MBC’s newly minted Monday-Tuesday drama “Empress Ki” is off to a good start.
The premiere episode of “Empress Ki” recorded 11.1% ratings, according to Nielsen Korea. This was 1.8% higher than its SBS competition, “Suspicious Housekeeper,” which gathered 9.3%. KBS’ “Future Choice” placed third with 6.5% in ratings.
The first episode of “Empress Ki” drew surprise and praise for its mix of action, romance, and comedy, as well as skipping over the childhood backstory that is often expected from a 50-episode sageuk. It delved straight into the tumultuous life of its main characters, kicking the drama off with high energy.
“Empress Ki” draws the life of the Ki Seung Nyang (played by Ha Ji Won), a Goryeo woman who becomes the empress of Yuan, and the political strife between the two dynasties
Neither "Running Man" not "Roommate" did very well in the ratings this week, with both the variety shows reporting low ratings. "Running Man" rated at 6.2 percent of the viewers, its lowest ratings yet. "Roomate" did poorly too, with 3.6 percent of the ratings, also its worst rating yet. The variety shows ranked last in their time slots.
K-drama fans may, however, want to take note of the show"s k-drama-related episode. "Running Man" is airing a special feature "It"s Okay, I"m a Chaebol," with actresses who have played k-drama villains. Lee Yu Ri, who plays the bitter and deceitful Yeon Min Jung in "Jang Bo Ri Is Here," will be on the show, as will Yoo In Young. Yoo In Jung has played unlikable characters in "Empress Ki" and "You Who Came From The Stars" and is now a woman out to poison the prince in "The Three Musketeers
In the midst of the three main broadcasting stations (KBS, MBC, SBS) competing for the top spot in their Monday-Tuesday drama rankings, MBC’s “Triangle” has come out at the top.
According to Nielson Korea on May 7, “Triangle” recorded a viewer rating of 9.6% for the May 6 broadcast. This is a 0.7% increase from the previous episode’s 8.9%, making it number one in ratings for dramas in the same time slot.
The other dramas that aired at the same time were SBS’ “Doctor Stranger” and KBS 2TV’s “Big Man,” which recorded 9.4% and 8.2% respectively. “Triangle,” which replaced “Empress Ki,” has taken charge of the top spot in viewer ratings two consecutive nights in a row with the premiere as well as the second episode
Monday and Tuesday nights will be two back to back nights of competitive battles for drama viewership ratings as the May 5 ratings recorded a very close competition between the dramas of the three major broadcasting companies.
According to Nielson Korea, MBC‘s new drama “Triangle,” featuring Lee Bum Soo, JYJ’s Jaejoong, and ZE:A‘s Im Siwan recorded a viewership of 8.9% for its first episode. The rating was 2.2% lower than the first episode of “Empress Ki,” a drama that previously aired in the same time slot. Yet, one cannot be sure of “Triangle’s” stable lead in the ratings battle as SBS‘ “Doctor Stranger,” featuring Lee Jong Suk, came close in second with a rating of 8
After taking over the ratings chart during its entire run, MBC’s Empress Ki concluded its series, rounding up its success.
Running 51 episodes in total, Empress Ki starred a talented cast of Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook, and many more. The fast-paced and detailed story kept viewers on board since the end of October, when the drama first began with ratings of 11.1.
Ratings continue to rise, reaching its highest of 29.2 percent in March with episode 37. Its last episode, however, ended with 28.7, unfortunately not hitting 30 percent as everyone hoped it would.
With the conclusion of Empress Ki, MBC will follow it up with Triangle, starring Lee Bum Soo, Kim Jae Joong, and Im Si Wan.
KBS 2TV’s Monday-Tuesday drama “Big Man” came in at number 2 in terms of viewer ratings for its first episode.
According to Nielsen Korea, the April 28 broadcast of “Big Man” reached 6.0% viewer ratings. In the same time slot, MBC’s “Empress Ki” continued to dominate with a rating of 26.2%. In third was SBS’ “God’s Gift – 14 Days,” which recorded 3.7%.
