One of the most anticipated kdramas of 2019 has finally aired its first episode and it premiered to a promising start.
The drama had an enormous budget of 54 billion won (approx. $45,42 million), and the cast filmed for 6 months.
According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of “Arthdal Chronicles” earned an average viewership rating of 6.7% and 7.7% in the Seoul area. It is a promising start to one of the most anticipated kdramas ever made.
The drama is also airing on tvN simultaneously.
Have you checked out the premiere of “Arthdal Chronicles” yet? What did you think of the first episode?
Source: Nielsen Korea
My Personal Thoughts
I just watched the 1st episode and it was nice. Its too early for me to judge and Song Joongki only appeared at the last minute. I liked the pacing, the effects and the way the characters were introduced. I had trouble knowing who was who and getting the names right but I liked that the drama editing was done in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you.
I kinda expected way better results considering the marketing and the popularity the drama garnered for a while now. “Mr. Sunshine” recorded 8.9% with its premiere and the cast was stellar but I argue the cast of this drama is just as known and beloved if not more, I expected something in the range of 8%.
There is still room for improvement and for better results. I wish the drama all the success. I like it when kdramas take chances, this is a new genre and theme that we’re not used to and I am happy Koreans are trying to escape their comfort zone, its something I’ve been I’ve been dying to see for a while now.