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Drama viewership ratings for the week of Oct. 12-18, 2020

With two additions to the chart, we’re practically drowning in dramas now. And as tough as that is as an everyday viewer (So much to watch!), the quantity and the variety is very much welcome. Because of the sudden downpour, we’re seeing at least two shows doing well in each timeslot.

For the Monday-Tuesday timeslot, Record of Youth is the obvious favorite, but it’s nice to see JTBC drama Eighteen Again keeping a decent sized audience. Over in the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot, When I Was the Most Beautiful concluded with its highest rating of 5 percent.

Then, over in the weekend slot, we had the premieres for Search and Start-Up. Both had strong starts, but it was Start-Up that gained the most interest. (It certainly got my interest! ❀️) tvN is killing it all across the board with Record of Youth, Tale of the Nine Tailed, and now Start-Up.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of Oct. 12-18, 2020

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, Oct. 12
Zombie Detective 7 KBS 3.1%
Do You Like Brahms 13 SBS 6.0%
Eighteen Again 7 JTBC 2.8%
Record of Youth 11 tvN 8.3%
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Zombie Detective 8 KBS 3.7%
Do You Like Brahms 14 SBS 5.7%
Eighteen Again 8 JTBC 3.2%
Record of Youth 12 tvN 7.8%
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol 3 KBS 2.9%
Private Lives 3 JTBC 2.5%
Tale of the Nine Tailed 3 tvN 5.6%
When I Was the Most Beautiful 15 MBC 4.1%
Thursday, Oct. 15
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol 4 KBS 2.8%
Private Lives 4 JTBC 2.2%
Tale of the Nine Tailed 4 tvN 5.5%
When I Was the Most Beautiful 16 MBC 5.0%
Friday, Oct. 16
Alice 13 SBS 7.4%
More Than Friends 5 JTBC 1.3%
Saturday, Oct. 17
Homemade Love Story 9 KBS 25.2%
Alice 14 SBS 8.6%
More Than Friends 6 JTBC 1.6%
Search 1 OCN 2.6%
Start-Up 1 tvN 4.5%
Sunday, Oct. 18
Homemade Love Story 10 KBS 27.6%
Search 2 OCN 3.1%
Start-Up 2 tvN 4.4%

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Lies of Lies ratings: Source: https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lies_of_Lies/Episode_Ratings

13th episode got tiniest rating bump (5.6) but rebounded by the following episode (5.8, same as episode 12). Two more episodes left.

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More than trash with barely 3 minutes cucked cucked couple hard. This Statup had meh start too.

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I love the way that it takes longer to figure out some of CoC's coded takes than read the review.

If you are not watching the show named it is like Sudoku - a process of elimination and simultaneous equations.

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"More Than Trash" is not code; the OP has simply replaced the word 'friends' with 'trash' to signal their contempt for the show. It's similar to Donald Trump calling Jeff Bezos "Jeff Bozo", only less clever. 'Statup' is merely a typo. Whether or not you're watching Do You Like Brahms, 'Cucked Couple' makes no sense because no one in the show has actually been cuckolded.

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And "Show X cucking Show Y" seems like an attempt to swear without actually swearing. How sweet.

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TALE OF THE NINE TAILED is doing well against real competition. All four shows are quite different one from another so the fact that DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL is doing better that PRIVATE LIVES tells us that there is a real audience for a lighter rom com- and one that beats out PRIVATE LIVES- but a really well done fantasy show like TALE has real appeal over all of them. In some ways these Wednesday - Thursday ratings give us a real snapshot of the tastes of the Korean audience.

I also thought that Episode 13 of DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? hitting a full 6 but episode 14 dropped back to 5.7 made sense- some people just had had enough (but not me- I watched, in some pain). My prediction- the finale will be well over 6.

HOMEMADE LOVE STORY is doing relatively well. The story lines have, to some extent, become more coherent, although some inconsistencies still exist.

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Technically, Private Lives is doing better than Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol because Private Lives airs on cable while Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol airs on public network.

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Yep. 2-4% on cable is considered average. 5-7% is considered a success. 10% and up is blockbuster/massive success.

Private Lives ep 1 and 2 got around 570-590,000 viewers which seems quite small. Around Into the Ring time, the KBS worker said 300,000 viewers amount to 1%, so Do Do Sol prob. has 600-650,000 total viewership so its a slight difference, but not by much. Not sure if these are good ratings lol, esp. for Do Do Sol?

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I totally agree with you about Brahms.

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I read the ratings for Private Lives keep dropping and this is actually a new low. Is the drama worth picking up?

I'm really liking DDSSLLS but not watching any other shows at the moment. I NEED MORE DRAMA in my life!

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TvN doing well but JTBC not so good. Overall things are so dead in K-dramaland.

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One thing to remember is that these ratings are for shows being watched at the moment that they are broadcast. More and more people are choosing to stream shows at their own convenience or to fit their schedule. About the only programing I watch these days at the time of broadcast are sporting events like a baseball game. Koreans are 'early adopters' when it comes to technology so I would expect that this would be even more true there than in most places.

The difficulty for raters is how can one count that? You have probably seen comments by people saying that they had chosen to wait to watch a show until it was completed- and then they do. By then 8 weeks have passed since the broadcast yet obviously they have watched the show. And they do not do this for every show- so how could one create a statistically valid model for this viewers. Maybe I should ask my son- he has the right training and education to look at the problem- but I am quite sure he would have to properly study the question (and run some simulations against good data) before he could even attempt a proper answer.

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I absolutely agree that the way we consume media has changed. My question is why do this rating system still exist? Do advertisers still basing their decision on outdated system? Have these stations/ industry come out with a better why of tracking viewing?

