[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘The Penthouse: War in Life’ Is on a Roll, Topping the Popularity Chart for Two Weeks

It seems like writer Kim Soo Ok’s magic has worked once again. The Penthouse: War in Life came under fire for its provocative production enough to surface a demand to stop the project, but as the story progressed, more people started to get addicted to the chaotic development. Will there be a drama that can surpass the stronghold of The Penthouse: War in Life? Attention focuses on whether the December roster that flaunts a star-studded cast such as True Beauty, Run On, Hush and Mr. Queen will receive good responses.


The Dramas on 1st Week of December 2020

The Penthouse: War in Life blasted in the second week at No. 1. Many showed satisfaction in its speedy development and provocative yet entertaining development. Tale of the Nine-Tailed finished strong at No. 2. A lot of viewers said that Kim Bun choosing death for Lee Dong Wook was just a futile ending, and many comments predicted the production of season 2. Start-Up ended at No. 3, but the final episode received two opposite reactions, either “it was a perfect ending” or “that ended in an anticlimax.” The Uncanny Counter landed at No. 4 with favorable reviews about the perfect cast lineup that resembles the original webtoon characters, and the “encouraging good and punishing evil” story was followed with a positive opinion. Cheat On Me, If You Can and Awaken each debuted at No. 5 and No. 7.

Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. SBS The Penthouse: War in Life (Share of Audience: 24.15) (-)
  2. tvN Tale of the Nine-Tailed (Share of Audience: 17.13) (▲1)
  3. tvN Start-Up (Share of Audience: 12.46) (▽1)
  4. OCN The Uncanny Counter (Share of Audience: 7.52) (▲2)
  5. KBS Cheat On Me, If You Can (Share of Audience: 4.48) NEW
  6. tvN True Beauty (Share of Audience: 3.99) NEW
  7. tvN Awaken (Share of Audience: 3.90) NEW
  8. MBC Kairos (Share of Audience: 3.78) (▽1)
  9. KBS Homemade Love Story (Share of Audience: 3.21) (▽1)
  10. JTBC Live On (Share of Audience: 3.17) (▽1)


Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Lee Dong Wook, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲3)
  2. Eugene, The Penthouse: War in Life (-)
  3. Kim Bum, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲8)
  4. Suzy, Start-Up (▽3)
  5. Jo Bo Ah, Tale of the Nine-Tailed (▲1)
  6. Kim So Yeon, The Penthouse: War in Life (▲3)
  7. Nam Joo Hyuk, Start-Up (▽2)
  8. Kim Sun Ho, Start-Up (▽1)
  9. Yoon Jong Hoon, The Penthouse: War in Life (▲9)
  10. Cho Yeo Jeong, Cheat On Me, If You Can NEW


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

Show Me The Money 9 blasted into the 6th week at No. 1. The competition to decide the semi-finalists drew keen attention, and many music fans expressed satisfaction in the performances. Sing Again, which landed at No. 2, has seen a steady rise since the first broadcast with netizens’ favorable reviews. The Masked Singer came in third when “Butthumak Cat” made headlines for wearing the crown for 6 weeks in a row. Call Center of Love, which canceled an episode last week, returned to the Top 10 chart and ranked at No. 4.

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. Mnet Show Me The Money 9 (Share of Audience: 12.47) (-)
  2. JTBC Sing Again (Share of Audience: 7.57) (-)
  3. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 3.32) (▲1)
  4. TV Chosun Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 3.10) (▲23)
  5. tvN Yoo Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience: 2.78) (▽2)
  6. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.60) (▽1)
  7. tvN DoReMi Market (Share of Audience: 2.43) (▽1)
  8. MBC Omniscient Interfering View (Share of Audience: 2.19) (▲11)
  9. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 2.12) (▲2)
  10. KBS 1 Night 2 Days Season 4 (Share of Audience: 2.11) (▽3)


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

  1. Lee So Jung, Sing Again (▲443)
  2. Lim Young Woong, Mulberry School (▲14)
  3. Yaongyi, Yoo Quiz on the Block NEW
  4. Choi So Ra, Yoo Quiz on the Block NEW
  5. lIlBOI, Show Me The Money 9 (▲20)
  6. Miranni, Show Me The Money 9 (▽2)
  7. Yoo Jae Suk, How Do You Play? (▽4)
  8. MUSHVENOM, Show Me The Money 9 (▽1)
  9. Kyung Soo Jin, I Live Alone NEW
  10. Han Ji Min, Omniscient Interfering View NEW


This survey was released on December 7 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 23 dramas and the 190 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from November 30 through December 6.

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