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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2020

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2020, with a variety of dramas coming our way. We got one new drama this week, that being the second season to Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. And wow — the first season did pretty dang well, but for the second season to come ’round to 14.9 and 18.0 percent? Now, that’s impressive. I can’t remember the last time a drama took merely two episodes to get anywhere near the 20 percent mark.

In the middle of our weekly schedule, numbers for 9.9 Billion Won Woman actually went down a bit. The drama’s been having some trouble maintaining double digits, but every week, it still manages to stay way ahead of everybody else. It even beat out the final two episodes of Psychopath’s Diary, which garnered 2.7 and 3.0 percent. Keep in mind, those are still decent by cable network standards.

And, as always, the weekend shows came in strong. After being pre-empted last week, Crash Landing on You returned to much love — 11.3 percent. With the series only halfway in, it looks like it may only go up from here.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2020

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Jan. 6
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 1 SBS 14.9%
Diary of a Prosecutor 5 JTBC 3.6%
Black Dog 7 tvN 4.8%
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 2 SBS 18.0%
Diary of a Prosecutor 6 JTBC 3.8%
Black Dog 8 tvN 5.1%
Wednesday, Jan. 8
9.9 Billion Won Woman 21 KBS 9.3%
9.9 Billion Won Woman 22 KBS 10.8%
People With Flaws 25 MBC 2.0%
People With Flaws 26 MBC 2.5%
Psychopath Diary 15 tvN 2.7%
Thursday, Jan. 9
9.9 Billion Won Woman 23 KBS 6.8%
9.9 Billion Won Woman 24 KBS 8.3%
People With Flaws 27 MBC 1.9%
People With Flaws 28 MBC 2.6%
Psychopath Diary 16 tvN 3.0%
Friday, Jan. 10
Stove League 8 SBS 14.9%
Chocolate 13 JTBC 3.8%
Saturday, Jan. 11
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 57 KBS 18.4%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 58 KBS 23.1%
No Second Chances 41 MBC 7.1%
No Second Chances 42 MBC 8.7%
No Second Chances 43 MBC 8.1%
No Second Chances 44 MBC 9.2%
Stove League 9 SBS 15.5%
Chocolate 14 JTBC 4.2%
Crash Landing on You 7 tvN 9.4%
Sunday, Jan. 12
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 59 KBS 24.0%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 60 KBS 26.5%
Crash Landing on You 8 tvN 11.3%

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I'm happy for Black Dog, the ratings are good :)

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When even tvN's Psychopath Diary does better than MBC's People With Flaws..

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I can see why- the writers have spent fra too much time on the the female lead's misery and childhood trauma- got the secondary romance trapped in a quagmire which lost the original delightful banter- and starved us of scenes with Kang-hee and Oppa. They have tantalized us with other stories that they do not have time to deliver. In short, a show which should have been a weekend family drama was too short to begin with and now is way out of balance as well. Blame the writers for this one- because the actors have certainly been doing their best.

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I have also thought this should have been a weekender almost since the first eps, so many nice secondary characters and potential for many side stories.

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I certainly would have enjoyed more episodes. The show ends this week and all the side stories will rush to an end. I would have loved to see more of the Joo siblings together.

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@oldawyer OldLawyer, @lixie, @eazal,
Is it too late to change the title to DRAMA WITH FLAWS? ;-)

I agree that PEOPLE WITH FLAWS would have made a good family drama -- but only if it had refrained from wallowing in the female lead's misery. I'd have gone ballistic over 50 episodes of Seo-yeon's endless angstfest. By now, I don't trust that Writer-nim would have reined in all that attention to sister at the expense of her brothers and their stories. It's irritating that they, and so many other promising side characters, have been left high and dry. Talk about wasting a good cast.

I have more sympathy for Kang-woo than for Seo-yeon, and cannot stand the way she has treated him most of the time. Even if she is struck by lightning (natural electroshock, heh!) and suddenly sees the error of her ways, I am not holding out any hope for a healthy relationship between those two. It has always been Kang-woo with his heart on his sleeve -- getting sand kicked in his face by the woman he loves. Despite her claims that he's the only one for her. Sheesh.

