Note: We missed publishing the update for April 10 to 16 period so we are integrating it in this post.

For four consecutive episodes (episodes 4 to 7), Whisper consistently gained 15 % in viewer ratings but finally broke that record when it achieved a whopping 16 % for its even episode last week. Needless to say, it is poised to lead the Monday-Tuesday competition until the end of its run. Meanwhile, Perfect Wife is also improving as shown by its CPP of 0.6 and 0.7 in the last two weeks. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, on the other hand, recorded a modest 0.3 CPP last last week but then lost 0.2 percentage point (pp). Its ratings dropped from 13.5 to 13.3 % last week.

Over at the cable networks, My Secret Romance premiered in April 17 but we couldn’t find any record of its ratings in Nielsen Korea’s website and other secondary sources online. For The Liar and His Lover, its performance did not improve. The ratings have been steadily dropping since episode 7. Its even episode last week recorded 1.433 %.

We can notice a drastic change in ratings for the Wednesday-Thursday time slot because of the presidential debate which aired on KBS1 on April 19. The ratings suddenly dropped to 7.7 % (from 11.6 % in April 13) for Mystery Queen, 4.4 % (from 7.1 % in April 13) for Radiant Office, and 6.1 % (from 8.5 % in April 12) for Saimdang, Light’s Diary. These values went back to normal on April 20 with Mystery, Radiant, and Saimdang recording a positive CPP of 3,2, 2.3, and 2.2, respectively.

For the weekend cable dramas, Chicago Typewriter failed to surpass its record in episode 2 and has been experiencing a drop in ratings since its second week. It recorded its all-time low last week of 1.920 % but recovered and obtained 2.236 % for the even episode. This is definitely not good news for tvN but the drama has still a chance to break tvN’s ratings slump in the following weeks. Meanwhile, Man to Man was off to a good start, pulling off the highest ever premiere rating for any JTBC drama at 4.055 %. This value barely improved though in the second episode, so we will have to see this week if it can really become as successful as its predecessor Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Tunnel is still doing pretty good, so it’s now safe to say that it is indeed following the success of Voice. On average, its ratings are increasing since episode 7. It broke its own record again last week as it achieved 5.413 %.

Ratings Summary: April 10-16, 2017 (The Change in Percentage Points, or CPP, is equal to Even Episode Rating minus Odd Episode Rating). All rating values are expressed in %.
DateDramaOdd EpisodeEven EpisodeCPP
Apr 10-11Perfect Wife4.85.40.6
Apr 10-11Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People12.7130.3
Apr 10-11Whisper14.914.90
Apr 10-11The Liar and His Lover1.6931.623-0.07
Apr 12-13Mystery Queen10.111.61.5
Apr 12-13Radiant Office5.97.11.2
Apr 12-13Saimdang, Light's Diary8.5n/an/a
Apr 14-15Strong Woman Do Bong Soon7.8348.9571.123
Apr 14-15Chicago Typewriter2.2352.094-0.141
Apr 15-16Tunnel3.8635.1791.316
Ratings Summary: April 17-23, 2017 (The Change in Percentage Points, or CPP, is equal to Even Episode Rating minus Odd Episode Rating). All rating values are expressed in %.
DateDramaOdd EpisodeEven EpisodeCPP
Apr 17-18Perfect Wife55.70.7
Apr 17-18Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People13.513.3-0.2
Apr 17-18Whisper14.9161.1
Apr 17-18The Liar and His Lover1.4941.433-0.061
Apr 19-20Mystery Queen7.710.93.2
Apr 19-20Radiant Office4.46.72.3
Apr 19-20Saimdang, Light's Diary6.18.32.2
Apr 21-22Man to Man4.0554.0740.019
Apr 21-22Chicago Typewriter1.922.2360.316
Apr 22-23Tunnel4.75.4130.713

Weekly Ranking

April 10-16 Ranking. This ranking is based on the average nationwide ratings of the episodes of the drama that have aired so far. Rating data from Nielsen Korea.
Ranking
Free-to-Air NetworksCable Networks
DramaRating
DramaRating
1Whisper14.3Strong Woman Do Bong Soon7.649
2Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People11.3Tunnel3.785
3Saimdang, Light's Diary10.5Chicago Typewriter2.450
4Mystery Queen10.6The Liar and His Lover1.534
5Radiant Office5.5
6Perfect Wife4.9
April 17-23 Ranking. This ranking is based on the average nationwide ratings of the episodes of the drama that have aired so far. Rating data from Nielsen Korea.
RankingFree--to-Air NetworksCable Networks
DramaRatingDramaRating
1Whisper14.6Man to Man4.065
2Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People11.5Tunnel4.039
3Saimdang, Light's Diary10.4Chicago Typewriter2.326
4Mystery Queen10.2The Liar and His Lover1.520
5Radiant Office5.5
6Perfect Wife5.0

Statistics

Perfect Wife

  • Average ratings: 5.0 %
  • Highest rating: 6.4 % (episode 9)
  • Lowest rating: 3.5% (episodes 5 & 7)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.12 %

Rebel:Thief Who Stole the People

 

  • Average ratings: 11.5 %
  • Highest rating: 13.9 % (episode 18)
  • Lowest rating: 8.8 % (episode 16)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.19 %

Whisper

  • Average ratings: 14.6 %
  • Highest rating: 16.0 % (episode 8)
  • Lowest rating: 13.4 % (episode 2)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.30 % (biggest gainer)

The Liar and His Lover

  • Average ratings: 1.520 %
  • Highest rating: 1.839 % (episode 4)
  • Lowest rating: 1.267 % (episode 3)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.010 %

Mystery Queen

  • Average ratings: 10.2 %
  • Highest rating: 11.2 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 7.7 % (episode 5)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.06 %

Radiant Office

  • Average ratings: 5.5 %
  • Highest rating: 7.4 % (episode 7)
  • Lowest rating: 3.8 % (episodes 1 and 2)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.26 %

Saimdang, Light’s Diary

  • Average ratings: 10.4 %
  • Highest rating: 16.3 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 6.1 % (episode 24)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.33 % (biggest loser)

Man to Man

  • Average ratings: 4.065 %
  • Highest rating: 4.074 % (episode 2)
  • Lowest rating: 4.055 % (episode 1)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.019 %

Chicago Typewriter

  • Average ratings: 2.326 %
  • Highest rating: 2.822 % (episode 2)
  • Lowest rating: 1.920 % (episode 5)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.083

Tunnel

  • Average ratings: 4.039 %
  • Highest rating: 5.413 % (episode 10)
  • Lowest rating: 2.760 % (episode 1)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.295 %

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