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Ji Sung's Connection climbs high on buzzworthy K-drama chart; Hierarchy wins Netflix audiences on Global Top 10

Jun 21, 2024 09:55 PM IST

Queen of Tears stretched out is 15-week spell on Netflix's Global Top 10 non-English chart. The Atypical Family also remained an OTT favourite.

The “Kill Me, Heal Me” star Ji Sung made his smashing comeback with the new psychological crime thriller “Connection” this May on SBS. With tvN's “Lovely Runner” and “Queen of Tears” fever gradually fading out from South Korean broadcasting networks, other ongoing underrated series are making small leaps on the weekly K-drama ranking charts. Ji Sung's SBS drama is one such title holding the audience's attention, and the buzzworthy K-drama chart for the second week of June reflects its glowing growth on both local networks and the OTT space.

Ji Sung, as seen in SBS TV's Connection (left). The cast of Netflix's Hierarchy (right).
Ji Sung, as seen in SBS TV's Connection (left). The cast of Netflix's Hierarchy (right).

About Ji Sung's drama, Connection

Streaming on Wavve and Coupang Play in South Korea, Vidio in Indonesia, Kocowa in the Americas and Viki in select regions, the investigative TV series centres around the ace detective from the narcotics teams, played by Ji Sung, who ends up drowning himself in drug addiction. Eventually, the protagonist is consumed by an emerging murder mystery surrounding his friend. Once he returns to the overwhelming world of thrilling investigation, he finds himself unravelling a 20-year-old friendship and unlikely connection.

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As of June 18, Good Data Corporation's latest readings revealed that the renowned actor's show is topping both the TV and TV-OTT categories on the “buzzworthiness” chart. While it gained a 17.05% score in the former, it secured 13.49% buzzworthiness in the latter list. Meanwhile, the leading actor himself ranked fourth on the most buzzworthy performers (actors/actresses) chart this past week, with his co-star Jeon Mi Do rounding out the Top 10 chart.

As for new additions to the list, JTBC's “My Sweet Mobster” and “Miss Night and Day” earned their top-ranking debuts on the chart.

OTT titles winning big on weekly charts

On the OTT side of the competition, “Hierarchy” and “The 8 Show” again maintained their power on the list. Despite all episodes of the latter premiere releasing simultaneously in May, it's still holding strong months later.

“Hierarchy,” the supposed Korean version of the Spanish drama “Elite,” claimed the fifth rank on the TV-OTT chart of Good Data Corp's buzzworthiness “Fundex.” However, its original streaming platform, Netflix, accorded it with unmatchable regard, as the series completed its second consecutive week in the Global Top 10 non-English TV category. From June 10-16 alone, the Netflix K-drama raked in 6.3 million views, securing the top rank on the list. Similarly, “The 8 Show” continued its 5-week streak on Netflix's non-English TV Top 10 chart at 6th place, attracting 900,000 views this past week.

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Even though both “Queen of Tears” and “The Atypical Family” slipped out of the South Korean buzzworthy chart, which only ranks upcoming or ongoing shows, Netflix again credited them with cushioned seats on the Global Top 10 list. The Kim Soo Hyun-Kim Ji Won starrer rom-com continued breaking records with its long-running spell of 15 consecutive weeks on this OTT chart (700,000 views from June 10-16). On the other hand, “The Atypical Family” came back for its sixth week, making way for 1.7 million views.

Top 10 Kdramas that generated the most buzz in Week 2 of June

TV-OTTTV
1. Connection (13.49%)1. Connection (17.05%)
2. The Midnight Romance in Hagwon (10.77%)2. The Midnight Romance in Hagwon (13.60%)
3. My Sweet Mobster (10%)3. My Sweet Mobster (12.64%)
4. Miss Day and Night (7.96%)4. Miss Day and Night (10.06%)
5. Hierarchy (6.84%)5. The Player 2: Master of Swindlers (8.39%)
6. The Player 2: Master of Swindlers (6.64%)6. Bitter Sweet Hell (8.13%)
7. Bitter Sweet Hell (6.44%)7. Crash (6.98%)
8. The 8 Show (5.56%)8. Beauty and Mr Romantic (6.24%)
9. Crash (5.53%)9. Missing Crown Prince (4.07%)
10. Beauty and Mr Romantic (4.94%)10. Suji & Uri (3.24%)

Top 10 drama actors who generated the most buzz in Week 2 of June

ActorDrama
1. Jung Ryeo Won The Midnight Romance in Hagwon
2. Wi Ha JoonThe Midnight Romance in Hagwon
3. Jeong Eun JiMiss Day and Night
4. Ji SungConnection
5. Han Sun HwaMy Sweet Mobster
6. Uhm Tae GooMy Sweet Mobster
7. Lee Jung EunMiss Night and Day
8. Kim Hee SunBitter Sweet Hell
9. Choi Jin HyukMy Sweet Mobster
10. Jeon Mi DoConnection
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