SBS Tops the Chart of Highest Rating Dramas + ‘Penthouse’ Trilogy and ‘Taxi Driver’ Dominate the First Half of 2021

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SBS scores another achievement after dominating the chart of drama rating for the first half of 2021.

According to Nielsen Korea, the listing is based on viewership ratings broadcasted by terrestrial broadcasters.

SBS Leads Highest Rating Dramas in First Half of 2021

With this, the broadcasting network managed to garner an average household audience rating of 13.5 percent, ranking first place among all channels.

Interestingly, the current figure surpassed its 2020 audience rating, where SBS received an average rating of 10.59 percent.

Meanwhile, securing the second spot is tvN with 6.9 percent, followed by KBS achieving 4.7 percent.

Landing in fourth place is JTBC with 4.2 percent, while MBC finishes off at the fifth spot with an average household audience rating of 2.1 percent.

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"Penthouse: War in Life" and "Taxi Driver" Named as the Highest Rating Dramas

Moving onto the top rating dramas, the "Penthouse: War in Life" trilogy reigned the chart and hailed as the highest rating dramas in the first half of the year.

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This was followed by another smash hit SBS series "Taxi Driver" that landed on the fourth spot.

To recall, the crime thriller K-drama starring Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Kim Eui Sung, Pyo Ye Jin, and more created a buzz on social media and its soaring viewership rating every episode.

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During its season finale, "Taxi Driver" made a historic achievement after being the fourth-highest ratings of any Friday-Saturday series in the history of SBS, while the crown belonged to "Penthouse 2."

Meanwhile, tvN's "Mr Queen" featuring Shin Hae Sun and Kim Jung Hyun lands on the fifth spot.

This was followed by the recently released medical K-drama "Hospital Playlist 2" under tvN, while Song Joong Ki's "Vincenzo" and "Mine" secured the seventh and eighth spot.

Capping the top nine and ten are KBS dramas "Royal Secret Agent" and "River Where the Moon Rises."

SBS Expected to Lead the Second Half of 2021 with Highly-Anticipated Dramas

With its much-awaited dramas that feature a series of powerhouse casts, SBS is expected to sustain its reign in the second half of the year.

The broadcast network previously unveiled the lineup of dramas that offers a variety of genres and unique stories.

One of the much-awaited K-drama is "Now, We're Breaking Up," starring lead stars Jang Ki Yong, Choi Hee Seo, Kim Joo Heon, and Song Hye Kyo.

Interestingly, the upcoming melodrama is the Hallyu queen's comeback to the small screen following the success of her 2018 series "Encounter."

Aside from "Now, We're Breaking Up," the broadcast network is set to give viewers brilliant casting through the soon-to-be-released K-drama "Us That Year" starring Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi.

This is slated to premiere on December 6 and will be the newest Monday and Tuesday drama.

In addition, SBS is set to welcome the book adaptation "Those Who Read Hearts of Evil" scheduled to air on October 25 and the forthcoming rom-com "One the Woman" on September 17.

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Written by Geca Wills

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