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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Aug. 1-7, 2016

The pre-emptions for the Olympics have begun, so it’s best that we all start preparing ourselves for the primetime disruptions to come. Don’t worry, we’ll be ready to hand out complimentary and completely metaphorical tissues if/when our favorite shows get pushed back. Pssh, sports.

But over at the top of the week, Beautiful Mind ended with 3.2%, which wasn’t at all unexpected for that show. Doctors keeps flirting with that 20% mark but doesn’t seem any closer to achieving it, while Monster and Bring It On, Ghost continue to pull in decent numbers.

It seems safe to assume that W—Two Worlds will continue to hold the lead in the Wednesday-Thursday lineup, though it hasn’t rocketed skyward since last week—still, 12.2% is nothing to sniff at. Over on the weekend, Police Unit 38 started strong and ended strong, finishing at 4.6%. Well done.

 
Drama viewership ratings for the week of Aug. 1-7, 2016

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Aug. 1
Beautiful Mind 13 KBS 2.8%
Monster 37 MBC 10.7%
Doctors 13 SBS 18.5%
Bring It On, Ghost 7 tvN 2.4%
Tuesday, Aug. 2
Beautiful Mind 14 KBS 3.2%
Monster 38 MBC 11.9%
Doctors 14 SBS 19.6%
Bring It On, Ghost 8 tvN 3.7%
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Uncontrollably Fond 9 KBS 8.2%
W—Two Worlds 5 MBC 13.5%
Wanted 13 SBS 5.2%
Thursday, Aug. 4
Uncontrollably Fond 10 KBS 8.1%
W—Two Worlds 6 MBC 12.2%
Wanted 14 SBS 5.2%
Friday, Aug. 5
Age of Youth 5 JTBC 0.8%
Police Unit 38 15 OCN 4.1%
The Good Wife 9 tvN 4.8%
Saturday, Aug. 6
Five Kids 49 KBS 28.6%
All’s Well With a Happy Home 47 MBC Pre-empted
Flower in Prison 28 MBC Pre-empted
Second to Last Love 3 SBS Pre-empted
Yes, That’s How It Is 51 SBS Pre-empted
Age of Youth 6 JTBC 1.3%
Police Unit 38 16 OCN 4.6%
The Good Wife 10 tvN 4.3%
Sunday, Aug. 7
Five Kids 50 KBS 32.1%
All’s Well With a Happy Home 47 MBC 14.5%
Flower in Prison 28 MBC 19.0%
Second to Last Love 3 SBS 9.9%
Yes, That’s How It Is 51 SBS 9.4%

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W deserves better than this! I actually don't get it, is it in the wrong time slot, on the wrong channel, not being given enough publicity ? It could easily rake in 20% but it just.. isn't for some reason. The writing, directing, acting is all top notch, what's up with the Korean masses ?

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There's nothing wrong with anyone, the ratings are just a reflection of the fact that it's a less older-people-pleasing type of story than the usual melos (too much thriller, not enough makjang), and young viewers tend to stream instead of watching traditional tv.

12.2 and a decisive lead given those circumstances, is actually pretty good.

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Yes, that's all well and true. But then you have not so stellar gems like DOTS and Heirs breaking all kinds of ratings and they're aimed at the same age group, while makjang-ish type shows, with better scripts and actors hardly get that type of recognition. I'm looking at you Signal.

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Signal's a cable drama, so I feel it's not fair to wish for 20%+ ratings for it. the ratings for DotS are actually understandable. I don't think it was aimed for the same age group as W. the romantic elements in DotS actually attracted diverse viewers of different age groups. And I don't mean any offence to many of its viewers, but DotS wasn't exactly made for viewers to think, evaluate, and analyze.

DotS is something you just sit back and relax. If it something didn't make sense, you'd just shrug and say "oh well... creative license" So, many viewers like that kind of entertainment - I like it too, especially if I need it as a stress-reliever.

W on the other hand is completely different. your eyes try to find clues and you investigate. if something feels off, you somehow cringe because you're expecting great things. it's not really something you just let your eyes see. viewers participate and think about theories and concoct assumptions.

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I like W; however, it's in unnatural genre and rules haven't really been established yet. Thus imo it's kinda useless to look for any clues for now.

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Signal got the rating it deserves. 12.5% is the highest for a cable crime mystery thriller. A prime time show on the public channel these days would be lucky to stay in the double digit range.

Based on past cable crime thrillers, I don't think tvN was expecting Signal's rating to be that high.

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well UF seems to tick all the right boxes (melo, makjang, star power) but still is falling in ratings. So its not simply the genre

similarly, i have no idea why doctors is so high in ratings. It does not tick that many boxes. And the plot is non existent. But look at its popularity.

So in all - i don't understand ratings at all. Which is basically the case in every country - No one ever knows why a certain show does well.