In contrast, Won-jae's and Won-seok's character arcs have been engaging and downright moving. They've both held the fort for their younger siblings, and are terrific oppas/hyungs. I wanted to see far more of them. I fully expect to see Won-seok and Ho-dol at the columbarium for introductions to Dad, and I'm going to be cranky if that scene is skipped. Littlest bro Seo-joon's budding idol career has seemingly been abandoned, as have Lee Joo-hee's athletic efforts. I have no idea why she's flitting around adult entertainment joints. Maybe we'll find out she's wearing Kang-woo's latest designs for Hyun-soo's clothing line, and this is a way of getting social media buzz.

I'll keep watching to see if a chestnut or two is pulled out of the fire. Mostly I'm saddened by the squandered potential of PEOPLE WITH FLAWS. The bittersweet bright spot in it is Cha In-ha's performance.

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Must all family dramas have 50 eps? I think this could have used around 24 or 30 solid eps. Then it would have had time to develop all the love lines properly, everyone is falling in love way too fast, it's the right person but it's not exactly earned, we don't know how they got there. I like both leads almost as much as the secondary characters btw, they had enough issues to deal with without the stupid twist on ep 10. I wish drama had tried to explore the fact they spent 15 years rejecting any real romance because I was happily surprised it dared to talk about her lack of response to their first kiss. Min Hyuk also could have been more interesting, is the fact he can't lie a consequence of his feelings for his parents? When we lie it's usually because we want to please others, we want their approval, maybe his mind refuses to do it because his parents weren't there, so he compensates making himself feel no one is worth any lie.

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A decade or more ago it was not uncommon for even weekday dramas to have 24 episodes (GOONG is an example of this). And while HOTEL DEL LUNA was officially only 16 episodes, the length of the episodes effectively made it a 24 episode drama.

I agree that even a weekender can still miss opportunities and get the balance wrong- even a good one like FATHER IS STRANGE (which got 4 'bonus' episodes) still was a bit out of balance.

But having said this, even in the more limited format, PakalanaPikake's point was very well taken: Far too much time was spent wallowing in the female lead's misery. That time could have been spent clearing up some of the mysteries and even showing us why Kang-hee and Won-jae's relationship makes so very much sense.

Sometimes writer's simply get fixated on one aspect of their drama and lose sight of the rest. I think that some of that happened here. Is it possible that K-dramaland is lacking in good editors? This is not the only Kdama that seriously needed one.

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I agree with you partially. Mainly, but partially.

You’ll see, one of my problems with this drama is the premise that SeoYeon would never fall for an attractive guy, and so it was almost imposible for her to love KangWoo. Why, you will ask yourself? It is because I cannot find Ahn Jae Hyeon attractive at all. So every time I heard how hansome he was I was... what? Really? Sure? Him? And I know he’s supposed to be attractive and handsome but, man, I just find him annoying in every single way. Just as Kang Woo is. So now you’ll understand how much I love this drama even with him on it.

I agree with you that the last three episodes with all the super drama between those two was too much for me. I really don’t care if they end up together or not. But I have to say I like SeoYeon mainly, although she’s the kind of person who precipitates with her decisions and tend to make assumptions and not talk about them. But she’s warm and kind to her students and wants to make a better life for them, even is sports are considering “less” in school. I like that about her.

Leaving aside those two, I agree with you that the Joo brothers should have had more time to their storylines, and I wish we could have learned more about how they grew up together. I’m quite sure WonSeok took that job, which implies working mainly by night because that way he could be home during the day taking her of his baby brother. I remember WonJae telling him to convince SeoJoo to go back to the doctor’s because “he always listens to you”.

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Well, beauty is subjective but sometimes we have to consider the culture. Once someone told me they could not believe in Oh My Venus because So Ji Sub was called handsome and Shin Mina a beauty, and she didn't find them attractive. We all have our preferences but if we take kdramaland standards into consideration it's easy to understand why some people are considered pretty. The actor playing the ML to me fits him perfectly, he is that kind of boyish man with a doll like kind of beauty, it's not everybody's taste but it's a popular type in his society.

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Happy for YSY’s Psychopath Diary!

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Wish Diary of a Prosecutor got better rating , i knw this sort rating is actually decent for a Jtbc drama but it deserves more. Highly Recommending it.
Another drama which I didn't think i would like a lot is 'Stove League' because I dont know anything about baseball. But its really good. I watch it mainly to see how Nam Goong min character (who becomes the genral manager of the worst baseball team ) uses his wits and strategies to get what wants . And i am happy to know that its getting really good rating like 14%

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I think it hit 15.5% in the last episode. I agree with you about coming out of left field. I didn’t expect to like it either because I know nothing about baseball but it’s been enjoyable for me regardless. The pacing has been excellent.

