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5 K-dramas released in the first half of 2022 with the lowest ratings

Despite starring famous actors, these dramas are still labeled “flops”.

The first half of 2022 has seen the success of multiple dramas from a variety of genres. However, the same sadly did not apply to these dramas. Some of the following works are led by well-known actors, but unfortunately, they all recorded ratings and ended up flopping. 

Love All Play

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Sports-themed romantic K-dramas often do well and are well-loved by viewers. An outstanding example in the first six months of 2022 is the hit “Twenty Five, Twenty One”. Having the same genre, but “Love All Play” could not achieve similar good results. The drama premiered to a humble rating of 1.9% and even dropped to 0.9% at its lowest. “Love All Play” also failed to generate much social media buzz, despite drawing relatively good reviews. 

love-all-play

“Love All Play” marked the first time young actors Chae Jong Hyeop and Park Ju Hyun landed lead roles, so it was a pity that the drama could not succeed. However, with their potential, Chae Jong Hyeop and Park Ju Hyun are still expected to gain more success with their future works. 

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

Set against the backdrop of the exciting and scandalous entertainment industry, Lee Sung Kyung and Kim Young Dae’s “Shooting Stars” failed to attract the audiences as it only earned an average rating of 1.4%. The drama’s problems are said to lie in its boring plot and the two leads’ underwhelming acting. 

Shooting Stars

The top-notch visual and physique combination of Kim Young Dae and Lee Sung Kyung regrettably couldn’t save “Shooting Stars” from flopping. “Shooting Stars” is believed to be a step backwards for Kim Young Dae and Lee Sung Kyung because their previous dramas, “Penthouse” and “Dr. Romantic 2”, were both hits. 

The Killer’s Shopping List

the killer shopping list

Telling stories that center around a mart in the characters’ neighborhood, the 8-episode drama “The Killers’ Shopping List” was not produced with a big aim of becoming a great hit but still arouse keen attention before its official broadcast because of Lee Kwang Soo and Seolhyun’s appearance. However, the result was quite disappointing. 

Lee Kwang Soo-Seolhyun-The Killer's Shopping List

Lee Kwang Soo still impressed the viewers with his unique comedy acting but that point alone couldn’t raise the drama’s rating to over 4%. There was a time it dropped to only 2.2%. Seems like Lee Kwang Soo has once again failed to prove his presence in dramas.

From Now On, Show Time!

Park Hae-jin

With the collaboration of Park Hae Jin and Jin Ki Joo, “From Now On, Show Time!” is a fantasy work that depicts the romance between a magician and a female police officer who has supernatural powers. In addition to Park Hae Jin’s first comeback in 2 years, the drama raised high expectations with its unique and interesting theme. However, “From Now On, Show Time!” unexpectedly became a flop.

Park Hae-jin

Since its title was not captivating, and content was not as excellent as other series aired in the same period, this MBC drama ended with a low rating of 2.3%. It was such a regret that Park Hae Jin has not achieved good results with his recent works. 

Crazy Love

crazy love

The last flop series in the first half of 2022 is KBS’s “Crazy Love”, starring Kim Jae Wook and Krystal. Many fans looked forward to a thrilling rom-com performance by the two amazing actors. However, the exciting atmosphere disappeared right after the drama was introduced. The main couple Kim Jae Wook – Krystal was commented to have bad chemistry. In addition, with a poorly developed and illogical storyline, “Crazy Love” stayed at around 2% – 4%. 

crazy love

The rating did witness a slight rise in the latter half but it couldn’t help the drama gain more love from the small screen viewers. 

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