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Drama viewership ratings for the week of May 30-Jun. 5, 2022

With three new dramas entering the fray, ratings start to shift. Why Her? narrowly beats out Doctor Lawyer in their respective premiere slots, and our other dramas suffer in their wake — especially with Our Blues (still) getting most of the weekend attention.

Drama viewership ratings for the week of May 30-Jun. 5, 2022

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, May 30
Red Heart 9 KBS 5.7%
Woori the Virgin 7 SBS 3.6%
Tuesday, May 31
Red Heart 10 KBS 6.3%
Woori the Virgin 8 SBS 3.6%
Wednesday, June 1
Love All Play 13 KBS 1.8%
Eve 1 tvN 3.6%
Thursday, June 2
Love All Play 14 KBS 1.4%
Eve 2 tvN 3.7%
Friday, June 3
Doctor Lawyer 1 MBC 5.2%
Why Her? 1 SBS 6.0%
Shooting Stars 13 tvN 1.3%
Saturday, June 4
It’s Beautiful Now 19 KBS 21.2%
Doctor Lawyer 2 MBC 4.2%
Showtime Begins! 13 MBC 2.7%
Why Her? 2 SBS 6.5%
Our Blues 17 tvN 10.2%
Shooting Stars 14 tvN 1.3%
Cleaning Up 1 JTBC 2.7%
Sunday, June 5
It’s Beautiful Now 20 KBS 23.8%
Showtime Begins! 14 MBS 3.1%
Our Blues 18 tvN 12.5%
Cleaning Up 2 JTBC 2.5%

 
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Wow, I can’t get over those numbers for Shooting Stars. I wonder why they’re so low?

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I had the same thought! Especially compared to Our Blues which sounds…. dreary?

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I know Our Blues is full of big stars and all and maybe it’s on at a better time but sheeeesh, barely over 1% almost looks like an error. Even Cleaning Up did better on a smaller network 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Dreary is word for it. I bailed early on since it was so very venal and depressing. While SS continues to entertain me every week.

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Personally, I don't find Our Blues dreary. It's really well done and very Korean, I would say.

There have been a few exceptions, such as Business Proposal and HomeCha, but overall, rom-coms haven't done that well for quite some time. Koreans seem to be more into makjang, slice-of-life and thrillers/dramas dealing with corruption.

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OUR BLUES is far from dreary- it has been one of those dramas which are almost hypnotic.

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I think it was just released along with too many shows with big-name stars - first with Again My Life and Our Blues and now with Doctor Lawyer and Why Her. Audiences also seem to prefer more traditional k-drama fare in their weekend shows. Maybe it would have done better as a Mon-Tue show?

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Oh, interesting. It definitely looks like k-viewers want more drama and less romance.

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Isn't it at a really awkward time--10:40 or something like that. I think that rather than the particular genre is why the ratings are so incredibly low, because at the very least, you have to say the show is well-done.

Overall, though, I think you are right. Korean t.v. audiences seem to like melodramas and sageuks far more than comedies.

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Yeah.. it looks like they don’t like rom-come that much.. especially ones without big stars in them.

*smh* This really is a lovely and heartwarming show.

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Boo melos and sageuks! We want more fluff. Haha

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Not even necessarily sageuks at the moment. Bloody Heart is a masterpiece within the genre, but is getting disappointing ratings in comparison to other recent sageuks (though still much better than Shooting Stars).

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Wow, that is a weird time. I think it is a well done show and although it’s probably just where my head is at right now, it’s the only show I’m watching!

And yes, I do want more fluff!
😍 ❤️🌹❤️🌹❤️ 😍

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@ladynightshade Bloody Heart clearly deserves much more numbers but I'm guessing six isn't that bad either for KBS on a Monday/Tuesday slot. BH may have actually benefitted from being on the weekend slot because King of Tears also crossed double digits there. Tbh with streaming and all online means, I wonder if ratings are even an accurate measure of viewership. They apparently still matter but there are way too many options to watch dramas now rather than sticking to a channel on an allotted time. This makes me think that the Tv ratings audience is just a certain age bracket usually not targeting the youth.

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@wapzy Yep, ratings matter but there are so many other ways to gauge popularity nowadays that it’s not the only indicator. There’s also a big demographic difference to take into account, what with older viewers being more likely to watch live and younger viewers being more likely to stream. Different dramas also target different audiences.

