“Woman of Dignity” 2nd highest-rated cable drama from January to July 2017

Woman of Dignity may not be as widely popular as Man to Man among international fans but it is receiving local audience shares that are higher than what Man to Man received during its run. Data from Nielsen Korea show that the ongoing cable drama from JTBC has broken its own record anew, achieving 9.131 and 9.575 % in nationwide and Seoul television ratings, respectively.

The 14th episode of the drama which aired Saturday night posted the highest rating of the series to date, gaining 2.4 percentage points versus the record it obtained in the previous episode. This above-9 % rating is higher than Man to Man‘s peak rating of 4.074 % and is close to the 9.668 %-all-time high record of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. The nationwide average rating of Woman of Dignity‘s 14 episodes that have been broadcast already stands at 5.325 %, making itself the second highest-rated series among the cable dramas that have aired so far this year, just next to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Woman of Dignity Ratings Episode 1-14

The success of Woman of Dignity continues the significantly improved performance of JTBC in terms of television ratings in the first half of 2017. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Man to Man, the predecessors of the drama on the network’s Friday-Saturday time slot, achieved 7.649 and 3.174 % in nationwide average ratings, respectively. These numbers are higher than Madame Antoine‘s 0.713 %, Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-gi‘s 2.243 %, and Mirror of the Witch‘s 2.340 %. These dramas aired during the same period last year—from January to July.

Woman of Dignity is a melodrama starring Kim Hee-seon (Angry Mom) and Kim Sun-ah  (Masked Prosecutor). It centers on two women, Woo Ah-jin and Park Bok-ja, who come from different backgrounds. Woo Ah-jin enjoys a life of luxury through the support of her wealthy father-in-law but things get complicated for her when her father-in-law loses his wealth, her husband cheats on her, and Park Bok-ja enters their family’s household with an ulterior motive. 

JTBC will air the last six episodes of Woman of Dignity until August 19. The drama will then be replaced by Age of Youth 2 on August 25.

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  • Rosie

    August 5, 2017 - 6:53 am

    I’m actually enjoying this drama. I’ve not been watching dramas in a while but this one is too good to pass up. I’m actually surprised that a lot of people are not watching. But I’m happy for the ratings! 🙂

    • gdhunter

      August 5, 2017 - 7:26 am

      Hello Rosie, thanks for commenting. A lot of people are watching in Korea yet the majority of them are mostly adults (according to one comment I’ve read elsewhere 🙂 ). The drama is not popular internationally especially among young Kdrama fans.

  • Rose

    July 31, 2017 - 2:15 pm

    I’m watching this drama too, the lead actresses are both my favorites, Kim Hee-Sun and Kim Sun-Ah????
    Was just surprised why KSA played the role of a bitchy woman, I love her in rom-com roles. But it’s ok, I still love her and she’s a good actress????

    • gdhunter

      July 31, 2017 - 2:21 pm

      Hi Rose, thanks for writing a comment again 🙂 Oh, you’re watching this as well. I bet you’ve watched many of the 27 dramas that aired so far this year. I know Kim Hee-sun because of FAITH but I can’t watch Woman of Dignity for her as it’s not my cup of tea. I’m kind of surprised that right now it ranks just next to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon in terms of average nationwide ratings. I heard its popular among adult viewers in South Korea.

      • Rose

        July 31, 2017 - 2:30 pm

        Oh I didn’t know either that it ranked in 2nd place. I just watched it because I love the 2 actresses. ???? I live Kim Hee-Sun in Angry Mom ????
        Oh yes you’re right I watched many of the 27 kdramas you mentioned. Some not yet, others I dropped or stopped but reading your blog, I might go back and watch again????. It’s just that sometimes some dramas when you watch the first and 2nd episodes seems to be not so interesting or maybe your right not my cup of tea.
        Thanks for writing these news, so happy and very much appreciated????

        • gdhunter

          July 31, 2017 - 2:40 pm

          Haha how can you find the time? I only watched 7 out of 27 and my favorites are Tunnel and Tomorrow With You. While there are underrated dramas out there, there are also other series which deserve poor ratings and those are just really not interesting for viewers like us to watch. You’re welcome Rose, I’m also very happy to know that a Kdrama fan like you is reading on this website. It makes me want to work harder in the future. Thank You 🙂

          • Rose

            July 31, 2017 - 3:16 pm

            Is Tomorrow With You good? I remember I just watched 2 episodes of it then I forgot all about it because of so many dramas to watch????. That’s the one with Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min A, right?
            I guess I have to change my watching habit. I have to have enough sleep so I can be productive in the office. I have been a kdrama addict since 2002 or 2003, I can’t remember anymore. I’m too old to remember hehehe

          • gdhunter

            July 31, 2017 - 3:22 pm

            Yes, it is soooo good. I’m not saying this based on personal preference alone but I really read positive reviews on the drama online. The drama did not become a ratings hit though because many viewers found it boring. 🙁 .

          • Rose

            July 31, 2017 - 3:19 pm

            Have you watched Queen of Mystery? It’s underrated I think. But it’s a very nice drama. Others don’t like to watch it just because it has no romance on tge part of the lead actors but it really tickes my heart just by their glances and facial expression even though there’s no direct romance. Find it so cute???????? and very funny????

          • gdhunter

            July 31, 2017 - 3:26 pm

            Not yet Rose. I’m a BIG fan of mystery dramas but I didn’t watch MQ because I’m no fan of the two leads.

  • ron

    July 31, 2017 - 7:48 am

    Where to watch this drama in Malaysia?

    • gdhunter

      July 31, 2017 - 7:52 am

      Hi ron, I suggest that you check the drama on VIU Malaysia’s site where you can watch many Korean dramas for free. If it’s not available there, I think you have no other choice but to go to the popular streaming sites online (may or may not legal).

  • ron

    July 31, 2017 - 7:46 am

    Where to watch?

    • gdhunter

      July 31, 2017 - 7:48 am

      Hi ron, thanks for commenting. It depends on your location. But worldwide the most popular LEGAL streaming sites are Viki, Dramafever, and VIU.

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