Soaring ratings mark first week of ‘Doctor Prisoner’

Doctor Prisoner seems to be following the footsteps of its predecessor as it led the ratings race right off the bat.

According to Nielsen Korea, the medical suspense drama of KBS2 premiered on March 20 with strong nationwide viewerships of 8.4 and 9.8 percent for its first two episodes, beating the 4.3 and 4.6 percent recorded by SBS’s Big Issue on the same day. MBC’s Spring Turns To Spring is at the bottom of the ranking with 3.6 and 4.3 percent.

In the following day, Doctor Prisoner saw a significant jump in viewership, achieving 12.2 and 14.1 percent for its 3rd and 4th episode, respectively. It managed to gain 5.7 percentage points within just 4 episodes, which is quite impressive. Meanwhile, Big Issue held onto second place with 3.7 and 4.1 percent, while Spring Turns To Spring‘s last two episodes obtained 3.0 and 3.5 percent.

With its recent achievement of double-digit viewership during the first week, Doctor Prisoner is poised to put KBS2 on the winning streak in the ratings game on Wednesdays and Thursdays until May. The network enjoyed double-digit viewership in the said time slot since February thanks to Liver Or Die, which pulled off a record-breaking and successful finale that posted 22.7% in viewership.

Doctor Prisoner tells the story of a genius doctor who wants to exact revenge from a hospital that unjustly kicked him out all of a sudden. It stars Namgoong Min, Hello Venus’ Nara, Choi Won-young, and Kim Byung-chul.

During the press conference for Doctor Prisoner on March 18, Hwang In-hyuk, the director of the drama, said that it is “a mixture of a lot of genres” with a great story.


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