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'My Lovely Samsoon' Ends With 50 Pct Ratings

2005/07/22 | 236 views |  | Permalink | Source

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This year's biggest hit TV drama, "My Lovely Samsoon", -"My Name is Kim Sam-soon" airing on Wednesdays and Thursdays, came to an end Thursday, surpassing 50 percent of the total viewer ratings. According to TNS Media Korea, the last episode of the MBC drama recorded a 50.5 percent viewer rating on a national basis. It reached 53.4 percent in metropolitan areas.

There have only been five drama series with viewer ratings above 50 percent since 2000.

The drama ended with a happy and yet realistic ending. Sam-soon (Kim Seon-ah) and Jin-hon (Hyeon-bin) get back together despite opposition from Jin-hon's mother.

Since the show's first episode on June 1, the drama series sparked "Sam-soon syndrome". At the core of the syndrome are Korean women who identify themselves with 30-year-old pastry chef Sam-soon, who is overweight, single and has nothing to boast of, but is confident and outspoken in Korea's appearance-oriented society. Skillful performances by actors Kim Seon-ah and Hyeon-bin drew attention and the drama gave birth to new stars like Daniel Henney and Jeong Ryeo-won.

The main characters' lines have dominated online bulletin boards, inquiries on pastry chef courses have doubled, and bread sales have risen. In bookstores, the original novel of the same title and the German children's novel, "Momo", shown in the drama, have become bestsellers.

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