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(LEAD) KBS sweeps weekly viewership, tvN leads cable with 'Signal'

All Headlines 11:45 March 07, 2016

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By Park Sojung

SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- Terrestrial network KBS beat rivals MBC and SBS in three of the most popular drama time slots with "Sweet Home, Sweet Honey," "Five Children" and "Descendants of the Sun," data showed Monday.

"Sweet Home, Sweet Honey," a KBS 1TV drama, was viewed by 26.5 percent of TV homes between last Monday to Sunday, Nielsen Korea data showed. The show follows four young Koreans trying to keep their hope alive in the face of mounting debt and family drama.

MBC's "Beautiful You," on the same Monday-Friday night time slot, finished with roughly half that viewership at 13.2 percent.

On the weekend drama front, KBS 2TV's "Five Children" dominated with 25.6 percent of viewers, followed by MBC's "Marriage Contract" at 17.6 percent and "Happy Home" on the same network at 14.5 percent.

"Five Children" tells the love story between a woman betrayed by her cheating husband and a widower. The two fall for one another despite having a total of five children together.

"Descendants of the Sun," starring actor Song Joong-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo, reigned supreme in the Wednesday-Thursday 10 p.m. time slot with 23.7 percent.

In the show simultaneously airing in South Korea and China, Song Joong-ki plays an Army captain dispatched to a war-torn country called Uruk. There, he falls in love with a doctor (Song Hye-kyo) who volunteers as part of a medical NGO, Doctors without Borders.

Finishing behind "Descendants of the Sun" last week were SBS' "Please Come Back, Mister" and MBC's "One More Happy Ending," both of which ended with a single-digit viewership.

tvN continued to crush the cable game with time-travel crime thriller "Signal," which drew 10.4 percent of viewers. Season three of the same network's travel reality show "Youth over Flowers" followed with 8.8 percent. The network owned by CJ E&M swept eight of the top 10 spots among cable shows.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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