KBS Programming Dominates TV Ratings After Ferry Disaster

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This past week, the fourth week of April, was a complicated one  for TV programming in terms of broadcast. As most prime time variety shows and dramas were suspended while the nation waited anxiously for good news from the site of the Sewol ferry disaster, news programming and more serious broadcast like documentaries filled in the empty air time. 

KBS programming swept the weekly rankings for ratings in both news, drama, and documentary program. First place went to KBS 1TV’s daily drama, “Melody of Love” (aka “Love Rides the Song“) which raked in 28.3%, according to Nielsen Korea’s April 21 release of the “Weekly Ratings Top 50 Programs.”  Ratings were collected between from April 14 – April 20.

MBC and SBS made an entrance in the top 10 with Monday-Thursday drama “Empress Ki” and morning drama “Only My Love,” respectively.

Here are the top 10 shows with the highest rankings of the week.

1. KBS 1TV- Melody of Love  28.3%

2. MBC- “Empress Ki” 25.7%

3. KBS 2TV’ – “Wonderful Days” 24.1%

4. KBS 2TV- “Sky Angel” 16.5%

5. KBS 1TV- “9 o’clock News” 15.1%

6. KBS 1TV- “Human Theater” 13.5%

7. KBS 1TV- “News Plaza Part 2” 11.7%

8. SBS- “Only My Love”  11.7

9. KBS 1TV- “Love in Asia” 11.1%

10. KBS 2TV- “Documentary 3 Days” 10.6%