[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘Stranger 2’ Ends at No. 1

Last week, where there was the Chuseok holiday season, some programs canceled their episodes and some special programs aired, causing changes in the popularity chart. Alice, which was canceled for a week, was left out of the rankings, and as for the non-drama category, holiday special programs were spotted. Stranger 2, which aired as usual during the holidays, recorded its all-time high ratings, achieving a successful conclusion. But it seems like the popularity of Stranger 2 is not just secluded in Korea. It has been released worldwide through Netflix and has been drawing steady responses from Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Starting Oct. 17, Start-Up, starring Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk, will air as a follow-up.


The Dramas on 1st Week of October 2020

Stranger 2 ended at No. 1 in the drama category. Many showed their disappointment over the plot and production throughout the show, but the last episode was bombarded with comments expressing satisfaction. Record of Youth fell one notch to No. 2, but with trust in director Ahn Kil Ho, many favorable reviews were given for his delicate production. Do you like Brahms? has been in third place for two consecutive weeks, and many showed excitement in Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin’s heart-fluttering moments. A lot of viewers showed their satisfaction in 18 Again, which came in 4th, and especially, Lee Do Hyun’s acting was highly praised.

Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. tvN Stranger 2 (Share of Audience: 26.2) (▲1)
  2. tvN Record of Youth (Share of Audience: 22.5) (▽1)
  3. SBS Do You Like Brahms? (Share of Audience: 15.18) (-)
  4. JTBC 18 Again (Share of Audience: 9.09) (▲1)
  5. KBS Homemade Love Story (Share of Audience: 4.1) (▲3)
  6. Channel A Lie After Lie (Share of Audience: 2.92) (▲5)
  7. OCN Missing: The Other Side (Share of Audience: 2.81) (▲6)
  8. JTBC Twenty-Twenty (Share of Audience: 2.19) (▲4)
  9. JTBC More Than Friends (Share of Audience: 2.14) (▽3)
  10. MBC When I Was the Most Beautiful (Share of Audience: 1.83) (▽1)


Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Park Bo Gum, Record of Youth  (-)
  2. Kim Min Jae, Do You Like Brahms? (▲1)
  3. Park Eun Bin, Do You Like Brahms? (▽1)
  4. Park So Dam, Record of Youth (-)
  5. Jo Seung Woo, Stranger 2 (▲2)
  6. Lee Joon Hyun, Stranger 2 (▲3)
  7. Bae Doo Na, Stranger 2 (▲9)
  8. Lee Do Hyun, 18 Again (▲4)
  9. Choi Moo Sung, Stranger 2 (▲22)
  10. Seo Hyun Jin, Record of Youth  NEW


The Non-Dramas on the 1st Week of October 2020

MBC’s 2020 Idol eSports Athletics Championships landed at No. 1 in the non-drama category. Idol Star Athletics Championships, which hosted indoor events every year, changed its format to “eSports” and “dog agility” in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most fans showed satisfaction over eSports, where the possibility of injuries is low, but some showed dissatisfaction in the screen’s poor quality. In the meantime, the 2020 Idol Woof Woof Athletics Championships Chuseok Special came in 10th. Second place went to I Live Alone, which made headlines for the return of Ha Seok Jin and Kim Kwang Kyu. SBS’s Chuseok special Civilization Express: Hidden Golden Tracks Concert ranked third. The fact that the famous YouTube channel “Civilization Express” was programmed in a terrestrial TV network was followed by enthusiastic cheers from fans. 

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. 2020 Idol eSports Athletics Championships (Share of Audience: 4.74) NEW
  2. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 4.36) (▲2)
  3. SBS Civilization Express: Hidden Golden Tracks Concert (Share of Audience: 4.34) NEW
  4. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 4.1) (▽2)
  5. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 3.06) (-)
  6. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.85) (▲2)
  7. tvN You Quiz On The Block (Share of Audience: 2.73) (▲4)
  8. JTBC Hidden Singer: Season 6 (Share of Audience: 2.58) (▽2)
  9. SBS Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny (Share of Audience: 2.56) (▲21)
  10. MBC 2020 Idol Woof Woof Athletics Championships Chuseok Special (Share of Audience: 2.44) NEW


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

  1. Jun Jin, Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny NEW
  2. Ryu Yi Seo, Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny NEW
  3. TREASURE, Weekly Idol NEW
  4. Ha Seok Jin, I Live Alone NEW
  5. Kim Kwang Kyu, I Live Alone NEW
  6. SuperM, SuperM: As We Wish NEW
  7. Seol Woon Do, Hidden Singer: Season 6 NEW
  8. Lee Sang Hyuk, You Quiz On The Block NEW
  9. Kim Jong Min, How Do You Play? (▲5)
  10. Lim Young Woong, Mulberry School (▽5)


This survey was released on October 5 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 26 dramas and the 180 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from September 28 through October 4.

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