[Weekly TV Top 10] Hallyu Stars Kim Soo Hyun vs. Ji Chang Wook, Who Smiled First?

Last week, attention was focused on the showdown between two Hallyu stars, Kim Soo Hyun and Ji Chang Wook. The winner who got to smile first was Kim Soo Hyun and his new drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Ji Chang Wook’s Backstreet Rookie, which began a day earlier, was criticized for its sexually suggestive content, whereas Kim Soo Hyun’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was well-received for both actors’ solid performance and production. However, it is regrettable that the viewership dropped sharply in the second episode. As it is still in the beginning stage, we will have to wait and see. Let’s check out which programs have made headlines over the past week.


The Dramas on the 3rd week of June 2020

Credit: tvN

Kim Soo Hyun’s return drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay topped the drama category. The visuals of Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji drew much attention, and many showed their love for their chemistry. Also, its unique production style received favorable reviews from the public. Once Again, in which Lee Sang Yi and Lee Cho Hee started their secret relationship, stayed in second place for three consecutive weeks. Backstreet Rookie came in third, but it was embroiled in a controversy over its sexually suggestive content, such as the kiss scene between a high school student and an adult man, youth smoking, and officetel prostitution.


The Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. tvN It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Share of Audience: 23.76) NEW
  2. KBS2 Once Again (Share of Audience: 14.28) (-)
  3. SBS Backstreet Rookie (Share of Audience: 13.66) NEW
  4. MBC Kkondae Intern (Share of Audience: 7.07) (▽1)
  5. tvN My Unfamiliar Family (Share of Audience: 5.89) (-)
  6. JTBC Mystic Pop-Up Bar (Share of Audience: 5.33) (▲1)
  7. SBS Good Casting (Share of Audience: 5.12) (▲2)
  8. MBC Dinner Mate (Share of Audience: 4.33) (-)
  9. tvN Oh My Baby (Share of Audience: 4.08) (▽3)
  10. TV Chosun King Maker: The Change of Destiny (Share of Audience: 2.85) (▲2)

The Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Kim Soo Hyun, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay NEW
  2. Seo Ye Ji, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay NEW
  3. Lee Cho Hee, Once Again (▽)
  4. Ji Chang Wook, Backstreet Rookie NEW
  5. Lee Sang Yi, Once Again (-)
  6. Jang Na Ra, Oh My Baby (-)
  7. Choo Ja Hyun, My Unfamiliar Family (▲7)
  8. Park Hae Jin, Kkondae Intern (-)
  9. Seo Ji Hye, Dinner Mate (▲3)
  10. Han Ye Ri, My Unfamiliar Family (-)


The Non-Dramas on the 3rd week of June 2020


Heart Signal 3 has maintained its No.1 spot in the non-drama category for seven consecutive weeks. Many were immersed in the mixed love lines of Chun Ahn Na, Jung Eui Dong, Kim Kang Yeol, and Park Ji Hyun. Road to Kingdom ended in second place with the group THE BOYZ winning the final competition. I Live Alone, which made headlines with Yoo Ah In’s appearance, came in fifth as the popularity of the show increased by 22.90 percent. His glamorous house and car caught the eye, and his frank and simple lifestyle was well-received.

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. Channel A Heart Signal 3 (Share of Audience: 13.13) (-)
  2. Mnet Road to Kingdom (Share of Audience: 6.5) (▲3)
  3. JTBC Phantom Singer 3 (Share of Audience: 5.95) (▽1)
  4. TV CHOSUN We Will Sing Your Requests ” Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 5.1) (▽1)
  5. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 3.79) (▲1)
  6. SBS Baek Jong Won’s Alley Restaurant (Share of Audience: 3.59) (▽4)
  7. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 3.33) (▲1)
  8. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 3.27) (▽1)
  9. Mnet I-LAND (Share of Audience: 2.27) NEW
  10. TV Chosun Mulberry School (Share of Audience: 2.02) (▲2)


The Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Non-Dramas

  1. Park Ji Hyun, Heart Signal 3 (-)
  2. Yoo Ah In, I Live Alone NEW
  3. Chun In Woo, Heart Signal 3 (▽1)
  4. Kim Kang Yeol, Heart Signal 3 (-)
  5. Chun Ahn Na, Heart Singal 3 (▲1)
  6. Lee Hyori, How Do You Play? (▲3)
  7. Lee Ga Heun, Heart Signal 3 (▽4)
  8. Baek Jong Won, Baek Jong Won’s Alley Restaurant (▲3)
  9. Lim Young Woong, We Will Sing Your Requests ” Call Center of Love (▲9)
  10. Im Han Gyeol, Heart Singal 3 (▽2)


This survey was released on June 22 by the TV popularity analysis agency Good Data Corporation after analyzing netizens’ responses, which were generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos and SNSs for the 24 dramas and the 178 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from June 15 through June 21.

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