Among the nine new dramas that started last week, Witch’s Court stands out as the one which gained the most in the second episode. Meanwhile, Temperature of Love set a new record despite the premieres of its two new rivals while The Package posted dismal ratings below 2 %.

Korean Drama Rating from October 9-15, 2017. All rating values are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.
DateNetworkDramaEpisode No. (/total)Rating
Oct 9KBS2Witch's Court1/166.6
Oct 9MBC20th Century Boy and Girl1/323.9
Oct 9MBC20th Century Boy and Girl2/324.2
Oct 9MBC20th Century Boy and Girl3/323.5
Oct 9MBC20th Century Boy and Girl4/323.1
Oct 9SBSTemperature of Love13/409.3
Oct 9SBSTemperature of Love14/4011.2
Oct 9tvNBecause This Is My First Life1/162.023
Oct 10KBS2Witch's Court2/169.5
Oct 10SBSTemperature of Love15/408.8
Oct 10SBSTemperature of Love16/4010.3
Oct 10tvNBecause This Is My First Life2/162.647
Oct 11KBS2Mad Dog1/165.5
Oct 11MBCHospital Ship25/327.5
Oct 11MBCHospital Ship26/329.3
Oct 11SBSWhile You Were Sleeping9/328.1
Oct 11SBSWhile You Were Sleeping10/329.4
Oct 11tvNAvengers Social Club1/122.900
Oct 12KBS2Mad Dog2/164.8
Oct 12MBCHospital Ship27/328.5
Oct 12MBCHospital Ship28/3210.0
Oct 12SBSWhile You Were Sleeping11/328.9
Oct 12SBSWhile You Were Sleeping12/329.7
Oct 12tvNAvengers Social Club2/124.636
Oct 13JTBCThe Package1/121.749
Oct 13KBS2Go Back Couple1/164.6
Oct 14JTBCThe Package2/121.685
Oct 14KBS2Go Back Couple2/166.0
Oct 14OCNBlack1/162.141
Oct 14tvNRevolutionary Love1/162.501
Oct 15OCNBlack2/163.876
Oct 15tvNRevolutionary Love2/163.533

Korean Drama Rating Highlights

1. Witch’s Court pulls in almost 10 % during first week. Wow, KBS2’s first ever legal drama this year premiered with a modest 6.6 % but ended the week at 9.5 %, a 2.9 percentage point improvement. Among the nine dramas that started last week, Witch’s Court recorded the biggest leap in just two episodes, signaling a likely competitive broadcast against rival Temperature of Love.

2. Temperature of Love achieves highest rating amid premieres of two rivals. Despite the addition of two new dramas on Mondays and Tuesdays, Temperature of Love continues to record more than good enough numbers and even renewed its highest rating. It managed to achieve 11.2 % last week, breaking the previous highest record of 11.0 %.

3. Avengers Social Club off to a good start with 4.636 %. tvN’s new revenge drama about three revenge-seeking ahjummas premiered with 2.900 % and managed to gain 1.7 percentage point to end the week at a 4.636 %. It’s more rewarding when a show starts as an average drama and goes on to become an achiever (wait, 2.9 % isn’t even average these days especially for tvN). If this trend continues, it seems like tvN will have another hit.

4. Black, Revolutionary Love gets promising start. Black started off with 2.141 % and increased to 3.876 % in the second episode while Revolutionary Love premiered with 2.501 % and ended the week at 3.533 %. These are pretty good numbers for both shows especially if you look at the changes in ratings.

5. Hospital Ship, While You Were Sleeping neck and neck in competition. While You Were Sleeping pulled off its highest-rated broadcast last week, at 9.7 %. However, Hospital Ship remains an arch-rival as the medical drama was trailing the supernatural series very closely. With the very small difference and fluctuations in ratings, you can’t really tell which one dominates.

6. 20th Century Boy And Girl suffers from low viewership. MBC aired four episodes of 20th Century Boy And Girl back to back on Monday but it did not do good for the drama and instead resulted in a poor rating of 3.1 %. It would be hard for the show to recover significantly this week given the strength of its rivals.

7. The Package starts off with ratings below 2 %. JTBC’s third pre-produced drama this year is a complete flop as far as the first week is concerned. It premiered with 1.749 % which dropped to 1.685 % in the second episode. But it still has 10 episodes left to maintain the status quo of JTBC dramas’ performance in ratings.

Weekly Ranking

This ranking of ongoing dramas is based on the average nationwide ratings of the dramas’ episodes that aired until October 15, 2017.

Free-to-Air Dramas (dramas from KBS, MBC, and SBS)

  1. Hospital Ship – 10.1 %
  2. Temperature of Love – 9.2 %
  3. While You Were Sleeping – 8.2 %
  4. Witch’s Court – 8.1 %
  5. Go Back Couple – 5.3 %
  6. Mad Dog – 5.2 %
  7. 20th Century Boy and Girl – 3.7 %

Cable Dramas (dramas from JTBC, OCN, and tvN)

  1. Avengers Social Club – 3.768 %
  2. Revolutionary Love – 3.017 %
  3. Black – 3.009 %
  4. Because This Is My First Life – 2.335 %
  5. The Package – 1.717 %

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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Me? Just an ordinary lad with an extraordinary (says this something called ‘stereotype’) habit of watching Korean dramas. It started with action-filled City Hunter and the rest, as they say, is history.

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