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Royal Family, Thorn Birds make weak premieres

Two new dramas premiered on Wednesday, but both were unable to carve out much of a space for themselves; SBS’s Sign shot up in the absence of My Princess, leaving both Thorn Birds (pictured above) and Royal Family (below) nursing disappointed hopes with single-digit premieres.

The forensic-medical investigation drama Sign has been the leader in the Wednesday-Thursday game for a while now, and hit its series high with 23.3% ratings. My Princess had been in a distant second place over on MBC, but had managed numbers in the low teens, but it seems not many of its viewers stuck around for the chaebol-centric Royal Family, whose first episode drew a 7.0%. Uber-weepfest melodrama Thorn Birds fared even worse with a low 5.9% rating on KBS.

Of course, this is hardly a death knell for either new drama, since Sign is on its way out, which gives them both a second chance to grow their audiences in a couple weeks. The downside? The new kid on the block will be the fantasy series 49 Days, which looks potentially GREAT.

Plus, 49 Days has a lot of potential to draw viewers who may not be up for the seriousness or intensity of Royal Family or Thorn Birds, particularly if weepies aren’t your bag. It also totally wins on the eye-candy front, which I know ought not to be such a big factor, but, admittedly, is. Hey, I’m shallow, I can admit it. (Jo Hyun-jae, Bae Soo-bin, and Jung Il-woo? I am THERE.)

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Nowadays, if there's no gimmick, there's no audience.

Sad, but true.

Can't wait for 49 Days, potentially full of gimmicks, but with eye candy that includes Bae Soo Bin and Jung Il Woo. That's enough for me. ^^

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Yeah, but it's not like Thorn Birds and Royal Family are gimmick-free. ("This is the Return of the Melodrama!")

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YEY for Sign!
I went to wet my toes and went crazy and finished up til ep 15 within a day! It's gripping and I love all the cast!

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I'm a Sign fan too...I've been watching it raw and later when it's subbed...love the concept of two-episode stories within the main plot...also the series has three things going for it: writing, acting and directing. I'm happy that there are others out there who like it as much as I do.

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I went and marathoned Sing last weekend too. I like it very much.

I'm gonna give Thorn Birds a go because I'm loving Joo Sang Wook so very much this days ♥

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I love Signs. After it's over, I'm more inclined to watch 49 Days than these 2.

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49 days! 49 days!

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13 days!!! 13 days!!!

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hahahaha so right 13 days to 49 Days!

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Actually you do not need gimmicks. You need a good plot and solid acting from a well chosen cast. Signs is that. I love how they explain all those forensic science stuff in the dialogue without a pause. I admit I was a little put off by the male lead at the beginning with his shouting and stiff expression, but he got better. Also there is not too much emphasis on the mushy romantic stuff, which often wreck a drama .

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PSY, IT MY MAN HE SO GOOD ACTING

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Yeah sorry to say but for my wed/thursdays i'm going to watch 49 days. i'm not really in a weeping drama type right now.

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Ditto:)

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All I read was 49 DAYS IS COMING.

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(Jo Hyun-jae, Bae Soo-bin, and Jung Il-woo? I am THERE.)

Totally right beside you there.

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Huh...maybe Sign will be my new crack?
or just wait until 49 Days?
Haha. You're right. I am sooo there.

Thanks!

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SIGN IS SO GOOOOOOD

someone needs to recap it..and share it with everyone on dramabeans...

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Hey! I am also shallow and proud of it.

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Honestly, I don't mind chaebol-makjang type dramas. Only when done right, that is. There has to be a good plot or a good hook and not simply crazy, crazy, and only dramatic craziness.

It's liking binging on ice-cream. Except it better taste good so I won't feel sick til after I'm done. With poor makjang dramas, I feel sick at the first bite.

But lately, spring has made me in a cheerful mood. I feel like staying up late, with the window open, laptop on the bed, and watch something fun. I happily welcome 49 Days.

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BTW, is there something about fantasy dramas going on a roll of hits this year?

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thanks JB

49 days ? ... we will be dissapointed too !!

