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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Feb. 10-16, 2020

All these dramas are suddenly trying to be a part of the 20 percent club, and I am all for it. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 is in the club, Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life is in the club, and Crash Landing on You is right outside, just waiting to come crashing in. Itaewon Class is doing so well, and so early on, that I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit 20 percent too. What a party it’s turning out to be!

Stove League was this close to joining the party, its finale bringing in 19.1 percent. Still, the show had an incredible run, so 19.1 is good enough in my book. In other news, Diary of a Prosecutor’s finale aired and garnered its highest rating since its second week. Then, replacing tvN drama Black Dog, thriller The Cursed premiered to 2.5 percent. Finally, as usual, ratings for the midweek shows came in looking pretty grim.

Update: Crash Landing on You managed to get into the 20 percent club with its final episode!

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Feb. 10-16, 2020

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Feb. 10
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 11 SBS 20.8%
Diary of a Prosecutor 15 JTBC 3.3%
The Cursed 1 tvN 2.5%
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 12 SBS 21.9%
Diary of a Prosecutor 16 JTBC 4.2%
The Cursed 2 tvN 2.5%
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Forest 9 KBS 6.1%
Forest 10 KBS 7.4%
The Game: Towards Zero 13 MBC 2.8%
The Game: Towards Zero 14 MBC 4.0%
Money Game 9 tvN 2.1%
Thursday, Feb. 13
Forest 11 KBS 4.8%
Forest 12 KBS 5.2%
The Game: Towards Zero 15 MBC 3.0%
The Game: Towards Zero 16 MBC 4.5%
Money Game 10 tvN 1.7%
Friday, Feb. 14
Stove League 16 SBS 19.1%
Itaewon Class 5 JTBC 10.7%
Saturday, Feb. 15
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 77 KBS 20.9%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 78 KBS 25.0%
No Second Chances 57 MBC 8.5%
No Second Chances 58 MBC 11.1%
No Second Chances 59 MBC 11.6%
No Second Chances 60 MBC 13.2%
Itaewon Class 6 JTBC 11.6%
Tell Me What You Saw 5 OCN 2.2%
Crash Landing on You 15 tvN 17.1%
Sunday, Feb. 16
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 79 KBS 27.5%
Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life 80 KBS 30.4%
Tell Me What You Saw 6 OCN 3.5%
Crash Landing on You 16 tvN 21.7%

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Crash Landing on You: Will they or won't they?

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Yesterday's rating dropped a little from last week.
Goblin maybe, the rest no.

I'm always happy to be proven wrong.

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I found Episode 15 to be slow with its obligatory angst and noble idiocy, but finales always have the highest ratings. My prediction is Reply 1988. (Then again, I was wrong about Mr. Sunshine beating Reply 1988.)

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It could go up over 2% or 3% like Goblin and Mr Sunshine.
It has a good shot at beating Reply 1988 but I'm keeping mine lower because I love "Reply" more lol.

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21.683% is mind-blowing. I honestly expected 18.9% just over Reply 1988, not even 19%.

I'm all cried out. Can IU's song be any sadder?

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Good for them. I’m glad Sky Castle is still at the top, but I’m good with CLOY taking tvN’s top spot.

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Same.
I am happy for the cast but a bit sad for REPLY 1988. I guess history is meant to be broken.

I hope they'll take a long break for some much needed rest.

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Does anyone here work with Wikipedia? Recently there is someone who keeps reducing the size of the table displaying the highest rated cable k-dramas on Wikipedia (currently only 10 k-dramas are displayed). I prefer the longer table as it is more informative. Does anyone know what to do about it?

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There are usually editors notes about topics, but without a link not sure I found the one you are referring to.

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It is the link panshel provided under their first comment

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Yeah, I found it, oddly enough under "Korean Dramas" - fancy that.

Looks like there was considerable discussion about it and was finally set to 10 max as the article is already many pages long.

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Thanks for your reply. I could not find any discussion about the length on Wikipedia, just the arbitrary revisions. Historical ratings for public television and cable are hard to find elsewhere so I am really unhappy about the revision.

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The only one I remember is Rovi from back then. She is unregistered so I don't know if has been around lately or not.

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Class is what get you an oscar. A fictional character that allows miserable lives to feel good watching FC standing up and magically doing good. It allows you to be a victor without being at the forefront at battlefield. Perfect to ease your frustrations and anguish. Perfect way to utilise your jealousy and inferiority. For an outsider its same old stuff. But the one who faced it and still faces it in day-to-day life this fantasy is pain remover. A visual punching bag.

