Apr 23, 2019
by K. Lew
“Inkigayo” has spoken up in response to fans’ criticisms about the program’s chart ranking system and why BTS was not nominated for first place in the show’s April 21 broadcast.
On April 23, BTS fans uploaded complaints on the program’s viewer message board saying things like, “Reveal how the numbers are counted on the chart,” and, “Explain why [BTS] was omitted from the rankings.” Their complaints were due to BTS’s title track “Boy With Luv” and other songs from the new album “Map of the Soul: Persona” not appearing on the chart.
According to BTS fans, “Inkigayo” previously revealed that the time period used to determine rankings was the week starting from the Monday two weeks prior to the broadcast until the Monday one week prior to the broadcast. Because the most recent episode aired on April 21, the rankings should have been determined using data from April 8 to 15. As BTS’s new album was released on April 12, the album’s performance from April 13 to 15 should have been reflected on the charts.
In response to these criticisms, a source from SBS stated, “Last week’s rankings came out the way they did because there was a difference between the data-gathering period and the period of [BTS’s] promotions. I believe the rankings came out as they did because there are many different detailed criteria for the rankings.” On calculating the rankings, the source added, “Other places also do not reveal their detailed criteria for calculating [the rankings], not only ‘Inkigayo.'”
“Inkigayo” airs every Sunday at 4 p.m. KST.