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Baker ends on a high; Kiss hits new low

KBS’s heavy ratings winner Baker King Kim Tak-gu ended its 30-episode run on Thursday with its series high, stopping just short of 50% with a finale rating of 49.3% and (I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say) a happy ending. Alas, that meant series lows for both its competitors, who will no doubt be breathing a huge sigh of relief with Baker King out of the game.

The numbers weren’t too bad for SBS’s fantasy-romantic-comedy My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho with its Episode 12 recording a 8.7%. It’s a definite dip, since the drama has been managing double digits thus far, but a single drop on a major competitor’s finale date isn’t too dire.

It was much worse for Playful Kiss, on the other hand, which keeps dropping with every episode. Its Episode 6 pulled in a disastrous 2.8%, its lowest yet. Furthermore, it is showing a worrying trajectory: 3.5%, 3.7%, 3.5%, 3.4%, 3.0%, 2.8%. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, it drops a little bit more.

So, what does this mean?

First off, expect to see a LOT more of Baker King‘s stars, particularly its young male leads Yoon Shi-yoon and Joo-won. (Ladies Lee Young-ah and Eugene will also benefit, but the boys were less known coming into the drama — particularly Joo-won, a virtual unknown — and will feel the effects more.)

Second, there’ll be added interest to see if successor drama Runaway will be able to uphold the huge head start given to it by Baker King, though I don’t think it’s any use trying to correlate their fanbases. I’m more interested in seeing how much the other two dramas improve, because even if Runaway pulls in phenomenal premiere numbers (as in, 20% to 30%), that still leaves a large group of the viewership free to switch the channel.

On the other hand, Playful Kiss is now being touted as a 16-episode drama. I had seen it described as a 20-episode drama earlier, although perhaps it was one of those shows that was always intended to decide the length based on audience response (some dramas don’t announce their run length concretely, leaving room to adjust accordingly without going for an outright extension or cut). But in any case, its successor show — Kim Hye-soo‘s My Happy Home — ha now announced its premiere date as October 27, which is the week after Kiss airs Episode 16. My Happy Home had originally been announced for a November premiere, so looks like it’s been pulled up.

Via Joy News, E Daily

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Ouch for Playful Kiss and I was actually enjoying that drama even though everything is predictable =(

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its just a bad day overall
JYJ is getting dropped from Avex AND THE whole ost release drama
PK is getting bad ratings, and now it gets CUT to 16 eps
siiigh :(

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Javabeans. Where do you get the rating from? Go to koreandrama.org where you can see the rating which is not poor. It's picking up. 8.+%.. There's ppl waiting from one episodes to another. I hope this dramas will go up to the end because it's something is not right here. I am korean drama fans and I watched many dramas. This is definately not match. ..... KHJ is at no 3 best actors with lots of comments after Song Il Guk and JGS. ..... You need to check your figures. Someone provide wrong figures to you....

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i thought 8 + was for SKKS

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I think what you're seeing at Koreandrama.org is actually <8.+%. That means it's less than 8.+%. That 8.+% rating is for the 20th place in the ratings. TNS Media(or at least the TNS Media page I could go to) only gives out the ratings for the top 20 shows. I think JB noona can find the actual ratings for shows somewhere.

It's a good thing you mentioned it because I was also dying to find out how she gets the actual ratings for shows that are below the top 20. It also happened to me before. There were shows I enjoyed that actually got slaughtered in the ratings and I couldn't understand why. Hope she gets to read this.

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I always find them on the chinese baidu site, but the playful kiss rating is 2.8, but I am not sure it is AGN or TNS

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Lina these ratings are reported by Neilsen, AGB, and TNS which reports for all viewership in Korea. These numbers are legit.

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I think it's predictability that makes it not worth watching. They are not deviating much from the Manga and the ISWAK series.

But yes, i'm also enjoying it so much =)

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if PK do have a lower ratings, directors and writers should not give up,.coz as far as I know many different countries has many viewers and really love to watch Playful Kiss, and they should not cut the episodes,.They should not lose hope, and rely on the lower ratings just to cut the drama.PK is a good and romantic-comedy. Many people love to watch it.So I jusr hope that director and writers of PK should not decide to cut the episodes

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I agree with you. It should not be cut. Although korean tv ratings are a bit alarming there are many other viewers from around the world that anticipates and watch this drama. Im loving it now and I really hope that the ratings goes up...

