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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2019

Happy February! The next drama cycle is almost upon us, meaning it’s time to say goodbye to more shows. The first to finish its run was Bad Detective, a show that started off strongly ratings-wise and teetered off near the end. Soon to follow are the two wacky rom-coms My Strange Hero and Clean With Passion for Now; their finales will be airing this Monday.

Wednesday and Thursday’s shows have nestled into a comfortable standing, with An Empress’s Dignity in first place, What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang in second, and Spring Must Be Coming coming in very last. Finally, weekend smash hit SKY Castle aired its finale Friday, bringing in its highest rating at 23.8 percent. And what a run it’s been for this satirical drama–I’d say it’s earned a big round of applause. *sadly claps alone, hoping others will join in*

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2019

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Jan. 28
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 KBS
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 KBS
Bad Detective 29 MBC 5.7%
Bad Detective 30 MBC 6.9%
My Strange Hero 27 SBS 4.8%
My Strange Hero 28 SBS 6.4%
Clean With Passion for Now 14 JTBC 2.0%
The Crowned Clown 7 tvN 8.4%
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 KBS
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 KBS
Bad Detective 31 MBC 5.7%
Bad Detective 32 MBC 7.2%
My Strange Hero 29 SBS 4.8%
My Strange Hero 30 SBS 5.7%
Clean With Passion for Now 15 JTBC 1.9%
The Crowned Clown 8 tvN 9.5%
Wednesday, Jan. 30
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 13 KBS 8.1%
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 14 KBS 9.3%
Spring Must Be Coming 5 MBC 2.5%
Spring Must Be Coming 6 MBC 2.4%
An Empress’s Dignity 39 SBS 12.9%
An Empress’s Dignity 40 SBS 15.0%
Thursday, Jan. 31
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 15 KBS 8.4%
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang 16 KBS 9.5%
Spring Must Be Coming 7 MBC 1.7%
Spring Must Be Coming 8 MBC 2.4%
An Empress’s Dignity 41 SBS 14.9%
An Empress’s Dignity 42 SBS 16.7%
Friday, Feb. 1
SKY Castle 20 JTBC 23.8%
Saturday, Feb. 2
My Only Ally 79 KBS 31.3%
My Only Ally 80 KBS 37.5%
A Pledge to God 37 MBC 12.0%
A Pledge to God 38 MBC 15.5%
A Pledge to God 39 MBC 14.9%
A Pledge to God 40 MBC 15.2%
Fates and Furies 33 SBS 4.7%
Fates and Furies 34 SBS 6.1%
Fates and Furies 35 SBS 6.5%
Fates and Furies 36 SBS 7.3%
Romance is a Bonus Book 3 tvN 4.4%
Sunday, Feb. 3
My Only Ally 81 KBS 34.7%
My Only Ally 82 KBS 39.3%
My Healing Love 61 MBC 10.8%
My Healing Love 62 MBC 13.9%
My Healing Love 63 MBC 13.7%
My Healing Love 64 MBC 14.7%
Romance is a Bonus Book 4 tvN 4.3%

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The verdict in Korea is the finale was the most boring episode in the entire drama (comparing it to Memories of the Alhambra), so SKY Castle is lucky their ratings did not plummet. 25% is but a pipe dream.

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Congrats SKY Castle! Started with minimal fanfare, but ended on top!

Congrats The Last Empress! Same with SC, TLE also started with not as much fanfare as its competitor but ended up on top for Wed/Thurs slot.

Congrats Liver or Die for holding on against TLe! But i'm thinking of dropping this if i don't see SJH in the next ep 😅

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I retract my words for now. I didnt realize i missed ep 8 for LoD. Just watched it and dangg the family is in shambles. I'll stay for more eventhough there's no SJH 😢

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I started watching that show and I'm not sure I made it through the first episode. It's been a long time since I felt so uninterested in a show right off. What did you find that appealed to you if I may ask?

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I think i dropped almost all of the kdramas listed above 🤣🤣🤣 except for The Last Empress, The Crowned Clown and Spring Must Be Coming. But whatever im watching atm is not safe from being drop.

