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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Aug. 19-25, 2019

I’m sad to report that ratings are still looking pretty… well, sad. At the beginning of the week, Let Me Hear Your Song could barely stay around 3 percent. And Welcome 2 Life, which had been performing okay thus far, is now having trouble making it past 5 percent. The Wednesday-Thursday shows are doing a bit better, but not by much. At this point, I’m feeling bad for any show and its crew that have to take the weekday slot.

As usual, the cable shows are getting most of the viewers, from youth drama A Moment at Eighteen to thriller Class of Lies. Let’s not forget the popular weekend dramas Watcher and Hotel del Luna; numbers for both went up this week. The former aired its finale this Sunday and the latter will air its finale this next Sunday. Hotel del Luna has already hit double digits more than once, so I’m hoping its finale is able to too, or maybe go even higher.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Aug. 19-25, 2019

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Aug. 19
Let Me Hear Your Song 9 KBS 2.3%
Let Me Hear Your Song 10 KBS 3.1%
Welcome 2 Life 9 MBC 3.9%
Welcome 2 Life 10 MBC 5.0%
A Moment at Eighteen 9 JTBC 3.3%
Designated Survivor: 60 Days 15 tvN 4.5%
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Let Me Hear Your Song 11 KBS 2.4%
Let Me Hear Your Song 12 KBS 3.2%
Welcome 2 Life 11 MBC 4.3%
Welcome 2 Life 12 MBC 4.5%
A Moment at Eighteen 10 JTBC 3.4%
Designated Survivor: 60 Days 16 tvN 6.2%
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Justice 21 KBS 5.0%
Justice 22 KBS 5.8%
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung 21 MBC 4.3%
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung 22 MBC 6.2%
Doctor Detective 11 SBS 4.0%
Class of Lies 11 OCN 3.7%
When the Devil Calls Your Name 7 tvN 1.9%
Thursday, Aug. 22
Justice 23 KBS 5.3%
Justice 24 KBS 6.2%
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung 23 MBC 4.9%
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung 24 MBC 7.1%
Doctor Detective 12 SBS 3.5%
Class of Lies 12 OCN 3.8%
When the Devil Calls Your Name 8 tvN 2.1%
Friday, Aug. 23
Doctor John 21 SBS 7.5%
Doctor John 22 SBS 9.2%
Be Melodramatic 5 JTBC 1.6%
Saturday, Aug. 24
Mother of Mine 89 KBS 24.7%
Mother of Mine 90 KBS 29.3%
Golden Garden 21 MBC 5.4%
Golden Garden 22 MBC 7.7%
Golden Garden 23 MBC 7.5%
Golden Garden 24 MBC 7.3%
Doctor John 23 SBS 5.5%
Doctor John 24 SBS 8.0%
Be Melodramatic 6 JTBC 1.5%
Watcher 15 OCN 5.0%
Hotel del Luna 13 tvN 8.8%
Sunday, Aug. 25
Mother of Mine 91 KBS 28.0%
Mother of Mine 92 KBS 32.6%
Watcher 16 OCN 6.6%
Hotel del Luna 14 tvN 10.0%

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This is what you pay for discriminating against Beautiful Mind. ManH was talked more about its ratings and now those same ratings have become a norm. I'm sure someone is losing money here.
And sept has 23million $ suzy.
Arth's new trailer is out too.
School porn trash getting more than melo and devil is real heartache.

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I'm so sad about Melo and The devil's ratings, especially Melo.

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I'm waiting for Hyun bin and his dimples.

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Will you have a cameo in his drama YY?

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I'm terrified of snakes and jungles...I don't know, maybe I could be his water bottle? His jungle print boxers?

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I'm always waiting for that 😍

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Have I ever let you down?

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He's coming in Switzerland this week and I won't be able to see his dimples :(

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Why is he going to Switzerland? I need to go on a flight like right now asap.

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He is going to film his new drama with Son Ye Jin! Why Switzerland? I have no idea...

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Omg. Switzerland? I kept thinking it'd be some hot tropical jungle. But Switzerland? But wherever he goes, he'd be DIVINE. I read an article last week about him, and holy moly he looked so hot! He's going to have a soldier's close cropped haircut. I imagine him being tough and cool and hard and I can't breathe.

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@yyishere I guess Swiss mountains look like North Korean mountains? Honestly, I was surprised too.

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So, @yyishere . . . linky-dink to said article?

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I think the Swiss location was to show how rich SYJ 's character is; I would have assumed they would have filmed the North Korean border elements in Paju (as other films have done).

The trip seems an expensive tangent from the story premise. Again, I am worried that this series may be more style over substance.

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why if I hear Switxerland I imagine him hopping over green hills yodleing merrily lee-yi-oa-lee-yi-oa-le-hi-hoo!

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They will paraglide from swiss alps to north korea. Hahaha

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@bbstl @wishfultoki @kurama

But do jungles look the same? Isn't the story about Dimples getting lost in a jungle? Unless he makes his way to a mountain, shirtless of course - this is a very importsnt part of his character to show his resilience. He rips his shirt in the jungle, and from the 2nd ep onwards, he has no shirt, just abs to keep him warm.