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I don't think a drop from 3.5% to 2.8% is as bad as a drop from 12.7% to 8.7%, 20% and 31.5% drops respectively. *wink*

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is runaway gonna premiere next week? cause i read somewhere that it premieres on sept 29, i just wonder what's gonna be shown next week then

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try to surf koreandrama.org.u will find the new upcoming drama with their premier date. i

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my feveret korean song from
Baker Kim Tak Gu Drama~ Hope Is A Dream That Doesn't Sleep ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDWBj3nj9ZI

love it damn much..takgu rules !!

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this is so sad. i hope playful kiss will have higher ratings next week since baker king is finish

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the best drama ever..seriously..thumb up for all crews and actors.going to miss kim takgu and the others :(

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Aw...episodes 5 & 6 were actually great! KHJ is growing on me and Oh Ha Ni is playing Kotoko very well - she's the best Kotoko. She isn't annoying as Ariel Lin's Xiang Qin was. Hope the ratings get better since I want this to be a 20-episode series.

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Ya, Oh Ha Ni is more loveable than Xiang Qin. She got more backbone in this version.

Though the ratings are horrible (ouch for the cast & crew) but I do enjoy the show so far.

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i actually have to agree on that. the one thing the taiwanese version did well was the chemistry for the leads [arjoe]. it was just too good on screen. but JungSoMin's Hani is much more loveable than ariel lin's XQ.

i feel so bad for the cast, staff and crew of Playful Kiss. it seems the drama doesnt satisfy the taste of kdrama-ers. i hope they dont get discouraged and just continued with what they're doing. i think the drama's getting better. too bad ratings arent reflecting it.

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but PK already sold the rights to TWELVE countries i just dont think k-audiences like the "slice of life " style.

lets hope this is a hallyu hit :)

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I disagree. Her character is too much like the one in "Goong" plus her acting is pretty stiff and overacted. I feel that she's trying to impersonate Ariel+Eun Yoon Hye combine. She's not creating an original character for this drama that actually states that she has true talent. As for KHJ, that boy is just...no words to describe his poor acting skills.

The setting is too cutesy and very kid-like. I guess this is the reason for the ratings. It only appeals to tweens mostly than the general audiences by means the adults and teens. Plus, I rather watch Baker King instead of this.

Unlike Playful Kiss, Baker King appeals to the whole audiences due to the complex yet intricate storyline that actually grasps the audience's attention into watching/knowing the next episode. Congratulations on the high ratings! ^^

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i feel bad for playful kiss, but baker king is truely a good warming drama....well at least that is out of the way and there might be chance for rating to raise....

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I don't think playful kiss is horrible, but I really am waiting for it to get to the point. The only reason I stick it out is because I think it's cute and has potential to grow on me or piss me off. Either way if it draws a reaction out of me I will be happy.

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2.8 O_o And here I thought Lee Jun Ki's Hero had low ratings (It was around 4-5%) I hope Gumiho's ratings rise . (BTW. according to TNS it's still in double digits , Gumiho I mean ) MBC has already cut Tamra whose ratings were around 7 so no surprise that Playful kiss will now end on episode 16.

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I don't mind it being a 20 or a 16-ep drama so long as it stays true to its spirit. Don't want an evil stepbrother or avenging ex-girlfriend being thrown in the mix just to spike up the rating.

Anyway, I think it will be a 16 ep drama coz when I compare ep 6 to the anime series (which it has been following faithfully up to ep 5), it seems they've compressed 3 episodes in one (ep 6 - 8).

At this point, I'm wondering more on where they will stop the story than whether the rating will increase after Baker King is out of the picture. I love this drama. Hope it'll be a story I won't mind watching again and again even after it's finished.

