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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Sept. 11-17, 2017

Though School 2017 didn’t leave big shoes to fill in terms of numbers, surprisingly, short-run series Lingerie Girls’ Generation pulled in a decent 4.8% by its second episode. Of course, Falsify finished its run at a high (these days, anyway) 12.4%, leaving The King Loves stuck firmly in the middle. I am a bit surprised about the latter, since things have really been picking up lately—but that only rewards the viewer who’s been sticking with the show, so I can see where it might not be enough to pick up new viewers at this late stage of the game.

While Manhole and Criminal Minds continue to pull in about the same numbers each week, it’s Hospital Ship that’s knocking everything else out of the water (sorry), though again, it’s strange to consider not-even-teen digits as being the high end of the spectrum. It’s clearly on the uptick though, so maybe it won’t be content to stop at just under 13%, and maybe it’ll try a bit harder to earn those numbers going forward.

Over on the weekend, Age of Youth 2 is actually managing to rise in numbers (yay!), while Live Up to Your Name continues to earn the highest among the weekend cable shows. Rescue Me continues to do decently, though I can’t help but wish that it would pull in even better numbers to reward its talented cast. But you can’t win ’em all.

 
Drama viewership ratings for the week of Sept. 11-17, 2017

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Sept. 11
Lingerie Girls’ Generation 1 KBS 4.3%
The King Loves 33 MBC 5.8%
The King Loves 34 MBC 6.4%
Falsify 29 SBS 10.3%
Falsify 30 SBS 12.4%
Argon 3 tvN 2.6%
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Lingerie Girls’ Generation 2 KBS 4.8%
The King Loves 35 MBC 6.6%
The King Loves 36 MBC 7.2%
Falsify 31 SBS 11.0%
Falsify 32 SBS 12.4%
Argon 4 tvN 2.4%
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Manhole 11 KBS 2.1%
Hospital Ship 9 MBC 9.8%
Hospital Ship 10 MBC 12.0%
Reunited Worlds 33 SBS 4.5%
Reunited Worlds 34 SBS 5.8%
Criminal Minds 15 tvN 2.1%
Thursday, Sept. 14
Manhole 12 KBS 1.9%
Hospital Ship 11 MBC 11.0%
Hospital Ship 12 MBC 12.9%
Reunited Worlds 35 SBS 5.3%
Reunited Worlds 36 SBS 6.1%
Criminal Minds 16 tvN 2.5%
Friday, Sept. 15
Age of Youth 2 7 JTBC 2.8%
Strongest Deliveryman 13 KBS 5.4%
Saturday, Sept. 16
My Golden Life 5 KBS 25.3%
Strongest Deliveryman 14 KBS 6.7%
Man Who Sets the Table 5 MBC 6.2%
Thief-nom, Thief-nim 37 MBC 8.4%
Sister Is Alive 45 SBS 12.0%
Sister Is Alive 46 SBS 19.4%
Age of Youth 2 8 JTBC 3.1%
Rescue Me 13 OCN 2.5%
Live Up to Your Name 11 tvN 5.9%
Sunday, Sept. 17
My Golden Life 6 KBS 29.7%
Man Who Sets the Table 6 MBC 9.6%
Thief-nom, Thief-nim 38 MBC 11.4%
Rescue Me 14 OCN 3.0%
Live Up to Your Name 12 tvN 6.2%

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Happy for Age of Youth! Sad for the subs that takes days. It's challenging my non-existent Korean skills.

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I can't wait for manhole to be put out of its misery as well as the end of reunited worlds.

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Despite popular opinion, I'm enjoying Hospital Ship so I'm glad its numbers are rising.
I'll admit it was slow at first but it's picking up speed (held my breath at the end of the last episode!) and so I'm firmly on board (sorry, I had to).

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But this drama is queit popular now between both knetz and international fans so we cant call negetive oppinions as a popular thought. I love this drama too.the story is warm and nice and the fact that their focous is on character personality develpment more than medical part is the best part.and i think ep 11 and 12 was the best eps of this drama till now

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Most definitely agree. I think the unpopular opinion on DB may just be a reflection of the fact that there's no series recap, and consequently no discussion page. The OT and What we are Watching pages for this week contained a number of positive reviews of the show.

