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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2019

As January comes to a close, we have some new dramas, new ratings, and thanks to You-Know-Who (and no, I don’t mean Voldemort), new records. It’s great to see that the excitement from the beginning of the year is still alive.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of shows struggling to keep their audiences. Numbers for Bad Detective and My Strange Hero are trickling down, as are the numbers forĀ An Empress’s Dignity. The latter’s latest competition, Spring Must Be Coming, didn’t do much better, premiering at 2.2 percent. The good news, though, is that Song Hye-gyo and Park Bo-gum’s drama Boyfriend ended with a solid 8.9 percent.

Due to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, JTBC only aired one episode of SKY Castle and moved the finale to next week. This, of course, didn’t stop the show from breaking its last record with 23.2 percent. Next, we had Romance is a Bonus Book premiere, which (being a huge Lee Jong-seok fan) I need to watch right now. Not listed is zombie sageuk Kingdom, a 6-episode Netflix original that’s already garnered praise.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2019

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Jan. 21
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 9 KBS 4.7%
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 10 KBS 6.3%
Bad Detective 25 MBC 5.4%
Bad Detective 26 MBC 6.5%
My Strange Hero 23 SBS 4.6%
My Strange Hero 24 SBS 5.1%
Clean With Passion for Now 13 JTBC 2.1%
The Crowned Clown 5 tvN 8.1%
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 11 KBS 3.8%
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 12 KBS 5.0%
Bad Detective 27 MBC 3.9%
Bad Detective 28 MBC 5.0%
My Strange Hero 25 SBS 3.2%
My Strange Hero 26 SBS 4.7%
Clean With Passion for Now JTBC
The Crowned Clown 6 tvN 7.6%
Wednesday, Jan. 23
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 9 KBS 7.5%
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 10 KBS 8.8%
Spring Must Be Coming 1 MBC 2.2%
Spring Must Be Coming 2 MBC 2.2%
An Empress’s Dignity 35 SBS 11.0%
An Empress’s Dignity 36 SBS 14.0%
Boyfriend 14 tvN 8.0%
Thursday, Jan. 24
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 11 KBS 7.0%
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 12 KBS 8.0%
Spring Must Be Coming 3 MBC 1.5%
Spring Must Be Coming 4 MBC 1.9%
An Empress’s Dignity 37 SBS 10.9%
An Empress’s Dignity 38 SBS 13.9%
Boyfriend 16 tvN 8.7%
Friday, Jan. 25
SKY Castle JTBC
Top Star Yoo Baek 11 tvN 2.9%
Saturday, Jan. 26
My Only Ally 75 KBS 32.2%
My Only Ally 76 KBS 37.6%
A Pledge to God 33 MBC 13.2%
A Pledge to God 34 MBC 15.1%
A Pledge to God 35 MBC 15.0%
A Pledge to God 36 MBC 15.7%
Fates and Furies 29 SBS 4.9%
Fates and Furies 30 SBS 5.4%
Fates and Furies 31 SBS 6.1%
Fates and Furies 32 SBS 7.0%
SKY Castle 19 JTBC 23.2%
Romance is a Bonus Book 1 tvN 4.3%
Sunday, Jan. 27
My Only Ally 77 KBS 35.5%
My Only Ally 78 KBS 39.9%
My Healing Love 57 MBC 10.3%
My Healing Love 58 MBC 14.1%
My Healing Love 59 MBC 14.1%
My Healing Love 60 MBC 14.9%
Romance is a Bonus Book 2 tvN 4.4%

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Ooooh Crowned Clown seems to be doing well too :)

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Yay!

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It dropped slightly this week since it slowed down and the romance took over.
Here is hoping it won't turn into another one of those sageuks that started off well then took 5 steps backward by midway and completely threw you off by the end.

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I totally agree with you but let me just add that there was also the Asian Cup last Tuesday which is the main cause of the ratings dropping to 7.6%. Ratings normally rise by the second broadcast day, but all the Mon-Tues ratings fell down due to the soccer match.

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The actors of SKY Castle made a bet on the final episode's ratings. Jo Jae Yoon bet 28.2%. While episode 19 did not surpass 25% like he thought, the final episode should easily surpass 25% even with (or especially with) the preemption this week.

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Yay! Congrats to Sky Castle!

Favorite line for this week came from Yeh Bin - "If you wanted it so much, grandma, you should've gone to med school."
The same goes for Coach Kim. She used Kay to overcome her insecurities and achieve what she herself could not.

The most powerful scene in this week's episode belonged Coach Kim and her daughter Kay. I never expected Kay to be able to talk. It turns out that she wasn't totally mentally disabled by the accident. Her mad scribbling of mathematical equations and meltdown were horrifying to watch.

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I teared up watching that scene! Really great acting from every cast member.

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This week episode felt like finale, I wonder what finale will look like, will we have more of others families, or there are more lies to expose.

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It was sad to see that Kay too, was doing everything she could to make her mother happy. That scene broke my heart into so many pieces.

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My favorite Ye Bin line for this week was "Why bother to study when I can get full marks with stolen papers?" Cider.

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That was a good one too. I am sure it made Seo Jin realize the far reaching effects of the debacle.

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Neighborhood Lawyer must be a dud? I left it in the first episode when they didn't orient the viewer to his situation and the comic element was missing. With those two leads the ratings should be a lot higher, so how bad is it?

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Sky Castle, Crowned Clown and Empress' Dignity are deserving of their high marks. The Boyfriend (Encounter) was a slow and easy ride in a lot of ways and also deserved the attention. This week I think the ratings really represent the quality of the various shows.

I haven't yet started Romance is a Bonus Book, but I am sure I will have caught up by the next ratings report.

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Netflix has picked up Romance is A Bonus Book!

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I'm so surprised that Romance is a Bonus Book is good! The synopsis wasn't that interesting to me so I only watched it because nothing else was on. Really great chemistry and natural acting from the leads. Have a feeling the second male lead (and his dog) will break my heart!

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I didn't expect it either to be good.. But I'm hooked in the first few minutes... I can't wait for the next episodes now...

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Hoping Romance is a Bonus Book will only have an upward climb from this week's premiere!

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