It’s clear that Han Seok Kyu isn’t just a veteran K-actor with widely lauded respect for his impeccable acting experience, he’s now got popular success to back him up. SBS Mon-Tues K-drama Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim has reached a new ratings high heading into the final few episodes of airing. Today’s episode 18 got 26.0% ratings, which the competition continues to flounder with Hwarang losing viewers down to 6.9% and Night Light dropping even more to 3.4%. SBS should enjoy this ratings success while it lasts as Romantic Doctor is ending soon to be replaced by Ji Sung‘s Defendant, and MBC can perhaps reboot it’s own ratings nightmare as Night Light is succeeded with sageuk Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People. Hwarang will just have to wait and see in two weeks whether it’s fortunes change with the competition refresh.
Those still watching Romantic Doctor can perhaps share latest insights on why this drama has stayed top of the ratings? Good acting and character chemistry aside, are the medical stories well crafted and the personal narrative so compelling? I’m thrilled for the talented cast well deserving of this hit but I won’t jump back in unless I’m convinced this isn’t just viewers sticking with the least sucky of the three Mon-Tues dramas.