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Chuno breaks 30% in its second week

Looks like it’s going to be a huge sensation: KBS’s Chuno just aired its fourth episode, and already it has passed the 30% ratings threshold. According to TNS Media numbers, Chuno pulled in a 30.8%, up against Will It Snow For Christmas, which has returned to its IRIS-era numbers with a 11.5%. MBC’s finale episode of Hero went out quietly with a 4.7%.

(Ever greedy, the press is now expecting Chuno to break the 40% mark as the story really gets going. Not that it’s an impossible task, but these days, a drama can’t even enjoy its current achievement without everything jumping to the next expectation.)

A new contender will join the fray next week when MBC’s The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry will premiere. One factor working in its favor is that it’s a completely different genre, centering around three modern career women, but it’ll be hard to make a dent in Chuno‘s stronghold if it keeps up its level of visual quality, acting, and quick-paced storytelling.

Via OSEN

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it's good for Lee Da Hae since her last drama fiasco east of eden

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Noooooo! Come on, Will it Snow, you can get back up there!

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YEAH! Episode 4 was sooooo good. What a cliffhanger! I can't wait until next week.

I agree w/Anon..it's amazing where LDH is now compared to where she was this time last year. I do believe in karma. Oh yes I do.

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It's a good show. It's great seeing people are actually responding to QUALITY this time. It may not be for everyone's taste but you cannot deny that it has a great story, great acting, and amazing direction. PD Kwak should be very proud.

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I never really thought I'd touch this drama at all.. I'm not really
into action-packed dramas but thanks for your recaps, I got
interested enough to give it a try---- and thank heavens I did.

I am now a shipper for this drama, though my first love is [and
will remain] WISFC, I will definitely be following this drama.
Thanks for your introduction of this drama, as well as the recaps,
without it I wouldn't have given this drama a chance.

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Amazing! I skimmed through raws 1-2 yesterday and am loving what I saw. Hope to watch it with subs soon... in the mean time, Chuno fighting! :)

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i will not watch this drama, no matter how many people recommend it and the high ratings it gets, for some reason every lee dae hee drama ends up getting dropped or being hated by me, so sorry oh ji hoo and jang hyuk, i will not be able to watch it.

Will it snow for xmas is <3 and thats what ill keep watching. and i can't wait for the woman who still wants to marry!!!

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That's great for Chuno but I'm sticking with WISFC! Honestly saeguks I don't find interesting. Just not in my taste. I tried watching Return of Illjimae but yeah didn't work. I gave up after episode 4. Not saying anything about its quality but yeah I don't think I'll give saeguks another try.

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what is chuno's expected run in # of episodes? i'm wary of starting if it's gonna be... like anything more than 30 episodes

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Congrats to Chuno, wow, that some start at the beginning of the year. I actually felt like the pre-premiere marketing was really effective, the way it released trailers and stills and heightened the anticipation.

@ okdubu

Nope, 24 satisfying yet brisk episodes!

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great for chuno. but not my taste.besides not fans of the actors and actress in chuno.

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good job! good job!

i decided to stick with JB's recaps for the time being and catch Chuno on kbsworld later so I can savour WISFC (or what's left of it)...

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Aw, poor Christmas.

It's a bit strange. I think Chuno is fun and wonderfully shot, but something about the plot and the huge number of characters bothers me. I'm not liking LDH much either, though I'm pleasantly surprised with both JH and OJH. I'm really, really surprised it passed the 30 percent mark so quickly.

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Too bad, I gonna hide away from all the spoilers, caps until eps 10 or sth like that. Subs come out too slow to feed my appetite.

The best bet is not getting addicted in the first place. But I keep my expectation high.

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I love Asian swashbucklers. The way they handle their swords, how they sheath and unsheath them....so beautiful to watch. So much better than hollywood stuff.

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Wow. Hopefully it doesn't die out though... but I have a feeling Chuno's going to carry on the good ratings. I really really hope to God an UNNECESSARY extension to carry on the high ratings happens - I seriously hate when that happens because almost always, the extension ends up happening with lackluster, unplanned storyline and repetition after repetition of plotlines already used. It's just plain annoying.

