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'Yong Pal' Ratings Dip To 19.2 Percent

BY Adrienne Stanley | Aug 27, 2015 05:00 AM EDT

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The SBS medical drama, "Yong Pal," experienced a dip in ratings with its August 26 episode.  According to the August 27 report published by Nielsen Korea, "Yong Pal" recorded 19.2 percent in nationwide viewership. This is a 1.2 percent decrease from ratings recorded for the August 20 episode, which yielded 20.4 percent. 

The seventh episode of "Yong Pal" kept viewers on the edges of their seats as Kim Tae Hyun (Joo Wan) and Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee) struggled to survive. Tae Hyun was at the brink of death due to a gun shot he sustained to his abdomen in his attempts to protect a body whose identity was believed to be Yeo Jin.  

The episode incorporated the age-old scam of the shell game as Yeo Jin was diverted away from the conspirators who wanted to kill her. She awakened with a bandaged face and was greeted by the head nurse (Oh Na Ra). 

epoAudiences who tuned into the series to catch glimpses of Shin Sa A (Stephanie Lee) were disappointed by August 25 reports that she would be departing from the series. Sa A capped off the episode by providing advice to Yeo Jin, which included the tip that Tae Hyun willingly relinquished a bribe that would save his ailing sister to protect the threatened heiress. 

MBC's supernatural series "Scholar Who Walks the Night" also experienced a drop in ratings. The August 26 episode recorded 6.5 percent in nationwide viewership, as Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) agreed to sacrifice her life for the greater good of the kingdom.

After discovering that her existence was most likely the key to defeating the vampire Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk), Yang Sun made the difficult decision that plagued Kim Seung Yeol (Lee Joon Gi) and Crown Prince Lee Yoon (TVXQ's Changmin), for several episodes. 

The KBS2 political series, "Assembly," recorded 4.9 percent in viewership. In the August 26 episode, Kim Gyu Hwan (2PM's Taecyeon) attempted to flee, after his identity was revealed. "Assembly" is based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter Jung Hyun Min, who served as an aide within the Korean National Assembly, for a decade. 

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About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramaStars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).

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