Korean Drama Rating from September 25 to October 1, 2017

Weekend cable dramas made the most notable improvements in viewership ratings last week, with JTBC’s Age of Youth surpassing 4 % and tvN’s Live Up To Your Name finally breaking the peak record of its predecessor, Secret Forest. Meanwhile, Manhole: Feel So Good finally ended its 8-week broadcast, setting the record of having the lowest-rated episode ever for any free-to-air drama since 2016.

Korean Drama Rating from September 25 to October 1, 2017. All rating values are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.
DateNetworkDramaEpisode No. (/total)Rating
Sep 25KBSLingerie Girls' Generation5/84.2
Sep 25SBSTemperature of Love5/408.2
Sep 25SBSTemperature of Love6/4010.4
Sep 25tvNArgon7/82.786
Sep 26KBSLingerie Girls' Generation6/84.7
Sep 26SBSTemperature of Love7/408.6
Sep 26SBSTemperature of Love8/4011.0
Sep 26tvNArgon8/82.761
Sep 27KBSManhole: Feel So Good15/161.9
Sep 27MBCHospital Ship17/329.8
Sep 27MBCHospital Ship18/3210.6
Sep 27SBSWhile You Were Sleeping1/327.2
Sep 27SBSWhile You Were Sleeping2/329.2
Sep 27tvNCriminal Minds19/202.241
Sep 28KBSManhole: Feel So Good16/161.9
Sep 28MBCHospital Ship19/329.3
Sep 28MBCHospital Ship20/3211.3
Sep 28SBSWhile You Were Sleeping3/328.3
Sep 28SBSWhile You Were Sleeping4/329.2
Sep 28tvNCriminal Minds20/203.048
Sep 29JTBCAge of Youth 211/143.657
Sep 29JTBCAge of Youth 212/144.069
Sep 30tvNLive Up To Your Name15/164.959
Oct 1tvNLive Up To Your Name16/16

Korean Drama Rating Highlights

1. Live Up To Your Name surpasses peak rating of Secret Forest. It’s quite an exit for tvN’s medical sageuk time-travel drama as it ended last night with an impressive 6.907 % and stripped Secret Forest of the title of having recorded the highest episode rating for a tvN drama this year. Secret Forest achieved 6.568 % during its final broadcast, so Live Up To Your Name surpassed its record by 0.339 percentage point. Way to go tvN!

2. Age of Youth 2 achieves 4 %. JTBC has proven yet again the recent boom in its own cable Kdramas thanks to the successful sequel Age of Youth 2, which is now the 4th drama in a row that achieved more than satisfying results in terms of viewership ratings. The coming-of-age series managed to record its highest rating on Friday night and surpassed this anew the next day with the 4.069 % recorded by the 12th episode. As a result, it has moved two places up the weekly ranking, beating Criminal Minds and Argon.

3. Temperature of Love surpasses 10 %-mark. It only took a week for this series to achieve double-digit ratings, an improvement we can partly attribute to the lack of a rival over at MBC. 20th Century Boy and Girl was originally planned to premiere last week but MBC changed the schedule due to the general strikes in the past weeks that caused delays in the production. Temperature of Love then went on to obtain 11.0 %. Nice, but can it maintain this record? It didn’t really start as strong as Falsify so most likely, no, assuming that 20th Century Boy and Girl won’t mess up its premiere today.

4. While You Were Sleeping off to a good start with 9.2 %. The newest supernatural romance from SBS premiered with just-OK numbers, but surely these numbers weren’t what SBS expected prior to the drama’s run. To be exact, the drama’s first episode recorded 7.2 % and ended the first week at 9.2 %. It barely affected the ratings of rival Hospital Ship but whether or not it’s going to be the case throughout its broadcast will be revealed this week. The drama should pull off a double-digit-reaping broadcast this Wednesday if it impressed the local audience last week.

5. Criminal Minds finishes 10-week broadcast at 3.048 %. Not bad, but considering that this show started off with record-breaking 4.187 % two months ago makes the drama’s overall performance not good either. It’s full of ups and downs for Criminal Minds but at least it didn’t go below 2 %. The lowest it recorded is 2.036 % and the average stands at 2.772 %.

6. Argon ends at 2.761 %. It did not hit 3 % again but overall the show managed to make a good record for tvN. Argon’s 2.698 % average rating makes it the second highest-rated tvN drama on Mondays and Tuesdays, just next to Bride of the Water God.

7. Manhole: Feel So Good records 1.9 % during finale. It’s a bittersweet ending for Manhole from KBS’s point of view. The network was upset that the drama hit below-2 % again but at the same time, it was relieved that the show already made its exit, ending its 8-week broadcast of embarrassment over very poor ratings (even poorer than the poorest last year—2.6 %, which was recorded by KBS’s Moorim School and SBS’s Come Back Ahjussi). This is not to say that the show is not good but just to emphasize that only a tiny fraction of the Korean audience cared to watch the drama. Despite this, it’s a good thing that the drama recorded an average rating of 2.1 %.

Weekly Ranking

This ranking of ongoing dramas is based on the average nationwide ratings of the dramas’ episodes that aired until October 1, 2017.

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

  1. Hospital Ship – 11.0 %
  2. Temperature of Love – 8.7 %
  3. While You Were Sleeping – 8.5 %
  4. Lingerie Girls’ Generation – 4.4 %
  5. Manhole: Feel So Good – 2.1 %

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

  1. Live Up To Your Name – 5.404 %
  2. Age of Youth 2 – 2.781 %
  3. Criminal Minds – 2.772 %
  4. Argon – 2.698 %


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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.