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YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - TV Dramas

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The below rankings are based on sales of television releases on US Site from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


1. Legend of the Condor Heroes 2. Duke of Mount Deer 3. Arang and the Magistrate 4. Witness Insecurity 5. Gu Family Book

6. For You in Full Blossom 7. Tiger Cubs 8. Divas in Distress 9. The Hippocratic Crush 10. Will It Snow For Christmas?


With its longstanding audience base and English-subtitled DVD releases, TVB series were still the top-selling choice for Chinese dramas. Thirty years have gone by and Legend of Condor Heroes, the martial arts drama starring Felix Wong as the kindhearted swordsman and the late Barbara Yung as the witty heroine, remained the fan favorite regardless of time. Crime thriller Witness Insecurity, featuring three-time screen couple Bosco Wong and Linda Chung, ranked highest among new dramas thanks to its many unforgettable moments, romantic scenes and even a popular theme song that has become one of Linda's signature pieces.

1. Legend of the Condor Heroes 2. Duke of Mount Deer 3. Witness Insecurity 4. Tiger Cubs 5. Divas in Distress

6. The Hippocratic Crush 7. Three Kingdoms RPG 8. Ghetto
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9. The Greatness of a Hero 10. Triumph in the Skies 2


Thanks to critical acclaim from the film festival circuit and the availability of an English-subtitled DVD, Kurosawa Kiyoshi's mini-series Penance was by far the top Japanese TV seller in 2013. Itazura na Kiss proves that a good story is worth retelling as its new television drama adaptation in Japan was a hit with fans. The power of Arashi could also be felt on television as the group's 2006 variety show CxDxG no Arashi remained a bestseller almost seven years after its release.

1. Penance 2. Itazura na Kiss Love in Tokyo 3. CxDxG no Arashi 4. Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo - Hong Kong Kowloon Zaiho Satsujin Jiken 5. Hana Yori Dango


Period fantasies Arang and the Magistrate and Gu Family Book led the way for K-Dramas in 2013, and Lee Seung Gi's 2012 series The King 2 Hearts also made the list. The based-on-manga school drama For You in Full Blossom clocked in third on the power of its idol cast, while its cross-dressing predecessor Coffee Prince remained popular as ever. Romantic melodramas still have a home in the hearts of K-Drama fans as can be seen with Will It Snow For Christmas? and I Miss You, which makes it two dramas in the top ten for Yoon Eun Hye.

1. Arang and the Magistrate 2. Gu Family Book 3. For You In Full Blossom 4. Will It Snow For Christmas? 5. I Miss You

6. Coffee Prince 7. A Gentleman's Dignity 8. The King 2 Hearts 9. Jumong 10. Queen In Hyun's Man

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

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Published January 13, 2014

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