‘Life’ off to a good start with record-breaking ratings

JTBC’s newest drama Life premiered Monday night with record-breaking audience share. According to Nielsen Korea, the medical drama recorded a nationwide rating of 4.334 percent, achieving the highest viewership rating ever for the first episode of any JTBC drama and breaking the record of Man to Man‘s 4.055 %.

Life’s record is higher than that of Man to Man by 0.279 percentage point. When it comes to ratings in the Seoul metropolitan area, this difference is even bigger. Life obtained 5.232 %, a number that is 0.4224 percentage point higher than Man to Man’s 4.808 %.

The record-breaking premiere of Life can be attributed partly to its award-winning writer, Lee Soo-yeon, who won the Best Screenwriter award at the 2018 Baeksang Arts Awards for the highly acclaimed series Secret Forest which bagged the Grand Prize. The drama is also helmed by PD Hong Jong-chan of the award-winning Dear My Friends and PD Im Hyun-wook who had worked on Awl and This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair. The cast of the series—led by Lee Dong-wook, Cho Seung-woo, and Won Jin-ah—is also composed of very good actors who are followed by many viewers.

Life is a medical drama about the ethical clash between chaebol administrators and doctors who want to save lives. The drama is set in the emergency center of a large hospital where Lee Dong-wook (Goblin) is playing a medical specialist and Cho Seung-woo (Secret Forest) a hospital director. It airs every Monday and Tuesday on JTBC at 11 pm KST. 

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