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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Dec. 4-10, 2017

I can’t believe there’s a show in dramaland that has 16 seasons, but tvN’s Rude Miss Young-ae just kicked off its 16th installment this Monday (the first season launched in 2007, so they’ve been churning out the seasons with some speed). The show has had some ups and downs in recent years but has by now amassed a loyal fanbase, and I expect it to pull in similar numbers for the rest of this run—modest, but respectable.

KBS’s brand-new workplace comedy Jugglers performed pretty well; its 5.6% and 7.0% are a fair bit below its predecessor’s last numbers (Witch’s Court wrapped with a 14.3% last week) but the trajectory is promising. Its competitor shows did okay for themselves, too; Jo Jung-seok’s Two Cops and Yoon Kyun-sang’s Mysterious Il-seung both upticked from their premiere numbers last week.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, two new shows hit airwaves: KBS’s fantasy melodrama Black Knight and MBC’s romantic comedy I’m Not a Robot. I’m not even going to pretend to understand those numbers with Black Knight pulling up to a 9.3% on Thursday and Robot settling at 3.1%. I mean, normally I’d be more reserved about ratings opinions, but I watched both shows and Black Knight was kind of painful. But who can understand ratings?


Drama viewership ratings for the week of Dec. 4-10, 2017

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Dec. 4
Jugglers 1 KBS 5.6%
Two Cops 5 MBC 7.1%
Two Cops 6 MBC 8.2%
Mysterious Il-seung 5 SBS 6.9%
Mysterious Il-seung 6 SBS 7.6%
Rude Miss Young-ae Season 16 1 tvN 2.8%
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Jugglers 2 KBS 7.0%
Two Cops 7 MBC 6.3%
Two Cops 8 MBC 7.3%
Mysterious Il-seung 7 SBS 6.6%
Mysterious Il-seung 8 SBS 7.5%
Rude Miss Young-ae Season 16 2 tvN 3.2%
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Black Knight 1 KBS 6.9%
I’m Not a Robot 1 MBC 4.1%
I’m Not a Robot 2 MBC 4.5%
Nothing to Lose 9 SBS 6.6%
Nothing to Lose 10 SBS 7.3%
Smart Prison Living 5 tvN 5.6%
Thursday, Dec. 7
Black Knight 2 KBS 9.3%
I’m Not a Robot 3 MBC 3.0%
I’m Not a Robot 4 MBC 3.1%
Nothing to Lose 11 SBS 7.1%
Nothing to Lose 12 SBS 8.2%
Smart Prison Living 6 tvN 5.8%
Friday, Dec. 8
Untouchable 5 JTBC 2.4%
Saturday, Dec. 9
My Golden Life 29 KBS 35.6%
Money Flower 9 MBC 11.2%
Money Flower 10 MBC 16.7%
Bravo My Life 25 SBS 6.5%
Bravo My Life 26 SBS 7.4%
Bravo My Life 27 SBS 7.1%
Bravo My Life 28 SBS 7.1%
Untouchable 6 JTBC 4.0%
Black 17 OCN 3.1%
Sunday, Dec. 10
My Golden Life 30 KBS 41.2%
Man Who Sets the Table 27 MBC 10.7%
Man Who Sets the Table 28 MBC 14.6%
Black 18 OCN 4.2%

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You forgot The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World (3.248%).

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Here before people blame CSB for the rating.

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why would they?

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Oh god don't call those people here, the comments on the drama itself is bad enough.

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who is CSB?

I liked black knight.. i don't see what people hated so much.. gotta say KRW and the two witchy ladies and that fog (reminding me of chicago typewriter).. got me..

*but y did that red coat not look nice on the actress? i guess that's why we need models...not everyone with a slim figure can carry clothes..arches are very important

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I loved Black Knight as well. Very much. I found it quite intriguing, I don’t understand the hate either. Just because it’s a Supernatural Fantasy romcom doesn’t necessarily mean it should be compared to Goblin. Each drama should be judged on its own merits.

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Agree cause people think that it's like a goblin before watching it first. I like black knight i don't know why but maybe because of Kim Rae Won (I watched all his dramas and movies) and the mystery of the two witch. At least in here it's more realistic as both of the leads are human.

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My thoughts exactly! We can only compare the different versions of the same story,if we must :-)

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Is there hate? Recappers aren't even picking it up. I think it's interesting after watching the first 2ep,, but I rarely finish any SSK drama so.. let's see. It kinda reminds me of Ann Brashares My Name is Memory.

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ignore..i got it.. chae soo bin.. but she is amazing in this role as a robot plus girl.. and being a candy without being overly shouting maniac... she is awesome

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This kind of show doesn't appeal to the general audience regardless of who is in it.