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To be fair, UF did have the lead at first and was safely in double digits, probably thanks to those very factors.

Basically the only explanation I can think of to explain why it toppled into single digits, and why W rose into first place despite all the genre/demographic strikes against it, is the content - people (self included) started tuning out thanks to the slowness and general lack of story oomph.

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Oh I agree. Idk why Doctors is so high in ratings, plot is getting more boring each episode... W's plot to me is definitely more original and thrilling

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Doctors is very intense family drama.
Im totally hooked by their plot, they r using family and love as their main recipe which is very common in our life. But they made us think abt our life too. Everyone have their own history either bad or good. We saw happy face but inside we dont even know what happened in their life.
Cameos include (jisoo, nam gong min, han hyejin etc). They hve their own stories~ and i thnk this drama is very beautiful. Maybe they not focused so much for their main characters but psh & krw romance mde me smile a lot.

But W defintly a good drama to watch :)
*Sorry for my bad english. Keke

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UF is faltering, because the story line is not ideal for the summer, this kind of slow paced drama would have done better in the winter ala Snow Queen, That Winter the Wind Blows, etc. Or maybe it wouldn't have and people are just tired of the cliched fatal disease plot. The drama is too old school, and moves too slowly. And while the initial popularity of its star actors got them high views initially, with more competition people have bailed.

More confusing is Doctors as you said. Other than the first 2 or 3 weeks, when it was cute and interesting. The drama is at a ground still, since we already know the final outcome of the love line. The politics and hospital conflict is not intriguing enough and is quite boring to boot. South Korea is one country that sure loves demonizing its medical field, and show after show depicts SK doctors has power hungry, money grubbing, incompetent doctors, who would risk patients lives and well being for their egos and personal gains.

W is unique and that is perhaps why there seems to be some over-hyping going on. Other than the last few scenes of episode 6, this past week's episodes were boring. Episode 5 was a total snooze fest, and the drama does better in the comic world, than when it goes all makjang lite in the real world. If they keep the story fun, and a bit mysterious and don't go down the overused makjang path, the drama still has a chance to get better ratings.

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Yeah & I'm happy that W is on the top when it comes to CPI ranking even higher than shows that have higher ratings like as Doctors.

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It's thrilling and fun but it can get repetitive going back and forth between the 2 worlds. I'm not surprised that the ratings dropped.

I hope it'll have enough thrills to keep the current viewers engaged for 10 more episodes.

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Yeah, I was wondering myself - modern-day dramas entirely based on a fantasy element are not traditionally ratings magnets (the Hong sisters used their supernatural story elements more as a frame for the OTP than anything else).

And I think how the drama is going to sustain it all has been on our minds from Day 1, but I hope Song Jae-jung has a better handle on things than Lee Kyung-hee did this time.

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Right and this is kind of following Queen In-hyun's Man when it comes to the ratings. Episode 5 was the highest at 3.2% then it goes down to 2+ then 1+ then back to 2+ until it ends.

Right now I think W has it's committed audience and the ratings will probably go back and forth between low and maybe mid teen which is not bad at all.

The fantasy elements isn't appealing to the masses. Moon Sun only succeeded because it wasn't over-done imo. Black magic only worked temporarily to make it appear that she was dead and that was it. She had no super power or anything else.

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You really see W as repetitive? As in - predictable or featuring tired/used up elements? Does anyone else feel like that? From my perspective, the show is thrilling and episodes whoosh by before I even notice.

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IMO Not being repetitive & predictable are among the stongest points of this drama alongside directing & acting specially LJS.

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No not the repetitive way you are describing it.

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I don't know if it will make sense - I think i'm vested more with the plot rather than the characters. Like i don't really care if KC finds true love or if YJ can move past her dad's shooting. But i'm on the edge of my seat with regards to the plot. Who is going to come out of which world, what happens next, does the world start again etc etc.

Thats why i wasn't really captivated by episode 6. Bec it was all about the aftermath of the shooting which i didn't care about. I don't care about their emotional journey

I just want them to go back to the crazy, fast paced story. so stagnated ratings sort of make sense to me here.

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I'm with you! I'm actually more curious with the hows and the whys, too, with the worldbuilding of the writer, rather than the characters. It's the world and the plot moving the characters, which is very wonderful ❤

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@bips99.. I actually stopped seeing this as a love story,after that epilogue between kang chul and the writer,after their first encounter,on ep 4 ,may be. It just felt so fascinating to me,when kang chul was asking all the right questions that hit at the core,[ Le jong suk is really killing it,as kang chul,must say]. Now more than the love story or anything else..I want to know what happens at the end.The drama has the power to surpass the common trope of romance and bickering, and we could experience something ethereal, but it all depends on the writer himself lol, I always feel like I'm watching some different mood at every single episode,as there is no constraint of rules or reality, he can take any route that he wants, like that scene from the bathroom.

