As we wave goodbye to 2017, let's take a look at the dramas that became DramaFever viewers' top favorites this year. How many of these dramas did you watch? We previously published a mid-year list. How has it changed now that we're at the end of the year?

The list presented here is selected from the most watched dramas based on ranking and viewership on DramaFever for 2017! If you've been following our exclusive Weekly Top 10, now is the time to review the most popular dramas for the year.

In reverse order of popularity, lets start!

10.  Hospital Ship, starring Ha Ji Won and Kang Min Hyuk


9.  Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk

COMING SOON

举重妖精金福珠

Starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk

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8.  General and I, starring Angela Yeung (Angelababy) and Wallace Chung.

COMING SOON

孤芳不自赏

Starring Angela Yeung (Angelababy) and Wallace Chung

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7.  Ruler: Master Of The Mask, starring Yoo Seung HoKim So Hyun, and L (Kim Myung Soo).

COMING SOON

君主-假面的主人

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

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6.  The Bride of the Water God, starring Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung

COMING SOON

河伯的新娘2017

Starring Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung

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5.  My Secret Romance, starring Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun.


4.  Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao.


3.  Love in Trouble (aka Suspicious Partner), starring Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun.


2.  Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, starring Park Bo YoungPark Hyung Sik, and Kim Ji Soo.

COMING SOON

大力女子都奉顺

Starring Park Bo Young and Kim Ji Soo

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1.  Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go EunLee Dong Wook, and Yoo In Na.

COMING SOON

孤单又灿烂的神-鬼怪

Starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun

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Note 1: Goblin is included here even though it started in December 2016. It was excluded when we reported on the most popular K-dramas in 2016, so it's only fair to include it for this year. On the other hand, the very popular campus romance Love O2O from 2016 is excluded despite its continuing popularity.

Note 2: This list is only for dramas. However, fans of the highly popular reality program Running Man should be happy to know that it is ranked in the second place among all shows.

Note 3: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo went on air in November 2016, but it arrived at DramaFever in February 2017. That it still entered the Top 10 despite a late start speaks highly of its captivating story and the on-screen couple's strong chemistry. New leading man Nam Joo Hyuk recharged his star power with The Bride of the Water God, which rose to the sixth place.

Honorable MentionsMy Shy BossTemperature of LoveThe King's Woman, and Lost Love in Times.

What conclusions might one draw from this list of top dramas?

Korean dramas continue to reign overall and are the most diverse in genres across modern and historical productions. Chinese dramas, however, are outstanding in fabulous historical sagas and epic fantasy romances with gorgeous costumes and vivid landscapes. There are also gripping thrillers from both Korean and Chinese dramas that are popular even though they didn't make it to the Top 10. Overall, there is a good balance between modern and period dramas, reflecting our viewers' wide-ranging interests and eclectic tastes in a variety of topics. Nevertheless, romance and fantasy are notably the strongest elements favored by our viewers.

For the thriller category, there are some excellent choices despite the darker crime themes. For instance, Stranger (Secret Forest) was recently selected by the New York Times as one of the best international TV shows of 2017.

In summary, Asian dramas are a rising force, and they are fast moving into mainstream focus by viewers who demand compelling stories, strong casts, and high production values. We can expect to see more and better offerings. The future looks bright for Asian dramas and the fans!

Happy Viewing!


Are you surprised by the results? Which dramas are your favorites? Include them in the comments below. Thanks.

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