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Sci-fi drama 'W' takes top spot on CPI chart

All Headlines 09:07 August 02, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- "W," a sci-fi drama about a cartoon hero coming to life, took the top spot on a TV popularity chart in its first week of broadcast, data showed Tuesday.

The series scored 273.3 points on the Content Power Index (CPI) for the week of July 18-24, dethroning the medical drama "Doctors," which scored 266.4 points.

The index, developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and media ratings company Nielsen Korea, measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, keyword searches and mentions on social media.

"W," a Wednesday-Thursday series on MBC TV, stars Lee Jong-suk as the handsome and rich hero of the webtoon of the same name, and Han Hyo-joo as the real life doctor who is drawn into the virtual world of the cartoon.

Four episodes in, the series has received positive reviews for its fast pace -- the two protagonists have kissed twice already -- and the realization of the new buzzword "manjjitnam" in Lee. Manjjitnam is an abbreviation for "man who has jumped out of a cartoon" and refers to unrealistically handsome men.

In third place was the KBS series "Uncontrollably Fond," starring top stars Kim Woo-bin and Bae Suzy. The Korean remake of the hit American drama "The Good Wife" stayed in sixth place.

Popular variety shows "Infinite Challenge" and "The King of Mask Singer" ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

hague@yna.co.kr
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