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STOVE LEAGUE is maybe the very best show out there right now.

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re. Diary of Prosecutor: its rating might has been affected by the absence of it during new year's week, but I expect (and hope) it picks up this week.
I see the ep 6's rating has a tiny increase from the ep 5's, I hope this increase is a trend that will happen during its airing, without anymore pre-empted airing/episode, coz I really like the show, and am rooting for them!

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I’m also loving both Diary of a prosecutor and Stove League, which I began to watch last week due to beanies recommendation although I don’t know a word about baseball.

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I am enjoying Diary of a Prosecutor, but it did seem to drag a tiny bit during places in the 6th and 7th episodes. However, the last episode, with Cha Myung-joo's family background, was interesting, and my interest quickly ticked back up.

Stove League is the best drama currently airing, IMO. Such excellent, tight writing, and I love (or hate!) every character, especially Namkoong Min's character, Baek Seung-soo. I'm used to baseball movies making me cry (Wanna play a game of catch, Dad?), but somehow never expected this one to, but the ending of the last episode had me crying right along with Seung-soo. The glimpses we're getting of his past make me sad for the reserved, emotionally frozen man he has become. I don't think or expect this to have any romance, but wish he and his wife - or someone new, although I just don't see him and Lee Se-young having any sexual chemistry - could reunite, so he could have the family he seems to clearly long for.

I also am very happy to see my first weekend drama, Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life getting such good ratings. I hate waiting for the next episodes. There is a lot of makjang, but I kind of enjoy it. The chairwoman is actually hilarious, and makes me laugh almost every episode with her OTT craziness. I also appreciate that now that we're past the midpoint, her older sister and Joon Hwi's mother, the judge, who seemed to be the better and far nicer sister, has been revealed to be the worst mother on the show, and a stone cold, conniving, dishonest beyotch. She's really responsible for everything that's going wrong with everyone's lives, because she was the World's Worst Mother 10 years ago, and her actions led to her son's suicide. I'm much less pleased with the show now that it looks as if Seol Ah is going to get back together with her cheating, manipulative, let-me-buy-you-again exhusband, and give up on the lovely, sweet Tae Rang, who is the one who made her a better woman. I'm also disgusted at all the Viki fans who cheer on the ex, even while he's manipulating Seol Ah to force her to come back to him. I love both Cheong Ah and Joon Hwi, and hate seeing their current misery.

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That scene of Seung-soo crying as he held the baby has to be one the best emotional sucker punches ever delivered by a K-drama.

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It's still a shame that good dramas that are airing on other channels are not included here and I wonder why, thay gat more rating and buzz than many dramas here. Right now I'm thinking about Chosun TV's Selection: the women war which has more than 4% rating and positive reviews! And there's also Touch, but I don't know about its ratings

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I wanted to say "they get"

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I get your point,
but from what I understand, Dramabeans' rating report has always been only covering 3 major ('public') tv channel + 3 cables (tvn, ocn, jtbc), regardless their drama's rating achievement (good or bad), so eventhough there is a good rating somewhere else, if it is not coming from the 6 channels, then DB wont report it, and I kinda understand why,,having said that, I can see how constant appeal from reader, like this one from you, to report other channel's drama rating might change DB's overlord policy on this ;)
but until that happen, unfortunately you will need to find it from other site/source..

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Is Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 any good? I am always careful about shows with 2nd seasons after having burned for having too much expectations. I will give it a try after getting some reviews from the fellow beanies. What do you think guys?

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I’m careful with this one. I liked episode 1, but with episode 2 I was a bit disappointed. I will watch this week’s episodes and see it it’s worth it... although I love Kim Sabu a lot I have the feeling this one I will mainly FF.

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I would ff too. I think the story can still be strong without the leads. Just my thoughts. Even the new supportings are scene stealers more than the leads despite their short screen time. Kim Sabu is awesome, as always.

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From the first two episodes, it still has vibes from first season. The only arguably disappointing is female lead's performance. So, you should at least try the first two episodes.

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Thanks guys

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Whoah Romantic Doctor 2 started off very strong, even for a SBS drama. Did the first season have equally strong ratings? Also I'm glad Psycopath Diary had consistent ratings throughout its run. Does anybody think Stove League will ever be able to reach 20%?

