Most Buzzworthy Korean Dramas, Actors from April 29 to May 5, 2019

We’re introducing our buzzworthy K-drama rankings, which list the most talked about Korean dramas and actors in news articles, blog posts, community forums, social media, videos, and other online platforms. In other words, these rankings reflect which dramas are constantly being discussed online and do NOT depend on television viewership (we have separate rankings for this–the popular K-drama rankings). As a result, you might see dramas that record low television viewership but place higher in the rankings than those which obtain high TV ratings.

For the week ending May 5, 2019, rom-com Her Private Life topped the drama ranking, with its lead actors Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook also in the lead in the actor ranking. Previous winner Nokdu Flower dropped to the third place while the new period drama Different Dreams came in second.

10 Most Buzzworthy Korean Dramas from April 29 to May 5, 2019

Her Private Life claimed the top spot after moving up one place from its position in the previous week’s ranking, dislodging previous title-holder Nokfu Flower. Newcomer Different Dreams and Abyss landed on the second and sixth spot, respectively. Meanwhile, He Is Psychometric managed to occupy the 5th place for the fourth time.

The biggest changes were recorded by Haechi and Doctor Prisoner. While the former climbed six places from its Top 15 finish in the previous week, the latter fell by five places from its no. 4 position a week earlier.

  1. Her Private Life (tvN) — 16.15%
  2. Different Dreams (MBC) — 8.77%
  3. Nokdu Flower (SBS) — 8.55%
  4. Special Labor Inspector (MBC) — 5.98%
  5. He Is Psychometric (tvN) — 5.44%
  6. Abyss (tvN) — 5.23%
  7. Mother Of Mine (KBS2) — 4.78%
  8. Haechi (SBS) — 4.59%
  9. Doctor Prisoner (KBS2) — 4.41%
  10. Left-Handed Wife (KBS2) — 4.20%

10 Most Buzzworthy Korean Drama Actors from April 29 to May 5, 2019

Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook remained in their previous positions while newcomers Park Bo-young, Yoo Ji-tae, and Lee Yo-won landed on the 3rd, 4th, and 7th place, respectively. Meanwhile, Jung Il-woo and Park Jin-young are the biggest gainers, improving by six places each to make it to the list. The boost in their positions can be attributed to their respective dramas ending that week.

  1. Park Min-young (Her Private Life)
  2. Kim Jae-wook (Her Private Life)
  3. Park Bo-young (Abyss)
  4. Yoo Ji-tae (Different Dreams)
  5. Jo Jung-suk (Nokdu Flower)
  6. Jung Il-woo (Haechi)
  7. Lee Yo-won (Different Dreams)
  8. Park Jin-young (He Is Psychometric)
  9. Kim So-yeon (Mother Of Mine)
  10. Choi Si-won (My Fellow Citizens)

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. The buzzworthiness is NOT directly proportional to TV ratings. Hence, a highest-rated drama 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.

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