The speed by which Descendants of the Sun burst out of the gate is making it a drama Secretariat, poised for a wire-to-wire lead and getting such a head start that it can cruise comfortably. This will likely be the last post about this drama’s ratings unless and until it breaks 30%, but still worth one more chat about today since it feels (and was) so long ago that a drama broke 20% this fast and is staying out. Episode 4 of DotS got 24.1% AGB nationwide, an increase of .7%, while TNmS nationwide rose 1.1% to 22.9% ratings.
Both Please Come Back Ahjussi and One More Happy Ending basically stayed put, Ahjusshi got 5.5% AGB nationwide and Happy Ending managed 3.7%. That means any disruption to the viewing pattern on Wed-Thurs night will potentially have to wait until the arrival of MBC drama Goodbye Mr. Black. Another long term accomplishment to watch out for is on DotS maintaining even the current ratings in the mid-20s, if it does that then the drama will indeed average above 20%. If DotS breaks 30% in the latter half of its run then it will set the new modern day ratings standard for prime time K-dramas.
I’m so happy with this drama as a whole but especially with how both sets of OTP have their own unique chemistry and struggles, making for a complementary one-two punch in doubling the reasons to stay interested in this story.