First episode of K-drama ‘Now, We Are Breaking Up’ garners 6.4% rating

Published November 13, 2021, 7:31 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

“Now, We Are Breaking Up,” the anticipated Korean drama starring Song Hye-kyo and Jang Ki-yong, premiered on Nov. 12 on SBS and streamed on OTT platform Viu.

According to Nielsen Korea, episode 1 of “Now, We Are Breaking Up” garnered a rating of 6.4 percent nationwide in South Korea and placed eighth among terrestrial programs for the day. KBS2’s “Red Shoes” took first place with 17 percent.

Song Hye-kyo and Jang Ki-yong in “Now, We Are Breaking Up” (SBS)

In the Seoul metropolitan area, “Now, We Are Breaking Up” recorded a rating of 6.6 percent and ranked seventh among terrestrial programs for the day.

In the Friday-Saturday drama, Song Hye-kyo plays the role of Ha Yeong-eun, who heads the design team of a fashion company while Jang Ki-yong is Yoon Jae-gook, a freelance fashion photographer.

In the first episode, Song Hye-kyo met a man at a bar during a celebration of K Fashion Week in Busan and had a one-night stand.

“What is your name?” the man asked her, to which she replied, “Why do you want to know my name?”

She dismissed the idea of them meeting again, saying, “That won’t happen because neither of us will be here after Fashion Week is over. Have a safe trip back to Paris.” The man turned out to be Yoon Jae-gook.

During the press conference for the drama, Song Hye-kyo said, “I thought the script for this series was really interesting. Many people were looking forward to seeing me star in a new melodrama, but some still might wonder why I’m doing a melodrama again,” according to the Korea Times.

She added, “But as I get older, I think there are differences involved in expressing characters in the genre. So I wanted to join this series because I believed it would be different (from my previous works).”

The press conference was recorded before Jang Ki-yong enlisted in the military last August.

“I think it was a huge stroke of luck to be able to star in this project before joining the military. I like the script and was curious about the love story (it tells). I believed that I could show a more mature version of my acting since I’ve turned 30, so I wanted to take the part,” said Jang Ki-yong.