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It was to be expected since everyone wanted to see Baker King's finale. =/ But I wish the TV execs had waited until after this impossible week to decide to cut the episodes.
Next week, the other stations are showing Chuseok special movies, so Playful Kiss will be the only drama airing. Plus, till then, MBC is allowing free online viewing of Playful Kiss episodes to get people caught up and hopefully tune in next week. There's also the possibility that people will want something lighter after the intensity of Baker King, but Gumiho Girlfriend is farther along, so Playful Kiss would be easier to jump into.
Really hope the ratings pick up next week and the week after! *crosses fingers* It's really a cute show, and it's starting to get very interesting now! (The tension you guys wanted is finally here in the form of Ms. Perfect love rival and Hani's dad wanting to move out of the Baek home. :O)

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i'm actually liking Playful Kiss, despite the fact that it's way too predictable. Oh Ha Ni is too cute, nope she's actually adorable. The actress can really play it well. I just hope it gets high ratings next time.

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Owwwhhh poor playful kiss. Even though the quality is not that satisfying, but I still like it for a light watch just to enlighten the mood.

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This is so unfair!!!!!!!!!! I'm really depressed :'( The drama is great! Especially, in comparison with the other versions, where the lead female was totally annoying!

I feel really sorry for Kim Hyun Joon, Jun So Min and other cast members cuz they really do their best, and I can see true feelings they put into the acting! As I'm an optimistic person to the very end, I hope that maybe next week ratings will rise, at least, just a little!

Probably now, when Baker King ended, people will pay their attention on this drama. PLEASE, DO IT!!! The most interesting is just begins! Those, who know the storyline, will understand me.

I'm not ceasing to believe in PK!

PK FIGHTING, ANYWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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YES. Actually I was waiting for this news. The highest rating of the year since 2008. Baker King Kim Tak Goo Rules. This drama deserve high rating. Congratulation.

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ooh, that sucks! i was dreading the episode cuts, but with such low ratings....i guess it is inevitable.

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49.3% based on AGB nationwide rating. For TNS Nationwide Audience Rating is 50.8%. Set a record since 2008 there are no Drama achieve 50 percent. Unexpected mega hit drama with unexpected rating. This low budget drama with low expectation get very high rating. Wow what was that?. Well done King of Baking Kim Tak Goo. Last year it was 'Queen' Seon Duk now this year 'King' of baking Kim Tak Goo get highest average rating this year with 38.61% (Correct me if I'm Wrong).

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:) I loved watching this drama & it's good that they got their deserving 50% rating!!!

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I am a follower of KING BAKING .... It is so goooood... never a boring episode!! i think all the casts did a 'well done' job... dont know what to watch now!!

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Yikes for Playful Kiss! I'm curious -- can dramas with really low ratings be pulled off the air before its 16th episode?

Here's the thing with PK: I absolutely hated the first episode. I liked the second episode a bit more, and now, by the sixth episode, I can honestly say it's in the "like" category. However, I still wait til I have to eat to watch because otherwise it feels like I'm wasting my time. It's almost too fluffy. Does that make sense? It's like if I sat and just watched cartoons for an hour. Enjoyable, sure, but I'd be hearing "WTF are you doing!" in my mother's voice the whole time, minus the "F" of course. :)

I hope Playful Kiss does better, but I'm much more invested in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.

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I also hated the first episode of PK. But unlike you, it never grew on me. Idk, I tried to like it, but I guess my love ISWAK is too big, hahah.

My dislike for PK made me more attached to My Girlfriend is a Gumiho hahah <3

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Well I just finished Episode 26 of Takgu, but it probably has solidified itself as my fave Korean drama of the year. Happy about the huge ratings, sad they couldn't get over the 50% mark, but well deserved success and can't wait to see the next moves of the talented cast.

After Takgu, I hope I can check out Gumiho and Playful Kiss, but I may just move right on to Runaway. I am also interested in how the ratings hold up for those two even if Runaway is a modest hit with 20-30% ratings. I doubt it'll reach Takgu-level success but I think it'll maintain KBS' dominance of the timeslot.

Anyone know what the last show to reach 45+ ratings was?

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Haven't watched Baker King, and don't intend to, but am still happy for the cast and crew of the drama esp YSY. It always makes me happy when an "unknown" makes it to the top. Congratulations, YSY, for taking on the seeming favorites and big-named big-salaried actors out there and coming out on top of everyone.
UNDERDOGS rule!