Orgy has pro game. Audience deserves praise for being so brave.
As said a week earlier - if you want to be professional incompetent then be a doctor(especially female doctor). Doctors doing soap operas does generate results.

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What a great way to generalize everyone and give some “smart” characterization about people who are watching Itaewon Class. Yay.

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LOL. Thanks for the ‘translation’ of that first paragraph above. I didn’t know what the h*ll it meant. I didn’t know it was aimed at people like me and the 11.6% of the SK viewing public who watched episode 6 of ITAEWAN CLASS yesterday.

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I was thinking the same thing because I didn't have a clue what was being referred to. I'll say it again, if you want to insult something and for people to engage in debate with you about it, you need to make sure the audience knows the topic that's on the table.

That said, Itaewan Class did something very interesting in episode 5 that I didn't think a kdrama would do, and I am hoping this character, and by extension the actor, is given much deserved support for this storyline.

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Excuse me my confusion... I’m not sure if it’s aimed on me or OP, but I think saying that show allows “miserable lives” utilize their jealousy and inferiority pretty straight forward written. Along with making difference between outsiders to whom “it nothing new” and the ones that enjoying it because “it’s a visual punching bag” to them. I’m not feeling excited about being called “miserable live” over watching one of the many TV shows and enjoying it for my own far from listed reasons lol

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Aimed at OP. We were thanking you for clarifying the meaning of the original post, and I know I for one, agree with you.

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@catocat may be blunter than most other commenters on DB, but we can't be shocked that media has a social role and that role has a long history of critique.

There is literally reams of writing the escapist role of movies during the great depression. It has even been 63 years since Edward R. Murrow coined "television the opiate of the people".

Just because we don't see ourselves nicely reflected,or even just represented in trends does not invalidate the trend.

It is dangerous to dismiss the trend because of our own anecdotal notions. It can result in the invisible gorilla problem where we miss what is occurring because we want to see something else. Not falling for the nice clean version of our narratives is how Mark Blyth called both Brexit and Global Trumpism.

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That’s not even about the show anymore, but plain direct insulting of viewers just because the show far from your cup of tea. Does it help you feel that your taste is somehow superior by doing it? lol

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This is something that happens all the time. We are used to it.

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How is it insulting to viewers?

Is the critique of Depression era escapism of cinema an insult to those movie goers? That work is a critique of the system as registered through those that were suffering. More, it acknowledges it as a rational response to the times.

For this to be an insult you have to establish that SK population is not currently hurting. A hard task when the financial news has been that "The South Korean economy is on track for one of its worst two-year growth periods in more than half a century".

I would even note that the emergence and often repeated "Hell Joseon" in mainstream dramas is an indication that those on the middle and lower ladder are suffering - so much so it can't be hidden away or marginalised. Acknowledging suffering is not an insult.

I am not saying don't critique Catocat. However, that requires people to refute their points not dismiss them because they may be blunt or uncomfortable.

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Critique and critisism isn't the same even if they often overlap. And insulting viewers is definitely different. And what this person tends to say sounds less like critique.

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@amy1009
SO agree, critique and criticism aren't the same. However, using unsupported critique to falsely bolster a criticism is often a tell that the argument can not support either the critique or the criticism.

..."sounds less like critique"...

By this metric so many social engagements are instantly negated. What would this metric do to Punk? Let alone comedians, artist, and the long history of social movements who where labeled as disrespectful, rude or insulting.

Sure, different vernacular, vitriol or even euphemisms may make it more challenging or grating but comedians such as Janey Godley use this to great effect.

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Right he's a comedian thanks for the perspective. That's what I'll assume from now on. Thanks.

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You speak whatever language that person is trying to speak? Usually it's just "everything is porn." I haven't read this person's reviews in ages, because they are always intelligible garble!

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Glad to see IC getting well-deserved recognition by Korean audience. They trend to follow a lot of very unique in atmosphere works and give them good ratings;)

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I was a bit surprised to see how low Cursed is. It is better than usual for a k-horror drama.

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Thanks for the numbers report, @sailorjumun. I'm thrilled for the cast and crew of STOVE LEAGUE, who knocked it out of the park with their strangely addictive tale of personal and professional redemption both on and off the diamond.

I'm tickled to bits that ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM 2 continues in the original season's footsteps, and has the viewership numbers to prove it. (But when are we going to find out how orthopedist Dr. Bae Moon-jung ended up at Doldam?!)

As for CRASH LANDING ON YOU, I'm about to watch the final episode, and am keeping my fingers crossed that its fairy-tale magic remains intact as it alights for a perfect three-point landing. It would be nice if CLOY squeaks into 20% territory, but no matter. I've been enjoying the ride.

