[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘The Penthouse 3’ Reclaims the Top Spot Despite the Many Controversies

The Penthouse 3

Drama Ranking for the 1st Week of September

SBS’s The Penthouse 3 reclaimed the top spot after a long time, but it’s still tainted with many controversies. In episode 13, the drama used footage of actual accidents to show the collapse of Hera Palace, coming heavily under fire. SBS’s new series Lovers of the Red Sky debuted at No. 2. There were some disappointments over the visual effect of the demon king and the child actors’ acting in the premiere episode. But from episode 2, Kim Yoo Jung and Aho Hyo Seop showed up in earnest, raising expectations. tvN’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha came in 3rd. The show’s sailing smoothly with enthusiastic reactions towards Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho’s chemistry. JTBC’s new series Lost debuted at No. 5. The actors’ performances are excellent, but many showed disappointments over the unkind development and gloomy characters. At this rate, the series may end up being a drama for the few fans. After canceling one episode, tvN’s Hospital Playlist 2 fell to 4th place.


TOP 10 Popular TV Drama Series

  1. SBS The Penthouse 3: War in Life (Share of Audience 21.50) (▲1)
  2. SBS Lovers of the Red Sky (Share of Audience 20.69) NEW
  3. tvN Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Share of Audience 17.89) ( ” )
  4. tvN Hospital Playlist 2 (Share of Audience 10.19) (▽3)
  5. JTBC Lost (Share of Audience 8.68) NEW
  6. KBS Revolutionary Sisters (Share of Audience 4.89) (▲1)
  7. KBS Police University (Share of Audience 4.17) (▽1)
  8. KBS Red Shoes (Share of Audience 2.23) (▲1)
  9. tvN The Road: The Tragedy of One (Share of Audience 1.65) (▲1)
  10. SBS Amor Fati (Share of Audience 1.42) (▲1)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series

  1. Kim Seon Ho, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ( ” )
  2. Shin Min Ah, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ( ” )
  3. Ahn Hyo Seop, Lovers of the Red Sky NEW
  4. Kim Yoo Jung, Lovers of the Red Sky NEW
  5. Kim So Yeon, The Penthouse 3: War in Life (▲2)
  6. Jeon Do Yeon, Lost NEW
  7. Ryu Jun Yeol, Lost NEW
  8. Lee Ji Ah, The Penthouse 3: War in Life (▽5)
  9. Choi Ye Bin, The Penthouse 3: War in Life (▲15)
  10. Yoon Jong Hoon, The Penthouse 3: War in Life (▲30)


Non-Drama Ranking for the 1st Week of September

Mnet’s Street Woman Fighter ranked 1st once again. NOZE, who shows off outstanding dance skills and leadership, and Lee Chaeyeon, who achieved her first win after four defeats, became the talk of the town. Second place went to tvN’s You Quiz on the Block, which made headlines for Girls’ Generation’s guest appearance as a whole group. Mnet’s Girls Planet 999 fell to 3rd place even though the first survivor announcement was made.


TOP 10 Popular TV Non-Drama Series

  1. tvN Street Woman Fighter (Share of Audience 19.44) ( ” )
  2. tvN You Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience 4.48) (▲1)
  3. Mnet Girls Planet 999 (Share of Audience 3.75) (▽1)
  4. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience 3.41) ( ” )
  5. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience 2.49) (▲2)
  6. tvN Sixth Sense 2 (Share of Audience 2.38) (▲2)
  7. MBC Hangout with You (Share of Audience 2.34) (▽1)
  8. SBS LOUD (Share of Audience 2.15) (▲5)
  9. tvN The Great Escape Season 4 (Share of Audience 1.98) (▽4)
  10. JTBC Let’s Play Soccer 2 (Share of Audience 1.64) (▲4)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Non-Drama Series

  1. NOZE, Street Woman Fighter (▲63)
  2. Girls’ Generation, You Quiz on the Block NEW
  3. Lee Chaeyeon, Street Woman Fighter (▲5)
  4. Leejung, Street Woman Fighter (▽1)
  5. Honey J, Street Woman Fighter (▲151)
  6. Lee Jang Woo, I Live Alone (▲296)
  7. Rihey, Street Woman Fighter (▲198)
  8. WANT, Street Woman Fighter (▲138)
  9. Ryu Soo Young, Convenience Store Restaurant (▽5)
  10. Yoo Jae Suk, Hangout with You (▽9)


This survey was released on September 6th 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 18 drama series and 188 non-drama series that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from August 30th through to September 5th of 2021.


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