JTBC drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon made history on March 4 by posting an 8.30%*** viewer ratings for its fourth episode, making itself the drama with the second highest episode rating in the network’s history. This number is just about 2.4 % away from the highest rating of JTBC’s most popular drama Childless Comfort and is currently the 7th highest rating in Korean cable television history.
The latest episode of the drama broke its own previous episode record of 6.08%. Its ratings have been increasing since its premiere on February 24 which recorded a remarkable 3.83%, the highest first episode rating among all JTBC dramas. With an average rating increase of 1.5 percentage points per episode, the drama can potentially surpass Childress Comfort‘s record and even that of Goblin‘s or Reply 1988‘s in the following weeks. tvN dramas Reply 1988 and Goblin currently place first and second, respectively, in the ranking of Korean cable dramas based on peak ratings.
This development is good news for Park Hyung-sik and Ji Soo, two of the lead actors of the drama, as their recent projects failed to meet expectations and obtain high ratings. Park Hyung-sik starred in Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, a pre-produced KBS drama which brought in a somewhat dismal average ratings of 8.4%. Meanwhile, Ji Soo also played a role in a pre-produced drama last year that failed to obtain high viewer ratings despite extensive publicity prior to its run. He is one of the ensemble cast of Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, an SBS drama with an average ratings of 7.59%.
Par Bo-young (Oh My Ghostess) plays the drama’s main character who is born with superhuman strength. Her ability enables her to work as a bodyguard to Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), a CEO of a video gaming company. Despite her extraordinary strength, Do Bong-soon wants to look an elegant woman for her crush In Guk-doo (Ji Soo), a detective. These three characters get caught up in a murder case that forces them to live together for security purposes.
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon airs every Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm in South Korea.
(***Unless otherwise stated, all ratings mentioned in this article are nationwide audience share from Nielsen Korea.)