I'm enjoying it as well. It's nothing fabulous but a nice, easy watch.

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DB is a haven of negative commenters

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I love hospital drama too and ha ji won is my favourite actress , so I am glad her show is getting good ratings...
But the Cinematography is very amateurish.. weird zoom ins and and camera angles. I hope they change the cinematographer or he does a better job becuase it really ruins the watching experience..

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this is due to the mbc and kbs strike. Many of the dedicated staff for camera work and editing are on the protest. Their positions are being temporarily filled up by newbies or higher position staff members (basically inexperienced). You can clearly see the difference between the 1st ep which aired before the strike and the newer ones. the current cinematography is really letting down in the emotional scenes.

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Oh.. ya. You are right. I hope they resolve their problems soon becuase the new cinematographer is really bad especially in those emotional or dramatic scenes.

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Hehe, loved the pun.

I like this show too. Enjoy seeing HJW in a cold, emotionally closed off role. I also liked the line from the poem "If it's beautiful when it sets, it must be the sun. If it's beautiful when you lose, it must be love" :D

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I'm liking Hospital Ship a lot as well. Since I watch dramas mostly for the characters, not really for the unusual, or the medical stuff; I find the drama warmly engaging. A cold, withdrawn Alpha female doctor with a warm, engaging Beta type male doctor does make for a refreshing role reversal, doesn't it?

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hospital ship is my current favorite very warm and engaging...the only drama i look forward to week after week

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Has anyone watched Argon?

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Me! It's really good. IMO it's even better than SF. Just hope it gets subbed in English soon so everyone can watch it too.

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Better than Secret Forest??????????????

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Nope, have you? I have no clue where to watch it.

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I have more luck finding subs for Chun Woo-hee and Kim Ju-hyeok's movies than "Argon" ☹️.
I hope some kind soul would be able to sub it ?.

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Yeay, rise more Age of Youth!

I think Girls Generation 1979 can keep increasing, maybe not something really high but in between 5%-6% is a possible number they can get. Next week will be finale week for TKL but don't think it will get much higher, maybe around 8%-9% which is also the similar number that I'm expecting for Temperature of Love premiere week. Good luck TOL!

Both MBC weekend drama are struggling, ackk I am worried about Jang-hyuk's drama which will follow Thief-nom, don't want it to suffer in ratings ?

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For me it was vey weird that Jang-Hyuk selected a weekend drama to begin with, however at least I can pretend I got my Gaksital canon ? (considering how JH was supposed to be Lee Kang To and I shipped LKT with Ueno Rie ?)

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Agree im fan of jang hyuk but not fan of long & weekend drama so i cant get why he choosed it.. maybe jang hyuk can force me to watch one of those weekend drama after long time

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How I wish Jang-hyuk said no to this drama ? But if there's Jang-hyuk, there will be me too. lol. This writer's biggest credit was Jang Young-shil in which I kinda enjoyed but not really loved it and Air City.
Hopefully it will be a good drama!
Reunion with Han Chae-ah is a good thing, Han Chae-Ah's best character is still Ueno Rie, so hopefully she will get a good character this time.

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I dropped "Jang Young-shil" around eps 6 despite loving some of the cast (the great Kim Yeong-cheol ??) reprising his role from "King Sejong."
What an amazing actor who has deep understanding of his character as a historical figure.
He is the reason why it was really hard for me to get into Yoo Ah‑in's King Taejong. Kim was King Taejong to me.

Since I don't have anything to watch beside "AoY 2" and I'm craving sageuks I'll go back and try to finish it.

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I have forgotten that Jang Hyuk was supposed to be Lee Kang To.

Gaaawwdd...I can't imagine him bromancing Park Ki Woong ? or crying into Shin Hyun Joon's back ?

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As much as I love Jang-hyuk, Joo-won was perfect as Lee Kang-to. Nevertheless, I still can picture him doing bromance with Park Ki-woong lol.

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I'm not surprised MWSTT (MBC weekend drama) is not doing well rating wise. I think there is only so much audience can take. The father and the son are just too much, and even though there are characters I like I just can't help feeling utterly annoyed after every single episode. That's actually why I decided to drop the drama after only 5 episodes. I can't even image how anyone could watch that kind of show for 50 episodes...

