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Crime thriller 'Defendant' tops weekly TV popularity chart

All Headlines 11:47 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- SBS TV's crime drama "Defendant" topped a benchmark TV popularity index in late March, while tvN's new reality show "Youn's Restaurant" soared to second place, data showed Tuesday.

"Defendant" scored 259.1 points on the Content Power Index (CPI), becoming the most popular TV program during the final week of March.

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 Ji Sung, "Defendant" is a series about a former prosecutor who is framed for murdering his family and becomes a death row inmate. He tries to unravel a conspiracy in the face of mounting odds. The finale on March 21 recorded 28.3 percent viewership nationwide.

"Youn's Restaurant," a new tvN reality program, debuted on the chart at No. 2, with 251.8 points. With star producer Na Yeong-seok at the helm, the show focuses on a group of South Korean celebrities operating a small Korean cuisine restaurant on a small island near Bali, Indonesia.

KBS 2TV's office series "Good Manager" came third, with 250.6 points, while tvN's new Monday-Tuesday drama "The Liar And His Lover" taking fourth place with 235.4 points. Other gainers included MBC TV's "I Live Alone," clocking in at fifth place.

This composite image captured from SBS TV's "Defendant" shows actor Ji Sung as the show's protagonist Park Jung-woo. (Yonhap)

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