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Weekend ratings battle: Seo-young breaks 30%

Looks like KBS has another runaway hit on their hands. Following the departure of the beloved You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly, new weekend family drama My Daughter Seo-young broke the 30% mark in just four weeks. It’s not unheard of to rise that quickly (in fact the Kim Nam-joo drama was a week faster to hit those numbers), but in any case, it’s well on its way to becoming a “national drama” at breakneck speed.

My Daughter Seo-young stars Lee Bo-young as the titular daughter Seo-young and highlights a father-daughter relationship at its core, featuring a loveline with Lee Sang-yoon. It solidified a lead from the outset, premiering in the high teens and holding in the twenties for while, and then Sunday’s broadcast recorded 31.5% for Episode 8.

My Love, Madame Butterfly premiered this weekend on SBS and had a fairly good showing, given that it went up against such an established leader. It premiered at 10.2% and then Episode 2 dropped to 9.2%. And MBC’s Rascal Sons brought in the rear with 8.1%. So basically, there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room between second and third place, since these two dramas are splitting what remains after Seo-young sweeps the lion’s share.

I checked out Butterfly’s premiere and thought it breezed by at a surprisingly rapid pace — basically it covers all the ground teased in the premise in its first episode, so there’s zero wait to get to plot you already know is coming. Yeom Jung-ah is hilarious as the flighty starlet, but it made me wish she were starring as this character in a miniseries, because I didn’t care when she wasn’t onscreen, and the episode count is too steep for that.

In the later time slot, MBC’s May Queen is holding the drama lead, but struggling to cross 20% because it also airs against the ratings leader Gag Concert. The comedy sketch show leads the slot at 21%, while May Queen has been climbing to the high teens. Sunday’s broadcast recorded 17.4%, and given that it has a lot of time (one upside to large episode count), it’ll likely reach its 20%-range goal. The Great King’s Dream and Five Fingers are doing the same, splitting second and third place with a narrow margin. King is faring slightly better at 11-13%, while Fingers brings in the rear at 8-10%.

My jaw always drops at weekend numbers because they’re so large when compared to the weekday primetime battles (featuring numbers that look a lot like the losers in the weekend race), but it’s just the nature of the beast. You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly topped out at 45.3%, and Seo-young looks like it’s about to follow suit.

Via My Daily, Hankook Ilbo

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Thanks for the update!

Can anybody tell me how good was You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly? Was it makjang? I fear makjang...

And My Daughter Seo-Young sounds cute.

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It was a pretty hilarious drama. There's not THAT much makjang (otherwise, i would NOT have watched it. I fear/despise makjang as well). Rather, it made fun of makjangs or tried to stray from it.
It's probably my favorite weekend drama to date. :) you should definitely check it out. I kinda watched it from the 20th episode or so while my parents started from the 2nd episode and since they can't stand makjang either and finished the drama, i know they really REALLY enjoyed it. XD
the cameos were fun to watch too. Kim Seung Woo, Ji Jin Hee, Cha Tae Hyun & more! :)

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Compared to Assorted Gems?

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All 1N2D member *except* joo won and tawoong a girl from TWDR & some1 i don't remember

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It's nowhere near makjang! It's one of the best family dramas I've ever seen. So heartwarming and laugh out loud funny. There are in-law hijinks, sisterly dynamics, and numerous engaging couples. I have my favorites, of course (tomboy and high maintenance boss!), but everyone had interesting storylines. I wish there was an award for best ensemble cast like in the Emmys. These group of actors totally deserve something like that. It's long (50+ episodes) but you'll soon be glad it's that long because you'll feel like you can't get enough of these people.

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I think everyone said it already but I'll repeat that it's not makjang and it was a really good solid drama. Well written and acted. I still prefer ojakgyo family/brothers to this though

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It's really fun to watch You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly. My mom always ask if there's new episodes almost everyday.