The very first episode pulled viewers in with not one, but two separate kiss scenes between Kang Ji Hwan (playing the role of Kim Ji Hyuk) and Jung So Min (Kang Jin Ah), as well as Choi Daniel (Kang Dong Suk) and Lee Da Hee (So Mi Ra). The interesting plot, filled with corruption and conspiracy, contributed to the viewers’ enjoyment
With only one more episodes left to air, “Empress Ki” is almost finished and the quest is now on to find who will be the righteous heir to Ha Ji Won‘s Monday-Tuesday drama throne.
While there are many factors that can contribute to the success of a drama such as a solid and highly captivating story line as well as the actors’ skills, it is the viewers who can really make or break the deal.
Starting next week, May 5, MBC will try to keep its reign of the time slot following “Empress Ki” with “Triangle,” while SBS will play its cards with “Doctor Stranger.” KBS, on the other hand, started earlier in the game with “Big Man” which started airing this week, the same night as the first of the two final episodes of “Empress Ki
Starting fresh from the bumpy roads left behind by The Full Sun, KBS’ Big Man managed to rise to second place on Monday night.
Big Man started off with 6.0 percent, a big improvement from the 2.7 percent ratings that The Full Sun left behind. The fact that SBS’ God’s Gift – 14 Days aired a special also seemed to influence the ratings as well.
MBC’s Empress Ki remained on top with 26.2 percent, with just one more episode to go.
With major competitors leaving the arena, Big Man appears to be a promising candidate to take the number one spot. However, SBS will soon be launching its anticipated drama Doctor Stranger on May 5
With ‘Don’t Trust Anyone’ becoming the new slogan, SBS’ God’s Gift kept viewers guessing and dying of curiosity with a new episode.
The drama fell from its two-digit ratings, but the story still kept viewers locked, trying to figure out who is Han Set Byul (Kim Yoo Bin)’s murderer. As the main characters dove deeper and deeper into finding the murder, an even more complicated backstory began to open up.
But viewers were most rattled when a trusted character turned out to be a suspect, making them suspect all the characters who have appeared in the drama.
Monday, March 31, 2014
1. MBC Empress Ki 25.0 2. SBS God’s Gift – 14 Days 8.8 3
It has been revealed that casting for Empress Ki changed at the last minute.
March 30’s broadcast of MBC’s Section TV revealed the story behind the drama casting.
Empress Ki, which has been earning over 30% in viewership ratings, originally cast Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung for the roles currently played by Ji Chang Wook and Baek Jin Hee, respectively.
Having acted alongside Ha Ji Won previously in Hwang Jin Yi, Jang Keun Suk was expected to be a great partner for the actress in another historical drama. However, Jang Keun Suk’s casting got nullified due to his schedules abroad, which overlapped with the 50 episode long drama.
Many actors also refused to take the role, since having to do a pigtail was rumored to cause misfortune, and the role was finally given to Ji Chang Wook
It has been announced that thanks to the high ratings and continuous love from the viewers, an additional episode of the Monday-Tuesday drama will be produced.
A representative of “Empress Ki” revealed to news outlet My Daily on March 24 , “After having a meeting, we concluded that we will extend the drama, originally planned to be 50 episodes, with one final episode, making the total amount of episodes 51.”
Due to the 2014 Sochi Wintere Olympics, the drama had to cancel one of its episodes, causing the last episode to air fall on Monday instead of Tuesday. However, the producers and actors have al agreed on extending the popular and highly successful drama.
“Empress Ki” will air its final episode on April 29
"Empress Qi" proved that historical dramas never get old as it maintained its #1 spot in its time slot, nearing the 30% viewer rating mark while its competitors are still struggling with single-digit viewer ratings.
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According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the March 11th episode of MBC"s "Empress Qi" achieved a 29.2% viewer rating, which is a 2.3% increase from its previous viewer rating of 26.9%, making expectations rise that it may reach the 30% viewer rating mark next week.
SBS" thriller drama "God"s Gift - 14 Days" has been steadily rising since its premiere last week and achieved a 9.1% viewer rating, which is a 0.2% increase from its previous viewer rating of 8
With its second episode, SBS’ God’s Gift – 14 Days set down its plotline, piercing fear and thrill into the viewers.
The first two episodes introduced the characters, before immediately jumping into kidnapping and murder of the drama’s youngest character. Viewers have been praising the high quality story, as well as the acting of Lee Bo Young, who perfectly portrayed a mother who is willing to do anything to save her child.
