Mary ends, Athena maintains top ratings spot
One drama has bowed out of the Monday-Tuesday ratings race with its Tuesday finale, KBS’s Mary Stayed Out All Night, the rom-com that hasn’t been very rommy OR commy lately. It went out with a 7.3% rating, which is a tick upward from its Episode 15 number, 5.9%.
We’ll be discussing the details of the finale shortly enough, so I won’t get into the details here; I’ll just say that I think the number is fairly generous given the whimper it went out on. Sigh. Such hopes, I had.
On the other stations, numbers were higher as Athena: Goddess of War brought in an 18.6%, up from its Monday numbers of 17.6%. Despite maintaining its lead, however, its numbers have been slipping from its strong premiere (22.8%), and the third show in the lineup, Queen of Reversals, is actually closing in. Its latest episode recorded a 16.6% — with twelve more episodes ordered, one wonders whether it’ll be able to seriously challenge the spy thriller for supremacy. (On top of that, high school series Dream High will play spoiler starting next week.)
I find it ironic that MBC was in a tizzy over whether to extend Queen of Reversals or not and talked so much about its ratings, which remained firmly in place in the lower teens — and then when it confirmed the extension, numbers rose accordingly. Huh. It’s almost like viewers respond to a little stability in our dramas, rather than letting ourselves be jerked around by indecisive broadcast stations. Wouldn’t you know.