The ?Doctors? Korean drama gained good reviews and high ratings making it a surprise hit ? even among people from inside the team.
The new medical-themed romantic comedy premiered in SBS channel last June. It stars Park Shin Hye as aspiring doctor Yoo Hye Jeong and Kim Rae Won as her mentor, Hong Ji Hong.
According to International Business Times, the agency of Park Shin Hye admitted that they were not sure if ?Doctors? would be as well-received as their talent?s previous projects. The 26-year-old actress? more recent TV shows include The Heirs in 2013 and Pinocchio in 2014. She was also part of the phenomenal 2003 drama Stairway To Heaven.
“For the past 3 years, none of [Park Shin Hye’s] dramas have failed, and everything always turned out well, so it’s true that we were nervous for this one,? said a rep from S.A.L.T. Entertainment.
?People were saying that it was about time for at least one failure, and we also thought that there was no way we could succeed in everything. When we were choosing this next project, we wanted to go out in style, even if it did fail, so we chose ‘Doctors.'”
Doctors Korean drama?s director also expressed his doubts about the show, specifically over casting Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong.
Oh Chung Hwan admitted that he was initially unsure if serious medical mentor would be portrayed well even if the lead actor is known for playing ?strong? characters. One example is Kim Rae Won?s award-winning role in the 2015 legal thriller ?Punch,? where he played a prosecutor with a terminal illness who ran after corrupt officials.
Even with all the initial issues surrounding Doctors Korean drama?s cast, the show ended up performing well just weeks into its run. Ratings released by Nielsen Korea showed that it gathered a record 12.9 percent rating when it premiered, then increased to 14.2 percent on its second day.
A week later, the show garnered 18.4 percent in viewership, putting it on the top spot among competing TV shows in MBC and KBS.
If the ratings of Doctors Korean drama continue to increase in the same trend, some predict that it could even surpass the success of another hit show, Descendants of the Sun. The wartime-themed KBS series reached a phenomenal 38.8 percent rating on its finale last April and will be back for a second season in 2017.