Definitely recommended to watch. :D

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definitely not makjang. it's a family drama, slash romantic comedy. it was light and funny, heartwarming and touching in all the right spots. also a bit of mystery, but done WITHOUT the makjang-ness. i found it surprisingly quality for a weekend drama, and then i found out it was penned by the same writer who wrote queen of housewives and queen of reversals (correct me if i'm wrong on this). without giving the storyline away, i highly recommend. try the first 2 episodes!

the first 10 were my favorite. you saw some really splendid, heartwrenching acting from veteran actors jang yong and yoon yeo-jung. i sobbed my eyes out, but in a good way.

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My Daughter Seo Young isn't a cute drama. It's kind of an angsty drama about the broken relationship between a father and his daughter. It's pretty good, though.

If you want to watch a cute drama, You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly fits the bill purrrfectly.

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hmm... maybe i'll watch Seo-young. I've only watched Rascal Sons so far(for Seo In Guk, of course!) and it's kinda sad it has low ratings. Hm... maybe i'll wait for Seo-young to end, and then marathon it.. haha thats going to take a while.

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My thoughts exactly! I like Rascal sons, so I want to finish it, but, at the same time, I'm now intrigued by Seo-young. Though I don't think I could handle a full on marathon of it!

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That's good. I'm really enjoying MDSY, it's unfortunate that it isn't being subbed. :(

Also, You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly was a delight to watch.

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I'm DYING to watch MDSY but without subs I might as well just skip. Here's to hoping viki or dramafever take it on.

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MDRY I think I watched the last few episodes raw.It was really good acting and story and pace.I knew what it was roughly before I went in.But it's just not my style,not for so many episodes.My favourite was the tomboy and boss couple.Seriously not into that whiny sister.
Now however wondering if I should start a new series with the ratings winner.It's too hard to follow a long series late.

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Do you know if it being subbed by anyone other than Darksmurf?

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Just when I think I've figured what Korean viewers are looking for, I'm thrown a loop... I found Madame Butterfly infinitely more enjoyable but that may be my Park Yong Woo bias speaking.

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Lee Bo Young is so cool in the character.

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I hardly get to watch weekend dramas because they are either sageuks with 80+++++ episodes or melo dramas which I can not stand.

I just realized that "The Great Seer" is debuting this Wednesday and Arang still have 4 more episodes to go. Two fusion sageuks sharing the same time slot, Oh noooooes not good for either one. Rooting for Arang, hope it'll maintain its current ratings.

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AMEEN to that!

I eager to watch The Greet Seer but for now, Arang dominates every single aspects in my life. Seriously addicted and obsessed with it and in LOVE.

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i agree..i think after Arang, i will then shift to The Great Seer..i both love LJK and Ji Sung..i've watched all their dramas..

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Thank you for the update, gf. MDSY is pretty good; so far I only watched the first 2 episodes on KBSWorld.

There're many layers that can be peeled in MDSY, but my heart at the moment is still towards Seo Young & her father's relationship. It's truly hurting to see her father's trying to get her love back after everything he's done.

This is the writer who penned Brilliant Legacy (which broke 30% viewership in 7 weeks), 49Days, and Prosecutor Princes. If the plot stays strong, I strongly believe MDSY can be the next national drama.

You who rolled in unexpectedly is one of the best family drama I've ever watched. Every character is flashed out beautifully that we care about everyone. My fav couple are Gwi Nam & Yoon Hee and Jae Yong & Yi Sok.

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Unrelated, but does anyone know if the Absolute Boyfriend remake with Kim Ha Neul and TOP (?!) is still happening?

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I've never believed this project would come to life and now than a remake has been done with KHS and Jiro Wang I consider it dead & buried. By the way, I wonder if that TW remake had good ratings...

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Thank goodness. That pairing would have been the stuff of nightmares.

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Where I can watch you who rolled unexpectedly? Please. TQ

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you would find it on many streaming sites under "Unexpected you"

dramacrazy.net, mykimchidrama.net, epdrama.com, just to name a few.

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i heard that there's no drama airing in the same time with "you who rolled unexpectedly" or "my daughter suyong" of course it's easier for this drama to breaks 20% compare to another drama

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Eh?It's the weekend.All 3 stations are showing dramas in the same time slot .You just read the article.

