Cable network tvN’s ongoing medical fantasy drama, Live Up To Your Name, continues to record high viewership ratings five weeks into its 8-week long broadcast. According to Nielsen Korea, the latest episode of the drama which aired Sunday night pulled off a remarkable 6.520 % in nationwide viewership ratings, breaking its own record and gaining an average rating that has now surpassed its predecessor’s, Secret Forest, by a significant margin.
The 10th episode of Live Up To Your Name helped the drama achieve an average rating of 5.160 %, a figure higher than Secret Forest‘s 4.562 % by almost 0.6 percentage point. In terms of peak rating, Secret Forest‘s 6.568 % remains unbeaten yet data from Nielsen Korea show that Live Up To Your Name already surpassed the legal-thriller drama when the peak rating based on data from Seoul area viewers is considered. Live Up To Your Name‘s 7.668 % rating in Seoul is higher than Secret Forest‘s 7.622 %. Secret Forest ranks third on the list of the highest-rated cable dramas in the first half of 2017 and maintained the record of being the highest-rated tvN drama this year until the last week of August.
The latest development makes Live Up To Your Name the highest-rated 2017 tvN series to date. The time-slip series premiered on August 12 with a humble audience share of 2.715 % but has risen since then to become one of the most watched cable drama every Saturdays and Sundays. It follows the story of an oriental medicine doctor from Joseon and a modern-day surgeon who travel accidentally between the past and present and become involved in each other’s lives. Kim Nam-gil (Shark) and Kim Ah-joong (Wanted) are playing the wacky acupuncturist and cold-hearted surgeon, respectively.
TvN is slowly gaining its last year’s status as the cable drama powerhouse in Korea with the introduction of its new Saturday-Sunday drama slot that replaced the Friday-Saturday schedule. The network suffered from a slump in ratings in the first half of 2017 and could hardly see relatively high numbers for its dramas until Secret Forest came in last June. The highly successful crime thriller received critical acclaim for its well-thought-out and gripping narrative that has even caught the attention of Descendants of the Sun and Goblin screenwriter, Kim Eun-sook. Now, its predecessor—offering a completely different premise full of funny moments and medical scenes—is also reaping a quite impressive success in viewership ratings that has already exceeded its own.