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Popular Korean Dramas[edit]

Lists of the 10 most popular prime-time dramas by month, based on their nationwide TV ratings in South Korea:

September 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Hotel Del Luna IU, Yeo Jin Goo tvN 12.0
2 Vagabond Lee Seung Ki, Bae Suzy SBS 10.4
3 Doctor John Ji Sung, Lee Se Young SBS 10.2
4 When the Camellia Blooms Gong Hyo Jin, Kang Ha Neul KBS2 10.0
5 Golden Garden Lee Sang Woo, Han Ji Hye MBC 9.5
6 Arthdal Chronicles Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki tvN 7.4
7 The Tale of Nokdu Jang Dong Yoon, Kim So Hyun KBS2 7.1
8 Justice Choi Jin Hyuk, Nana KBS2 7.0
9 Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung Shin Se Kyung, Cha Eun Woo MBC 6.6
10 Welcome 2 Life Bi, Im Ji Yun MBC 6.1

August 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Doctor John Ji Sung, Lee Se Young SBS 10.8
2 Hotel Del Luna IU, Yeo Jin Goo tvN 10.4
3 Golden Garden Lee Sang Woo, Han Ji Hye MBC 8.2
4 Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung Shin Se Kyung, Cha Eun Woo MBC 7.1
5 Welcome 2 Life Bi, Im Ji Yun MBC 6.8
6 Watcher Han Suk Kyu, Kim Hyun Joo OCN 6.6
7 Justice Choi Jin Hyuk, Nana KBS2 6.4
8 Designated Survivor: 60 Days Ji Jin Hee, Lee Joon Hyuk tvN 6.2
9 Doctor Detective Park Jin Hee, Bong Tae Kyu SBS 4.8
10 I Wanna Hear Your Song Yun Woo Jin, Kim Se Jung KBS2 4.0

July 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Doctor John Ji Sung, Lee Se Young SBS 12.3
2 Investigation Couple 2 Jung Jae Young, Jung Yoo Mi MBC 9.9
3 One Spring Night Han Ji Min, Jung Hae In MBC 9.5
4 Hotel Del Luna IU, Yeo Jin Goo tvN 8.7
5 Nokdu Flower Jo Jung Suk, Han Ye Ri SBS 8.1
6 Angel's Last Mission: Love Shin Hye Sun, L KBS2 7.8
7 Golden Garden Lee Sang Woo, Han Ji Hye MBC 7.4
8 Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung Shin Se Kyung, Cha Eun Woo MBC 7.3
9 Arthdal Chronicles Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki tvN 6.8
10 Justice Choi Jin Hyuk, Nana KBS2 6.4

June 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Investigation Couple 2 Jung Jae Young, Jung Yoo Mi MBC 8.7
2 One Spring Night Han Ji Min, Jung Hae In MBC 8.4
3 Angel's Last Mission: Love Shin Hye Sun, L KBS2 8.1
4 Arthdal Chronicles Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki tvN 7.7
5 Nokdu Flower Jo Jung Suk, Han Ye Ri SBS 7.5
6 Perfume Shin Sung Rok, Go Won Hee KBS2 7.2
7 The Wind Blows Kam Woo Sung, Kim Ha Neul JTBC 5.7
8 Different Dreams Yoo Ji Tae, Lee Yo Won MBC 5.5
8 Voice 3 Lee Ha Na, Lee Jin Wook OCN 5.5
10 Chief of Staff Lee Jung Jae, Shin Min Ah JTBC 4.5

May 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Doctor Prisoner Nam Goong Min, Nara KBS2 15.8
2 Angel's Last Mission: Love Shin Hye Sun, L KBS2 9.4
3 Nokdu Flower Jo Jung Suk, Han Ye Ri SBS 9.1
4 Special Labor Inspector Jo Kim Dong Wook, Kim Kyung Nam MBC 8.4
5 My Fellow Citizens Choi Shi Won, Lee Yoo Young KBS2 8.0
6 Different Dreams Yoo Ji Tae, Lee Yo Won MBC 7.1
7 The Banker Kim Sang Joong, Chae Si Ra MBC 7.0
8 One Spring Night Han Ji Min, Jung Hae In MBC 6.4
9 Confession Lee Jun Ho, Yoo Jae Myung tvN 6.3
10 Beautiful World Choo Ja Hyun, Park Hee Soon JTBC 5.8