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I often wonder how distorted a view the streamers give to ratings. I almost never watch anything on live TV anymore - 95% of what I watch is streamed. But even if I watch every episode of something 93 times, it does not add to the ratings.

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Me too. Idk why I even have a TV.
And I would say the demographic W appeals to streams a lot.
So actually, if we take that into account, what we are seeing there are quite good numbers.

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W could be another Healer, underrated in terms of viewership ratings.

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12-13 percent is nowhere near 'underrated', especially not after 2014.

I'd expect it to peak around 15 percent if it keeps its momentum and holds viewer interest, and even that is exceptional these days.

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I've read places that MBC hasn't really been promoting it, and I wonder is that the case for all shows that are shown on MBC ? Do they just not do things like noise marketing, or promoting shows that are airing on their channel ??

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I agree. It's kind of hard to explain. This is an unique show and it has it's appeal mostly to young people. Older folks like my mom doesn't get it. It's not grounded on reality for their liking.
Older folks likes watching dramas that they can relate to like the weekend family dramas and that is why the rating is always so high at that time slot.

I'd hardly call W underrated. The rating is where it should be if you look at it from a general perspective. Anything with time-travel element has not been successful in the past. Based on a webtoon character coming to life? That's a bit too unbelievable for some.

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I don't think that older folks like xx is as hard coded as many believe. I am old enough to have invented dirt, and I love W.

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But you are not a Korean ajumma are you? When I visit my Korean friends' home, their parents and grandparents are either watching family dramas, sageuks or variety shows.
The kids mostly watched their shows online when they are not studying because mom or grandma has the remote control at the end of the day.

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agreed anything in double figures these days makes it a hit drama, heck even an 8% not bad really, when most watch TV through the internet and thus do not get counted in the % as far as I understand it. As for Doctors will that been feeding off itself, the high viewer rating makes other watch to see what the fuss is about and it living off that. I can not see it getting to the magic 20% mark on that alone though. Mark it down to cast and good promotion, love or hate her the lead girl can and dose pull in the Korean Viewers.

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I really thought it would hit 15% last week.

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Healer did not touch double digits. but i did expect the ratings to go up a little. Stagnating in the 3rd week? Its not going anywhere near 20%

btw, given how popular healer was (and how it skyrocketed JCW's career) - it shows how flawed the rating systems are ...

Whats the sample size for korean ratings? in my country, with a population of 1 billion plus we have a sample size of 5000!!! the ratings are a joke. yet it drives billions in advertising

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Healer only helps his career outside of Korea, for example China!

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@bips99 Good point!?

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No one is checking for Ji Chang Wook in Korea...I don't understand why ifans think just because Healer was popular internationally, that means JCW somehow has top star status in Korea, where the general public barely watched the show.

It also doesn't help that he's done nothing but random Chinese projects since Healer, which are going to be all stopped abruptly now given circumstances.

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What circumstances?

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i guess its because ifans have access to very limited articles or websites. Like i visit DB the most and everyone here loves JCW so i sort of extrapolate and think that he is getting massive love from korea as well. i did not know that was not the case

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Empress ki touched the 30% mark, so I think Ji Changwook is pretty popular as general public did watch the show. I am sure people like directors, producers etc. in Korea know how popular he is overseas and he must be getting many offers because of it.
The one who is not getting work or good dramas is actor like Lee Dong Wook, he hasn't done a great drama lately. In comparison to him, JCW is definitely being offered great roles in Korea.

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China is all about politics and censorship, always has been but sometimes the focus changes. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2133809-k-pop-stars-become-scapegoats-in-chinas-protests-against-anti-missile-deployment/

China's top political leadership have even officially stated that they would like to limit or ban Korean dramas - because they compete too much with the nearly always crappy Chinese over-censored ones. Lately it has been getting much worse. A major black market industry exists in China for uncensored versions of movies and shows, especially from Japan, Korea, and the US.

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The state sanctioned censorship on Korean actors, shows and co-productions has all the hallmark of being retaliatory for Korea deciding to employ the top American THAAD anti-missile defense system.

Which is ridiculous since SK has a legitimate concern due to the pudgy dictator up north.

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W is definitely not underrated. If you go by the numbers, it seems rather low, but the comments and upvotes of people online about W are insane. It seems a big reason is the attracted audience. Younger audiences watch online rather than on tv. Anything within the double digit is already an achievement these days.

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Indeed. W is not the type of story to keep the interest of ahjummas and older people in general. I see its ratings as a big success.

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I know what you mean, but a drama reaching double digits these days is really good. That and taking the lead in its time slot have already made this a success. I agree that young viewers watch via streaming and do not understand why this isn't considered (or it is but not in these ratings).

