Backstreet Rookie: Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung's series ratings dip significantly in Ep 5 amid backlash

Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung's romantic comedy series, Backstreet Rookie, which has been receiving a ton of backlash from viewers, saw a major dip in ratings for Ep 5. Read below to know Backstreet Rookie Ep 5's average nationwide ratings for its two parts.
Previously, Backstreet Rookie Ep 4 recorded the series' highest ratings yet.Previously, Backstreet Rookie Ep 4 recorded the series' highest ratings yet.
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Backstreet Rookie has been under controversy from the time it replaced The King: Eternal Monarch, last month. Many viewers have complained about the sexual nature of the storyline, especially Jung Saet-byul (Kim Yoo-jung) and Han Dal-shik's (Um Moon-suk) characters. Reportedly, 6000 complaints have been registered against the series. However, the first four episodes have been getting above-average ratings as Ep 4 scored average nationwide ratings 8.3 percent and 9.4 percent for its two parts respectively, according to AGB Nielsen. It was the K-drama's highest ratings yet. However, Ep 5 has a different story to tell.

According to AGB Nielsen, Backstreet Rookie Ep 5 scored average nationwide ratings of 4.6 percent and 5.8 percent for its two parts. This is definitely a major dip from its previous episodes and one of their lowest ranking episodes to date. There's still Ep 5, which comes out today as we'll have to see if the Ji Chang-wook series continues to dip or comes back to its good numbers. It will be up for debate to know what the future of the K-drama would look like if the ratings continue in the downward trajectory.

What is your take on Backstage Rookie? Love it or hate it? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, Chang-wook will be celebrating his 33rd birthday tomorrow, i.e. July 5, 2020, and took to Instagram to share the special gift that was presented to him by his die-hard fans. A considerable donation of 650,000 won was given to charity to commemorate Chang-wook's special day and the Healer star was very appreciative of his fans' thoughtful gesture.

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Anonymous 4 months ago

I hate when someone uses someone else for comedy in an ignorant way, first of all that was not a Nigerian accent, so he was obviously not Nigerian, and second jamaicans my be africans but the are not in Africa just like black Americans and the hair lyk seriously it was awful, if they had just said he was jamaican it would have been better.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Love it

Anonymous 4 months ago

Cute and has a story to tell...

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love the drama

Anonymous 5 months ago

They are not complaining after the contents of the show but use them as an excuse to go at Kim Yoo Jung because they hate her for no reason other than they can't stand the fact that she is young, beautiful and very talented in acting. The Korean censorship board should wise up and see through their ruse.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love ds drama... For me it is simple but has a better story than the king...the king just got its good rating because it is viewed in netflix... I love Lee min ho's shows esp personal taste but here they don't have chemistry with his partner. I love the chemistry between ji Chang wook and his partner... Can't wait for backstreet rookies next episode

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this drama . ☺️☺️☺️ I am a filipino viewer. If you don't want the storyline just stop watching . And please don't leave such negative comments just to hurt hardworking actors and actresses ' feelings .

Anonymous 5 months ago

the issue is that she's 20 YEARS OLD and he's 33.... he's an old man compared to her, you are all weird

Anonymous 5 months ago

Thought she was like 17 20s ok

Anonymous 5 months ago

People do marry older men and some women do marry younger men. Park Bogum was so much younger than Song Hye Kyo yet no one complained about their kissing scenes.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Yeah and in Goblin and Memories of Allambra too, but no one complained about it. You're the weird one

Anonymous 5 months ago

love the drama. it's entertaining

Anonymous 5 months ago

Currently i am watching this drama and i don't think there is anything wrong or bad. Its a nice drama

Anonymous 5 months ago

I enjoy it so much..Funny and good pair...

Anonymous 5 months ago

I really love this drama so much! ❤️

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love it..

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love it it funny and i love both of them ...looking forward for the next episode

Anonymous 5 months ago

Absolutely LOVE it ❤️

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love this drama❤❤❤❤. Big fan of Ji Chang from Haiti.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love love it ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Anonymous 5 months ago

I m an indian .....& i love kdramas and kpop & especially ji chang wook.. i m soo in live vth these series....i want more from it .....cant wait...i loved the series

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love the drama. Hope hope to see more romance and relation between ji Chang and Kim...

