Ruler: Master of the Mask was able to pull off an impressive 2.1 % change of percentage points (CPP) last week, achieving its highest rating so far of 14.4 % for episode 32. This is quite a remarkable progress for the drama that has only 8 episodes left and has yet to break through the 15 % mark. Meanwhile, Suspicious Partner also gained some points but its ratings last week were lower compared to the previous week. Seven Day Queen, on the other hand, recorded its lowest rating and continued to show a downward trend since episode 5. This trend can continue in the following weeks as Ruler: Master of the Mask and Suspicious Partner near their finale, which means that the drama can only pull off significantly higher ratings when both its rivals exit the competition on July 13.

Last week saw the ending of the highly praised drama of tvN, Circle. Although its ratings hover around 2 % and exhibit a downward trend twice (from episodes 1-5 and from episodes 6-9), it managed to achieve about 2.5 % in its final episode. Another example of an underrated drama has just been added to the list.

FTA dramas over at the Monday-Tuesday timeslot barely recorded a CPP last week. Fight For My Way‘s episode 12 ratings decreased a bit but the drama remained strong with ratings higher than 11 % while Lookout gained 0.5 percentage point and stayed around 8 %. My Sassy Girl maintained its record within the 8-10 % range.

The Best Hit is still suffering on the Friday-Saturday timeslot. Although it gained 1.3 percentage points, its rating remained lower than 4 %. Is this because of the timeslot? Or are the viewers just really not interested enough? We could get a clue when Strongest Deliveryman takes over. Meanwhile, Woman of Dignity recorded the third highest CPP last week. So far its ratings keep improving week by week and maybe it can still maintain the high ratings achieved by its predecessors.

Secret Forest recorded its biggest drop in ratings yet, but its ratings are still hovering around 4 % and keeping the fingers of tvN folks crossed for it to go beyond that value. In contrast, Duel improved a little bit but its ratings are still below 2 %. It’s not going to improve much in the following weeks, so it’s safe to say now that it’s the first ratings flop of OCN this year.

Ratings Summary: June 26 - July 2, 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 %. For dramas with two episodes per day, the rating shown is the average of the ratings of the two episodes.
DateDrama1st Day Episode2nd Day EpisodeCPP
Jun 26-27Fight For My Way12.011.9-0.1
Jun 26-27Lookout7.88.30.5
Jun 26-27My Sassy Girl8.88.90.1
Jun 26-27Circle2.1602.4550.295
Jun 28-29Seven Day Queen4.74.4-0.3
Jun 28-29Ruler: Master of the Mask11.213.32.1
Jun 28-29Suspicious Partner7.78.20.5
Jun 30 - Jul 1Woman of Dignity3.6094.5180.909
Jun 30 - Jul 1The Best Hit2.63.91.3
Jul 1-2Duel1.6661.7030.037
Jul 1-2Secret Forest4.3894.154-0.235

Weekly Ranking

This ranking is based on the nationwide average ratings of the dramas’ episodes that have aired to date. (Source of All Data: Nielsen Korea)

Free-to-Air Network

  1. Ruler: Master of the Mask (MBC) — 12.1 %
  2. Fight For My Way (KBS) — 10.2 %
  3. My Sassy Girl (SBS) — 8.7 %
  4. Suspicious Partner (SBS) — 8.1 %
  5. Lookout (MBC) — 7.0 %
  6. Seven Day Queen (KBS) — 5.8 %
  7. The Best Hit (KBS)  — 3.7 %

Cable Network

  1. Secret Forest (tvN) — 4.017 %
  2. Woman of Dignity (JTBC) — 3.239 %
  3. Circle (tvN) — 2.125 %
  4. Duel (OCN) — 1.826 %

Statistics

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Fight For My Way

  • Average ratings: 10.2 %
  • Highest rating: 12.1 % (episode 9)
  • Lowest rating: 5.4 % (episode 1)

Lookout

  • Average ratings: 7.0 %
  • Highest rating: 8.6 % (episode 20)
  • Lowest rating: 4.6 % (episode 3)

My Sassy Girl

  • Average ratings: 8.7 %
  • Highest rating: 10.5 % (episode 12)
  • Lowest rating: 7.2 % (episode 5)

Circle

  • Average ratings: 2.125 %
  • Highest rating: 2.883 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 1.587 % (episode 9)

Seven Day Queen

  • Average ratings: 5.8 %
  • Highest rating: 6.9 % (episodes 1 % 5)
  • Lowest rating: 4.4 % (episode 10)

Ruler: Master of the Mask

  • Average ratings: 12.1 %
  • Highest rating: 14.4 % (episodes 32)
  • Lowest rating: 9.7 % (episode 1)

Suspicious Partner

  • Average ratings: 8.1 %
  • Highest rating: 10.5 % (episode 26)
  • Lowest rating: 6.1 % (episode 3)

The Best Hit

  • Average ratings: 3.7 %
  • Highest rating: 5.5 % (episode 11)
  • Lowest rating: 2.3 % (episode 17)

Woman of Dignity

  • Average ratings: 3.239 %
  • Highest rating: 4.518 % (episode 6)
  • Lowest rating: 2.044 % (episode 1)

Duel

  • Average ratings: 1.826 %
  • Highest rating: 2.182 % (episode 4)
  • Lowest rating: 1.502 % (episode 5)

Secret Forest

  • Average ratings: 4.017 %
  • Highest rating: 4.389 % (episode 7)
  • Lowest rating: 3.041 % (episode 1)

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