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Search, a new Korean drama mystery thriller starring Krystal f (x) and Jang Dong Yoon as soldiers in the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of “Search” scored an average national rating of 2.6 percent and a peak of 3.2 percent, attracting a much higher viewership than its predecessor “Missing: The Other Side,” a drama that previously occupied its time slot (which aired with an average rating of 1.7 percent).
Among the main demographics of viewers aged 25 to 49, the premiere of “Search” scored an average national rating of 2.2 percent and a peak of 2.7 percent, taking first place in its time slot across all TV channels.
“Start-Up” TVN — a new drama starring Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk as dreamers chasing success in the South Korean version of Silicon Valley — scored an average national rating of 4.4 percent and a peak of 5.0 percent for its premiere. It also scored an average national rating of 2.9 percent and a peak of 3.3 percent among the main demographic of viewers aged 20 to 49.
Meanwhile, Channel A’s hit drama “Lie After Lie” continues to make history for the network as it remains No. 1 in its time slot on all TV channels. The latest episode of the suspenseful romance drama returned to an all-time high of 5.8 percent nationally, setting a record for the highest viewership rating achieved by any drama in Channel A history. “Lie After Lie” performed better in the Seoul metropolitan area, where it broke its own record for the highest drama rating in Channel A history with an average of 6.5 percent.
JTBC’s romantic drama “More Than Friends” also returned to an all-time high with its sixth episode, which scored a national average of 1.6 percent.
In the public broadcast network scene, SBS”s “Alice” scored national ratings averaging 6.1 percent and 8.6 percent for its two parts, while KBS 2TV’s “Homemade Love Story” remained the most-watched drama on Saturday night with an average national rating of 20.7 percent and 25.2 percent.