Two Week Break and Slow Episode 9 Drops Encounter Ratings to 7.810%


You guys know how much I love tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) so it’s really disappointing that I got affected by the preemption buzz kill. The drama didn’t air last week due to the Christmas holidays and for a slow burn series the week break really broke up the mood and pace for me, and for enough viewers as ratings for episode 9 dropped 1.356% down to 7.810%. It didn’t help that literally NOTHING happened in this episode but it was quite lovely and melancholy and all the poetic elements that made me adore watching. It just wasn’t narratively substantive and with the two weeks between episode 8 it just felt like everything came to a thudding halt and now needs time to speed back up. Episode 9 saw Soo Hyun and Jin Hyuk settle into prolonged separation and lots of pensive thinking. Thank god Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo are soooooo beautiful to watch onscreen just looking thoughtful and/or sad.