[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘The Penthouse 2’ on No. 1 For Five Weeks Straight, Despite Controversies Surrounding it

TV Networks have been chaotic with the continued controversies. After a series of school violence, viewers complained that The Penthouse 2: War in Life was excessively outrageous and explicit, while Vincenzo was criticized for its Chinese product placement. Joseon Exorcist faced its crisis for historical distortion as soon as it started airing this week, ultimately canceling the show. Perhaps the current situation has become what it is now because most shows are produced with only the ratings in minds, insensitive to the changes. Let’s have a look at shows that attracted viewers’ attention over the past week.

Drama Ranking for the 3rd Week of March

SBS’s The Penthouse 2 managed to remain in first place with an even higher popularity rate than last week. However, negative responses were claiming that there are too many provocative scenes in the show. TvN’s Vincenzo took second place, as it broke its own best records with an increase in the popularity rate. Despite being praised for Song Joong Ki’s looks and acting skills, there were mixed responses for Ok Taec Yeon’s acting and romantic interest. JTBC’s Beyond Evil saw a steady increase in the popularity rate for the past three weeks and rose to third place. Each episode has been received well for its engaging story, and viewers applauded the actors’ passionate performances. TvN’s Mouse in fourth place received a massive reaction for the shocking ending of the sixth episode.

TOP 10 Popular Drama Series

  1. SBS The Penthouse 2 (Share of Audience 42.80) ( – )
  2. tvN Vincenzo (Share of Audience 19.64) ( – )
  3. JTBC Beyond Evil (Share of Audience 6.99) (▲1)
  4. tvN Mouse (Share of Audience 6.43) (▲1)
  5. KBS River Where the Moon Rises (Share of Audience 6.09) (▽2)
  6. JTBC Sisyphus: The Myth (Share of Audience 4.28) (▲1)
  7. KBS Revolutionary Sisters (Share of Audience 2.03) (▲1)
  8. KBS Miss Monte-Cristo (Share of Audience 1.85) (▲3)
  9. tvN Navillera (Share of Audience 1.57) NEW
  10. SBS Joseon Exorcist (Share of Audience 1.53) NEW

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series

  1. Lee Ji Ah, The Penthouse 2 ( – )
  2. Song Joong Ki, Vincenzo (▲5)
  3. Uhm Ki Jun, The Penthouse 2 ( – )
  4. Kim So Yeon, The Penthouse 2 (▽2)
  5. Kim Hyun Soo, The Penthouse 2 (▲1)
  6. Eugene, The Penthouse 2 (▽1)
  7. Yoon Jong Hoon, The Penthouse 2 (▲1)
  8. Na In Woo, River Where the Moon Rises (▽4)
  9. Lee Seung Gi, Mouse (▲2)
  10. Kim Yeong Dae, The Penthouse 2 ( – )

Non-Drama Ranking for the 3rd Week of March

TvN’s You Quiz on the Block garnered attention by hinting at Brave Girls and BTS’s appearances, rising to No. 1 for the first time. Comments were flooding with support from BTS’s fans and those who were touched by Brave Girls’ story. On the second is JTBC’s Knowing Bros, as it became the talk of the town with Hyeri and Rosé’s guest appearances. Many claimed to see them so friendly together was wholesome. MBC’s I Live Alone landed on the 4th as SHINee’s Key revealed his newly moved house.

TOP 10 Popular Non-Drama Series

  1. TvN You Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience 7.80) (▲1)
  2. JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience 4.49) (▲2)
  3. TV CHOSUN We Will Sing Your Requested Songs �” Romantic Call Centre (Share of Audience 4.05) (▽2)
  4. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience 3.96) (▲2)
  5. Mnet High School Rapper 4 (Share of Audience 2.95) (▽2)
  6. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience 2.85) (▽1)
  7. tvN DoReMi Market (Share of Audience 2.74) ( – )
  8. KBS You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook (Share of Audience 2.55) (▲15)
  9. MBC Hang Out with Yoo (Share of Audience 2.21) (▽1)
  10. MBC PD Note (Share of Audience 2.08) (▲61)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Key I Live Alone NEW
  2. Rosé, Knowing Bros NEW
  3. Brave Girls, You Quiz on the Block NEW
  4. Hyeri, Knowing Bros NEW
  5. Yoo Jae Suk, Hangout with Yoo (▽3)
  6. Fujita Sayuri, Radio Star NEW
  7. Super Junior, Omniscient Interfering View (▲14)
  8. Taeyeon, I Live Alone NEW
  9. Son Dam Bi, I Live Alone (▲108)
  10. Jo In Sung, Unexpected Business (▽5)

This survey was released on March 22nd by the TV popularity analyst agency Good Data Corporation after analyzing the internet’s responses generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos, and SNSs. It is in regards to 21 drama series and 166 non-drama series that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from March 15th through to the 21st of 2021.


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