‘Hospital Playlist’ gains traction in terms of buzz, TV ratings

Hospital Playlist appears to be following in its predecessors’ footsteps as it has scored a win in the popularity game on its first week of broadcast.

The new medical series became the second most talked-about Korean drama from March 9 to 15, 2020, according to the weekly ranking of the most buzzworthy Korean dramas released by Good Data Corporation on March 18.

The drama premiered on March 12 and occupied a high spot on the list right off the bat, unseating Hi Bye, Mama! (tvN) from the second place. It achieved a buzz score of 11.58 percent, which lost only to Itaewon Class‘s 36.93%. This means that for every 100 drama discussions or mentions online during the said week, about 12 were talking about Hospital Playlist.

Hyena (SBS) came in fourth in the ranking and was followed by Memorist, also a tvN drama that premiered last week. Click here to see the top 10.

Meanwhile, Hospital Playlist also became the second-highest-rated cable drama during the same period as its first episode obtained a nationwide Nielsen TV rating of 6.3 percent. It is second only to Itaewon Class, which recorded an average rating of 13.6 percent for its 13th and 14th episodes.

Hospital Playlist Poster 2
Promotional poster for Hospital Playlist featuring (from left to right) Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Jo Jung-suk, Kim Dae-myung, and Jeon Mi-do.

Just like its predecessors, the series is poised for commercial success as its latest episode on March 19 saw an increase in ratings to 7.7 percent, which translates to an estimated 2 million viewers nationwide.

Hospital Playlist‘s popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is the latest project of PD Shin Won-ho and screenwriter Lee Woo-jung, the team behind the hit series Reply 1988, Reply 1994, and Reply 1997. It also features an ensemble cast composed of Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, and Jeon Mi-do.

The series tells the story of five best friends who attended the same medical school and now work together as doctors in one hospital. It focuses on their daily lives at their workplace and their relationship with each other as well as the people they encounter at the hospital.

Main cast of Hospital Playlist
Still image featuring the main cast of Hospital Playlist

Hospital Playlist airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. KST on tvN. It is also available for streaming on Netflix.


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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