The Real Reasons Why “The Great Seducer” Became The Lowest Rated Drama In MBC’s History

2018-04-11T21:36:19+00:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Kdrama Buzz|Tags: |

The talk of town this week has to MBC’s “The Great Seducer,” on Monday April 9, the drama made history and broke a record but not the type of record any of us was excited about.

According to Nielsen Korea, “The Great Seducer” rated 1.8% and 1.6% on April 9 which is lower than its previous episodes and its personal lowest ratings to date.

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This makes “The Great Seducer” the lowest rated MBC drama since the current rating system was implemented in 2000, the record was previously held by “’20th Century Boy And Girl,” its lowest viewership ratings was 1.8%.

MBC’s “The Great Seducer” became the second lowest rated drama in all major broadcasting stations, 2017’s “Manhole” is the first place with 1.4%.

Today I will be discussing the real reasons (in my opinion) why “The Great Seducer” rated so low.

The Plot

A lot of people are actually only watching because of the four main leads, Joy, Woo Do Hwan, Kim Min Jae and Moon Ga Young.

The drama is yet another Korean adaptation of the 18th century French novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The American adaptation in 1999 was a huge commercial success and people loved it.

The story might have stood tall if the Korean drama remake was made back in the 2000s, and I don’t honestly remember the American movie but judging by the Korean remake, its still feels like a lot of other kdramas.

The only difference is that they talk more freely about sex and everyone is basically sleeping with everyone, its all over the place.

The rich hot dude with daddy issues and the cutie girl with fighting spirit who has great outlook on life, the jealous second male lead and all of that have been seen wayyy too many times already.

The plot doesn’t always make sense and in some cases it feels rather unrealistic. Eun Tae Hee has gone through so much and for some odd reason she is still a bubbly outgoing nice character, which considering her terrible past doesn’t make much sense.

I would also like to point out that I still don’t understand the motivation behind seducing Eun Tae Hee, the trio tries to ruin someone’s life by hurting someone Eun Tae Hee considers an oppa, knowing well that he is an insensitive jerk who only cares about money and power.

I still don’t quite understand the motivation behind it, nor understand why it was a better idea than the original idea both Soo Ji and Shi Hyun came with which is getting married ahead of their parents.

The editing

Oh god, where do I begin with this one??

I don’t know if you noticed or you were busy staring at the good looking faces but have you guys noticed terrible editing? Has anyone else beside me noticed that?

The first two episodes of the drama were disastrously edited, it was embarrassing. They were shot beautifully but edited very very badly.

I am not a picky person and it takes a lot to get me to notice terrible editing because I am usually invested in the characters, but MBC’s “The Great Seducer” has to be one of the worst edited Korean dramas I have ever seen and I have seen hundreds.

The flashbacks and cutting back and forth between scenes in the first 2 episodes was very confusing and very shocking, how did anyone watch that and was like ‘yup! that’s good enough!’?

Not to mention the terrible choice of music and the way its incorporated into the scenes.

For example, there are scenes that have no particular importance or anything major going on, you hear the sound of something that’ll prepare you for a revelation or confrontation.

There are cases when it also starts wayyyy too soon, there is a scene when Soo Ji and Shi Hyun fight after she witnesses her mother getting egged, the music choice was funny, I was invested. Suddenly, weird music that doesn’t match the scene is played too soon and ruined the mood.

Some scenes the actors appear to be in a very stereotypical soap opera, something I don’t usually sense while watching kdramas because of the natural build up.

Because of the editing, sometimes it felt as if the actors were exaggerating or going overboard, the choice of music and the way the scene plays out sucks.

Whoever is editing needs better courses because he/she sure isn’t doing a good job.

The fallout of MBC’s strike

A lot of people forget this when they discuss why this drama has such low ratings.

This one of THE major reasons!

I have said it before, I don’t like the drama but 1.8% is too damn low even for such a drama. Nevertheless, considering what took place last year, its quiet understandable.

MBC’s labor union went on strike since back in September 4 as workers called for the resignation of the network’s president, on November 13; the president was dismissed and removed from his position.

If you don’t remember, back then “Hospital Ship” and “20th Century Boy and Girl” along with all MBC’s variety show were affected.

MBC continued and finished shooting for “Hospital Ship” and “20th Century Boy and Girl.” “Two Cops” also finished shooting, it was the drama that was in the same time slot currently occupied by “The Great Seducer.”

After it ended, MBC decided to delay “The Great Seducer” premiere for almost two months to recover from the aftermath of the strike that shook MBC to its core.

Thus from Mid-January to Mid-March, the timeslot was replaced by re-runs of other older kdramas. When you leave a timeslot empty, people eventually lose interest and leave, those people who no longer tune in to MBC during that time slot, won’t probably be coming back.

This is why even with its premiere, “The Great Seducer” brought disappointing ratings of 3%~, people have already been tuning in to KBS and SBS dramas.

In my opinion, this is the greatest factor that contributed to the disaster that is MBC’s “The Great Seducer,” on top of the terrible script and editing, this is why people don’t want to waste their times.

Bad Actresses

In a separate lengthy article yesterday, I discussed why I thought that casting Joy as the lead in the drama was one of the worst mistakes.

Red Velvet’s Joy is a performer and a Kpop idol with no experience, she didn’t do well in her first EVER project “The Liar and His Lover,” and she failed this drama as well.

