Weekly Ratings Update: March 20-26, 2017

Defendant finally ended last week, pulling off a 1.3 percentage points (pp) increase to end its 18-episode run at 28.3 %. Its average ratings stands at 21.7 %. It surpassed the record of Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, its predecessor that obtained a peak and average ratings of 27.6 and 20.4 %, respectively. All these make Defendant the highest-rated drama in the first quarter of 2017.

The other Monday-Tuesday dramas had a few surprises last week. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People suffered a drop in its ratings by 0.9 pp. Its 8.8 % rating is its lowest so far since its premiere. That drop was partly influenced by Defendant and Perfect Wife, which enjoyed a 0.9 pp increase to end the week with 4.4 %. That number could go over 5 % tonight as Whisper is just starting. Over at tvN, The Liar and His Lover took over the time slot left by Introverted Boss. It posted a decrease on its second episode, which is usually not a good indicator of a successful run.

Radiant Office registered a 0.8 pp increase to finally break through 4 %. As Chief Kim ends this week, we can expect that number to rise significantly in the following week. Saimdang, Light’s Diary obtained an all-time low rating of 9.4 % for its odd episode but managed to gain 0.6 pp to get its usual record back within the 10-11 % range. All these increases in these two dramas somehow affected Chief Kim, which lost 0.4 pp to end the week at 17.0 %.

Tomorrow With You also ended last week, although not in a way like that of Defendant. Its odd episode rating went below 1 % again but its even episode gained 0.88 pp to end its 8-week run with 1.822 %. Its average ratings is 1.614 %, making it one of the lowest-rated tvN dramas this year. On the other hand, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon continues to enjoy higher ratings as it broke its highest record anew on its 10th episode.

OCN has another crime drama to fill its weekend. Tunnel premiered with 2.76 % and gained 0.37 percentage points to finish its first week at 3.13 %. If the drama can sustain this improvement in the following weeks, it can follow the success of its predecessor Voice, making the executives at OCN celebrating again. 

Weekly Ranking

We still see the same ranking for the free-to-air category, with Defendant on the top and Radiant Office on the bottom. For cable networks, Strong Woman is still leading the list while Tomorrow With You is still on the 3rd spot, following Tunnel and preceding The Liar and His Lover. It’s interesting to see JTBC and OCN occupying the top two spots while  tvN really ending the first quarter of 2017 with ratings below 2 %.

Statistics

Perfect Wife

ratings chart of Perfect wife

  • Average ratings: 4.4 %
  • Highest rating: 5.1 % (episode 3)
  • Lowest rating: 3.5% (episodes 5 & 7)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.07 %

Rebel:Thief Who Stole the People

ratings chart of Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

  • Average ratings: 10.7 %
  • Highest rating: 12.5 % (episode 10)
  • Lowest rating: 8.8 % (episode 16)
  • Average change in percentage points:  0.01 %

Defendant

ratings chart of Defendant

  • Average ratings: 21.7 %
  • Highest rating: 28.3 % (episode 18)
  • Lowest rating: 14.5 % (episode 1)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.81 %

The Liar and His Lover

ratings chart of The Liar and His Lover

  • Average ratings: 1.476 %
  • Highest rating: 1.524 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 1.427 % (episode 2)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.097 %

Chief Kim

ratings chart of Chief Kim

  • Average ratings: 15.7 %
  • Highest rating: 18.4 % (episodes 11, 12 & 15)
  • Lowest rating: 7.2 % (episode 2)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.54 %

Radiant Office

ratings chart of Radiant office

  • Average ratings: 4.0 %
  • Highest rating: 4.6 % (episode 4)
  • Lowest rating: 3.8 % (episodes 1 and 2)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.27 %

Saimdang, Light’s Diary

ratings chart of Saimdang, Light's Diary

  • Average ratings: 11.1 %
  • Highest rating: 16.3 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 9.4 % (episode 17)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.37 % (biggest loser)

Tomorrow With You

ratings chart of Tomorrow With You

  • Average ratings: 1.614 %
  • Highest rating: 3.178 % (episode 1)
  • Lowest rating: 0.868 % (episode 11)
  • Average change in percentage points: – 0.090 %

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

ratings chart of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

  • Average ratings: 7.330 %
  • Highest rating: 9.668 % (episode 10)
  • Lowest rating: 3.829 % (episode 1)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.649 % (biggest gainer)

Tunnel

ratings chart of Tunnel

  • Average ratings: 2.946 %
  • Highest rating: 3.131 % (episode 2)
  • Lowest rating: 2.760 % (episode 1)
  • Average change in percentage points: + 0.371 %

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