As the director watched, the unending flatline that represented the show’s ratings, suddenly had a small peak!
He unconsciously put a hand over his heart, and his eyes widened in disbelief. After a moment, he seemed to think of something and managed to calm down. He turned to look at the producer and asked sadly: “Say, did you pay for someone to spike the ratings?!”
But the producer just looked blank, “Eh? I didn’t though.”
Hearing his answer, the director stared at him suspiciously for a long moment. However, after thinking about it carefully, he really felt that it was impossible for this producer, who was even stingier than he was, to pull out money to buy ratings.
Despite his incredulity, the director personally watched as the rating chart curved up and up and up until, by the end, it had soared all the way from 0.4 to 1.0.
What was going on?
Finally, the person who was responsible for running the show’s official blog was the one who came over to explain this mysterious change.
“Director! We were too out of the loop this time!”
The director responded with confusion, “What are you talking about? What’s the matter?”
He held up his phone: “Just look, this is all because of Ruan Tian!!!”
The show had directly become popular, and it was all thanks to these three things suddenly trending up the hot search, as well as the fact that various clips of the show that had been edited by netizens and bloggers had already accumulated more than 10 million views.
Also, the audience who were watching from their TVs at home were naturally not as harsh or biased against Ruan Tian as the netizens were. After all, Ruan Tian was a beautiful little girl, she wasn’t aggressive or argumentative, and she had a face that was very pleasing to the eye. On top of that, from her performance on the show, it was obvious that she was working hard despite the show crew trying to drag her feet, so she naturally won the audience’s favor.
Who wouldn’t like this little sister Tian?
When the viewers watched her picking up trash, they all felt that she was different from other stars, not afraid of a little hardship.
And when the scene changed to her squatting in a small corner and eating steamed buns, the audience were suddenly overwhelmed by feelings of compassion and heartache, thinking that this little girl was quite pitiful.
The audience felt that this star wasn’t squeamish, nor willing to act pitiful in the face of hardship, which caused their hearts to collectively melt for her.
“I wanted to cry when I saw TianBaby eating her steamed buns. Poor baby.”
“Uuuuuu, so pitiful and cute. Today is a good day to start liking TianBaby.”
“Mommy didn’t expect TianBaby to be like this. She’s really too powerful! TianBaby driving the tractor is the best!!!”
“New fans, assemble here!”
Meanwhile, Ruan Tian was still in dreamland, not knowing anything about her new wave of heat online.
As soon as he became aware of the situation, the director frantically sent Ruan Tian message after message on WeChat, but got no response at all. Eventually, he couldn’t wait for her to reply any longer so he urgently called her phone and woke her up.
Ruan Tian, who had been woken from a pleasant dream, was in a bit of a bad mood.
In the dream, Shen Shu and Qin Yu had been standing near the edge of a cliff together for some reason, and they had been about to fall off.
It was a great dream.
Anyway, Ruan Tian didn’t even open her eyes as she blearily groped around to find her phone by the bed before picking it up and answering the call.
The director’s voice was excited, like he had gotten a shot of chicken blood: “Ruan Tian!”
“I really have great vision.”
“I really didn’t see wrong when I choose you.”
“This time, you’re the savior of our program.”
“You’re really our lucky star of ratings! We’ve already edged out Tomorrow’s Top Students! Little Chef of China! Outstanding Graduates of Shandong!” (tl note: these are all real shows as far as I can tell, but I was too lazy to look them up and translate the names properly. For readers in China it probably gives some context to just “how” popular Ruan Tian’s fictional ‘Star Transformations’ is though)
Ruan Tian only had one thought.
It was another crazy one.
Why were there so many crazy people in this world?
Finally, she barely managed to open her eyes and said seriously: “Director, let me call 911 for you, it sounds like you need help.”
It was the middle of the night, okay? She wanted to sleep!
She wanted to return to her dream from just now, but this time she wanted to personally kick those two slag men off the cliff.
On his end of the phone, the director was smiling from ear to ear, but the wretched nature of his smile hadn’t changed at all.
“Ah, it’s fine. Get some sleep for now. I will talk to your agent first thing tomorrow.”
He had already thought everything through. Since things were like this, wouldn’t it be best to bring Ruan Tian on to shoot another episode?