The historic KBS drama “The Blade and Petal” premiered yesterday, July 3 KST, to disappointing ratings.

The ratings race has been tight and tough for K-dramas recently, as the Monday-Tuesdays dramas have shown with a difference of about only one percent between each other. The competition for the Wednesday-Thursday primetime drama lineup is relatively less stiff with larger differences in ratings.

“The Blade and Petal,” starring Uhm Tae Woong and Kim Ok Bin as star-crossed lovers, recorded 6.7% ratings (Nielsen Korea). Its MBC competition, “The Queen’s Classroom,” recorded 9.0%, and SBS’ “I Can Hear Your Voice” continued to dominate with 17.9%, far out of the reach of its competition.

Soompiers, did you get to check out the first episode of “The Blade and Petal”? What do you think ? Will you give it a flower or wield a sword?