JTBC's weekend drama "Woman of Dignity" breaks previous ratings record set by "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" and follows three tvN dramas in highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television (Reply 1988, Goblin, & Signal). Current 5th place is Reply 1994.
The final episode recorded a 12.065% ratings, a 2% increase from the previous episode which is an astronomical jump for a cable tv show.
Baek Mi Kyung, screenwriter of both previous record-holder “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” and “Woman of Dignity” has shared her thoughts on her two extremely successful dramas.
Baek Mi Kyung explained, “I really didn’t expect [‘Woman of Dignity’ to do so well]. I thought the audience would be limited. Rather than lots of people watching it, I thought there would be a small number of hard-core fans, but I’m thankful that so many people are watching it. I didn’t think the drama’s storyline would gather a wide audience, and I tried to write a drama that people who sell or buy at the luxury goods section of the department store can easily watch.”
“It feels strange that one of my dramas has surpassed my other drama. Someone had to break the record set by ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,’ and I’m glad that I was the one to do it. But I don’t want to have to do it again. As for setting JTBC’s highest ratings record, I’m very moved by it. It’s a delightful thing to set a record, but at the same time, I feel pressured about my next work.”
She then shared the message she wanted to tell through “Woman of Dignity.” “I wanted to say that dignity doesn’t come from money. Park Bok Ja (Kim Sun Ah) used to believe that money was everything and that once she had the money, she would become like Woo Ah Jin (Kim Hee Sun). But even when she gets the money, she’s still jealous of Woo Ah Jin. When she finally realizes what’s important in life, she dies. Happiness doesn’t result from money, and the only thing the upper class has is money. That’s why we don’t have to desire wealth. Dignity is living without violating the rules. The right way to live is to live an ordinary life while knowing my place and staying true to my values. The message of this drama is that we are all living quite satisfactory lives."
Sources: koalasplayground, soompi (via naver)
WoD has superior writing and superior cast comparing to SWDBS, and is so much better than mediocre Goblin, so you should all just watch it tbh