Thursday, September 29, 2016

‘Descendants of the Sun’ Rival ‘Doctors’ Beat Show’s Ratings?

‘Descendants of the Sun’ Rival ‘Doctors’ Beat Show’s Ratings?

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New Korean drama “Doctors” topped the viewership rankings for two consecutive days and may possibly reach the same success as the “Descendants of the Sun.”

The new medical drama “Doctors” airs every Mondays and Tuesdays. Based on data released by research company Nielsen Korea, the premiere episode of “Doctors” aired on June 20 garnered a record of 12.9 percent in ratings nationwide. On its second day, the drama even climbed at 14.2 percent.

The “Doctors” follows the life of Yoo Hye-Jung, which is being played by Park Shin-hye. Hye-Jung was able to cope with tough challenges in life with the help of Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won). Ji-hong will help her find direction in her life until she eventually becomes a doctor.

Since the “Doctors” is also a medical K-drama like “Descendants of the Sun,” many are expecting that the new SBS soap will recreate the success of the KBS 2TV series. If “Doctors” continues to dominate its primetime time slot, it is likely that the show can even exceed the fame of “Descendants of the Sun.”

The phenomenal KBS 2TV series aired its finale in April and garnered an impressive 38.8 percent rating when it aired simultaneously in South Korea and China. The soap starred Song Hye Kyo, as female surgeon named Kang Mo-yeon, who got involved with Capt. Yoo Si-jin in the fictional war-torn country of Uruk. In the story, Yoo is working for the South Korea’s peacekeeping force, while Kang volunteers for a medical relief organization.

The possibility of “Descendants of the Sun” season two has been teased. However, the show producers could not say for sure if Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki will appear on the second installment.

Meanwhile, another medical drama, “Beautiful Mind,” aired at the same time with the “Doctors.” The show has 4.1 percent viewership ratings on Monday and 4.5 percent on the following day.

MBC series “Monster” also aired at the same time with the two shows and has a rating of 9.7 percent on Monday and 11.1 percent on Tuesday, Asia Times reported.

The “Doctors” airs on SBS every Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 p.m KST.