April 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 The Fiery Priest Kim Nam Gil, Kim Sung Kyun SBS 22.0
2 Doctor Prisoner Nam Goong Min, Nara KBS2 15.4
3 Nokdu Flower Jo Jung Suk, Han Ye Ri SBS 11.5
4 Haechi Jung Il Woo, Go Ah Ra SBS 8.4
4 My Fellow Citizens Choi Shi Won, Lee Yoo Young KBS2 8.4
6 Special Labor Inspector Jo Kim Dong Wook, Kim Kyung Nam MBC 6.9
7 Confession Lee Jun Ho, Yoo Jae Myung tvN 5.6
8 The Banker Kim Sang Joong, Chae Si Ra MBC 5.2
9 Item Joo Ji Hoon, Jin Se Yun MBC 4.8
10 Beautiful World Choo Ja Hyun, Park Hee Soon JTBC 4.0

March 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Liver or Die Yoo Joon Sang, Oh Ji Ho KBS2 22.7
2 The Fiery Priest Kim Nam Gil, Kim Sung Kyun SBS 18.5
3 Doctor Prisoner Nam Goong Min, Nara KBS2 14.5
4 The Crowned Clown Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young tvN 10.9
5 The Light in Your Eyes Han Ji Min, Nam Joo Hyuk JTBC 9.7
6 Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho 2 Park Shin Yang, Ko Hyun Jung KBS2 9.3
7 Haechi Jung Il Woo, Go Ah Ra SBS 7.9
8 Romance Is a Bonus Book Lee Na Young, Lee Jong Suk tvN 6.7
9 Confession Lee Jun Ho, Yoo Jae Myung tvN 5.6
10 Big Issue Han Ye Seul, Joo Jin Mo SBS 4.8

February 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 SKY Castle Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran JTBC 23.8
2 Liver or Die Yoo Joon Sang, Oh Ji Ho KBS2 20.0
3 The Last Empress Jang Na Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk SBS 16.5
4 The Fiery Priest Kim Nam Gil, Kim Sung Kyun SBS 16.2
5 The Crowned Clown Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young tvN 10.0
6 Haechi Jung Il Woo, Go Ah Ra SBS 7.1
7 The Light in Your Eyes Han Ji Min, Nam Joo Hyuk JTBC 6.6
8 Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho 2 Park Shin Yang, Ko Hyun Jung KBS2 6.5
9 Romance Is a Bonus Book Lee Na Young, Lee Jong Suk tvN 5.8
10 My Strange Hero Yoo Seung Ho, Jo Bo Ah SBS 5.1

January 2019[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 SKY Castle Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran JTBC 23.2
2 The Last Empress Jang Na Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk SBS 16.7
3 Liver or Die Yoo Joon Sang, Oh Ji Ho KBS2 10.2
4 Memories of the Alhambra Hyun Bin, Park Shin Hye tvN 10.0
5 The Crowned Clown Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young tvN 9.5
6 Encounter Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum tvN 8.7
7 My Strange Hero Yoo Seung Ho, Jo Bo Ah SBS 8.1
8 Less than Evil Shin Ha Kyoon, Lee Sul MBC 7.2
9 Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho 2 Park Shin Yang, Ko Hyun Jung KBS2 6.8
10 Children of Nobody Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yi Kyung MBC 5.4

December 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 The Last Empress Jang Na Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk SBS 17.9
2 SKY Castle Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran JTBC 12.3
3 Less than Evil Shin Ha Kyoon, Lee Sul MBC 10.6
4 Encounter Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum tvN 9.3
5 Memories of the Alhambra Hyun Bin, Park Shin Hye tvN 9.2
6 Death Song Lee Jong Suk, Shin Hye Sun SBS 7.8
7 My Strange Hero Yoo Seung Ho, Jo Bo Ah SBS 7.4
8 Children of Nobody Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yi Kyung MBC 6.0
9 Tale of Fairy Moon Chae Won, Yoon Hyun Min tvN 3.9
10 Clean with Passion for Now Kim Yoo Jung, Yoon Kyun Sang JTBC 3.6

