[Weekly TV Top 10] With “Park Bo Gum Effect,” ‘Record of Youth’ Blasted into Second Week at No. 1

Park Bo Gum is shaking up the small screen every Monday and Tuesday with his “heart-fluttering” performance. Rave reviews about the actor are being poured so much so that it’s almost impossible to feel his absence (as he joined the military). If Park Bo Gum is at the center of the popularity of Record of Youth, Stranger 2 and Flower of Evil have Jo Seung Woo and Lee Joon Ki at the center. The more popular the actors are, the better results the dramas get. This also goes the same for Do You Like Brahms?, which garnered a big fan base. The two main actors, Park Eun Bin and Kim Min Jae, captivated viewers, leading to a steady viewership despite being aired on the same days as Record of Youth. Let’s check out which programs have made headlines over the past week.


The Dramas on 3rd Week of September 2020

Record of Youth blasted into the second week at No. 1 on the popularity chart. The male characters getting vaccinated for cervical cancer became a hot topic, dominating real-time search in portal sites. In all, the drama is receiving rave reviews. Stranger 2, which landed at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, caught the attention with Jo Seung Woo and Bae Doo Na’s cooperation, reminding viewers of the previous season. Flower of Evil, which came in third, was well-received for actors’ passionate performances, predominantly about the rediscovery of actor Kim Ji Hoon. Do you like Brahms? was ranked fourth as Park Eun Bin and Kim Min Jae’s lovely relationship drew attention. Homemade Love Story got off to a good start in fifth place, while Alice, starring Kim Hee Sun and Joo Won, finished sixth with a steady decline.

Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas
tvN Record of Youth (Share of Audience: 21.53) (-)
tvN Stranger 2 (Share of Audience: 16.37) (-)
tvN Flower of Evil (Share of Audience: 14.45) (▲1)
SBS Do You Like Brahms? (Share of Audience: 14.11) (▲1)
KBS Homemade Love Story (Share of Audience: 5.57) NEW
SBS Alice (Share of Audience: 4.83) (-)
MBC When I Was the Most Beautiful (Share of Audience: 4.00) (▲1)
JTBC Twenty-Twenty (Share of Audience: 3.22) (▽1)
Channel A Lie After Lie (Share of Audience: 2.03) (▲2)
KBS Zombie Detective (Share of Audience: 1.86) NEW


Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas
Park Bo Gum, Record of Youth (-)
Lee Joon Ki, Flower of Evil (-)
Park Eun Bin, Do You Like Brahms? (-)
Kim Min Jae, Do You Like Brahms? (▲1)
Park So Dam, Record of Youth (▽1)
Moon Chae Won, Flower of Evil (▲8)
Kim Hee Sun, Alice (▲1)
Kim Ji Hoon, Flower of Evil (▲5)
Im Soo Hyang, When I Was the Most Beautiful (▲6)
Jo Seung Woo, Stranger 2 (-)


The Non-Dramas on the 3rd Week of September 2020

You Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook, which aired IU’s 12th-anniversary mini-concert, saw a 182.35% rise in popularity compared to the previous week, instantly topping the non-drama category. Many said they were comforted by IU’s songs even during these difficult times due to COVID-19. I-LAND saw its grand finale in second place. In the last episode, the final seven members of the debut group were announced, followed by fans’ congratulatory comments. I Live Alone came in third with the reappearance of Gian 84, who was embroiled in a controversy over the misogyny. How Do You Play? created positive public opinion with Jung Jae Hyung and Kim Jong Min joining the “Refund Expedition” project as managers.

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas
KBS You Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook (Share of Audience: 7.42) (▲8)
Mnet I-LAND (Share of Audience: 7.37) (▲1)
MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 4.53) (▲2)
MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 3.72) (▲2)
TV Chosun We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 3.7) (▽2)
MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 3.11) (▽2)
JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience: 2.61) (▲1)
SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.45) (▲2)
TV Chosun Mulberry School (Share of Audience: 2.27) (▲2)
JTBC Hidden Singer: Season 6 (Share of Audience: 2.27) (▽9)


The Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Non-Dramas
IU, You Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook NEW
Jisoo, Delicious Rendezvous NEW
Gian 84, I Live Alone (▲36)
Lim Young Woong, We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (▲1)
Kim Jong Min, How Do You Play? (▲21)
Kim Min Kyung, I Live Alone (▲199)
Kim Da Hyun, Voice Trot (▽4)
Jessi, Omniscient Interfering View (▲150)
Uhm Jung Hwa, How Do You Play? (▽7)
Park Se Ri, I Live Alone (▲189)


This survey was released on September 21 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 169 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from September 14 through September 20.

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