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‘Empress Qi’ and ‘Kind Words’ both break their own record in viewer ratings + ‘Prime Minister and I’ continues on its slump

By in News posted Oct January 22nd, 2014 No comments
"Empress Qi" and "Kind Words" both broke their own record in viewer ratings this week, but it is the former that came out on top!

SEE ALSO: "Empress Qi" breaks its own record in viewer rating but which Mon-Tues drama was #1 this week?

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the January 21st episode of MBC"s "Empress Qi" achieved a 22.6% viewer rating, which is 1.8% increase from its previous viewer rating of 20.8%.

SBS" "Kind Words" came in second place with a 11.3% viewer rating, which is a 0.7% increase from its previous viewer rating of 10.6%. While its competing dramas broke their own record, KBS 2TV"s "Prime Minister and I" didn"t have such luck, and its numbers continued to fall as it dropped 0

Empress Ki Hits a High Note with Highest Ratings

By in News posted Oct January 21st, 2014 No comments

While it might have been a low point for Ki Seung Nyang (Ha Ji Won)’s life, MBC’s Empress Ki was in high spirits, recording its highest ratings to date.

On Monday night, Empress Ki hit 20.8 percent. Its previous record was 20.3 percent, showing a rise of 0.5 percent since then.

The episode brought several dramatic moments, such as the loss of a baby, the false news of a death, and a birth secret in the making.

With these events continuing to pour out, viewers are paying close attention to how these conflicts will be resolved in the near future.

Monday, January 20, 2014


1. MBC Empress Ki 20.8

2. SBS A Warm Word 10.8


“Empress Ki” wins 10th viewer ratings crown

By in News posted Oct January 8th, 2014 No comments
MBC’s popular drama series “Empress Ki” has secured its ratings crown for a whopping 10th week in a row.

The 50-part historic epic dominated AGB Nielsen Media Research (Nielsen Korea)’s ratings chart again after drawing in an average viewership of 18.5 percent during January 6 and 7, the chart showed on Wednesday.

Sitting at the No. 2 place is SBS’s melodrama “One Warm Word,” which nabbed in an average of 9.6 percent of total viewers in the same time frame.

KBS’s romantic comedy series “Prime Minister & I” continued to sit at the bottom place with an average mark of 7.3 percent.

Meanwhile, TNmS’s (Total National Multimedia Statistic) survey showed the three programs in the same order yet slightly lower numbers than Nielsen Korea’s.

“Empress Ki” continued its top seed with an average score of 17

Ji Chang Wook Shows Humility Regarding “Empress Ki” Ratings

By in News posted Oct December 29th, 2013 No comments

Ji Chang Wook discussed MBC Monday-Tuesday drama “Empress Ki‘s sky high ratings on MBC’s “Section TV.”

The actor appeared on “Section TV” on December 29, and was asked if he knew how popular the drama was. He replied, “Truthfully, I’m in the middle of filming so I don’t really know much.”

Ji Chang Wook said, “Sometimes I receive messages of praise from people around me. When I see those messages, I think, ‘Ah, they are enjoying the drama.’”

He remained humble when discussing “Empress Ki” breaking the 20% ratings barrier. “I think about 1-2% is due to my efforts. 2% out of 20% is 1 out of 10. I think that’s being pretty generous.”

Empress Ki has been doing well in the Monday-Tuesday drama ratings battle, and is not even half way through with a total of 50 episodes planned

“Empress Ki” Maintains Strong Ratings, “Prime Minister and I” Viewership Up From Last Week

By in News posted Oct December 18th, 2013 No comments

Empress Ki” continued to maintain strong ratings this week.

Nielsen Korea report stated that MBC Monday-Tuesday drama “Empress Ki” scored a nationwide rating of 18.8% for its December 17 broadcast. That figure is the same as its previous episode rating on December 16.

While “Empress Ki” remains unrivalled in its number one position, there has been a slight drop from 20.2% and 19.5% ratings for last week’s Monday and Tuesday episodes, respectively.

This Tuesday’s episode of “Empress Ki” saw Ta Hwan (Ji Chang Wook) and Ki Seung Nyang (Ha Ji Won) sharing a drink together. Ta Hwan confessed, “We should have done this sooner.”

