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Son Ye Jin’s New Netflix Series ‘Thirty-Nine’ Premieres With Strong Ratings Despite Mixed Reviews

Thirty Nine episode 1
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JTBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama Thirty-Nine is off to a promising start as it was garnering attention for being Son Ye Jin‘s much-awaited drama series.

According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of Thirty-Nine scored an average nationwide viewership rating of 4.4 percent. The show’s premiere recorded higher ratings than what Artificial City saw on its first episode, which scored 3.6 percent. However, it is still scoring a little lower than what Artificial City‘s finale has achieved, which garnered 4.7 percent.

Thirty-Nine revolves around the romance and everyday lives of three women named Cha Mi Jo (Son Ye Jin), Jeong Chan Young (Jeon Mi Do), and Jang Joo Hee (Kim Ji Hyun), who are on the verge of turning 40. The first episode illustrates how Cha Mi Jo became friends with Jeong Chan Young and Jang Joo Hee when she was a high schooler who was trying to find her birth mother. The drama fast forwards to the present day, where Cha Mi Jo constantly crosses paths with Kim Seon Woo (Yeon Woo Jin) and ends up spending a night with him. Meanwhile, Jeong Chan Young ends her affair with her ex-lover Kim Jin Seok (Lee Moo Saeng).

After its premiere, Thirty-Nine received mixed reviews from the viewers. While some showed disappointment with the plot, many praised the actors’ brilliant performances. Some viewers said: “The romance just seems too far-fetched and unrealistic,” “The lines and dialogues that seemingly justify affairs are used so casually.” Others noted: “I quickly tuned in to the show because of the great acting,” “Son Ye Jin, Jeon Mi Do, and Kim Ji Hyun’s relationship in the show is very entertaining.”

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