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I suspect that Romantic Doctor has fairly high ratings because most of the other shows suck even more. Not that it is really bad, but I would certainly not call it good.

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Also glad about Stove League.

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I absolutely loved Stove League. I tend to love baseball films anyway - Bull Durham and Field of Dreams - because who doesn't love a baseball movie! But SL was a surprise. It's the first sports-themed Kdrama I've watched (although I loved Cdrama The King's Avatar), and the tight writing, bromances, smart and likable FL, plus the wonderful Namgoong Min as the stoic, brilliant, and unexpectedly emotionally vulnerable Baek Seung-soo was a pure delight.

I'm really enjoying Romantic Doctor Kim 2, and watched the first season prior to starting the second one. The FL lead in this second season is annoying to me, but I love Han Suk-kyu, and I think that Ahn Hyo-Seop is going to leap into my favorite actors category, because he's not only gorgeous, but quite good as an actor. This is the first time I've seen him.

I"m also, for the first time ever, watching a weekend drama, Beautiful Love Wonderful Life, and really enjoying it. I started watching solely for Kim Jae-young, who is so pretty, but I love the FL (Seol In-ah) and the other ML (Yoon Park) as well. The other FL is fine as an actress, but I'm up and down on her Seol-ah character, and after the last 20 episodes, I'm afraid they are going to break Tae-rang's heart and pair Seol-ah back up with her super-annoying, increasingly unattractive ex-husband, who is a 40 year old "chaebal" who is 100% dependent on his mommy. (He lives with her, and only has his position as VP of their corp b/c she lets him). The makjang factor is super high, but the original villainess (Chairwoman Hong), who started out as scary, has become OTT crazy-ass hilarious, and Jonn-Hwi's mother the judge went from a sympathetic mother grieving the death of her youngest son to an evil, manipulative, evil sociopath! But the couple Cheong-ah and Joon-hwi, are adorable, and I just love Tae-rang.

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Just started Itaewon Class and it's intense. Park Seo-joon never disappoints me (except maybe in She was Pretty, which is his only misstep in his career, IMO. I hated the FL so much I couldn't get past a few episodes, and I know many people who watched it thought his character was too mean, and even shipped the horrid FL with the second ML). I think this one's going to be awesome.

Am also loving Tell Me What You Saw. Jang Hyuk with long hair, oh my! That man is so sexy. And a well, written/directed/acted serial killer thriller is just my cup of tea.

Re CLOY, for some reason I had a hard time getting into it. It took me several days to get through the first episode, and I kept starting it over b/c I'd zone out. What kept me watching, really, was the gorgeous Hyun Bin, his chemistry with the FL (who he apparently REALLY is NOT dating, despite fan-fantasy), his merry band of brothers-in-arms, and the gorgeous natural beauty of Switzerland. I think the good actors, and the beauty of Hyun Bin, elevated this otherwise mundane, trope-filled romcom to something special, but the wild claims from it's fans that it's better, deeper, more original, etc than Goblin, just because it got slightly higher ratings due to the last episode, is ridiculous IMO. I particularly thought the ending for the second leads was a cop out, but I guess they couldn't have TWO SK/NK couples to work out, and South Korea wasn't an option for them due to Gu Seung-joon being a wanted man in SK.

Just started the Taiwanese drama, Someday, One Day, and I think it's going to be a remarkably good, memorable drama. I've heard nothing but wonderful comments about it, from people like AvenueX no less.

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Looks like Forest is one of the lowest rated shows for MBS ever, or at least in a long time. And deservedly so.

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Happy for Itaewon Class,they are killing it each week with each episode at a new high peak!!!U can say it is the new season HIT drama!Happy for Strove League,a solid drama till it's end,i'm actually sad it ended as i wanted more!!!They mentioned a posibility of second season but let's see how that works!!!Happy for the last episode ratings!Happy for Kim Sabu as well & Crash Landing on You(Hyun BIn at last has another hit on his sleeve)!!! Money Game deserves way better but i know it can't be everyone cup of tea and it's fine...Hope for better for The Game: Towards Zero as i like the show,i know minority :D Let's see how The Cursed will do in the upcoming episodes story wise and ratings of course...

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Interesting and fun article here about the fashion in CLOY https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/news-trends/article/3050277/how-does-seo-ji-hye-star-crash-landing-you-suit-chaebol

"Which runway picks will K-drama actress Son Ye-jin wear in the last few episodes of Netflix’s Crash Landing on You – and how much do her outfits cost?"

