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Drama viewership ratings for the week of May 1-7, 2017

A few shows ended this week, which means there’ll be some big shakeups next week (or the week after, depending on how all these pre-emptions go). Any drama fan knows that pre-emptions are bad for the soul, and they can be bad for dramas too—though not always, since Perfect Wife was able to end at a semi-respectable 6.1% thanks to the lack of competition.

Of course, Whisper continued to hold first place in the beginning of the week, while over in the Wednesday-Thursday time slot, Mystery Queen reigned supreme at a little over 9.0%. Both of its competitors, Radiant Office and Saimdang, Light’s Diary ended this week, with the latter ending early due to an episode cut.

For weekend cable fans, it was slim pickings with only Man to Man to watch, although the quirky spy comedy seems to be holding its own quite well. It’s no Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, that’s for sure, but if we used that as a barometer, then it’ll tough for any JTBC show to surpass it. (Still, never say never!)

 
Drama viewership ratings for the week of May 1-7, 2017

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, May 1
Perfect Wife 19 KBS 4.9%
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People 27 MBC 13.0%
Whisper 11 SBS 16.0%
The Liar and His Lover 13 tvN 1.4%
Tuesday, May 2
Perfect Wife 20 KBS 6.1%
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People 28 MBC Pre-empted
Whisper 12 SBS 15.9%
The Liar and His Lover 14 tvN 1.6%
Wednesday, May 3
Mystery Queen 9 KBS 9.2%
Radiant Office 15 MBC 6.4%
Saimdang, Light’s Diary 28 SBS Pre-empted
Thursday, May 4
Mystery Queen 10 KBS 9.0%
Radiant Office 16 MBC 7.0%
Saimdang, Light’s Diary 28 SBS 8.2%
Friday, May 5
Man to Man 5 JTBC 3.2%
Chicago Typewriter 9 tvN Pre-empted
Saturday, May 6
Father Is Strange 19 KBS 25.2%
You’re Too Much 18 MBC 14.2%
Father, I’ll Take Care of You 49 MBC 11.1%
Sister Is Alive 7 SBS 7.1%
Sister Is Alive 8 SBS 12.2%
Man to Man 6 JTBC 2.5%
Tunnel 13 OCN Pre-empted
Chicago Typewriter 10 tvN Pre-empted
Sunday, May 7
Father Is Strange 20 KBS 29.2%
You’re Too Much 19 MBC 16.5%
Father, I’ll Take Care of You 50 MBC 13.1%
Tunnel 14 OCN Pre-empted

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Hope to find another drama as good as Radiant~

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Me too!

Slice of life dramas like this are rare.

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Can you recommend a good slice of life drama for me? After Perfect wife and Radiant Office, my watchlist is narrowed down to one.

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For good slice of life drama, I realy recommend you to watch misaeng, reply 1988, and age of youth

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I loved Drinking Solo.

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Misaeng, like Radiant Office takes place in the office but it's a lot more depressing. It is a great drama but don't expect romance(less than RO!) and no comedy.

Age of Youth is a delightful youth drama and on the other end of the spectrum w.r.t to age, I love Dear My Friends.

If you like Ha Suk Jin, you can try Drinking Solo(that is if you have not already). It's very funny, slice of life about teachers and students at a private school which prepares for the civil service exam.

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Age of Youth and Dear My Friends are recommended. Actually you should check most of jTbC and TVN drama especially last year. jTBC has many great drama last year, that I was so proud to be jTBC girl last year.

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Two of my favorites from JTBC last year were This Week My Wife is Having An Affair and Ms. Temper and Nam Jun Ki.

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Liar still dead last. Yay.

Rooting for it to reach 2% in the last episode, but can it be done?

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Rating cannot be considered last as it airs on a cable channel

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Even if it's not technically last, less than 2% is still low for TVN. Although, their shows do seem to be struggling in the ratings of late.

That's not a criticism of the show or its fans. Just commentary on the numbers.

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Take heart. It's aimed at a younger demographic, which tends to watch online. Look at the number of comments on Dramafever vs the other shows and you'll get a better feel for its relative popularity.

I sure wish Viki and Dramafever would release viewer statistics (weekly number of unique viewers per episode.) Then we could have a more complete picture of what's trending.

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It's crazy that the #2-rated drama in the Mon/Tues slot has higher ratings (by multiple percentage points) than the #1-rated drama of the Wed/Thurs slot.

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Wed/Thurs slot used to do better than Mon/Tues but not these days.

However, the new crop of Wed/Thurs looks interesting. My guess is that the ratings will go up overall.

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Yes "Ruler" and "Suspicious Partner" will raise the ratings for Wed/Thur.

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Suspicious Partner is coming next week?? Oh my my,I am so excited!!

