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[Weekly TV Top 10] Small Screen Divided into Two Groups: Youth Dramas & Makjang Dramas

Recently, the small screen has been divided into two groups: the first is fresh yet realistic youth dramas while the other is adult drama called “makjang.” Youth dramas, which had been in a slump for a while, made a grand comeback with Record of Youth and Do You Like Brahms?, which recently aired its final episode. Now, More Than Friends, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol and Start-Up are currently on air, while Live On, Run On and True Beauty that boast a cast of rookie actors and rising stars are set to premiere soon. The makjang dramas (Korean version of soap operas) that target middle-aged women are also showing great results. Writer Kim Woon Ok’s new project The Penthouse: War in Life made headlines from the first episode and Kim Jong Eun and Choi Won Young’s My Dangerous Wife also secured fixed viewers. Not long ago, Channel A’s Lie After Lie came to a successful end, recording the network’s all-time high viewership.

 

The Dramas on 5th Week of October 2020

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Record of Youth finished at No. 1, seeing a rise in popularity. Throughout the show, Park Bo Gum’s fans showed enthusiastic support, and most of the viewers expressed satisfaction with the “open ending.” SBS’s new drama The Penthouse: War in Life debuted at No. 2 amid high interest. The first episode received favorable reviews like “It’s a bit provocative, but it’s fun,” however, from the second episode, the drama has been buried in criticisms. Start-Up, which blasted into third week at No. 3, was praised for the excellent chemistry between Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk. Tale of the Nine-Tailed, which showed Lee Dong Wook choosing Kim Bum over Jo Bo Ah, landed at No. 4, while two new dramas, MBC’s Kairos and SBS’s Delayed Justice, started out at No. 5 and No. 8 amid satisfactory responses.

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Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. tvN Record of Youth (Share of Audience: 18.64) (▲1)
  2. SBS The Penthouse: War in Life (Share of Audience: 14.98) NEW
  3. tvN Start-Up (Share of Audience: 13.65) (-)
  4. tvN Tale of the Nine-Tailed (Share of Audience: 12.03) (-)
  5. MBC Kairos (Share of Audience: 6.73) NEW
  6. JTBC 18 Again (Share of Audience: 5.31) (▽1)
  7. KBS Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (Share of Audience: 3.44) (▽1)
  8. SBS Delayed Justice (Share of Audience: 3.17) NEW
  9. KBS Homemade Love Story (Share of Audience: 3.15) (▲3)
  10. JTBC More Than Friends (Share of Audience: 2.54) (▽2)

 

Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Park Bo Gum, Record of Youth  (▲1)
  2. Suzy, Start-Up (▲1)
  3. Lee Dong Wook, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲3)
  4. Nam Joo Hyuk, Start-Up (▲1)
  5. Kim Bum, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲13)
  6. Park So Dam, Record of Youth (▲1)
  7. Jo Bo Ah, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲1)
  8. Eugene, The Penthouse: War in Life NEW
  9. Kim Sun Ho, Start-Up (-)
  10. Kim So Yeon, The Penthouse: War in Life NEW

 

The Non-Dramas on the 5th rd Week of October 2020

Show Me The Money 9 made it to the top of the non-drama category in just three weeks. The applicants’ second round drew keen attention, and especially, Swings and Mushvenom’s performances became the talk of the town. Knowing Bros, which climbed one notch to second place, aired “1st Brother School Girl Group Battle,” drawing much attention from idol fans. Radio Star, where TWICE appeared as guests, ranked third with a sharp rise in popularity compared to the previous episode. 

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. Mnet Show Me The Money 9 (Share of Audience: 7.90) (▲1)
  2. JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience: 4.76) (▲1)
  3. MBC Radio Star (Share of Audience: 4.20) (▲13)
  4. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 4.15) (▲4)
  5. JTBC Hidden Singer: Season 6 (Share of Audience: 3.71) (-)
  6. TV Chosun We Will Sing Your Requests – Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 3.34) (▲3)
  7. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 3.14) (-)
  8. KBS The Return of Superman (Share of Audience: 2.94) (▲2)
  9. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 2.49) (▽3)
  10. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.46) (▲1)

 

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

  1. Lee So Ra, Hidden Singer: Season 6 NEW
  2. TWICE, Radio Star NEW
  3. Refund Sisters, How Do You Play? (▽1)
  4. Swings, Show Me The Money 9 (▲2)
  5. Lim Young Woong, We Will Sing Your Requests – Call Center of Love (▲3)
  6. Kim Ho Joong, Kim Ho Joong’s Partner (▲5)
  7. Jang Beom June,  Hidden Singer: Season 6 (▽6)
  8. Mushvenom, Show Me The Money 9 (▲258)
  9. Lim Young Woong, Mulberry School (▲4)
  10. Cha Tae Hyun, The Sixth Sense NEW

 

This survey was released on November 2 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 25 dramas and the 179 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from October 26 through November 1.

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