With K-drama ratings so woefully low these past two years, and probably starting the general downward spiral even earlier than that, it’s still worth taking a look at which actors and actresses are the current crop of ratings leaders. One can argue overseas popularity and dramas viewing numbers, but the K-advertisers still look to domestic set top ratings and for the years of 2010-2015 the crowning champion of K-drama ratings is none other than Kim Soo Hyun. Is anyone surprised after his one-two punch of The Moon Embraces the Sun and You From Another Star.
The latest article in Naver took all the dramas aired in the five years between 2010 and 2015 featuring leading actors and actresses and averaged out the average episode ratings. Kim Soo Hyun’s lead might’ve been overtaken by Joo Won, who came in second, but for Joo Won’s average getting dragged down in the end by the huge flop that was Tomorrow’s Cantabile. Third was my cutie pie Yoo Seung Ho followed by my other cutie pie Lee Jong Seok in 4th place. Prolific drama leading man Jang Hyuk was 5th, and after that the only two ladies made the cut with Su Ae in 6th place and Gong Hyo Jin rounding out the top 7.
Gong Hyo Jin: Pasta, Best Love, The Master’s Sun, It’s Okay, It’s Love, Producer
Su Ae: Athena: Goddess of War, Thousand Days Promise, Yawang, Mask
Jang Hyuk: Chuno, Midas, Tree with Deep Roots, IRIS 2, Fated to Love You, Shine or Go Crazy
Lee Jong Seok: Secret Garden, School 2015, I Hear Your Voice, Dr. Stranger, Pinocchio
Yoo Seung Ho: Flames of Ambition, God of Study, Warrior Baek Dong Soo, Missing You
Joo Won: Baker King, Kim Tak Gu, Ojakkyo Brothers, Gaksital, 7th Grade Civil Servant, Good Doctor, Tomorrow’s Cantabile
Kim Soo Hyun: Dream High, The Moon Embraces the Sun, You From Another Star, Producer