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21.7%: 'Crash Landing on You' sets record for tvN drama

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Rom-com "Crash Landing on You" ended on Sunday. Courtesy of tvN

By Dong Sun-hwa

Rom-com "Crash Landing on You" has become the most sought-after drama on cable channel tvN.

The last episode on Sunday garnered 21.7 percent viewership rating, according to Nielson Korea's data ― a record for tvN dramas since the channel's launch in 2006.

The soap opera, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, dethroned 2016 hit series "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," which rated 20.5 percent.

"Crash Landing on You" is a 16-episode love story of South Korean chaebol scion Yoon Se-ri (played by Son) and high-ranking North Korean officer Ri Jong-hyok (Hyun Bin). The two bump into each other in North Korea after a paraglider carrying Yoon makes an emergency landing.

Although producer Lee Jung-hyo explained that the most settings in his North Korea-themed work were closer to a fantasy than reality, many still blasted its depiction of the reclusive state. In January, the conservative Christian Liberty Party even filed a complaint with police against tvN, claiming that "Crash Landing on You" portrayed North Korean soldiers only in a "peaceful" way.

"Crash Landing on You" will be replaced by the fantasy series "Hi Bye, Mama!" featuring actress Kim Tae-hee. The soap opera will premiere on Feb. 22.

Dong Sun-hwa

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