7 Actors Whose Ratings Have Trouble Living Up To Their Talent

Have you ever liked an actor but hated the projects they pick? Or liked their projects but been sad that no one else seemed to watch it?

There are some actors who have experienced bad luck, either now or in the past, when it comes to picking projects. Whether it’s about low viewership ratings or just a badly written story, sometimes an actor just can’t quite catch a break despite their phenomenal talent.

Yoo Seung Ho

Yoo Seung Ho was a brilliant and beloved child actor when he was young. Although his talent continues, some of the projects he’s chosen after completing mandatory military service have been troubled by low ratings. These include MBC every1’s “Imaginary Cat” and MBC’s “I Am Not a Robot.”

Although “Remember” got solid ratings, it was Namgoong Min who was the standout performance of that drama, while “Ruler: Master of the Mask” underwhelmed for the amount of marketing it received.

Nevertheless, Yoo Seung Ho continues to steadily build up his filmography, rarely taking an extended break from working. His next project is SBS’s “Revenge Is Back” (working title), slated to air in December.

Yeo Jin Goo

Another child actor who has successfully made the transition to more mature acting talent, Yeo Jin Goo has not been able to replicate the ratings success of his child actor hit “The Moon Embracing the Sun.”

He played leading roles in “Orange Marmalade,” “Circle,” “Into the World Again,” and “Jackpot,” all of which averaged less than 10 percent in viewership ratings despite incredible variation in story, genre, and character.

Yeo Jin Goo will next appear in the drama adaptation of “Absolute Boyfriend” and the historical drama “Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King.”

Lee Hyun Woo

Is there a trend when it comes to child actors and their transitions into adult careers? Lee Hyun Woo was also a successful child actor in hit projects like MBC’s “The Great Queen Seon Deok.”

Lee Hyun Woo has found later-in-life success when it comes to film! But it’s his dramas that fail to make an impact on the public. Both “Moorim School” and “The Liar and His Lover” got low viewership ratings, with “Moorim School” even being cut down in its original run because of the lack of viewership support.

Lee Hyun Woo is currently completing his mandatory military service.

Kim Bum

Kim Bum made himself a household name – and his lines into hit catchphrases – with his roles in MBC’s “Unstoppable High Kick” and KBS’s “Boys Over Flowers.” He has had a little trouble in recent years living up to the popularity of his earlier work, appearing in projects like “Hidden Identity” and “Mrs. Cop 2.”

He has also been focusing on his overseas work and recently starred in the film “Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead.”

Yoon Shi Yoon

The actor seems to have overcome part of his ratings slump now, but the projects he chose right after his big break – “Baker King Kim Tak Goo” – were bound to be a little disappointing.

His dramas like “Me Too, Flower!“, “Flower Boy Next Door,” “Prime Minister and I” failed to make an impression on the public. When he returned from mandatory military service, his projects like “Mirror of the Witch” and “The Best Hit” also didn’t get great ratings.

Recently, however, he achieved modest successes with “Grand Prince,” which got the highest ratings on TV Chosun since the network was inaugurated in 2011, and “Your Honor,” which consistently ranked at the top of its time slot.

Jung Il Woo

Another talented actor who was in the hit drama “Unstoppable High Kick,” Jung Il Woo has had an up-and-down career. He made waves with his role in “The Moon Embracing the Sun,” but got low viewership ratings in projects like “The Return of Iljimae,” “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop,” and “Cinderella and the Four Knights.”

The actor recently completed his mandatory military service and will be returning with the fusion sageuk drama “Haechi” in 2019.

Song Ji Hyo

This actress made a name for herself with her roles in “Goong” and “Jumong,” but it was through the variety show “Running Man” that she became a household name. However, her recent dramas – which include projects like “Emergency Couple,” “Ex-Girlfriend Club,” and “Lovely Horribly” – have struggled to gain a foothold in viewership ratings.

Can you think of other actors and actresses who have had bad luck in picking projects? What are some of the projects mentioned above that deserved to have more viewers?

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