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Can't wait for the mon-Tue to become active again once all the new ones premiere (Temp of love, don't trust her, 20th century b&g, this live is our first).
It seems like I've been waiting forever for The king Loves, runited worlds and criminal minds to end.
Even Falsify ended first.

And now that the cast has raised my expectations, I really can't wait for Mad Dog, so that means I am waiting for Manhole to end too ??

And when is Wise Prison Life Starting ?? ??? . However if it starts after Revolutionary Love, at least I'll have some SiWon to carry me through the next 2 months ?
#Suju fighting ?

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i wonder how hospital ship will fare when while you were sleeping airs, will the viewers jump ship? (hehe)

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I hope they won't come in waves.

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Is While you were Sleeping slated for Mon-Tues? I think so - the star power of Lee Jong Suk and Suzy, along with that of the writer, is too great.

I for one, am preparing to give up my recent crush on Kang Min Hyuk for Yang Se Jong. No way he won't be stealing hearts left, right and center with Temperature of Love.

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Temperature of Love will be on Mon-Tues slot, and While You Were Sleeping will be on Wed-Thurs slot. I also wonder if WYWS can beat Hospital Ship ratings or not.

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depends on story and acting...uncontrollably fond was very hyped with popular lead but couldnt maintain or pull audience due to story and other faults though the actors did their best

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We might be hard on you at times but we still enjoy your weekly two hours on those beautiful islands with its peculiar inhabitants. Tough love can only make you perform to the best of your ability. FIGHTING

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My Golden Life is doing good. I may consider watching this drama.?

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So happy for my favs : hospitalship, age of youth 2 & live up to your name.all are good in their own genre. Sorry to manhole and criminal minds fans but i dropped this two drama and i can understand why their rating is bad

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I guess next week will be the end of the 20%-dramas drought of prime-time shows with the descend of Temperature of Love and While You Were Sleeping. The days of k-dramas dry spell for everyone are over.

I feel like javabeans and girlfriday will pick up both shows to recap. ?

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I think it's hard for a youth/romance saeguk like The King Loves to get high ratings unless it's headed by a popular cast. Nonetheless I am enjoying the performances from Im Si Wan, Hong Jong Hyun and Yoona. I dare say it's the best from HJH and Yoona to date.

48 hours to heartache ? or celebration ?

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I think our expectation of this genre is different from the local Korean viewers. Idols especially are not well trained in sageuks compared to the child actors who grew up doing sageuks over and over like Yeo Jin-goo,Yoo Seung-ho,Kim Yoo-jung, Jin Ji-hee, Park Eun-bin, Nam Ji-Hyun, Lee Hyun-woo, Lee Min-ho (93), Noh Young-hak, Kim So-hyun etc...
Some of them are just starting to play lead roles in sageuks but idols get lead roles with very little to no experience.
I think veteran actors aren't happy to work with them either. Choi Min-soo has been vocal about it beside the veteran of veterans grandpa Lee Soon-jae.
Here is what he thinks of young actors of today.
" These days, there are many young actors and actresses who are not given proper language training, [which is necessary to properly deliver lines]. The Korean language has a lot of synonyms, and pronunciation definitely isn’t easy. But because most idols are paid so much to take part in drama series, the production crew can’t really give them feedback [on their amateur acting]."
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3007430
This is probably one of the reasons why the older generation are not tuning in to watch TKL but had no problem tuning in to watch "Moonlight" and "Moon/Sun.

(sorry had to delete to edit some).

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Thank you for sharing @kiara. Sageuk has been a genre which produced some of the good actors from long time ago. Not saying these idols are not good and not working hard like real actors, but some of these real actors have a proper acting training from their debut days and they take smallest kind of roles first and learn a lot from sunbaes for some years. Child actors like you mentioned have been acting in numerous of sageuk, and most importantly they also got a real life lesson from veterans. Having familiar & established sageuk actors would also help in rating (this is also among the reasons why Ruler got high rating). Moon lovers probably would be able to get higher rating if some real actress was in IU's place. Of course not all of actors who debuted as an actor /not idol are good. Jin Se-yeon for example have been leading lady from many years ago despite of still green and lacks of skills,but some idols probably are better actress than her. Good acting skill is not to be developed in overnight and talent must also be there at the first place, idol or not.

