It’s good news for SBS heading into 2015 year end, the network this week just won the ratings time slot for both its Mon-Tues and Wed-Thurs prime time dramas. It’s not by much, but having a dual win is so rare these days as ratings remain mostly depressed across the industry. Mon-Tues has been a lock with sageuk Six Flying Dragons, which hasn’t soared to the ratings heights as sageuks used to bring in but remains well received by critics and audience alike.
The biggest ratings winner for SBS in the Wed-Thurs time remains Yongpal, but The Village was such a ratings downer that it’s a bit of a surprise to see how quickly followup drama Remember (Son’s War) won the ratings battle just three episodes in over Sweet Savage Family and long time ratings leader The Merchant: Gaekju 2015. I’m enjoying Remember but not for the reason I thought I would be – Yoo Seung Ho is great in his first big drama after military service discharge, but the drama stealer is Park Sung Woong‘s performance and character. So fantastic and charming!
So far the narrative of Remember is straightforward as a legal thriller, with the bad guys outmaneuvering the good guys at the critical junctures to keep the crisis alive and give our hero a seemingly insurmountable challenge to overcome. It’s Park Sung Woong’s character who functions as a fascinating wild card and adds the unexpected jolts to keep the drama from being bogged down. It’s solid so far and definitely a possibility to retain the ratings lead during the remainder of it’s run.