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Apr 09, 2015 | 09:12 AM EDT

'The Girl Who Sees Smells' Increased In Ratings But 'Unkind Women' Continues To Reign

BY Adrienne Stanley

According to the report from Nielsen Korea, “The Girl Who Sees Smells” (Sensory Couple) experienced a 0.9% increase from its previous ratings. The program recorded 7.0% in viewership, an increase from 5.4% of viewers, who tuned in for the first episodes.

“The Girl Who Sees Smells” closed the gap between its viewers and the MBC anti-bullying drama“Angry Mom.” “Angry Mom” recorded 7.4% in viewership. However, neither drama could compete with the juggernaut of “Unkind Women.” “Unkind Women” continued to draw in more viewers, with 13.6% in ratings.

There is an interesting contrast between the three dramas. “Unkind Women” focuses on three generations of strong women, who have each worked relentlessly to achieve certain goals. Female viewers of the show, regardless of nationality, can relate to the struggles faced by the characters. Jung Ma Ri (Lee Ha Na) is representative of young women who have yet to achieve their dreams and those who continue to seek out meaningful romantic relationships. She serves as a stark contrast to her mother, Kim Hyun Sook (Chae Shi Ra), whose limited education and career goals are off-set by her daughter's accomplishments.

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While realism dominates “Unkind Women,” the plots of “Angry Mom” and “The Girl Who Sees Smells” rely on suspension of disbelief. “Angry Mom” is innovative but it is difficult to believe that Jo Gang Ja (Kim Hee Seon) is able to maintain her charade as a high school student.

“The Girl Who Sees Smells” also benefits from its unique script and the star power of Shin Se Kyung and JYJ's Yoochun. The drama has already demonstrated widespread popularity in China, with more than 50 million viewers tuning in to watch the show on Weibo.

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