“My Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2” And “The Crowned Clown” No. 1 In Time Slots With Premiere Episodes, “The Crowned Clown” Sets tvN Record

January 7 brought two new K-dramas to the mix, and both are off to a strong start!

According to Nielsen Korea, the new KBS2 Monday-Tuesday drama “My Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2,” the second season of “Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho,” recorded viewership of 6.1 and 6.7 percent for its first and second episodes respectively.

The drama edged out the currently airing dramas for the No. 1 position in its time slot. MBC’s “Less Than Evil” trailed with 5.4 and 5.7 percent, while SBS’s “My Strange Hero” hit 4.3 and 4.8 percent.

“My Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2” tells the story of lawyer Jo Deul Ho (Park Shin Yang) and his fall after the end of Season 1, as well as his conflict with Lee Ja Kyung (Go Hyun Jung).

My Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2″ airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. KST.

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On the cable side of things, tvN’s newcomer “The Crowned Clown” made a splash with its premiere, the highest rated premiere yet in the history of tvN Monday-Tuesday dramas.

The drama recorded an average viewership of 5.7 percent and peaked at 7.5 percent across cable, IPTV, and satellite platforms for No. 1 in its time slot. Within tvN’s target age range of 20-49, the drama pulled an average of 3.3 percent and peaked at 4.7 percent.

“The Crowned Clown” is a remake of the 2012 Korean film “Masquerade,” which starred Lee Byung Hun. In the tvN drama, Yeo Jin Goo plays King Gwanghae, or Lee Heon, who is under threat of assassination. For protection, a look-alike to the king, a clown named Ha Sun, takes the king’s place.

“The Crowned Clown” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. KST.

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