The King: Eternal Monarch recorded double-digit viewer ratings from the first episode, once again proving the reputation of writer Kim Eun Sook.
SBS’s new Friday-Saturday drama The King: Eternal Monarch, which aired its first episode on April 17, quickly surpassed double-digit viewer ratings. According to Nielsen Korea, a ratings survey company, the first episode of the drama recorded 11.4% (first part) and 12.9% (second part) in Seoul metropolitan area, topping the ratings recorded at the same time. Also, the viewership peaked as high as 14% during the second part, proving the potential.
In the first episode, Yi Rim (Lee Jung Jin), half-brother of Yi Ho (Kwon Yul), the emperor of the Korean Empire and uncle of Yi Gon (Lee Min Ho), opened the gate to the parallel universe as he plotted treason. He tried to take the “Manpa-shikjuck,” which means the “two worlds,” but ended up breaking it in half, opening the “door to the parallel universe” with one of the pieces.
25 years later, Yi Gon, who had the other half of the piece, came to the Republic of Korea, crossing the gate. Then he had a fateful meeting with Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun), whose ID was dropped by a mysterious man who appeared on a night of treason. Then heart-throbbing ending took place as Yi Gon ran to hold her in his arms.