?Uncontrollably Fond? ratings have reportedly gone up although it initially received bad reviews. Viewership also improved even as rumors came out regarding its lead cast members.
The new KBS series stars Suzy Bae as a quirky documentary producer named No Eul. Her leading man is Kim Woo Bin, who plays an arrogant celebrity named Shin Joon Young. ?Uncontrollably Fond? premiered last July 6 and aired simultaneously in five regions, including Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States.
While K-drama fans waited for the romantic drama for months, most of the early ?Uncontrollably Fond? reviews were negative. The bad feedback was mostly because of the alleged poor acting of its lead actress, Suzy Bae.
Netizens criticized the doe-eyed star?s acting capabilities, calling it ?hopeless? and ?as if she is reading out of a textbook.? Some bashers also advised Suzy to ?stop ?uncontrollably? acting and just stick to pictorials.?
It is also possible that current controversies involving ?Uncontrollably Fond? cast members have affected the show.
The harsh criticisms on Suzy?s acting come amid rumors of her controversial break up with boyfriend Lee Min Ho.
Her split with the ?Boys Over Flowers? heartthrob has dragged the names of other Korean superstars, such as ?Descendants of the Sun? actress Song Hye Kyo and ?Gu Family Book? actor Sung Joon.
Just recently, there have even been speculations tagging Kim Woo Bin as a possible third party in Suzy Bae and Lee Min Ho?s break-up.
However, the initial negative reviews and bad publicity seemed to have not affected ?Uncontrollably Fond? ratings completely.
According to Asia One, the show?s first two episodes attracted more than 40 million paid viewers on Youku Tudou, one of China’s biggest online video platforms.
“On the first day of broadcast, there was an overflow of traffic and the server of Youku crashed,” a rep said. “Also, real-time replies from viewers flooded (the site) to (the point that) they even interfered with the screen.”
Searches about the series on Chinese social media site Weibo also increased from 500 million to 17.6 billion after its premiere.
Prior to its debut, ?Uncontrollably Fond? has been tagged by KBS as their next ?Descendants of the Sun.? The wartime-themed love story received worldwide popularity, with record ratings of over 38 percent when it ended last April.
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