[MHN] "The Banker," a new drama series featuring the head of a bank's audit department going on a journey to fight in-house corruption, topped the weekly TV chart on its debut week last week, chart results showed Wednesday.
Debuting on the small screen on March 27, the Wednesday-Thursday series garnered a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 268.4 for the week of March 25-31, landing atop the weekly TV chart compiled jointly by CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea.
Starring veteran actor Kim Sang-joong, the series by MBC follows a turbulent journey to expose corruption at a bank and restructure the ailing institution. The show is based on a Japanese comic book, "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuhei," which was dramatized in Japan as well.
Kim plays the show's leading role, Noh Dae-ho, the head of Daehan Bank's regional branch, who gets promoted to the seat of a senior auditor at the bank's headquarters.
The honest banker defies outside pressure to eradicate corruption by a relative of the bank's deputy chief and lead efforts to close loss-making branches.
A slew of other veteran actors and actress Yoo Dong-geun and Chae Shi-ra raise the profile and depth of the series.
The first two episodes recorded a viewer rating hovering around 3 to 4 percent.
Another Wednesday-Thursday drama series, "Dr. Prisoner" by KBS2, slipped to the fifth spot, earning a CPI number of 229.4 after topping the weekly chart a week earlier.
With a CPI figure of 246.8, No. 2 went to "The Fiery Priest," a Friday-Saturday drama series by SBS, which will close its 40-episode run later this month.
"I Live Alone," a long-running late Friday night variety show by MBC, took up No. 3 with a CPI score of 235.4.