KBS2’s family melodrama Liver or Die recorded high ratings for its broadcast on February 7, with episodes 19 and 20 getting 11.8 % and 12.7 %, respectively, and ending the first half of the drama’s 40-episode run with double-digit viewership, according to data from Nielsen Korea. These figures are the now the highest ratings of the series since its premiere on January 9, 2019.
Viewers are crediting the realistic and heart-wrenching performance of Liver or Die‘s lead, Yoo Jun-sang (Falsify), for the show’s jump in popularity. Several online forums are already abuzz with praises for the actor and are calling him a worthy candidate for the top prizes from major award ceremonies which will be held at the end of the year.
Despite the recent success in viewership of Liver or Die, its rival on SBS, The Last Empress, remains no. 1 in the Wednesday-Thursday time slot with its 43rd and 44th episode obtaining nationwide viewership of 12.2 % and 14.5 %, respectively. Trailing behind these two shows is MBC’s Springs Turns To Spring, whose 11th and 12th episode posted 1.9 % and 2.0 %, respectively—numbers that pale in comparison to cable drama Touch Your Heart’s 4.6 %.
Liver or Die tells the story of Lee Poong-sang, played by Yoo, a man who has only lived his life for his younger siblings. He took on the responsibility of financially supporting his siblings right after school, and now, as a middle-aged man, he’s still caught up in the affairs of his siblings. The drama’s latest episode revolved around Poong-sang discovering that he has a life-threatening illness and struggling with revealing this secret to his family. He has a lot on his mind as he tries to come to terms with his illness, the prospect of getting a surgery, and his impending divorce with his wife.
Liver or Die is a drama that will make the viewers reflect on the importance of family and relationships through the struggles of Poong-sang and his siblings. It airs every Wednesday and Thursday on KBS2.