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Umm, sorry, but you're wrong and Eny is right. Check out Glo's comment below~~

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Ah that explains about the high viewership. I checked and found that there's no other drama airs in the same timeslot with MDSY.

MDSY: 19.55KST
Rascal Sons & My Love, Madame Butterfly: 20.40KST
May Queen, Five Fingers, The Great King’s Dream & Gag Concert: 21.55KST / 21.40KST

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ups Gag concert airs every sunday 21.15KST.

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I have yet to watch a weekend family drama this year.....I've been planning to check out MDSY for a while now because its the same screenwriter as 49 days, Prosecutor Princess and Brilliant Legacy but I'm not sure about picking up a 50 ep-er that looks this heavy....I prefer my family dramas lighter

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Is May Queen any good? Been looking forward to it, just waiting for it to finish its run. How is it so far?

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MAY QUEEN is good. I love the child actors and adore the adult cast. Everyone play well in the drama, even though the story line kinda easy to predict but still, its not decrease the fun while watching it. This drama is soo eye candy. And yes, its makjang, but each episode is still, manage to bring some fun and cute scene so the makjang portion not play a dominant factor in this drama.
Try watch it :-)

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Of these, I'm watching Rascal Sons. Sad it's in last place. The main couple is cute and it's not everyday you see a romance involving a single mom portrayed in a wholesome light.

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Really? I feel like the single mom story has been done to death. My sister once remarked that South Korea must be full of plucky single moms/divorcees and angst-ridden chaebol heirs if the dramas that have been produced in the last 2-3 years are any indication. I get that drama producers are pandering to an overwhelmingly female audience but I'm curious to see if anything fresh is in the works. Of course, my respect to the adorable Myung Se Bin. I caught a glimpse of her in Rascal Sons and she was awesome as always.

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Agree. Just rewatched a few eps of A thousand Kisses (to see oppa). Poor girl: Single mom, betrayed by her husband...

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Hmm... which ones? I've seen a few, but they've been full of makjang angst, where love with a single mom is a love that everyone is opposed to. Though it's too early to tell in Rascal Sons, I sense that this will be a much more natural, normal romance.

Also, I like that the leading man is just a really nice, bumbling guy-next-door. He is nothing like the stereotypical cold, arrogant romantic lead. It makes me happy to watch the pair together.

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Single mom/divorcee stories? Basically every other drama has some variation of this storyline and there are too many to count... I'm including daily dramas (aka ajhumma central lol) and weekend dramas even though it's not too common in trendy weekday dramas. I frankly don't see the appeal of watching the same story over and over again; I get it, men are bad and have to prove that they're worthy of love whereas women are good and deserve to be loved. Which is paraphrasing, of course. What I liked about Rascal Sons is that the male lead also has a daughter and they seem to be the kind of couple that you'd actually find in real life.

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Every other drama is kind of overestimating it, imo. I would settle with 'fairly common'...

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I want recommendations. Anyone who actually likes romances about single moms (that aren't melo) got any?

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I really wanted to watch May Queen out of my love for jae hee....but it has 32 episodes...and he come after 7-8 episodes....so can't wait that long....

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I was the same, but the children did such a great job that in the end you want to see more of them. I usually don't like long dramas but May Queen is so good that I am hooked.

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oh....will have to see it then....but after my long list of dramas that i have watch...

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i seriously enjoyed butterfly. i hated yeom jung-ah (or her character) in royal family, to the point where i was actively rooting for her in-laws. but agreed, she was convincingly hilarious here. i know there were some articles speculating that this could be the drama to replace you who rolled in unexpectedly, and there definitely are some parallels. but i think butterfly is a bit more serious in tone.

and as much as i like kim nam-joo (love checking out her clothes!), yeom is the better comedic actress/actress overall. KNJ puts a lot of passion into her performances, so you're convinced by her, but yeom had me cracking up hard at least three or four times already. this is definitely something i'm going to be watching. i agree, the thought that this should have been a miniseries did cross my mind, but hey, if they're able to take the fun and comedy all the way to episode 50, why not?

i also checked out seo-young when it aired, but dropped it quickly. i'm watching rascal sons because it has several actors i like, but it's proving rather dull. the pace needs to pick up, and a lot of the incidents seem too contrived. i won't even go into myung se-bin. i love ryu soo-young, hence why i'm continuing to watch, but still overall not living up to my expectations. neither is seo in-guk, sadly.

