About two weeks ago, the K-drama Producer experienced a sudden drop in viewership after airing its seventh episode on June 5, 2015. For the Korean Broadcasting System, it was probably a surprise given the show’s star power — specifically Kim Soo Hyun.
The scare, however, turned out to be happenstance. According to the latest reports, Producer had its best ratings averaged across all ratings boards with the episode that aired on June 13, 2015.
According to KdramaStars, the day-to-day, back-to-back ninth and 10th episodes accomplished two things. With Episode 9, it reflected a shift in dynamic between the new and the old. Episode 10, however, focused on the opportunity for the main characters to change their lives, specifically Baek Seung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun). Baek does this by confronting his crush Tak Ye Jin (Kong Hyo Jin) by kissing her. This bold move also goes against the advice Baek received from both Ra Joon Mo (Cha Tae Hyun) as well as (believe it or not) Tak.
Viewers who loyally followed the K-drama knew this was bound to happen. The lines of love were easily drawn, enforced with each passing episode. The sixth episode, which aired on May 30, 2015, probably had the biggest indication that the relationship between Baek Seung Chan and Tak Ye Jin would come to fruition when Baek rejected Cindy (IU).
Nevertheless, the initial beginnings of Baek and Tak’s relationship have garnered the highest viewership percentage ratings Producer has thus far. It should, however, be noted the rating is an average across TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson. The former had a 13.8 percent rating nationwide with a 15.6 percent rating in Seoul. The latter, however, had a 14.6 percent rating nationwide with a 15.4 percent rating in Seoul. Therefore, the average percentage is 14.85 percent.
For the highest single percentage rating, the eighth episode holds that honor with 16.7 percent for Seoul by TNS Media Korea, as reported by AsianWiki. It’s average percentage does come short across the board by 0.45 percent compared to the 10th episode.
It is now expected the last two episodes of Producer will break the record the 10th episode has set. They will air back-to-back starting with the 11th episode on June 19, 2015, followed by the final episode the next day. They will air respectively at 9:15 p.m. KST on KBS2. For those who don’t have access to KBS2, it will eventually be available for viewing on DramaFever.
[Featured Image via KBS/Producer Promotions, Post Image via Screen Capture of Producer]