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Congratulations, Kwak Jung Hwan and the entire cast & crew of Chuno!!! :D
This is fanastic and utterly well-deserved.

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This drama deserves high rating. I found it very interesting, even though I have watched up to episode 3 so far.

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Oh look, a gratuitous man-nipple! :D

I'm not watching Chuno, because it's not really my type of story (I like my modern-era Kdramas, thanks), but I'm glad it's enjoying such success. I just hope it can keep up the pace and not disappoint everyone who's watching it and/or rooting for it. :)

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waiting to watch this on viikii is tortureeee

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Wish I live in Korea so I can watch WISFC and help boost up its ratings. Not that I'll be able to make much of a difference but still........

Oh who am I kidding?
If I'm in Korea, I'll be too busy stalking Go Soo to do any TV watching! :P

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I still cannot get into Chuno. Guess that the genre is not my cup of tea. :)

@lidge_fan: lol. GS is too yummy, isn't he?

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PD Kwak, you finally have the ratings that you've been deprived of for SO LONG! I'm happy for him, as well as the writer and the rest of the filming crew. Their hard work has certainly paid off..

Chuno fighting!

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Re: WISFC

I think it's a good drama, but lately I just can't seem to get into it anymore. Part of me feels that Writer Lee has lost her golden touch... but again, that's just me. And each to its own right? ^^

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is it just me or do others think Koreans seem suckers for promotion and hype? I am not saying Chuno is bad or anything but after only 2 episodes it seems a bit early to start calling it the new best thing in TV Drama land. Just look at Isis incredible amount of hype, but when it was done..was it really that good at all, I do not think so. There seem this attitude that if it costs a huge amount of money then it has to good also, while frankly many of the smaller budget, less hyped shows are the ones you end up watching again and again.
Kind of reminds me of those boy/girl bands having huge fan base without even releasing a single note of music or song. But just based on promotion and hype.

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With Chuno's ratings this high, I'm almost afraid for The Woman Who Still wants To Marry. Not that I'm not happy for Chuno's cast and crew. The drama certainly deserves the high ratings.

By the way, are the Chuno subs out?

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congratulation Chuno and all the casts and crew

To me part of the success is also excellent assemble of cast on and off the screen, maybe some actors/actressess took it lightly on this aspect, -usually after shooting there are no interaction between them, especially who think he/she already got big name, but here in Chuno I found most of them click so well with each other, plus there are no pressure from oustside to change the script or actor/actress.'wink'

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I definitely want to check Chuno out when all the episodes are complete. Don't feel like waiting every week just to watch two episodes. I'm also interested to see how LDH fares in a saguek. I think she's so modern looking.

Poor Kim Bum. First, Dream was up against QSD, now his new drama will be up against Chuno. I hope his drama will do better this time.

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This is Korean gladiator , LDH looks too modern , not suitable for historical drama ,
i wish she quit this drama . the actress in Damo is more suitable for this drama .

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haven't seen any single episode of chuno yet...but I noticed that the koreans have a totally different preference when it comes to dramas as compared to the "netizens"

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I am new to this website. I love re-caps on this websites. Chuno looks more and more interesting to follow.

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haha love ldh :]
chuno fighting!!!

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really want to watch this but i'm trying not to just yet since i hate the waiting-for-two-episodes-per-week part soooo much.

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I don't get this Chuno hype. I rather dislike this show.

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"Just look at Isis incredible amount of hype, but when it was done..was it really that good at all, I do not think so."

KBS is having what may be its strongest commercial season in at least 5 years. The notion of KBS2 actually carrying blockbusters (not just Iris and Chuno, but God of Study??!!??) is almost a foreign concept to me, and it hasn't been so since Emperor of the Sea.

Chuno received pretty good promotion (albeit less than Boys Before Flowers, for example), but they're also enjoying collateral effect from so many people turning onto Iris. Above all, the rerun numbers suggest incredible word-of-mouth.

