Get ready for more doctor dramas in the near future if that’s the reason for the winning success of Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim, on top of the winning success of Doctors. SBS has now aired two hit Mon-Tues medical dramas, first Doctors in the summer and now Romantic Teacher, and in between was the epic disappointment and much more hyped up star-studded sageuk drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. Romantic Doctor started off with 9.5% AGB nationwide in its first episode and successive episodes have seen ratings jump in one to two percent, with the most recent episode 8 jumping another 2.9% to garner 21.7% ratings. The competition in Night Light and the ending soon The Man Living in Our House brings in low single digit ratings even as alternative programming with a melodrama and rom-com. The success of Romantic Doctor is even more impressive than SBS winning Wed-Thurs with Legend of the Blue Sea which has yet to break 20% ratings.
I watched the first two episodes of Romantic Doctor and didn’t like either lead characters played by Seo Hyun Jin or Yoo Yeon Seok, not related to their performance just not feeling the way their characters are written. There also was too little Han Seok Kyu to keep my interest so I tabled the drama for later. But now it’s impressive improving ratings success makes me want to dive back in. Anyone watching since the beginning care to chime in on why it’s such a popular drama?