Strong Girl Nam Soon Ep 1 earns HIGH RATING even as it aired same time as Asian Games

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The first episode of Strong Girl Nam Soon kicks off to an excellent start in the ratings

Strong Girl Nam Soon, the spin-off for the 2017 Korean drama Strong Girl Bong Soon, premiered on JTBC in South Korea last night to higher ratings than the first episode of the original series.

A superb feat, I might add, as Strong Girl Nam Soon, Episode 1 aired on JTBC at the same time as other TV channels were airing the Asian Games.

A sporting event that was especially important last night as South Korea was playing in the Men’s Football gold medal match against Japan (South Korea won 2-1), as well as with Korean athletes competing in other gold medal events.

To say then that Strong Girl Nam Soon, Episode 1 debuted the series to a 4.29 percent rating nationwide versus Strong Girl Bong Soon‘s first episode’s 3.82 percent in February, 2017, it really was an admirable result.

The new comedy crime drama performed even better in Seoul, where the ratings for Strong Girl Nam Soon, Episode 1 were an even higher 4.82 percent.

Considering the ratings for the drama’s predecessor, Strong Girl Bong Soon, more than doubled during its 16-episode run, that means Strong Girl Nam Soon could see a similar result.

Strong Girl Nam Soon‘s staff, main cast and airing/streaming information

Strong Girl Nam Soon (native title힘쎈여자 강남순) is directed by Kim Jung Shik  (Work Later, Drink Now), and written by Strong Girl Bong Soon screenwriter Baek Mi Kyung.

The Korean drama series stars Lee Yoo Mi (It’s Okay to be Sensitive) in the title role, along with Kim Jung Eun (My Dangerous Wife), Kim Hae Sook (Under the Queen’s Umbrella), Ong Seong Wu (More Than Friends), and Byeon Woo Seok (Record of Youth).

According to Asian Wiki, the Strong Girl Nam Soon plot goes something like this:

Kang Nam Soon has superhuman strength. She went missing as a kid in Mongolia. Now as an adult, she comes to Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea to find her parents, and finally meets her mother Hwang Geum Joo.


After she lost her daughter, Hwang Geum Joo tried to find her daughter while also living a righteous life, obsessed with doing good deeds.


Gil Joong Gan is Hwang Geum Joo’s mother and Kang Nam Soon’s grandmother. The grandmother and mother were also born with superhuman strength like Kang Nam Soon.

Strong Girl Nam Soon is a 16-episode drama, which airs on JTBC every Saturday and Sunday at 22:30 (KST).

Outside Korea, the comedy drama is streaming via Netflix, where you can also watch its predecessor Strong Girl Bong Soon.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.