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I think now for a show to be able to break 20 percent it should be watched by the ahjummas and ahjusshis. Even dots was decribed as to be seen mostly by women in their 40's. W on the other hand attracts youngsters more i guess who can stream rather than watch live on their tv sets. For such a show being able to break 15 percent is good enough too.

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And that somehow makes me uneasy too that only a certain kind of shows can break 20-25 percent. Makjang, unrealistic or maybe star power or star writers like Kim Eun sook.

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Yes, I was in Korea during the DOTS craze, and it seemed like more of the ahjummas were excited about it rather than the youngsters.

Personally, if given the choice, I'd watch W online instead of live on the tv. W is that kind of show that makes you think and gets you mindblown, so it's kind of hard to follow it on tv.

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I never even finished DoTS, gave up on ep3 - too unrealistic. But I have not been able to find a demographics breakdown by age/gender for any of the Korean shows.

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I currently dropped DOTS in the middle of ep 2, not that it was bad.. just, for now nothing tugged my mind to continue watching it. Maybe someday...

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I replay scenes because so much happens. Watching W online makes it easier to understand.

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It does look like we scared off some viewers when KC shot his creator, which may account for the drop back down to 12, but still the show is far surpassing the numbers I was expecting when it premiered, so I'm happy it's getting some love back home.

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That, or the viewers simply didn't like the lack of Kang Chul in episode 6. I mean I kept waiting for him to show up so singlemindedly, I barely paid attention to Appa landing up in the hospital. Viewers for W in particular like it when the two leads are together in one frame, that's what tends to bring in the ratings I've noticed i.e Kang Chul kissing Oh Yeon Joo in episode 5 saw the show reach a ratings high, but the very next episode where they had no scenes together at all our ratings dipped again.

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Actually given the premise of both UF and W, I never thought that W would passed UF in terms of rating. Before they air, I thought UF would garner bigger rating and W would gain more popularity online. Part of their jump in rating is just because UF turned out to be so bad, so most people from UF turn to W instead.
So I think W getting this much ratings is alr so good, bc actually their genre wouldn't interest usual public channel drama viewer. Unlike DotS that could interest new viewer to watch drama on TV (a bit of melo and so much romance), with their genre W new viewer would mostly watch it online.

And I have been thinking about this for a while. But maybe drama that could garner big ratings in cable didn't necessarily mean they would get big ratings in public channel. Bc public and cable channel viewer's taste seems to be different.

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" UF turned out to be so bad"!!!!! UF is not a bad drama at all, and rating (which mostly reflects popularity among middle age and/or high schoolers) is not a good criteria to label a drama as BAD. UF rating is low because it has a melo genre and a very gloomy/wintery mood which might not be appealing for neither high schoolers nor ajjumas in the middle of the hot summer...UF reminds me of dramas like Bubble Gum, it has old school cliché but yet made very uniquely and artisticly...+ I believe that Suzy earned tones of anti-fans since dating LMH. Her acting might be medicore but is not a disaster at all or by any means worst than PSH and many other Idols... in fact I never felt any emotion when seeing actress like Yuna or PSH but I cried this week with Suzy when she met her father in the jail, she is doing a decent job and is portraying a unique character that is poor and very unlucky but not a Candy or cinderella

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UF really has nothing new to offer. It's basically formula with pretty faces. Not really "bad", but far from great.

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*fingers crossed the high ratings will bring season 2 of 38PU*

goddammit if that was a false promise at the end, they need some jail time indeed.

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This team keeps making that promise for all the (awesome) shows they make :'( Don't trust them!

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They're conning us with that promise! One last con, and this is it.

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Damn right! Wouldn't even mind if they cut a deal and brought us a movie version, or switch sides and went with another channel ... whatever it takes, until the end.

I need more mind-boggling twists & turns of the 38PU variety!

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A movie would be AWESOME!

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sorry, I didn't get the "promise at the end" part. who promised what?

also, yes to season 2! chaebal~

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There was: "we will return" on the screen, if someone did not mistranslate. it might not mean anything, but ...

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Probably just the production company trolling the viewers and it actually means that they'll be back with another drama. :-P

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ughhhh..... but I really want it to be true.... think to compensate the lack of 38 Squad in my life, I have to go and order a real life conman to bite someones nipple or arrange the next mentors´ meeting in the Seaplane Harbour in the back room of a butcher shop... and enjoy everyones´ puzzled looks...

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Han Jung Hoon has been doing well with 2yrs in between to prepare for his next drama. I won't be surprise if he does not come out with a drama until 2018 or maybe later 2017.

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PU38's TNmS ratings for the final two episodes were 5% and 6.7%... I'll go with that one this time. *lalala* :-P

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Kinda happy that Age of Youth increased in ratings by a little for ep 6 :) Don't overlook this underrated drama!