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Thank you <3.
I love Eun-ji and IU. I just think some of these idols should do more supporting roles or sageuk specials if they are going for lead roles like what Choi Si-won did in "Legend of Hyang Dan." He did what he could handle (2 episodes) and left a good impression at the same time.

You know, Park Bo-young did only one sageuk but she was so good in it and Song Joong-ki did just 2 but memorable roles that helped elevate his career so yes talents goes a long way.

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what the?

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The real @kiara someone wants to be you. lol

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I'm pretty sure no one does except for my evil clone lol.

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Just got done with "Live Up to Your Name" ep 11 and I'm super excited for ep 12 yet scared. Ep 11's cliffhanger is killing me. I hope tvN extends the drama by 2 episodes. Can't believe we are near the ending and I don't want the drama to end yet. I'm not ready to say good-bye. :(

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"Live Up To Your Name" is definitely killing us every week. The show is just so unexpected in so many wonderful ways and I am happy to be anticipating what to come. Yes, I also hope for an extension cause it simply feel not enough. Over at soompi, many of our fellow friends had to change their avatar over losing bet on the OTP kiss which a lot was hoping to happen in episode 11. LOL. This drama is one in recent years where romance is rather slow but effortlessly lovely.

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I didn't mind the romance being slow here. TBH I wouldn't mind if it didn't have one. What I love most is the character growth and understanding between both leads.

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I, too, love the character growths we see between the leads. This drama just keeps on giving and surprising us.

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Those who've been saying they don't mind if the drama didn't have a romance angle will definitely change their mind after seeing that kiss in ep. 12. Hot is an understatement. LOL

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Lol, your comment got me to the Soompi thread and Omo!!! The Kiss!!! O.O

The romance buildup is slow but lovely indeed. I'd rather having my OTP kiss at episode 12 but everything just clicks together rather than they kiss at the first half but I don't understand what they see in each other. :))

The show got the right balance with OTP scenes and their time-travel mystery plus the side stories. One of the best 'fusion' sageuk I've ever watched!

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I lurked in soompi thread just now (for live recap) and it was on fire.
First, I laughed so hard when those losing for betting on episode 11's kiss had to change their avatars to a villain's picture for one week and then came the kiss and everyone went crazy. Reading comments at soompi sometimes can be fun. Anyway, the romance build up is lovely and I love the story never lose focus on its essence on medical practice and Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong really have sizzling chemistry.

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So...I um...peeked into the Soompi thread and omg. >.< I'm squeeing. Can't wait for ep 12 with eng sub. <3 <3 <3

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I just went to check out the kiss scene on YT. Holy smoke !!! ? Now that's a kiss!

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Oh! The comments people are leaving on the soompi thread and on the YouTube page are funny as all heck! ??

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I would definitely lose the bet on the kiss scene. I thought that we would get a kiss on ep 8 because you know, drama-rules. lol. I do love that the romance is slow but still so so oh so satisfying. I really love the budding relationship between the leads. I actually don't mind not having any kiss scene at all but I would still take one if they give one ( *ahem*). heheehe. I'm soo excited for ep 12. I'm like goofy Heo-Im right now. Super hyper and excited like a puppy. :D

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I am loving 'Live Up to Your Name'. I've not been too thrilled with many K-Dramas lately and the last one I really liked (adored, actually) was 'Goblin'. I'm glad LUTYN is developing into one really well done show.

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Same. I worry now that we will have to bear the OTP splitting up since one belongs in the past and the other in the present.

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Yay 4 LUTYN n AOY! Keep rising pls. Ist time I'm seeing Kim Nam gil even though I've heard of him so much here now i get his appeal. He's really doing it 4 me in dis show, love his character so much! I am now a fan. P.S pls don't die in d show,i won't be able to tk it?

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I'm very happy for Age of Youth 2's rise in ratings. It's good to know that more people are starting to notice and appreciate Park Yeon-seon's brilliant writing. If this season does well, then perhaps there'll be more hope for subsequent seasons to be produced. It'll be a shame to part with this cast, as they're perfect for the characters.