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sounds like many pple liked You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly. mayb i'll try it n ignore the fact tt it is 50 episodes... keke

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You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly was surprisingly a really really good watch! I started out at episode 4 and fell in love with it instantly. There were many heart-breaking scenes that you really cant hold in your tears :') Especially about the part on Child Abandoning/Adoption, it's just simply meaningful! And I do agree that it was written so captivatingly that we as viewers care about all the characters that were laid out to us. I particularly adore the love story and angst between Jae Yong and Yi Sok, twas totally adorable! (im pretty sure they deserve a Best Couple Award)
This isnt really your regular weekend drama too, with all the subtle humour and frequent cameos, it's a must-watch :')

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There's really nothing to be surprised about weekend drama ratings. Actually, weekday and weekend dramas get roughly the same ratings. For example, last week, the highest rated episode of "I'll Give You the Stars and Moon," a daily drama, got 26.9% ratings, which is comparable to last week's highest rated episode of "My Daughter Seoyoung," which got 28.9% ratings. Likewise, last week's highest rated episode of Nice Guy got 16.2% ratings, which is comparable to last week's highest rated episode of May Queen, which got 17.5% ratings. Not much of a difference. Time slots and competition are big factors in the ratings game, and KBS hit the jackpot with the 8pm weekend time slot. On the other hand, it's pretty much an uber fierce ratings battle for weekday prime time dramas. If you wonder how expensive prime time dramas make broadcasting stations any profit, it's through exports, licensing, etc. One hit prime time drama can fund the investment of like five prime time dramas.

I googled the top 10 drama ratings of the week, and 7 out of 10 dramas were WEEKDAY dramas: I'll Give You the Stars and Moon, Nice Guy, Only You, Arang, Love My Love, Oolala Spouses, An Angel's Choice.

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Spent most of my weekend with Kang-san oppaaa (KJW), May Queen ^^

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Is “I’ll Give You the Stars and Moon,” some kind of soap opera?. I dont see is listed on Dramabeans with any of the major networks.

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My Daughter Seo-Young look really interesting. However, as of right now, I am watching May Queen. Actually, trying to keep up of that drama. I am still on episode 4. I know the adults came on episode 9. Okay.. Now, there is two shippers and if you watch up to episode 16. I think you will pick your shippers. Mine is already SanJoo shipper. =)

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May Queen is great although i'd change the lead actress, the child before her completely overshadowed her! Kang San oppa is totally awesome tho-be still my biased heart ; )

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I don't see 'The great king's dream' listed here anywhere. I love sageuks, why is this drama missing from the list? Could you add it, please, if it's not much to ask?

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Wow, My Daughter Seo-Young got that high..? ..It's just in the 2nd ep in our local cable, so I bet it's really that good in more than 8 episodes. My mom's watching it; I for one don't really want to keep track of the episodes. Maybe I'll just get updates from my mom ^_^

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Only thing keeping me from weekends drama are those episodes count. 50! Twice a week.. can't do it. ||orz

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I'm following Seo-Young mainly for Park Hae Jin (that guy is looking gorgeous, can't take my eyes off him) and I find it pretty typical of most family/weekend dramas.

Well, I guess that gets you high ratings in Korea always.

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A total waste of actor talent. Ratings? It Suck's. The Kid From CNBLUE better not forget his Day Job, He is a Horrible Actor. He cannot act to save his Ass. I saw a video of him With his group, Strumming a so-called Bass Guitar. This So-Called Group Sucks! Lee Bo Yeoung must need work!!!

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