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YesAsia 2018 Bestsellers - TV Dramas

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The below rankings are based on sales of television releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2018.


1. Goblin 2. Eternal Love 3. While You Were Sleeping 4. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 5. Suspicious Partner

6. 1% of Anything 7. Legend of Fuyao 8. My Sassy Girl 9. Lost Love in Times 10. Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo


Continuing its popularity from 2017, Goblin grabbed the top spot as the best-selling TV drama of 2018. Two other 2017 Hallyu dramas, Startling By Each Step remake Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and fantasy romance The Legend of the Blue Sea, stayed in the top ten for another year. Lee Jong Suk and Suzy's romantic suspense While You Were Sleeping came in second, followed by romcoms Suspicious Partner, 1% of Anything and My Sassy Girl. Two unconventionally set medical dramas – time-slip series Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo and Hospital Ship starring Ha Ji Won – also made the bestsellers list.

1. Goblin 2. While You Were Sleeping 3. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 4. Suspicious Partners 5. 1% of Anything

6. My Sassy Girl 7. Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo 8. Legend of the Blue Sea 9. Hospital Ship 10. Bride of Habaek


Blockbuster fantasy romance Eternal Love starring Mini Yang and Mark Chao came in first among Chinese dramas for another year. The actress's 2018 hit Legend of Fuyao is also right up there in second place. Gay youth drama Addicted and Zhao Liying's Princess Agents continued to chart high alongside Cecilia Liu and William Chan's fantasy romance Lost Love in Times and the acclaimed period dramas Nothing Gold Can Stay and Nirvana in Fire II.

1. Eternal Love 2. Legend of Fuyao 3. Lost Love in Times 4. Addicted 5 (tie). Princess Agents

5 (tie). Nothing Gold Can Stay 7 (tie). Nirvana in Fire II 7 (tie). Rush to the Dead Summer 7 (tie). My Sister of Eternal Flower 10. King's War


Besides ruling the box office, the live-action Gintama also topped our Japanese television bestsellers with its dTV spin-off thanks to an English-subtitled release. TV Asahi's hot topic gay romantic comedy Ossan's Love starring Tanaka Kei unsurprisingly ranked high in second place, and NHK's 2018 asadora Half Blue followed in third. The ever popular Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo series also extended its unbroken streak in the top ten.

1. Gintama
Mitsuba Hen
2. Ossan's Love 3 (tie). Half Blue 3 (tie).
Itazura na Kiss
Love in Tokyo
5 (tie).
Itazura na Kiss
Love in Tokyo 2

5 (tie).
Doctor-X 5
5 (tie). Kaasan, Ore wa Daijobu 5 (tie).
Library Wars
Book of Memories
5 (tie).
HiGH & LOW Season 2
5 (tie). Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta

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Published January 11, 2019

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