November 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 My Secret Terrius So Ji Sub, Jung In Sun MBC 10.5
2 Encounter Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum tvN 10.3
3 Where Stars Land Lee Je Hoon, Chae Soo Bin SBS 9.7
4 The Last Empress Jang Na Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk SBS 9.3
5 Heart Surgeons Go Soo, Seo Ji Hye SBS 8.4
6 Player Song Seung Hun, Krystal Jung OCN 5.8
7 Tale of Fairy Moon Chae Won, Yoon Hyun Min tvN 5.6
8 Children of Nobody Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yi Kyung MBC 5.5
9 The Beauty Inside Seo Hyun Jin, Lee Min Ki JTBC 5.3
10 Room No. 9 Kim Hee Sun, Kim Young Kwang tvN 5.2

October 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 100 Days My Prince D.O., Nam Ji Hyun tvN 14.4
2 My Secret Terrius So Ji Sub, Jung In Sun MBC 10.0
3 Where Stars Land Lee Je Hoon, Chae Soo Bin SBS 9.5
4 Heart Surgeons Go Soo, Seo Ji Hye SBS 8.8
5 Room No. 9 Kim Hee Sun, Kim Young Kwang tvN 6.2
6 Player Song Seung Hun, Krystal Jung OCN 4.9
7 The Beauty Inside Seo Hyun Jin, Lee Min Ki JTBC 4.4
8 Matrimonial Chaos Cha Tae Hyun, Bae Doo Na KBS2 4.0
8 Bad Papa Jang Hyuk, Son Yeo Eun MBC 4.0
8 The Smile Has Left Your Eyes Seo In Gook, Jung So Min tvN 4.0

September 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Mr. Sunshine Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri tvN 18.1
2 Thirty But Seventeen Shin Hye Sun, Yang Se Jong SBS 11.0
3 Your Honor Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Yoo Young SBS 8.6
4 Familiar Wife Ji Sung, Han Ji Min tvN 8.1
5 My Secret Terrius So Ji Sub, Jung In Sun MBC 7.6
6 Heart Surgeons Go Soo, Seo Ji Hye SBS 7.5
7 100 Days My Prince D.O., Nam Ji Hyun tvN 7.3
8 Voice 2 Lee Ha Na, Lee Jin Wook OCN 7.0
9 My ID Is Gangnam Beauty Im Soo Hyang, Cha Eun Woo JTBC 5.8
10 Life Lee Dong Wook, Cho Seung Woo JTBC 5.6

August 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Mr. Sunshine Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri tvN 15.6
2 Thirty But Seventeen Shin Hye Sun, Yang Se Jong SBS 10.8
3 Your Honor Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Yoo Young SBS 8.6
4 Familiar Wife Ji Sung, Han Ji Min tvN 8.2
5 Are You Human Too? Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yun KBS2 7.8
6 Lovely Horribly Park Shi Hoo, Song Ji Hyo KBS2 6.2
7 Life on Mars Jung Kyung Ho, Park Sung Woong OCN 5.9
8 Voice 2 Lee Ha Na, Lee Jin Wook OCN 5.4
9 Life Lee Dong Wook, Cho Seung Woo JTBC 5.3
10 My ID Is Gangnam Beauty Im Soo Hyang, Cha Eun Woo JTBC 5.0

July 2018[edit]

Rank Title Cast Network Nielsen Korea (%)
1 Mr. Sunshine Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri tvN 12.3
2 Investigation Couple Jung Jae Young, Jung Yoo Mi MBC 9.6
3 Wok of Love Lee Jun Ho, Jang Hyuk SBS 9.3
4 Thirty But Seventeen Shin Hye Sun, Yang Se Jong SBS 9.0
5 Lawless Lawyer Lee Joon Ki, Seo Ye Ji tvN 8.9
6 What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young tvN 8.7
7 Your Honor Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Yoo Young SBS 7.7
8 Are You Human Too? Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yun KBS2 6.0
9 Come and Hug Me Jang Ki Yong, Jin Ki Joo MBC 5.9
10 Miss Hammurabi Go Ah Ra, L JTBC 5.3


Note: Rankings are based on the highest-rated episodes recorded during the month for prime-time dramas only (daily dramas and weekend "family" dramas are not included).

Source: Nielsen Korea