‘The World of the Married’ becomes highest-rated Korean drama in cable TV history

The World of the Married has officially become the highest-rated Korean drama in cable TV history after its 12th episode achieved a nationwide rating of 24.3 percent on Saturday night.

This figure is the highest rating of the series to date, beating the 22.9 percent rating of episode 10 that aired in the previous week. The series has recorded over 20 percent in ratings since its eighth episode and is poised to become the first-ever cable drama to achieve such a record more than five times.

The World of the Married ratings episodes 1-12

As a result, SKY Castle, the previous title-holder, now has to settle for second place. The record-breaking series achieved a 23.8 percent rating for its final episode in February 2019 and crossed the 20 percent mark three times.

Crash Landing on You, Reply 1998, and Goblin round out the top 5 highest-rated dramas in terms of nationwide peak single-episode ratings.

The table below shows the 10 highest-rated cable Korean dramas of all time based on nationwide highest single-episode ratings. Click here to see the top 50.

RankDramaPeak Rating
1The World of the Married (JTBC)24.332%
2SKY Castle (JTBC)23.779%
3Crash Landing on You (tvN)21.683%
4Reply 1988 (tvN)18.803%
5Goblin (tvN)18.680%
6Mr. Sunshine (tvN)18.129%
7Itaewon Class (JTBC)16.548%
8100 Days My Prince (tvN)14.412%
9Signal (tvN)12.544%
10Hospital Playlist (tvN)12.077%

The World of the Married is also no. 1 in terms of average ratings, followed by Mr. Sunshine and Goblin. So far, it has an average rating of 16.9%, which is expected to increase when the ratings of its last four episodes are included in the calculation.

The table below lists the 10 highest-rated cable Korean dramas of all time based on nationwide average ratings. Click here to see the top 20.

RankDramaAverage Rating
1The World of the Married (JTBC)16.9%
2Mr. Sunshine (tvN)13.0%
3Goblin (tvN)12.9%
4SKY Castle (JTBC)12.5%
5Reply 1988 (tvN)12.4%
6Crash Landing on You (tvN)12.2%
7Itaewon Class (JTBC)11.8%
8Hospital Playlist (tvN)9.9%
9100 Days My Prince (tvN)8.9%
10Hotel del Luna (tvN)8.8%

The only cable show with ratings higher than what The World of the Married achieved is TV Chosun’s audition program Mr. Trot, which recorded a peak rating of 35.7 percent in March.

Starring Kim Hee-ae and Park Hae-joon, The World of the Married is a psychological thriller about a successful doctor whose life is turned upside down by the betrayal of her husband.

The World of the Married Poster
The World of the Married poster featuring Kim Hee-ae and Park Hae-joon

Meanwhile, When My Love Blooms, a new tvN series starring Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Bo-young, Jin Young, and Jeon So-nee, obtained 5.4 percent for its third episode. Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun’s The King: Eternal Monarch pulled in 7.4 percent and 10.3 percent.

InternJang

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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