Stealer: The Treasure Seeker, Ep 6 earns LOWEST ratings of drama so far – Why?

Having finally watched the first six episodes of Stealer: The Treasure Keeper this week, I am honestly confused as to why the comedy crime drama is still struggling to find an audience.

Especially when its characters are fun, the plot is exciting and the comedy is actually… funny.

But, the latest ratings for the drama are in, this time the Stealer, The Treasure Seeker, Episode 6 ratings, and the tvN drama has failed to keep its current audience yet again.

According to Nielsen Korea, Stealer: The Treasure Keeper, Episode 6 earned just 3.1 percent of the Korean nationwide audience, while it was only able to pull in 3.6 percent of Seoul viewers.

Both those numbers mean the tvN Wednesday/Thursday drama fell from the show’s previous episode.

Fell by half a percent nationwide, and by a slightly higher .6 percent with Seoul audiences.

In the three weeks since Stealer: The Treasure Keeper premiered on April 12th, the crime drama has lost 1.5 percent of its national audience.

tvN Wednesday-Thursday dramas don’t perform well

With these kinds of numbers, it is no wonder then that tvN announced earlier in the week they will no longer be airing dramas on Wednesday and Thursday nights, but instead will be airing a variety of different programming options going forward.

The decision was announced soon after the tvN drama The Heavenly Idol, which aired in the same time slot as Stealer: The Treasure Keeper, earned even worse ratings.

Again, strange to me, as the rom com K-drama was entertaining and definitely not the worst thing I have watched.

Meanwhile, with six more episodes of the 12-episode Stealer: The Treasure Keeper to go, let’s see if the funny drama is able to recoup some of its audience before it ends.

It really should.

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:30 (KST) on tvN.

About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.