Shin Min-ah, Lee Jung-jae’s ‘Chief of Staff’ smashes drama ratings records in JTBC

Shin Min-ah and Lee Jung-jae‘s new drama Chief of Staff premiered Friday night to success after scoring a nationwide audience share that breaks drama ratings records in cable network JTBC.

According to Nielsen Korea, Chief of Staff (also known as Aide) achieved a nationwide rating of 4.4 percent on its premiere, which is now the highest first episode rating ever achieved by a JTBC drama. It broke the record made in 2017 by Man to Man‘s premiere which obtained 4.1 percent.

As of June 15, here is the list of 10 highest-rated drama premieres on JTBC:

  1. Chief of Staff (2019) — 4.4%
  2. Man to Man (2017) — 4.1%
  3. Something In The Rain (2018) — 4.0%
  4. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017) — 3.8%
  5. Miss Hammurabi (2018) — 3.7%
  6. The Wind Blows (2019) — 3.6%
  7. Misty (2018) — 3.5%
  8. Clean With Passion For Now (2018) — 3.272%
  9. Legal High (2019) — 3.266%
  10. Sketch (2018) — 3.254%

In terms of viewership in South Korea’s capital, Chief of Staff recorded a 5.6 percent rating, becoming the first ever JTBC drama to hit the 5-percent mark in Seoul on its premiere.

Overall, Chief of Staff‘s premiere rating ranks fifth so far in 2019, following tvN’s Confession (4.6%), Touch Your Heart (4.7%), The Crowned Clown (5.7%), and Arthdal Chronicles (6.7%).

Chief of Staff Poster

Chief of Staff is a political drama that follows the lives of a political aide and a rookie lawmaker. Lee Jung-jae (Triple), who has returned to the small screen after a decade-long absence, plays an ambitious detective-turned-aide to a high-profile congressman. Despite his already successful career in the National Assembly, he will continue to climb the political ladder.

Meanwhile, Shin Min-ah (Tomorrow With You) is starring in the series as a newly elected congresswoman who has left her job as a TV news program host to pursue her dream career in politics.

Main Cast of Korean drama 'Chief of Staff:' Lee Jung-jae, Shin Min-ah, Lee Elijah, and Kim Dong-jun

Rounding out the main cast of the drama are Lee Elijah and ZE:A’s Kim Dong-jun.

Chief of Staff is directed by Kwak Jung-hwan of Miss Hammurabi and The K2 and written by Lee Dae-il of Life On Mars and Bring It On, Ghost. It airs every Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Korean Standard Time.

ABOUT US: A site dedicated to Korean TV series, Kdramapal publishes up-to-date and relevant content about Korean dramas including casting news, drama rankings, roundups (recaps), synopses and general info, and TV ratings. Visit us again for updates, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Samfann

Samfann is a writer and editor for Kdramapal. He works closely with other writers to produce and publish online content. At the age of 21, he founded a Korean entertainment blog that went on to become a major player in the industry. He spends most of his free time watching American and Korean TV series and doing volunteer work for an online initiative that provides underserved students with grants and scholarships. He's also passionate about unique and revolutionary ideas that make the world a better place.