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My sons says that actually there already is tracking of streaming, etc. and that this has existed since 1996. (he had a term for it but I got so busy that I forgot it) so it appears that the problem may be that these other figures simply do not get published. They may also be of less use to advertisers but would still be of great interest to those who produce and market the programming itself.

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For the record, I was actually scrolling through youtube comments and I read one by a korean viewer who was "complaining" about the quality of dramas airing on monday. I don't remember the exact wording but it wen like this: " 9 PM Record of Youth, 9:30 PM 18 Again, 10:00 PM Do You Like Brahms... Too many good dramas airing at the same time. What to do?". One viewer answered that he just had to download them later to view everything.
My take is that all these ratings are useless except maybe for the family drama. As the genre suggests it's for the family, you watch it with the family since basically there's something for each generation in it and it can open discussion about "everyday problems" even if the secret birth and the candy heroine is a staple of the genre. Apart from makjangs which appeal I've yet to understand, family dramas are easy to watch with your parents, grand-parents, friends or whatnot.
It makes absolutely no sense that ratings are the way they are these days when the overall quality of dramas has been steadily increasing for years... People spend more times on screens and you can even watch episodes while commuting. Yes, there are social networks and video games and more distraction but the thing is they are added to the mix not traded for each other.
Personally, I've stopped watching TV programs while they've been airing since around 2002, streaming sites scarcely existed and you needn't to learn to use complicated programs to download files which took a while. BUT STILL, even if downloading one file took over 2 to 3 hours (or more, I remember downloading a Korean series back in 2005 which took over 3 months of everyday download), you could always run your downloading program and do other things which live viewing doesn't allow.

34 year-old woman talking, with over 20 years of anime experience and over 15 of k-drama addiction.

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Each streaming site has their own tracking, I just wonder if there is an entity that consolidates all this. I would assume that production companies track them as a performance scorecard of sorts. I believe it should still be useful for advertisers too as they should be able to use this to know where to invest their money.

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And here I am, forgetting that I work for an IT company, and I just forgot that companies actually use sentiment analysis nowadays. They monitor social media buzz (which is course- boundary-less), whether its positive and negative, and this is now a major factor in making decisions for product positioning, advertising and marketing. I can safely bet that SK broadcasting and media being at the top of technology tier, are already using this.

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It is also possible that there are royalties collected from the streaming companies based upon viewership, which would be another reason for tracking- and the social media tracking you mention may have other values as well. Sentiment analysis may be useful in deciding upon future programming, for instance.

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actually not so true..

Along with the TV GEC rating, there is a digi scale, first introduced by CJ E&M and is used to get the virtual land ratings

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Thank you- I do believe that digi scale is what my son had mentioned to me when I brought this up to him.

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For the record, I was actually scrolling through youtube comments and I read one by a korean viewer who was "complaining" about the quality of dramas airing on monday. I don't remember the exact wording but it wen like this: " 9 PM Record of Youth, 9:30 PM 18 Again, 10:00 PM Do You Like Brahms... Too many good dramas airing at the same time. What to do?". One viewer answered that he just had to download them later to view everything.
My take is that all these ratings are useless except maybe for the family drama. As the genre suggests it's for the family, you watch it with the family since basically there's something for each generation in it and it can open discussion about "everyday problems" even if the secret birth and the candy heroine is a staple of the genre. Apart from makjangs which appeal I've yet to understand, family dramas are easy to watch with your parents, grand-parents, friends or whatnot.
It makes absolutely no sense that ratings are the way they are these days when the overall quality of dramas has been steadily increasing for years... People spend more times on screens and you can even watch episodes while commuting. Yes, there are social networks and video games and more distraction but the thing is they are added to the mix not traded for each other.
Personally, I've stopped watching TV programs while they've been airing since around 2002, streaming sites scarcely existed and you needn't to learn to use complicated programs to download files which took a while. BUT STILL, even if downloading one file took over 2 to 3 hours (or more, I remember downloading a Korean series back in 2005 which took over 3 months of everyday download), you could always run your downloading program and do other things which live viewing doesn't allow.

34 year-old woman talking, with over 20 years of anime experience and over 15 of k-drama addiction.

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It's been dead for a while now minus few exceptions like CLOY, WOTM, H.P, Itaewon Class, and Dr. Kim 2, & Hyena.

SBS has the better ratings for network tv. All in all, similar to how it was the previous yr. I think most network/cable companies have made an incentive to form their own in house production companies to adjust costs/take ownership of their work. Def. see more outsourcing for tv companies down the line.

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Fingers crossed ALICE hits 9-10% in finale! It’s really picked up in the last two weeks.

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Alice is getting quite bonkers πŸ˜†. Chickenpox Joowon is creepy 😱.

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He did looked weird but Chickenpox Joowon had me lol :P

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Gah I haven't even gotten around to Ep 13/14 yet :D I think it'll reach close to 10% in the finale, but over 10% in Seoul ratings.

I need to lol, just need to get to it when I've time before the finale week :O Excited and afraid lol.

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I picked up Search. I'm not fully in yet though. I feel like something is amiss in this drama. Is it the acting? (granted I just finished binge-watching Stranger 2 so I could be nitpicking here) Is it the editing? The characters are trying too hard to be goofy but it doesn't match the theme of the drama.. Idk but that's how I felt about ep.1. Ep. 2 got a little better.

I'm enjoying tale of nine tailed. Sure there are some parts that could be done better but it's a light watch so I'll just enjoy the ride.

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Search ratings increased in Episode 2. Keep it up.

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