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that's so sad! i really like it alot and hope that the ratings improve!!!

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Even though I dropped Nothing to Lose after the first week due to its ho-hum writing, I am still happy that it is receiving decent ratings for nothing else but for the fact that Park Eun-bin, Yeon Woo-jin, and Dongha will continue to have more opportunities to pick hopefully better dramas in the future.

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The drama has improved a lot since the first week. Reminds me of a Beautiful Mind which started shaky but improved a lot after the first 4 episodes.

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That’s fantastic to hear! If so I will definitely pick the show back up and spend some quality time with my biases during the holidays.

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Meanwhile I'm happy Untouchable pulled 4% in itsss 6th episode.
JTBC and Jin Goo deserve it, and I'm probably going to watch it on winter break 😁😁
PS. Congrats to Mon-Tue slot for finally giving all the shows normal ratings. Even if they're not much at least they're the same.
PPS. If I'm not A Robot korean viewers got triggered because of the army exception scene, they won't come back. Sorry INAR, not much to do about ratings now 😯

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Can people stop obsessing over the ratings for I'm not A Robot and acknowledge the awesome ratings that Prison is pulling in. Looks like Tvn finally got their ratings sorted.

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I have just started Prison and I, for one, think that it is the best show of the three. It has good writing, a gazillion of heart, good acting and I even find Krystal bearable (probably the rest of the cast made of real actors makes me easily forget her short apparitions on my screen and she is not as bad as she was in the other two dramas I have seen her in before). Considering this is a cable drama, its ratings are so much better that the other three contenders, in my opinion.

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So one more week with literally not one primetime show breaking 10%. Will we ever see a primetime show average 20% again?

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Once Park Shin Hye is back on screen we will!

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is she coming back? i am guessing hwayegi .. people of all age used to love seungi.. no?

and fantasy seems to still pull in the numbers

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What if park shin hye is team up with park bo gum?

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wow the Korean viewers really loved black knight. weird thing is I watched it but can't seem to remember the story or what happened. _-----_

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Perhaps the show induced a trance-like state. Did you find yourself at the tailor’s without remembering how you got there?

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I zoned out and when I focused again she was in Slovenia. she went to Sharon's in episode one??wow.

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IKR. I keep zoning out while watching this show. I know know why?! I love SSK and the premise of the show. Everything looks gorgeous and mysterious, but why do I find it hard to focus? Still gonna stick this out til the end though.

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me too. sticking to the end. I don't really hate/dislike the show yet its too early for that.

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@kimbapnoona LOL. Me me. Maybe most of the people started watching and dozed off, without being able to change the channel. Hence the rating peak. Sorry, bad joke haha.

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Hehe. Broadcasters take note! Boredom-induced coma is ONE way to achieve ratings.

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LOL... I am still neutral to the show, but this was too funny.

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That was literally me :)))
I dozed off in the middle of episode 2 and woke up some what 10 minutes before it ended. I didn't really understand where the plot was going to but I'll stick with the show for a little bit more because the scenery was so beautiful and I'm curious about the Joseon backstory.

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like in goblin.. you sit through 90 minutes.. loving each minute.. and then the moment episode ends.. you end up ustioning..

"But what happened today " :P

although BK isn't there with loving each minute.. but it was a nice premier week.. plot captured interest.. did not seem to run helter skelter

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I actually enjoyed goblin tho. its one of my favourites. I tend to be a sucker for shows with bromance. and the romance was sweet.time seemed to fly by.

the second episode of BK was better tho.

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oh i loved goblin until ep 12-13 i think... but post ep 3-4 , it was the same case.. I would watch the episode.. loving every moment of it.. but the moment it ended.. i would wonder what was the plot movement.. which usually would be zilch except for last 3 minutes.. lol

this is the first time i have come to understand and appreciate KES way of doing things

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Lol. we all have that one show.
uhhm KES stands for Kim eun sook the writer right?

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Here comes the BK hating brigade out to blame Koreans for bad taste just like during Heirs and DOTS. Get over it.

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Well, they WERE both pretty terrible shows.

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Hasn’t Revolutionary Love already ended it’s run? I’m surprised to see it listed in the drama section for today. It ended last week, didn’t it?

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Yes it ended and has been replcaced with new drama, The Most Beautiful Goodbye.

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Haha omg I love javabeans’ comments about Black Knight, at this point I kinda want her to hate watch the show just so she can provide us with her snarky commentary!

