CCTV’s “Xinwen Lianbo” Tops TV Program Satisfaction Ratings

CCTV's Xinwen Lianbo daily news program ranks first in television satisfaction surveys.

CCTV's Xinwen Lianbo daily news program ranks first in television satisfaction surveys.

CCTV is China’s state television broadcaster. Xinwen Lianbo is a daily news program that was broadcasted on every channel at the same time every day in the past but now only on several CCTV-controlled channels now. It is popularly regarded as government propaganda both domestically and abroad, or at the very least that it’s programming and content is strictly dictated by the government.

From NetEase and Sina:

CCTV Releases Television Programming Satisfaction Report: Xinwen Lianbo In First Place

@央视新闻 [CCTV News]: Xinwen Lianbo”, “Topics in Focus” and “Star Boulevard”; are you satisfied [with them]? — CCTV released a satisfaction ratings report for its television programming: audience satisfaction ratings for the entire country towards CCTV were 4.25 (out of 5). “Xinwen Lianbo” [news program], “Topics in Focus” [news program], and “Avenue of the Stars” [variety show] were ranked as the top three in satisfaction for the first 3 quarters of the year. Bi Fujian was the most liked television host with 9.21% of the votes. Television, with a high penetration rate of 99.23%, maintained its place as the “leader/boss” of media.

CCTV's "Xinwen Lianbo", "Topics in Focus", and "Avenue of the Stars" rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in television program satisfaction ratings.

Comments from NetEase:

网易天津市手机网友 ip:123.150.*.*:

Face?  [ie so shameless/brazen]

制渡是中国所有问题的根源 [网易加拿大网友]:

“The work of CCAV is to pick out bits of rat shit from the Western pot of rice, and to pick out grains of rice from the Chinese pot of rat shit”.

屠龙术 [网易中国网友]:

Christ, shouldn’t it be “comes top in [survey of most] disgusting”?

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:183.129.*.*:

I can no longer find any even more shameless type of words to describe CCTV, so help me think of a word? The best would be that kind of word that makes you feel disgusted even when you’re already disgusted.

网易云南省昆明市网友网易云南省昆明市网友 ip:119.62.*.*:

Passed under duress! The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China put the assignment of Mr.XX to a vote. The bank’s president took his seat on the dais and yelled out to those below: “Those against, raise your hand”. None did! He called out again: “Those abstaining, raise your hand” None did! He called out once more: “Those in favour, raise your hand”. 100% raised their hands! However the staff said in private: If I didn’t raise my hand, I’d have been laid off.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 [感谢蛋炒饭拯救全中国]:

CCAV [CCTV] once again rapes the whole country’s IQ.

网易河南省开封市手机网友网易河南省开封市手机网友 ip:222.138.*.*: (responding to above)

First floor [original poster] can represent me.

网易重庆市手机网友 ip: 123.147.*.*:

Don’t always complain about this being bad and that being bad about the country. No matter how bad it is, it is still the country that raised you, so you have a duty to defend the country’s image. No matter where you are, do not forget, you are Chinese.

网易广东省珠海市网友 [gzhh12306]: (responding to above)

The common people rely on their own two hands and labour to provide for themselves, providing not only for themselves but also fostering the world’s largest hierarchy [social class of civil servants]! The country has never given me a single penny!

网易山东省滨州市网友 [aini_745]: (responding to above)

On what grounds should the country give you money for free? Who do you think you are? Are you supposed to be a gangster/thug?

网易海南省三亚市网友(59.50.*.*): (responding to above)

Given that the country doesn’t give me money, don’t fucking talk so big about “the country that raised you”. Disgusting.

网易北京市网友 [要有爱要和谐] : (responding to above)

Given that the country doesn’t give me money for free, don’t talk so big to me about being patriotic or talking so big using SB expressions like ‘the country raised me’ or ‘there wouldn’t be my family without the country’ while being patriotic.

要有爱要和谐 [网易北京市网友]: (responding to above)

Also, can those people who are being stupid please differentiate between the state/government and the motherland/country? And also differentiate between the state/government and the ordinary people. The founding of the state/government to serve the people, and not a single common person has the duty to love it.

Comments from Sina:


Xinwen Lianbo says China’s environmental management has received worldwide acclaim, that Beijing’s number of blue skies [clear days of low pollution] has reached over 300 days. What do you think?


Only one true sentence! “It is 7pm Beijing time”!


Incisive. also that food is increasing every year.


Also that food is all very safe!


It’s on-time every day, without commercials.


I believe this survey/opinion poll, because the people who watch Xinwen Lianbo on the whole don’t go onto this internet of “foul black smoke atmosphere” [chaotic, cynical, negative] internet. A lot of the relatively older people around me all watch Xinwen Lianbo while there are fewer younger people. The young people only know how to go online, where spouting shit [arbitrary, unreasonable complaints/criticisms] dominates, so they don’t trust anything, only their own perverse/distorted thinking, selfish and neurotic. Only frogs at the bottom of the well would spout shit! Hehe, I welcome the ignorant children to come forward and challenge me!

无聊才开博[广西玉林]: (responding to above)

Shandong [where the above commenter is posting from] is indeed the hometown of Confucius and Mencius, and your modesty makes us blush with shame. May I be so bold as to ask you something, just what definitive evidence do you have to say other people’s complaints/gripes is them just spouting shit? If it is just wishful labeling, then how are you different from ignorant children? You tell us not to disbelieve everything, then does that mean we should also believe what the people complaining/grumbling online say? If so, then what is the reasoning for this? What you see online must not be completely believed, but it also can’t be completely dismissed. The “foul black smoke atmosphere” of the internet, hasn’t it also brought you here?

People of older age are worth respect, but their values necessarily correct? My grandfather participated in Resisting the US and Helping North Korea [Korean War]. He said North Korea was very prosperous; when we said it isn’t very good now, the old man actually overturned the table on the first day of the new Lunar year. May I ask, what do you think of this?

As the mouthpiece of the state/country, the loudspeaker of the Party, CCTV is indeed responsible and diligent and Xinwen Lianbo has also been of good use as positive propaganda, but when it comes to paying attention to the real problems in the realm of people’s livelihoods and society, Xinwen Lianbo seems to have a long ways to go. When we watch Xinwen Lianbo, it is not to bolster our sense of happiness. While Xinwen Lianbo is singing praises, shouldn’t it also have our ZF officials reflect on themselves? Randomly spouting shit is admittedly wrong, but what’s wrong with normal complaints/grumbling? Are those people who have suffered forced demolitions, social injustice, government official corruption supposed to simultaneously watch Xinwen Lianbo and hold back tears of gratitude? Is this what a harmonious society is supposed to be?

Why do so many people have criticisms of Xinwen Lianbo, have you thought about it before? Can they all be American secret agents? You say other people are frogs at the bottom of a well and say other people’s thinking is perverse/distorted, but when can you learn how to rationally consider problems from different angles and think about things without narrow-mindedness and radicalism? Maybe you are an older person, but the opponents you must face are definitely not ignorant children. Ridiculous arrogance, don’t tell me that is the teachings of Confucius and Mencius?


Xinwen Lianbo says [the government] is resolved to regulate real estate so that residents have residences. What do you think?


I turn on the television just so there is some sound/noise at home.


Where did this satisfaction result come from? How come I didn’t see this survey?


Written by China Ball


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