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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2019

Well, whataya know — I blink once, and just like that, we’re in December. It’s crazy how time flies, especially when you’re watching dramas. Similar to last week, we have a few finales and a few premieres to discuss.

The first finale we had was for Tale of Nokdu, finishing with 7.3 percent — not its highest rating, but still high for a weekday drama. Next was Secret Boutique, which was plagued by pre-emption after pre-emption but still finished with a decent 6.0 percent. Last, there was The Lies Within, staying within the 1 to 2 percent range, as it did for its entire run.

On to the premieres! First up, we had rom-com People With Flaws premiere to 2.2 percent and 4.0 percent on Wednesday. While it’s too soon to tell, it looks like this drama might have similar ratings to its predecessor Extraordinary You. Then we had melodrama/romance Chocolate premiere to 3.5 percent Friday and then 4.4 percent Saturday. Not bad, not bad at all.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2019

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Nov. 25
Tale of Nokdu 31 KBS 6.0%
Tale of Nokdu 32 KBS 7.3%
VIP 7 SBS 7.8%
Chief of Staff Season 2 5 JTBC 3.8%
Catch the Ghost 11 tvN 2.2%
Tuesday, Nov. 26
VIP 8 SBS 11.4%
Chief of Staff Season 2 6 JTBC 4.4%
Catch the Ghost 12 tvN 2.8%
Wednesday, Nov. 27
People With Flaws 1 MBC 2.2%
People With Flaws 2 MBC 4.0%
Secret Boutique 15 SBS 5.2%
Psychopath Diary 3 tvN 1.9%
Thursday, Nov. 28
People With Flaws 3 MBC 2.2%
People With Flaws 4 MBC 3.0%
Secret Boutique 16 SBS 6.0%
Psychopath Diary 4 tvN 2.2%
Friday, Nov. 29
Chocolate 1 JTBC 3.5%
Pegasus Market 11 tvN 2.2%
Saturday, Nov. 30
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 37 KBS 19.6%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 38 KBS 23.3%
No Second Chances 17 MBC 6.3%
No Second Chances 18 MBC 9.5%
No Second Chances 19 MBC 9.4%
No Second Chances 20 MBC 9.6%
Chocolate 2 JTBC 4.4%
The Lies Within 15 OCN 1.6%
Sunday, Dec. 1
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 39 KBS 23.5%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 40 KBS 27.8%
The Lies Within 16 OCN 2.0%

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From Japan - TBS
From Korea - JTBC
both of them have credible content and my respect but market factors are clearly visible in Jtbc content now.

Flaws has too many flaws. like this mini story became a prime time drama and gonna drag for long. Chocolate is 50ep long overly dramatic melodrama pitched as short prime time drama. It should have been following JBL path it is enchanted by dailies.

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Yess, VIP is raking more numbers, I’m rooting for this drama to stay interesting and delivering, since I noticed how Jang Na Ra character asked questions and behaved as I expected of a ‘real life character’ will do in such situation, and that could attract viewers, I believe.

I haven’t watched Chocolate, but have read snippets on how the first two episodes were a trope-fest, so a bit worry for it since I want the drama to do well. The rating looks fine though, and the 2nd episode has brought more audiences, so I’m casually wishing the best for Chocolate :)

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If you know the writer Lee Kyung Hee then you can expect how melo and tragic her drama is like most of her drama leads died in the end and with a terminal disease. I quite llke Chocolate.

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yes, I'm familiar with some of the writer's works, my fave would be Will It Snow for Christmas, and the weekend drama Wonderful Days. Having really liked the two dramas, doesn't mean I didn't rant on some super-angsty plot in the middle of both stories, gosh my blood pressure while doing live watching of those, so dangerous, haha..
I've just watched the first 2eps of Chocolate, and I like it too, and lucky enough I wasn't side-tracked by the 2 good second leads, I'm rooting for Kang, for him healing others, esp ChaYoung, and of course, to be healed by others, especially by ChaYoung ;))

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It's a fond goodbye to Nokdu, I'm glad it did well and got plenty of love (though if it was up to me, it'd have 20 percent). I haven't enjoyed a drama this much in years!

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I'm not feeling this multi-season movement. One of the things that got me into Kdramas is the single season format. I6 episodes is too long for most of the stories based on that consistent episode 10 - 12 drag, I'm not ready for a an 8 episode drag.

Damn, Netflix throwing dollars (won?) around all willy-nilly.

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I don't like it too. But I think the most frustrating, it's they don't say it at the beginning. In US shows, you know that if the ratings are good there will be a second season and they're still filming until the end of the first season.
Arthdal Chronicles and Vagabond were preproduced, so they could warn the viewers there will be more than one season. It changes the way you watch the show if you think the story will be over at the end or not...

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I wouldn't mind dramas having multi-seasons if every season had a complete arc with a proper ending. What I hate most ar those open endings or seasons ending on a cliffhanger like in American shows.

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Yes I watch kdramas for several reasons but one that made me stay was the format. 16 are enough, a story ends, a new shows begins. Kdramas usually have a record of not having as good 2nd seasons as the 1st. It is probable because the writers are used to wrapping up stories in 16 episodes but this might be out of their writing league and comfort.

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