Korean Drama Rating from August 28 to September 3, 2017

Last week saw Live Up To Your Name solidifying its status as a popular weekend cable drama that draws the attention of more viewers in each new episode. The time-slip medical-sageuk series has nearly overtaken Secret Forest‘s achievement of having recorded the highest-rated episode among tvN dramas this year. In contrast, Manhole: Feel So Good suffered the biggest setback to date, bringing about a number that has never even been seen by the lowest-rated free-to-air drama in 2016.

Korean Drama Rating from August 28 to September 3, 2017. All rating values are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.
DateNetworkDramaEpisode No. (/total)Rating
Aug 28KBSSchool 201713/164.3
Aug 28MBCThe King Loves25/406.4
Aug 28MBCThe King Loves26/406.4
Aug 28SBSFalsify21/329.6
Aug 28SBSFalsify22/3210.9
Aug 29KBSSchool 201714/164.4
Aug 29MBCThe King Loves27/406.9
Aug 29MBCThe King Loves28/407.1
Aug 29SBSFalsify23/329.9
Aug 29SBSFalsify24/3211.6
Aug 30KBSManhole: Feel So Good7/162.0
Aug 30MBCHospital Ship1/3210.6
Aug 30MBCHospital Ship2/3212.4
Aug 30SBSReunited Worlds25/325.4
Aug 30SBSReunited Worlds26/326.8
Aug 30tvNCriminal Minds11/162.036
Aug 31KBSManhole: Feel So Good8/161.4
Aug 31MBCHospital Ship3/328.9
Aug 31MBCHospital Ship4/3210.7
Aug 31SBSReunited Worlds27/326.3
Aug 31SBSReunited Worlds28/326.5
Aug 31tvNCriminal Minds12/162.514
Sep 1KBSStrongest Deliveryman9/165.2
Sep 1JTBCAge of Youth 23/121.657
Sep 2KBSStrongest Deliveryman10/166.5
Sep 2JTBCAge of Youth 24/122.431
Sep 2OCNSave Me9/162.433
Sep 2tvNLive Up To Your Name7/165.541
Sep 3OCNSave Me10/163.028
Sep 3tvNLive Up To Your Name8/166.357

Korean Drama Rating Highlights

1. Live Up To Your Name breaks through 6 % mark. The time travel medical drama on tvN finally recorded a remarkable 6.357 % in ratings, surpassing the record of hit Secret Forest that managed to achieve over 6 % only on its last episode. Surely, tvN’s executives are all smiles due to this achievement that is slowly covering up the slump in ratings it went through in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Kim Ah-joong, the lead female actress of the series, sure knows how to choose a good project. She was courted by the same network to play the leading role in the currently airing Criminal Minds, but she declined the offer and ended up taking Live Up To Your Name instead. The drama’s recent achievement in viewer ratings can be attributed to its interesting storyline and effective cliffhangers.

2. Hospital Ship premieres with double-digit rating. MBC’s first medical drama this year started off its run with 10.6 % and 12.4 %, becoming the sixth drama in 2017 to premiere with ratings surpassing 10 %. The rating dropped to 8.9 % in the following episode but recovered right away to end the first week with an impressive 10.7 %. The 3.5 percentage point-drop in rating in the third episode was rather unexpected but if the general upward trend continues, the hospital ship can be expected to have a smooth voyage throughout.

3. Age of Youth 2 drops to 1.6 % but pulls off highest rating the next day. The youth drama suddenly lost 0.75 percentage point on its third episode versus the previous one, recording a dismal 1.657 %.  Fortunately, it recovered in the following episode and achieved its highest rating to date of 2.431 %. With this development, the drama still holds the potential to become another rating hit for cable network JTBC.

4. Manhole: Feel So Good records all-time low rating below 2%. Manhole managed to maintain its 2 % rating despite competing with Hospital Ship‘s solid premiere but it finally dropped to 1.4 % in the following episode, becoming the first ever free-to-air drama since 2016 to record a nationwide rating below 2 %. Poor Manhole, it’s going to suffer more if Hospital Ship continues to dominate the competition and when the star-studded While You Were Sleeping premieres on September 27.

5. Save Me surpasses 3 %. OCN just proved anew that it’s no more the underdog cable network as far as TV ratings are concerned. Its latest cult thriller Save Me recorded 3.028 % on its latest episode and its past records show that it is very likely to achieve even higher ratings in the coming weeks.

6. Criminal Minds posts lowest rating since premiere. The Korean remake of the hit US TV series of the same name started its run with a record-breaking rating but has since then just hovering around 3 %. Last week saw its lowest rating so far, at 2.036 %. Although this is still a decent value by cable TV standards, the overall negative trend in ratings means no good news for tvN.

7. Strongest Deliveryman fails to sustain momentum. The rating of KBS’s Friday-Saturday drama decreased to 5.2 % a week after it achieved over 7 %. However, this improved to 6.5 % in the following episode, suggesting that the drama can still rise up in ratings and surpass 7 % once again.

Weekly Ranking

This ranking of ongoing dramas is based on the average nationwide ratings of the dramas’ episodes that aired until September 3, 2017.

Free-to-Air Dramas (dramas from KBS, MBC, and SBS)
  1. Falsify – 11.0 %
  2. Hospital Ship – 10.7 %
  3. The King Loves – 6.7 %
  4. Reunited Worlds – 6.7 %
  5. Strongest Deliveryman – 5.6 %
  6. School 2017 – 4.5 %
  7. Manhole: Feel So Good – 2.2 %
Cable Dramas (dramas from JTBC, OCN, and tvN)
  1. Live Up To Your Name – 4.889 %
  2. Criminal Minds – 2.913 %
  3. Age of Youth 2 – 2.180 %
  4. Save Me – 2.050 %


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