Posing pretty for When Night Comes
Stars of MBC’s When Night Comes were on hand on June 17 in Seoul for the press conference introducing their drama. Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Gun, Kim Jung Hwa, and Lee Joo Hyun were in attendance as their new series tries to take over from its predecessor Yi San’s successful ratings.
When Night Comes kicks off next Monday, but its competitors got a head start and premiered today: SBS with its long-awaited Gourmet (starring Kim Rae Won and Nam Sang Mi), and KBS with Eric‘s sageuk comedy Strongest Chil Woo. Ratings-wise, Gourmet came out on top, with its first episode posting 13.2% ratings versus Chil Woo‘s 11.5%. For their second episodes, Gourmet‘s ratings went up 2.9% (to 16.1%), probably taking all of the 2.4% that Chil Woo lost (total 9.1%).
I’ve seen the first episodes of both, although I’ll wait until I catch the second episodes before weighing in, but here are my predictions:
If When Night Comes proves to be a good show, it’ll probably split ratings with Gourmet, which looks like it’s on its way to being a hit. On the other hand, if Night disappoints with mediocrity, Gourmet will take the night, leaving Night to trail in second place with middling ratings. But I’m betting Chil Woo will probably be a spectacular failure either way (I enjoyed it, but yeah, it’s pretty awful).
SONG OF THE DAY
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- Thumbs (and trunks) up for Chil Woo
- Promoting his drama with a come-hither stare
- KBS’s second honorable thief of the year ties on his mask, readies for (ratings) battle
- Keeping his skills — and knives — honed
- They’d better hope third time’s the charm
- Kimonos and national treasures
- Kim Sun Ah leads her Girl Scouts
- Kim Sun Ah to make her comeback