10:33 pm - 01/02/2019

"The Last Empress" tops weekly TV chart

SBS's drama series "The Last Empress," starring actress Jang Na-ra, topped the weekly TV program chart, closely followed by the tvN drama "Memories of the Alhambra," data showed Thursday.

The SBS program, aired every Wednesday and Thursday, began its 48-episode series on Nov. 21 with a modest viewership rating in the seven percent range but has since steadily gained popularity to surpass 16 percent in viewership.

For the week of Dec. 24-30, the program earned a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 265.3, narrowly defeating the runner-up, "Memories of the Alhambra," which had 259.3.

The leading drama is set in an imaginary contemporary Korean empire. Jang plays the role of Oh Sunny, a former musical singer who became empress by marriage and fell in love with an imperial family bodyguard. The latter is seeking to take his revenge on the ruling family for the unfair death of his mother.

"Memories of the Alhambra," which combines elements of fantasy, suspense, science fiction and romance, aired the first of its 16 episodes on Dec. 1 and stars Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye.

CPI, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media presence and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on the three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and the seven cable channels owned by CJ ENM, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time.

JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, is not included in the measurement.

I've been trying hard to get into The Last Empress because I love all the actors, but I can't. It's not doing anything for me =\

source: Yonhap News & KOCOWA TV
goldenrosalie 3rd-Jan-2019 10:25 am (UTC)
i absolutely love this drama lol. i started it without realizing that it's written by /the/ infamous makjang writer so i was taken aback but it's fun. the fact that losing some weight will turn you into choi jin hyuk without any plastic surgery is my favorite kdrama scene now.
ah0000 3rd-Jan-2019 01:21 pm (UTC)

I SCREAMED when he turned into Choi Jin Hyuk, I only remembered like the scene before that CJH was supposed to be in it as a main character and was like where is he. When the transformation happened I was laughing so hard and determined then and there that I would watch this drama to the end

goldenrosalie 3rd-Jan-2019 01:31 pm (UTC)
right. everyone is being so awful and story is tragic (people die when they are killed!) BUT this drama is actually a comedy.
i was hollering when i remembered that transformation scene as i was watching new episodes where sunny is looking at picture in pendant and can't recognize yura (glasses are the best disguise, now i know it) while yura herself is suspecting hot bodygard being og wang sik.
ah0000 3rd-Jan-2019 02:35 pm (UTC)

Omg I don't think I realized she didn't recognize Yura in the picture also lololol

I haven't watched this week's episodes yet but I assume she is still alive, it's way too early for her to die

ah0000 3rd-Jan-2019 01:24 pm (UTC)

I love this drama. Every time Oh Sunny does anything to get back at them I'm just like loudly saying YESSSSSSSS to my iPad lol. It's so makjang-ly amazing. I had no idea what I was signing up for in the beginning, just thought I'd watch another Jang Nara drama. But wow

ah0000 3rd-Jan-2019 02:33 pm (UTC)

Also the little girl who plays Princess Ah Ri is SO CUTE and so delightful. She's so good at going from cute too haughty. I love her

stani_mnt 3rd-Jan-2019 03:18 pm (UTC)
This show is so wild, I love it.
accioanime 3rd-Jan-2019 04:03 pm (UTC)
Korea loves their makjangs
ashdevilrun23 3rd-Jan-2019 07:09 pm (UTC)
I saw a clip with a little girl/princess yelling at some maids and i was like what??
found it. Is this child an instigator

didn't know nara was in this maybe i should check it out

Edited at 2019-01-03 07:13 pm (UTC)
ah0000 4th-Jan-2019 01:27 am (UTC)

This girl is my FAVE. She's so bratty around all the servants but hilariously adorable in front of the emperor and ppl who matter.

This entire drama is so ridiculous that it's amazing.

ashdevilrun23 4th-Jan-2019 02:39 am (UTC)
It sounds so messy based on the rest of the comments in here maybe I should watch it 🤣
lostintheechoes 3rd-Jan-2019 11:30 pm (UTC)
i love this. its so good. idc.
keytfelt 4th-Jan-2019 12:54 am (UTC)
I've only been able to watch the first few episodes but I love seeing what craziness is happening via Twitter. Absolute mess but super entertaining.
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