Her terrible misinterpreted facial expressions as well as the blinking issue makes it very hard for anyone watching, those who have seen good Korean actors and compare them to her to stand watching this drama.

I have trouble figuring out what she means when she does certain facial expressions, she is nowhere near the level of the other lead actors who are killing it while she is screwing up her role.

There is also another actress beside Joy that can’t act, Jeong Ha Dam is worse, way worse that Joy; she actually makes Joy look good.

She is very very lacking, when I first saw her acting in the first couple of scenes of the drama I was so taken back, it has been a while since I have seen such a lesser known bad actress who isn’t actually an idol.

The casting directors screwed up two very important characters in the drama. This makes “The Great Seducer” very difficult to watch, especially when most scenes involve Joy’s character.

Its such a waste because every actor and actress beside those two actresses is a pro.

These sum up the reasons why I believe “The Great Seducer” became possibly the lowest rated kdrama in 2018 as well as the lowest rated MBC drama ever.

Please keep in mind that those opinions are my own and not me claiming them to be facts.

I have watched almost half of the drama and these reasons are what I could come up with to explain the low ratings.

Why do you guys think the drama achieved such low ratings? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!


  1. Nyamekye April 12, 2018 2:24 am at 2:24 am - Reply

    I think your explanation are right on point. I have to add that ,the writer is also terrible turning a drama that’s supposed to be melodramatic into a rom com story when there is no story backing that genre

  2. Nikki April 13, 2018 7:10 am at 7:10 am - Reply

    You are maybe right in some point. But I think Joy has improved a lot. Maybe people are just too tired of the same plot all over again- making simple things complicated. May I try to mention one DRAMA that actually worked even if its has like cliche plot as well. Radio Romance. This is an example of a hint of a complication on the first few episodes but SURPRISED us at how it actually turned around and just went on to make it simple, refreshing, feel good, poignant, sad and then made us all so happy again.. It was short and sweet and awesome- Also, the chemistry of both stars and the YES the editing and the music. When it finished I actually heaved a sigh of regret I wanted it to go on more BUT it was a good idea to end it there.. It did not made things more complicated.. the boy was just so resolute in lovign and getting his girl and was so refreshingly cute and straightforward..

  3. Michelle April 13, 2018 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I don’t like the drama. Watched few episodes for the sake of woo do Hwan.

  4. Thelma April 16, 2018 9:09 am at 9:09 am - Reply

    I agree that Si Hyun and Soo Ji getting married was a better idea than seducing Eun Tae hee. But I like Se Joo for Soo Ji too. I’m watching this drama just because of them. Whenever it’s Eun Tae Hee’s scene, I automatically jump to the next scene.

    • Fanny April 17, 2018 11:21 am at 11:21 am - Reply

      Its great to see there is also someone like me. Chemistry between Sihyun Sooji and Sejoo is better than those with Tae Hee. Its so awkward to see when Tae Hee act

  5. Cece April 17, 2018 4:47 am at 4:47 am - Reply

    I stopped watched the show because of Eunt Tae Hee and is not that i have something against joy is just the acting was off somehow should have married instead and start some kinda drama

  6. nana90 April 18, 2018 6:24 am at 6:24 am - Reply

    Your opinion its right on some point about Plot, Editing, Fallout MBC Strike… But for Joy… She skill acting improve so much her dedication for acting really proud… So many hates comin’ but she always try her the best even she get judge because she didnt attend for north south korea event but she still smile and do the best cant see another idol who in position like joy feel the same… I think because people’s from the start she get lead female in drama they are didnt like her because she from SM and she idol popular… its different when the leas female from another idol like sejong gugudan, bona, kim sohye and many ido turn to rookie actress seem people’s didnt so much attention for judging or throwing hate from them like for joy… Joy just unlucky for drama… i hope SM in the future knowing what the best for Joy… But yeah i am as fans just proud she doing so many things in same time Acting, MC and idol… In the future someone who get sharp critical will be success i believe that… Joy be strong dont be stress or depression…

    • Jazmine K April 19, 2018 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Its partially true what you say. But if you follow my blog I have been hyper critical of any idol getting lead roles they obviously didn’t earn. If Joy could act I wouldn’t be posting her as one of the reasons. That’s what makes it worse for Me, not only that she got it because she is from red velvet and backed by SM but she is not doing a good job…

  7. xoxoLee April 27, 2018 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Diffenitly correct when tae hae on tha scene I skipped it . I am more excited when sihyun sooji seejo scenes. chemistry of sihyun & sooji or sooji & seejo is way much better

  8. Rc137 May 7, 2018 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm - Reply

    What was so bad with Joy’s acting? I thought she did a good job. Some people were saying she should be more emotional for some scenes or should have been hysterically screaming when Si Hyun got hit in the head. I disagree. I liked the way Joy played those scenes. I thought Joy delivered her lines well and her acting was “on point”.

  9. lcverun May 12, 2018 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm - Reply

    eh..hwarang was worse

  10. Ammiel May 16, 2018 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I agree with the editing
    But to blame Joy, no I dont agree
    Shes beginning I know, but I thought she was fine
    im an international person myabe we view things differently bit out here we all loved it ues the plot was a bit off but it was intuiging to watch
    We all thought it was a good drama
    Some of the dramas are so boring like entourage, I do I do, Falling for Innocence, Flower by Ramen Shop , for instance, but I guess we all have different tastes
    I was dissapointed that it got low ratings Woo DWhan was fantastic in his role
    Just my take

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