[Weekly TV Top 10] Will ‘Stranger’ Make a Global Hit?

The popularity of drama Stranger is spreading beyond Korea to Asia. Stranger, released through Netflix, has settled in the TOP 10 chart in numerous Southeast Asia countries, including Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Meanwhile, in the midst of difficulties due to COVID-19, new dramas Alice and Missing: The Other Side started off solid, seeing a rise in viewership in just two episodes. Let’s check out which programs have made headlines over the past week.


The Dramas on 4th week of August 2020

Stranger 2, which started its journey with even higher viewership than the previous season, continues to be the hottest topic for three weeks. In the 5th episode, Lee Kyu Hyung from the previous season made a surprise appearance, and in the 6th episode, Lee Joon Hyuk went missing, shocking the viewers. Despite its rather disappointing viewership, Flower of Evil is drawing hot reactions online with the sad but affectionate romance between Lee Joon Ki and Moon Chae Won and the solid narrative of the mystery. In particular, interest in Lee Joon Ki, who is showing both boy-like charm and masculine charm, is explosive. Alice, which came in fourth, showed a great start with rave reviews about Kim Hee Sun, while The Good Detective, which ranked fifth, came to a successful end, raising expectations for season 2.

Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. tvN Stranger 2 (Share of Audience: 21.98) (-)
  2. tvN Flower of Evil (Share of Audience: 16.75) (-)
  3. KBS Once Again (Share of Audience: 13.13) (-)
  4. SBS Alice (Share of Audience: 10.59) NEW
  5. JTBC The Good Detective (Share of Audience: 4.27) (▲4)
  6. tvN Record of Youth (Share of Audience: 4.16) NEW
  7. KBS Fatal Promise (Share of Audience: 3.6) (▲5)
  8. OCN Missing: The Other Side (Share of Audience: 3.39) NEW
  9. SBS Do You Like Brahms? (Share of Audience: 3.36) NEW
  10. JTBC Twenty-Twenty (Share of Audience: 2.91) NEW


Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Lee Joon Ki, Flower of Evil (-)
  2. Kim Hee Sun, Alice NEW
  3. Joo Won, Alice NEW
  4. Moon Chae Won, Flower of Evil (▽1)
  5. Jo Seung Woo, Stranger 2 (▽3)
  6. Lee Min Jung, Once Again (▽1)
  7. Lee Sang Yeob, Once Again (▽1)
  8. Kim Bo Yeon, Once Again (▽4)
  9. Lee Joon Hyuk, Stranger 2 (▽1)
  10. Bae Doo Na, Stranger 2 (▽3)


The Non-Dramas on the 4th week of August 2020

Knowing Bros, where SuperM made their first Korean entertainment show debut, topped the non-drama category. The show received favorable responses for showing SuperM’s honest and outspoken talks and highlighting their chemistry. The second-ranked Hidden Singer: Season 6 drew much attention with the re-appearance of Baek Ji Young, the original singer of season 1 seven years ago, and broke its own highest viewership. After the broadcast, Baek Ji Young’s “No Love, No Heartbreak” climbed back on the music charts.

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience: 5.39) (▲8)
  2. JTBC Hidden Singer: Season 6 (Share of Audience: 5.15) (▲4)
  3. TV Chosun We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 4.62) (▽2)
  4. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 4.62) (▽2)
  5. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 3.31) (▽2)
  6. Mnet I-LAND (Share of Audience: 3.2) (▲1)
  7. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 2.97) (▽3)
  8. TV Chosun Mulberry School (Share of Audience: 2.9) (-)
  9. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.59) (▲1)
  10. MBC Radio Star (Share of Audience: 2.2) (▲12)


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

  1. Baek Ji Young, Hidden Singer: Season 6 NEW
  2. Yoo Jae Suk, How Do You Play? (▽1)
  3. SuperM, Knowing Bros NEW
  4. Lim Young Woong, Mulberry School (▲2)
  5. Oh Jung Yeon, The House Detox NEW
  6. HyunA, Radio Star NEW
  7. Lee Hyori, How Do You Play? (▲5)
  8. Henry, I Live Alone (▲511)
  9. Lim Young Woong, We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (▽7)
  10. Lee Chan Won, We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (▲14)


This survey was released on August 24 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 27 dramas and the 169 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from Augusta4 17 through August 30.

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