Nielsen Korea reported that the third episode of tvN’s weekend drama Jirisan recorded a nationwide viewership rating of 7.9 percent, which is 2.8 percent lower than its last episode’s 10.7 percent. However, the drama effectively turned things around with its fourth episode, garnering an average nationwide rating of 9.4 percent.
The third and fourth episodes began to unveil the truth behind the mysterious incidents at Jirisan National Park. It was revealed that someone was intentionally committing murders near the forest. Plus, Kang Hyun Jo (Ju Ji Hoon), who had fallen into a coma years ago, turned out to have become a ghost wandering in the mountain.
In particular, the rangers could feel the crisis coming, following the beverage terror and the potato bomb incident on the fourth episode. After seeing a vision of the culprit, Kang warned Seo Yi Kang (Jun Ju Hyun) that the person had a scratch wound on the back of his hand. Speaking of the devil, the man with the exact same mark on his hand appears before her, tightening the tension right before the show ends.
The once most anticipated series has faced criticisms over its random product placements, low-quality CGI, disturbing camera works, and tacky music. Plus, some pointed out that the story was too fast for people to catch on. As the storyline unfolds, Jirisan makes us wonder whether it will continue to succeed despite its harsh reviews.
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