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Drama viewership ratings for the week of April 8-14, 2024

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of Queen of Tears surpassing 20% ratings and getting ready to usurp some more records after stealing Goblin’s place in tvN history this week (whattt).

In the wake of that uproar, our other weekend shows are starting to suffer a bit, with a dropping ratings for Missing Crown Prince and 7 Escape: Resurrection. Wonderful World also saw a drop for its finale, but had a great run overall.
 

Drama viewership ratings for the week of April 8-14, 2024

Ep. # Station Rating
Monday, April 8
The Midnight Studio 8 ENA 2.2%
Nothing Uncovered 7 KBS 2.9%
Lovely Runner 1 tvN 3.1%
Tuesday, April 9
The Midnight Studio 9 ENA 2.1%
Nothing Uncovered 8 KBS 3.8%
Lovely Runner 2 tvN 2.7%
Friday, April 12
Wonderful World 13 MBC 11.4%
7 Escape – Resurrection 5 SBS 3.1%
Saturday, April 13
Hide 7 JTBC 4.3%
Beauty and Mr. Romantic 7 KBS 14.4%
Wonderful World 14 MBC 9.2%
Missing Crown Prince 1 MBN 1.5%
7 Escape – Resurrection 6 SBS 2.4%
Queen of Tears 11 tvN 16.8%
Sunday, April 14
Hide 8 JTBC 4.7%
Beauty and Mr. Romantic 8 KBS 16.8%
Missing Crown Prince 2 MBN 1.1%
Queen of Tears 12 tvN 20.7%

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Damn, QoT's Seoul metro ratings for EP12 is only a hair strand close to CLOY's finale.

CLOY = 23.249
QoT = 23.242

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I don't think Seoul ratings are considered in wikipedia page or other articles because they mention CLOY's rating as 21.68 which is the nationwide ratings.

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Still a noteworthy fact though. Kinda like when Goblin was the first cable drama to reach 20% in any capacity (although for Seoul only) and that got a few articles.

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Getting 9.2% for the final episode can be considered as a good achievement for MBC's Wonderful World especially when it shares the same screening time as QoT. A good start for MBC's first modern drama for 2024.

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Yes, not bad. At least it got double-digits on Friday.

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Saturday is really....tough.

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It’s actually huge of them to keep 9.2%. Last Sunday they dropped down to 6.8%. So well done WW for sure. Didn’t care for the drama personally but the KNJ was amazing

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**saturday

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Ep 8 of NU increased in rating. Not surprising. I wonder if it can maintain this momentum in the second half of the drama.

A decent start for Lovely runner. Surprised Ep 2 took a dip.

I didn't quite enjoy ep 12 of QoT. Except for the last segment nothing much happened. It definitely is set up break some records.

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The ratings don't seem to reflect Beaniedom's enthusiasm for Lovely Runner. (Nothing new).

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It reminds me of A Poem A Day.

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Lovely Runner has been facing some backlash in South Korea from netizens who believe the plot is (disrespectfully) inspired by SHINee’s Jonghyun. Not sure how prevalent this opinion is and whether it's gained enough traction to affect ratings, but if I've learned anything from K-dramas, it's to never underestimate the power of netizens.

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Thanks for sharing this. I won’t complain about the backlash even though I don’t understand it. I hope it doesn’t become bigger and harm any of the actors and other people associated with the drama. To still mourn Jonghyun loss is his fans prerogative as his and other deaths to suicide are devastating, replete with grief and long lasting. However, to equate a fictional plot having common themes with a reality that SK itself is clearly struggling to acknowledge openly and seek preventative actions for is just blaming the wrong people.

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I think the backlash was made worse when the drama premiered on Apr 8th, probably due to broadcast schedule and to coincide with an actual total eclipse, but it unfortunately happens to also be Jonghyun's birthdate.

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Thanks for mentioning that extra info. Grief makes people grasp at straws. That’s understandable even if not reasonable. Is there a superstition associated with the total eclipse?

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I expected saturday's QoT ratings to reach 19% or if not maintain the rating from last sunday's episode, but I guess other dramas do have a small impact on QoT. Let's see the ratings for next week because this week was a bit slow with a major focus on the slush fund and Eun-boring with his obsession.

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I actually quite like how the drama finally spent time - and showcasing Park Sung-hoon’s acting - on Eun-whatever’s obsession of Hae-in. That whole dinner scene is quite a revelation. He came in for Hae-in whilst the mom is all about honey.

