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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 13-19, 2020

Time seems to be running away this month, with February already closing in. That, of course, doesn’t mean January doesn’t have more dramas to offer. This week, we have one new show, a few goodbyes, and some exciting numbers to talk about.

The new show was finance drama Money Game, premiering over at tvN to 3.5 percent. The following episode went down to 2.0 percent, so I’m curious to see where it will go from here.Β As for our goodbyes, rom-com People With Flaws ended its 32-episode run with 2.9 percent, and melodrama Chocolate ended its 16-episode run with 4.6 percent.

Now, for the news I was most excited for — in only its second week, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 reached 20 percent! It’s quite a feat, as I’ve rarely seen sequels do this well this fast. There was also Stove League, inching towards 20 percent as well, and Crash Landing on You, very much comfortable in double digits. So much goodness these days.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 13-19, 2020

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Jan. 13
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 3 SBS 17.2%
Diary of a Prosecutor 7 JTBC 3.2%
Black Dog 9 tvN 4.4%
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 4 SBS 19.9%
Diary of a Prosecutor 8 JTBC 3.8%
Black Dog 10 tvN 4.3%
Wednesday, Jan. 15
9.9 Billion Won Woman 25 KBS 8.8%
9.9 Billion Won Woman 26 KBS 10.1%
People With Flaws 29 MBC 2.1%
People With Flaws 30 MBC 2.5%
Money Game 1 tvN 3.5%
Thursday, Jan. 16
9.9 Billion Won Woman 27 KBS 7.1%
9.9 Billion Won Woman 28 KBS 8.1%
People With Flaws 31 MBC 2.3%
People With Flaws 32 MBC 2.9%
Money Game 2 tvN 2.0%
Friday, Jan. 17
Stove League 10 SBS 17.0%
Chocolate 15 JTBC 3.8%
Saturday, Jan. 18
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 61 KBS 21.9%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 62 KBS 26.1%
No Second Chances 45 MBC 7.9%
No Second Chances 46 MBC 10.3%
No Second Chances 47 MBC 9.2%
No Second Chances 48 MBC 10.4%
Stove League 11 SBS 16.5%
Chocolate 16 JTBC 4.6%
Crash Landing on You 9 tvN 11.5%
Sunday, Jan. 19
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 63 KBS 23.4%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 64 KBS 27.8%
Crash Landing on You 10 tvN 14.6%

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I'm happy for kdrama land these days. At the same time, sad that Chocolate has come to its end. I have been putting off watching the last two episodes because I want to savor the last moments of this beautiful drama. It's been a really wonderful piece... of love, hope, forgiveness, and many more. It'll probably become my go-to drama whenever I'd feel lost and hopeless.
On a totally different note, Crash Landing on You has been successful in taking hold of my interest so far. Maybe because the stakes are high? Like life-and-death level. This drama reminds me of King 2 Hearts. Idk something about the divide between north and south just makes me feel sad..

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I was not impressed much with Chocolate. It started off good, but as with far too many K-dramas it started to fizzle out and recycle the usual tropes and cliches around the middle. I may finish it, but not on my must see list anymore.

Crash Landing on the other hand I found to be much better. It actually started picking up around the middle, and at this point in I am still wondering how, if, or when the two will manage to find a way to end up together - I don't see any good way for that to happen yet.

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I disagree with most people here, for me Crash Landing on you is interesting, but It doesn' t make my heart flutter.
However, the end of Chocolate really made me sad. At first, I decided to watch it of because of the main actors. After the first fourth episodes I was a little bit dissapointed, because the drama it was a little bit too much. But since the moment the main leads started working at the hospice , I started to find the drama really beautiful. Slow, but beautiful.
And the love story was very warm. I found the development of their feelings very realistic since the fifth episode. Obviously the chemistry between the two actors made the difference. Both of them are superb actors.
The last episode really touched me. Some moments really made an impression on me, and I found myself crying and thinking beautifully about the message that they sent to us: live every day like the last one, as ancients said: carpe diem.
The only thing that I found a little bit dissapointed was the lack of moments between the couple. I craved for them having more scenes together, really. I still feel their love story and their chemistry was a little bit wasted. Even with the last episodes I still feel the same. Still, such a warm and mature love!! I would love them to work together in any other drama or movie playing a couple again. For me this is chemistry, and I don't find it a lot in k-dramas.
Unrealistic? Maybe for some things, but I find it completely unfair Chocolate being treated poorly because being unrealistic when this is completely obviated in other dramas such as Crash...Sorry, give me another reason.