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The story is about lady lost in jungles. Dimples will rescue her. Can he be shirtless at swiss alps? I thought it is cold there. Ahaha

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I don't think there is jungle in North Korea... The heiress paraglide from South to North Korea, I'm pretty sure it's more like a normal forest than a jungle.

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@katakwasabi If there is a lot of sun, the weather can be warm. Even if in winter, you can see people in T-shirt on the terrasses of the ski stations.

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Welcome 2 Life is a weird watch for me. The episodes don’t follow each other naturally. It’s like you are thrown in the middle of a new case in Rain’s parallel life with each episode. Also the number of random grim murders is off-putting when you don’t even know how they relate to his β€œreal” life. I think that has to do with drop in ratings. The show is asking the audience for patience but not helping them piece together any clues.

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I am so behind in my dramas. The last dramas I watched were A Moment at 18 ep 1 and Rookie ep 1. Too lazy to continue watching, it's like I know I'd enjoy watching them, but it's just too much of an effort. Only the thought of Hyun bin stirs my interest.

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When are we getting that drama again, like December?

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Crash landing onto our screens sometime in November or December (according to wiki).
\^O^/

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For me, A Love to Kill was his best drama. All his other dramas didn't appeal to me.

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Same.

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I was underwhelmed with that at first but watched a couple more eps now. I'm not sure if I want to stick with it. I just don't find it terribly interesting and I'm starting to think I find Rain charmless?

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According to the linked Soompi article the new MBN Wed/Thur drama GRACEFUL FAMILY had a nationwide viewership rating of 2.7 percent (which probably is not that bad).
GF is available English subbed under the title ELEGANT FAMILY at
OnDemandKorea.
Here is the referenced Soompi article:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1347266wpp/im-soo-hyang-and-lee-jang-woos-graceful-family-premieres-to-solid-viewership-ratings

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Availability update. GF is also airing on Viki!
I went to Viki to check the "Coming Soon" list to see if MY COUNTRY is there and noticed the availability of GRACEFUL FAMILY. It may have been on the CS list but I don't remember seeing it which gives me hope that JTCB's MY COUNTRY will still be picked up by Viki.

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I enjoyed Graceful Family, but I have not seen it anywhere on Dramabeans.

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MBN/DramaX is not a major cable drama channel like Tvn and JTBC. Thank goodness it's not another CJ E&M owned station.

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Shin Sung Rok will return to dramaland in a few more weeks. My interest with drama ratings will return when he returns. Hahahaha πŸ˜†

Excited2! I need continuous supply of SSR dramas~

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Melo Suits Me's ratings just proves how a drama can't be measured by ratings alone. This high quality drama is such an underrated gem. I hope its ratings rises next week even just a little bit.

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I just realize why the executives in Beom-soo's company want to halt Jin-joo's drama because her story is not common to attract the rating. Sadly, it happens to "Melo Suits Me." :(( This drama is so good because it's authentic and unique. But not everyone likes something like that... :(

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It's ironic, isn't it? Really love this drama and it's ironies and I hope people would appreciate it more so more dramas like this show would be made.

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Sadly, yes.. :( For me "Melo Suits Me" is such a thoughtful drama. I can relate some unique characters, even Eun-joong's talking to his dead boyfriend. Aren't we unique in our own ways?

And I love their uniqueness are blended with other characters, like the three girlfriends and the bro (is he a gay?), Eun-joong with So-min, and Jin-joo with Beom-soo....

But I have to admit, jtbc is not afraid of showing us different and unique drama for us even though it's not always a hit...

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The bro is gay! This show is breaking stereotypes and discusses topics that are not usually seen in dramas!

Maybe because JTBC is a cable network that produces quality shows like Melo Suits Me and Age of Youth HAHA

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@sensationalfantasy, agreed! I actually love this topics, it's so refreshing. And I love how these big crowd doesn't make it any problem like when Miso's manager told her that the bro is the lover from the producer, and who the producer asked him if the caller was a man or a man (when the sister's friend called him. He said it's OK and to take the call if it's a woman).

In most society, things like gay is quite stereotyping, including in SK, and it becomes a big issue like we've seen in "DS60D." And I actually just came a crossed an old web drama, "The Boys Next Door" (you might have watched it), when the people around them "assumed" they're gay just because what accidentally "happened" to them... The story is quite refreshing and it shows how we - the society - usually presume something.

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WATCHER ends with an impressive 6.585% rating. Well done!

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Congrats to the cast and crew!
In this time of general low ratings, it's a big achievement!
They also broke few records: best ratings of the year for OCN and it feels right.

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Do you think it's possible to have a new instalment in regards its open ending, and OCN has made several other serials into several seasons (God's Quiz, Voice, and Save Me)?

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Han Suk Kyu and Seo Kang Joon already have their next projects. But in the future, why not? They have good ratings and the casting is great.

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A year won't be too long if we get the same cast and crew. Whoever did the music needs to come back too.

