The Secret Romantic Guesthouse, Episode 1 ratings kicked off with decent audience size

The just-premiered drama The Secret Romantic Guesthouse, Episode 1 ratings were released by Nielsen Korea earlier today and, while not superb, the romantic comedy mystery drama did kick off with a decent audience size for its first episode.

Nationwide in Korea, The Secret Romantic Guesthouse, Episode 1 ratings were 4.4 percent nationwide, with a higher 4.8 percent audience share in Seoul.

That placed the drama in 15th place in its time slot nationwide, and 11th place in Seoul.

Being the drama’s first episode, though, it is always difficult to assess whether audience numbers will increase or decrease for future episodes.

That often depends on what critics have to say about the show, as well as whether people who watched the first episode encourage or discourage their friends and co-workers to watch it.

If it was enjoyed, an audience increase is usual for the second episode. If it was not particularly liked, however, there will likely be a decrease in viewer numbers of the drama’s second episode tonight.

The Secret Romantic Guesthouse (called 꽃선비 열애사 in Korea) stars Shin Ye Eun, Ryeoun, Jung Gun Joo, and Kang Hoon.

My Drama List describes the plot like this:

Yoon Dan Oh had enjoyed a comfortable life as the beloved youngest daughter of a well-off family, but no longer. Now the family breadwinner, she runs the Ihwawon Inn. Current guests are scholars taking the civil service entrance exam in the hopes of becoming high-ranking officials.

Among them are Kang San, Kim Si Yeol, and Jeong Yoo Ha, who all have deep secrets. They and Yoon Dan Oh will share information and cooperate to find Lee Seol, who disappeared 13 years ago

The second episode of The Secret Romantic Guesthouse will air on SBS TV later on tonight at 22:00 (KST). Future episodes will also air every Monday and Tuesday evening at the same time.

International audiences can watch the period drama via Viki.

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