COVID-19 restrictions are inducing much higher television viewership ratings than before. Airing in the same time slot in South Korea, SBS’s One the Woman starring Lee Ha Nee and Lee Sang Yoon and MBC’s The Veil led by Nam Goong Min and Park Ha Sun are both well-received, and are going head-to-head on ratings.
According to Nielsen Korea, life-swapping mystery romance One the Woman scored an average nationwide rating of 8.2 percent and 7.1 percent for its first two episodes respectively. Peaking at 11.2 percent across the two days, the comedic plot and Ha Nee’s portrayal of two completely opposite characters had audiences amused to no end.
One the Woman tells a story following an intelligent and ambitious prosecutor Yeon Joo (Lee Ha Nee) who loses her memories after getting into a car accident when chasing a suspect. Waking up as Kang Mi Na, the missing daughter-in-law of the conglomerate Hanju Group, she is confused but is determined to uncover the truth until Mi Na’s first love Seung Wook unexpectedly enters her life.
Relentless spy thriller The Veil achieved an average of 7.2 percent and 8.0 percent with a peak of 12.2 percent for the first episode and 11.1 percent for the second. The shocking plot twists and Goong Min’s intense action scenes instantly hooked viewers since its premiere.
The Veil revolves around a tough and clever top spy, Han Ji Hyuk (Nam Goong Min), who vows to find the hidden traitor who had betrayed him. Gone missing for a year, Ji Hyuk returns suffering from amnesia and gets assigned to a team handling minor tasks. He later meets talented investigator, Seon Soo Yeon (Park Ha Sun),who is strongly protective of her teammates but is strangely hostile towards Ji Hyuk.
Coincidentally, The Veil and One the Woman share the same themes of amnesia and revenge, except taking on different genres and illustrated in different settings. The former brighter is funnier, and the latter deeply twisted with lots of gore.
As the two continue to battle for weekly viewership ratings, the drama with a stronger storyline and well-developed characters will likely perform better.
Source: Korea Star Daily
This article is written by Minna for Jaynestars.com.