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aww...
i like PK. i haven't watched MGIAG so i'm not that attached to it, but i watch PK right after it comes out. yeah, i dont live in korea so i watch it off the internet. i wonder if PK has such low ratings because its plot doesnt have a lot of serious stuff and is mostly cute scenes, so viewers will watch it off the internet if they have time?
i hope the ratings pick up!

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Finally ended! I dunno y everyone liked this baker king series, I tried watching it coz of the high ratings but honestly it was just ok...a typical story and with 30 eps amean that is way too long, couldnt continue...i guess international ppl and korean ppl's choices are totally opposite. (no hard feelings ^^)
Coz PK has a huge fan following overseas...it even got sold at a price highest in Korean drama history internationally. It is beautiful story...so light hearted and fun with really cute and funny cast! Amean whatz there to not like anyway...coz i ve seen worse dramas getting pretty ok ratings.

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I agree on that. I tried watching Baker King cos of the high ratings it got but just not motivated to continue. Too much angst? Guess I like something light hearted like PK, MGIG.

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I don't think so, I remember dae jang geum and sam soon also receive high ratings, and international ppl love it too...

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I DONT know where you get the rating but in the net the rating is totally different. Go to website koreandrama.org or mysoju you can see the rating is so high. And if you see the best actors comments, KHJ is now at now at no 3 after Song Il Guk and JGS. Pleaseee... there's something is not right here. Javabeans, where do u get the rating from? Ppl from taiwan, singapore, malaysia, indonesia and many more countries are watching this dramas on cable channel and internet......

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The ratings are official TV ratings, gathered by marketing companies. Internet doesn't count into them, so it doesn't really matter if a billion people watch it on those websites.
It's the ratings number of those two companies which matter for the TV stations, at the ratings determine the price at which they can sell commercial time to potential advertisers. Low ratings=low prices&not many advertisers would buy time, because not many people watch it on TV. High ratings=advertisers play insane amounts to place their ad, because many people see the spot on TV.
In short: Money talks. :)

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you have to know that this is about TV rating, not net rating. Oversea rating doesn't count

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To answer your Q, JB got the rating from the people who live in Korea and watching the show when it's airing :)

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I really like this drama and the ratings won't make me change my mind. Sometimes we need a drama that's simple and doesn't have25 twists in each episode.

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Wow I can't believe baker king has ended!!! I feel so sad :( it was the greatest drama ever and I am not exagerrating at all. seriously, this is like the only drama that I felt every moment was exciting. There was never a part or moment where I thought, "god, this part is really booooring!" every second kept me on my feet and in suspense. The storyline and plot were really genius and the actors were nothing short of incredible in their performance. I really wouldve loved to see this drama for another 10-15 eps but I guess a dramas gotta end when it's gotta end. This is like the number 1 drama in the world. I loved it and I think I'm going to watch it again cuz I'll really miss such a good story. Ok yeah, does anyone agree with me? :)

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I'm so with you on this!!! I didn't think I could ever love a drama more than 16 eps long, but Baker King is tops. I have been converted. I'm soooo glad I gave it a try. I will probably rewatch this in the future when I start to miss Tak Gu.

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I agree!!!

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sameeeeeeeeeeeeee it was aboslutely amazing and i think from what i've seen rating wise its been the highest period.

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Well, most people have already seen ISWAK and ISWAK 2. Why watch a "rerun" when there are so many new and good dramas out there? I blame BOF for ruining it for me. Now I'm wary of remade dramas. >(

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Haha. Same here. Bof ruined everything. When I heard that the same company that did Bof was doing the Korean Ver. of ISWAK, I already smell complete failure. They based the drama on good looks and cutesy scenes just to pull in the ratings. The Korean ver. is probably the worst remake version.

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Lina: What makes you believe your perception of the ratings are accurate?

From Soompi:

TV ratings
(cr: LSGfan)

September 16, 2010
Dramas airing at the same 9:55 time slot are listed below.
Number in front of drama indicates its top 20 rank out of all tv programs.

