I put up my list of top dramas without regard to their overall popularity or ratings, and I feel safe saying that my guest bloggers did so as well. But in case you’re curious to know which dramas topped the ratings charts in 2007, here are all the big ones, drawing in viewerships in the whopping 50% range.
(Are you sick of all this year-end review stuff? Don’t worry; this is the last of it! Tomorrow we ring in 2008. Happy new year, everyone!)
According to the research compiled by AGB Nielsen Media, the highest-watched program in Korea was the KBS Sports broadcast of the July 22 Asia Cup soccer game between Korea and Iran. That topped out at 59.2%. Second place was also soccer, from July 25’s Asia Cup game between Korea and Iraq with a 58.9% viewership rating.
But starting in 3rd place, we have our dramas. And as the drama with the highest recorded viewership in 2007, we have Jumong‘s March 6 episode (55.9%), averaging a 45.5% for its entire monster run.
As Much As Heaven and Earth
Fourth place was KBS’s daily/family drama starring Gu Hye Sun, Pure 19 (January 2 broadcast: 52%).
Fifth place once again went to soccer (July 28, 49.8%, Korea versus Japan), but 6th through 10th places all went to hit drama series:
Tie for 6th: My Man’s Woman, (SBS, June 19), and War of Money (SBS, July 5), both at 46.2%.
8th: Daily drama Ugly or Beautiful [Mi-u-na, go-u-na] (KBS, December 25), 45.9%
9th: Weekend drama Golden Age of Daughters-in-Law (KBS2, December 16), 42.9%
10th: Daily drama As Much As Heaven and Earth (KBS, August 20), 41.6%
A number of these are daily dramas; my theory for their overwhelming numbers is that aside from being generally entertaining and easy to digest (they have to be decently good to rake in those numbers), they’re also staples — easily turned on and left on at the same time every day. They’re also aired earlier than the prime-time dramas, which mostly go on closer to 10pm. Daily dramas and sitcoms generally air in the 8pm hour.
My Man’s Woman, Golden Age of Daughters-in-Law