What's interesting is that overall viewing just seems to be up across the board. It seems that people are just more in a mood to watch TV right now.

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Brendel #25 "By the way, are the Chuno subs out?"

Hi Brendel, subs for the first two episodes were released yesterday for people with VIA access.

http://withs2.com/view/pre-release-subtitles

General release should follow soon.

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@butterball: of course he is!

While I'm grateful and appreciative to the writer/director for the guitar playing scene, I'm actually glad they didn't have Go Soo sing too.

OMG! The possibility of him playing the guitar while singing?!
SWOONNN!!!!~~ A girl like me can't take THAT much yummynest in one go! :P

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I'm a sucker for Oh Ji Ho and Lee Da Hae. I'm in!

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i'm really happy for this drama ^^ it really is a joy to watch because of the spectacular visuals. there's just two things that bug me. first is oh ji ho's enunciation. it...makes my ears bleed. seriously. he was just not fit for a sageuk. his acting is also not too great. the second this is, i feel like lee da hae's character is...boring. i wish the writer would put more into her character. i'm glad that she's making a comeback like this though. we'll see how far this drama will go :) on the other hand, jang hyuk and lee da hae's acting is wonderful. i absolutely LOVE that jang hyuk just gets into his character like that <3

i'm nervous though, that they'll extend it... and ruin the story with that... :(
it seems like the typical thing to do for successful kdramas -_-"

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High ratings are a good thing (good job Chuno!) but nonetheless I don't really care about the hype. It's not a reason for me to watch a certain drama. I just love love love well made sageuks and Chuno is definitely one of those.

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who else thinks his nipple is HELLLLA DARK? omo, can't stop staring at it. so weird.

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Chuno is really not my kind of drama. I am really rooting for WISFC. I am pretty sure it will do good business overseas.

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This is GREAT news for Lee Da-hae. This drama is very good so far ^^

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(Ever greedy, the press is now expecting Chuno to break the 40% mark as the story really gets going. Not that it’s an impossible task, but these days, a drama can’t even enjoy its current achievement without everything jumping to the next expectation.)

Honestly, that sounds like every Korean parent that I've ever known (mine included, of course).

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I love this drama. It's worth the hype, IMO. Hope they do not extend it. I do not want them to ruin the flow. The visuals are just so striking. Really really beautiful!

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The one that definitely not on my type drama thingy is actually kim bum's new drama genre. I'm not really into may-december love drama. I intend to watch it because of Kim Bum (because he's my new babe atm), well if he's not there I might never even bat an eyelid to watch it. It's just too many dramas pick the same topic although with slightly different storyline (my name is kim sam soon is one of this kind too right?) So, I'm stick with Chuno and WISFC. :)

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I thought EP 3 was so boring! I can't stand the female characters, they are so annoying. I think LDH is wrong for the role. She looks too perfect to be a slave. Look at her skin, it's flawless!

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i haven't seen the drama yet. but i saw the preview during the KBS Drama Awards, and it looked pretty good. i'll try to wait until it airs on KBS World.

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I ilke to rant about Lee Da Hae's "almost raped" scene in Ep 3. The Korean netizens are blaming Lee Da Hae for this scene. Apparently, LDH did not write this scene into the script. She is in a no-win situation. If she refused to do this scene, then she would be a diva again. Now that she did it, she is blamed for exploiting sex to sell Chuno. Rape is certainly unaccepted in society today. But back in those days, the law did not protected women from these crimes.

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wow.. thats surprising... i think, but congrats. maybe its just me who thought the storyline is just too common...

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Anyone interested in watching Jang Hyuk in a previous sageuk?

A batch of all 26 episodes of the 2002 drama "The Great Ambition" as been uploaded at d-addicts, but there are no subtitles available to download..

Nevertheless, you may see the English hardsubbed episodes (segmented to total 60) that were broadcast by Arirang TV at veoh.com It looks interesting and has a cast of now very well known actors in supporting roles, including Jang Geuk Suk and Jo Hyun Jae.

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