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Trash getting the ratings. Why would anyone put effort into writing when loafers can make you big bucks. I'm quite bemused and surprised to see these figures.

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That's quite a harsh comment, when Stove League, Chocolate and Black Dog are all pulling in fairly decent ratings

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I have to say, you’re really lucky people on this site are so nice and quite cordial. Probably one of the reasons you still feel comfortable hanging around?

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I say it's because most Beanies have learned to ignore their comments.

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Just curious if any one thinks the current set of dramas are in the same league as:
- My Mister
- Forest of Secrets
- Misaeng?

Just for reference, FoS and MM only achieve ratings of ~7 at the end of their run. Sure, I am just an interloper of SK dramas, its their tv and their stories so what SK likes has absolutely nothing to do with me. However, from my perspective the current dramas here have massive ratings compared to the 3 I listed.

We have all seen how a ratings/or genre success drives the industry. Its hard to argue for resources for staging or script development if the numbers show they don't change the return and the best investment is made elsewhere.

The only way to see if it is a general tick up in viewing or just SK have shifted their tastes to the current crop is to see what the next really great drama does ratings wise.

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Those 3 dramas aren’t everyones drama and good somwhat but not the kind of drama that you are going to rewatch. So for saying those dramas are good, is an overstatement.

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@Blessed

So glad someone replied. However, that was not my question and I never used the word "good"

The question was whether people think the current crop is in the same league as those listed.

It definitely wasn't a comment on the type of drama or re-watchability. That would be like excluding "Grave of the Fireflies" from my list of best films because still to this day I can't re-watch it.

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By "massive," are you comparing to Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 and Stove League? Or to Crash Landing on You?

Because SBS is a public network, while My Mister, Forest of Secrets, and Misaeng aired on cable channel tvN. Misaeng was a ratings hit for its time, and My Mister and Forest of Secrets were critically acclaimed winning Daesangs.

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hahaha at nice.

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Cat-0-Cat has very special views... and a very special language πŸ˜‰ However, I appreciate his/her brutal reviews (despite often different from my views)... and I appreciate Dramabeans for accepting him/her here...

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@dorotka
What a warm & beautiful beanie. I also really appreciate the breadth of views across the community, including those that test my own assumptions.

I was shocked when I first found people who didn't feel like they could comment on a drama because their take was different. Only for everyone to be caught out by the twist. They were just prescient enough to see the signals and we missed out on a great contribution to the discussion.

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I'm part of other sites that have commenters that provide very varied and critical reviews of dramas and I appreciate that. I'm also part of sites where commenters are 100x more brutal and harsh when it comes to talking about almost anything so their comments do not phase me personally.

But I've noticed for a long time that catocat seems heavily biased against kdramas so I personally can't take their brutal reviews as constructive because it seems they are being extremely negative just to be so. It's the same reason I take their almost overwhelmingly positive reviews or comments about jdramas with a grain of salt. I wouldn't say the commenter is accepted, like someone else said it seems like the commenter is ignored because of that (but that's just my opinion). He/she knows they stand out due to their "special" views on here so I get the reason they keep coming back.

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Every culture has a distinctive cultural frame and story telling and that is deeply embedded in its dramas. It is no surprise that some find some more problematic than others/mesh less well with us.

We all have a filter that allows and it depends on our tolerance to particular issues. That doesn't exclude our watching things that challenge us or wishing to also put our takes for discussion. If we are going to get uncomfortable about bluntness then nearly every comedian would be off limits.

Happy to be corrected, but I haven't see Cat-0-Cat flame someone else's thread, They nearly always start their own. Plus, by now I doubt many regular beanies would not know what they are getting into by reading C-0-C. - once you see that name you know what is coming - it's a known quantity.

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There is no drama titled Trash.

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There is only one Trash!!!
#1994
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No, Heirs (new renamed The Inheritors) was the biggest trash ever. I still have PTSD from watching that :D

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@dorotka Trash oppa forever!!! πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€βš•οΈ

@windsun33 but...but...I'm watching Heirs now 😒

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I meant Trash Oppa from Answer Me 1994 πŸ˜† (sorry for not being clear enough).

