3:33 pm - 01/06/2019

"SKY Castle" surges in TV ratings


Is entering a prestigious university a matter of life or death in Korea? Maybe yes.

Cable network JTBC's Friday/Saturday drama "SKY Castle" got off to a good start with a storyline about uptown families desperate for their children to enter a top university.

Its viewership rating continues to rise with attention-grabbing scenes and rule-breaking story development. According to ratings research company Nielsen Korea, the 14th episode's nationwide rating reached 15.8% and 17.3% in the Seoul metropolitan area, exceeding JTBC's all-time high drama rating of 12.3% that "Woman of Dignity" set last week."

With six episodes left, attention is on whether "SKY Castle" can reach a 20% viewership rating.

source: The Korea Daily
by_venoms_sting 7th-Jan-2019 12:15 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to watch this for a while now but I've got too many shows I'm watching atm and thus haven't started it yet.
hpn88 7th-Jan-2019 01:04 am (UTC)
do it. i didnt think i would like it but they've done a good job so far. crossed fingers for the ending
dalpaengi 7th-Jan-2019 02:01 am (UTC)
Where can one watch this?
babyjenkski 7th-Jan-2019 03:48 pm (UTC)
I watch it on VIU. If it's available in your country, subscribe for a Premium Pass (its about USD 2 for me) you get the latest episodes subbed in just a couple of hours.
infj23 7th-Jan-2019 02:30 am (UTC)
This is without doubt the best drama I've watched since Misaeng.
love_keiko 7th-Jan-2019 05:32 pm (UTC)

now i'm curious bc i could barely get through the first episode.

what episode does the show actually start to pick up?
infj23 7th-Jan-2019 09:56 pm (UTC)
I wasn't terribly impressed after ep 1 either. I'm a person, too, who has no problem fast forwarding through eps. So, with that said, I'd honestly suggest starting with ep 2. There's a lot of backstory and character building that takes place in the early episodes but they pay off. It's horrifically delightful to watch some of the characters' arcs evolve over time.

But if you insist, it really picked up for me around ep 6.
love_keiko 7th-Jan-2019 05:33 pm (UTC)
by other shows do you mean other kdramas? been looking for one to watch, havent been grabbed by one from the jump in ages.
by_venoms_sting 7th-Jan-2019 08:56 pm (UTC)
I’m currently watching My Strange Hero, Encounter (not sure if I would recommend it though since it’s only just interesting enough to keep me watching and nothing exciting tbh I think I’m sticking with it cause I’ve already spent so much time with it already lol), The Last Empress (opposite of Encounter in that it’s exciting but it’s also completely ridiculous), and Memories of the Alhambra.
veep_throat 7th-Jan-2019 02:28 am (UTC)


goldenrosalie 7th-Jan-2019 05:33 am (UTC)
really glad to see it doing so well. jtbc have so many fantastic dramas, they deserve this. it's kinda insane how high ratings for last ep were because even dramas on national channels barely ever manage to pull such numbers these days.
i first started it as i follow the rule of checking all dramas with older female cast and i'm truly impressed by how well crafted and thought through this drama is. last episode really opened up so many possibilities and things i didn't consider regarding woo ju. no wonder everyone is coming up with all kinds of theories now.
keytfelt 7th-Jan-2019 08:18 am (UTC)
I'm planning on starting this this week, hopefully it can pull me out of my drama slump. Those ratings are so impressive!!
revertigo 7th-Jan-2019 09:48 am (UTC)
Show deserves it. It’s brilliant. I have such a crush on the actress who plays Coach Kim omg

Sky castle, children of nobody and mother are all must watches with beautifully crafted stories about women and children. Ik they’re meant for entertainment, but they could easily be documentaries.
misspoirot 7th-Jan-2019 11:09 am (UTC)
Lowkey scared of the ending since they extended the ep. The SF9 member playing woojoo is so good i didnt even know hes an idol. I love this drama and would recommend it to anyone tbh
babyjenkski 7th-Jan-2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
He really is good! He also did well on "Signal"
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