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Thornbirds looked kinda bad...Royal family seems more interesting but i dont know if its my type of drama...waiting for crime squad next week and then 49 days the week after!!...admittedly the latter more than the former..and for the time being my drama palate looks very bare without any thing on it except for a TW drama and a family drama

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Midas is not that bad either. I actually found it interesting and very much Bad Guy + Dirty Sexy Money recipe

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I agree. After I finished Dream High, I only watch Midas for weekdays drama, and I'm catching up with President.

Only 49 Days which sounds interesting, but I'm not really looking forward for it too.

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I first started watching simply for No Min Woo because I want to see his eye candy and to see if he's getting better in different roles. It seems so awesome so far! I hope they recap, it will be awesome!

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MIDAS is great
if you're looking for the "cute!" then its a no go area
but its AWESOME. It leaves me wanting more.
JB can we please get an indication about the recap status for MIDAS
pls dont get me wrong this is not an attempt to nag at you
for recaps just wondering if you are undecided/decided to drop

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i've been wondering about midas, esp since there's no peep out of jb/gf about it. glad to hear that it's interesting (at least the beginning); looks fwd to marathoning this in a month of two then, wheee!

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I often hold out on new dramas until I see it on DB...
So, Javabeans, Girlfriday, how did you like the premier of Midas? (o=

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I'm desperate to watch Midas, but only episode 1 has subs :(

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I think VIKI will probably have the most subs up the fastest, so check there!

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TQ javabeans.

T winkle ! T winkle ! is entertaining ,

with good ratings too for a very light drama !!

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where, where? can i watch t winkle (sparkle or shining or all that giltter) doesn't seem like it's been sub after ep 2.
Thanks!!

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viki.com is trying their best till epi 6 but not available to viewers for now.

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I agree. I am enjoying Twinkle Twinkle/Shining.

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I saw the first two episodes of Sparkling - Twinkle Twinkle and liked it. I'll be waiting for the subbed episodes too :)

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dramacrzy.net is now showing subbed for episode 3.

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Really??? thank you thank you thank you !

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Of course waiting for 49 Days coz these days i don't see my husband at home anymore. he's out working all day and night.... sigh

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opps! sorry he got a new home with me ^^

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I don't believe you. He wouldn't have given up the priesthood only to cheat on me. You're just trying to drive us apart, but that won't work. I have complete faith in him.

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Is Sign really good? I have been let down alot lately. So I havent even tried to watch it.

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YES SIGN IS SO GOOD
except it really depends on your style..
if you like romantic comedies, it's not it.

but if you like intense mystery, crime...that stuff.
IT'S GREAT.

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poster for Royal Family looks creepy

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Agree) And trailers no good too... But the drama has appeared very interesting!

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I didn't expect Thorn Bird to be a hit but 5.9% is awfully low. Even though I like Han Hye Jin but it is too much melow for me to handle.

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Ah.... 49 DAYS !!
twoo weeks ahed .. Wohoooo !!!
SIGN rocks we-thurs drama, and 49 DAYS will be another ROCKZZ !!!!!!!!!

Aj AJaaaaaaaa Fighting!

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i also didn't think Thorn Birds can be that low, i though it could be two digits at least more then 10 %.

49 DAYS? Ahaa, agree with you JB, we are happy welcoming the drama.
last night the 3rd teaser has come, and it makes me feel really good !!

it's fun, catchy, unique plot, and Awesome Pretty cast..!!
not only pretty but they have good acting...

WELCOME 49 DAYS !!!!

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Royal Family 7% isnt too bad for nowadays premiere. But completely wrecked on Thorn Birds case. 5,9%? ok good luck compete with Playfull Kiss, you, for the lowest rating. And I tell ya after I glimpsed both drama, RF deserved a bit higher, it got potential for you who likes that kind of plot, but TB deserves its low rating. Completely mess and horrible, even worse than I initially thought.

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I am also not in a weeping mode these days so looking forward to 49 Days.

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I'm relieved. Does this mean I can enjoy Joo Sang Wook by myself? JACKPOT!! 5.9% ratings ftw.

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A lot of series started low and pick up from thr...and a lot of series started high and went downhill from thr...it's early days yet, who's to know...

BUT, I'll choose 49 days anyday...lol...the cast and fantasy plot ...totally right up my alley.

