The game, she is a-changin’. Another cable drama has claimed the top ratings title, snatching the distinction away from Answer Me 1997 mere months after that drama hit it big with a finale of 6.03%. Now it’s the Kim Soo-hyun-written weekend family drama on JTBC, Childless Good Fortune (or Childless Comfort), which has edged out Answer Me in its most recent broadcast on December 23, with ratings of 6.3%. (Note: Other reports gave Answer Me’s top rating as 6.22%, but even in that case it still slides to second place.)
Not only is the ratings game shifting so that cable channels are hitting bigger and bigger numbers (with tvN and JTBC doing remarkably well, though there have been hits on other stations as well, such as OCN), the records are being broken increasingly faster. That indicates a rapidly shifting landscape, and I wonder how much longer the Big Three stations can cling to the safety net of being, well, the Big Three. With big-budget, highly hyped dramas on their schedules bringing in 3%, 4%, and 5% ratings, they’ve got to be sweating to be surpassed by shows on stations with a fraction of the audience. The first time, you could write it off as a fluke. Not so anymore.
Childless Good Fortune stars a number of solid television stars, many of them part of writer Kim Soo-hyun’s “family,” as they’re known. Recent episodes have featured the ups and downs befalling single mother Eom Ji-won, as well as the drunken night spent together by her character’s little bro Ha Suk-jin with Oh Yoon-ah.
Just over halfway through its 30-episode run, Childless Good Fortune has plenty of time to set records even higher—I wonder just high it’ll be able to go. Will it be the first cable show to hit double digits? Or will we have to wait for another show to bring that distinction… say, when the next big cable hit comes along in another month or two? The show airs on Saturdays and Sundays on JTBC.
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