Ratings Race: “IRIS 2” and “That Winter, The Winter Blows” Tie for First

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Ever since the premiere of two highly anticipated dramas, it has been a cut-throat race for the ratings. According to AGB Nielsen, IRIS 2and “That Winter, The Wind Blows” tied for first last night with both shows recording 12.4%.

“IRIS 2” saw a drop in ratings, dropping 2.0% from the night before. “That Winter, The Wind Blows” also dipped 0.4% from its latest episode. Level 7 Civil Servant was only 0.3% away from tying with the other two, achieving 12.1% for its eighth episode.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of hype surrounding the premiere of “IRIS 2” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows.” As the sequel to the popular “IRIS,” starring Kim Tae Hee and Lee Byung Heon, the sequel reunited two big names from “Chuno,” Lee Da Hae and Jang Hyuk.  “IRIS 2” story picks up three years after the death of Hyun Joon (Lee Byung Heon) in “IRIS,” and revolve around the mysterious surrounding Hyun Joon’s death and Baek San (Kim Young Chul), who had been arrested for being part of the secret organization, IRIS. The NSS agents, headed by Yoo Gun (Jang Hyuk), will struggle to fight against and expose IRIS, which has gotten larger and even more powerful than before. “That Winter, The Wind Blows” marks Song Hye Gyo and Jo In Sung’s comeback to the small screen. The melodrama is about a man and woman who don’t believe in love. Song Hye Kyo takes on the role of Oh Young, the sole heiress to a giant conglomerate. She lost both her parents and her eyesight, making her extremely self-protecting and lonely. Jo In Sung plays Oh Soo, a playboy and a gambler who lives a meaningless life. He sets his eyes on his next target, Oh Young, to repay an enormous amount of debt. While he approaches her for money, he ends up falling in love with her.