Empress Ki Ratings

Empress Ki Climbs to the Top with Debut Episode

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 Empress Ki Climbs to the Top with Debut Episode

With the exit of Goddess of Fire Jeongi, we thought SBS’ Suspicious Housekeeper and KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare would catch a break, but boy, were we wrong.

On Monday night, MBC’s Empress Ki starring Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, and Ji Chang Wook, kicked up strong, earning 11.1 percent in ratings and taking over the top spot.

With just the first episode, Empress Ki was able to steal the attention from its competitors with realistic action, affection romance, and hilarious scenes.

“Empress Ki” Takes Top Spot in Ratings with Premiere Episode

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“Empress Ki” Takes Top Spot in Ratings with Premiere Episode

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.

‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Continues Roller Coaster Ride

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 ‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Continues Roller Coaster Ride

Every Monday and Tuesday is a roller coaster ride for KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare as ratings continue to rise and then fall.

Marry Him If You Dare recorded a 6.5 percent,close to a 1 percent fall from 7.4 in the previous episode. With such a predictable story, it seems that viewers are growing a bit impatient as the plot is slowly rolling out.

Will Marry Him If You Dare go uphill in the next episode, or continue trailing down?

Empress Ki Looks to Higher Places

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 Empress Ki Looks to Higher Places

And MBC’s Empress Ki does it again.

Not only did the drama come out as the top rated drama on Tuesday night, but Empress Ki recorded a 14.5 percent in rating, its highest thus far.

The kicker is that it’s only on its fourth episode.

The drama has been praised for its exceptional acting, realistic action scenes, and the fast-paced but detailed storyline. Now that romance is kicking in, the numbers are expected to rise gradually.

Drama Ratings Continue Along

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 Drama Ratings Continue Along

Not much has happened since the last time Monday/Tuesday dramas were recorded.

MBC’s Empress Ki continues to lead. There was no gain or decrease.

SBS’ Suspicious Housekeeper fell exactly one percent from its previous ratings.

The sad story for Monday’s ratings is that KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare continues its roller coaster ride of up and down. For Monday, Marry Him If You Dare managed to climb a little slope of 0.5 percent, coming out to 5.9 compared to last episode’s 5.4 percent.

“Empress Ki” Continues to Reign in Ratings

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“Empress Ki” Continues to Reign in Ratings

MBC’s Monday and Tuesday airing drama “Empress Ki” has topped viewership ratings!

According to ratings research company Nielsen Korea, the latest episode of “Empress Ki” that aired on November 11 achieved 14.5% viewership ratings. The episode achieved similarly high ratings last week, placing it as the front runner for most watched dramas that air on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On this particular episode of “Empress Ki,” Ki Seung Nyang (played by actress Ha Ji Won) rescues the injured crown prince, Ta Hwan (played by actor Ji Chang Wook), and they escape from assassins together.

Empress Ki Rises Higher in Numbers

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 Empress Ki Rises Higher in Numbers

Nothing can stop MBC’s Empress Ki as the story continues to unfold with a stellar cast.

On Tuesday night, Empress Ki made a new record by receiving 16.3 percent in viewership ratings. The new percentage marked the drama’s highest rating since the first episode.

The drama proved to be a hit since its premiere with a talented cast, a fast-paced but detailed story and excellent directing. Only six episodes into the series, Empress Ki is expected to continue climbing up the ratings chart.

Cable Drama “Basketball” Cut Down to 18 Episodes

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Cable Drama “Basketball” Cut Down to 18 Episodes

Cable network tvN’s Monday-Tuesday drama “Basketball” will finish its run earlier than expected in December.

A tvN representative stated that “Basketball” was originally slated to have 24 episodes, but it seems that it has been cut down to 18 episodes, and will air its final episode on December 17. The production team recently decided on this change, and is reshooting the final episodes with some revisions.

However, there has been denial of an early end to the series by another party, who stated, “Basketball was initially planned for 18 episodes before independence, and 6 episodes after. However, we decided that there was too much content after independence to be squeezed into 6 episodes, so for the sake of completeness, we decided to end the drama at 18 episodes. We are waiting to see the response to decide on a second season.”

‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Continues to Drop

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 ‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Continues to Drop

It unfortunately seems to not matter who is in the drama as KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare reached its lowest point on Monday night.

Despite having Yun Eun Hye, CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa, and Lee Dong Gun, who made a drama comeback after being discharged from the army, Marry Him If You Dare recorded a low 5.0 percent as compared to the highest of the night, 15.5 percent, which belonged to MBC’s Empress Ki.

The sad numbers come even when the drama’s biggest secret was revealed with big Mirae (Choi Myung Gil) revealing her true identity to Kim Shin (Lee Dong Gun).

‘Ki’ Goes Higher While ‘Mirae’ Goes Lower

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 ‘Ki’ Goes Higher While ‘Mirae’ Goes Lower

MBC’s Empress Ki and KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare are now at completely opposite ends of spectrum, but setting records in their own way.

On Tuesday night, Empress Ki achieved its highest ratings to date with 16.9 percent, beating out its previous record of 16.3.

On the flip side, Marry Him If You Dare continued to fall, setting its own record for the lowest ratings that it’s received with 4.7 percent.

