JTBC’s Drama “Nevertheless” has surprised critics and netizens but in the way you’d expect.
This weekend, JTBC’s Drama “Nevertheless” episode 2 aired. The week prior, the drama premiered to 2.2%, an average number with room for improvement. However, its second episode has hit the 1% mark.
According to Nielsen Korea, JTBC’s Drama “Nevertheless” episode 2 scored an average of 1.3%, a new low for the drama.
This has surprised both netizens and critics, JTBC dramas are known for scoring well in ratings. The drama that occupied the same time slot of “Nevertheless” had ratings in the 3 and 4% range and finished off with 5% in ratings.
Its become a rare sight to see a JTBC drama score 1% in ratings despite it being a cable channel. “Nevertheless” had made headlines across the past couple of weeks for many reasons, including the star-studded cast, the 19+ rating, and most recently, the acting of its stars Song Kang and Han So Hee.
Despite the hype and the casting of the rising stars whose dramas have been doing well, “Nevertheless” is struggling to pull audience back in.
Besides Song Kang receiving mixed reviews for his acting, the lead actress Han So Hee has also received mixed responses for her acting after “Nevertheless” episode 2. Many netizens complained about her voice can’t be heard and that she isn’t leading material.
Despite that, there is still room for improvement, the drama is only 2 episodes in and still has 8 more to go.
Have you seen “Nevertheless” thus far?
My personal thoughts- written by Jass K.
Right off the bat, the theme of the drama is relatively slower, a lot slower than what most of the two actors audience are used to.
Han So Hee is using a softer than average voice to match her character, that wouldn’t matter much to me because I watch with subtitles on Netflix. However, I understand why netizens are complaining about that since they don’t have subtitles to rely on.
I never expected “Nevertheless” to score high ratings even with the casting judging by the teasers alone, and despite the marketing and the heavy focus on the actors choice [which has come back to haunt them], the idea is of a slower kdrama and rarely do these type of kdramas get high ratings.
It doesn’t mean they’re bad at all, but it can also be considered an indication. Ratings do matter for actors and the production, no matter how hard some fans will try to tell you otherwise. This being said, ratings shouldn’t be the only reason you choose to see a drama or not.
Sometimes, the low ratings happen because of many reasons outside of the creators’ control but this time, it appears to me that its related not only to the theme and the plot but to the acting as well. Han So Hee did well in “The World Of The Married” and I find her performance okay in this drama, especially when I compare it to the lead male. I’ve spoken about Song Kang’s acting before, my thoughts on it, and netizens thoughts as well. You can read it from here.
I hope the drama picks back up, it has a nice idea that could become something worthy of discussion if they take it a certain direction. But considering the theme, it can also go bad fast if they don’t have the material to back it up.