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YesAsia 2017 Bestsellers - TV Dramas

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The below rankings are based on sales of television releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2017.


1. Love in the Moonlight 2. Descendants of the Sun 3. Goblin 4. Addicted 5. Eternal Love

6. Doctors 7. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 8 (tie). W 8 (tie).
Reply 1988
10. The K2


Love in the Moonlight, the gender-bending period romance starring Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung, readily beat out other contenders to emerge as the best-selling TV drama of 2017. 2016's top seller Descendants of the Sun held strong at #2, while hot-topic fantasy drama Goblin settled for third place. As can be expected, dramas with top Korean Wave stars and K-pop idols were well-received, including medical drama Doctors with Kim Rae Won and Park Shin Hye, Startling By Each Step remake Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo with Lee Jun Ki and IU, action drama The K2 with Ji Chang Wook and YoonA, and fantasy romance The Legend of the Blue Sea with Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho.

1. Love in the Moonlight 2. Descendants of the Sun 3. Goblin 4. Doctors 5. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

6 (tie). W 6 (tie).
Reply 1988
8. The K2 9. Legend of the Blue Sea 10. Signal


In line with current trends, the top ten best-selling Chinese dramas in 2017 were all mainland China productions for the first time. Gay youth romance Addicted, which ranked #2 in 2016, rose to #1. One of the biggest hits of 2017, the fantasy period romance Eternal Love starring Mini Yang and Mark Chao came in second. Other period and fantasy adaptations with popular young stars, like Mystic Nine, Ice Fantasy and Princess Agents, also ranked in the top ten. Meanwhile, The Empress of China, The Journey of Flower and Nirvana in Fire, which were in the top five in 2016, maintained their positions on the chart. Zhao Liying shows that she is indeed the queen of Chinese television with three dramas in the top ten.

1. Addicted 2. Eternal Love 3. Mystic Nine 4. Ice Fantasy 5. Journey of Flower

6. Empress of China 7 (tie).
Whirlwind Girl
7 (tie).
Nirvana in Fire
7 (tie).
Ode to Joy
10. Princess Agents


NTV's shojo manga adaptation Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu starring Tsuchiya Tao romanced its way to the #1 spot for Japanese dramas. 2016's best-selling J-Drama, dTV's Attack on Titan spin-off Hangeki no Noroshi, stuck around at #2. KinKi Kids' Bokura no Yuki Miman City occupied two spots with both the 2017 sequel and the anniversary release of the original 1997 drama making the top five. As always, Arashi is represented with the Ohno Satoshi-starring special Kyo no Hi wa Sayonara coming in fifth, and perennial seller Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo charted in the top ten for the fourth straight year.

1. Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu 2. Attack on Titan: Hangeki no Noroshi 3. Bokura no Yuki
Miman City 2017
4. Bokura no Yuki
Miman City 1997
5 (tie). Kyo no Hi wa Sayonara

5 (tie).
Ultraman X
7 (tie). We Married as a Job 7 (tie). Kyabasuka Gakuen 7 (tie).
Itazura na Kiss
Love in Tokyo
7 (tie). HiGH & LOW Season 1

Note: Rankings for Chinese and Korean TV Bestsellers differ between YesAsia's US and Global Sites due to the different product selections available on each site based on regional licensing restrictions. Chinese and Korean TV drama rankings in this feature reflect the sales on Global Site only.

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Published January 10, 2018

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