A scene from the latest episode of SBS's “Romantic Doctor Kim” peaked at 30% in real-time viewership ratings.
The 18th episode of “Romantic Doctor Kim” aired on January 9, with nationwide ratings of 26%. The scene in which Kim Sa-bu (played by Han Suk-kyu) and Kang Dong-joo (played by Yoo Yeon-seok) face off against each other brought the episode its highest ratings of 30%.
Approximately 5,898,000 people around the nation tuned in to watch the latest episode, an audience size four times larger than that of the drama's competitors. “Romantic Doctor Kim” attracting close to six million viewers for a single episode is extremely meaningful. Even for movies, only a few productions attract over 10 million people in a single year. “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” one of Korea's biggest movies ever, took 12 days to hit the 10 million mark.
“Romantic Doctor Kim” has two episodes left and it will be interesting to see if the drama can surpass the 30% mark in overall nationwide viewership ratings by its conclusion.