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I was initially surprised by INAR doing so poorly but I think the strike might have affected it badly. If it could've started straight after Hospital Ship ended, the strong lead in would've boosted it. It's the kind of show that would probably do well on tvN. If MBC rerun the episodes over the weekend (like they did with Two Cops), hopefully it could rise next week. I'm not hoping for amazing ratings, but I hate seeing shows I like doing 3%. :(

I'm happy Money Flower hit a new high this week - it's getting better and better and I'm glad that's reflected in the ratings. I hope with the success of this series MBC just gives up on longer dramas in this timeslot and instead focuses on high quality mini series. I remember Marriage Contract also doing well last year (love that show <333). I feel like SBS are on the brink of giving up on their weekend dramas again.

I'm going to credit Black Knight's success mostly to KRW's popularity.

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I think MBC will not produce 50 episode drama anymore. it's been on the news before. They will be called special weekend drama starting with Money Flower.

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I totally missed that news lol. Thanks for letting me know!

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I hope they will be firm with their decision because we never know, once the rating is stable again, they might come back with 50 epi weekender again! Even Man Who Sets The Table was also being cut-off to 36 epi instead of original plan for 50 epi.

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I agree about the strike affecting INAR badly, it's too bad because it's a fun drama.

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The strike may have affected INAR, I don't now, but it seems like from reviews, Koreans did not like the premise which is pretty hard to overcome.

I'm happy that Money Flower keeps increasing. I really enjoy it. I get with MBC airing both episodes together why the ratings for the first episode are lower, but I don't know how people can tune in for the second hour and know what's going on lol.

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I think that's fair enough. It's definitely not for everybody.

ikr??? lol that happens alot with weekenders and I never understand how you can do that. Especially with MF - the writer has constructed mini arcs each week that climax in the second hour and you miss out on so much skipping entire episodes. O.o

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I love KRW, but I couldn't even get past the posters for BK (maybe I'll check it out later- could get better who knows). Enjoying I'm not a Robot so far, so really sad to see such meager ratings.
I've heard lots of people say ratings don't matter, but they do. The next batch of dramas are going to be modeled after what is popular and what draws the biggest crowds. If shallow writing with big sweeping romantic moments is in, than that's what networks will produce.

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I like both INAR and BK. But if BK is shallow, how is INAR so much deeper than BK? Once in a while shows with great scripts come along but most are just for entertainment (while they last) and consumption. You just watch what appeals to you.

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Shallow was just an example. It could be anything, idol stars, hospital dramas, legal drama etc.

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LOL at black night. Is it THAT BAD!?

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I personally didn't think it was bad. I was slow but that's nothing new to Korean dramas. If this is a genre you like and if you have the time give it an honest try.

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Not that bad, and not that great as well, the storyline is kinda intriguing but the editing is kinda a turn off. Since INAR is doing badly in rating, Black Knight has to be the punching bag. lol. It won't happen if the rating was like Jugglers for example, despite of being on the last place. Nevertheless, it might change on the second week, who knows.

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Haha, all these Black Night hate make me tempt to continue watching 1st episode. I already watched first half of episode 1 and find it abit jarring as well.

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I was not a fan, but I've seen worse dramas. I thought it was boring and that the chemistry between the leads was meh which is make or break for this kind of story IMO. I'm not really a fan of this kind of genre though. I get why the ratings went up, however.

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I'm Not A Robot is the new CUTE! This is what Strong Woman Do Bong Soon should have been minus the bumbling gangsters and serial killer. Gosh, can YSH get any cuter?! CSB transforms herself well here to make me see her in a new light after seeing her so often this year. I know it's early days but I already love this show and can't wait to see more.

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Yeah “Money Flower” has set another high ratings record for itself! Hope to see it’s cast attend the MBC awards ceremony end of the year.

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The current drama ratings landscape is so unpredictable. I hope this will not discourage the production team of dramas with low ratings. I'm really affected when the shows I like don't get the ratings they deserve. I can only hope that the production team will not compromise the quality of the drama and remain true to the vision set by the writer/director/producer.

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I guess it's a matter to each their own. I watched Prison Playbook, Black Knight and I Am Not a Robot. So far out of the three I like Prison Playbook the most with Black Knight coming in second. Not understanding the hate that Black Knight is getting. Sometimes it seems as if certain people like or dislike a drama then people have to follow suit. What I hate most is when we start to blame Koreans for liking something we do not then turn around and praise them for good taste when they like what we like. Comes off as being fickle.

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I haven't started on Prison Playbook waiting for it to finish it's run because the subs are slow and i am a forgetful person, but I watched this week episodes of Black Knight despite not liking SSK's acting, i find it watchable not enjoyable like INAR, the mystery in the show pulled me in, i am interested in the witches and thier relationship with the leads.

