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'Drama Empire' MBC, Abolishes Monday-Tuesday Dramas

2020/07/28 Source

MBC which was known as the 'Drama Empire' at one point, is now on a boundless Monday-Tuesday drama hiatus.

With the disappointing results of the highly anticipated "Dinner Mate", MBC has organized a TV show instead of a drama and hasn't even been able to come up with a plan for the next Monday-Tuesday drama.

MBC scheduled a new TV show called "No Fighting" starring former soccer stars Ahn Jung-hwan and Lee Young-pyo after Song Seung-heon and Seo Ji-hye's "Dinner Mate" which ended on the 14th. Baek Jong-won's "The Paikfather" comes soon after.

Tuesday at 9:30PM is scheduled for the show "What Is Studying?" starring Shin Dong-yup which was originally airing on Fridays. "PD Files" follows soon after.

Reports say scheduling TV shows in the place of dramas wasn't a bad attempt. "No Fighting" on the 20th rated 8.0% on the 20th which was its first broadcast.

MBC had a term of absence since "365: Repeat the Year" ended on the 28th of April and began "Dinner Mate" on the 25th of May.

The response wasn't bad in the beginning. "Dinner Mate" which is based on a popular webtoon, drew attention with the collaboration of Song Seung-heon and Seo Ji-hye. The first episode had a good start with 6%.

However, the drama failed to gain the sympathy of viewers as it progressed. Criticism said some of the characters were 'too much' and the viewership fell to 2%. The final episode ended with 4.3%.

Hwang Jung-eum's KBS drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me" is the only ground-wave Monday-Tuesday drama. However, it is doing poorly with an average of 2~3% in viewership.

SBS on the other hand, is doing well by broadcasting TV shows and not drama. "You Are My Destiny 2" rated 7.4% on the 20th and "TV Animal Farm" rated 7.1% on the 21st while "Burning Youth" rated 7.4%.

Meanwhile, the only general service channel broadcasting a Monday-Tuesday drama is "The Good Detective" which rated 4.4% on the 21st.

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