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Two new SBS dramas debut high on weekly TV rating

All Headlines 17:00 August 01, 2018

By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Two television series on SBS made a strong debut on the weekly TV chart, ranking second and third on their first week of broadcasting, data showed Wednesday.

The series "Your Honor" and "Still 17" premiered on July 25 and July 23 and recorded scores 253.3 and 248.9 respectively, on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for July 23-29.

For their latest episodes, they garnered viewership ratings of 7.7 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively, promising good numbers for television series on territorial networks, which have been underperforming their cable channel competitors.

Posters for two SBS television series, "Still 17" and "Your Honor," are shown in these images provided by the network. (Yonhap)

The legal drama "Your Honor," starring Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Yoo-young, revolves around a man who stands in for his identical elder brother and acts as a judge after his smarter sibling has gone missing.

Featuring young rising stars Yang Se-jong and Shin Hye-sun, the romance series "Still 17" tells a story of a woman who wakes up from a 13-year coma to find that she is already 30 years old. With the mental age of a 17-year-old, she becomes confused as she gets involved with a man who is afraid of starting a relationship with others due to a traumatic experience 13 years ago.

Meanwhile, cable music channel Mnet's new idol competition show "Produce 48" continues its firm grip on the chart with a CPI score of 278.9.

The project is aimed at auditioning talented performers from South Korea and Japan to put together a girl group through audience voting. The show premiered June 15 on Mnet and Japan's BS Scapa simultaneously.

The program, first unveiled in "2017 MAMA in Japan" in November, is a collaboration between Mnet's popular audition program "Produce 101" and Yasushi Akimoto, who produced AKB48.

The CPI, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media trending and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and seven cable channels owned by CJ E&M, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time. JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, is not included in the measurement.

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