In the current Wednesday-Thursday ratings game, there’s no runaway winner, with all three dramas within five percentage points of each other. Not a super-exciting three-way battle, but at least there’s no huge flop. (Flops are always slightly painful to witness, yet also fascinating at the same time. It’s like the rubbernecking syndrome.)
But if we’re following the numbers closely, this week bears good news for 49 Days, which broke into the double digits for the first time with Thursday’s episode (its fourth). It had been performing in the 8% and 9% range, and today brought home a 10.3%.
Meanwhile, Royal Family dipped in its first-place spot, dropping from a 15.7% on Wednesday to a 14.9% for Thursday’s Episode 8. Thorn Birds has been in last place for most of its run, but is closing in with a 10.2%.
What does this mean? Well, I think we can call MBC’s “curse” at an end; My Princess was their first show (in that slot) in two years to perform consistently in double digits, and Royal Family is continuing the trend. I also suspect that this general pattern will hold for the foreseeable future, barring extraordinary story turns — either really good stuff that’ll hook viewers, or really really bad stuff to lose ’em quick — until some fresh fare enters the mix.
Since I’m only following one of these closely: Go go go, 49 Days, with your adorable boys and quirky plot setup! You can doooo eeet. Just as long as you steer clear of overdoing the melo angst — it’s not like you’ll be able to out-melo the Melo Queen, aka Thorn Birds, so you may as well embrace the offbeat charm of your fantasy world.
Via TV Report
- 49 Days: Episode 1
- Official posters for 49 Days
- Royal Family, Thorn Birds make weak premieres
- Could there BE any more stills from 49 Days?
- Thorn Birds teaser and stills
- Royal Family teaser and stills
- KBS’s Thorn Birds begins rehearsals