AGB Nielsen
1- Baker King, Kim Tak Goo [KBS] = 49.3% (Seoul = 48.3%)
17- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho [SBS] = 8.7% (Seoul = 9.5%)
* Playful Kiss [MBC] = 2.8% (not in top 20)

TNS Media
1- Baker King, Kim Tak Goo [KBS] = 50.8% (Seoul = 49.7%)
11- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho [SBS] = 10.7% (Seoul = 10.4%)
* Playful Kiss [MBC] = not in top 20

(sources: AGB Nielsen; TNS Media; Newsen)

September 15, 2010
AGB Nielsen
1- Baker King, Kim Tak Goo [KBS] = 45.3% (Seoul = 44.2%)
11- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho [SBS] = 10.8% (Seoul = 12.2%)
* Playful Kiss [MBC] = 3.0% (not in top 20)

TNS Media
1- Baker King, Kim Tak Goo [KBS] = 46.5% (Seoul = 44.5%)
9- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho [SBS] = 13.0% (Seoul = 12.8%)
* Playful Kiss [MBC] = not in top 20

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Let's just say Baker King passed the 50% mark. ^^ It certainly deserved it. It had solid script, acting, and production. It totally blew away all expectations.

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I seriously hope Miss "Lina" will read your comment. She left me speechless with her persistence (see 1.2 & 24). I never knew ratings meant "Ppl from taiwan, singapore, malaysia, indonesia and many more countries are watching this dramas on cable channel and internet……"

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AGB and TNmS has different Samples yet their Datas were almost the same.

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Aw. Looks like one of all of PK's ten fans. It's so cute, but LOL the show is such a loser. But it's okay! I love it anyway!

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really baker king is that good???....i started the drama expecting to be hooked, but wasnt...more disappointed than anything...maybe i should try it out again,...i wish dramabeans had done recaps...

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I totally forgot about PK, I mean not intentionally it's just not there. I was planning to watch it later, kind of several eps in one go, hope it will feel better that way.

What really happened to me when I watched the show was kind of 'am I too old for this?' , 'what the director was thinking?' and I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

This Korean version (with all respect to the casts and crews) ,imo, it is an adaptation that failed to capture and understand the main point of the story ,and the essential elements what made this manga so special.

However, I do wish them good luck and please do fight on. PK fighting!

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What was the main point of the story?.... just wondering what your thoughts on that are =)

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I'm still baffled as to why ppl like PKS so much..I haven't read the manga or watched the TW version so nothing to compare to. There is not really a plot, I don't find it funny, once an episode there will be a cute moment. KHJ is a definite eye candy altho he looks more and more tired each episode. Even without BK i doubt its ratings will go that much higher..I would only watch it when there's absolutely nothing else to watch. and let's face it, it's doing so well internationally mostly bcuz KHJ is in it.

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people watched for kim hyun joong...who cant act at all...

i've watched pk...and lets just say it deserves the low ratings...very boring and sucks...

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I am enjoying PK esp the new episodes....I hope it will pick up ratings. I know lots of people are watching it online. I am loving it and definitely I love Ha Ni. PK fighting...:))

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"Oh Ha Ni is more loveable than Xiang Qin."
Well that is for the same reason the male lead is also more likeable than the TW one, because the Korean version is so much shorter, the character development [what little there is] is so much more faster. The TW one while is was a comedy/romance has a Great deal more melodrama than Playfull Kiss can dream of having. {and lets face it, way better lead actors} This is ok as it [now] only 16 episodes long and pretty well in the fun fluff mode.
And yes if you not of type to like harmless and delightful fluff you likely not going to like it. Try and look at it seriously then you only disappoint yourself, its made for an hour fun, nothing more. The only real strength to it drama wise is the lead actress, perhaps.

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Just when I thought PK couldn’t get worse – here comes the perm – wow you would think KHJ could pull off any hairdo with that face but I guess even he can’t make a perm or comb-over work. Seriously, the positions they put innocent stuffed bears in makes me wonder if the people posing those bears don’t feel a little ashamed and perverted.
I hung in there for six episodes and yawned through most of it but I hereby throw in the towel – this show would have done much better with a better director/PD- maybe they can switch to the baker king PD since he is available now cuz he made magic ratings out of a storyline about bread. Now if that ain’t talent, I don’t know what is.

