from June 1 to July 15, 2019 1. TBA
2. TBA
3. TBA
N/A Fried chicken & burger 1. Vegetable tongdak
2. Tongyeong oyster burger set
3. Yukhoe burger set
Yang Se-hyung
Park Na-rae
Jang Sung-kyu
Pair A: TBA
Pair B: TBA
Pair C: TBA
Pair D: TBA
5 August 14, 2019 Heo Jung-min
Jang Do-yeon
Top 3 South Korea summer attractions 1. Yeouido Hangang Park, Seoul
2. Majang Lake Suspension Bridge, Paju
3. Eurwangni Beach, Incheon
Pair A: ₩119,900
Pair B: ₩0[h]
Pair C: ₩30,500
Pair D: ₩119,000
Jjamppong 1. Cheese jjamppong
2. Basil jjamppong
3. Peanut jjamppong
Hong Yoon-hwa
Jang Do-yeon
Yang Se-chan
Pair A: ₩
Pair B: ₩
Pair C: ₩
Pair D: ₩
  • Pair A consists of Park Na-rae and Yang Se-chan
  • Pair B consists of Hwang Je-sung and Yang Se-hyung
  • Pair C consists of Moon Se-yoon and Hong Yoon-hwa
  • Guests will form Pair D
Ep. Broadcast
Date
Guest(s) Taste Detective Friends Employee of the Week
Food Items Correct Guessers
6 August 21, 2019 Koyote (Kim Jong-min, Shin Ji), Terris Brown 1. Raw octopus oil squid ink pasta
2. Dakbal pizza
Pair A
Pair C
Yang Se-chan
7 August 28, 2019 Yoo Se-yoon, Lee Sang-joon [ko] 1. Raw mango jokbal
2. Sky blue carbonara
Pair D
Pair D
Yoo Se-yoon
8 September 4, 2019 N/A TBA TBA TBA

Ratings[edit]

  • Ratings listed below are the individual corner ratings of The Ranksters. (Note: Individual corner ratings do not include commercial time, which regular ratings include.)
  • 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.

2019[edit]

Ep. # Original Airdate AGB Nielsen Ratings Nationwide[4]
1 July 17 1.128%
2 July 24 1.011%
3 July 31 0.939%
4 August 7 0.698%
5 August 14 0.725%
6 August 21 0.853%
7 August 28 0.7%
8 September 4 0.614%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Food that is actually being sold
  2. ^ Originally spent ₩110,500 but won the segment
  3. ^ Originally spent ₩39,914 but won the segment
  4. ^ Solbin's card was selected to pay for every other food that is not sold
  5. ^ Originally spent ₩189,000 but won the segment
  6. ^ Moon Se-yoon's card was selected to pay for every other food that is not sold
  7. ^ Food that is actually being sold
  8. ^ Won the segment

References[edit]

  1. ^ POP, 헤럴드 (2019-07-17). "[첫방D-day]"젊은 피 수혈"..'뭐든지 프렌즈', '믿보' 개그맨 조합으로 水예능 강자 될까". pop.heraldcorp.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. ^ 이정현 (2019-06-20). "개그계 절친 모두 뭉쳤다…tvN '뭐든지 프렌즈'". 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  3. ^ 기자, 주진현 (1970-01-01). "'뭐든지프렌즈' 사비를 지출하지 않기 위해 필사적으로... - 시사매거진". www.sisamagazine.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  4. ^ "Nielsen Korea". www.nielsenkorea.co.kr. Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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