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While, I'm REALLY NOT one for the weepies. I'm gonna stick it out and see how Thorn Birds fares cause I fell in love with Joo Sang Wook fast and hard. Noticed him on Paradise Ranch, went on to check out Giant (cause of him) and nearly died at how well he played the roll. If he could make Giant's makjang tendencies tolerable, maybe he can do the same with Thorn Birds, right?

On a separate note, have we hit a rom-com dry spell? Nothing else on other than 49 days and the cardboardy Paradise Ranch?

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I think I'll check out Thorn Birds too, just because I really like Han Hye Jin. (I'm wishing for her to make a really great casting choice--because I haven't seen one since Jumong.)

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Yep, what's happen with Han Hye Jin anyway? She seems to drained her energy until the last drop for Jumong. She seems can't shine anymore after that. She like keep walk backward, become more & more of so-so actress.

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I was thinking, maybe she should do a Kim Tae Hee and be in a romcom! I think she would be great being wacky and not taking herself too seriously... because all her roles are just SO serious.

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Just because she isn't starred in some popular series therefore she's a so-so actress?

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What about Midas? I do hardly see any review of the drama.
And yes I am looking forward to the upcoming 49 days becoz I love Lee Yo Won

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a lot of decent dramas this year,but it's march already and not even one TRUE masterpiece till now? Looks like this year is definitely not as good as 2010. Hmmm i really hope '49 days' will be the first masterpiece of the year.

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Just curious, what was last year's masterpiece for you?

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Secret Investigation Record is the best of them all in my opinion, but Giant was also a true masterpiece. Jejungwon as well. And Comrades ! And of course My Girlfriend is a Gumiho was also exceptional !

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Kim Min Jung is obviously playing a doomed a character in Thorn birds. I still can't get over how sad and pitiful her character was in Fashion 70s and given a similar plot in Thorn Birds, I know I'll be soaking up in tears again, with a part of me feeling sorry for her while the other part of me cursing her ruthlessly.

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I watching ep.1 Royal Family and Thorn Birds.
Royal Family is very interesting! Love it! Ji Sung so cute!
OST so good too!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OGYXWP25bo&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Thorn Birds... I didn't like it.

Midas so good, but Royal Family MUCH better!

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That back hug looks hot. What? You didn't noticed?
Oppa FTW!!

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I saw the first five minutes from Royal Family and it was ok, I want to watch it so i am waiting for the subs.

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What about President? I thought it was going to be 24eps? It doesn't matter since it's only been subbed up until ep 14. I am really enjoying this drama more than I expected. I wish you guys would say something about it. or maybe you did and I missed it :)

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I will watch 49 for the eye candies (while I wait for Jin 2). Korean dramas are getting stale.

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Royal Family is REALLY good:) I reccomend to anyone who saw Ji-Sungs talent go wasted in Kim Su-ro! Really fun:) so far!

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YES Royal Family is REALLY SO good:)))
I watching ep.2 and I like this drama
Ji Sung so COOL here!

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I love Thorn Birds!
Beautiful and wonderful casts! I adore Joo Sang Wook and Good Luck to JSW and ThornBird.
Joo Sang Wook and Thorn Bird Fighting!!! you can DO It!

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I MEAN THAT Thorn Birds IT COULD BE A EXCELLENT DRAMA
BOTH ACTRESSES ARE REALY CUTE
THE CHARMY HAN HYE JIN AND THE THE GOOD ACRESS TOO Kim Min Jung

HURRA HURRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Can not handle the plastic nose.I am out.

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Since I'm not into Kleenex soaked shows, I wasn't interested in either of these shows after hearing about their intensity (thank you for the warnings, Javabeans!). However, 49 Days sounds right up my alley. Slightly quirky with a premise that promises some laughter and some sighs. Yeah, I'm with the rest of you: the eye candy is definitely a plus, too. I'm really looking forward to this one.

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HHJ is one of my favs...will get through the tears to see how her character gets out of the sadness...she is so beautiful...and am curious to know what child they're talking about...

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WHY NOT POST A recap on thorn birds it is an excellent drama.

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please post a recap on episode 18 for this drama. THANKS!

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