I thought the Descendants of the Sun ratings gravy train was over for KBS but apparently not. The production team and network wisely elected not to extend DotS, not that it was realistically even possible anyways since it was fully pre-produced, but still that was a major relief for those watching along. That meant DotS aired it’s final episode 16 last week and I thought this week would premiere Master: God of Noodles opposite the new SBS offering Entertainer.
Instead KBS chose to air God of Noodles next week and this week will present two special episodes of DotS including interviews, behind-the-scenes tidbits, and potentially even unaired scenes. That turned out to be a savvy move by the network even if it feels like overly milking a cow – the ratings for Wednesday April 20th are out and the special episode of DotS garnered 17.7% AGB nationwide ratings, Goodbye Mr. Black on MBC doubled its last week ratings to reach 8.1%, and newcomer Entertainer brought up the rear with its first episode receiving 6.2% ratings.
After watching and recapping the entirety of DotS, I’m not planning to check out the special episodes because I’ve gotten all the enjoyment I can get from this drama. Clearly the Korean domestic audience hasn’t, or maybe everyone thought it was two new episodes of DotS hence the insane ratings for what amounts to an hour worth of filler. I didn’t expect Entertainer to premiere to high ratings but can’t wait to watch the first episode and see if the quality is there to merit my early interest. At least Goodbye Mr. Black can end soon with a modicum of dignity after being mired in low low ratings since it premiered.