The ratings reversal happened swiftly and as expected, KBS‘s work place drama Chief Kim overtook the high profile SBS competitor Saimdang: Light’s Diary in this Thursday’s episode 4 for both dramas. Chief Kim rose another 1% to hit 13.8% ratings while Saimdang dropped .7% to garner 12.3% AGB nationwide ratings. I’ve only heard grumblings about lackluster acting and a dated script for Saimdang so I don’t think this relative ratings disappointment is going to be imputed to Lee Young Ae, but it certainly is unfortunately that she picked a drama for her first acting comeback in 13 years that by all accounts has a less than compelling script. Oh well, to walk in her own unmatched giant footstep that was Dae Jang Geum was always going to be impossible, now I just hope her drama doesn’t fall to single digits.
All this growing excitement for Chief Kim is making me revved up to start it soon. I do think quirky work place comedies are a nice change of pace, if Chief Kim is anything like Protect the Boss then it’ll be right up my alley. As for Missing 9, the ratings remained unchanged at 4.8% though I hear castaways are dropping like flies on the island.