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New dramas soar in weekly ratings

Mar 14,2019
Two new semiweekly drama series soared to take positions No. 2 and No. 3 on the weekly TV program chart in their debut on the small screen last week, data showed Wednesday.

“Possessed,” a Wednesday-Thursday series by cable channel OCN that started last week, garnered a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 249.8 for the week of Feb. 4 to 10, landing on the weekly TV chart at No. 2, according to the chart data released by CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea.

SBS’ new drama series with 36 episodes, “Big Issue,” debuted on the chart as No. 3, garnering a CPI score of 241.2 in its first week of screening.

The two newcomers both explore subject matters fairly new to the small screen. “Possessed,” starring Song Sae-byeok, Go Joon-hee and Yeon Jung-hoon, is a buddy cop series that deals with exorcism.

Playing the lead role of a timid, yet professional police investigator, Song fluidly moves between charismatic action scenes and comic performances.

“Big Issue,” also a Wednesday-Thursday series starring Ju Jin-mo and Han Ye-seul, sheds light on the much-explored inner story of the media industry, but freshly from the standpoint of paparazzi photographers.

They go the length of risking their lives to capture secret scenes involving gambling, drug use and sex in the vortex of fierce media competition. It is Ju’s first appearance on the small screen after a long hiatus.

Han effectively uses her fashion sense and charm to embody a stylish, cold-blooded chief editor of a media company.

The top spot on the weekly TV chart went to KBS2’s drama series, “My Only One,” which garnered a 256.4 CPI figure.

The weekend drama series is poised to wrap up this weekend, having recorded a viewer rating of nearly 50 percent.

The CPI, created by CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media presence and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on the three major terrestrial networks - MBC, SBS and KBS - and the seven cable channels owned by CJ ENM, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time.

JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, is not included in the measurement.

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