South Korean series have been topping the charts on global streaming platforms amid the soaring popularity of K-content, according to entertainment giant CJ ENM on Wednesday.
According to the US-based streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol, "Marry My Husband," a 16-part romantic drama series that aired its first episode on Jan. 1, topped the daily rankings for TV shows worldwide on Jan. 31 on Prime Video, the streaming service from Amazon.
This marked the first time for a Korean series to achieve such a feat.
"Marry My Husband" also ranked second on the monthly rankings in the same category on Jan. 31. FlixPatrol rankings are based on popularity ranking lists sourced directly from the streaming platforms.
The drama series narrates the story of Kang Ji-won (Park Min-young), who is reborn 10 years in the past after she is murdered by her husband in the present day.
"Death's Game," a Korean fantasy drama series that stars Seo In-guk and Park So-dam, also came in at No. 2 on the top 10 list for most popular TV shows in the world on Prime Video on Jan. 7. The second part of the drama series was released on Jan. 5.
The first part of the drama series, according to CJ ENM, was listed among the top 10 lists of the same category in 43 regions around the world on Dec. 21 last year, following its Dec. 15 release.
"Death's Game" centers on the story of Choi Yi-jae (Seo In-guk), who is given the opportunity to be reborn 12 times after taking his own life.
CJ ENM added that Korean variety show "Apartment 404 Not Found" is coming to Prime Video on Feb. 23, following the success of Korean variety shows on the service such as "Jinny's Kitchen." "Jinny's Kitchen" was among the top 10 most popular television shows in the world on Prime Video in 12 countries, last year.
"Apartment 404 Not Found" will feature top Korean celebrities including Yoo Jae-suk and Blackpink's Jennie solving mysteries that occur in apartments.
Currently, 70 percent of paid subscribers of US and UK streaming services subscribe to Prime Video, according to CJ ENM.
"It is true that compared to Netflix, which has consistently presented well-made K-contents such as 'The Glory' and 'Gyeongseong Creature', Prime Video has shown relatively little interest in K-content," said an official from CJ ENM.
"However, due to the outstanding performance of CJ ENM's contents, (Prime Video) is attempting to increase the share of K-content," he added.
"Through major platforms such as Prime Video, CJ ENM will expand the audience base and territory for K-dramas and solidify our position as a 'global IP powerhouse,' presenting outstanding and attractive intellectual properties."