SBS’s Temperature of Love remains undefeated in viewership ratings on October 9 despite the addition of two new dramas on the Monday-Tuesday prime time slot. On Monday night, the series achieved nationwide audience shares of 9.3 % and 11.2 % according to Nielsen Korea, records that are way higher than that of rivals Witch’s Court and 20th Century Boy and Girl.
Temperature of Love has achieved a double-digit rating anew after suffering from low viewership last week amid the 3-day Chuseok holiday. It recorded 6.7 % and 8.4 % for its two episodes on October 3 but last night it saw a significant improvement and even managed to break its previous highest record of 11.0 % despite the premiere of KBS2’s legal drama Witch’s Court and MBC’s romantic comedy series 20th Century Boy and Girl. The legal drama started to a moderate rating of 6.6 % while MBC’s latest rom-com came in third place with 3.9 % and 4.2 %.
If Temperature of Love continues to dominate the said time slot until its finale, it would be the fourth time SBS is ahead of its rival networks when it comes to dramas airing on the Monday-Tuesday primetime block. Since January this year, SBS managed to broadcast Monday-Tuesday dramas that were able to pull off over 10 % in ratings, an impressive success that started off with Defendant and is currently enjoying by Temperature of Love. The record is not perfect though as the much-awaited, pre-produced My Sassy Girl suffered from low viewership unlike its predecessor Whisper and successor Falsify. The said series, an adaptation of the 2001 hit film of the same name, lost to KBS2’s Fight For My Way.
Written and helmed by writer Ha Myung-hee of Doctors and PD Nam Gun of Jackpot, Temperature of Love tells the love story of an aspiring screenwriter (played by Seo Hyun-jin) and a French cuisine chef (Yang Se-jong) who end up falling in love with each other after coming to the same “temperature of love.” Meanwhile, Witch’s Court centers around a materialistic and ace female prosecutor (Jung Ryeo-won) who is tasked to lead a team dealing with sexual cases victimizing women and children. 20th Century Boy and Girl, on one hand, deals with the friendship and career of single women in their 30s as they navigate their way to maturity and love.