[Weekly TV Top 10] Despite the Criticisms, ‘The Penthouse 3’ Continues to Take the Top Spot

Drama Ranking for the 2nd Week of June

SBS’s The Penthouse 3: War in Life ranked first for two weeks in a row, but the popularity dropped by 34.92% compared to the premiere episode. The “Alex Lee” character appeared with a reggae hairstyle and tattoos, sparking controversy over cultural appropriation. To make matters worse, many showed disappointment over the lack of plausibility in the script. KBS’s Youth of May finished in 2nd place. The series received glowing reviews for its overall quality, from the solid directing and screenplay to actors’ brilliant performances. tvN’s Doom at Your Service fell to third place after showing a decline for two weeks in a row.

tvN’s My Roommate Is A Gumiho also saw a constant decline in popularity, landing at No. 4. tvN’s Mine came in 5th amid praises for actors’ acting but criticisms for its poor screenplay. Finally, JTBC’s Law School finished in 6th place with responses that the series ended with the “perfect ending.”

Top 10 Popular TV Drama Series

  1. SBS The Penthouse 3: War in Life(Share of Audience � 21.51) ( – )
  2. KBS �Youth of May (Share of Audience � 14.03) (▲2)
  3. tvN �Doom at Your Service �(Share of Audience � 9.21) (▽1)
  4. tvN, My Roommate, Is A Gumiho (Share of Audience � 9.19) (▽1)
  5. tvN �Mine (Share of Audience � 6.93) ( – )
  6. JTBC �Law School �(Share of Audience � 5.78) ( – )
  7. KBS Revolutionary Sisters �(Share of Audience � 4.29) (▲1)
  8. SBS Racket Boys (Share of Audience � 3.94) (▽1)
  9. tvN �Hospital playlist 2 (Share of Audience 3. 58) NEW
  10. KBS �Sell Your Haunted House (Share of Audience � 2.76) (▽1)

Top 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series

  1. Hae Ri, �My Roommate Is A Gumiho ( ▲1 )
  2. Lee Do Hyun, �Youth of May (▲7)
  3. Jang Ki Yong, �My Roommate Is A Gumiho �(▲1)
  4. Park Bo Yong, �Doom at Your Service (▽3)
  5. Seo In Kuk, �Doom at Your Service ( – )
  6. Go Min Si, �Youth of May (▲8)
  7. Lee Bo Young, �Mine ( – )
  8. Lee Ji Ah, The Penthouse 3: War in Life (▽5)
  9. Park Eun Seok, The Penthouse 3: War in Life �(▲3)
  10. Lee Hyun Wook, �Mine �( – )


Non-Drama Ranking for the 2nd Week of June

Channel A/SKY’s Steel Troops rose to the top spot once again after four weeks. Park Joon Woo also ranked third in the popularity chart for the non-drama cast. SBS’s MMTG – “Pop Songs that Deserve Another Comeback” made a surprise appearance on the list at No. 2. The show summoned K-pop groups popular in the 2010s, such as After School and 2PM, receiving favorable reactions. SBS’s Running Man, which aired Lee Kwang Soo’s final episode, came in third. Fourth place went to MBC’s I Live Alone, which aired Jeon Hyun Moo’s comeback after two years and three months. tvN’s DoReMi Market, in which TWICE’s Sana and Dahyun appeared as guests, ranked 6th.

Top 10 Popular TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Channel A/SKY’s �Steel Troops �(Share of Audience � 5.47) (▲2)
  2. SBS’s MMTG – “Pop Songs that Deserve Another Comeback” � (Share of Audience � 5.42) NEW
  3. SBS �Running Man (Share of Audience � 5.12) (▲5)
  4. MBC �I Live Alone (Share of Audience � 4.06) (▲3)
  5. MBC �Hangout With Yoo (Share of Audience � 3.68) (▽1)
  6. tvN �DoReMi Market (Share of Audience � 3.27) (▲3)
  7. SBS �Unanswered Questions (Share of Audience 2.88) (▽6)
  8. tvN �You Quiz on the Block �(Share of Audience 2.66) (▽3)
  9. TV CHOSUN The Call Center of Love (Share of Audience � 2.23) (▲1)
  10. MBC Omniscient Interfering View �(Share of Audience � 2.22) (▲4)

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

  1. Lee Kwang Soo, �Running Man ( – )
  2. Jeon Hyun Moo, I Live Alone NEW
  3. Park Joon Woo, Steel Troops �(▲24)
  4. Lee Young Ja, Omniscient Interfering View (▲18)
  5. Jang Yoon Jung, Liberation Town �(▲10)
  6. Lim Young Woong, The Call Center of Love (▲7)
  7. After School, MMTG – “Pop Songs that Deserve Another Comeback” � �NEW
  8. You Jae Seok, �Hangout With Yoo �(▽2)
  9. 2PM, MMTG – “Pop Songs that Deserve Another Comeback” NEW
  10. Lee Ho Chul, Radio Star NEW


This survey was released on June 14th by the TV popularity analyst Good Data Corporation after analyzing the internet’s responses generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos, and SNS. It is in regards to 24 drama series and 176 non-drama series that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from June 7th through to June 14th of 2021.


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