Weekly TV Top10: ‘Bulgasal’ Ranks Atop for the First Time But Sees Mixed Actions from Viewers

Bulgasal Immortal Souls

Drama Ranking for the 3rd Week of January

tvN’s Bulgasal: Immortal Souls took the top spot for the first time since the premiere but received mixed reactions. Some expressed curiosity over the complicated fate of Lee Jin Wook, Kwon Na Ra, and Lee Joon. However, some questioned the necessity of Lee Jin Wook and Kwon Na Ra’s romance. SBS’s Our Beloved Summer fell to second place, but attention focused on how Kim Dami and Choi Woo Shik’s love story will end. KBS’s The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won came in third. The fact that the production forcibly knocked down a horse for a scene was revealed. Soon, the production team admitted to their wrongdoing, stirring up even bigger controversy. Since the horse in question died a week later, the controversy over animal cruelty won’t easily dial down. SBS’s Through the Darkness ranked fourth. The prevailing opinion is that it’s a well-made drama with a perfect combination of good directing, scripts, and acting. SBS’s Let Me Be Your Knight and Channel A’s Show Window: The Queen’s House ended in 7th and 9th places.

TOP 10 Popular TV Drama Series �

  1. tvN Bulgasal: Immortal Souls (Share of Audience 16.65) (▲1)
  2. SBS Our Beloved Summer �(Share of Audience 12.95) (▽1)
  3. KBS �The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won (Share of Audience 11.77) (▲2)
  4. SBS Through the Darkness(Share of Audience 9.01) �( �” )
  5. KBS Young Lady and Gentleman �(Share of Audience 8.76) (▽2)
  6. MBC Tracer(Share of Audience 4.85) ( �” )
  7. SBS Let Me Be Your Knight �(Share of Audience 4.58) ( �” )
  8. JTBC Snowdrop �(Share of Audience 4.29) (▲1)
  9. Channel A Show Window: The Queen’s House (Share of Audience 3.86) (▲3)
  10. tvN Ghost Doctor (Share of Audience 3.64) (▲1)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Drama Series �

  1. Kim Dami, Our Beloved Summer �(▲1)
  2. Lee Joon, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls �(▲1)
  3. Choi Woo Shik, Our Beloved Summer � �(▽2)
  4. Lee Jin Wook, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls �(▲3)
  5. Kim Nam Gil, Through the Darkness (▽1)
  6. Kwon Nara, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls �(▲4)
  7. Kim Woo Seok, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls �(▽2)
  8. Gong Seung Yeon, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls �(▲2)
  9. Ji Hyun Woo, Young Lady and Gentleman �(▽1)
  10. Lee Se Hee, Young Lady and Gentleman �(▽4)


Non-Drama Ranking for the �2nd �Week of January

MBC’s My Teenage Girl kept its top spot. In episode 9, aired on the 23rd, the first debut group and the trainees competing for their spots were decided, increasing the tension. Also, the fact that the show signed an official contract with ​​Universal Music in Japan even before the final debut members were finalized has hit the wire, making headlines. JTBC’s Knowing Bros came in second with FreeZia’s guest appearance. Viewers had a heated debate as some showed disappointment about the minimal editing of a star that sparked a scandal, while some shared that the production team didn’t have much of an option. tvN’s Mama the Idol became a hot topic as Sunmi and JYP joined Sunye for a performance. Their reunion especially drew explosive responses in female-centric online communities.

TOP 10 Popular TV Non-Drama Series

  1. MBC My Teenage Girl �(Share of Audience 6.33) ( �” )
  2. JTBC Knowing Bros (Share of Audience 4.06) (▲11)
  3. SBS Kick a Goal (Share of Audience 3.75) (▲1)
  4. MBC Straight (Share of Audience 3.74) (▽2)
  5. JTBC Sing Again 2(Share of Audience 3.67) (▽2)
  6. tvN Mama the Idol (Share of Audience 3.14) (▲6)
  7. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience 3.00) (▽1)
  8. MBC Omniscient Interfering View (Share of Audience 2.96) ( �” �)
  9. tvN You Quiz on the Block �(Share of Audience 2.77) (▽4)
  10. MBC I Live Alone �(Share of Audience 2.68) (▽1)

TOP 10 Popular Casts in TV Non-Drama Series

  1. Sunye, Mama the Idol (▲9)
  2. FreeZia, Knowing Bros NEW
  3. Sunmi, Mama the Idol NEW
  4. Kim Ki Tae, Sing Again 2 (▲115)
  5. Honey J, I Live Alone NEW
  6. JYP, Mama the Idol NEW
  7. Park Na Rae, I Live Alone (▲252)
  8. Choo Sung Hoon, Convenience Store Restaurant NEW
  9. Ryu Soo Young, Convenience Store Restaurant (▽2)
  10. Jeon So Min, Running Man (▲4)


This survey was released on January 24th 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 23 drama series and 182 variety shows that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from January 17th through to January 23rd of 2021.


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