[Douban Ratings] The Best and Worst Dramas of 2018

Since 2018 has come to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the dramas 2018 has brought to us. While the TV ratings and online ratings tell you how popular a drama was, they don’t necessarily tell you anything about the quality. Douban is China’s most used website where viewers can rate dramas, and the Douban ratings are said to reflect quality rather than popularity. So let’s see which are the highest and lowest rated dramas of 2018 in Douban.

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[TV Ratings] Week 42, 2018

Here are the TV ratings for Week 42, October 15 – October 21 (including reruns, average numbers in %):
1 Mother’s Life (BTV) 2.373
2 Mother’s Life (JSTV) 1.258

3 The Story of Zheng Yang Gate 2 (BTV) 1.198
4 The Years You Were Late (Hunan TV) 0.787
5 Battle through the Heaven (Hunan TV) 0.766
6 Entrepreneurial Age (Dragon TV) 0.563
7 The Story of Zheng Yang Gate 2 (JSTV) 0.563
8 The Best Meeting (Shandong TV) 0.55
9 Bloody Yangtze (Anhui TV) 0.543
10 All Out of Love (Hunan TV) 0.538

Source: Calculated myself.

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[TV Ratings] Week 41, 2018

Here are the TV ratings for Week 41, October 8 – October 14 (including reruns, average numbers in %):
1 Mother’s Life (BTV) 2.15
2 Mother’s Life (JSTV) 1.109

3 Age of Legends (Dragon TV) 0.753
4 Battle through the Heaven (Hunan TV) 0.656
5 All Out of Love (Hunan TV) 0.49

6 Bloody Yangtze (Anhui TV) 0.478
7 The Best Meeting (Shandong TV) 0.47
8 The Years You Were Late (Hunan TV) 0.465
9 Entrepreneurial Age (Dragon TV) 0.465
10 Excellent Investor (SZTV) 0.383

Source: Calculated myself.

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[TV Ratings] Week 40, 2018

Here are the TV ratings for Week 40, October 1 – October 7 (including reruns, average numbers in %):
1 Mother’s Life (BTV) 1.975
2 Mother’s Life (JSTV) 0.984

3 Battle through the Heaven (Hunan TV) 0.713
4 Age of Legends (Dragon TV) 0.598
5 All Out of Love (Hunan TV) 0.53

6 Sweet Guy (Shandong TV) 0.495
7 The Best Meeting (Shandong TV) 0.477
8 Age of Legends (ZJSTV) 0.392
9 Excellent Investor (SZTV) 0.341
10 The Years You Were Late (Hunan TV) 0.3

Source: Calculated myself.

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[TV Ratings] Week 39, 2018

Here are the TV ratings for Week 39, September 24 – September 30 (including reruns, average numbers in %):
1 Mother’s Life (BTV) 1.702
2 Mother’s Life (JSTV) 0.981

3 Battle through the Heaven (Hunan TV) 0.648
4 All Out of Love (Hunan TV) 0.631

5 Age of Legends (Dragon TV) 0.501
6 Born in the 70’s (Anhui TV) 0.5

7 Sweet Guy (Shandong TV) 0.468
8 The Years You Were Late (Hunan TV) 0.449
9 Fighting (CTV) 0.349
10 Age of Legends (ZJSTV) 0.333

Source: Calculated myself (weekly ratings aren’t being reported anymore, so I’ll just calculate the numbers myself from now on).

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[Finished Airing] Mother’s Life

Set in Shanxi during the early years of the Republic of China, Mother’s Life tells the story of a mother, Liu Ying Niang (Yue Li Na), and her five children. Eight years into her marriage, Liu Ying Niang has given birth to three girls in succession. Seen as a bad omen, the third girl is rejected by the family. In order to protect her, Ying Niang’s husband Long Ji Zong (Yu Yi) takes the girl and leaves the family. Ji Zong, however, dies and his family refuses to acknowledge his fourth baby in Ying Niang’s womb. Ying Niang therefore takes her children and leaves. Her own family doesn’t want to accept them either, which leaves her with no choice but to marry an opium addict who ends up selling her third daughter in exchange for opium. In the spur of the moment, Ying Niang sets the house on fire and consequently has to serve time in jail where she gives birth to her son. After being released, she tries to find her lost daughter with the help of her husband’s twin brother Yan Zong (Yu Yi), only to end up being separated from all her children. From then on, finding her lost children becomes Ying Niang’s purpose in life.

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