The episodes also brought up many social issues that have been taking place in Korea, sending fear at the possibility that what’s happening in the drama could easily happen in real life.
Although the drama received a ratings increase, so did MBC’s Empress Ki, who kept its overwhelming record at first.
Now that the Olympics are over, we"re back into the full swing of things here at K-drama land, and it was "Empress Qi" that broke its own record in viewer ratings once again by landing #1 in its time slot!
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According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the February 25th episode of MBC"s "Empress Qi" achieved a record-breaking 28.6% viewer rating, which is a 3.3% increase from its previous viewer rating of 25.3%.
The finale of SBS" "Kind Words" brought in a 8.7% viewer rating and ended with its special broadcast, which achieved a 5.7% viewer rating. KBS 2TV"s "Full Sun" made its premiere last week and achieved a 5.2% viewer rating, which is a 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC5xcfymxf0&feature=player_embedded Kdrama Empress Ki Ep 33 PreviewDK: This is father's order. The Emperor and Ki Jai In, both must die. TH: I want you. DK: These two people broke your heart DS: Tonight is the last time. Have all the set ups to kill Ki si completed? TH: Where is she now? Lady Oh?: In the direction of Cheon Ma Lo WY: They've gone to hunt down SN! SN: You want to kill me DS: It probably never occurred to you that the cost of having the Emperor's grace is this cruel Empress Ki Episode 32 Ratings:AGB Nielsen: Nationwide 25
Seung-nyang: What is the reason for me to come here?Yeon-chul: …I’m going to make you the criminal.Seung-nyang: Alright. If you want to make me the person who tried to harm the Prince, I’ll look forward to it, Chancellor.Empress Dowager: The Empress had left the Cold Palace?!Empress Dowager: This is a matter that can’t be overlooked.Tanashiri: It’s only for the sake of protecting my son.Byung-soo: In this upcoming hunt…Yeon-chul: …it’s going to be a sight worth seeing. I will catch a remarkable beast.Dangkise: The hunter’s targets are no other than the Emperor and Lady Ki… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFGe51vSMI&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPk5DAUxRME&feature=player_embedded Episode 31 Ratings:AGB Nielsen: Nationwide 26
Yoon Kye Sang and Han Ji Hye‘s drama, “Beyond the Clouds,” received rather low ratings for its premiere.
KBS 2TV drama “Beyond the Clouds” aired its first episode on January 17 and received a viewership rating of 3.7%. This was a 2.4% drop from the 6.1% ratings its predecessor, “Prime Minister and I,” received. Knowing that the drama will air in a very competitive time slot, “Beyond the Clouds” had tried to be strategic in its opening by airing its first two episodes together. However, the second episode received and improved, but still low, rating of 5.1%.
With Yoon Kye Sang and Han Ji Hye leading the cast and a solid story line, “Beyond the Clouds” doesn’t lack in star power or storytelling, but its starting at a time when its competitors have already developed a strong and loyal following
Although scheduling isn’t completely back to normal due to the Olympics, MBC’s Empress Ki is still charging through, hitting a new high ratings.
On Monday night, Empress Ki hit 26.5 percent, recording its highest ratings since its debut. It previously held 25.3 percent as its highest.
With last Tuesday’s episode canceled due to the Olympics, viewers seemed to have been waiting for the new episode.
On the flipside, KBS kicked off its new drama, which was postponed due to the sporting event. The Full Sun ran two episodes straight, receiving much praise from the audience, but results show that it still has a long way to go before it can catch up with Empress Ki.
New Monday & Tuesday KBS drama “Beyond the Clouds” will broadcast its first and second episodes on February 17. “Beyond the Clouds” will be competing for ratings against SBS drama “Kind Words” and MBC historical drama “Empress Ki.”
“Beyond the Clouds” follows the drama “Prime Minister and I,” which had fallen to last place in the rating against the currently airing SBS and MBC drama. “Beyond the Clouds” hopes to change the ranking of the ratings with its production quality and story.
KBS commented “Last week, there was hot response to the teaser for ‘Beyond the Clouds.’ We are able to check viewer anticipation for the drama.”
Yoon Kye Sang, Han Ji Hye, Jo Jin Woong, and Kim Yoo Ri will star in this drama