The high budget tvN drama “Arthdal Chronicles” is struggling to hold down an audience.
According to Nielsen Korea, Episode 5 (which aired on June 15) recorded an average of 5.78% nationwide and an average of 5.95% in Seoul area. This is a sharp drop from its 4th episode which scored 7.7%, it’s a 2% decrease.
“Arthdal Chronicles” has failed to live up to the expectations of netizens. The underwhelming CGI and the confusing plotline are some of the reasons netizens were disappointed with the drama.
Episode 6, the last episode of season one, will air tonight. Starting next week, season two will start airing with episode 7 as its first episode.
What do you think of the drama?
Ratings source: Nielsen Korea
My Personal Thoughts
Ouch! This is bad!!!
The drama has been receiving mixed reviews since it started airing. Its one of a kind drama but still, I had thought it would blow up. This is unexpected.
I know the director of this drama is probably pretty upset right now. With a budget of more than $40 million, I expected more. I honestly don’t see how this is a $40 million project [as of yet].
I will do a review of season one, but in short, I found it kinda boring, especially episode 4, its too slow for my taste. The CGI also takes you out of the mood because it’s so bad for the budget it was given.
For such a large project, they should’ve taken their time which they apparently didn’t. They filmed season 1, 2 and 3 all at the same time. The issue now is that the ratings are not doing as well as anyone had expected.
I do understand why they’d wanna film it all at once; it could be because of actors’ hectic schedules and many other reasons. But for such a large production they should’ve taken the route of “Kingdom” (the zombie apocalypse historical kdrama), they filmed season 1 and fans loved, they’re now filming season 2 and it’ll air in 2020 I believe.
I believe kdrama fans would’ve probably already given up if there wasn’t Song Joong Ki or Kim Ji Won.
These two actors have a large international fanbase, fans would watch anything with them. I also believe that the ratings are not worse because of the stellar cast; some people are still hanging on because of the cast.