No stopping of KBS2 drama Chief Kim, episode 14 gets 17.1 per cent rating

Chief Kim is a story about an accountant who initially wanted to embezzle money but ends up fighting for employees' rights.

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Looks like there is no stopping of Chief Kim aka Good Manager. The drama has been receiving steady viewership ever since its premiere. The cool bromance, gripping story line and sizzling chemistry are said to have won the hearts of K-drama lovers. Chief Kim is a light-hearted comedy entertainer, which fans describe as a stress buster. Now, episode 14 recorded 17.1 per cent viewership, up 0.3 percentage point from Wednesday's broadcast, according to Nielsen Korea. Earlier, the 12th episode has hit a record high viewership of 18.4 percent.

"I'm stressed out from work these days and have few chances to laugh. Watching "Chief Kim" and laughing out loud really busts my work stress," a viewer was quoted saying to Korea Times. The drama revolves around Kim Sung-ryong, an accountant who becomes a middle manager at TQ Group company to embezzle a large sum of money, but ends up fighting for his employees' fundamental rights.

Further, KPop Herald reported, "SBS TV's "Saimdang" stood at 10.5 percent, up 0.2 percentage point, and MBC TV's castaway series "Missing 9" finished at 4.2 percent, ending its 16-episode run."

It also stars Nam Sang-mi, Lee Jun-ho and Jung Hye-sung in important roles and is aired on KBS2 every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST). A perfect office drama, Chief Kim also features some real-life scenarios at the Korean workplace. Currently, the plot of Chief Kim revolves around Namgoong Min plotting a master plan to take revenge against Seo Yul, played by 2PM's Junho. However, their unexpected bromance is highly praised and loved by fans.

When Soompi quipped about the rising popularity of the drama, Namgoong said, "The secret to the popularity of 'Chief Kim' is in its humor and how relatable it is. It's not hard to watch; viewers can enjoy it without thinking much, which I think is why it gained attention," adding, "The atmosphere at the studio is very bright and lively. All of the actors are filming with smiles on their faces, and I think viewers are somehow able to feel that."

This article was first published on March 11, 2017