With ratings of 20.4% in its second episode, "The Penthouse 2" has already established itself as the drama to beat in a surprisingly competitive ratings struggle in a market that was considered to be in decline for most of 2020. "The Penthouse 2" now hopes to beat the 28.8% record set by "The Penthouse" although it already has considerable competition among new dramas. "Vincenzo" had 9.3% ratings, "Beyond Evil" 4%, "Times" 2.7%, and "Sisyphus: The Myth" at 6.7%.
Unlike its competitors, "The Penthouse 2" has the distinction of being a broadcast drama, appearing on SBS. Prior to "The Penthouse" the last big drama from SBS was "My Love from the Star" back in 2013, which opened with ratings of 15.6% and ended with ratings of 28.1%. The production behind "The Penthouse 2" has been confident regarding their ability to improve on the sheer scale of "The Penthouse" which was already highly bombastic and outrageous with its various twists and turns.
"The Penthouse 2" is also dominating on the wavve charts for dramas, charting at number one for the OTT service in the third week of February. The original "The Penthouse" was close behind in second while "River Where the Moon Rises" was third, despite being no slouch itself in ratings consistently performing above 9%. The wildly differing genres and presentations of all these dramas is another noteworthy point, preventing currently airing South Korean dramas as a whole from being easily pigeonholed.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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