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@sukstan,
Re: possibility of STOVE LEAGUE hitting 20%

I would be thrilled if it did, and I think it could achieve 20% -- or could come darn close -- at the rate it's going. The intelligent battle of wits that GM Baek is engaging in with Owner Kwon is a blast to watch, and in some respects reminds me of Namgoong Min's previous show, DOCTOR PRISONER. In it, his cat-and-mouse game with Kim Byung-chul was mesmerizing. Oh Jung-se was terrific as Peanut Moocher (thanks for that memorable epithet, @lordcobol!) in WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS. Underneath his bluster and demands for attention, there was a sensitive human being hiding. I don't know what OJS has up his sleeve for Kwon's characterization, but I expect it will be good. He's coming across as the villain at the moment, but I suspect that he's being used by his uncle, the Chairman of Daesong, the corporate owner of the Dreams. I first encountered OJS as the corrupt hospital chaebol in BEAUTIFUL MIND with Jang Hyuk. In RDTK2, he's back to his old tricks.

As for ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, it debuted nationwide at 9.5% (10.5 - 12.1% in Seoul) and ratcheted its way to 24.7 - 27.6% nationwide (28.4 - 29.0% in Seoul) by ep. 20, and nearly as high for the prequel special episode. Take a gander at the ratings for the premiere week and to see the competition RDTK was up against, as well as the viewership figures for the entire series:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/11/drama-viewership-ratings-for-the-week-of-nov-7-13-2016/

http://asianwiki.com/Dr._Romantic

I didn't pay much attention to the ratings because I was too busy being glued to my screen and reading the terrific "medicaps" by woori Beanie docs @ally-le and @michykdrama. But it was gratifying to see RDTK do so well. I initially wasn't too thrilled with some of the younger characters in RDTK, but over time as their back stories emerged and they matured and overcame their foibles, I fell in love with the whole lot of them, even the cantankerous Kim Sabu. I have every reason to expect that lightning will strike twice. ;-)

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Oops! Oh Jung-se is back to his old tricks in STOVE LEAGUE, not RDTK2!

Got my wires crossed with Choi Jin-ho, who is reprising his role as the megalomaniac former Dr. D'oh aka Do Yoon-wan, who was inexplicably appointed chairman of the hospital foundation. Arg!

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Thank you for your very detailed reply! I admittedly dropped the first season of RDTK, although I don't remember why. I'm pretty surprised it received such amazing ratings. I still don't think I'll watch the second season though.

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@sukstan,
You're most welcome. RDTK1 was a dense drama. Having recaps made it a lot easier to follow. It had its makjang moments, too. And some of the characters were just plain irritating until insight into their back stories was given. In addition to the OST and BGM, some of the big draws for me were the human interest angle and the social commentary, plus the relationships that organically developed. The ensemble cast was simply terrific, and even the cameos were memorable.
I'm tickled to bits to see "old friends" in season 2, but that's just me. ;-)

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One thing to note regarding Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2's ratings (as well as its predecessor VIP's) in addition to the legacy of its first season is that they have virtually no competition from the network channels as MBC and KBS are on an extended hiatus for Monday-Tuesday dramas. I expect this is helping Diary of a Prosecutor and
Black Dog's ratings as well.

9.9 Billion Won Woman is also minus one competitor as SBS is on a break on Wednesday and Thursdays and OCN isn't airing any dramas at the moment. Compared to a few years ago there are lot less dramas in the networks that may partially explain the successes of even smaller cable stations such as MBN and TV Chosun.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life is still not doing as well as its predecessors despite being the only classic weekend show.

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MBC dramas on Wednesdays & Thursdays air at 9 pm while KBS dramas air at 10 pm. So both are not competing.

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BLWL is facing heavy comp from other shows-but it is an awesome show !

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What are the other shows?

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Hmmm didn't think ratings for 9.9BWW would drop that much. Not good news considering it's got pretty much no competition.

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The Nielsen ratings are out for episodes 7 and 8 for little TV Chosun’s S/S sageuk: SELECTION: THE WAR BETWEEN WOMEN
aka QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR:
Episode 7: 3.355%
Episode 8: 4.143%
Source:
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Selection:_The_War_Between_Women/Episode_Ratings

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The Nielsen ratings are out for episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 for little Channel A’s F/S drama TOUCH:
Episode 1: 0.847%
Episode 2: 0.907%
Episode 3: 1.154%
Episode 4: 0.736%
Source:
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Touch_(2020)/Episode_Ratings

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