Since its debut on March 15, China’s latest hit show The Oath of Love has already accumulated over two billion views on Tencent Video, with some expecting the show to pass 10 billion views by the end of its run.
The 29-episode TV series, which stars Yang Zi (see photo) and Xiao Zhan, was highly anticipated before its release. The series was adapted from a hugely popular novel of the same name and tells the story about Lin Zhixiao (Yang), a cellist who is a year away from graduation. After her father is hospitalised with cancer, Lin meets Gu Wei (Xiao) a doctor who is feeling burnt out and thinking of quitting. You can guess the rest…
Despite the strong viewership figures, so far word-of-mouth has been polarising. Naysayers complain that the screenplay is “awkward” and “illogical” (one of the biggest complaints is that Gu, despite being a young doctor with an insanely busy work schedule, has a lot of time to date and indulge in lover’s squabbles). Others, likely loyal fans of the two leads, say the show is “heartwarming” and the acting is good.
Still, given the star power of the two leads, it wasn’t a surprise the show has generated huge audiences. “Xiao Zhan and Yang Zi contributed a lot [to the success of the show]. If there weren’t for the two, judging from the setting of the story, ratings wouldn’t have reached this height. It goes to say that once the actors are correctly cast, even if the plot is mediocre, a show may receive good ratings,” one critic wrote.
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