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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Sep. 9-15, 2019

This week’s ratings chart will be looking a bit empty for two reasons. One, because this week was Korea’s three-day Thanksgiving holiday Chuseok, thus causing pre-emptions. And two, because the new dramas won’t be coming until next week. But for the rest of our dramas, the show must go on!

Numbers for Monday-Tuesday rom-com (and ratings underdog) Let Me Hear Your Song actually went up, with Tuesday’s episode reaching 3.7 percent. Over on cable, youth drama A Moment at Eighteen ended its run on a high note. It didn’t quite reach 4 percent, but at 3.9, it was the drama’s highest rating.

Not much to report for the Wednesday-Thursday lineup, but as you’ll see there, and with the weekend lineup, ratings went down for everything — even the popular Arthdal Chronicles. Sorry, dramaland, but it looks like folks can’t be tuning in during the holidays!

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Sep. 9-15, 2019

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Sep. 9
Let Me Hear Your Song 21 KBS 2.8%
Let Me Hear Your Song 22 KBS 3.4%
Welcome 2 Life 21 MBC 3.8%
Welcome 2 Life 22 MBC 5.1%
A Moment at Eighteen 15 JTBC 3.7%
The Great Show 5 tvN 2.5%
Tuesday, Sep. 10
Let Me Hear Your Song 23 KBS 3.0%
Let Me Hear Your Song 24 KBS 3.7%
Welcome 2 Life 23 MBC 4.2%
Welcome 2 Life 24 MBC 5.2%
A Moment at Eighteen 16 JTBC 3.9%
The Great Show 6 tvN 2.8%
Wednesday, Sep. 11
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung MBC
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung MBC
When the Devil Calls Your Name 13 tvN 1.4%
Thursday, Sep. 12
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung MBC
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung MBC
When the Devil Calls Your Name 14 tvN 0.9%
Friday, Sep. 13
Be Melodramatic 11 JTBC 1.0%
Saturday, Sep. 14
Mother of Mine 101 KBS 27.0%
Mother of Mine 102 KBS 30.0%
Golden Garden 33 MBC 3.6%
Golden Garden 34 MBC 7.6%
Golden Garden 35 MBC 7.5%
Golden Garden 36 MBC 8.3%
Be Melodramatic 12 JTBC 1.3%
Hell Is Other People OCN
Arthdal Chronicles 15 tvN 4.8%
Sunday, Sep. 15
Mother of Mine 103 KBS 30.7%
Mother of Mine 104 KBS 34.7%
Hell Is Other People OCN
Arthdal Chronicles 16 tvN 6.9%

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This is like the calm before the (kdrama) storm...

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How much less sleep can I get by on?

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It will be good to have some of our shows back next week - but then there will be new ones to choose from.
Otoekae - what to do? Find more time during the week?

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Not watching anything at the moment, waiting for My Country (so many hot guys!!!) and Melting me softly (ugh, not a fan of the title but Ji chang wook!!) to start...

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Ji Chang Wook!!!!!

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I feel sorry for Be Melodramatic. It's wonderful.

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I've just started watching it and binged my way to ep 8 in three days.

It's amazing.

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I'm behind, but hoping to catch up tomorrow. It really is fantastic.

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Melo is amazing so far- I love everything about it. And yay for Son Seok-gu and can't wait for his love-line.

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Yeah, I read he will be in all the episodes from now on!

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Me too! I was so used to Son Seok Gu being professional and upright in suits in Designated Survivor, so I almost died in laughter when he showed up in casual clothes and started cursing like nobody's business in Melo. Can't wait to see him and Eun Jung team up and blow the world away lol.

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I didn't know it was getting such low numbers until reading this post, and I'm super surprised. It's not only well-written, but I would have thought it would be really relatable for young Korean women today, not to mention it seems right on trend as far as subject matter. I know JTBC dramas always get lower viewership then the other channels, but I would have expected Melo to be doing better than it is.

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The ratings for Devil unfortunately mirrors my patience with the plot and storytelling. IĀ don'tĀ mind fantasy, but to me this show lacksĀ logic and continuity.

Imo....Devil is for a niche audience, the story is not mainstream. And the show must be astounding to maintain the niche audience interest...but Devil is going everywhere and also nowhere....it got lost in the world it tried to create. It feels like writernimĀ just threw everything in but did not think of the connections in between to makeĀ writernimsĀ fantasy world believable. I have my reservations but I'll watch the finale to see if it all somehow makes sense in the end.Ā 

Imo, Good acting can only help a drama to some extent, but with a script in shambles, doused inĀ kerosene and set on fire, there's nothing much good acting can do.Ā 

I feel bad for all involved, surely this was not the outcome they expected with a huge name cast. Hopefully the ratings increase in the final week and all move on to better projects.

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Devil had potential but there's so many problems with the story. I don't like what JKH is doing with the material but fair to say at least he is doing SOMETHING to try to sell it. All the actors are trying really hard but the script is pretty dumb at points.

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Why was RH the only show that didn't air (Straight. Up. Whining.)

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Justice (KBS) and Doctor Detective (SBS) ended the week before, so the channels waited for the end of Holidays to air their new dramas : When the Camellia Blooms (KBS) and Secret Boutique (SBS). MBC didn't air Welcome 2 Life too.

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ahh ok. yeah that makes sense, too---to just time the shows so they end before the holiday.

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MBC did air*

I mean for the Monday-Tuesday.

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Be Melodramatic deserves a better rating. Iam in Seoul amd tempted to turn it on this weekend just to boost the ratings by a fraction. The writing is fresh and I adore ensemble stories.

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I agree, and if I were in Korea right now, I would probably do that too, lol.

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The thing with Melo is that not only does it have very bad ratings it also doesn't have a lot of buzz. The actors just aren't popular so they can't bring in ratings. Literal children like Ong and Jihoon are overshadowing them on popularity. With the new batch of dramas starting this week Melo will disappear even further into oblivion. Just shows that South Korea doesn't care about relatable young people dramas. They also will never watch dramas with unattractive main leads or at least the ones who don't fit into their stereotype of attractive. If they cast trendy attractive young actors like Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Do Hyun, Go Ara or even a BlackPink member for the same plot the ratings would not be as bad as it is right now. It would have some buzz courtesy of the actors. This is why everyone tries to cast trendy stars rather than write substantial plots.

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