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So why is FOREST doing as well as it is? Lack of competition?

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If you go by Beanie comments I'd guess it's: Oppas, clams, and fire hands.

But I dont know.

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The forest. It is magic. It draws you in. You cannot not watch it.

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This makes it sound like the world's best camping trip rather than a steaming dumpster fire.

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What even better camping than Yuru-Camp?

That can't be possible?

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I am watching it to see what nefarious plot the clams are up to.

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It's cold and people are bored being stuck inside?

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Actually, it's been suggested - and I think it makes sense - that TV ratings are up because people are staying in more due to the coronavirus. I honestly think this has merit. People are avoiding places with big crowds in close proximity, so staying at home and watching Kdramas seems like a reasonable alternative.

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That is a reasonable hypothesis. Also, many people in Korea may be sitting at home because their factories or businesses depended on parts or supplies from Chine- where 400 million people have essentially been told to stay home.,

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Ah, interesting. I hadn't thought of that, although I've read several articles, and heard a segment on NPR news, about how the virus is starting to affect US companies that rely on products manufactured in China.

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Statistic shows that dramas aired in winter season gets higher rating compared to dramas aired during summer. This is proven by the top 4 highest rated kdramas on both cable and non-cable. Cable: SC, CLOY, Reply88, Goblin. Non cable: You and I, First Love, What Is Love, Sandglass.

With that said, I also think people are staying indoors because of the virus too.

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I am soooo happy and excited for Crash Landing on You breaking the TVN record!!!! Woohoo! Job well done for a wonderful cast and crew!

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Whoa! 21.7% for Crash Landing! 🥳

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CLOY and SC both broke 20% but I never felt the hype from either drama like Goblin. That drama was a literal Pan Asian phenomenon and cultural syndrome on the same level as MLFAS. The OSTs for Goblin are iconic till date.

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SKY Castle was the nation's drama and a cultural phenomenon. Everyone knew its iconic lines and OST 🎵We all lie🎵.

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I don't think it was a nation's drama. The actors didn't become CF Kings and Queens over night and parodies only lasted for a few months while Goblin still has so many parodies and artists still do cover for the OSTs. It was even sold across Asia at phenomenal prices with GY and KGE were raking in endorsements even before the drama ended and their salaries getting big boosts and gained fandoms throughout Asia and shippers who were tracking their every move. Even YIA and LDW made so much money from CFs. The cultural phenomenon of Goblin is much much bigger than SC and they didn't even have to go on variety shows to promote the drama.

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WORDY MCWORD!!

It's still my number one Kdrama, after 2 years (I didn't see it when it first aired). One reason I was absolutely devastated when Dramafever suddenly closed, without warning or explanation, was that for over a year afterwards, I couldn't watch Goblin again (after watching every episode at last twice while I was watching, and then watching it all over again immediately after I finished) . I must have sent 50 requests to Netflix, to please license it. Finally, about 4 months ago, Viki got it. But not being able to re-watch it for a year and a half made me very sad.

It was one of my first Kdramas, and set a gold standard that has never been surpassed. I've loved other Kdramas - Misaeng is probably my second favorite, and several others are in my top 10, including Stove League. But Goblin is just a work of art - perfect in story, writing, cinematography, acting, music, and the poem used, which is still the most gorgeous, perfect, romantic scene I've ever seen in any drama.

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Viki also just got REVOLUTIONARY LOVE- and finished the subtitles only a week ago.

GOBLIN is indeed a work of art, one of the all time great shows in any language.

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I'm not familiar with Revolutionary Love. Is it good?

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It is good- not GOBLIN good, but good.

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I missed the days when Javabeans was around. A popular drama such as CLOY would have been recapped and insights given on the day and sometimes within hours an episode finishes. It was such a lovely camaderie being able to share thoughts together. This will be my last visit to dramabeans sadly, after being a long term browser. It's just not as good as before.

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feel you

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The Nielsen ratings are out for episodes 13 and 14 for little Channel A’s F/S drama TOUCH:
Episode 13: 0.507%
Episode 14: 0.855%
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https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Touch_(2020)/Episode_Ratings

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Sky Castle's kids are doing great.

Kim Hye Yoon with Extraordinary You. The ratings were not high but it was buzzworthy. She was really good in her first main role.
Kim Dong-Hee in Itaewon Class, Joe Byeong-Gyu in Stove League and Park Yoo-Na in Hotel del Luna are supporting cast but their dramas have goo ratings.
Kim Bo Ra has a main role but I don't know for the ratings and if the drama is good.

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