It’s good news for SBS heading into 2015 year end, the network this week just won the ratings time slot for both its Mon-Tues and Wed-Thurs prime time dramas. It’s not by much, but having a dual win is so rare these days as ratings remain mostly depressed across the industry. Mon-Tues has been a lock with sageuk Six Flying Dragons, which hasn’t soared to the ratings heights as sageuks used to bring in but remains well received by critics and audience alike.
The biggest ratings winner for SBS in the Wed-Thurs time remains Yongpal, but The Village was such a ratings downer that it’s a bit of a surprise to see how quickly followup drama Remember (Son’s War) won the ratings battle just three episodes in over Sweet Savage Family and long time ratings leader The Merchant: Gaekju 2015. I’m enjoying Remember but not for the reason I thought I would be – Yoo Seung Ho is great in his first big drama after military service discharge, but the drama stealer is Park Sung Woong‘s performance and character. So fantastic and charming! Continue reading
This has been an uneventful year in dramas for me, and it’s hard to wrap my head around the year ending soon and already K-ent pundits are looking towards 2016 for discussion fodder. The network that has been getting killed … Continue reading
It’s been soooooo long since the all three big networks simultaneously premiered a new drama during a prime time slot. For example, I still remember the “which one will I watch first?” conundrum and excitement around epic three-way premieres like Cinderella … Continue reading
SBS is getting a lot more buzz on the Wed-Thurs time slot with Yongpal, but Mrs. Cop on Mon-Tues is also leading the ratings against its competition. Hopefully the buzz will come back once Mrs. Cop ends this week and … Continue reading
Now this is what I’m talking about when I ask for an intense drama to live up to it’s visual awareness. More often than not drama productions produce posters that are merely serviceable and do nothing in service of selling … Continue reading
SBS promised me Six Flying Dragons, but from the completed set of drama stills of all the leading men I only count five. Which leads me to assume Shin Se Kyung‘s female lead is the sole lady of the bunch … Continue reading
SBS doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to sageuks, with rival network MBC always putting out at least one long sageuk a year and KBS doing well with shorter and buzzier fusion sageuks. Keeping that in mind, … Continue reading