A bit sad for Mystery Queen though because this is my current favorite show on air and I hope they don't suffer bad ratings. So hard to choose, I want Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun to do well too!

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Pre-emptions are hard. This weekend it has been harder to procrastinate from the work I should be doing ?

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Without Tunnel and Chicago Typewriter, my weekend feels so empty. Good thing the sub for Crime Scene 3 comes out early.

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Have you watch special episode of Chicago typewriter? It is quite funny for bts n NG

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Thanks, I was wondering if that was something worth watching, sounds like it is!

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This is certainly off topic but I wish we would get more movie reviews on DB. I can't remember the last time we got one.

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I agree! refresh_daemon come back....

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I second this! I've been meaning to watch K-movies as I don't have time following its dramas these days, yet I have no idea what to watch.

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I am curious about how the Wed/Thurs competition will shape up. Mystery Queen's should have already built its viewer base and the two new dramas will probably open to decent numbers going by the buzz.

Ruler looks quite intense, I hope it will be a good replacement for Rebel which is ending soon.

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Anyone want to predict rating of Ruler and SP? Mystery Queen is not a tough competition to beat.

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I have a hunch that Ruler and SP will surpass MQ, both of them will get double digit rating but not sure which one will get first place

I'm sooo curious to see the ratings battle between new batch of dramas ! Let the battle begins !

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My prediction : Ruler will be the winner next week. SP probably will start around what MQ's rating right now. The rating gap won't be that huge in my opinion. SP has the potential to surpass MQ (and Ruler) if it is good. Depends. After what happened with Saimdang and Chief Kim, we can never know what will happen.

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I agree with you. I didn't expect Chief Kim to be such a hit. Office + comedy aren't ratings magnet. So, it's very possible that SP can surpass MQ and Ruler. However, I think Chief Kim wouldn't be as successful without Namgoong Min. I am not sure if Ji Chang Wook has the comedic talent equal to this man. Thankfully, Nam Ji Hyun is a strong partner.

My hopes for Ruler lie in the acting abilities of the leads and the interesting premise. However, the writers are unknowns and L seems to have a substantial part, so it's not a shoo in for success.

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My prediction: Ruler will start really strong about 10-12%, SP will come 3rd place with rating about 5-8%

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i agreed with you, theres no way SP could surpass Ruler since Ruler is the most awaited drama for this year tbvh.

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eh...after Moon Lovers and MDBC, I learnt never say never.

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Wow, how many fans have I offended ? ?

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I agree. As much as I want Ruler to do well it's anyone's game at this point. 7 Day Queen is not very far from airing either.

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I think Mystery Queen is a bit of a competition considering how much the leads are loved in Korea

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I feel empty without CT this week. I mean seriously empty that I lost interest to other drama. Man to Man made me confused, at times I feel I love it, but sometimes I don't. Probably better for me to binge watch it after it finished.

Looking forward to see new drama next week. I almost forgot that we still won't see Fight For My Way next week :(

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Right there with you on Man to Man. It feels very incosistent and I can't decide if I love or it not.

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I still like M2M, but that is due to PHJ. I also kind of love Cha Do-ha from the beginning. But it is a strange, incoherent show. I hope that when they unmask SW, it will get better.

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1. I know that we'll keep comparing future dramas to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon but jTBC has made WAYYYY better dramas than that one.

2. Hoping Mystery Queen can stay in first despite the fact that Suspicion Partner is coming out

Random: I'm writing a screenplay for class and i'd love to know what story ideas you guys would like seen in a Kdrama. Any idea is welcome :)

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I'm a sucker for a great fantasy setup so, I hope you can write one! ^__^

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I would love to see a Kdrama adaptation of "Great Expectations", it already has a lot of great similarities to standard makjang tropes but I think a good adaptation would subvert those tropes and could make a very powerful show. Imagine bitchy Estella with her second-lead personality as the main lead, or the tantalizing possible birth secret that is actually not true in any way. Not to mention the possibilities of the Miss Havisham character.

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I'd love to see an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray.
I've seen 2 and I didn't really care for the recent. Thanks to Colin Firth I was able to finish it.

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it is so hard to interpret that, if a k-drama can do it, I'll never criticise a show ever. Or should I rather not make promises?

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Very true. Maybe this is the kind of material for the big screen and in the hand of a talented film maker like Park Chan-wook.
He did well with "The Handmaiden" which was inspired by Sarah Waters' "Fingersmith."
It scored a 95% from the critics and 93% from the movie fans on RT. That was amazingly high for a foreign film.

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Are you planning on watching Duel and Circle? They're somewhat science fiction

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Man to Man is a flop in ratings compared to Strong Woman...

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Man to Man its a cable channel, dont ever called it as a flop since the drama also aired on Netflix!

