Feb 27, 2016 | 12:38 PM EST

'Youth Over Flowers: Africa' Continues To Deliver Record-Breaking Ratings

BY Adrienne Stanley

"Youth Over Flowers: Africa" continues to attract viewers and remains the most popular installment of the variety program. On February 26, the second episode delivered 10.4 percent in cable viewership. 

"Reply 1988" stars Ryu Jun Yeol, Park Bo Gum, Go Kyung Pyo, and Ahn Hae Jong endured the harsh conditions of the African desert, in their attempts to view its sweeping sunset and natural splendor. 

The quartet is referred to as the Ssangmun-Dong brothers in honor of their characters on the tvN family drama which concluded on January 16. 

Their casting in "Youth Over Flowers" followed the success of "Reply 1988."  They unwittingly joined the project when they were kidnapped from their cast vacation in Phuket and delivered to the Namib desert. 

The series highlights the talents of each actor, with Ryu Jun Yeol demonstrating his English-language skills and Park Bo Gum reflecting a cheerful demeanor. 

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In the second episode, the adventurous stars successfully navigate their rental car to their first destination, Sossusvlei.

Ahn merrily cooked for the group, who tackled their first camping trip in the desert. 

Ryu and Park Bo continue to defy rumors of on-set tension during the filming of "Reply 1988," as the pair discussed the hardships faced by their families. 

"Do you have a family photo?," asked Park, during a conversation regarding their familial relationships. "We have yet to take one, together." 

The tvN series premiered on February 19 with 11.8 percent, defeating the previous record for the January 8 episode.

During its airing, the first episode of "Youth Over Flowers: Africa" received an average audience of 12.7 percent, with a high of 14.7 percent of cable subscribers tuning in.

"Youth Over Flowers: Africa" airs on tvN in the Friday 8:40 p.m. time slot. The variety program will broadcast on Channel M for Southeast Asian audiences beginning March 5. 

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