I feel like there are a handful of Korean drama actors and actresses who maintain success in the industry despite the declining ratings across the board, and the group is definitely larger than the eight being discussed here. K-news portal Osen recently published an article discussing the current four actors and four actresses who remain a lock in delivering ratings. For the ladies the group includes Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Bo Young, Hwang Jung Eum, and Moon Chae Won. The men is the expected foursome of Kim Soo Hyun, Joo Won, Lee Jong Seok, and Lee Seung Gi. I don’t disagree with this picks, but like I said above there are probably more than just these eight that are still able to bring in solid ratings time and again. And by solid it would mean 10% and more, rather than years ago when one needed to bring in 20% ratings on a consistent basis to be considered a reliable ratings champ.
I won’t go into a spiel about the ratings recent dramas ratings performance of these eight stars, other than pointing out that the article discusses how their dramas consistently generate buzz on top of delivering ratings that is solid for this day and age, they are also CF kings and queens so are beloved in that other television medium, and also they all have varying degrees of international appeal.