Anonymous 5 months ago

Loved it

Anonymous 5 months ago

i love the drama! waiting for it every week..the story and the characters are good ☺️ -international fan ph

Anonymous 5 months ago

Everyone in the comments saying how they don't understand the controversy first the blatant racism on display how is this allowed in 2020? Especially when the blm movement is currently on high alert. Second the book itself was hella problematic the male lead masturbates to a minor after meeting her. You're telling me the actors read this and didn't see what's wrong? It shouldn't have been adopted into a series in the first place.

Anonymous 5 months ago

International viewer here, and i love the show. How come so many haters or maybe jealous of these pair. If they don't like it, simply don't watch or ignore. It's a great start and till now i can recommend it to watch as its really cool and lovely both the actors. Please watch and enjoy the show...

Anonymous 5 months ago

No. I won't ignore racist content. Sorry not sorry.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I can't fathom the idea of hating or giving bad rating to this romantic, hillarious, fun-filled kdrama. I'm an international fan and i love watching this drama so much. Peace

Anonymous 5 months ago

I super love it!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I'm an international viewer, for me i love this drama this is not just a romcom there's also lessons in life you will find in here.The critics don't have respect & concerned about the actors and the casts who work hard and did their best. So sad there's so many people like them. Looking forward to the coming episodes.

Anonymous 5 months ago

As an international fan, I like it, I Love the story. Im tired of seeing CEO kind of story line. Its plain and simple but thats what makes the drama cool and appropriated in this new generation. 8/10 rates for me. By the way I Love historical drama too, thats what I Love about the two actors, I Love them in their characters in historical drama.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this drama .... 1 of the best k drama of 2020 rather the best for me so far ... of all the issues they make this k drama and actors more popular

Anonymous 5 months ago

i m really enjoying this drama love the both actor and actress love from international fan

Anonymous 5 months ago

I think Koreans are the ones rating this drama low. This drama is really nice internationally. I don't get why Koreans usually have negative vibes to obviously good dramas. If this was an American movie, I'm sure they won't have any prejudices. I'm convinced Koreans are the ones increasing suicide rate among their celebrities, with their negative comments.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Nooooooo waaaayyy ! The series is toooo cute and filled with love. We enjoy it !! Waiting for more episodes to come

Anonymous 5 months ago

I like the drama.it is fiction you know.I like kim yo jung and ji chang wook.im waiting for episode 6.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love it as a OFW,life from home is quite sad.but this korean dramas make us happy,really loved this drama.always waiting for episodes to upload.Godbless

Anonymous 5 months ago

I enjoyed it during watching it cutie character both of them,guys go ahead plz we take long time for waiting next episode,

Anonymous 5 months ago

only with malicious and perverted thoughts will give such reviews. i enhoued it tho

Anonymous 5 months ago

Is pinkvilla getting paid to spread negative reviews on the drama? Why are people going nuts and filing complaints about it? Its just a slice of life drama

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's so great, refreshing kdrama and what sexual content are they speaking. This is a great kdrama and I am in the caribbean viewing and anticipating. Please let's make a statement by encouraging others to view such great acting and powerful message.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I don’t see anything wrong with the storyline of backstreet rookie actually i really find it funny and worth watching. I really don’t know why koreans made a fuss about the first episode. There was nothing inappropriate about it. I think koreans also have r rated movies being shown on tv and they watch it too. People should not try to act as of they are art thou holy, you are just being hypocrites.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I am a Filipino. I love this drama. It's funny and great actors. I support Backstreet Rookie ❤️❤️❤️

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love the drama

Anonymous 5 months ago

Me encanta esta serie. Apoyoa backstreet rookie. Mucho Amor desde Argentina. JiChang Wook es grandioso!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this drama.This is best drama.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Adoro la serie backstreet rookie. Es muy divertida y me mantiene ansiosa esperando el siguiente episodio. JiChang Wook es un gran actor que sorprende por ser tan expresivo, es increíble. Es muy triste que gente de su mismo país den tantas muestras de odio, cuando en el resto del mundo los adoramos y ofrecemos nuestro apoyo. Por favor pueblo de Corea valora el trabajo de tu compatriota. Muestra respeto por tus actores ellos son amados en el exterior, gracias a sus trabajoa los extranjeros queremos saber sobre Corea. Apoyo a backstreet rookie