The pair showed a different behavior from their normal selves after a couple of drinks

“Prime Minister and I” Ratings Fall Slightly, “Empress Ki” Continues to Lead Monday-Tuesday Line Up

By in News posted Oct December 11th, 2013 No comments

Despite the mostly positive response to Lee Bum Soo and YoonA‘s “Prime Minister and I,” it continues its third-place position for its second episode, with MBC’s “Empress Ki” continuing its domination of the airwaves.

According to ratings agency, Nielsen Korea, ratings for the December 10 broadcast of MBC Monday-Tuesday drama “Empress Ki” Episode 14 recorded a 19.5% viewership nationwide, a slight drop of 0.7% from Monday’s Episode 13 20.2% rating.

While ratings have wavered slightly, “Empress Ki” has retained its first place ranking since its premiere. SBS and KBS’ ambitious new drama offerings have been unable to overcome the huge momentum that “Empress Ki” has picked up.

The combined viewership of “Kind Words” and “Prime Minister and I,” the two dramas sharing the same time slot as “Empress Ki,” is currently lower than that of “Empress Ki” on its own

“Empress Ki” Continues to Reign in Ratings

By in News posted Oct November 12th, 2013 No comments

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.

 Other dramas airing in the same time slots achieved the following viewership ratings: SBS’s “The Suspicious Housekeeper” at 9

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

By in News posted Oct October 29th, 2013 No comments

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

Both 'Running Man' And 'Roomate' Fall In The Ratings

By in News posted Oct September 8th, 2014 No comments


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

“Triangle” Stays at Top of Monday-Tuesday Drama Viewer Ratings

By in News posted Oct May 7th, 2014 No comments

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

“Triangle,” “Doctor Stranger,” and “Big Man” Are Neck and Neck in Ratings

By in News posted Oct May 6th, 2014 No comments

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

‘Empress Ki’ Bows Out Without Reaching 30%

By in News posted Oct April 30th, 2014 No comments

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014



Premiere of “Big Man” Takes Second in Viewer Ratings

By in News posted Oct April 29th, 2014 No comments

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

Kim Jaejoong, Kang Ji Hwan, and Lee Jong Suk Go on Monday-Tuesday Drama Ratings War Starting Next Week

By in News posted Oct April 29th, 2014 No comments

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

‘Big Man’ Kicks Off at Second Place

By in News posted Oct April 29th, 2014 No comments

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

KBS Programming Dominates TV Ratings After Ferry Disaster

By in News posted Oct April 21st, 2014 No comments

This past week, the fourth week of April, was a complicated one for TV programming in terms of broadcast. As most prime time variety shows and dramas were suspended while the nation waited anxiously for good news from the site of the Sewol ferry disaster, news programming and more serious broadcast like documentaries filled in the empty air time.

KBS programming swept the weekly rankings for ratings in both news, drama, and documentary program. First place went to KBS 1TV’s daily drama, “Melody of Love” (aka “Love Rides the Song“) which raked in 28.3%, according to Nielsen Korea’s April 21 release of the “Weekly Ratings Top 50 Programs.” Ratings were collected between from April 14 – April 20.

MBC and SBS made an entrance in the top 10 with Monday-Thursday drama “Empress Ki” and morning drama “Only My Love,” respectively

Park Ki Woong Cries Angry Tears on ‘My Heart Beats’

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments

Another emergency incident caused Park Ki Woong to cry frustrated tears on SBS’ My Heart Beats.

On Tuesday’s broadcast, Park Ki Woong visited a couple, who shared an incident that happened to their first child. The mother experienced pregnancy-induced hypertension, putting both her and her 28-week-old baby in danger. The couple called for an ambulance so that they could deliver the baby.

However, during their ride to the hospital, an elderly man on a motorcycle was riding on a pedestrian crossing when the ambulance accidentally hit the motorcycle.

The elderly man demanded money for his motorcycle repairs upfront, while the paramedics and the husband begged him to settle this later, willing to exchange contact information. However, the elderly man remained stubborn, demanding money, refusing to let the ambulance pass and stealing precious time from the mother and baby

‘God’s Gift’ Keeps Viewers Guessing Despite Ratings Drop

By in News posted Oct April 1st, 2014 No comments

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

Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung Were Originally Cast for ‘Empress Ki′

By in News posted Oct March 31st, 2014 No comments

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

“Empress Ki” Extended with One More Episode

By in News posted Oct March 25th, 2014 No comments

Good news to all viewers of “Empress Ki!”

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