For the past decade, viewers have been delighted with K-dramas that scored a variety of ratings. We feel a show is doing remarkably well if it nears 30%. However, there are some K-dramas that surpassed the production's wildest dreams reaching 40% plus. Here are some of those rare gems.


1. Shining Inheritance (2009)

Han Hyo Joo, Lee Seung Gi and Moon Chae Won's careers skyrocketed when they headlined this beloved family melodrama. It maintained high ratings from episode 4 to the last one, which recorded a 47% nationwide. 

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Shining Inheritance

Starring Han Hyo Joo and Lee Seung Gi

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2. Baker King Kim Tak Goo (2010)

After enjoying several episodes in the 20s, 30s and 40 percent range, Yoon Si Yoon and Joo Won's melodrama skyrocketed to 51% nationwide for the final episode. Former SES member Kim Yoo Jin (aka Eugene) also starred.

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Baker King Kim Tak Goo

Starring Yoon Si Yoon and Kim Yoo Jin

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3. Moon that Embraces the Sun (2012)

Kim Soo Hyun and Han Gain's historical phenomenon joined the ranks of National Drama status as it soared to a 47% rating in Seoul on episode 18. It enjoyed the 40% range for several episodes throughout its initial run.

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The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

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4. She Was Pretty (2015)

Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon were a hilarious dysfunctional couple in the series that did well in South Korea and abroad. However, it struck gold online with 8 episodes scoring over 50% viewership ratings, while episode 11 reached 60%. This romantic comedy was also the last series Choi Si Won starred in before he enlisted in the military, and Revolutionary Love was his lovely comeback show. 

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She Was Pretty

Starring Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum

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5. Descendants of the Sun (2016)

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo decided to wed after their relationship blossomed on the set of this action/medical series. Their on-screen chemistry helped the already high ratings rise to 42% in the Seoul area for its highly anticipated finale.

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Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo

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Which Korean TV series is number 1 on your top 10 list? 


Shelly M is an author and blogger. Follow her personal blog at BTSCelebs.com