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Yes so so much. I find Eun-sung really fascinating in a character study sort of way. I love learning more about his motivations which clearly has nil to do with money and everything to do with Hae-in. There were several scenes where I was seething, then somehow PSH allows Eun-sung some vulnerability and I get sucked right into the pity state. He’s just killing it. I loved him in Glory no doubt, but this is heads and shoulders above imo. He’s so much more human here despite being an absolute psycho.

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Glad they cast PSH for this role - it’s not cardboard villain and the occasional vulnerability he let off is so good to see.

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Personally, I don't think this is peak PSH's performance. The writing of his character is one dimensional and it doesn't allow him to showcase his range. The writer could have fleshed out his background and showed him as a traumatised soul, but since she didn't and chose his role to be an obsessive deluded liar. So, this is no challenging role for PSH given his resume and talent.

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I think the writing of the Yoon Eun-seong character is exactly right for Queen of Tears - I'm personally sick of the "poor me, she didn't pick me" traditional second male lead so to me, it's actually interesting to see one who behaves more like a classic 00s kdrama 2nd female lead - you know the type - pursues the male lead over all objections, threatens the female lead for having the audacity to be the person the object of her affection likes, behaves like an all-round no-boundaries pain in the bum BUT with this drama making it really clear that's unacceptable, manipulative and unhinged the deeper we get into his character. Presenting such a character as sympathetic because he's 'traumatised' would be borderline morally irresponsible towards female viewers, if you ask me (and I feel that way about enough jerk male leads in previous kdramas too) - PSH can play it differently in another drama, but for this one the writing of the character works.

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But outright lies! Wae!! 🤷‍♀️

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While next week may not see much change, especially if evil gang remains the focus I'm expecting the final week to have phenomenal ratings. 👏

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Amazing ratings for Queen of Tears!
I am enjoying every episode and can't seem to stop crying in alot of scenes this week.
The fast paced storytelling reminds me a bit of Perfect Marriage Revenge, which also include the beautiful Lee Mi Sook playing a mom role.
With four more episodes to go, it is poised to do better in ratings if the story continue to be engaging amd satisfying!

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I'm gutted that 0.363% of viewers missed out on the cutest plot twist ever in the second episode of Lovely Runner. Hope next week's ratings pick up and run.

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🤣🤣🤣 I want both my mon-tues dramas to do well
The Midnight Studio as well as Carry Sun-Jae and Run need to run ahead with the ratings.

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QoT is definately passing Sky Castle and Crash Landing on You.

I doubt it will get close to Reborn Rich or the Citizen Kane of Makjang "World of the Married", but being number 3 on the all time list is not too shabby.

I wonder if IU regrets passing on the role of female lead

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IU might but then again, she has to juggle acting in dramas with her main gig. There may have been impossible scheduling conflicts.

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I didn't IU was the first request, that would have been fun too, but I love Kim Ji Won, so no real loss.

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She already acted an icy queen with Hotel del Luna and made different dramas with KSH.

Her next drama with Park Bo-Gum looks good.

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I'm conflicted with IU acting. I don't find her particularly great actress (that's just my personal opinion) but I do think she's Eastern Asia's Taylor Swift, so absolutely talented she is in the songwriting and music domain. I think she needs to focus on music and have these acting gigs as infrequent side jobs.

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Nah I doubt she regret it. She has other priorities.
I think the role was meant for Kim Ji Won. She is doing great as Hong Hae In and my fave character in the show.

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I know IU was offered the role and I like her as an actress, but I can't imagine Hong Hae-in being played by anyone but Kim Ji-won.
There's a level of skill and subtlety to her acting that goes well beyond what anyone else would have brought to the part, it really was meant for her.

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I agree. KJW fully made Hong Hae In her own. I couldnt imagine anyone else for the role.

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QUEEN OF TEARS deserves the love.

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QoT deserves even more love! 😂

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I'm rooting for it to hit the quarter-century by finale, but even if it doesn't, 20 percent with four episodes still to go is an incredible achievement and should make tvN very happy.

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A "miraculous" 10 percent increase is too much to ask for but I do think 25% should be doable. 🤞

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Queen of Tears, love it! Also really enjoying Hide, keeps me on my toes guessing reasons for who does what.

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No doubt that Queen of Tears will keep going up.

Sad to see the low numbers for the weekday slots. And dang, no Wed/Thurs local shows at all. Would love to see the ratings for Lovely Runner rise.

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Judging from its ratings, Korean viewers can't find the missing crown prince.