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i agree with your comment so much idek!

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what pk is doing poorly?!! this is such sad news. :(

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I don't really know why...but playful kiss doesn't draw me in. I'm just not addicted to it...even though I like the storyline

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Naw poor playful kiss :< ... for what it's worth, I do know that it's doing well in china lol coming in second to gumiho :].

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nooooooo for PK :(. Can't they wait until BK ended? Now, I just hope the episode cut down will not really effect the plot progress

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playful kiss had been sold to more than 12 countries! so thats alot of money and there is something going on with youtube as well so you dont need to feel sorry about the ratings it will be a huge hit world wide even though its nothing special

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I don't think selling it to more than 12 countries means that it is a huge hit. it was sold before the first ep coming out, so they actually don't know how popular the drama will get and it is all based on the taiwan version's popularity. I feel sorry for it even if it is popular because 2.8 may be the lowest rating for idol drama ever (i can't think of something lower)

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it may not be a huge hit, but at least selling it to other countries will make the drama the money they didn't make with advertisers. And at least the drama mostly takes place in a few places, so they can keep the number of sets to a minimal and production costs low. PK is ideally the drama for a broadcast station to stick in there to kill time when faced with a competition it cannot beat.

who can blame PK for having such a low rating when it was the Baker King finale! Though 2.8...ouch! I can't wait until next week to see how PK will do without BK. I would allot 20% for Runaway and then maybe 10% each will go to MGIAG and PK.

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I am really starting to like playful kiss, I guess too much competition...

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sad i enjoying this drama so much

i hope after the Baker King, PK rating go up

praying hard

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all i know, some korean hit drama will not hit in other countries..i tried to watch baker king coz i'm curious about the high rating but i think in our country people didn't watch that kind of drama..people here interests on who is the lead actor and actress, secondly most of people here wants lovey dovey storyline like PK..it's sad that some koreans didn't appreciate the love story of the two persons in-love:))

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Sorry to ask you that but is your country Phillipines ?

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koreans have TOO many love stories on air. i wouldnt be surprised if they're getting sick of romantic kdramas.

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wow, that's really disappointing for all the young actors who worked so hard. but hopefully they take this as something to learn from because there will be many hardships before one can achieve success. Anyways, i don't care for the ratings. Tamra recieved low ratings but was a success to me just as many other dramas with low ratings were. PK FIGHTING!!

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Yay for BK ending with such high ratings. PK's ratings are so low, but I'm sure it'll pick up since BK has ended.

Personally I thought BK was better in the beginning but it started getting predictable and boring towards the end.

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I don't know about Baker Kim Taek Gu but I do know about Playful Kiss. I'm currently on Episode 4 and I think it is not as bad as how the ratings reflect it to be. I actually enjoy watching it very much and am always anticipating for new episodes after watching one. Even though everything is kinda predicted for me since I have watched both the anime and TW versions but I still think the Korean version gives a different, new feel to the story. I did not even expect myself to like it! I really hope the crews are not discouraged and hurt by the ratings. We fans from overseas will still stick around to support you guys!!

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Reading all the commenrts above I`m starting to wonder how old are all PK fans.

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probably the same age as my lil cousin and her friends ^^ she's 14 btw lol

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Now I`m starting to understand current trend on dramabeans in terms of low standard of some comments.

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Don't you think it's a little too harsh to say things like this?
People comment to express their views so please do respect them even if you do not agree with them.

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oh, so there is a standard to commenting now? wow, i must have missed the memo on that one.

and just FYI, there are actually A LOT of teens out there who can formulate a coherent sentence or two.

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I guess mature adults like you need to go to some other place where you can't read these kind of low standard comments. This is a blog where everybody is allowed to express their thoughts on dramas and if you can't respect their comments then that just shows how closed minded you are.

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wow....your comments have inspired serious replies from butthurt fans...

seriously, those who defends PK...really have no standard of watching drama.
that drama sucks big time...

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I was actually just thinking the same exact thing....

