Hellokpop Year-End Look Back: 10 Highest Rating 2019 Korean Dramas Aired In Cable Channels

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tvN has had a great run for its 2019 Korean dramas albeit jTBC snatching the highest-rated cable drama this season

Based on the collated data from Nielsen’s average nationwide viewership ratings, the most-watched 2019 Korean Dramas aired in pay-TV networks (tvN, jTBC, OCN, MBN) are characterized by imaginative plot, healing stories and commendable character portrayals.

Romance themed dramas dominate the list. A few of the memorable characters also sprang from this roster of highest-rating 2019 Korean dramas.

Hellokpop follows a slightly different K-Drama calendar. The dramas we included in this list covers November 2018 to November 2019 Korean dramas – and all the series that end on or before December 31, 2019. Additionally, daily, once-a-week and weekly dramas are not included.

Here are the 10 Highest Rating 2019 Korean dramas aired in cable channels.

1. Sky Castle (jTBC) 12.5%

Soaring high throughout its run, four families colored the narrative of Sky Castle to intriguing bends. Coupled with proportionate moments for its big cast, its fictional world probed on elite families different opinions on supporting their children’s future.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Sky Castle” Uprears Habit-Forming Following Owing To Excellent Cast & Shocking Plot Twists

Sky Castle

2. Hotel Del Luna (tvN) 8.8%

Hotel del Luna dazzled, not only because of its great cast, but also due to its narrative and the characters’ interesting back stories. Behind the special effects and IU’s beautiful collection of fancy wardrobe, the drama touched on human emotions.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Hotel Del Luna” Imparts Valuable Lessons About Forgiveness, Letting Go and Moving On

3. Encounter (tvN) 8.47%

Encounter proves that love is for two brave people willing to take each other’s pain, viewers are expected to feel those contemplative nudge of appreciating little things that we tend to overlook when relationship problems seem too hard to handle.

While not tautly executed, its soothing effect and that invisible drive to support the couple’s ever-after goal draws its mesmerizing hook.

The story of Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun is for patient viewers – those who love taking time to savor the quiet and meaningful moments of being truly in love.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Encounter” Cascades A Hard-Fought Emotional Battle That Wins By Letting Love & Trust Happen


4. Memories of the Alambra (tvN) 8.43%

Ambitious on its run, Memories of the Alhambra almost achieved a perfect 2019-drama-to-beat label. The polished weekly episodes maintained its mystery while making sure that viewers would be haunted. That ultimately leads to anticipate what’s in store for the series each week.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Memories Of The Alhambra” Marks Momentous Highs Albeit Safe Landing

5. The Crowned Clown (tvN) 8.41

The Crowned Clown gives viewers characters to hate and root for. The internal and external forces driving a wedge between the monarchy and its people seemed overwhelming, and someone with a weak resolve would quickly wilt and lose sanity.

Fortunately for Ha Seon, his strong will, determination, and the people who backed him up in the palace became his anchor. With these, he was able to stand his ground against challenges and became triumphant.

READ: K-Drama Review: “The Crowned Clown” Narrates An Arresting Tale Of Sacrifices For Patriotism & Personal Promises

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6. Arthdal Chronicles (tvN) 6.5%

Narrated in three parts, Arthdal Chronicles notched an enigmatic blend of heroic stories highlighting victories of its lead characters in their personal battles. Otherworldly gorgeous, it is one of those K-Dramas that will not lose its pragmatic value even after years passed by.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Arthdal Chronicles” Proves Astounding Narrative & Characters Make An Ambitious Plot Remarkable

Arthdal Chronicles

7. The Light in your Eyes (jTBC) 6.2%

The Light in your Eyes is a healing tearjerker reminding its viewers to view life happily despite bad days. It was a trip down memory lane that left its viewers in tears as they reminisce their own happy memories.

READ: K-Drama Review: “The Light In Your Eyes” Is A Dazzlingly Beautiful Invitation To Enjoy Ordinary Days

The Light in Your Eyes *image via JTBC

8. Romance is a Bonus Boook (tvN) 5.15%

For people who genuinely like to read, Romance Is A Bonus Book is a perfect treat. In its 16-chapter run, it abundantly goes through the challenges of adult living, whether someone may be single or raising a family.

Mostly woman empowering on the majority of its airing, it has managed to leave contemplative lessons about human interaction, friendship, and the concept of family and belonging for people who are not blood-related.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Romance Is A Bonus Book” Revives Downbeat Mood With Reassuring Life Lessons

Romance is a Bonus Book

9. Graceful Family (MBN) 4.9%

Delving on the lives of the wealthiest, Graceful Family evolves in the story of a banished rich family’s daughter who wreaked havoc when she returns to Korea against her father’s will. From there, the quest to claim what is rightfully hers ensues. However, the road to fulfill it requires an arduous outsmarting game and devious ways.

Graceful Family

10. Confession (tvN) 4.7%

From the lead actors to the villains, the cast of actors truly brought their game in Confession. It’s a solid legal drama that grips owing to its exemplary acting and dramatic courtroom flair.

READ: K-Drama Review: “Confession” Trudges On Safe And Predictable Territory But Boasts Of Commendable Acting

tvN | Confession

Image Credit: tvN | jTBC | MBN