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LOL Suho hilariously said in an interview that he’s enjoying QOT but to please watch that it OTT and watch Crown Prince on tv. Had a good laugh about it.

Right now any drama being released in the general vicinity of QOT is bound to get shot badly. But there’s only 4 more episodes (and 2 specials lol) so if they all just hang on a bit more, the weekend dramas will eventually even put a bit more.

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You couldn’t resist, could you? That was low hanging fruit.

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Lol... i tried watching ep1 and I stopped. I will just reserve that drama later this week probably.

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I hope the last two episodes of Queen of tears stay in the 20’s I would love it to hit 25% but I know that is a big ask in this day and age and new dramas will be dropping.

Please, please, please can Lovely runner get 5% the low number for the Monday/Tuesday dramas is such a shame for the cast and crew and does not reflect their efforts.

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I reckon 5% for Lovely Runner is a big ask. I'm just hoping for True Beauty numbers because both dramas are written by the same screenwriter.

There's only one new drama dropping before Queen of Tears' last two episodes next week, and that's Chief Detective 1958 premiering this Friday. It won't be Queen of Tears' competition.

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It is a huge ask but still, we can all dream💪🏾

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I just hope a ‘scandal’ doesn’t come into existence because of what DaebakGrits said is being said about the drama.

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I googled it and the names of 4 other idols who have died came up, it is so sad. No other country treats their entertainers the way SK does and the dodgy fans, and the pressure and exploitation from some companies etc. all play a role. The number of suicides keeps increasing so any portrayal of an idol’s death will share similarities with real life cases. This reaction changes the narrative from we need to change the system so no one else feels this level distress and that this is their only option, to this production focused on one specific person.
This situation must really upset the grieving families of all entertainers who died in this way, as the fans are seen as the one’s suffering.

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Usually, rating misters plateau at a certain point and just pick up at the finale. But so far, QOT hasn’t had a week where Saturday ratings didn’t beat previous Saturday’s ratings. And sundays is when it goes for the stars lol. This drama is performing better than anyone imagined I’d say. In today’s world, with OTT being so prominent, and episodes all being available immediately - to see a rom com (and I do say that vaguely LOL) earn this sort of numbers is quite the feat. If it ended with 12 episodes, they’d have still broke 20%. Crazy. The team should be proud of themselves.

Very interested in this week’s ratings for Lovely Runner. It has quite the following in Korea. So many posts about it everywhere throughout last week. I think it has the potential to pick up from word of mouth. Tbh it’s been a while since I’ve followed Korean community sites, so I don’t know how the hype compares to Samdalri or Dr Slump etc. But I’m interested in how it translates (if it does) to ratings.

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*ratings monster

My auto correct is on overdrive today lol

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I would contend any day of the week that “Like Flowers in Sand” deserves so much more love from the Korean audience than it got. It was wonderful and a breath of fresh air. I have been watching QOT without much emotional investment and ffng liberally in parts which test my patience. As good as the acting of the majority are, the plot is largely ludicrous pap. I also don’t like to be made to feel sorry for the chaebol class. This drama humanises them and I rather keep my sympathies and tears for those who are not the parasitic and exploitative class.

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Right?? I picked up QoT again for the cameo (which was *chef’s kiss*) and I thought the chaebol family being overtaken was interesting. Tho after skimming the subsequent episodes eh. It would’ve been neat if they didn’t get back their ‘empire’. None of them are competent apart from Kim Ji-won’s character, even tho her trillion something club makes me laugh at the absurdity of rich peoples goals. Plus deserving and being entitled to massive generation wealth is apparently relatable for 99% of the population lol

I feel the team behind QoT got the wrong message from the film PARASITE. It looks like they thought the poor family were the (only) ‘parasites’ and thus created such a story…

Beware of the “poors” they are all psychos smh 🤦‍♀️

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I totally agree.
I find it so problematic that there is this concerted artistic effort to humanise these chaebols by arguing that, eh, they are just harmless silly people. This is pernicious and while this drama (and its ilk) is/are obviously immensely popular with the viewers, it doesn’t speak truth to power in any shape or form like the best art forms should. This is just a glossy soapy with good acting but it is really bereft of much worth. I don’t understand the devotion to and popularity of it in any way. In real life, the chaebol class has consistently denied the humanity and human rights of the workers and those without connections and wealth. Why should they get the kid gloves treatment in fiction as well as in RL?

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I love k drama💖💖🌌🌌

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