“Haechi” Holds Onto First Place Position in Ratings

Haechi (Hatch) Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo Dear Citizens Korean Drama - Choi Siwon and Lee Yoo Young Special Labor Inspector Jo Korean Drama - Kim Dong Wook

Haechi saw a decrease in Nielsen drama ratings this week during the Monday-Tuesday time slot, but it was still able to hold onto its first place position:
Episode 37 – 6.2%
Episode 38 – 7.1%
Episode 39 – 6.9%
Episode 40 – 8.1%

Special Labor Inspector Jo rose during the second week of its run to land it in second:
Episode 5 – 5.4%
Episode 6 – 6.3%
Episode 7 – 5.8%
Episode 8 – 6.8%

Dear Citizens saw decreases and just barely slipped into last:
Episode 09 – 5.3%

Episode 10 – 6.0%
Episode 11 – 5.4%
Episode 12 –

Dear Citizens airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.

Special Labor Inspector Jo airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.

Haechi airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

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2 Responses to “Haechi” Holds Onto First Place Position in Ratings

  1. Jang says:

    Hi Kay, thanks for posting the ratings. Can I ask a question? Are these numbers in percent of the total population or households? It’s good to see all the Mon-Tue dramas getting generally average ratings. Hopefully, next time you’ll include ratings for the cable dramas as well such as Psychometric and Waikiki. I saw this post on Reddit linking to an article with surprisingly detailed content about TV ratings (https://www.kdramapal.com/korean-drama-ratings-2018-statistics-trends/) but there’s no mention in the article about what exactly does a 5.0% audience share mean? And is 10% in terrestrial not the same as 10% on cable TV? Just dropping my queries and there’s no need for you to reply but thanks a lot if you do!

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    • Kay says:

      Hi Jang! You’re very welcome 🙂 Yeah, ratings can be a bit tricky. Basically, the number represents the estimated percent of total households watching. They use a much smaller sample population to actually measure and then they calculate what the total percentage of households in the country watching would be based on that sample. So 5% should represent an estimated 5% of all households watching.

      Yes, terrestrial and cable are not the same. I believe the article is using terrestrial to refer to dramas from the public networks which are available to all households whereas cable networks are not available to everyone. So a 5% on a terrestrial network is better than a 5% on a cable network because more households are involved. That’s why they are not usually directly compared in ratings battles (sometimes its because they are in a different time slot too). Both are reasons why I usually just do the public dramas that are directly competing with each other. But I frequently cover cable dramas individually if one is having a particularly good run and delivering high ratings (like SKY Castle or The Crowned Clown). Hopefully, that answer sort of makes sense. Ratings are way too complicated, lol


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