There was a slight but meaningful down tick in ratings for the second day episodes of Hospital Ship, showing once again that narrative and execution is the king of ratings consistency over big name star power such as Ha Ji Won as the female lead. The MBC Wed-Thur new offering dropped below the premiere episodes 10% line and notched a 8.9% AGB nationwide rating for the 3rd episode and it rose to 10.9% for the 4th episode. Competitors Reunited Worlds and Manhole remained about the same in ratings, so this is really Hospital Ship’s leader slot to lose. Good news is that a new drama won’t arrive until While You Were Sleeping with Suzy and Lee Jong Seok takes over for Reunited Worlds come September 29th, bad news is that a month lead may not help Hospital Ship float higher if the audiences aren’t captivated by the drama and eager to keep watching. My gut tells me it’s stay the leader but tread water, like a ship puttering near the port and meandering with no clear direction.
I watched all four episodes from premiere week and find myself only mildly entertained, this would be a drama I follow solely for Ha Ji Won and staying a completists with her dramas and less anything from the characters to the plot that grabs my attention. I think as far as medical dramas go it’s merely passable, SBS definitely deserves it’s winning run in the medical genre as simple comparison with recent Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim and Doctors shows that SBS has the right formula of sleekness with tighter ensemble chemistry.