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'Guardian' maintains lead on TV chart, 'Hwarang' slips to third

All News 10:17 January 17, 2017

By Chang Dong-woo

In this file photo, stars of "Guardian" -- Yook Sung-jae, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, Kim Go-eun and Gong Yoo (L to R) -- pose for a photo during a publicity event in Seoul on Nov. 22, 2016. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," now in its final stretch, held on to its lead on a TV popularity chart in the first week of 2017, data showed Tuesday.

"Guardian," which airs Fridays and Saturdays on cable channel tvN, scored 294.4 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming No. 1 among TV programs during Jan. 2-Jan. 8.

CPI, developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, online search tallies and buzz on social media.

Starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun in the lead roles, "Guardian" has kept viewers spellbound with its state-of-the-art computer graphics and cinematography, backed by a strong script penned by screenwriter Kim Eun-sook.

In the fantasy-romance show, Gong stars as a 939-year-old goblin cursed with eternal life, while Kim plays a high school senior clinging to him for recognition.

The show, with just three episodes left, has attracted a growing number of viewers as of late. Last Friday's episode was watched by 15.5 percent of all TV viewers nationwide.

In this file photo, Lee Min-ho (R) and Jeon Ji-hyun from the drama "The Legend Of The Blue Sea" enter a publicity event in Seoul on Nov. 14, 2016. (Yonhap)

SBS TV's mermaid fantasy drama "Legend of the Blue Sea" ranked second with 236.9 points, climbing a notch from a week ago and KBS TV's "Hwarang," an idol-studded period drama, slipped to third with 236 points.

The island survival show "Law of The Jungle," in which the cast braved the elements in Kota Manado, Indonesia, soared 17 spots to rank fourth, and SBS TV's popular medical drama "Dr. Romantic," which ended Tuesday, came in fifth.

Other winners included "New Journey to the West 3," tvN's new travel-reality show, debuting fifth on the CPI chart, and "Happy Sunday -- The Return of Superman," which climbed five pegs to rank ninth.

MBC's Saturday comedy show "Infinite Challenge," which will enter a seven-week hiatus beginning Jan. 28, tumbled three notches to eighth place and late night talk show "Radio Star" came in 10th, sliding four spots.


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