[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Starts Out With 1.25% Ratings
By William Schwartz | Published on
The new TV Chosun drama "Joseon Survival" premiered over the weekend and drew in ratings of 1.255% on Saturday night and a slight increase to 1.288% on Sunday night. Though these ratings may look poor, "Joseon Survival" aired in the late night 10:50 PM timeslot, which has historically always had trouble attracting high ratings.
The slight increase suggests that the unique hook of "Joseon Survival" may give it staying power. "Joseon Survival" is a time slip historical drama where the main character is a former champion archery athlete forced to become a delivery boy after his father's death. He is then thrust back into the sixteenth century, where his skills are of more practical daily use.
"Joseon Survival" is the first historical drama starring lead actor Kang Ji-hwan since his turn as Hong Gil-dong in the 2008 drama "Hong Gil Dong". While Kang Ji-hwan is usually a big enough name to headline a drama anywhere, he most likely took this role because the poor performance of "Feel Good To Die" and "Children of a Lesser God" have hurt his marketability on more high prestige networks.
Written by William Schwartz
"Joseon Survival" is directed by Lee Hyeong-seon, written by Kim Sol-ji, Park Min-woo-II, and features Kang Ji-hwan, Kyung Soo-jin, Song Won-seok, Park Se-wan, Lee Jae-yoon, Han Jae-suk. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/06/08~Now airing, Sat, Sun 22:50 on TV Chosun.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.