Three dramas aired their finale last week with Avengers Social Club ending with a bang as tvN’s 2nd highest-rated series so far in 2017. While You Were Sleeping, meanwhile, made its exit with decent but lower ratings than expected considering that MBC’s prime-time drama slot was still empty (and was filled by something else) and those cliffhangers which are actually pretty strong. On one hand, The Package achieved its highest rating albeit it did nothing to save its overall poor performance.

Korean Drama Rating from November 13-19 2017. All rating values are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.
DateNetworkDramaEpisode No. (/total)Rating
Nov 13KBS2Witch's Court11/1610.5
Nov 13MBC20th Century Boy and Girl21/322.8
Nov 13MBC20th Century Boy and Girl22/322.7
Nov 13SBSTemperature of Love31/325.8
Nov 13SBSTemperature of Love32/327.0
Nov 13tvNBecause This Is My First Life11/163.528
Nov 14KBS2Witch's Court12/1611.9
Nov 14MBC20th Century Boy and Girl23/323.4
Nov 14MBC20th Century Boy and Girl24/323.0
Nov 14SBSTemperature of Love33/326.4
Nov 14SBSTemperature of Love34/327.3
Nov 14tvNBecause This Is My First Life12/163.940
Nov 15KBS2Mad Dog11/166.8
Nov 15SBSWhile You Were Sleeping29/328.1
Nov 15SBSWhile You Were Sleeping30/329.6
Nov 15tvNAvengers Social Club11/125.495
Nov 16KBS2Mad Dog12/166.4
Nov 16SBSWhile You Were Sleeping31/328.7
Nov 16SBSWhile You Were Sleeping32/329.7
Nov 16tvNAvengers Social Club12/126.330
Nov 17JTBCThe Package11/121.540
Nov 17KBS2Go Back Couple11/165.4
Nov 18JTBCThe Package12/122.381
Nov 18KBS2Go Back Couple12/167.3
Nov 18OCNBlack11/162.535
Nov 18tvNRevolutionary Love11/162.690
Nov 19OCNBlack12/163.074
Nov 19tvNRevolutionary Love12/162.854

Korean Drama Rating Highlights

1. Avengers Social Club ends 6-week run as 2nd highest-rated 2017 tvN drama.  It’s time for the Avengers to bid farewell to its audience that intently followed its short but successful broadcast. The series pulled in a final rating of 6.330 %, it’s all-time high record which comes third on the list of highest-rated tvN drama finale in 2017—next to Live Up To Your Name‘s 6.907 % and Secret Forest‘s 6.568 %. In terms of average ratings, however, the series beat Secret Forest‘s 4.562 % with its impressive 5.159 % and thus follows only Live Up To Your Name on this year’s viewership-based ranking of tvN dramas to date. Something in this revenge show has caught the attention of more viewers than expected.

2. While You Were Sleeping concludes broadcast with near 10 % rating. As far as TV ratings are concerned, While You Were Sleeping can’t be considered a megahit drama in South Korea as proved by its finale episode nationwide audience share of 9.7 %, the second highest rating it obtained over the past 8 weeks. Sure, this number is by no means small but it pales in comparison to known popular drama’s ending which got a whopping number, such as Descendants of the Sun‘ 38.8 % and Goblin‘s 18.7 %. Well, it’s not like the series HAS TO BE as high-rated as the mentioned hits, but given its potential to rule the viewership with its solid PD-writer pair and popular leads Lee Jong-suk and Suzy plus the fact that it was completely pre-produced (yeah, the cinematography and editing were gorgeous), one couldn’t help but expect at least a double-digit average for the drama. The series managed to reap only a modest 8.3 %, albeit it’s the second highest in last week’s ranking. Anyways, the drama has received positive reviews and so much love from the international viewers, so it’s a win for the production team after all!

3. Go Back Couple achieves new highest rating. This time-travel romance drama has broken its own record anew with the 7.3 % it obtained last week, which beats the previous all-time high record of 6.7 %. Its rating has been actually dropping steadily since episode 8 but the latest episode came to the rescue and slightly increased its average rating to 5.8 % (versus the previous week’s 5.7 %). If it will be able to surpass this record, then it will unseat Strongest Deliveryman from being the highest-rated Friday-Saturday KBS2 drama this year. Go Back Couple is the last drama to be aired during the said time slot (at least for this year) as the network seems unsatisfied with the results brought about by the shows.

4. The Package pulls off highest-rated broadcast during finale. Good and bad news welcome The Package‘s last week. If Avengers Social Club ended as the 2nd highest-rated tvN drama so far this year, The Package also concluded its run as the 2nd…the 2nd lowest-rated JTBC drama so far in 2017. At least, its 1.827 % average is a bit higher than Solomon’s Perjury‘s 1.190 % and somehow it got to enjoy its highest viewership in the last episode, at 2.381 %. JTBC’s winning streak (which started in February with Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) in drama viewership has been stopped because of this series. Nevertheless, the cable network should know that so many international fans admire the series’ unconventional storytelling with a heart and that it’s one of the most notable dramas JTBC has aired this year.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning this week (November 20-26), we will now include the viewership data and highlights of weekend dramas from KBS2, MBC, and SBS in our database and weekly ratings update.

Weekly Ranking

This ranking of ongoing dramas is based on the average nationwide ratings of the dramas’ episodes that aired until November 19, 2017.

Free-to-Air Dramas (dramas from KBS, MBC, and SBS)
  1. Witch’s Court – 10.0 %
  2. While You Were Sleeping – 8.3 %
  3. Temperature of Love – 8.1 %
  4. Mad Dog – 6.1 %
  5. Go Back Couple – 5.8 %
  6. 20th Century Boy and Girl – 3.2 %
Cable Dramas (dramas from JTBC, OCN, and tvN)
  1. Avengers Social Club – 5.159 %
  2. Black – 3.422 %
  3. Because This Is My First Life – 3.294 %
  4. Revolutionary Love – 2.963 %
  5. The Package – 1.827 %

Charts*

*The use of the charts above for whatever purpose is allowed provided that the content using the charts links back to this post or to www.kdramapal.com.

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