I'm also enjoying Strongest Deliveryman and Live Up to Your Name, so the three of them pretty much take up my weekend. I started Lingerie Girls Generation out of curiosity and it seems to be a less warm version of Reply 1988. I wonder if the nostalgia factor that was so important in the ratings success of the Reply series will be at play again here, even with the different style of execution. It'll be interesting to see, and I'll certainly keep an eye on its ratings.

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Ratings have stagnated,. There isn't much difference this week either.
My Golden Life is in rally mode an a bit of upswing for Age of Youth 2.
Shakeup will happen when new shows start to air.

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Criminal Minds is the least commented LJK drama on dramabeans ever. Looks like no one is watching this and ratings are low too, what a failure. Still can not understand why did MCW pick it, they give her nothing to do in this drama. Literally nothing.

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I feel bad for LJK and even as his fan, I can't continue watching because there is really nothing captivating about Criminal Minds. Like some said, a bad drama is better than a boring one. At least, there is something to say than nothing at all.

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Unfortunately there's nothing really here in CM to captivate the audience. It lacks the depth on each case, I feel they should show the team working harder to investigate each case. It ends up feeling superficial and samey. There's not a lot to comment on, sadly.

Like it or loathe it, at least Scarlet heart provoked comment.

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I feel bad for MCW and LJK. I hope their next project will be much better. I really tried to watch Criminal Minds because I'm a fan of the original but this version sucks very badly. What I love about the original is the teamwork and this version lacks that. And the execution of the cases were done very poorly and uninteresting. I couldn't wait for the episode to end. Good luck to the cast and crews. 2% ratings isn't that bad in Cable dramas right? I thought that if it's 1% and under then it's consider a flop/failure/bad.

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they spent a lot of money with this drama, so in the end is a failure.

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That's very unfortunate to hear. I just pray the casts and crews get compensated for their time and hard-work.

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Yeah same here....as much as I love the cast and the original the drama itself is executed pretty badly. What I loved about the original was dialogue between the characters and about the cases but it just seemed so bland and obvious in this drama. I really tried to like it but I just couldn't watch it anymore and dropped it awhile back. I feel really bad for the cast but hopefully they all find a better project in the near future.

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MCW really needs to get a new agency - she had a good run of dramas until she did Goodbye Mr Black and Criminal Minds is just as bad. I always dreamed of a LJK and MCW in a drama but not like this :( I dropped it very early on, seems like I'm not missing much.

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I read this section every week because I like the synopsis and it highlights the shows that perhaps I shouldn't miss. However, because of the timing of the report, the Sunday results are included for as far as I can remember. Can I suggest that you release the viewership report 1 day later to capture the Sunday numbers?

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If you look at the competition, Hospital Ship wins those days mainly because it is not going up against any real winners.

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You can't really say that tbh as Korea like medical drama. I felt that HS might maintain the rating even after Lee Jongsuk drama starts airing

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To me it looks like people are finally tiring of the dark dramas, or romcoms that have dark overtones. I think a lot of us need happy shows.

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What I learned from the CM experience was to never watch a show with Lee Sun-bin in the cast unless you're watching it only for her. Hope whatever they're making on the side for showcasing her while shoving the rest of the cast in the background was worth the ratings drop.

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For real? I stopped watching awhile ago. Why would they do that?? What an insult to MCW...

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it's from tvN...

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Hospital Ship is a good show. I am glad it's pulling in good numbers. Ha Ji Won is a force to be reckoned with in k dramas. The first few episodes were a little overly dramatic but it was starting to pick up from last week's episode. I am sensing a SLS scenario with the acupuncture doctor. IMO, he has more chemistry with Ha Ji Won than the lead guy.

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So glad to see strongest delivery man and live up to your name improving

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I wonder if there is a guideline to what shows are in your ratings, maybe family daily dramas not included. I watch All Kinds of Daughter's in Law and it's at 8.3 to 12.4 for Monday Tuesday dramas. Really fun family drama.

I want to like Hospital Ship, so much going for it but for some reason the editing or pacing is not quite right yet. I just finished Ugly Alert (old daily drama) and it was so good that I have to take a break from watching some shows so I don't compare them too much. Going through withdrawal right now.

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Why Age of youth has got low ratings??

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