[10asiae] Rain’s “Fugitive” outruns competing dramas in a breeze
The first episode of KBS TV series “Fugitive: Plan B” starring Korean superstar Rain has proven the hype surrounding the drama ahead of its premiere may not be hollow expectation.
Statistics released by research firms TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) and AGB Nielsen Media Research on Thursday showed that the first episode of “Fugitive” yesterday posted viewership ratings of 21.7 percent and 20.7 percent, respectively, easily outscoring its competitors in the same Wednesday and Thursday primetime time slot.
SBS’ “My Girlfriend is Gumiho” lost steam last night ahead of its finale episode today with ratings of 18.6 percent on TnMS’ survey and 16.6 percent on AGB’s chart, and “Kiss” remained in the four percent-range on both polls.
Also, while a drama is considered to be a hit when it sees ratings in the 30-percent range and is dubbed to be of ‘national drama’ status beyond the 40 percent mark, it is rare for even the most popular shows to record ratings in the 20-percent range for its premiere episode.
In “Fugitive,” a romantic comedy investigative action series about a conspiracy involving a hefty sum of money going missing in times of the Korean War 60 years ago, Rain plays Gee-woo, a private detective at an international secret agency who is on the run after becoming pegged as the murderer of his own old friend.
The 20-part series was shot in various locations throughout Asia including China, Japan and the Philippines and features a multinational cast of Korean actors Lee Na-young, Daniel Henney, Lee Jung-jin, Kong Hyung-jin, Yoon Son-ha, Hong Kong-‘s Ti Lung, China’s Josei Ho, and Japanese actors Takenaka Naoto and Uehara Takako.
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[dongdrama]Runaway’ Premiere Hit 20 Percent Mark
Getting premiere on September 29, the action romantic-comedy Korean drama ‘Runaway: Plan B’ aka ‘Fugitive: Plan B’ has entered the home theater competition with strong viewership ratings, 20.7%, which is a rare number for the first episode.
The high rating has been already expected for the drama due to its star-studded cast members, including Asian superstar Rain, Lee Na Young, Lee Jung Jin, and Daniel Henney, packed with the solid story and script coming from the creative team behind the hit Korean drama ‘Chuno’ aka ‘The Slave Hunters’.
Meanwhile, the romantic-comedy Korean drama ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’ which is just two episodes left to its end, follows in the second place with a 16.6% rating, which is a little bit of a drop from last week’s 19.2%.
Another competitor drama, MBC’s teen romantic-comedy Korean drama ‘Playful Kiss’ aka ‘Mischievous Kiss’ still stayed in the back, recording a 4.5% rating. Even though, it seems hard to catch up the rating but the drama has been sold to over 10 overseas countries and has its own fan base.
It’s just the beginning for ‘Runaway’ and next week there will be a new competitor ‘Daemul’ aka ‘Big Fish’ starring Ko Hyun Jung and Kwon Sang Woo. Let’s see if the drama can maintain its No. 1 spot.
Source: Joy News // dongdrama
[popseoul] Rain’s “Fugitive, Plan B” outruns competition
Rain is back!
The new KBS drama“Fugitive, Plan B” with its all star cast, has outrun the competition. The first episode attracted a whopping 20.7% (AGB Nielsen) of the viewers who sat glued to the small screens last night.
The 20 episode “Fugitive,” is an action packed drama following the story behind a conspiracy involving money gone missing during the Korean War. Rain plays Ki-woo, an international secret agent who turns fugitive. The cast also includes the very sexy Daniel Henney, Lee Na-young and eye candy, Oh Ji-ho, Hong Kong-’s Ti Lung, China’s Josei Ho, and Japanese actors Takenaka Naoto and Uehara Takako.
[10asiae] REVIEW of KBS TV series “Fugitive: Plan B” – 1st Episode
There is heated interest in the cameo appearance by comedienne Gwak Hyun-hwa, one of the proofs of the mixed response over “Fugitive: Plan B.” It was impossible not to look forward to the drama when it features a cast composed of Rain, Lee Na-young, Lee Jung-jin, Yoon Jin-suh, Daniel Henney (and even Hong Kong star Ti Lung of movie “A Better Tomorrow”!), it is a new series by director Gwak Jeong-hwan and writers Chun Sung-il, the mastermind duo behind smash hit drama “The Slave Hunters” from earlier this year, and the Red One camera they had used for the show would be put into use once again.
But could it be that certain preconceptions had formed regarding the show due to its cast and information on the crew? Because the drama revealed to the public on Wednesday night turned out to be a comedy similar to Japanese comic “City Hunters.” And upon accepting this fact, the charms Rain has as a cute and sexy man, with his smiling eyes and hard-to-hate coquettishness, started to be noticed. After that, the rest came easy. The motorcycle scene resembling that of the scene from “Mission Impossible 2” was understandable, the sluggish action moves that the ninja from film “Ninja Assassin” put on, showing that Thailand must have been hot, was also understandable, and even the office plastered with augmented reality touch screens that strongly gave off the vibe of MBC drama “The Man Called God” were understood to be part of the comedy.
The reason that there is actually no need to think so perversely about the show is that the actors are merely introducing themselves in the first episode of this fancy drama before the actual curtains for the story is raised. It was fun watching the two main actors returning to the small screen for the first time in five and six years, and another form of fun came from the large number of actors from “The Slave Hunters” making cameo appearances. The story itself has yet to start.
Reporter : Kim Kyo-suk (TV Critic)
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