A total of five dramas concluded their broadcast last week with Witch’s Court, Mad Dog, and Because This Is My First Life achieving their highest rating during the finale. Two new series, meanwhile, started airing and it’s SBS’s Doubtful Victory that emerged as winner of the week. With old dramas leaving and new ones coming to heat up the competition, December is sure a busy month for all the avid fans out there.

Korean Drama Rating from November 27 to December 3, 2017. All rating values are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.
DateNetworkDramaEpisode No. (/total)Rating
November 27KBS2Witch's Court15/1611.9
November 27MBC20th Century Boy and Girl29/323.2
November 27MBC20th Century Boy and Girl30/323.5
November 27MBCTwo Cops1/324.6
November 27MBCTwo Cops2/325.1
November 27SBSDoubtful Victory1/405.0
November 27SBSDoubtful Victory2/405.4
November 27tvNBecause This Is My First Life15/163.786
November 28KBS2Witch's Court16/1614.3
November 28MBC20th Century Boy and Girl31/322.8
November 28MBC20th Century Boy and Girl32/324.0
November 28MBCTwo Cops3/323.3
November 28MBCTwo Cops4/323.6
November 28SBSDoubtful Victory3/404.5
November 28SBSDoubtful Victory4/404.9
November 28tvNBecause This Is My First Life16/164.931
November 29KBS2Mad Dog15/167.5
November 29SBSNothing to Lose5/326.0
November 29SBSNothing to Lose6/327.5
November 29tvNPrison Playbook3/164.698
November 30KBS2Mad Dog16/169.7
November 30SBSNothing to Lose7/326.7
November 30SBSNothing to Lose8/326.6
November 30tvNPrison Playbook4/165.468
December 1JTBCUntouchable3/162.314
December 2JTBCUntouchable4/163.357
December 2KBS2My Golden Life27/5035.7
December 2MBCMoney Flower7/2411.1
December 2MBCMoney Flower8/2415.3
December 2SBSBravo My Life21/607.4
December 2SBSBravo My Life22/608.3
December 2SBSBravo My Life23/608.6
December 2SBSBravo My Life24/608.7
December 2OCNBlack15/182.453
December 2tvNRevolutionary Love15/162.418
December 3KBS2My Golden Life28/5038.8
December 3MBCMan Who Sets The Table25/5010.4
December 3MBCMan Who Sets The Table26/5015.1
December 3OCNBlack16/183.470
December 3tvNRevolutionary Love16/163.306

Korean Drama Rating Highlights

1. Witch’s Court pulls in 14.3 % during finale; 20th Century Boy and Girl gets 4.0 %. KBS2’s legal drama Witch Court ended its successful run last week with an impressive 14.3 %, its highest record that caused the average rating to increase further to 10.6 % (which is as good as Fight For My Way‘s 10.9 %). It’s a welcome news for the network that suffered a sluggish performance from the series’ predecessors—Lingerie Girls Generation and School 2017. On the other hand, MBC’s rom-com 20th Century Boy and Girl managed to break through 4.0 % again (after 24 episodes). This number still implies low viewership albeit it is the drama’s highest rating in the last six weeks.

2. Prison Playbook renews peak rating. The latest drama from PD Shin Won-ho of Reply 1988 suffered a slight drop in rating on episode 3 but it recovered quickly to end the week with 5.468 %. This is now its peak rating, breaking the previous record (5.381 %) it obtained during the pilot week. If Prison Playbook continues to entice more viewers into following its story, then it’s only a matter of time before it surpasses 6.0 %.

3. Doubtful Victory emerges victorious against Two Cops. Two new Mon-Tue crime dramas premiered last week—SBS’s Doubtful Victory and MBC’s Two Cops. The former beat the latter (5.0 % versus 4.6 %) by a small margin during the very first episode but the gap went on to increase the next day (4.5 % versus 3.3 %). The noticeable drop in ratings for both shows can be explained partly by the successful ending of Witch’s Court. Also, one might ask why Two Cops premiered when 20th Century Boy and Girl was still airing at that time. MBC can’t afford to air its new drama a week later than Doubtful Victory‘s schedule, so it went on to broadcast 20th Century Boy and Girl one hour earlier than its original airing time and had Two Cops aired at 10 pm against Doubtful Victory

4. Because This Is My First Life ends broadcast with almost 5 %. tvN’s slice-of-life romance drama concluded its 8-week run with a 4.931 % achievement, just a little away from the coveted 5 %. This is a very decent final rating though, and the series getting an average of 3.5 % is still something the cable network can be proud of. In terms of average ratings, Because This Is My First Life has actually become the highest-rated Mon-Tue tvN drama, beating the globally popular Bride of the Water God and the much-loved Circle.

5. Mad Dog achieves highest rating on final episode. Mad Dog also aired its final episode last week and did so with 9.7 % in audience share, which is quite remarkable considering that its average rating stands at only 6.6 %. Nothing To Lose saw a slight decrease as a result.

6. Revolutionary Love concludes broadcast with 3.3. Revolutionary Love failed to sustain tvN’s high drama viewership on weekends when it ended with 3.306 % in ratings and got an average of only 2.911 %. These numbers pale in comparison with what Secret Forest and Live Up To Your Name achieved. They are not pretty bad though; the network may have a better luck next time with a family melodrama from the screenwriter of Dear My Friends and a fantasy romance series from the Hong Sisters.

Weekly Ranking

This ranking of ongoing dramas (excluding weekend series from KBS2, MBC, and SBS) is based on the average nationwide ratings of the dramas’ episodes that aired until December 3, 2017.

Free-to-Air Dramas (dramas from KBS, MBC, and SBS)
  1. Witch’s Court – 10.6 %
  2. Nothing To Lose – 7.1 %
  3. Mad Dog – 6.4 %
  4. Doubtful Victory – 4.8 %
  5. Two Cops – 4.2 %
  6. 20th Century Boy and Girl – 3.1 %
Cable Dramas (dramas from JTBC, OCN, and tvN)
  1. Prison Playbook – 5.046 %
  2. Because This Is My First Life – 3.502 %
  3. Black – 3.285 %
  4. Revolutionary Love – 2.911 %
  5. Untouchable – 2.822 %

Charts*

(not available this week)

*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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