People like to think ratings are clear-cut indicators of popularity or quality or worthiness but that’s nonsense. It’s a lot more complex than that!

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Thanks @mindy, that’s it!

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@[email protected] does anyone remember the name of the non-ratings tracking thing that reports on stuff like online mentions? I always enjoy hearing when poorly performing shows I like are actually very “sticky” on social media.

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I think you're thinking of Good Data's Buzzworthy Drama rankings. Soompi usually reports on them, too: https://www.soompi.com/article/1528959wpp/my-liberation-notes-and-its-stars-reign-over-most-buzzworthy-drama-and-actor-rankings-in-final-week-on-air

Shooting Stars was #6 on that list last week.

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I think you're thinking of Good Data's Buzzworthy Drama rankings. Soompi usually reports on them, too. I was gonna post the link but looks like DB won't let me!

Shooting Stars was #6 on that list last week.

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I’ve been saying for weeks that Shooting Stars would’ve done better as a Mon-Tues show - with a different time-slot too. It’s lighter, fluffier fare and has less star power. Total weekday material IMO. I can see people preferring more star-studded, dramatic shows with their families on weekends, while watching something more lowkey by themselves on weekdays. The placement of Shooting Stars was a big mistake.

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I agree.

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Perhaps you're right. I can't see any reason for it doing so bad rating-wise apart from the potential reason of what you said and sheer bad luck.

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Oh yeah....Woori the Virgin is doing so well on Monday!

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Why are there always these people on the Ratings posts that act like this? I will never understand it.

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Certainly doing better than Shooting Stars. What’s your point?

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Why are the weekends so jam-packed recently? Only KBS seems to be making use of the whole week. When there's one drama that happens to be popular (Our Blues) + a long weekend drama that's always popular (IBN), there's little room for other dramas to get ratings. MBC in particular seems allergic to weekdays.

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Boo to romcoms. How does that sound to you? Why are you booing other genres even they are not your favourites?

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It's a joke. The post even ends with "haha" to indicate the jokeyness of it all.

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It now appears that our lovely romances in I'T BEAUTIFUL NOW will finally be joined by some real conflicts as our youngest bother finds that he has been scammed and middle brother has a hostile future MIL (even though she hasn't really met him yet- and really is having a lawyer for your son in law that bad?). So the comparatively low ratings for a weekender should eventually start to rise.

New high ratings for OUR BLUES- and well deserved.

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If not for the eldest son n his lawyer girlfriend, i would have drop it's beautiful now. They have great chemistry, funny n interesting. Yoon si yoon has better chemistry with his boss n others but not his girlfriend, the girl acting is bad. The drama has been concentrating so much on youngest brother n his girlfriend, going back n forth in circles with same old issues n their bad acting makes my hair stands. The elderly folks are lovely, even the married couple with 3 kids. It is so obvious, the adopted daughter is whose daughter, that kept me interested to see how it develop. The plot is simple, not much of substance. Like to see more development with substance.

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The hahaha..can laugh till the end cause Bloody Heart has reached 7% whereas the beloved romcom stay at sucking level...1%. Boo....Long live heavy dramas.

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The Beanie who jokingly booed heavy dramas merely said they preferred fluffier shows. They did NOT say all heavy dramas were bad, or even that there should be FEWER of them: they simply said they would like MORE fluff.

In contrast, not only are you seriously booing romcoms, you are claiming that they are at "sucking level". You are the only one here to whom your own accusation applies.

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Yeah, I’d never take myself that seriously! :D everyone has different preferences and that’s okay. I’m just not in a place to enjoy tears.
Loving your defence @knewbie

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You don't need any defending :) I just found it weird that a perfectly good-natured discussion of various Beanies' and South Koreans' drama preferences could be interpreted as outright abuse of certain genres...

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Boo melos and sageuks! We want more fluff. Haha....

Does it sound like you are NOT hitting any particular genre to you?

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Lol why are you so offended that someone has a different opinion from you? They’re not even ragging on a particular drama, they’re just saying their genre preferences.

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I'm no fan of fluff myself, but to me it is clearly an expression of preference rather than of criticism. I'm pretty sure I've said similar things, like "down with peanut M&Ms, gimme more salted caramel ones" without meaning that peanut M&Ms are crap. Perhaps you could look up the concept of hyperbole.

Now, if they'd said "Korean production companies should make fewer melos and sageuk, cos I hate them", it would be a completely different thing.

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