‘Manhole’ Premieres Very Low in Korean Drama Ratings

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin GooMan Who Dies to Live Korean Drama - Choi Min Soo and Shin Sung Rok Manhole Korean Drama - Jaejoong, UEE, Jung Hye Sung, Baro

We saw a little bit of movement in Nielsen drama ratings this week in the Wednesday-Thursday time slot. Man Who Dies to Live easily kept its first place position, but it also saw a nice increase in numbers while reaching series highs each night.
Ep. 13 –  8.0%
Ep. 14 – 11.2%
Ep. 15 – 11.1%
Ep. 16 – 12.9%

Reunited Worlds saw a dip on Wednesday night, but then it recovered back to its previous numbers.
Ep. 13 – 5.5%
Ep. 14- 6.5%
Ep. 15 – 6.2%
Ep. 16 – 7.0%

The new premiere this week was the time travel comedy drama Manhole starring Jaejoong and Uee. It was not off to a good start and landed solidly at the bottom.
Ep. 1 – 3.1%
Ep. 2 – 2.8%

Wow, those numbers for Manhole are surprising! They are pretty bad, and I’m trying to remember the last time I saw a network drama with numbers so incredibly low. I certainly hope it sees some improvements in the weeks to come because that is just disappointing 😦

Reunited Worlds airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

Man Who Dies to Live airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

Manhole airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

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4 Responses to ‘Manhole’ Premieres Very Low in Korean Drama Ratings

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Wow, that really is quite a surprise. I would have expected it to open much higher, especially since the premise for it really sounded fun. Oh well,who knows, it might be off to a slow start, but eventually grab more viewers.

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    • Kay says:

      I know. I couldn’t believe how low the numbers were. It’s a very light and fun drama with the reception from international fans being more on the positive side. But you just never know sometimes how people will react domestically. I do hope it at least picks up a few more viewers along the way though.

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  2. shamrockmom3 says:

    Woah…I kind of liked “Manhole”. It’s very goofy and fun–similar to “Modern Farmer” and “Surplus Princess”. Jae Joong really picked a different project and I wonder if the SK viewers aren’t good with that.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I’m still amazed to see such low numbers. I’m very excited to watch Manhole and have read the first ep recap. I thought it looked like it would be hilarious. And I loved the comedy and fun in dramas like Modern Farmer and Surplus Princess, so it sounds like it would be just my style. There aren’t a lot of dramas that I would consider true comedies and those two are. But maybe they are anomalies and South Korea just doesn’t care for that style so much. I just hope it pulls in at least a few more viewers because I don’t want it to end up being that rare drama that ends up on the chopping block 😦

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