Weekend dramas stay strong
Smile, Three Brothers, Loving You a Thousand Times
It’s a good time to be a weekend drama: Saturdays and Sundays are home to a number of thriving dramas these days. Leading the pack is KBS’s family drama Three Brothers, which again surpassed the 30% mark this weekend. Following the highest-rated series of the year (Sons of Sol Pharmacy), it seems like it has found the right tone to carry a similar viewership.
But it’s not the only series with healthy broadcast numbers; over on SBS, both weekend dramas (Smile and Loving You a Thousand Times) are faring quite well.
Three Brothers airs in the earlier hour, and although it occupies first place, relationship melodrama Loving You a Thousand Times (starring Lee Soo-kyung, Jung Kyeo-woon) isn’t far behind with its most recent episode bringing in 22.5% ratings. Unfortunately, such strong showings for those two means MBC is stuck with a low 6.5% for its Eugene-led family drama Creating Destiny.
In the later hour, the competition is closer, but for now Smile is sitting pretty in first place as the romance and laughs continue for its stars Lee Min-jung and Jung Kyung-ho. Its most recent episode pulled in a 17.6% and its performance has been deemed strong enough to merit a 16-episode extension. (And I can tell by the reactions of guest recappers soyjoy and dw4p and from the comments by readers on this site that the show is certainly connecting with fans.)
Meanwhile, MBC’s Assorted Gems is performing solidly with a 15.6%. Even the car-dealership-set, manhwa-adapted drama Hot Blooded Salesman, which stars Chae Jung-ahn and Park Hae-jin, isn’t doing too badly with a consistent, mania-level performance in the 9%-10% range.
Now, if only there weren’t so many of them and they weren’t so long, I might have the time to keep up with them…!