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'Yong Pal' Ratings Dropped Below 20 Percent As The Series Draws To A Close

BY Adrienne Stanley | Sep 30, 2015 08:26 PM EDT

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"Yong Pal" ratings decreased, as Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee reconnected for the penultimate episode. According to the October 1 report released by Nielsen Korea, "Yong Pal" recorded 18.4 percent in nationwide viewership. This reflected a decrease of 1.8 percent from ratings reported on September 25. 

While "Yong Pal" has landed in second place for Wednesday and Thursday primetime programming for the bulk of its run, the series declined to third with its September 30 episode. 

Episode 17 marked the beginning of the end for the popular SBS medical drama, which continuously yielded double-digit ratings since its premiere on August 5. 

Kim Tae Hyun (Joo Won) shared a tearful reunion with Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee) after he abandoned in the midst of her relentless revenge plot.

"Yong Pal" concludes on October 1 and will be followed by "The Village: Achiara's Secret."

MBC's "She Was Pretty" increased its ratings, with the series breaking the double-digit mark. The romantic comedy recorded 10.7 percent in nationwide viewership, an increase of 0.8.

"She Was Pretty" marks the K-Drama reunion of Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon, who previously won the hearts of viewers as siblings in the hit psychological drama, "Kill Me, Heal Me." 

Audiences have praised their compelling on-screen dynamic in "She Was Pretty," as well as the nuanced performance of Super Junior's Choi Siwon. 

The series has yet to fully establish its love triangle, which promises to be as complicated as the romantic dynamic featured in "High Society." 

Meanwhile, "The "Merchant: Gaekju 2015" recorded 6 percent. 

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Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor at KDramaStars. She is also a contributing music writer at KpopStarz, MTV Iggy and other publications. When she is not listening to "We Like 2 Party," she can be found on Twitter. (@retrogirladdy).

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