New medical series 'Hospital Ship' ranks second on weekly TV chart

A new medical drama on MBC has shown a strong performance on the local weekly TV ratings, data showed Tuesday.

The TV series "Hospital Ship," starring Ha Ji-won and Kang Min-hyuk, a member of boy group CNBLUE, has ranked as the second most popular program on the Content Power Index (CPI) for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, with a score of 257.5.

Among a sea of medical dramas that aired in the past, this one differentiates itself by taking place on a floating hospital ship that travels around islands that lack health care facilities.

Actress Ha, who debuted in 1996, plays the role of a doctor -- level-headed, talented doctor Song Eun-jae with an intriguing past -- for the first time. CNBLUE member Kang, though much younger than Ha, demonstrates a great chemistry with Ha as a junior doctor.

Meanwhile, MBC's talk show "Radio Star" topped the index, jumping six places. In the episode that aired Aug. 30, Kim Gura, one of the hosts, appeared to be patronizing guest Kim Saeng-min when the latter Kim shared his frugal living tips. The host Kim's attitude triggered a flurry of online news stories, influencing the CPI.

The index, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity and influence on consumer behavior of all entertainment TV programs aired on major territorial networks and cable channels during prime time.