"Good Manager," KBS 2TV's late-night office comedy series, topped a benchmark TV popularity index in late March, while SBS TV's new legal thriller "Whisper" soared to second place, data showed Tuesday.
CPI, developed by entertainment company CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the popularity of TV shows based on the number of views of related news stories, online search tallies and buzz on social media.
"Good Manager" stars Namkoong Min as Kim Sung-ryong, an accountant at the fictional TQ Group and a genius at embezzling corporate funds. An anti-hero, Kim ends up fighting for the rights of employees and against greater corruption within the workplace. The series ended its 20-episode run on March 30 to critical and commercial acclaim.
SBS TV's "Whisper" entered the chart at No. 2, scoring 248.4 points. Lee Bo-young plays Shin Young-joo, a homicide detective who seeks revenge on Lee Dong-joon, a conflicted judge played by Lee Sang-yoon, who wrongfully convicts her father of murder. Throughout her quest, Shin ends up falling in love with her nemesis.
The tvN reality TV show "Youn's Restaurant" fell a notch from last week to third place with 235.5 points, followed by MBC TV's Saturday marquee variety show "Infinite Challenge" climbing two steps to come in at fourth.
"High School Rapper," Mnet's student rap competition show which ended last week, came fifth, trailed by MBC TV's "King of Masked Singer" and "Ms. Perfect" coming in at the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. (Yonhap)