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New comic drama series 'My Fellow Citizens!' tops weekly TV chart

Entertainment 08:38 April 10, 2019

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- "My Fellow Citizens!" a new comic drama series starring a member of K-pop band Super Junior, topped the weekly TV chart on its debut week, chart results showed Wednesday.

Debuting on the small screen on April 1, the Monday-Tuesday series garnered a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 286 for the week of April 1-7, landing atop the weekly TV chart compiled jointly by CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea.

Starring Super Junior member Choi Si-won and actress Lee Yoo-young, the drama by KBS2 comically features a con man's accidental marriage with a police woman and rise in the political ladder to eventually work to promote social justice.

Jung-kook, a trickster played by Choi, gets entangled in a unpredicted incident in which Hoo-ja, played by actress Kim Min-jun, half-forces him to run for a parliamentary seat, harboring a shady plan.

Lacking experience and knowledge, Jung-kook initially becomes a puppet of Hoo-ja in what becomes his political journey to discover and promote social justice.

The drama marks Choi's official return to the entertainment scene after he came under fire for his unleashed pet dog's attack on a middle-aged woman in his apartment building in 2017, which led to her death.

This image of Cho Si-won from a scene in "My Fellow Citizens!" is provided by broadcaster KBS2. (Yonhap)

No. 2 went to "The Fiery Priest," a weekend drama series by SBS, which garnered a CPI score of 250.3. Ahead of its end in late April, the series has recently reached a viewer rating of nearly 20 percent.

The long-running late Friday night show by MBC "I Live Alon" stood in the third spot, with a CPI number of 237.1.

This image of the weekly TV chart for the week of April 1-7, 2019, is provided by CJ ENM. (Yonhap)

The CPI, created by CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media presence and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on the three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and the seven cable channels owned by CJ ENM, 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 index.


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