“Justice” And “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” Go Head-To-Head In Viewership Ratings

The competition in the Wednesday-Thursday drama time slot is looking fierce!

The July 24 episode of KBS’s “Justice” recorded nationwide viewership ratings of 5.5 percent in the first half and 6.3 percent in the second half. This is a 1.5 percent increase from last week (3.8 and 4.8 percent), indicating that the drama is on a steady rise.

MBC’s “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” recorded extremely close ratings to “Justice,” scoring 4.5 percent in the first half and 6.4 percent in the second half. “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” also showed an improvement from last week’s ratings (3.7 and 6.0 percent) and set a new personal best.

KBS’s “Doctor Detective” also wasn’t far behind, scoring 4.6 percent in the first half (only 0.1 percent difference from “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung”) and 5.0 percent in the second half. However, “Doctor Detective” is the only drama among the three to have decreased in ratings since last week, albeit only about 0.2 percent.

This means that the “winner” (the highest-ranked drama in its time slot) depends on how you calculate the viewership ratings: if you go by the second half ratings, as many media outlets do, then “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” was the highest, but in terms of average ratings, “Justice” performed better.

Despite the healthy competition, however, some media outlets have expressed concern that none of the dramas have been able to break into the double digits so far, indicating that there may be a low level of interest in the Wednesday-Thursday time slot overall.

Which dramas did you tune in for this week?

Check out the latest episode of “Justice” here…

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… and the latest episode of “Doctor Detective” here!

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