Real-Time Ratings For “Defendant” Hit Close To 20 Percent In 2nd Episode With Shocking Twist

SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama “Defendant” is off to an amazing start, almost reaching 20 percent in real-time ratings in only its second episode. This follows news of the first episode doing well, coming in at first place in its time slot with ratings of 14.5 percent.

For the second episode, the drama recorded nationwide viewership ratings of 14.9 percent, with a total of 3.13 million viewers and real-time ratings peaking at 19.6 percent.


The moment that recorded the highest real-time ratings was when it was revealed that the man in the CCTV footage was none other than Park Jung Woo. This shocked viewers as they had believed that he had been framed the whole time.

A man leaves Park Jung Woo’s house with a large suitcase. With his face covered with a black mask, the man places the suitcase in his car and gets in. It then cuts to a scene showing a haggard-looking Park Jung Woo in jail, framed for a crime he didn’t commit.

Ji Sung Defendant

But when the man with the suitcase takes of his mask, it is revealed in a shocking twist that it is Park Jung Woo. He goes from looking despondent to murderous, and a voice-over of his friend Kang Joon Hyuk can be heard saying, “Why did you do it?”

His actions caught on CCTV cameras and his terrifying gaze only solidify that the person who killed and abandoned his family was none other than Park Jung Woo himself.

The third episode of “Defendant” will air on January 30 at 10 p.m. KST.

What did you think of the shocking twist in the second episode?

“Defendant” airs every Monday and Tuesday. Watch it only on Viki!

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*A previous version of this article incorrectly stated 31.3 million instead of 3.13 million.

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