The Lee Joon-gi and Moon Chae-won starrer Flower of Evil got off to a smooth start on July 29. Its first episode recorded an average rating of 3.357%, which translates to an estimated 806,000 viewers nationwide, and a maximum rating of 3.7%, according to Nielsen Korea.
The initial broadcast record of tvN’s highly anticipated thriller series fared slightly better than its predecessors, Memorist and Oh My Baby, which recorded average ratings of 3.272% and 2.039% for their first episodes, respectively.
Flower of Evil tells the story of Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), a homicide detective whose latest cold case of serial murders appears to implicate her husband of 14 years, the seemingly loving family man and ordinary craftsman, Baek Hee-sung (Lee Joon-gi).
The drama is a reunion project for Moon Chae-won and Lee Joon-gi, who have previously worked together in the 2017 tvN remake of American show Criminal Minds. Prior to its airing, Flower of Evil beefed up its promotional campaign that included an unusual confession article and social media posts from lead actor Lee. Along with JTBC’s Good Detective and the upcoming second season of Stranger, Flower of Evil is expected to jump-start and reinforce a new wave of crime and thriller dramas.
Meanwhile, MBC’s black comedy Chip In enjoyed a small bump to its ratings and held on to the top spot, as it recorded 3.0% and 3.9% in nationwide viewership ratings, relatively higher than last week’s 2.8% and 3.3%.
Completing the roster of Wednesday-Thursday dramas are JTBC’s rom-com Was It Love?, which approached its halfway mark with a modest 2.147%, and KBS2’s office drama Memorials, which sustained its previous rating range with this week’s 2.5% and 3.2%.