The ratings for SBS Mon-Tues romance Our Beloved Summer would have been okay had the drama aired on cable network like tvN but being a prime time drama it is undeniably low and not what was expected for a high profile quality project starring two successful movie actors in Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi. The ratings started with 3.2% and stayed in that range for the first few episodes before climbing to the 4% range and then twice breaking 5% with the final episode getting a series high 5.3%. So the ratings increased is the only positive but overall this drama feels like a cult hit, a drama like Extraordinary You which also got low ratings but lots of viewer love from those who watched it. Our Beloved Summer did do well on Netflix streaming. The reviews have been glowing from critics and the audience but it didn’t translate to a broader awareness of this drama to bring in more mainstream television viewers. The general analysis for why it was low rated was that it was too slice-of-life and leads Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi together through a 16 episode drama did not have the same electric chemistry from their first go-around in The Witch and were instead very comforting and ordinary which could come across as a tad boring. I’m just on episode 4 and making this my savor watch because I love it so much but absolutely can understand why this drama doesn’t “grab” more viewers as it’s realistic and low key but lacks the dramatic beats that viewers who typically watch K-dramas want or expect.