KBS announced that it will broadcast a 60-minute special episode for its Monday-Tuesday youth drama, School 2017. The special episode will be aired tonight at 8:55 pm KST (Korean Standard Time) for those who did not watch the first and second episodes on July 17 and July 18, respectively.
The special episode ought to increase understanding of the drama’s plot among the viewers who missed the episodes last week and eventually attract more people to watch the upcoming episodes of the drama. The third episode of the show will continue to air tonight at 10 pm KST after the special episode.
The move by KBS must have been influenced by the low audience share of the drama. According to Nielsen Korea, School 2017′s premiere recorded 5.9 % and 6.4 % in nationwide and Seoul area ratings, respectively. These numbers dropped to 4.2 % and 4.3 %, respectively, in the second episode. The drama lost against its rival from MBC, The King Loves, which also had its premiere last week. Its ratings were also negatively affected by SBS’s My Sassy Girl which aired its finale on July 18. It might even suffer more from low viewership tonight if more viewers switch their channels from KBS to watch the premiere of SBS’s Falsify, a legal-political thriller drama starring Namgoong Min of the hit series Chief Kim.
School 2017 tells the story of an ordinary high school girl named Ra Eun-ho, played by Kim Se-jeong, as she and her classmates live their lives studying in a school that discriminates against average students like her. In the first two episodes of the drama, her ordinary student life changes when she is accused of a crime she did not commit and forced to drop out from the school. The drama highlights the faulty educational system in South Korea and the problems the students have to face because of it.
School 2017 airs every Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 pm KST.