“The King: Eternal Monarch” has scored a new low in ratings with its most recent episode.
On May 1, “The King: Eternal Monarch” aired its fifth episode and according to Nielsen Korea, it scored an average of 7.6% and 8.6% for its first and second half respectively nationwide, which is a decline from last week’s ratings of 8% and 9.7% and the lowest for the series thus far, it had previously scored 7.8% with the first half of its third episode.
Previously, “The King: Eternal Monarch” broke SBS ratings record with its debut scoring a number in the double digits, a feat for dramas these days, however, its premiere turned out to be the highest average rating it got so far.
Netizens have previously shared mixed reactions to the drama, some calling it ‘cheesy,’ ‘boring,’ ‘slow-paced,’ and ‘corny.’ Many stated that they had such high expectations from the new Kim Eun Sook drama but their expectations were not met.
There was worry among fans due to negative reviews over the series. Many are wondering whether “The King: Eternal Monarch” will ever be able to surpass the double digits in ratings again.
If you’re curious about episode 5 recap and review you can read it from here.
What do you think of “The King: Eternal Monarch” so far? Do you like it? Did it live up to your expectations?
My Personal Thoughts
I expected it would honestly do better with this episode because this one was pretty fun but it seems that netizens are losing interest in the drama.
As I said before, “The King: Eternal Monarch” lacks enough plot-development each episode to keep it interesting. They rely so much on fillers and typical Kim Eun Sook characters moments, thus far, I can sum the important points of the entire series in less than 6 sentences and that’s bad, we’re 5 episodes in and it’s still not progressing as fast as it should. That’s over 5 hours of content that could be summed in a couple of sentences.
I don’t know if they can take this criticism into consideration even if they wanted to because as far as I know, “The King: Eternal Monarch” began filming in December of 2019, so I assume they’ve already filmed a good amount of the series, the cost of the episode is around $1 million so I don’t know if they can adjust to make it faster even if they wanted.
Kim Eun Sook should’ve relied less on the star power of the cast and more on the script, people are being extra critical because it’s her, she’s considered one of the biggest Korean screenwriters so it’s only natural for people to expect better. People tell me I shouldn’t be this critical but I am this critical because she’s written better scripts and because of her status, I expect better. Its not by any means an awful drama but so far, nothing is even matching my expectations.