‘Liver or Die’ concludes broadcast with record viewership

KBS2’s family drama Liver or Die aired its finale Thursday night with a record nationwide rating of 22.7 percent, becoming the first ever noncable series to exceed the 22% viewership mark in 2019.

According to Nielsen Korea, the drama’s 39th and penultimate episode, which also aired last night, achieved a nationwide audience share of 20.5 percent, slightly surpassing the 20.4 percent it recorded on March 13.

Liver or Die (also known as What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang) started off its broadcast on January 9 with a modest 5.9% nationwide viewership. This number turned out to be the drama’s lowest rating as it kept drawing the attention of more viewers in the following episodes. It then achieved a double-digit viewership after just two weeks and went on to hit 20% on its 8th week. The show benefited from the exit of its main rival The Last Empress from the ratings game.

There is no doubt it pulled off a commercially successful broadcast, one that is marked by a top position in the ratings race and a record-breaking viewership.

The 40-episode family drama centers on Lee Poong-sang, played by Yoo Jun-sang, a middle-aged man who has found himself actively supporting his younger siblings and relentlessly carrying the burden of their problems even though they are already old and mature enough to live on their own.

Following Liver or Die in the viewership ranking last night is SBS’s Big Issue, starring Joo Jin-mo and Han Ye-seul, which got 3.7 and 4.0 percent. Still at the bottom of the list is MBC’s Spring Turns To Spring with 2.0 and 2.2 percent. It is headlined by Lee Yoo-ri and Uhm Ji-won.


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