@katakwasabi Yes, Trash Oppa forever!! 😁

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I just learned yesterday he is not called that because he is a garbage man...🀣.

I really need to watch 194 and 1988.

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Watch them πŸ™‚
I loved all Answer Me series, though 1988 was closest to my childhood, despite being born and living in a different part of World.
(Just be careful with the shipping πŸ˜‰)

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Well, you at least have to give it to the shows that they are good at talking to the masses πŸ˜‰... because reaching those numbers is definitely not easy nowadays...

And, I personally don't mind to be Entertained 😁 (what Crash Landing does perfectly with all those side characters)... not everything has to be slice of life πŸ˜‰

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I don't think they are talking to the masses at all. I have mentioned it several times earlier that mainstream kdramas don't speak the language of common man.
Those numbers are difficult to get and that's what surprised me. Few weeks ago i made comment about rise of ratings in December. If we go by months then we can see a sudden surge. I was half-serious about being unemplyment rise(read several articles over the years on this issue)

Entertainment is main aspect of any media. And many virtual identities intentionally forget that i'm also a fellow viewer. Same things apply to me too.
But i'm also of the idea that its media's responsibility to not become regressive or take audience as such. I find current kdramas doing that a lot.

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I am happy for the ratings of Chocolate, and I'm here to support the drama I totally fall in love with. : ) There have been times when I thought that the plot was so all-over-the-place, but I wasn't left there long. There is a good rhythm underneath all the tragic incidences. Overall, it hit all the right notes for me. Have to praise the acting of both leads, as I think the success of the show depends very much on their acting abilities and the chemistry between them. Ha ji Won really rocked the role. Can't think of someone else in this role. Yoon Kye Sang is love: I have a very soft spot for good, stoic male doctors.

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SBS is killing it. I hope Stove League hits 20 percent after the Lunar New Year preemption next week.

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Why were part 1 ratings for Doctor Kim 2 and Stove League not included? Hope you can also cover MBN, TV chosun and Channel A. Thanks πŸ˜€

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It's the way SBS is displaying the ratings. SBS only display one rating for each ep on the drama Naver page.

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Congrats to Crash Landing on You for 14.633%! I predict it breaking 18% before the finale.

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Kim Soo Hyun's cameo was the best ! :D

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I’m surprised at how the drama is charting. Most dramas peek speed up around 3-4 episodes but we are at the halfway point and it’s still increasing. It’s quite uncommon. Happy for the cast and team. I really like the latest developments - we are now in South Korea and with the whole squad as well. Nice!

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Because some dramas get better as the plot moves along -- some do not. In 2013 "Secret" played opposite Heirs, and started out at around 5% as I recall. By the final episode it had reached a near record high rating for any show.

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Astonishing numbers for Romantic Doctor.

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Is Romantic Doctor a continuation of Part 1, which I missed? Should I watch Part 1 first?

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I can't answer your question but I decided to watch RD 1 before starting RD 2.
I am through 13 of 20 episodes and really enjoying it.

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I think it's better because of a lot of characters are in the both seasons.

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The Nielsen ratings are out for episodes 9 and 10 for little TV Chosun’s S/S sageuk: SELECTION: THE WAR BETWEEN WOMEN
aka QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR:
Episode 9: 3.986%
Episode 10: 4.248%
Source:
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Selection:_The_War_Between_Women/Episode_Ratings

The rating for episode 10 just missed by a whisker becoming the episode with the highest rating. With six episodes remaining I believe Q: L&W will best TV Chosun's GRAND PRINCE's highest episode rating of 5.627% for episode 20-final.

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The Nielsen ratings are out for episodes 5 and 6 for little Channel A’s F/S drama TOUCH:
Episode 5: 0.863%
Episode 6: 0.789%

Source:
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Touch_(2020)/Episode_Ratings

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I just noticed the 14.6% for Crash... impressive...

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It is the current top K-drama in the US on NetFlix, but not sure if those ratings are included - probably not.

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Oh really? Do you have a link where it says that? Thrilled for the show!

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Sorry, no link. It was in a Twitter comment I believe, from NetFlix about top shows.

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I am so happy my favourites Stove League and Crash landing on You is doing so well. These two shows deserve it.

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CLOY gets another weekend off because of the Lunar New Year specials.

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