Oh ouch, this one’s gotta hurt, and not sure if the hurt is lessened by having another fellow fallen comrade. The ratings are out for this Wednesday’s prime time dramas and all eyes are on newcomer Goodbye Mr. Black with Moon Chae Won and Lee Jin Wook to see if it can make a dent in runaway rating’s leader Descendants of the Sun. In the last three weeks, same day premiered Please Come Back Ahjusshi has seen its single digit premiere ratings continue to drop while DotS made leaps and bounds upward from its mid teens rating premiere to close to breaking 30% now.
The results are out and it doesn’t look pretty – Goodbye Mr. Black’s first episode got 3.9% AGB ratings nationwide and Please Come Back Ahjusshi continued to drop 1.4% to 4% AGB nationwide for today’s episode 7. Perhaps the only sliver of consolation is that DotS didn’t break 30% ratings and set a record, it recorded only 28.3% AGB nationwide ratings for episode 7, a slight decrease of 0.2%. The domestic viewers have spoken and there is no increased pie size yielding more viewers returning to television to spread the wealth, or rather the DotS effect is solely limited to that drama only and I don’t see Mr. Black or Ahjusshi making any significant headway during the remainder of the DotS run.
I’ve gotten used to Please Come Back Ahjusshi’s low ratings but to drop even further from last week is shocking, and even more shocking is Mr. Black’s super duper low premiere ratings in the 3% range. Really?!?! Bummer for the other two casts and production, I enjoy Ahjusshi for Oh Yeon Seo and the interesting concept story line and still plan to watch Mr. Black, but the two big name casts getting such low ratings is still hard to wrap my mind.