On June 14th, Running Man featured a special couples race surrounding the theme of Love and War, however, previews teased fans with the possibility of a special guest.Song Joong Ki made a short appearance on the episode which excited many fans as the former cast member made his first official appearance on the show following his leave back in 2011.
With the anticipation building, Running Man‘s ratings rose by more than 0.3%. According to Nielsen Korea, the 11.0% rating follows three weeks of continuous upward trends for the show, placing it ahead of Real Men 2 that aired at the same time slot with a mere 10.9%.
The highest recorded rating was during the opening scene when guests were introduced and Song Joong Ki and Jo In Sung made an appearance. As close friends of Kwang Soo, the two happened to make a surprise visit which touched the cast and crew, eventually becoming a big topic online.
The “Love and War” episode features guests including Kim So Hyun, Son Jun Ho, and Haha’s wife Byul, which gave rise to many hilarious antics as the husband and wife were paired as a couple during the intense race.