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[Weekly TV Top 10] It Wasn’t Song Joong Ki or Cho Seung Woo, But It Was ‘The Penthouse 2’ that Topped the Chart

Last week’s TV comeback battled ended with a landslide victory for “Kim Soon Ok’s World.” The Penthouse returned with a second season and took an overwhelming lead in both ratings and popularity. Song Joong Ki’s Vincenzo and Cho Seung Woo’s Sisyphus: The Myth both saw a smooth start but failed to surpass the upgraded Hera Palace. But it’s too early to jump to conclusions. As it is just the beginning, attention is paid to where these projects are heading. Let’s check out which programs have made headlines over the past week.

 

The Dramas on the 3rd Week of February 2021

The Penthouse 2 debuted at No. 1 spot with an overwhelming presence. Compared to the popularity of the first season’s premiere episode, it scored a 270 percent increase. Many lavished praises on its speedy plot, and netizens started to debate over the girl that was seen bleeding in the opening sequence of episode 1. tvN’s new drama Vincenzo, starring Song Joong Ki, got the second spot. Song Joong Ki’s shining visual was highly praised, and the positive reactions to its compelling story were flooded. JTBC’s new drama Sisyphus: The Myth started off at No. 3. Though its mega-scale and movie-like scenery caught the attention, some showed disappointment in the somewhat outdated lines and production. JTBC’s Beyond Evil and KBS’s River Where the Moon Rises each debted at No. 4 and No. 5.

TOP 10 Popular Drama Series

  1. SBS The Penthouse: War in Life 2 (Share of Audience 40.32) NEW
  2. tvN Vincenzo (Share of Audience 10.86) NEW
  3. JTBC Sisyphus: The Myth (Share of Audience 10.55) NEW
  4. JTBC Beyond Evil (Share of Audience 6.49) NEW
  5. KBS River Where the Moon Rises (Share of Audience 6.24) NEW
  6. JTBC She Would Never Know (Share of Audience 6.21) (▽3)
  7. KBS Hello, Me! (Share of Audience 3.13) NEW
  8. TV CHOSUN Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) (Share of Audience 2.65) (▽3)
  9. KBS Homemade Love Story (Share of Audience 2.52) (▽2)
  10.  KBS Miss Monte-Cristo (Share of Audience 2.16) NEW

 

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series

  1. Kim So Yeon, The Penthouse: War in Life 2 NEW
  2. Eugene, The Penthouse: War in Life 2 NEW
  3. Song Joong Ki, Vincenzo NEW
  4. Cho Seun Woo, Sisyphus: The Myth NEW
  5. Yoon Jong Hoon, The Penthouse: War in Life 2 NEW
  6. Uhm Ki Joon, The Penthouse: War in Life 2 NEW
  7. Kim So Hyun, River Where the Moon Rises NEW
  8. Shin Ha Kyun, Beyond Evil NEW
  9. Park Shin Hye, Sisyphus: The Myth NEW
  10. Rowoon, She Would Never Know (▲3)

 

The Non-Dramas on the 3rd Week of February 2021

Miss Trot 2 has been on the decline for two consecutive weeks, but it managed to reclaim the top spot. The last seven applicants to compete in the final battle were selected, and supportive comments were poured out online. Mnet’s new show High School Rapper Season 4 debuted at No. 2, but one of the cast’s sexual assault controversy surfaced. The second episode of the “2021 Dongeodongrak” special of Hangout with Yoo ranked fourth though it saw a slight decline in popularity. Knowing Bros showed a steep rise in popularity, which resulted in its rise in ranking to No. 6. Fans showed enthusiastic responses to SHINee’s guest appearance, and members were praised for their witty talks. 

TOP 10 Popular Non-Drama Series

  1. TV CHOSUN Miss Trot 2 (Share of Audience 13.33) (▲1)
  2. Mnet High School Rapper Season 4 (Share of Audience 6.31) NEW
  3. KBS Trot National Sports Festival (Share of Audience3.68) (▲7)
  4. MBC Hangout with Yoo (Share of Audience 2.82) (-)
  5. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience 2.61) (-)
  6. tvN Knowing Bros (Share of Audience 2.56) (▲14)
  7. tvN DoReMi Market (Share of Audience 2.47) (▽1)
  8. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience 2.42) (▽1)
  9. tvN Yoo Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience 2.38) (▽6)
  10. TV Chosun Call Center of Love (Share of Audience 2.37) (▽2)

 

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Kim Tae Yeon, Miss Trot 2 (▲1)
  2. Kim Da Hyun, Miss Trot 2 (▲6)
  3. Yang Ji Eun, Miss Trot 2 (▲4)
  4. Hong Ji Yoon, Miss Trot 2 (-)
  5. Byul Sa Rang, Miss Trot 2 (▲17)
  6. Eun Fa Eun, Miss Trot 2 (▲53)
  7. Kim Yi Young, Miss Trot 2 (▲20)
  8. Jin Hye Sung, Trot National Sports Festival (▲38)
  9. ChoA, On and Off NEW
  10. SHINee, Knowing Bros NEW 

 

This investigation was released on February 22 by the TV popularity analysis agency Good Data Corporation after analyzing netizens’ responses generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos, and SNSs. It is in regards to 18 drama series and 168 non-drama series that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from February 15 to February 22.

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