Fight for My Way suffered from a drop in ratings last week. The numbers are not really bad, but they went down from 11.4 % in last last week to 10.9 % in its 7th episode. This rating went further down to 9.8 % in the following episode, making it the only Monday-Tuesday free-to-air drama with a negative change in percentage points (CPP).  

And while Fight For My Way is losing viewers, My Sassy Girl seems to be getting more with its ratings that reached an all-time high last week. It started the week with 8.5 % (average of episode 9 and 10 ratings) and gained 1.1 percentage points to achieve 9.5 % (average of episode 11 and 12 ratings). When we look at the individual episode rating, we can see that My Sassy Girl managed to climb up to 10.5 % in episode 12 from 7.9 % in episode 9. Lookout also pulled off higher numbers last week that resulted in a 1-percentage point increase. It started with 6.1 % and ended the week with 8.1 %, exhibiting a distinctly positive trend it never saw in the previous weeks. If this gain for Lookout and My Sassy Girl continues, Fight For My Way will also continue to see a decline in its ratings this week.

The lone Monday-Tuesday cable drama is seeing no progress in its ratings. Circle‘s Monday rating of about 2 % is already not impressive, and it’s unfortunate that it went further down to 1.866 % on Tuesday. Maybe the Korean audience does not like a sci-fi experience so much.

In the middle of the week, Ruler: Master of the Mask still dominates although it barely improved in numbers. It is still hovering around the 11-13 % range and it seems like hitting the 14 % is still impossible this week. Meanwhile, Suspicious Partner has breached the 9 % mark again and it’s only a matter of time before it finally hits 10 %. It can definitely achieve that if Seven Day Queen remains the lowest-rated Wednesday-Thursday drama. Last week the KBS drama’s Wednesday episode nearly achieved 7 % but the following episode failed to sustain the momentum, losing 0.8 percentage point. At least its numbers stayed above 6 %.

Over at the weekend, The Best Hit recorded its highest rating so far at 5.5 %, thanks to the 2.1 percentage points it gained. Meanwhile, Woman of Dignity is off to a good start with its CPP of a little over 1 %. We will find out this week if JTBC can maintain its recent success in the Friday-Saturday time slot.

Secret Forest did not improve so much last week but its numbers remained over 4 %. It seems like tvN made the right decision to air a Saturday-Sunday drama. It remains to be seen though whether or not the network can finally move on from its rating slump that has spanned almost 5 months now. As tvN sees the potential of its new weekend drama to bring in higher audience share, OCN seems to be seeing the opposite. So far Duel is a disappointment in terms of ratings, especially if we look at the success of its predecessors Voice and Tunnel. On Saturday it recorded its all-time low of 1.5 %. It only improved by about 0.4 percentage points in the following episode to end the week at nearly 2 %, where it was hovering around since its premiere.

Ratings Summary: June 12-18, 2017 (The Change in Percentage Points, or CPP, is equal to 1st Day Episode Rating minus 2nd Day Episode Rating). All rating values are expressed in %.
DateDrama1st Day Episode2nd Day EpisodeCPP
Jun 12-13Fight For My Way10.99.8-1.1
Jun 12-13Lookout6.657.651
Jun 12-13My Sassy Girl8.459.51.05
Jun 12-13Circle2.0531.866-0.187
Jun 14-15Seven Day Queen6.96.1-0.8
Jun 14-15Ruler: Master of the Mask12.1512.350.2
Jun 14-15Suspicious Partner8.48.60.2
Jun 16-17Woman of Dignity2.0443.1081.064
Jun 16-17The Best Hit3.15.22.1
Jun 17-18Duel1.5021.9490.447
Jun 17-18Secret Forest4.0884.170.082

Weekly Ranking

June 12-18 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.
RankFree-to-Air NetworksCable Networks
1Ruler: Master of the Mask12.1Secret Forest3.862
2Fight For My Way9.4Woman of Dignity2.576
3My Sassy Girl8.6Circle2.185
4Suspicious Partner7.9Duel1.928
6Seven Day Queen6.4
7The Best Hit3.8


Fight For My Way

  • Average ratings: 9.4 %
  • Highest rating: 11.4 % (episode 6)
  • Lowest rating: 5.4 % (episode 1)


  • Average ratings: 6.5 %
  • Highest rating: 8.1 % (episode 16)
  • Lowest rating: 4.6 % (episode 3)

My Sassy Girl

  • Average ratings: 8.6 %
  • Highest rating: 10.5 % (episode 12)
  • Lowest rating: 7.2 % (episode 5)


  • Average ratings: 2.185 %
  • Highest rating: 2.883 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 1.702 % (episode 5)

Seven Day Queen

  • Average ratings: 6.4 %
  • Highest rating: 6.9 % (episodes 1 % 5)
  • Lowest rating: 5.7 % (episode 2)

Ruler: Master of the Mask

  • Average ratings: 12.1 %
  • Highest rating: 13.8 % (episodes 10 & 12)
  • Lowest rating: 9.7 % (episode 1)

Suspicious Partner

  • Average ratings: 7.9 %
  • Highest rating: 9.8 % (episode 17)
  • Lowest rating: 6.1 % (episode 3)

The Best Hit

  • Average ratings: 3.8 %
  • Highest rating: 5.5 % (episode 11)
  • Lowest rating: 2.5 % (episode 1)

Woman of Dignity

  • Average ratings: 2.576 %
  • Highest rating: 3.108 % (episode 2)
  • Lowest rating: 2.044 % (episode 1)


  • Average ratings: 1.928 %
  • Highest rating: 2.182 % (episode 4)
  • Lowest rating: 1.502 % (episode 5)

Secret Forest

  • Average ratings: 3.862 %
  • Highest rating: 4.170 % (episode 4)
  • Lowest rating: 3.041 % (episode 1)


About me? Just an ordinary lad with an extraordinary (according to stereotypes) habit of watching Korean dramas. It started with City Hunter and the rest, as they say, is history.

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