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Office comedy 'Good Manager' debuts at No. 1 on TV chart

All Headlines 10:19 February 07, 2017

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- "Good Manager" a new late night office comedy series, made a surprise No. 1 debut on a benchmark TV popularity chart as the early 2017 TV drama war heats up further, data showed Tuesday.

The KBS 2TV show, which premiered on Jan. 25, scored 252.9 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming No. 1 among TV programs during Jan. 23-Jan. 29.

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.

This composite photo captured from KBS 2TV's "Good Manager" shows actor Nam Gung-min playing accountant Kim Sung-ryong at the fictional TQ Group (Yonhap)

The Monday-Tuesday series stars Nam Gung-min as Kim Sung-ryong, an accountant at the fictional TQ Group and a genius at misappropriating corporate funds for personal use. He inadvertently ends up fighting against greater corruption within to save the ailing company.

"Good Manager" also boasts a strong supporting cast, including actress Nam Sang-mi, idol singer Junho of group 2PM and veteran character actor Park Young-gyu.

The show's smashing debut came as a surprise, outstripping shows with larger budgets and bigger star power, notably its direct competitor "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors" on SBS TV starring mega "hallyu" star Lee Young-ae.

SBS TV's new legal thriller "Defendant," starring Ji Sung, made its debut on the chart in second place with 238.1 points and mermaid fantasy show "Legend of the Blue Sea," which aired its finale that week, climbed a step to third place with 235.1 points

"Saimdang," which premiered the same week as "Good Manager" and "Defendant," made its entry into the chart in fourth place while reality survival show "Law of the Jungle" soared five places to fifth.

Meanwhile, KBS 2TV's idol-studded period show "Hwarang" lost further ground, slipping to sixth place and MBC TV's island castaway series "Missing 9" also faced a four-step drop, coming at seventh.

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