All hail the new ratings champion on cable – jTBC Fri-Sat makjang melodrama The World of the Married took the topic of cheating and deceit and emotionally devastation to a new level of success as the most recent episode 12 became the highest single episode rated cable drama ever. It notched 24.332% surpassing the former ratings leader Sky Castle which final episode 20 reached 23.799%. That Married took only 12 episodes to reach and surpass what Sky Castle did in its 20th makes it even more impressive.
Sky Castle head the cable ratings champion crown for over a year as it aired during the end of 2018-beginning 2019 and many thought this achievement would stand for some time. Married still has 4 more episodes left so the sky (pun intended) is the limit. If it reaches 30% then it should be discussed in the same breath as traditional prime time K-dramas on the Big Three channels during the K-drama heyday of the 2000’s which reached 50%. All bow to Queen Kim Hee Ae as she singlehandedly elevated this beyond the typical scumbag husband cheats on long suffering wife trope.