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"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
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

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