SBS must be feeling a huge sigh of relief, and sharing a proverbial high five for continuing its prime time drama ratings dominance. Newly premiered Mon-Tues drama Defendant came in the ratings leader with around 14% ratings for the first two episodes, and now the first two episodes of Wed-Thurs new arrival Saimdang: Light’s Diary is also a winner for the network. SBS aired the first two episodes back-to-back on Thursday night after Legend of the Blue Sea finished up on a Wednesday, and that turned out to be a smart move as episode 1 notched 15.6% AGB nationwide ratings and episode 2 brought in 16.3% in second hour. Chief Kim on KBS dropped slightly to 7.2% and Missing 9 on MBC continues to miss out on viewers bringing in only 5.3% ratings. Congrats to the continued dominance of SBS as it transitioned out two high rated dramas in Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim and Legend of the Blue Sea, it’s hard enough to have a hit drama but to do it in both prime time slots and then continue it on subsequent dramas is quite a feat.
For those who watched Saimdang, any first thoughts? Lee Young Ae is impeccably classy but how does she fare in her first acting role in thirteen years. And does male lead Song Seung Heon actually deliver a decent and engaging performance to match up. How does the drama fare in writing and execution – nicely understated or a tad overwrought, which was my concern when I watched the previews.