“The Midnight Romance in Hagwon” Ratings Soar Despite Controversies, Jung Ryeo Won Tops Popularity Charts for 3 Weeks

Actor Jung Ryeo Won has been stealing the spotlight, maintaining her position as the most talked-about performer for three consecutive weeks with the drama “The Midnight Romance in Hagwon.

On the 25th, the Good Data Corporation—a specialized organization analyzing K-content competitiveness—released its TV-OTT actor popularity rankings for the third week of June.

Jung Ryeo Won not only secured the top spot in the drama category but also emerged as the overall favorite among actors across both drama and non-drama genres.

In tvN’s weekend drama “The Midnight Romance in Hagwon” (directed by Ahn Pan-seok, written by Park Kyung-hwa, produced by Studio Dragon and JS Pictures), Jung Ryeo Won portrays the charismatic star lecturer Seo Hye-jin.

Her realistic acting, fashionable appeal, and endearing charm have consistently won over viewers. Jung Ryeo Won flawlessly embodies the character’s gentle yet resilient competitive spirit, captivating both Lee Jun-ho (played by Lee Jun Ho) and the audience.

In episodes 13 and 14 of “The Midnight Romance in Hagwon,” which aired last weekend, Jung Ryeo Won’s character faced a crisis as her relationship with Lee Jun Ho hit a breaking point, causing turmoil within the educational community. Sensing that their relationship could become public knowledge among parents and students, Jung Ryeo Won tearfully confessed her love to Lee Jun Ho. In this emotional scene, she once again proved why she’s an icon of first love, with her poignant expression, deep gaze, and sincere delivery of lines.

Despite facing malicious rumors and hurtful comments from colleagues and parents within the drama, Jung Ryeo Won continued to shine during last week’s broadcast. As a result, “The Midnight Romance in Hagwon” episode 14 achieved its highest ratings on Nielsen Korea’s paid platforms.

The drama recorded an average viewership of 6.3% in the Seoul metropolitan area, with a peak of 7.1%. Nationally, it averaged 5.2% with a peak of 5.8%, securing the top spot among cable and general programming channels during the same time slot.

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