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Surprisingly good, plus the epilogues are hilarious.

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I love the epilogues, too! I feel like they give a quick recap of the episodes delivered with both humor and bluntness!

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This is my version of the international fan problem. All the people I know are watching Age of Youth. I had no idea Good Wife (which is not watched by anyone I know) is trouncing it. So weird.

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Rather than thinking it's an i-fan problem, it could just depend on the type of people and community you follow.

TGW is so praised in my twitter feed, I probably wouldn't have noticed Age of Youth if it wasn't recapped on here.

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The Good Wife is not subbed on any major outlets, like Viki or Dramafever.

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Good Wife rocks! Acting powers in that show is amazing.

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A Good Wife has such a good material for drama. Somehow the execution by Do Yeon, Ji Tae and Kyun Sang are much better than the American version. It's getting better after each episode with more complex emotion at current stage. It felt so real and make us wondering what would be the best option after each obstacle we need to face through every single day. I may not contributing to the rating for the drama but rating won't affect my judgement on which drama is better to watch or not. After all, this drama is the 4th one that I watched for this year, so yeah...I may not be credible enough to put more critics in any other 2016 drama.

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I'm so HAPPY too! I hope it reaches at least 2% so this lovely drama doesn't fly under the radar.

Both ep 5 and 6 were awesome. Ep 6 epilogue was so so funny.

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I wish more people watch Age of Youth. It is tough competition airing in same time slot as The Good Wife, but they hoped they could attract younger audiences since TGW has more mature contents. Unfortunately they said TGW is viewed by woman of all age groups (in 10's to 50's).

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I'm happy with the increase too, but I hope it didn't not because MBC slots were pretty emptied (I'm not really sure AoY competing against what). The Good Wife is higher in rating given than it is on TVN and also with solid leads like JDY.

AoY is already no 1 in my list ❤ As much as I love W, AoY stole the no 1 after epi 5&6. The chemistry between the 5 ladies are daebak. I've been repeating epi 1-6 today and just cannot get enough of it. I hope more ppl watching this. Park Hye Soo gonna be my next puppy after Ji Soo.. Hwa Young is my girlfriend ❤

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Yay for Age of Youth. Love this show and the cast. Thank you writer Park <3!

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Exactly! Age of Youth just keeps getting better each week!

I'm rooting for each of the girls!

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I hope it can stay above 1%! :)

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Saturday increase is a good sign. Usually AoY and Good Wife drops further because it overlaps with Five Kids.

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While a hit for their respective networks, AoY and Unit38 are deserving of far higher ratings - but not being on the Big 3 broadcast networks and not having the soap/makjung/cheesy romance elements also hurts their appeal to the broader audience.

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I LOVE Age of Youth so much I'm wriggling in my chair waiting for the recap so that we can discuss eps 5 and 6 <3 :D

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I'm worried for "W". I want it to succeed and hit the 20% viewer mark... but with the Olympics and all it's going to be hard.

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I'd aim lower and go for 15%. Though even that might be hard. It has a mania fanbase (and lots of upvotes in articles) but doesn't seem to really be reaching the general public much.

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It's not general public actually. Bc online it seems very much loved, even more than Doctors. But it certainly didn't reach usual public channel drama viewers aka ahjumma and ahjussi.

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Yeah it is. It's not reaching the masses. The people commenting on W articles are women in their 20'-40's judging by Naver stats. Men are not watching it, and younger people are not watching it as much as those in their 30's. People need to stop hating on ajummas (not that you are) when their fav drama doesnt' do as well as they expect. They are the ones upvoting things.

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I don't know how ratings are going for the Olympics in Korea, but in the US they are down 20-35% from the last one. One Canadian network said they would probably lose money because they overestimated viewership.

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Wait seriously, does W gonna get preempt start in next episodes? Yikessss!! ? How long is it?? ????

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i'm so happy age of youth passed the 1% mark, I'm watching it right now and I'm enjoying it so much, definitely underated

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I'm glad too! Such a gem of a show. :) I just press play and hang out with the crazy roommates and want mooooooooooooore at the end of each hour.

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W could be another Healer, underrated in terms of viewership ratings.

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Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, W is still very much the ratings leader and those numbers are good.

I mean, Pinocchio was a hit with lower ratings than that. But I hope W isn't too affected by the change in schedules after it picks back up.

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Exactly! Pinocchio was a hit in Korea (the viewers even came up with the name "Darling Couple") but it peaked around 13% only. Right now, W is gaining so much good response from viewers. It may not be reflected in the numbers (just yet), but being no. 1 in its time slot means it is doing good.

