Vagabond started out strong this week, blowing peoples expectations out of the water and cementing it as the ratings winner on Friday night with a peak viewership of 13.9% and average of 10.4%. I would say that is a successful start to this franchise.
Do to Korean laws that lead to the segmented parts in broadcast dramas, Vagabond split its first episode up into three parts. Part one saw an average rating of 6.3%, part two was at 8%, and part three was the highest at 10.4%. Episode two was broken into those same three parts, we have to see if the ratings were the same, though I would assume they would only go up due to the celebrated opening episode.
I kind of have an inkling that one reason Vagabond blew everyones expectations out of the water is because everyones expectations were so low to begin with due to the lackluster trailers. There wasn’t really anything wow going on in the trailers, just a bunch of action scenes thrown together and kind of subpar special effects (that they must have improved in post production before airing).
My expectations were definitely low. I was almost watching to see how wrong this show would be, and was wowed with how great it was. Was that possibly the productions strategy? Don’t give them all the goodies right away, give them something to talk about later? Whatever it was, it worked.
- Behind the Scenes of Vagabond Show a Serious and Playful tone
- Smiles, Selfies, and Fun all around at the Vagabond Press Conference
- Director’s Notes for Vagabond Show off Adorable photos of Lee Seung-gi, Suzy, and Shin Sung-rok as Little Bitty Babes
- Suzy Promotions for #Vagabond
- Grainy Film Love for Behind the Scenes and Set Images of Lee Seung-gi’s Vagabond
- Vagabond premier is Pushed Two Weeks, Releases More Behind the Scenes Set Images
- Finally a Script Reading Alert for SBS’s Vagabond