‘Vagabond’ ratings at record high; Kwak Dong-yeon’s ‘Never Twice’ kicks off to 9 percent rating

Vagabond saw an increase in its nationwide viewership ratings during its latest broadcast on November 2 that achieved 10.4 percent and 12.8 percent. Not only did it record for the first time double-digit ratings for all its episodes in a single night, but it also exceeded its previous peak rating of 11.6 percent.

The Friday-Saturday SBS series, an action spy melodrama starring Lee Seung-gi and Suzy, canceled its broadcast last Friday due to a KBO League game and had its only two episodes this week aired on Saturday. It pulled in 2.4 million viewers notwithstanding the premiere of Park Se-wan and Kwak Dong-yeon’s Never Twice (also known as No Second Chances) on MBC.

Vagabond Poster featuring Lee Seung-gi and Suzy
Vagabond poster featuring Lee Seung-gi and Suzy.

The first four episodes of Never Twice kicked off to up to 1.5 million viewers nationwide and ratings of 6.4 percent, 9.1 percent, 7.7 percent, and 7.8 percent. The new drama marks the first lead role of Kwak Dong-yeon on TV and tells the story of people who stay at an inn and dream of getting back on their feet after going through setbacks in life.

Meanwhile, KBS2’s Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life, which stars Seol In-ah and Kim Jae-young, remained to be the most-watched Korean drama on Saturday nights with 17.3 percent and 20.3 percent ratings. In terms of viewers, it drew an estimated 3.4 million individuals nationwide.

In cable TV, JTBC’s My Country: The New Age (starring Yang Se-jong, Woo Do-hwan, and Seolhyun) obtained a 4.9 percent rating which translates to 1.1 million viewers. tvN’s Melting Me Softly (headlined by Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah), on the other hand, continued to suffer from poor viewership with a 1.5 percent rating and 330,000 viewers.

Never Twice poster featuring (from left to right) Song Won-seok, Park Ah-in, Park Se-wan, Kwak Dong-yeon, Ye Ji-won, and Oh Ji-ho.

Source: Nielsen Korea

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