“Lovely Runner” Bags Top Spot, Continues to Dominate Ratings Game

tvN’s Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Lovely Runner’ is still running strong, once again nabbing the top spot in ratings and proving its dominance in viewership.

As per Nielsen Korea, a leading viewership rating research company, the 11th episode of ‘Lovely Runner’ that aired on May 13 KST, scored a nationwide rating of 4.7% on paid platforms.

Despite a slight dip of 0.1% from the previous broadcast’s 4.8%, the drama held its ground, especially in the metropolitan area, where it bagged a rating of 5.7%.

The plot of ‘Lovely Runner’ takes viewers on a time-traveling journey with Im Sol (played by Kim Hye Yoon), a die-hard fan who, shattered by the supposed death of famed artist Ryu Sun Jae (portrayed by Byun Woo Seok), finds herself whisked back to 2008 with a chance to change destiny.

The drama skillfully blends elements of time travel with a riveting rom-com dynamic between Byun Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon, hooking audiences with unexpected plot twists and meticulous direction that brings key scenes to life.

The on-screen chemistry between Ryu Seon-jae and Im Sol has resonated with viewers, as their repeated time slips and blossoming relationship add layers of thrill to the narrative.

According to the Good Data Corporation Fundex, a K-content online competitiveness analysis agency, the drama topped the charts in the first week of May, commanding a whopping 24.19% in TV-OTT general topicality and 60.52% in TV-OTT drama topicality.

Plus, Byun Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon snagged the top two spots in the popularity rankings for TV-OTT drama actors.

On the flip side, KBS2’s ‘Dare to Love Me’, which premiered on May 13, debuted with a nationwide rating of 2.3% (2.2% in the metropolitan area).

The series paints a gentle romance between Shin Yun Bok, an MZ scholar with wisdom and humanity, and Kim Hong Do, a woman worn down by a life of neglect, with Kim Myung Soo and Lee Yoo Young in the lead roles.

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