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I agree that W is doing well despite the genre, lack of promotion & the fact that it is 2016 not 2013.
I remember Pinocchio broke 50% online rating which shows it had a great audiences on live streaming, what about W? Does anyone know the online rating for it?

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About the promotion thing, I'm not sure about tv promotions but I LOL at the official W MBC Instagram account because the people behind are so active. They regularly post and oftentimes multiple posts within a day. Their tags are hilarious too.

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They are active on their official SNS & stared promoting it on their channel by teasers & footnote one weak to its premier, but what I am sure is about general portal sites like as Naver & Nate, I was following this drama & some others since the leads were offered the drama, I should say until the premier day I didn't see anything special ( usually I check Naver every 3 or 4 hour. From what I saw two dramas were given much publicity, UF & Gurami (the one with PBG, i don't remember the English title)

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Meanwhile in Indonesia, broadcasters opt to delay Olympic broadcast rather to pre-empt dramas and other programs.
I'd give thumbs up for South Korean dedication in every major sport competition like World Cup, Olympic, Asian Games etc.
Yeah even though I might not watching W next week.

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Yes I too like what SK does even though I think that it will lower W's ratings and it may or may not be able to rise that much again. I think they support their athletes a lot.

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Yeah it's true that I think they support their athletes a lot. My sister said Music Bank last week had Olympic theme and some other programs also have Olympic-themed thing, like Running Man last week and this week. Even Kang Chul is former Olympics gold medallist in W.. hehe
So there's that, people are aware and broadcasters are enthuastic to support the athletes even though dramas maybe get the pre-emptions.

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im in indonesia and its kinda sad for us

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Ah, me too...

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ever since I entered college, I almost never watched TV again..

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I wish South Korea would do what many countries do, have Olympic be broadcast on a dedicated sports channel.

But then again, I don't think I'd have had a point of view on this if this was not affecting W's airing lol! So, don't mind me South Korea, do what you do best.

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Seriously, the dates of the Olympics are known for YEARS beforehand, they are not a surprise event - I wish the networks had a slightly better handle on what to actually do with their airing dramas during the games.

MBC has a Wed-Thurs time slot winner after a long time - I don't get why they want to shoot themselves in the foot by pre-empting it, especially if the other channels keep airing theirs as usual.

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I'm not sure how it works in Korea but in my country everything remains ambiguous till last week before olympics because they are still negotiating which sports will air which channel due to last minute changes scheduling changes accordingly so it's hard to conclude beforehand even if they know the dates of olympics.

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Same, over here it was only this week that the national broadcaster managed to re-negotiate for the live broadcasting rights for the Olympics, or else we wouldn't be able to watch it live here lol.

But in Korea, all three networks (KBS, SBS, MBC) would be showing Olympics? Why don't they just delay the broadcast of the dramas on another timeslot instead of pre-empting them (or cancelling them...)?

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Same in my country. You know of the "Event" but the exact programming is decided like just a week in advance.

But pre-empting it looks like a really bad move. And UF is actually improving so it might win back a few viewers.

But i can't believe i have to wait 2 weeks for W. 2 freaking weeks!!!! ... throw a bone and release a longer preview at least

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ha, that sounds like mine too - I wish they were better-organised about these things.

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Wanted is been pre empted i think...
So for wed-thursday slot only UF still play like usual...

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I've heard that MBC is airing episode 7 on Wed. Of course, if they go back on this, please don't come after me! I'll be too depressed to run away.

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3.2%. Ah well. I'm just glad Beautiful Mind ended on a good note despite all its troubles. Still can't get Jang Hyuk's beautiful brown eyes out of my mind!

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He really is one very good looking specimen of a male. ❤️

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Jang Hyuk is one of the sexiest man in my eyes.❤❤ His voice ❤❤

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So happy that Age of Youth get over that 1% mark.

I'm really really hoping that W rating don't get any higher, so nobody tempt to give it any extension. Looking at you Oh Hae Young.

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How come all of the public broadcast stations are airing the Games and other competitions? Can't they take turns so we wouldn't miss our dramas. Oh, W;/

Happy to see GW's doing well!

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Rating competition maybe? SK only have 3 public broadcast stations and Olympic Games are massive in Korea, so I think every TV station would want cover the Games.

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I feel bad for the Beautiful Mind....

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So happy for both W and TF38 that reached high ratings but so sad that next weekend I will have no dramas to watch. How should I live my life then???? :( :( :(

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LOL your name totally describes my state of mind. :)

You should try Age of Youth, it is the drama (after squad ended) that I look forward to, to watch over the weekend. A slice of life drama done right.

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Always find it interesting how the Olympics are on all 3 main channels in S.Korea whilst in my country it's exclusively only 1 since they brought the broadcasting rights for it.

