[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘The Red Sleeve’ Keeps Its Top Spot; ‘Happiness’ Ends at No. 3

The Red Sleeve

Drama Ranking for the 2nd Week of December

MBC’s The Red Sleeve ranked first for five consecutive weeks. It’s receiving favorable reviews day after day for the affectionate romance that avoids the clichés of the existing historical dramas, the actors’ solid performance, and the combination of beautiful scenery and delicate directing. KBS’s traditional historical series The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won debuted at No. 2, but many showed disappointment over the flat production without any novel interpretation. In particular, criticisms poured over the poor visual effect in the large-scale battle scenes. tvN’s Happiness ended in third place. There were some unsatisfactory reactions to the plot of the final episode as it seemed a bit rushed, but many expressed satisfaction over Han Hyo Joo and Park Hyung Sik‘s happy ending. Fourth place went to SBS’s new drama Our Beloved Summer. Kim Da Mi and Choi Woo Shik‘s bickering romance and nostalgic scenery drew positive responses. tvN’s Jirisan, one of the most anticipated series in the second half of 2021, failed to maintain its initial popularity and finished at No. 6. SBS’s Now, We Are Breaking Up also saw a steady decline, eventually landing at No. 8. On the other hand, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls, Snowdrop, and Bad and Crazy will be joining the viewership battle on the weekends, drawing keen attention.

TOP 10 Popular TV Drama Series �

  1. MBC The Red Sleeve(Share of Audience 18.99) ( �” )
  2. KBS �The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won (Share of Audience 10.03) NEW
  3. tvN Happiness �(Share of Audience 8.93) (▽1)
  4. SBS Our Beloved Summer �(Share of Audience 6.99) NEW
  5. KBS The King’s Affection �(Share of Audience 6.86) (▽2)
  6. tvN Jirisan (Share of Audience 6.08) (▲1)
  7. KBS Young Lady and Gentleman �(Share of Audience 5.60) (▽3)
  8. SBS Now, We Are Breaking Up �(Share of Audience 4.48) (▽3)
  9. tvN �Melancholia (Share of Audience 3.63) (▽1)
  10. tvN Secret Royal Inspector & Joy �(Share of Audience 3.50) (▲1)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series �

  1. Lee Se Young, The Red Sleeve �( ��” )
  2. Junho, The Red Sleeve �( �” )
  3. Kim Dami, Our Beloved Summer NEW
  4. Park Eun Bin, �The King’s Affection (▲4)
  5. Song Hye Kyo, Now, We Are Breaking Up �(▽2)
  6. Lee Do Hyun, Melancholia �(▽1)
  7. Choi Woo Shik, Our Beloved Summer � NEW
  8. Im Soo Jung, Melancholia �(▲2)
  9. Park Hyung Sik, Happiness �(▽5)
  10. Han Hyo Joo, Happiness �(▽4)

Non-Drama Ranking for the 2nd Week of December

Mnet’s Street Dance Girls Fighter, Street Woman Fighter‘s spin-off, took first place after two episodes. Following the first audition, which was the crew selection, the show aired the crew selection improv battle to select the final team. JTBC’s Sing Again 2 started off in second place. Since Kim Hyun Sung, who received great love for the song “Heaven” in the past, appeared as singer No. 42, leaving a deep impression.

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TOP 10 Popular TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Mnet Street Dance Girls Fighter �(Share of Audience 7.56) (▲1)
  2. JTBC Sing Again 2(Share of Audience 4.58) NEW
  3. SBS Kick a Goal (Share of Audience 4.29) (▲7)
  4. tvN You Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience 3.93) ( �” )
  5. SBS Story of the Day When You Bite Your Tail (Share of Audience 3.29) (▲14)
  6. TV CHOSUN Tomorrow Is the National Singer (Share of Audience 3.01) (▲2)
  7. MBC Radio Star (Share of Audience 2.79) (▲5)
  8. MBC My Teenage Girl �(Share of Audience 2.73) (▽5)
  9. MBN Divorced Singles 2 (Share of Audience 2.68) (▽3)
  10. MBC Hangout with Yoo (Share of Audience 2.67) (▽5)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Jang Wonyoung, Radio Star �NEW
  2. Sunye, Mama the Idol NEW
  3. AKMU, You Quiz on the Block NEW
  4. IVE, Weekly Idol NEW
  5. Yoon Nam Gi, Divorced Singles 2 �( �” )
  6. Lee Da Eun, Divorced Singles 2 �(▲4)
  7. Yoon Ho, You Quiz on the Block NEW
  8. Lee Duk Yeon, Divorced Singles 2 �(▲14)
  9. Lee Si Young, Omniscient Interfering View (▲30)
  10. Lee Hye Jung, Kick a Goal NEW


This survey was released on December 13th 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 29 drama series and 193 variety shows that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from December 6th through to December 12th of 2021.


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