Following “Yi San” finale on Monday, the battle for ratings supremacy for the Mon-Tue timeslot in Korea kicked off yesterday night with SBS “Gourmet” facing off against KBS “Strongest Chilwoo”. After the first round of battle, “Gourmet” holds the advantage, just edging out “Strongest Chilwoo”.
According to TNS Media Korea, both dramas aired two episode back-to-back yesterday with “Gourmet” achieving 13.2% and 16.1% respectively. “Stongest Chilwoo” only managed 11.5% and 9.1% respectively. It not only lost the ratings to “Gourmet” overall but also saw a decrease from it’s episode 1 to 2 ratings. This was in contrast to “Gourmet” which saw an increase of 2.8 percentage points from its first to second episode.
More viewers tuned into “Gourmet” which was capitalising on the momentum of the same titled movie success last year. Furthermore, it was based on a best-selling comic and revolved around food. “Strongest Chilwoo” meanwhile was labelled as a copycat of “Iljimae” with near identical storylines such as their background, etc. There were also doubts about Eric’s acting particularly about his inability to fit into his role and unsuitability for a saeguk drama.
MBC “Yi San” aired a recap special last night as competition which achieved a 10.1% rating. Next week, MBC new drama “When It’s At Night” will start airing and it would be interesting to see how it matches up to it’s competitors which has a headstart over it. The romance of three tv stations starts next week.
Just watched episode 1 of Gourmet and dozed off midway. Nam Sang Mi didn’t even appear I think! Goodbye. Usually the ratings determine what I will watch, not this time! Guess it’s down to “Strongest Chilwoo” and “When It’s At Night”.