TVN (South Korea)

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Logo used since 2012
Launched 9 October 2006; 11 years ago (2006-10-09)
Owned by CJ E&M
Picture format 1080i
Slogan Content Trend Leader
Endless Pleasures (즐거움엔 끝이 없다)
Where Fun Takes Off[a]
Country South Korea
Headquarters CJ E&M Center,
66 Sangamsan-ro, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Formerly called Channel M
Replaced TVN
Sister channel(s) XtvN
tvN Asia
Mnet Japan
Mnet America
O tvN
OCN Series
Channel CGV
Chunghwa TV
SkyLife channel 21 (HD)
Available on
South Korean cable systems
Check local listings for details
B TV Channel 17 (HD)
U+ TV Channel 17 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 17 (HD)
Streaming media
KPlayer TV Channel 2 (Not available in Korea.)
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TVN (Total Variety Network; stylized as tvN) is a South Korean nationwide general entertainment network owned by CJ E&M, available on cable, SkyLife, and IPTV platforms.[1][2][3][4][5]

Former logo used from 2006 to 2012.



TV series

tvN dramas are exported to various countries in Asia and the Americas. tvN's highest-rated TV series are Reply 1988 and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Reply 1988 received both critical and audience acclaim with its finale episode recording an 18.8% nationwide audience share, making it the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history.[6][7] In addition, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God was also a hit and consistently topped cable television viewership ratings in its time slot. Its final episode recorded an 18.680% nationwide audience share according to Nielsen paid platform, making the episode the second highest rated in Korean cable television history.[8] It received critical acclaim and became a cultural phenomenon in South Korea.[9]

Currently, tvN dramas hold 21 spots of the 27 list of highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television.

Currently airing TV series
Airtime Program Original title Start date Notes
Monday and Tuesday night at 21:30 (KST) Cross 크로스 January 29, 2018 [10]
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:30 (KST) Mother 마더 January 24, 2018 [11][12][13]
Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 (KST) Live (TV series) 라이브 March 10, 2018


Currently airing entertainment shows
Airtime Program Original title Start date Notes
Monday at 22:50 (KST) Island Trio 섬총사 May 22, 2017 [14]
Tuesday at 24:20 (KST) Live Talk Show Taxi 현장 토크쇼 택시 September 8, 2007 [15]
Wednesday at 20:10 (KST) Friendly Driver 친절한 기사단 January 24, 2018
Thursday at 20:10 (KST) Where Is Mr. Kim 김무명을 찾아라 November 18, 2017
Thursday at 22:50 (KST) Life Bar 인생술집 December 8, 2016
Friday at 21:45 (KST) Youn's Kitchen 윤식당 March 24, 2017 [16]
Saturday at 22:20 (KST) Salty Tour 짠내투어 November 25, 2017
Saturday at 22:50 (KST) Saturday Night Live Korea 새터데이 나이트 라이브 코리아 December 3, 2011 [17]
Sunday at 19:40 (KST) Comedy Big League 코미디빅리그 September 17, 2011 [18]
Sunday at 22:20 (KST) Problematic Men 문제적남자 February 26, 2015 [19][20]


Foreign partners

Partner Country
Canal+ France
ProSieben Germany
Canal+ Spain
Sky 1 United Kingdom
tvN Asia Hong Kong
Timor Leste
Sri Lanka
Zee Entertainment Enterprises India

See also


  1. ^ Since January 2017, the official corporate slogan is Content Trend Leader, while the official marketing/advertising slogan is Endless Pleasures (즐거움엔 끝이 없다, Jeulgeoum-en kkeut-i eobsda).


  1. ^ Park, Si-soo (9 May 2014). "tvN turns disadvantages into critical edge". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Cable Channels Woo Viewers Away from News". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ Kim, Tong-hyung (3 March 2010). "Cable TV Industry at a Crossroads". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ "CJ E&M makes 13.3 bil. won in TV drama exports". The Korea Times. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (31 October 2012). "CJ E&M sees its programs spread far and wide". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Reply 1988 Writes Cable Television History". Stoo Asaie. 
  7. ^ "January 16, 2016 Nationwide Cable Ratings". Nielsen Korea. 1st (tvN) 응답하라1988<본> 18.803% 
  8. ^ "January 21, 2017 Nationwide Cable Ratings" (in Korean). Nielsen Korea. 1st (tvN) 쓸쓸하고찬란하신도깨비<본> 18.680% 
  9. ^ "Goblin Rom-Com Sets New Milestone for Cable Soaps". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "New tvN medical drama "Cross: God's Gift" woos Go Kyung-pyo and Cho Jae-hyun". Hancinema. Star Today. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Nippon TV Announces Deal with CJ E&M for Korean format of its Award-winning Japanese Drama Series "Mother"". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Actress Lee Bo-young Will Be Playing Another Strong-willed Mother Role in 2018". Hancinema. TV Report. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ "New TV series 'Mother' calls attention to motherhood, child abuse". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  14. ^ "섬총사". Olive. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  15. ^ "택시손님들과 현장토크". Munhwa Ilbo. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  16. ^ Dong-woo, Chang (2017-03-20). "(LEAD) 'Yoon's Restaurant' aims to one-up food shows by opening overseas shop". Yonhap News. 
  17. ^ "김주혁, 코믹 화보 폭소 작렬 '이런 모습 처음이야". JK Star News (in Korean). 28 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  18. ^ Ko, Dong-hwan (10 April 2016). "Comedy Big League no laughing matter". Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  19. ^ Ghim, Sora (25 February 2015). "The Problematic Men Show Their Real Selves". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  20. ^ Lim, Jeong-yeo (31 March 2015). "Men with brains gain popularity in Korea". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 

External links

  • Official website (in Korean)
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