Jun Ji Hyun And Joo Ji Hoon’s “Jirisan” Achieves Highest Premiere Ratings Of Any Weekend Drama In tvN History
Penned by “Kingdom” writer Kim Eun Hee, “Jirisan” is a mystery drama starring Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Kang, a top ranger at Mount Jiri National Park, and Joo Ji Hoon as her rookie partner Kang Hyun Jo, who is hiding an unspeakable secret. The drama will follow the story that unfolds as the two rangers begin to uncover the truth behind a mysterious accident that occurred on the mountain.
On October 23, the highly-anticipated new drama premiered to No. 1 ratings straight out of the gate. According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of “Jirisan” scored an average nationwide rating of 9.1 percent, taking first place in its time slot across all channels (even including public broadcast networks).
With this strong start, “Jirisan” achieved the second-highest viewership ratings of any drama premiere in tvN history, bested only by “Hospital Playlist 2” (which premiered to an average nationwide rating of 10.0 percent earlier this year). “Jirisan” also set a new record for the highest premiere ratings of any weekend drama in the history of the network, breaking the previous record of 8.9 percent held by “Mr. Sunshine.”
Additionally, “Jirisan” took first place in its time slot—including public broadcast networks—among the key demographic of viewers ages 20 to 49, with whom it scored a nationwide average of 5.4 percent.
Meanwhile, SBS’s hit comedy “One the Woman” continued its perfect 10-episode streak as the most-watched miniseries of the entire week, earning an average nationwide rating of 12.5 percent for its latest episode.
MBC’s spy drama “The Veil” ended strong, rising to an average nationwide rating of 8.8 percent for its series finale, while JTBC’s “Lost” fell to an average rating of 1.2 percent.
tvN’s “Yumi’s Cells” also saw an increase in viewership for its latest episode, which earned an average nationwide rating of 2.3 percent. The drama took first place in its time slot across all cable channels among the key demographic of viewers ages 20 to 49, with whom it scored a nationwide average of 2.2 percent.
Finally, KBS 2TV’s “Young Lady and Gentleman” defended its title as the most-watched program of any kind to air on Saturday, scoring an average nationwide rating of 26.8 percent for its latest broadcast.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Jirisan”!
Watch the series finale of “The Veil” with subtitles here…
…”One the Woman” here…
…”Yumi’s Cells” here…
…and “Young Lady and Gentleman” below!