SBS Fri-Sat Drama Backstreet Rookie with Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung Ends with Average 6.6% AGB Nationwide Ratings

This weekend’s first drama finale was on SBS with its Fri-Sat drama Backstreet Rookie (Convenience Store Morning Star) ending its 16-episode run on Saturday. The drama got it’s highest rating ever of 9.5% in the second half of the final episode, and the drama averaged 6.6% AGB nationwide. That’s a whole point lower than predecessor The King: Eternal Monarch which averaged 7.7%, but BR probably cost like 1/20th the budget of The King and came with almost no expectations or buzz at the level of The King so I guess it’s a nice niche way to wrap up BR’s run that it also didn’t end up being lecherous or offensive the way the original manhwa source material was. I only watched 4 episodes before losing interest, still love leads Kim Yoo Jung and Ji Chang Wook and their acting and chemistry was perfectly fine (they were cute together and the age difference wasn’t jarring), but I didn’t like their characters or the story so got off the viewing train. For those who watched the entire drama, do share if it’s overall worth it and some pluses/minuses. The network will be taking a two week break before the next Fri-Sat drama the sci-fi Alice with Joo Won and Kim Hee Sun premieres on August 28th.

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Hottest Kings, Emperors, and Princes in K-dramas Through 2020

I realized that nearly all of the most popular younger generation K-actors have had a chance now to play a sageuk king, prince, or even fictional modern day Korean king/emperor. It’s totally an excuse for me to collect the entire … Continue reading

Ji Chang Wook and Kim Ji Won Find Modern Romance in Short Form Kakao M Drama City Couple Way of Love by PD of It’s Okay to Not be Okay

K-actor Ji Chang Wook is ditching the goofy of Backstreet Rookie for a more mature modern vibe in his next drama. K-ent is reporting that he’s going to star in the short form Kakao M drama City Couple Way of … Continue reading

Netizens Have Fun with Top K-ent Actors and Idols with Face Swap App Turning into Beautiful Women

Okay, the title may be a bit misleading because not every handsome/charming Korean actor and idol could be considered beautiful if they were turned into women versions. The popular face changing app that swaps genders is all the rage last … Continue reading

Kim Soo Hyun and Hyun Bin Top the 2020 Highest Paid Korean Actors in Television

This list will likely change heading into 2021 but for now we’re in 2020 so let’s take a look at who among the K-actors is leading the bankability and raking in the dough on K-drama land. Kim Soo Hyun comes … Continue reading

Kim Yoo Jung and Ji Chang Wook Turn Convenience Store Drudgery into Romance in New Stills for SBS Drama Backstreet Rookie

I’ll say that if upcoming SBS Fri-Sat drama Backstreet Rookie is at least good then it’s already a winner. The expectations are low and this is a low budget drama anyways, at least compared to its time slot predecessor world … Continue reading

Kim Yoo Jung and Ji Chang Wook Partner Up to Take on the Convenience Store World in Posters and Preview for Backstreet Rookie

It’s an extra week wait for the arrival of next SBS Fri-Sat drama Backstreet Rookie, dropping now on June 19th. That’s ok, get things buttoned down and more time can be used to prep better. The drama released the official … Continue reading

Looking Ahead to Second Half of 2020 Dramas and Movies with Kim Soo Hyun, Park Seo Joon, IU, Suzy, Park Bo Gum and More

I did a happy clap when I saw the script reading pictures for IU and Park Seo Joon for Dream, their upcoming movie from the director of Extreme Jobs. Both are coming off highly successful last projects and collaborating with … Continue reading

Character Stills Showcases the Convenience Store Mood for SBS Drama Backstreet Rookie with Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung

Ok, I feel more relieved just by seeing Kim Yoo Jung‘s character still for SBS drama Backstreet Rookie (Convenience Store Morning Star) because the original webtoon uncomfortably sexualized the female lead character. Her character still in the new batch released … Continue reading