Anonymous 5 months ago

My God so many complaints. Dont watch it if you dont like ok? We all have different taste as well as different finger prints. Just dont judge the story by your own taste you are not the only viewers in the world. It is unfair to all of the cast and production to stop this drama because of your unreasonable complaints. Respect them all and let them finish the drama and leave the judgement to the majority viewers.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I dont find any problem in this project...what's wrong with korean viewers? We know how some korean movies are...their content are so violent and explicitly intense . Why are they even filing complaints...the world of married was not less violent and too disturbing full of dark people?...really surprised to see the prejudice

Anonymous 5 months ago

Am not JCW fan but love the show and cast

Anonymous 5 months ago

I like it so much and i love it. Whats their problem to this drama? Wookie fans please support our idol, dont think the bashers just think our idol. We love you wookie. We support you all the way.

Anonymous 5 months ago

This drama bring a different nuance on romance. The pace is just right and the storyline is interesting. I am starting to invest in the characters and their development. I can understand the complaint (kissing scene, prostitution scene, camera angle, etc) but I think it is minor. Don't let a good story be pull from broadcasting please knetz

Anonymous 5 months ago

The characters are absolutely funny and adorable. The storyline has been consistent. It has been entertaining and I just love all their laughs and smiles. It is heartwarming so far. Thanks

Anonymous 5 months ago

I Don’t understand the Korean viewers, I remembered BTS In the beginning but thanks to the international fans( like me). I like the story of Backstreet Rookie, the acting is superb. JI Chang wook acting is flawless.I always support this guy.❤️❤️

Anonymous 5 months ago

Sorry to say but korean netizen mindset totally nonsense!!for me this such a fun kdrama to watch..I laughed at most episode..for production & cast team, get those 6000 bullshit complaint into trash..60000 more people want to watch this drama...fighting!!!!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I really like the drama because of Kim yoo Jung and Ji Chang wook but somehow I find it a bit racist

Anonymous 5 months ago

Backstreet rookies is a great comedy show... Don't knw why people are criticising it. I personally love the show♥️

Anonymous 5 months ago

How I wish this drama is showing everyday , it makes me laugh a lot.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love it!! Always waiting for its next episodes.very nice and great story movie.... from India

Anonymous 5 months ago

People are different. As for me, I see no reason why this romcom should be hated. The lead characters are portraying their role excellently esp Chang Wook. It's a very entertaining series which I like. Light and simple story which signifies what is really happening now with the millenials. It's reality of life. Many youngsters are doing this nowadays. Let's see how the story goes along. Perhaps there will be a moral lesson it will bring esp to the youngsters now who are really doing such a thing.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love from India!!!!..

Anonymous 5 months ago

I am loving this drama and looking forward to each d every episode. I just don't understand why knetz can't appreciate all the sources the hard work put into something...it's so disappointing to watch them criticize something from their mainland.. But never mind every drama they hate is a success overseas..!!! And I mean it..!!!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love the show, it’s funny and great acting on both lead actors. Love it!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I simply savour whatever Ji Chang wook does. I really don't care about the storyline or any other things. What matters to me is only Ji Chang wook.I am just fascinated by his presence in the show

Anonymous 5 months ago

I like these drama very much because it’s perfectly display the comedy mix with romance

Anonymous 5 months ago

I support this dram love ji chang wook

Anonymous 5 months ago

I Love the movie. Love from Nigeria.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I am a international viewer,Love this show very much , the main characters of the show acted very well. Looking forward the upcoming episodes. Dont understand why it receives bad reviews.

