‘Goblin’ Korean Drama Surpasses Lee Min Ho’s ‘The Legend Of The Blue Sea’ In Record-Breaking Premiere

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Goblin has officially bested Lee Min Ho’s The Legend of the Blue Sea. The Korea Herald reports that the new Korean drama on TvN starring Gong Yoo has beaten Legend on the TV content power index. Jun Ji Hyun’s and Min Ho’s new drama had previously held the top spot for the last three weeks.

In fact, according to the Korea Herald, Goblin not only surpassed The Legend of the Blue Sea, but it actually scored double its highest score. This means that it’s also surpassed Park Bo Gum’s Moonlight Drawn By Clouds and Reply 1988 and Song Joong Ki’s Descendants Of The Sun.


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The stats from Nielsen Korea show that Goblin, also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, recently scored 7,449 points on the TV popularity index, a record-breaking score that eclipses other popular dramas. For example, when Descendants of the Sun was at its most popular, the drama series scored 5,518 points. Reply 1988 and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds scored 5,260 and 4,720 points. In the first week, The Legend Of The Blue Sea fell behind Goblin and scored 4,315 points.

According to the drama synopsis on Viki, Goblin follows the story of Kim Shin, played by Gong Yoo, who is an immortal goblin responsible for human souls. He spends a lot of time with Wang Yeo, played by Lee Dong Wook, an amnesiac grim reaper. Shin has become tired of being immortal and considers marrying a human woman so that he can become human. He has a couple of love interests who may be up for that role: Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), a young student who is hopelessly in love with the goblin, and Kim Sun (Yoo In Na), the friendly owner of a chicken restaurant. Goblin is directed by Lee Eung Bok and written by Kim Eun Sook, who also previously penned two very popular K-drama series Heirs (2013) and Descendants of the Sun (2016).

As Drama Fever noted in an article on their site last month, this is actor Gong Yoo’s first Korean drama in five years. According to Drama Fever, this was because Yoo has a fear of acting in TV dramas because of how much time is needed to film the series.

“In a drama, filming is ongoing, so the actors can’t promise to be in best shape until the end,” he said in an interview “I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to show my best acting.”

So you may be wondering what was so special about Goblin that it made Yoo come out of his K-drama hiatus. The fact that his character is not human is one answer.

“Since I’m not a human, I can do whatever I want. I’m neither here nor there,” he said. “My abilities will be revealed bit by bit with each episode. I will be fun to watch.”

Goblin‘s Korean drama fans can watch the show every Friday and Saturday on TvN or online on Viki or Drama Fever.

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