has been a great month for Korean dramas. The three major K-dramas that
started back in January — Moorim School, Madame Antoine, and Cheese in
the Trap — continued onward with steady ratings. Even the latter
receiving much backlash from fans because of its divergence from its
source, the web comic by Soonki, could not dampen the K-drama success
February had overall.
To be frank, the reason why February was such a good month for K-dramas
is for two new dramas that made their debut that month. The first was
Please Come Back, Mister, which marks the return of Jung Ji Hoon (better
known as Rain) to K-dramas. Many fans anticipated Rain’s return because
his drama made its debut with double-digit ratings in its debut for
Seoul National Capital Area .
However, it is Descendants of the Sun that really earns the praise of
K-drama fans. It made its debut on February 24, 2016 with an average of
13 percent in the Seoul National Capital Area. The next night, ratings
went up an average of two percent. Apparently, those two episodes set up
Descendants of the Sun as it dominated the competition with its third
episode. With nationwide and Seoul National Capital Area for both TNmS
Ratings and AGB Nielson, the K-drama earned over 20 percent viewership
For those who do not know what Descendants of the Sun is about, it is a
drama about the love of people who get closer as they learn to be
considerate of each other in desperate times. It is also about the
sacrifices made by people who throw themselves into natural disasters.
Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is the team leader of the Special
Warfare Command of the United Nations Peacekeeping Troops. By request of
the UN, he is stationed in the war-torn country of Uruk. There he meets
Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo), a volunteer doctor with Doctors Without
Borders. As they work alongside each other, they clash and fall in love.
Apparently, viewers love Descendants of the Sun because the ratings
provided by both TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson shows the K-drama
earned over 20 percent in viewership rating for both the Seoul National
Capital Area and nationwide. Specifically, TNmS was 21.8 percent
nationwide and 22.7 percent for Seoul, while AGB was 23.4 percent
nationwide and 24.6 percent for Seoul. All of them ranked second in
viewership except for TNmS in Seoul, which ranked first. To put things
into perspective, a fifth of South Korea’s population is 10 million
people. Just a little over that number tuned in to watch the third
episode of Descendants of the Sun.