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WellI am not sure about others, but I am 35+ and I have watched J and TW version of this drama...but I started enjoying PK third episode onwards.... Believe me I hated KHJ like anything but I like hime in PK...KHJ has either inproved or he fits in the storyline or may beits bit of both

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i can't speak for others but i'm 30, my friends are about the same age, we all live in california, and we all love watching this drama. PK is not everyone's cup of tea, i know that. but it sure is mine.

also, i don't get the "low standard" comment. i mean, this is an open blog, right? of course people of all ages will come here and if they are inclined to do so, write a comment. we should be thankful that this site exists for us to discuss our common passion of k-dramas, not start criticizing the writers or other commenters here.

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And count me (in my 40's, ahem), and my teenager and tweener in on those laughing and enjoying PK, which is our 4th version of the manga. Guess what? It's uniquely Korean, just as the TW version was uniquely Taiwanese, the Japanese version, et cetera.

That it is not connecting with the Korean audience is disappointing, to be sure, but I still feel that the timing to start this series put it at a grave disadvantage to begin with. A lot of factors go into ratings in any country, and while I'm saddened that it hasn't done well in its own country, I can foresee that it still has a multi-national audience viewing it on-line or waiting for it to air in their country.

I hope it it not cut anymore, and that some drama magic will occur and they will tack back on the originally anticipated 17-20 episodes.

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I am also near my 30's. I enjoy watching both PK and BK. They each have their own differences that makes it all the better to watch.

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Respect to all the above comments setting the record straight that Playful Kiss isn't only watched and enjoyed by teenagers (and the fact that everyone is free to comment regardless of age or writing style, and if you think there should be standards for comments, then maybe there should also be a rule about banning people from commenting on the "quality" of others' comments XP).

I'm 24, and I like Playful Kiss. Why does that sound like an AA confession or something? There's nothing wrong with liking cute, fluffy romance! Some may say that Playful Kiss is only for teenage girls, but actually, Playful Kiss just turns us all back into teenage girls with its sweetness and innocense. The show has the ability to bring its viewers back to that time in their lives, no matter their age. First love is a universal story that everyone can relate to and reminisce about years later and enjoy.

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This actually makes me really sad - Playful Kiss being cut down to 16 episodes I mean. I actually adore this drama and don't understand why nobody in Korea is watching it. I think the leads are adorable. Oh well, that's life I guess.

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I really like PK! the ratings aren't very reflective of how popular the show is, think many fans are watching it off the internet instead. Hope MBC takes this into consideration. Squeezing 2 seasons of ISWAK into 16 episodes is crazy.

The leads in the korean version (as compared to ISWAK) are so much more loveable, esp Jung So Min :) go PK! always supporting you!

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I think ISWAK & TKA put in many unnecessary fillers along the way (I watched TKA with the fast forward button on my remote working overtime). I didn't watch ISWAK until the end so I can only talk about TKA.. so, for example, Xiang Qin works as both teacher and nurse whereas Kotoko (anime) is only a nurse while Kotoko (manga) is only a teacher. The episode on Chris was way too long IMO, and so is any scene of Zhi Shu playing the genius medical student/doctor. And dare I say that there're too many kissing scenes in TKA, it made me like a voyeur.. eeep.

Anyway, PK has already compressed ep 6 - 8 of the anime version into ep 6. The 7th ep (preview) where Hani's dad tells her they should move out is the 10th anime ep. The anime only has 24 episodes so a 16-ep PK is absolutely doable.

The easiest way to shorten the storyline is by eliminating characters.. which will consequently eliminate some story arcs. I can already think of some names that will probably be off the list.. hmmm. Can't say I'll miss those extra characters much.. :P

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Lol weird how bof worked out and playful kiss didn't. Guess lee min ho was luckier.
Honestly, i don't like the idea of remakes. To me, it seems like the production team is just ripping off how the initial production did the drama.. Yknow like copying someone's homework and making it seem better lol. Just sayin'. The productiom team seems to be just riding on bof's success and the hallyu wave. That just seems cheap to me. I don't have anything against the cast or the drama itself of course. Just group 8.

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I hope Group 8 will realise now you need a good story , good acting and good directing and good production team to get good ratings. Everything has to click. Even without BK, I do not see PK getting double digit ratings.

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