Last month, it was reported that one of the most highly-anticipated K-dramas to debut in September would be She Was Pretty for two reasons. First, being the cast. Main leads, Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon were cast. What is particularly notable about this pairing is the fact they both played lead roles in their last K-drama, the popular Kill Me, Heal Me. In addition, the co-lead is Siwon, a K-pop idol from mega group Super Junior.
As for the second reason, it is the plot. According to a synopsis, Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) was ugly when he was young but as he grew older, he began to have an attractive appearance. Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum), was the prettiest girl when she was young but became ugly when she grew up. Back when Sung Joon and Hye Jin were young, they were the closest of friends. Unfortunately, they were separated. After years of being apart, they met by happenstance as co-workers for a fashion magazine. Hye Jin, remembering her friend, who was also her first love, recognizes Sung Joon. Unfortunately for her, Sung Joon remembers her how she was, not how she is today. What will happen as their work relationship continues?
Apparently, such a plot concept along with its excellent direction is highly favored among viewers. According to the viewership ratings by TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson provided by AsianWiki, by the conclusion of the eighth episode — which aired on October 8 — the average nationwide viewership was 13.9 percent, while Seoul was 15.9 percent. This makes She Was Pretty the highest-rated K-drama out of all shows airing on both Wednesdays and Thursdays.
There were a lot of comedic moments in Episode seven. The standouts were when Kim Hye Jin and Ji Sung Joon had to work off their debt after they couldn’t pay for their meal, and the tension between Sung Joon and Kim Shin Hyuk when they, along with Hye Jin, had a drink together.
Episode eight was about realizations and revelations, especially the episode’s end. Let’s just say viewers following the K-drama will want to see what causes everyone on the main floor of The Most (fashion magazine Hye Jin and Sung Joon work for) to show the following expressions.
As mentioned earlier, She Was Pretty was the best in ratings out of all other K-dramas across all other networks that air on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the same time slot, as reported by KdramaStars. The newest drama titled, The Village: Achiara’s Secret, made its ratings debut at 6.9 percent, which is not bad for the first and second episodes. However, it does have a big role to fill as it takes over the time slot originally held by Yong Pal, a K-drama so popular that each episode aired with double-digit ratings and a series ending with a more than 20 percent viewership ratings average. The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 was in second place with a rating of 7.8 percent average, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous episode.
She Was Pretty airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:55 p.m. KST on the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). For those who don’t have access to the Korean programming, She Was Pretty can be viewed for free on both DramaFever and Viki.
[Featured Image via MBC/She Was Pretty Promotions, Post Images via Screen Captures from She Was Pretty]