Korean Drama Ratings from April 15 to 21, 2019

Lowest ratings. At least five Korean dramas last week have suffered from these dreaded numbers. But there were three shows that managed to enjoy the opposite. The Fiery Priest, in particular, made its broadcaster very proud when it ended with a bang. Meanwhile, the race in the Monday-Tuesday slot is tight with newcomer Special Labor Inspector catching up to its rivals but the Wednesday-Thursday period is still dominated by Doctor Prisoner. KBS2 must be laughing at how The Banker and Big Issue struggle with less than 5% viewership while its show is pulling in double-digit audience shares.

Korean Drama Ratings Highlights

1. The Fiery Priest achieves highest rating during finale. It got a record 22.0% rating. For this, the folks at SBS have celebrated, especially that this is the first Friday-Saturday drama of the network (success!). Season 2 will be produced but the return of the original cast is not guaranteed.

2. Confession hits all-time low rating but bounces back. The number plunged below 4% but it quickly recovered to 5.6%, its highest rating to date. Recording the lowest and highest rating within one week is uncommon in K-dramaland. Bittersweet moment.

3. Special Labor Inspector enjoys all-time high rating. The series peaked at 6.8% so far, recovering from the 3.9% (lowest) it recorded in its first week. With this improvement, it seems to be keeping up with its rivals, resulting in a tight competition on Mondays and Tuesdays.

4. Welcome To Waikiki 2 records lowest ratings. Its viewership on Monday is already very poor but it plunged to 1.4%, which is even smaller than the lowest rating recorded by the first season.

5. Possessed marks penultimate week with worst rating. Seeing its 1.5% audience share, it’s now safer to say that this supernatural thriller is a flop ratings-wise.

6. Her Private Life sees lowest viewership. Its 4th episode garnered a 2.3% audience share. This is the lowest rating of the drama so far, but the numbers are very close to each other, i.e. its viewership has remained almost constant.

7. My Fellow Citizens struck by all-time low rating. Its 9th episode obtained a 5.3% audience share, a 2.6 percentage points decrease from its previous episode. This is the lowest viewership recorded by the series since its premiere, but it increased to 6.5% in the following day.

8. The Banker suffering from less than 3%. During its first week, it posted 2.5% which improved in the next two weeks, even reaching an all-time high of over 5%. But last week saw a lower-than-3% viewership again.

Korean Drama Ratings on Monday, April 15

  • My Fellow Citizens (KBS2)
    • Episode 9 — 5.3%
    • Episode 10 — 6.0%
  • Special Labor Inspector (MBC)
    • Episode 5 — 5.4%
    • Episode 6 — 6.3%
  • Haechi (SBS)
    • Episode 37 — 6.2%
    • Episode 38 — 7.1%
  • Welcome To Waikiki 2 (JTBC)
    • Episode 7 — 1.492%
  • He Is Psychometric (tvN)
    • Episode 11 — 2.422%

Tuesday, April 16

  • My Fellow Citizens (KBS2)
    • Episode 11 — 5.4%
    • Episode 12 — 6.5%
  • Special Labor Inspector (MBC)
    • Episode 7 — 5.8%
    • Episode 8 — 6.8%
  • Haechi (SBS)
    • Episode 39 — 6.9%
    • Episode 40 — 8.1%
  • Welcome To Waikiki 2 (JTBC)
    • Episode 8 — 1.389%
  • He Is Psychometric (tvN)
    • Episode 12 — 2.456%

Wednesday, April 17

  • Doctor Prisoner (KBS2)
    • Episode 17 — 12.4%
    • Episode 18 — 14.5%
  • The Banker (MBC)
    • Episode 13 — 3.8%
    • Episode 14 — 4.1%
  • Big Issue (SBS)
    • Episode 21 — 2.5%
    • Episode 22 — 2.8%
  • Possessed (OCN)
    • Episode 13 — 1.466%
  • Her Private Life (tvN)
    • Episode 3 — 2.432%

Thursday, April 18

  • Doctor Prisoner (KBS2)
    • Episode 19 — 12.3%
    • Episode 20 — 14.7%
  • The Banker (MBC)
    • Episode 15 — 2.6%
    • Episode 16 — 3.0%
  • Big Issue (SBS)
    • Episode 23 — 2.6%
    • Episode 24 — 2.8%
  • Possessed (OCN)
    • Episode 14 — 1.488%
  • Her Private Life (tvN)
    • Episode 4 — 2.347%

Friday, April 19

  • The Fiery Priest (SBS)
    • Episode 37 — 16.7%
    • Episode 38 — 20.3%
  • Beautiful World (JTBC)
    • Episode 5 — 3.346%

Saturday, April 20

  • Mother of Mine (KBS2)
    • Episode 17 — 22.2%
    • Episode 18 — 25.2%
  • Love In Sadness (MBC)
    • Episode 33 — 6.6%
    • Episode 34 — 9.0%
    • Episode 35 — 7.9%
    • Episode 36 — 8.6%
  • The Fiery Priest (SBS)
    • Episode 39 — 18.6%
    • Episode 40 — 22.0%
  • Beautiful World (JTBC)
    • Episode 6 — 3.267%
  • Kill It (OCN)
    • Episode 9 — 1.021%
  • Confession (tvN)
    • Episode 9 — 3.846%

Sunday, April 21

  • Mother of Mine (KBS2)
    • Episode 19 — 26.3%
    • Episode 20 — 32.1%
  • Kill It (OCN)
    • Episode 10 — 2.298%
  • Confession (tvN)
    • Episode 10 — 5.594%

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