I'd think if you're leading in your time-slot that would be more than enough for the station. Anyways as much as ratings are important, with the Olympics around it kind of gives these shows breathing ground. I'm guessing if your live shooting and only have to produce an episode for that week, you'd low-key be happy.

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Why the rating reference only from agb? Is tnMs dosnt accurate? Because bring it on ghost reach 5% according to tnMs.

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AGB covers more households even by a small margin.

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No more PU38 next week. Sigh.

But congratulations to the entire team for coveting the highest rated drama for OCN. Yey!

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Cast and crew get their trip to Thailand.

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Yay for W! Double digit is hard to come by in the recent years, so this is already good for the drama. Although most viewers feel that it deserves so much more (I feel the same way), there's just so many factors (e.g. demographic, trend of online streaming among the big chunk of young viewers, marketing etc.) involved.

For sure the numbers do not reflect exactly how viewers feel about a certain drama. I read comments of Korean viewers in various websites and they all say great things about W. It easily topped real time searches in the previous episodes too. As long as W stays within double digit and no. 1 in its time slot, then it's doing good. If it goes higher, even better.

I don't know how the Olympics will factor in. The news about postponement of the coming episodes are conflicting. It'll be interesting how this will change things for the dramas in the coming weeks.

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So happy PU38 ended with a good rating.but sad i will not see JD next week:(
I still can't get over how it ends tho.goodbye PU38 and thank you for being consistent.

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aaaw, me too. I don't know how to cope with such ending. a season 2 would definitely console me.

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Now that I think more I feel W is both doing well & underrated at the same time:
Doing well: because it has double digits rating + top on its time slot
Underrated: because IMO it deserves more viewership than 13% especially comparing to some other dramas.

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I don't really hope for W to reach 20%, I just hope it can at least reach 15%. It is good enough I think. (of course it will be the best if can reach 20%). ❤

Age Of Youth is definitely my show at the very moment. I love every single moment can cannot get enough of it. The chemistry between five leading ladies are awesome ❤

Saw some clips of UF, particularly at KWB's scenes. This guy is doing a good job.I'm happy for him. Looks like KWB carrying the drama on his own. Well done boy..

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Yeah, that's good for Kim Woo-bin.

I just wish he had a better leading lady, though. Someone like Lee Sung-kyung might actually be a good fit for him based on their acting styles (I've seen the observation that he tends to need a good costar to bounce off, and something about her acting style/energy makes me think they'd spark).

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He is doing a good job but poor him, he is doing extra works. But his efforts are praiseworthy. I no longer want to complaint about Suzy, it is not right for me the non-viewer to judge her (and I already has my own judgment on her acting before). But based on reviews, her acting is still so so. Luckily KWB is able to portray his character, at least one of the leads'acting is still satisfying.

Lee Sung Kyung and Kim Woo Bin will be great partner I think ❤ More than that, I hope KWB will reunite with Kim Ji Won in any drama in the future. Imagine their chemistry.. will be great❤

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yeah, a Kim Woo-bin/Kim Ji-won drama would be great, their chemistry was through the roof in Heirs. I wish they'd pre-shot that one so we could have actually got the second leads' love line like KES intended instead of allowing herself to be swayed by viewer reactions into making Young-do a typical rejected second lead.

Lee Sung-kyung has incredible screen presence, and I think she and Woob would be amazing together if she was playing a character with a strong personality and not a Candy. Plus she goes all-in to roles, which I like.

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I'm so curious about this: Weekend dramas always had high rating, so why they don't put the big budget on them?

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It's not about the budget. It's about it's appeal. Family dramas has always been popular among the weekend crowd. Older folks are not as picky as we are about the cinematography, style etc.

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They're not as popular among that prized 18-34 demographic, I believe their ratings come from demographics that are less valuable to advertisers.

That's why weekend dramas are considered to really be successful only if they clock 30-40 percent and up which means more people are actually watching. 20-25 percent for a weekend drama is the equivalent of 5-10 percent for a weekday one.

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bye bye PU38! it was a lot of fun, feels and tears while it lasted. loved it! wish there was a season 2...

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W's drop in ratings is not a good sign. It should pull away from 2nd or 3rd week onward as shown by hits like Dots and Doctors.

I also noticed that W started at 8.6% compared to Doctor's 12.9% and UF's 12.5%. Is it the genre or marketing or is it that PSH/KRW and Suzy/KWB have more star power than HHJ/LJS?

I wouldn't call W underrated at this point but rather that some other dramas are overrated.

Age of Youth has tough competition in PU38 and The Good Wife. I wasn't expecting to love it so much. For a show centered around college girls, it has a lot more going for it than those fluffy shows which are disguised as mature material.

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Maybe the slightly ratings drop for ep 6 of W is because the main character actually shot someone in the heart?