Han Suk-kyu has a movie and a drama to do but it'll be out before the end of the year.

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I think they are not done with WATCHER yet if you watch past the end credits of the final episode.
I'd take that as a preview for a 2nd season.

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Let's mention the big ratings hit of the past week: Love Alarm, on Netflix. They dumped 8 episodes at once and called it season 1 but I think they just are splitting the typical series into 2 parts. Oh my god, this is a GOOD drama. The quality is top-notch and the story's interesting. On the one hand you have a lot of the usual drama tropes like a girl taken in by her resentful extended family but it's all done very well. On the other you have this premise that sounds like a fluffy romcom idea but is actually more serious: the love alarm is an app you get on your phone. Once you have it anyone else with the app who "likes" you will ring your alarm. But the line between lust, love, and twisted desire isn't clear. The love alarm has far-reaching ramifications on society and the show doesn't shy away from that. (For instance a woman thinks she's being stalked but then her love alarm rings so she's reassured, but the ringer was her stalker who then assaults her). The love alarm outs gay people and alienates people who aren't as attractive. And right in the middle of this you have 3 people in a triangle... it's so well-drawn. Even US media is talking about it.

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Sorry to break it. They have not filmed more episodes, so sadly it is gonna take long time before seeing any season 2 and a conclusion for Love alarm.... Cast have moved on with Kim So hyun filming for The tale of Nokdu and Song kang in When the devil calls your name. Reason I have not even started to watch Love alarm because of this. Just irritating having to wait a long time for an ending to the story...

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Ouch that is pretty dumb. Thanks for the info though.

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your welcome :) I see my comment was very negative. Just annoyed by them doing this. Typical netflix dragging out drama this just to keep subscribers.... I am sure drama itself is great though :)

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Netflix gave the ratings for this show?

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I'm not sure but I don't think Netflix announces ratings. I know however they do mention which shows are popular on their streaming service or have an overall good response which I assume is what @alessar was referring to.

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Go online and you can see all the ratings by critics!

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US media really? I haven't looked into how Love Alarm performed but I'm glad to hear your words. I had some issues with some plot points and my shipping woes but overall I enjoyed it a lot. As I already mentioned on my fan wall it was very well directed and acted. The cinematography is beautiful as well but I'm a bit annoyed at having to wait for the next season.

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Lee najung did an interview recently and said this was the best drama she has ever made. Everyone is excited for another season which netflix has to green light. The drama is top 10 trending worldwide on netflix which is crazy considering how it wasn't even promoted heavily nor did they have the massive budget of Kingdom.

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Aye it's #3 in Europe! This is world domination not just Asia! They made to Hallyu level!

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It's crazy how low ratings have been these days. It seems that less and less people are watching TV since there are always reruns or they can just look the episodes up online at a later time. I was just talking to my Mom about how before, everyone would rush home just to watch something on TV or else you'd miss it. Baker King Kim Tak Gu getting over 50% ratings before sounds like a fantasy now.

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They had this same problem in the States/Canada Tv industries and I think it's for the same reason. A show or two gets massive, a new audience is discovered, someone makes heaps of money and then they try to recreate that by pumping out ridiculous volumes of content. Some of it is excellent but a lot of it is generic pulp used to fill time slots.

Then they start to extend shows or cut them. Quality falls. People don't know what they're getting into with a new show. Will it be cut? Will they announce it's seasonal? Will it end badly? How do they choose what to watch when there's a dozen new shows starting? You don't have everyone at, say, your work watching the same show because of the huge variety available and so the sense of community around watching is gone.

And so people delay watching or don't pick up anything new at all, waiting to see how other people feel about it or what ratings it got or what the reviews say. Netflix wading it with its antics isn't helping.

Ratings will continue to fall as long as the industry is pumping out huge volumes of content just for the sake of pumping out content. The fact is, everybody would watch a bad show if it was the only one on and everyone else is watching it. They're not going to watch 10 bad shows and they're certainly not going to sift through the 12 airing to find the two that aren't bad.

Unfortunately, as long as the industry is making money from quantity rather than quality, ratings will continue to fall.

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I agree. The American shows just don't do it for me so I don't watch TV. It's just the format doesn't sit well with me. I hate seasons. Lol. I do agree with your comment though and Netflix obviously isn't helping.

It's funny coz I was just listening to Tablo's podcast earlier about how our choices of film gets affected by sites like say rotten tomatoes. That (reviews) becomes our way to filter out "good" or "bad" shows now as compared to before when we watch it ourselves and decide if we like it or not.

Still, it makes me wonder if one day, TV would just be gone for good. Like everything would be a web drama, web show, or the like.

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Not far from that. I have no tv service already. Everything is streaming

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A lot of it has to do with the watching model. The #s we get in this column are just the regular Nielson's for watching live. I don't think they include DVR copies that are watched within the next 24 hours. They definitely don't include online/app views.

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That's right. They don't count the rest. It's just that people watch online nowadays intead of on TV during the time it airs.

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My heart still aches when I think about how BM was treated by that channel.

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