Weekly TV Top10: ‘Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow’ Ends Amid Favorable Reviews

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Drama Ranking for 1st Week of January

tvN’s Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow ended on a high note. Lee Jae Wook and Go Youn Jung’s romance saw a happy ending, satisfying the viewers. The viewers particularly showed satisfaction over the ending, comparing it to the recently-ended series Reborn Rich. JTBC’s The Interest of Love ranked second for the second week. Though people sympathized with the two couples, Yoo Yeon Seok-Keum Sae Rok and Moon Ga Young-Jung Ga Ram, more wished for Yoo Yeon Seok and Moon Ga Young’s love story. SBS’s PAYBACK: Money and Power and KBS’s Brain Works debuted at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Many showed expectations over Lee Sun Kyun and Jung Yong Hwa’s transformation. JTBC’s Agency started off in seventh place. Though it might not have gathered as much attention as its previous project (Reborn Rich), Lee Bo Young’s performance and the upcoming story are still highly anticipated.

  1. tvN Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow (Share of Audience 42.31) ( – )
  2. JTBC The Interest of Love (Share of Audience 9.10) ( – )
  3. SBS PAYBACK: Money and Power (Share of Audience 7.30) NEW
  4. KBS Brain Works (Share of Audience 5.07) NEW
  5. TV CHOSUN Red Balloon (Share of Audience 4.53) ( – )
  6. KBS Three Bold Siblings (Share of Audience 4.49) (UP 4)
  7. tvN Missing: The Other Side (Share of Audience 4.10) (DOWN 4)
  8. JTBC Agency (Share of Audience 3.96) NEW
  9. MBC The Forbidden Marriage (Share of Audience 3.78) (DOWN 3)
  10. SBS Trolley (Share of Audience 3.77) (DOWN 1)
  1. Lee Jae Wook, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow ( – )
  2. Go Youn Jung, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow ( – )
  3. Lee Sun Kyun, PAYBACK: Money and Power NEW
  4. Moon Ga Young, The Interest of Love (UP 1)
  5. Yoo Yeon Seok, The Interest of Love (DOWN 1)
  6. Lee Bo Young, Agency NEW
  7. Jung Yong Hwa, Brain Works NEW
  8. Jo Jae Yoon, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow ( – )
  9. Moon Chae Won, PAYBACK: Money and Power NEW
  10. Kim Hyun Joo, Trolley ( – )


Non-Drama Ranking for 1st Week of January

TV CHOSUN’s Mr. Trot 2 ranked first for the first time in the third week of its broadcast. Park Ji Hyun and Jang Yoon Jung put their names on the cast rankings, each 6th and 7th. MBC’s I Live Alone and tvN’s Yoo Quiz on the Block kept the same place as last week.


  1. TV CHOSUN Mr. Trot 2 (Share of Audience 6.58) (UP 2)
  2. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience 4.68) ( – )
  3. ENA PLAY/SBS Plus I Am Solo (Share of Audience 3.96) (UP 2)
  4. tvN You Quiz on the Block (Share of Audience 3.67) ( – )
  5. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience 3.34) (UP 2)
  6. MBN Burning Trotman (Share of Audience 3.20) ( – )
  7. MBC Radio Star (Share of Audience 1.92) (UP 9)
  8. MBC Hangout with Yoo (Share of Audience 1.88) ( – )
  9. KBS Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant (Share of Audience 1.83) (UP 2)
  10. JTBC A Clean Sweep (Share of Audience 1.79) (UP 5)
  1. Jeon Hyun Moo, I Live Alone (UP 2)
  2. Jo Jung Suk, You Quiz on the Block NEW
  3. Gian84, Adventure by Accident (UP 5)
  4. Park Na Rae, I Live Alone (UP 1)
  5. Lee Jang Woo, I Live Alone (UP 2)
  6. Park Ji Hyun, Mr. Trot 2 (UP 121)
  7. Jang Yoon Jeong, Mr. Trot 2 (UP 271)
  8. Lee Si Eon, Adventure by Accident (UP 7)
  9. Lee Hyo Ri, Canada Check-in (UP 1)
  10. Park Soo Hong, Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant (DOWN 1)

This survey was released by the TV popularity analyst Good Data Corporation after analyzing the internet’s responses generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos, and social media in regards to 26 drama series and 193 variety shows that are either on-air or scheduled to be aired from January 2nd to January 8th.

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