Despite Kwanghee and Sunhwa’s Tearful Farewell, “We Got Married” Ratings Continue to Decline
MBC “We Got Married Season 4” experienced another steep decline in ratings. According to Nielsen Korea, the episode of “We Got Married” that aired on April 13 had 6.3% in ratings, which nearly 2.0% lower than the week before. The April 6 episode of the show garnered 8.3% in ratings.
On this particular episode of “We Got Married 4,” Kwanghee and Sunhwa were getting ready for their farewell. They invited members of ZE:A, Secret, and 2PM‘s Taecyeon to their private photo exhibition. As they were reminiscing about their past eight months together as a virtually married couple, looking through all the pictures of themselves, Kwanghee and Sunhwa could not hold back their tears.
Since Kwanghee and Sunhwa were one of the main couples of “We Got Married 4,” the news about their departure from the show garnered many fans and netizen’s attention. However, both the production and cast members denied such news as rumors until the very last minute. Such ambivalent attitude of the show received much criticisms from fans and netizens. As a result, many fans, experts, and related officials expect Kwanghee and Sunhwa’s last farewell to have little impact on the show, even though they have been one of the most beloved WGM couples.
Moreover, “We Got Married 4” is facing another problem as the hype about Jo Jung Chi–Jung In couple is now declining. They initially were very popular, as they have been together for 11 years and had many realistic concerns, episodes, and interactions as a couple, which were welcomed by the viewers in the beginning. However, even their real-life long term romance was not enough to save the show. Many experts are pointing out that although Jo Jung Chi and Jung In have become popular from their guest appearances on variety shows, they lack the stardom and experience in leading “We Got Married 4.”
With Kwanghee and Sunhwa leaving the show, “We Got Married 4” is at a crucial moment. Although the show needs a new star couple to garner more positive attention, raise the ratings, and revive the show in general, many fans and related officials are also pointing out that this season of “We Got Married” has gone through too many couples already.