[2013 Mwave Drama Awards] Best Wed-Thurs Drama of 2013
The drama world kept our eyes glued to the screen all year round, but it’s time to decide which drama stole the show in 2013.
We’ve divided the year’s dramas into categories by timeslot – Mon/Tues, Wed/Thurs and Fri/Weekend – so be sure to check out each category and, of course, vote!
But choose wisely, because the top drama from each timeslot will advance to the final round, where the drama with the most votes from each category will compete for the title of Mwave′s Drama of the Year.
We have been rolling out polls for the 2013 Mwave Drama Awards all month, so be sure to get your votes in over in our poll section before voting ends!
7th Grade Civil Servant
Joo Won had a busy 2013, and it all started with MBC drama 7th Grade Civil Servant, which ran from January to March this year.
The drama, which also starred Choi Kang Hee, started off strong with a solid 12.7 percent in viewership ratings for the first episode and took the top spot from KBS’ Jeon Woochi. However, the drama couldn’t be saved as fierce competitors entered the ring, and in a real life twist, 7th Grade Civil Servant eventually slipped to a low single digit viewership rating by the show’s end.
Still, the chemistry of the onscreen couple was undeniable, even leading Joo Won to call Choi Kang Hee his “best partner.”
That Winter, the Wind Blows
As the temperatures continue to drop here in Seoul, we’re reminded of SBS’ That Winter, the Wind Blows (not to mention how quickly the year has blown by) which hit the small screen last winter.
Much hype surrounded the drama as it marked Song Hye Kyo return to the small screen in five years and Zo In Sung’s first drama in eight years. The melodramatic storyline, centered on a blind heiress and a conman who fall in love, also kept viewers tuning in each week.
While its competition was running dry in viewership ratings, That Winter, the Wind Blows kept its cool, managing to stay in the double digits and peaking at 15.8 percent with its final episode.
When a Man Loves
This MBC drama starring Song Seung Hun and Shin Se Kyung proved to be formidable drama competition, despite its uninspired storyline about an ex-loan shark-turned-successful-businessman who falls in love with a poor girl, when it premiered in April, knocking SBS’ All About My Romance and eventually KBS’ action drama Iris 2 out of the top spot.
However, the ratings were a toss-up throughout the rest of its run with the entrance of KBS’ Heaven’s Will, as the two dramas battled it out for number one. The drama didn’t get a happy ending in terms of ratings, unfortunately, as it ended in second place with its final place – thanks to newcomer at the time SBS’ I Hear Your Voice.
I Hear Your Voice
Maybe it was the older woman-younger man pairing that caught viewers’ eyes, but this Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young-led drama made quite a splash with its first two episodes as mentioned previously.
Or perhaps it was Lee Jong Suk’s What Women Want ability to hear people’s thoughts that enabled the drama to sit comfortably in the double digit viewership ratings, peak at 24.1 percent and earn a two-episode extension.
Or maybe it was just Lee Jong Suk.
SBS hit the jackpot once more with I Hear Your Voice’ successor, the So Ji Sup and Gong Hyo Jin starring drama Master’s Sun, which premiered at number one with a solid 13.6 percent viewership rating.
The refreshing mix of horror, romance and comedy won viewers over, keeping them tuned in to the Hong Sisters’ drama about a greedy CEO and a woman who can see ghosts every week. The drama hovered in the double digits and ended with a bang, peaking at 23.6 percent with its final episode.
Medical Top Team
MBC’s Medical Top Team gave us high hopes for the birth of Korea’s very own McDreamys when we learned Kwon Sang Woo, Joo Ji Hoon and SHINee’s Minho would be leading this medical drama.
Pretty boy doctors, however, couldn’t find the ratings cure against top competitors Secret and The Heirs as it never saw double digits during its run.
Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum took the lead in this KBS drama, and the tangled storyline, centered on a man who falls in love with the woman who killed his love, was enough to keep people tuning in.
The drama started out slow but eventually took over the top spot and held on against its competition The Heirs and ended on a high note – the highest for the drama – with 18.9 percent in viewership ratings.
With an all-star cast that got the acting world talking, The Heirs kept everyone buzzing throughout its run.
From drama favorites Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin to idols CN Blue’s Kang Min Hyuk, f(x)’s Krystal and ZE;A’s Park Hyung Sik, the cast of Korea’s brightest was enough to keep viewers glued to the screen.
Following the conclusion of Secret, The Heirs immediately took over the top spot in viewership ratings and soared, not only breaking the 20 percent mark but peaking at 28.6 with its final episode.
With Jang Keun Suk and IU leading the way, anticipation for current KBS′ Pretty Boy was running high ahead of the drama′s premiere. Unfortunately, Pretty Boy is struggling to find its footing with viewers with ratings at a dangerous low.
But with the conclusion of The Heirs and Medical Top Team taking off some of the heat, the drama still has time to make its mark in dramaland. And we have faith in the pretty boy.
Vote now for your favorite Wed/Thurs drama!
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