The ratings are for the new batch of Mon-Tues K-dramas and the playing field looks a lot different than the bloodbath going on in the Wed-Thurs slot. Mon-Tues doesn’t have a runaway winner (yet), with the race tight out of the gate and with plenty of wiggle room to change spots. SBS gets the slight win as Daebak (The Royal Gambler or Jackpot) grabbed 11.8% AGB nationwide ratings, with KBS coming in second at 10.1% for Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (My Lawyer, Mr. Jo), and rounding out the rear is Monster (Tyrant) with 7.3% on MBC. The win for Daebak plays completely into it’s title, a real daebak start for Jang Geun Seok‘s return to K-dramas in three years, though having Yeo Jin Gu and a sageuk genre following right behind Six Flying Dragons couldn’t have hurt. Now I’m even more curious how episode 2 ratings will fall, sometimes spots change as those who were lured in to the first episode by promotions may switch as the actual story fails to connect.
I believe Monster can’t really be counted out because as a 50-episode long drama it has plenty of time to start slow and build the momentum. Even major long drama hits like Giant started off in the single digits before breaking 40% in the last episode. Not to mention these three dramas are all staggered different in airing length, with Monster’s 50 double Daebak at 24-episodes and Neighborhood Lawyer looks short by comparison at 20-episodes. For now, congrats to SBS and a comforting premiere Jang Geun Seok.