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Usually I marathon my dramas but I thought I would try something new and watch live. I want to see if this will give me a different perspective on a drama.

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what's INAR? i can't map the abbreviation to any show

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ignore.. i am not a robot :)

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Congrate to Money Flower cast and crew. I think this is one of Jang Hyuk best character after 205. Let's face it, Voice is popular but it's focus more to the case rather than mesmerize with his acting.
I need to slap myself for doubting him taking this role before coz it's a weekender. lol. On the other hand, I kinda relief LDH rejected the role coz it will be comparing with Chuno. Or maybe it will be called Chuno modern reincarnation, with all the longing look that he give PSY character also with all the revenge and leading lady married someone else. Haha.
Similarity aside, Money Flower still a solid drama with good acting and interesting plot twist and far from typical weekend family drama.

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I wanted to see Han Chae-Ah in this drama, but I think Park Se-Young is doing fine in this role.

This drama has great cliff hangers, and I like how the instrumental music elevates the emotions..kind of bittersweet and hypnotic..I don't know, but it works. On paper, the story is makjang, but the acting grounds it and makes everything plausible.

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Hearing lots of great comments about Money Flower and missing Jang Hyuk makes me want to give this drama a try.

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I just started it today and have binged watched 4 episodes. It's been a while to have a drama as gripping as this. And Jang Hyuk is in top form, those longing gazes, so good.

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Jang Hyuk is excellent at smoldering stares. :)

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Which he did so well in Chuno and Thank You.

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Same here and I'm glad I did since I haven't watched his recent dramas. Join the ship!

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Yes Money Flower is good and you should give it a try!

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Park Seyoung is doing a good job. Her NMH's portrayal makes people sympathize with her. She has the innocent, classy, elegant look. Jang hyuk looks better here than in voice. He looks dashing in suits and ties.

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It's not very surprising that INAR has low ratings, it's a youth romcom airing in a time slot that stood empty for a month.

But I'm happy for Mysterious Il-Seung and Jugglers, they picked up well, MIS even got slightly ahead of Two Cops to be top on Tuesday.

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Among all these dramas im only watching two cops and smart prison living and i think smart prison living really hold its own im hoping its ratings will continue to increase!!

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Looks like I'm not a Robot will end up getting ratings like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok joo even though both the shows deserve more..

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Hope the ratings for I'm Not A Robot increases throughout its run :( Especially since it's Yoo Seung Ho's first rom-com as well!

The first 2 episodes may have been a little slow but episode 3 and 4 were super solid, cute and hilarious. Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin are so great together and the premise is just so unique and fresh

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Well, I think Black Knight looks kind of fun and I can’t believe I saw Shin Se kyung making a facial expression so there’s that...

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Tbh, Black Knight's trailers were super awkward as well.

Anyway, I quite like Jugglers so hopefully it's going to do even better. Two Cops is damn freaking boring imo.

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at this point, i want to be done with ratings. my favorite shows this year just has low ratings after low ratings. it's kind of sad that good quality shows have low ratings these days. i hope writers don't get discouraged and continue to write their amazing content.

i feel especially bad for I Am Not a Robot this week. it was such a strong zany premiere week. i'm hooked already!

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wow, two cops rising steadily. good to see. and I'm not yet ready to finish black so I haven't watched the last 2ep yet. perhaps when the recaps come out.. T_T

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Yay. Oppar dramas rule the week.

All shows, be ready for another phase of slayage by oppar dramas next week. # Just Between Lovers # Bad Guys: City of Evil

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I want black knight recap!

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Congrats to Black . Song Seung Heon and Go Ara are amazing actors together with the whole cast!

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Yay! 4.2 on OCN is a great way to close. The last episode was rushed and a bit too open to interpretation, but other than that I loved the series and the actors and mostly playing detective trying to figure it all out.

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Black was the best series I've watched in 2017 (and 2016 for that matter). The plot was tight and there were very little loopholes, if any. And I discovered how amazing SSH is! He really carried the entire series and I think this is his most iconic role. Kudos to the cast and crew! Well done!

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koreans must have loved kim rae won...i nearly dozed off to finish black night since the drama is categorized as fantasy melodrama.but im giving black night a chance coz its still too early

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Whoa! We finally got a "national drama" in how many years now?
I'm not going to watch "Golden Life" but Congrats to the cast and crew.

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Black is also a good drama

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wow...still have to start Black Knight...impressive numbers but I am not expecting anything superb. Did Nielsen do a typo there?

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Totally agree that I am not a robot is much better than Black Knight. The actors/actresses for I am not a robot put in good acting. Perhaps they send outs lots of loving gestures!

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