Now im congratulating myself for finishing Sky Castle, and the ending is quite satisfactory (compared to MoA) despite i dont feel right about rich youngsters choose to go travel instead of finishing their school first.

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Sky Castle
I think there was a better way to explain WJ going away, he would have been too emotional to back straight to the same school and even if he was innocent the gossip around him would be huge. He can come back later and take the GED and still go to a university.

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MBC is not having it good with Spring must be Coming but is Poong Sang really good enough for almost 10% ratings? 2018 dramas have basically disappointed me so I'm holding out hope for 2019 dramas.

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Wow! The Crowned Clown is doing great! I'm already excited when I haven't even start on it. (Plus not a fan of sageuk, but I will do it for Yeo Jingu. 💪)

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Hard to describe what a moving, gut wrenching performance Yeo Jin-goo gave in dual roles in episodes 7 and 8 of TCC.

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SKY Castle's ratings are massive! Do we know if this is JTCB's highest rated show ever?? I feel like this might even have beat previous tvN mega hit ratings. But my memory is fairly short...so I could be wrong...

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SKY CASTLE is not only jTBC's highest rated show ever but cable tv's highest rated ever.
Yes, it did beat tVN's highest rated show ever.

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WOW!! Good for them!! Once SKY Castle is available on Viki I might just need to see what all the hype is about! Especially since I am not really watching any kdramas currently.

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I haven't watched the last episode yet but reading headlines like this seems like that the K-viewers weren't satisfied and are taking action lol.

"Audience Petitions Blue House For Redo For Final Episode of Sky Castle" (SAY WHAT?)
The Blue House for Korea is like the White House for the US.

http://koalasplayground.com/2019/02/03/audience-petitions-blue-house-for-redo-for-final-episode-of-sky-castle/

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I wasn’t satisfied either, it was the most boring ending ever, I expected a twisted ending but i was disappointed in everything, a total let down and a waste of such a good plot.

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Mary has a most perceptive take on the ending of Sky Castle in the What DB Team is watching, which I read with nods after nods. Why do we need any more twists and turns in the finale??

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Kdrama writers are sucks at making ending. Children of nobody, memories of alhambra, and sky castle just proved it. I think it just pure luck for sky castle that their last episode scored the highest rating.

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It must be due to all the anticipation and the persistent hope that something interesting would surely happen before the end.

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Sometimes I think they don't even try.

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Am i correct in understanding that Sky Castle had a happy ending and people are unhappy over it ???

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@sailorjumun Joins you in clapping for Sky Castle 👏👏👏👏
Unlike popular opinion I actually Liked the ending.. maybe I'm too much of a sucker for happy endings! Such an awesome drama.. will surely miss it loads!
For those who haven't watched it do give it a try! It is on a league of it's own.. also who watched the special episode with Lee Sang Min? LOL he was such a fangirl! loved it 😍😍

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What is the special episode with Lee Sang Min?

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Interview with the Cha couple and Jin Jin couple.
It was really interesting to see their POV about the popularity of the drama

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After all the shenanigans that happened throughout it's 20 episode run I'm glad Sky Castle had a sweet ending and i think we're told enough story that it doesn't merit another season for it to have a twist in the end. Just my 2 korean won.

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My Healing Love ratings are pretty much the same. We're finally making some progress with evil people and useless people getting what they deserve, and I was hoping the ratings would go up. But I suppose I should be glad the ratings didn't go down, what with the two hours of crying and despair that we got this weekend.

Don't be sad, Jinyoo! It makes me sad to see you sad so stop it!

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Waaah *joins @sailorjumun's clapping*

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I am so glad for SKY Castle's ratings. Here's hoping that SF9 have gained enough popularity to get their long awaited 1st win.

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My heart sank when Chani had an acting controversy in episode 19. I was like, "Nooo! Don't ruin Chani's momentum!!" I need SKY Castle to blow SF9 up. 201(SF)9: This year is our year.

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Are you a Fantasy too? We have such similar tastes!

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I am! Dear Fantasy is my second favorite song. I hope SF9 rides the Woo Joo wave in their comeback this month.

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