“The King: Eternal Monarch” ratings have declined even further from its last week episodes.
The highly-publicized SBS blockbuster “The King: Eternal Monarch” ratings have been unpredictable. It premiered to excellent ratings making SBS history but ever since its first episode, the ratings kept going down.
Last week, “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 8 scored 6.1% and 8.1%, marking the lowest for the series at the time. However, its 9th episode did even worse.
According to Nielsen Korea, “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 9 received an average of 5.8% and 6.3% for (part 1 and 2) marking a new low for the series, it’s also the first time “The King: Eternal Monarch” has achieved 5% in ratings, half its highest point with its premiere.
Despite its popularity on Netflix overseas, “The King: Eternal Monarch” failed to generate the same reception in its home country, South Korea. The drama had cost roughly $20 million in production cost.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is screenwriter Kim Eun Sook lowest rated drama in recent memory and probably her least well-performing drama ever.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
This is so sad… I didn’t expect it to reach 5%, I honestly thought it would waver around 7% to 9% but damn it…. the production must be punching walls right now.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” will still likely be able to breakeven with broadcasting rights sold to other countries. Lee Min Ho has a solid fanbase that would watch anything for him.
Thus far, “The King: Eternal Monarch” has been okay…. it has a lot of issues that even the naked untrained eye can spot, but if you love the actors in this production you’ll probably enjoy it. But from a plot point, it’s shockingly lacking and only picks up around episode 7. I plan on writing a full review of the series when its done.
Kim Eun Sook really set the bar too high for herself after “Mr. Sunshine,” I don’t blame netizens for giving up if there are better things to watch on TV. These days, the types of standard scripts Kim Eun Sook writes wouldn’t fly and I’ve seen many comment about this. And in comparison to whats airing on TV, “The King: Eternal Monarch” doesn’t really standout from a plot perspective.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” lost its chance to make a good first impression, we, international fans, are more open and a lot more patient but it’s not the same for the average viewer in South Korea.
It appears, at least to me, that the writer believed fans would stick through the lackluster introduction for the sake of the actors. The most crucial time for any drama was spent on trivial scenes that didn’t matter and I think that probably was the biggest hurdle for “The King: Eternal Monarch” and it couldn’t overcome it.