As advertisers are looking at things in a different light, so are the metrics for measuring a successful or popular drama. Movies still rely on box office but television shows don’t just use box top ratings anymore as viewership has migrated to streaming. Korean polling site Gooddata published a study of the most buzzed about K-dramas of 2015 measured by the discussion and interest around it, separate from how well the shows did in conventional ratings. The rankings are split up among the various time slots so Mon-Tues drama buzz isn’t being stacked up against the Fri-Sat dramas, for instance. The winners in each time slot does strike me as rather accurate since it’s the group of shows that I recollect did have substantial discussion around. Winners in each time slot include School 2015, Answer Me 1988, She Was Pretty, among others.
Most buzzed about K-drama of 2015:
Mon-Tues dramas: (1) Who Are You: School 2015, (2) Six Flying Dragons, (3) Hwajung, (4) I Remember You, and (5) Heard it Through the Grapevine.
Wed-Thurs dramas: (1) She Was Pretty, (2) Yongpal, (3) Scholar Who Walks the Night, (4) The Girl Who Sees Smells, and (5) The Village: Achiara’s Secret.
Fri-Sat dramas: (1) Answer Me 1988, (2) Producer, (3) Oh My Ghost, (4) Second Time Twenty Again, and (5) D-Day.
Weekend Dramas (1) Awl, (2) The Time I Loved You, (3) Jingbirok, (4) I Have a Lover, and (5) My Daughter, Geum Sa Wol.