Ooh, a late-game reversal! Mondays and Tuesdays have a new (ratings) victor, and it’s History of the Salaryman. The drama has been steadily creeping up in the ratings, but it was this week’s Tuesday episode — the 16th — that brought it from perpetual second place into first, passing MBC’s showbiz period drama Light and Shadow.
The numbers: 19.1% for Salaryman (up from 16.9% the previous day), 18.1% for Light and Shadow, and 7.9% for Dream High 2. (And because it must be said: Yes, I’m still watching Dream High 2, and no, the recent episodes haven’t changed my mind. Are the recent episodes better? Yes, but better is a relative term.)
Thanks to the ratings, Salaryman has now extended its run by two episodes, taking it from the initially planned 20 to 22. With the drama gaining momentum both plot- and ratings-wise, extension talks gained traction in recent weeks, and while I always groan at additional episodes, I have less worries about this drama being extended than others. There have been reports that the production has wanted extra room to fit in all the story they have planned, meaning that in this case it appears they’re extending the run to fit the story, rather than trying to drag story out to fill the space.
I’m behind on Salaryman but I find it a quirky, funny, and highly entertaining screwball drama and judging from HeadsNo2′s responses, it’s a solid, well-executed story. Lee Beom-soo is spot-on as a thick-headed but dogged employee of a large corporation, and Jung Ryeo-won is better than I’ve ever seen her as the foul-mouthed chaebol heir to said corporation. Hong Soo-hyun continues to improve in this new-and-improved part of her career, and Kim Seo-hyung is winning raves for her performance as the uber-competent secretary.
The extension means Salaryman will now end on March 13, and its follow-up drama, Yoo Ah-in and Shin Se-kyung’s Fashion King, will push its premiere back to the following week.
Via TV Report
- History of the Salaryman: Episode 1
- Salaryman shoots some wacked-out promos
- SBS’s History of the Salaryman finalizes its cast
- Jung Ryeo-woon and Jung Kyeo-woon to join Salaryman?
- Lee Beom-soo and Lee Min-jung for Salaryman?