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OP said "compared to Strong Woman" which is accurate since Strong Woman was JTBCs most successful drama to date.
Also, being on Netflix itself doesn't mean that it's a good show. Netflix offers a wide range of trash television shows and movies. They're a genre unto themselves.

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It's not a flop, for jTbC which thier average ratings between 1-2% it's great, the only drama that maneged to hit 3% last year was My Wife Is Having Affair, so it's not bad.

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It's actually a flop since its biggest production cost. My Wife reach 3% but it don't take so much money to produce.

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even though it cost a lot but it is the first korea drama sold to netflix that air in 170 countries

man to man is a good for general jtbs standard, do bong soon was exceptional. Man to man is still higher than both of tvn dramas

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and also man to man has lots of sponsors, you can see at least kfc, rio drink... because of big sponsors so they went all out with production

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It just shows that you can sell PHJ to any and everybody?

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But it's only been 6 episodes? And people were away this weekend

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if there is no change in the first 4 episodes, i believe the rating will stay around 3% from now on

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I hope Man to Man gets back up next week.

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I wonder what's the rating for 'my secret romance'... I know this drama is kinda oldskool.. But lots of international fans like it... Is it too low because it airs in ocn?

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Yeah. If it lower than 0.3-0.4%, it will so hard to analyse rating.

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I wondered too. Thanks :)

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I think MSR is the cheesy guilty pleasure that is a no-brainer a and easy on the eye. Great to indulge for some happy fluff but but most probably don't find it necessary to watch live since there's nothing really unpredictable about the story.

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Im just wondering for a drama like whisper which is top rating, why is it the least commented on here?

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Even its predecessor, Defendant not getting much comments desite ratings more than 20%.

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Rom-com dramas tend to have a lot more comments than action/thrillers/legal dramas.

I enjoy seeing the action and suspense, but I don't often gush about it. However, I tend to comment more about the lead couple in a rom-com and their cute/sweet chemistry or not, etc.

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I'm guessing it has to do with why the majority of us actually watch k-dramas. I generally stick to my English-language shows for dramas like those.

Romance, historical, action and fantasy are cool in k-dramas, but I find myself getting incredibly irritated when watching the corporate, political fair. I don't know if it's because I don't really understand their legal system or because I do. I'm also on the fence with their medical dramas--why they insist on such graphic operation scenes is beyond me, but also because I'm so irked by the politics.

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Just finished eternal love today. It was soo good... Can anyone suggest me c dramas similar to it?? Thanks in advance??

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I'm gonna be honest, no. A drama like Eternal Love just doesn't come around all that often. If you like the romances, you can try Princess WeiYoung and The General and I but neither is anywhere near as good story wise.

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Have you seen journey of flower?? How is that.. Anywhere near eternal love???

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Rooting for Man To Man and Chicago Typewriter.
Poor Liar. At least it hasn't gone down.

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I wouldn't say Poor Liar, I would say, poor 98.4-98.6% of the viewing public that is missing out on this gem. :P

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Radiant Office was amazing!!!!!! But it's finished :(
Chicago Typewriter pre-empted :(
I felt empty this weekend so I decided to start "I hear your [email protected], which I missed on the day.. Wow!!! Soooo good! Im back to feeling normal with two dramas at least to look forward to :))

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No Tunnel and Chicago Typewriter... I'm dying -.-

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I'm curious about something:

Is cable not common in South Korea or something? Is it a "cord-cutting" thing like in the US or is it actually not accessible, or somehow difficult to access?

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Shame, because all the dramas I'm currently watching CT, M2M, Tunnel, TLAHL are all cable.

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I wonder what's the ratings like for Running Man with the new 2 mates - it seems people like them enough now.

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The ratings since new members joined are 5.1%, 6.4%, 5.2% and the latest one 6.3% (this is part 2 ratings)

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"For weekend cable fans, it was slim pickings with only Man to Man to watch, although the quirky spy comedy seems to be holding its own quite well. It’s no Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, that’s for sure"

I've been waiting to watch MtM but need to wait for Netlifx. But hearing this is not SWDBS actually makes me want to see it more. I really did not like Strong Woman and thought it was extremely poorly written, so this is good news for me!

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So far I'm liking Man to Man and I wasn't a fan of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!! I'd say watch the first 4 episodes and see if it's something you'd like

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I plan to! Just need to wait for Netflix to finally add it.

One question I have. I hear people mentioning how funny MtM is and some people comparing it to SWDBS. What type of humor is it? I didn't like the slap-stick humor found in SWDBS so I'm really hoping it's not like that. I don't like that over-the-top, slap-stick humor.

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Nah its not over the top!! The lead has this dead pan face that is so funny

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