‘Arthdal Chronicles,’ Song Joong-ki top most talked about Korean drama, actor rankings from May 27 to June 2, 2019

Arthdal Chronicles has proved again that it is definitely the most popular series this week (May 27 to June 2) in South Korea as it topped the ranking of the most talked about or buzzworthy Korean dramas during this period, in addition to achieving the highest ratings in cable TV on its premiere. As a result, previous 1st placer One Spring Night unsuccessfully defended its title and fell to the 3rd spot. Meanwhile, Arthdal Chronicles‘ lead actor Song Joong-ki made a first-place finish in a similar ranking for Korean drama actors

What does it mean by being “buzzworthy?” Scroll the page to find out.

10 Most Buzzworthy Korean Dramas from May 27 to June 2, 2019

As expected, the 54-billion-won (US$ 45.6 million) ancient historical drama Arthdal Chronicles climbed four places from its previous position and topped the ranking this week thanks to its star-studded cast and acclaimed director Kim won-suk (My Ajusshi, Signal). The discussions about the series online are generally positive, but some fans have raised concerns about its story and use of special effects. The drama obtained a buzz score of 26.7 percent and almost surpassed The Fiery Priest‘s peak record of 28.3 percent in April.

In second place is Her Private Life, which is one of the only two dramas (the other is Voice 3) that did not move in the ranking. It concluded its broadcast this week with an impressive record of constantly having placed in the Top 2 throughout its run. Previous 1st placer One Spring Night, meanwhile, slid to the 3rd place. Voice 3 and newcomer The Wind Blows round out the top 5.

The biggest loser this week is Angel’s Last Mission: Love, which came in 7th after making a 2nd runner-up finish in the previous ranking. With The Wind Blows and Left-Handed Wife making it to the list, previous Bottom 2 dramas Absolute Boyfriend and The Secret Life Of My Secretary were eliminated from this week’s ranking.

  1. Arthdal Chronicles (tvN) — 26.74%
  2. Her Private Life (tvN) — 11.98%
  3. One Spring Night (MBC) — 9.95%
  4. Voice 3 (OCN) — 5.35%
  5. The Wind Blows (JTBC) — 5.27%
  6. Special Labor Inspector (MBC) — 4.90%
  7. Angel’s Last Mission: Love (KBS2) — 4.58%
  8. Abyss (tvN) — 3.80%
  9. Nokdu Flower (SBS) — 3.57%
  10. Left-Handed Wife (KBS2) — 3.16%

10 Most Buzzworthy Korean Drama Actors from May 27 to June 2, 2019

Song Joong-ki is this week’s most talked about drama actor, unseating previous record-holder Jung Hae-in from the top spot. Meanwhile, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ji-won, its co-stars in Arthdal Chronicles, ranked 8th and 9th, respectively. With Kim Ha-neul and Kam Woo-sung also on the list, half of the Top 10 is composed of actors from the new dramas which premiered during this period.

Han Ji-min is still trailing behind Jung Hae-in, while Park Min-young managed to move one place up and beat Kim Jae-wook who was ahead of her in the ranking for the past 3 weeks.

Kim Myung-soo (L), Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Yeo Jin-goo, and Bang Min-ah were eliminated from this week’s ranking.

The Top 10 placers represent only 5 out of 26 dramas that were included in the analysis from May 27 to June 2.

  1. Song Joong-ki (Arthdal Chronicles)
  2. Jung Hae-in (One Spring Night)
  3. Han Ji-min (One Spring Night)
  4. Park Min-young (Her Private Life)
  5. Kim Jae-wook (Her Private Life)
  6. Kim Ha-neul (The Wind Blows)
  7. Kam Woo-sung (The Wind Blows)
  8. Jang Dong-gun (Arthdal Chronicles)
  9. Kim Ji-won (Arthdal Chronicles)
  10. Shin Hye-sun (Angel’s Last Mission: Love)

Source: Good Data Corporation

What does it mean by being “buzzworthy?” When a drama or actor is buzzworthy, it means that many people talk about or discuss them in various online platforms such as blogs, forums, and social media. The “buzzworthiness” of a drama is measured and expressed quantitatively by Good Data Corporation on a weekly basis. It is NOT directly proportional to TV ratings. Hence, a high-rated series is NOT necessarily a buzzworthy drama or vice versa. There are many dramas that obtain above-average audience shares but rarely become the subject of discussions online. On the other hand, there are instances when low-rated dramas or those with below-average to average viewership become the most talked about series. Simply put, a most buzzworthy drama is the “most talked about” drama in town.


InternJang manages a team of writers to publish and promote content for Kdramapal every day. He began watching Korean dramas in 2014 and fell in love deeply with his all-time favorites Signal, Reply 1988, and Misaeng. His affinity for writing led him to start a blog and, later on, spearhead efforts to establish KDP as one of the most dependable sources of K-drama information online.

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