Im quite surprised alot of people still root for kangchul. No matter what the background is, shot someone in the heart is really BAD.
You still have to go to jail! To take responsibilities for it.
It is homicide case (yeah eventhough the victim didnt die, but still!)

And i dont remember when the last time i saw, another main protagonist character hurt people that bad.
Maybe a few people who see it, might lost interest in it. Thats why the ratings drop a little? Maybe

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If anything, I thought that shot would have increased the rating. Wouldn't the viewers want to see if Dad really died? That would mean an almost certain death for Kang Chul- Yeon Joo's romance.

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I think ratings dropped because ep5 was too dark and half the ep was conversation in a room. And probably because ep6 had no Kangchul in it.

The writer stabbed Kangchul and he didn't take responsibility for it either. He says in ep6 he and Kangchul and same-same and forgiven. And Kangchul killed himself for shooting, what more do you want :(.

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Agree, he killed himself which is more than enough while Dad was still alive, plus Dad had killed all his family, wrongly framed him, stabbed him to death, many times of attempt for killing him, for kangchull he is more than a murderer, a psycho who had killed his family & tortured him every day & night, moreover it was Dad who provoke him to do it but still he didn't shoot him in a way that he die as Dad himself said that if he wanted to kill him he could.

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go to jail? where? he´s been to jail for murder already and done his time for no reason but the writers will. so I could say it is a pre-paid deal. but if a fictional character whose come to life has to go to jail for attempted murder, then shouldnt a real person who stabbed the fictional character go to jail too?

actually, going to jail doesnt sound so bad. Jung Do is there. Let´s go.

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But the scene where Kang Chul shoots his creator had peak rating of 20% even more than the main leads kiss scene!!! No one can say for sure why ep 6 receive dip in ratings in comparison to 5, maybe it is the fact that there's hardly any Kang Chul or that there is no scenes with two leads together or because the male lead committed suicide in episode 5 that's why no one tuned in for the aftermath.

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I agree, from the translations I've seen that 30 minute argument between KangChul and Dad was highly rated and popular with fans of the show. Both actors delivered and the scene was full of tension. The ratings drop in 6 is probably because there was less action and the leads were kept apart for most of the episode.

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I'd say PSH, Suzy, KWB, LJS, HHJ all have pretty similar star power. They are all in 20's and still establishing themselves. They are not in position to acclaim star power yet. HHJ is the one with daesang, after all. KRW is a veteran actor but not really a mega star. Jang Hyuk is a bigger star than him and look at Beautiful Mind ratings. Genre and target audience is a big factor too.

First episode ratings depend on a lot of things. Marketing, slot, genre, drama ratings, total ratings pie, competition etc. It would be foolish to say it all depends on star power unless it's like JJH.

Like in W's case it had little marketing and the previous drama Lucky Romance ended in 6% in third place. And it went in when UF already was 4 eps in.

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Im agree with u , ljs n kwb are 4 hallyu king if im not mistaken. Jang hyuk more popular thn krw, i admit it. Psh is hallyu queen but suzy is very popular in korea and ajashi loves her very much (i dont know if her relation ship md her less popular)
han hyo jo, she already gt daesang award right? Am i wrong? And W is her comeback in dramaland which many knet anticipating her work.

Everyone have their own fanbase so the rating just reflected which drama's plot/genre gt more attention and loved by knet. Its not tht the drama itself not good. Just bcz.
I love all the 3 drama since the genre are not same. And i hope all gt high rating~

W-thriller? Fantasy & action
Doctors- light romance & family
UF- heavy melo & heavy romance.

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JH is more popular than KRW of late due to having starred in more popular shows recently, but KRW was the bigger/more popular star after"My Little Bride" and "Love Story at Harvard" - but KRW's 2015 film, Gangnam Blues, was a box office hit.

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I don't think it's got to do with JH versus KRW's popularity. I tend to attribute Doctor's ratings success to PSH and the Korean's liking for that certain type of romance.

I've been reading that KRW struck gold with Doctor's success while poor Jang Hyuk had his drama cut. I think Jang Hyuk did an amazing job in BM while I can't say the same for KRW.

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W premiered with very little promotion from MBC and only done a few weeks before the airing of the show, also UF had a big advantage because it premiered two weeks before with a four, but in reality, really a six episode lead.

Let's also not forget that UF was media played to DEATH for six months and was up against two really week shows, Wanted and Lucky Romance.

UF basically had the best path to hit ratings gold while W had everything stacked up against it.

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Age of Youth and Good Wife does not compete with PU38. PU38 has no competition at 11pm.

I think AoY just need a bit of getting used to. I didn't quite like the format in the beginning but I love it after the first 2 eps.

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Off topic but hey guys, there's a total Kang Chul performance in the Olympics: http://gfycat.com/OptimisticInfiniteIcelandgull

What do you even call this, life imitating art in art?

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WoW!

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