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's v fun and there is no any obscene content. Pls don't let cut any scenes and don't let the rating go down. A big thumbs up from northeast India

Anonymous 5 months ago

I Frigging Love the drama. Love from Nigeria

Anonymous 5 months ago

A real Nigerian will never say this nonsense

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's just 5 episode like it already hope it's going to be more interesting...India

Anonymous 5 months ago

This drama is offensive racist garbage. The drop in ratings is well deserved.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I dont know about racist but the age difference is not good I dont feel comfortable watching how they act with her being so young 15÷16? That's just wrong

Anonymous 5 months ago

I'm an international viewer and i like the story of Backstreet rookies it's really fun and entertaining congrats to the actors and the staff keep it up to the highest rating

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this movie

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this movie.The comedy is just great . I dont get why it's getting a backlash from its viewers

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love it.

Anonymous 5 months ago

LOVE IT!!! It's so so sad to see all the haterate and complaints. Really want to see this drama in its full length, without any cuts. It's beautiful, light hearted and fun story with very professional brilliant actors!

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love this drama..it's really funny..I know international fan is there to cheers them...I don't know why so many complain.. this is for entertainment an art...dont take it so seriously..it's not like they doing porn or anything...OMG..

Anonymous 5 months ago

We love watching it. It's fun and so cozy to watch... We always so eager to watch the next ep... I hope they finish it despite the critics... Some people just think to much.. in these kind of things.. maybw the dude with the dreadlock is kinda weird of a character.. but the rest is nice and normal...

Anonymous 5 months ago

Awesome serial.

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's just fun filled and I can literally enjoy every episode. I m loving this drama. People who don't like this better Don watch.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I am really like king this show vey much.I don't know why viewers are giving negative reviews.I love their actings and mainly funny parts.As an indian viewer we strongly love rom-com.This show truely sticks to our iterests.

Anonymous 5 months ago

As an international viewer I didn't see anything bad.. I don't know who are these people always complaining.. Is it local or international viewers? It's just simple don't watch it if you don't feel to like it. There's a lot of other series to choose from.. I think nobody is forcing us whether to watch it or not... For me this Backstreet Rookie is really intertaining to watch until the end.

Anonymous 5 months ago

They don't have issues with k-pop idols wearing shorts or acting sexy for their albums They have issued with two adult people playing on drama. Such double std people.

Anonymous 5 months ago

It’s the Korean netizens, who are known for criticizing every good show. They don’t have a knack for picking good shows, every show they dislike is internationally a hit.

Anonymous 5 months ago

love it from India.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I really like this drama

Anonymous 5 months ago

Lovely

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's fun to watch. heartwarming and with moral lessons. looking forward to every episode. simple, straightforward story with lots of humor.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I too love this drama. One of the best 2020. International and fan..

Anonymous 5 months ago

LOVE IT!I just don't know why are there so many complaints even not an socila media user.Firstly,they were complaining that they have converted a adult webtoon to family drama and now they are saying it's too much for tv...Uggh...I love it and would always support my fav oppa JCW..and good actress KYJ..people have gone crazy

Anonymous 5 months ago

It's fun to watch.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I loved the cast and the story too.

Anonymous 5 months ago

i support backstreet rookie

Anonymous 5 months ago

As an international fan I would say it's a funny and good drama. Every week we wait patiently for new episodes. I hope it get good ratings in coming week. Fighting #chang wook #yoo Jung #Backstreet rookie.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I really love Ji changwook and i think hes doing his best always in evry project he had..Let us support backstreet rookie and just always spread goodvibes!!

Anonymous 5 months ago

Yeah racism is just such a good vibe! Not. Y'all do not pass the vibe check.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I realy like both main actress and actor, I injoy watching and I cannot wait for the next episode, I love it.❤

Anonymous 5 months ago

Love it, and as International fan, I am looking forward to the drama every week. Both leads are good and you feels for them when they are happy or sad. It a reflection of one's and surrounding in the real world. Humanity and touching story in the drama. You must appreciate to like it.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Backstreet Rookie is just a simple story but really funny, hilarious, romantic, heart-warming. I like it especially the fantastic acting of Ji Chang Wook portraying Choi Dae-Hyun, an ordinary ( a guy next door), kind hearted, dedicated yet clumsy & slow. Love his sweet gestures and comic expression. Credit also to marvelous acting of Kim Joo Yung .

Anonymous 5 months ago

I love everyabout it, there's no perfect k-drama and every one portays different scenarios of people's everyday lives. Its just a matter of how we percieve it.

Anonymous 5 months ago

This drama is awesome