‘Record of Youth’ achieves second-highest-rated cable drama premiere so far in 2020

Record of Youth has a reason to celebrate its first week of broadcast as it achieved the second-highest-rated premiere rating among cable dramas so far in 2020.

According to Nielsen Korea, the new tvN drama recorded a nationwide TV rating of 6.362 percent, which is second only to the 7.627 percent first episode rating of Stranger 2. A total of 31 cable dramas from six cable broadcasters had premiered so far this year.

The list below shows the top 10 highest-rated cable drama premieres from January 1 to September 7, 2020:

  1. Stranger 2 (tvN) — 7.627%
  2. Record of Youth (tvN) — 6.362%
  3. Hospital Playlist (tvN) — 6.325%
  4. The World of the Married (JTBC) — 6.260%
  5. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (tvN) — 6.093%
  6. Hi Bye, Mama! (tvN) — 5.895%
  7. When My Love Blooms (tvN) — 5.431%
  8. Itaewon Class (JTBC) — 4.983%
  9. The Good Detective (JTBC) — 3.897%
  10. King Maker: The Change of Destiny (TV Chosun) — 3.819%

The 6.4 percent rating of Record of Youth translates to 1.4 million viewers nationwide, making it the most-watched prime-time series in both free-to-air and cable platforms on September 7. The drama beat SBS’s Do You Like Brahms?, which pulled in 1.1 million viewers and recorded nationwide ratings of 4.5 and 5.6 percent.

Record of Youth poster
Record of Youth poster featuring (left to right) Byun Woo-seok, Park So-dam, and Park Bo-gum

Starring Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam, Record of Youth follows the lives of young people as they struggle to get a successful career in the modeling industry and find love amid the harsh realities of life. Park Bo-gum takes on the role of Sa Hye-joon, an aspiring actor and model, while Park So-dam plays Ahn Jung-ha, an aspiring makeup artist. Byun Woo-seok rounds out the main characters as a model named Won Hae-hyo.

Record of Youth is helmed by Ahn Gil-ho, the director of award-winning series Stranger (2017) and Memories of the Alhambra (2018-2019), and penned by Ha Myung-hee, the screenwriter of Doctors (2016) and Temperature of Love (2017).

Record of Youth airs every Monday and Tuesday on tvN at 9 p.m. Korean Standard Time. The new episodes of the series are also made available on Netflix.


InternJang manages a team of writers to publish and promote content for Kdramapal every day. He began watching Korean dramas in 2014 and fell in love deeply with his all-time favorites Signal, Reply 1988, and Misaeng. His affinity for writing led him to start a blog and, later on, spearhead efforts to establish KDP as one of the most dependable sources of K-drama information online.

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