LOEN Releases Wax’s “Love Wind” MV for “Empress Ki” OST

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LOEN Releases Wax’s “Love Wind” MV for “Empress Ki” OST

On November 19, Loen Entertainment released the MV for the “Empress Ki” OST, “Love Wind” on their Youtube channel. The emotional love ballad was composed by PJ and sung by singer Wax. The song captures the essence of Seung Nyang’s (Empress Ki) struggle for influence and her complicated love story. Wax’s ability to easily transition from a delicate voice to a powerful voice make her the perfect singer for the track.

Ha Ji Won Prepares Hard for her Debut in Hollywood

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Ha Ji Won Prepares Hard for her Debut in Hollywood

Ha Ji Won is one hard working actress.

It has been reported that the actress has been working hard to prepare her debut in Hollywood amid her busy schedule filming MBC’s Empress Ki.

A staff from the drama told enews on November 21 that “While filming the drama, Ha Ji Won has been working hard to improve her English and is studying the American culture.”

Ha Ji Won, who is starring in Empress Ki, which has recently received viewer ratings of 16.9%, has been proving her acting skills to the public once again.

Dramas Fail to Increase in Ratings

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 Dramas Fail to Increase in Ratings

Our dramas had a bad case of the Monday blues as there was no increase for any of the three primetime dramas.

MBC’s Empress Ki continued its reign as number one, but did drop a bit from its previous ratings of 18.8 percent.

SBS’ A Warm Word stayed where it was with 8.6, while KBS’ Prime Minister and I dropped to 5.9, returning to its first episode ratings.

On the variety side, however, KBS’ Hello saw an increase from 8.0 percent to 8.7. SBS’ Healing Camp also went up from 5.9 to 6.9 percent.

‘Ki’ and ‘Mirae’ Both Set New Records

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 ‘Ki’ and ‘Mirae’ Both Set New Records

It’s another day, another week, but the ratings stay constant for Monday’s dramas, as MBC’s Empress Ki continues to rise and KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare continues to fall.

Empress Ki once again set a new record of 17.2, climbing from its rating of 16.9 percent from the previous episode.

Unfortunately for KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare, the drama dropped from 4.7 to 4.5, setting its personal record for lowest numbers.

′Suspicious Housekeeper′ Completes Its Run

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 ′Suspicious Housekeeper′ Completes Its Run

SBS’ Suspicious Housekeeper closed its curtains on Tuesday night. There were no twists or romance, but a strong emphasis on familial love.

While the drama starred big names, like Choi Ji Woo and Lee Sung Jae, the drama wasn’t able to pull in big ratings, perhaps due to the popularity of Empress Ki and KBS’ Good Doctor.

Viewers also couldn’t help but to compare Suspicious Housekeeper with the original Japanese dorama, Kaseifu no Mita.

‘Mirae’ Hops Up A Little With One More Episode Remaining

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 ‘Mirae’ Hops Up A Little With One More Episode Remaining

Still scrapping at the bottom of the ratings chart, KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare continued its reign over the third place.

While it ranked last, Marry Him If You Dare did see a slight improvement from 4.3 to 4.7 percent after a continuous streak downward. However, with only one more episode to go, there’s little chance that the drama will climb up to second place.

Meanwhile, SBS’ A Warm Word debuted at second with 6.8 percent.

‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Leaves People Speechless with Final Episode

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 ‘Marry Him If You Dare’ Leaves People Speechless with Final Episode

It’s finally the end for KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare and people are just plain speechless. Maybe even a little angry, which explains the lowest rating the drama has received during its run.

The final episode of Marry Him If You Dare, or Future Choice/Mirae’s Choice if going by the Korean title, left an open-ended conclusion with Mirae (Yun Eun Hye) not making a choice on who she loves.

With the whole point of the drama revolving around who Mirae will marry, the ending proved to be quite disappointing as both candidates (Lee Dong Gun and Jung Yong Hwa) still had a possibility of being the future husband of Mirae at the of the series.

Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk Courted for “May Garden”

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Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk Courted for “May Garden”

We might be seeing Running Man’s ‘Ace’ Song Ji Hyo back in a drama soon… and with Choi Jin Hyuk as her leading man to boot! Thank you, Drama Gods. After a Mane of Glory-rocking turn as a gumiho in Gu Family Book, Choi Jin Hyuk hasn’t had much to do in The Heirs other than glowering at Lee Min Ho every week, so I’m all for him getting some leading man action. (Though he does glower very nicely.) The announcement comes with the usual caveat that the leads are considering the offer, so neither name is set in stone yet. Fingers crossed.

Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 Recap

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Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 Recap


Empress Ki: Episode 1 – 2 recap by daebakdramas

Empress Ki/Hwatu/기황후 started last week after MBC’s previous sageuk drama (and sadly snooze-fest) “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi”. I consider this a one-off recap for now since Empress Ki will be 50 episodes long and I don’t know if I can hold out that long… Sageuks in general tend to lose me after the first 16 episodes. However the three main actors are strong leads (love Ha Ji Won) so perhaps this will fare better than “Goddess of Fire”… Which didn’t even have a great ending. Oh well, at least Kim Bum got the girl in real life.

Funny BTS Of “Empress Ki”

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Funny BTS Of “Empress Ki”

So how much fun are Ha Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook having filming “Empress Ki”? The BTS videos and photos I’ve seen show the entire cast is having a great time. I hope that continues – they have a long ways to go and it’s getting much colder outside. These clips might also explain why so many appear to be on the Ki/Emperor ship, they’re adorable together. I’m still waiting for our Goryeo King to make his appearance a bit closer to Ki. Like, in the same city please? (LOL)