Answer Me 1988 breaks franchise ratings record and announces one-week delay in January
Answer Me 1988 has turned into an absolute ratings beast for tvN, beating out the ratings for its popular predecessors. Success doesn't come without a cost, however, as the producers announced that the show will take a one-week break during its run in January to allow for additional filming time.
When Answer Me 1988 was first announced, netizens voiced some concern that the series wouldn't be able to live up to the popularity of the previous Answer Me shows, Answer Me 1997 and Answer Me 1994. The relatively high ratings for the first few episodes were attributed to the lingering success of the earlier installments, but the drama has done nothing but gain momentum since its premiere, building a solid fan base on its own merits.
This weekend, episode 8 of the series earned 12.2% ratings in Korea, breaking the franchise ratings record previously held by Answer Me 1994's finale (11.9%). Those kinds of numbers are huge for a cable station, especially in a year where overall ratings continue to decline. To put the ratings in context, many tvN dramas consider a 3% premiere a success, and both Oh My Ghostess and Twenty Again were considered hits when they broke 7% in the same time slot earlier this year. 12% is a higher rating than many bigger network dramas saw this year, and the series is being hailed as a "national drama."
Although ratings are going well, the series is struggling to keep up with the live shoot schedule. With each episode clocking in around 90 minutes, the production team has been behind since the start trying to ensure that the episodes are ready on time. TvN representatives announced that, rather than rushing the end of the series, there will be a one-week hiatus in January to allow for additional filming. On January 1 and 2, there will be no new episodes. Instead, episodes 17 and 18 will air the following week on January 8 and 9.
While it's absolute agony waiting a single week for new episodes, let alone two weeks, it may be worth it to ensure the quality of the finale. What do you think? Are you willing to wait an extra week for the last four episodes? Have you been following along with this ratings hit? Share your thoughts in the comments!
See what's drawing Korean audiences to this series with the first episode of Answer Me 1988: