[Weekly TV Top 10] Park Bo Gum and Lee Dong Wook Dominates the Small Screen

Tale of the Nine-Tailed, in which Lee Dong Wook transformed into one sexy gumiho, successfully attracted viewers with higher viewer ratings than the previous drama Flower of Evil from the very first episode, while Park Bo Gum’s Record of Youth is steadily gaining popularity. Record of Youth, which has been released through Netflix, landed at No. 7 on the popularity chart (according to flixpatrol), receiving much love in Korea and overseas. These two dramas captivated the viewers with their unique stories of romance combined with traditional Korean tales and realistic portrayal of youth. Let’s check out which programs have made headlines over the past week.


The Dramas on 2nd Week of October 2020

With the end of Stranger 2, Record of Youth has soared up to No. 1 again. Many said that the realistic depiction of the entertainment industry raises the immersion in Park Bo Gum’s growth story. tvN’s Tale of the Nine-Tailed, KBS’s Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, and JTBC’s Private Lives joined the viewership competition side by side on the same day. Amid keen interest, Tale of the Nine-Tailed took the lead, receiving positive reviews about the perfect visuals and chemistry between Lee Dong Wook and Jo Bo Ah. Many also showed favorable reactions to the story based on Korean folk tales. Do You Like Brahms? ranked third for three consecutive weeks, but many said they were disappointed as, for some reason, the story started to revolve around Park Ju Hyun instead of the main characters. As for 18 Again, which came in fourth, people showed negative reactions to the reason behind Kim Ha Neul and Yoon Sang Hyun’s divorce and to the anachronistic divorce story.

Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. tvN Record of Youth (Share of Audience: 17.61) (▲1)
  2. tvN Tale of the Nine-Tailed (Share of Audience: 14.51) NEW
  3. SBS Do You Like Brahms? (Share of Audience: 12.65) (-)
  4. JTBC 18 Again (Share of Audience: 7.64) (-)
  5. KBS Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (Share of Audience: 6.29) NEW
  6. JTBC Private Lives (Share of Audience: 6.24) NEW
  7. tvN Start-Up (Share of Audience: 4.81) NEW
  8. JTBC More Than Friends (Share of Audience: 3.41) (▲1)
  9. OCN Missing: The Other Side (Share of Audience: 3.38) (▽2)
  10. SBS Alice (Share of Audience: 3.00) (▲5)


Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Park Bo Gum, Record of Youth � (-)
  2. Lee Dong Wook, Tale of the Nine-Tailed NEW
  3. Park Eun Bin, Do You Like Brahms? (-)
  4. Jo Bo Ah, Tale of the Nine-Tailed NEW
  5. Kim Min Jae, Do You Like Brahms? (▽3)
  6. Suzy, Start-Up NEW
  7. Seo Hyun, Private Lives NEW
  8. Park So Dam, Record of Youth (▽4)
  9. Go Ah Ra, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol NEW
  10. Kim Bum, Tale of the Nine-Tailed NEW


The Non-Dramas on the 2nd Week of October 2020

Call Center of Love, which was canceled last week, landed at No. 1 of the non-drama category once again. The battle between Top 6 members and 6 female trot singers drew keen attention, and clips from the episode became a hot topic. Hidden Singer Season 6, in which Jang Yoon Jeong appeared as an original singer and Kim Hee Jae, Young Tak, Lee Chan Won, and Jang Min Ho appeared as guests, came in second. Third place went to Knowing Bros, where Jessi, Lim Chang Jung, and Shim Bong Sun showed off their charms. The show also made headlines when BLACKPINK confirmed their appearance. How Do You Play? became the hottest topic among netizens as soon as Refund Expedition’s debut song “Don’t Touch Me” was dropped, landing at No. 4.

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. TV Chosun We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 4.4) (▲10)
  2. JTBC Hidden Singer: Season 6 (Share of Audience: 4.33) (▲6)
  3. JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience: 4.2) (▲23)
  4. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 3.98) (▲1)
  5. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 3.55) (▽3)
  6. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 3.51) (▽2)
  7. tvN New Journey to the West: Season 8 (Share of Audience: 3.33) NEW
  8. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 3.15) (▽2)
  9. tvN Amazing Saturday (Share of Audience: 3.05) (▲7)
  10. MBC Radio Star (Share of Audience: 3.04) (▲11)

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

  1. Refund Expedition, How Do You Play? NEW
  2. Jang Yoon Jeong, Hidden Singer: Season 6 NEW
  3. Jun Jin, Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny (▽2)
  4. Lee Sang Yi, I Live Alone NEW
  5. Ryu Yi Seo, Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny (▽3)
  6. Lim Young Woong, We Will Sing Your Requests �” Call Center of Love (▲16)
  7. Lee Geun, Radio Star NEW
  8. Park Tae Joon, Radio Star NEW
  9. Lee Hoyri, How Do You Play? (▲53)
  10. Uhm Jung Hwa, How Do You Play? (▲50)


This survey was released on October 12 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 29 dramas and the 178 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from October 5 through October 11.

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