[Weekly TV Top 10] ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ Finishes with No.1 Spot, But It’s Full of Regrets

The King: Eternal Monarch has come to an end. Even with the happy ending, an unfriendly explanation continued, doubling the confusion. Despite the fact that the drama grabbed all attention with the meeting of Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun and writer Kim Eun Sook, and the fact that the production cost was nearly 3.2 billion KRW (approx. 2,641,620 USD), it was a lonely exit. Now it’s the question of whether the viewers will welcome the return two other Hallyu stars, Ji Chang Wook and Kim Soo Hyun. Ji Chang Wook will return with romantic comedy Backstreet Rookie, whereas Kim Soo Hyun will come back with healing romance It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Will they be able to revitalize the small screen, which has been mired in a slump lately?


The Dramas on the 2nd week of June 2020

Credit: SBS

The King: Eternal Monarch ended after topping the popularity chart for two weeks in a row. After getting criticized for its confusing development and excessive product placement, it ended with the lowest popularity. Once Again maintained its second place as the romance between Lee Sang Yi and Lee Cho Hee made headlines. Kkondae Intern remained in third place for four consecutive weeks with Young Tak’s special appearance, while Kim Soo Hyun’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay came in fourth, receiving mush attention even before its first broadcast. My Unfamiliar Family ranked fifth as the fact that Kim Tae Woo is gay was revealed.

Credit: tvN

The Top 10 Popularity of TV Dramas

  1. SBS The King: Eternal Monarch (Share of Audience: 24.39) (-)
  2. KBS2 Once Again (Share of Audience: 11.95) (-)
  3. MBC Kkondae Intern (Share of Audience: 8.99) (-)
  4. tvN It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Share of Audience: 7.17) NEW
  5. tvN My Unfamiliar Family (Share of Audience: 5.5) (-)
  6. tvN Oh My Baby (Share of Audience: 5.22) (-)
  7. JTBC Mystic Pop-Up Bar (Share of Audience: 4.91) (▽3)
  8. MBC Dinner Mate (Share of Audience: 4.08) (▽1)
  9. SBS Good Casting (Share of Audience: 3.61) (▲1)
  10. KBS2 Born Again (Share of Audience: 3.58) (▲1)


The Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Dramas

  1. Lee Min Ho, The King: Eternal Monarch (-)
  2. Lee Cho Hee, Once Again (▲2)
  3. Kim Soo Hyun, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay NEW
  4. Kim Go Eun, The King: Eternal Monarch (▽2)
  5. Lee Sang Yi, Once Again (-)
  6. Jang Na Ra, Oh My Baby (▽3)
  7. Young Tak, Kkondae Intern NEW
  8. Park Hae Jin, Kkondae Intern (▲1)
  9. Seo Ye Ji, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay NEW
  10. Han Ye Ri, My Unfamiliar Family (▽4)


The Non-Dramas on the 2nd week of June 2020


Although Heart Signal 3 has been No. 1 in the non-drama category for six consecutive weeks, it has severely criticized for exposing Kim Kang Yeol as usual despite the fact that he was embroiled in a controversy over hitting a woman. Phantom Singer 3, which was highly praised for its cast, continued its uptrend for seven consecutive weeks, and eventually came in second. Especially, Gil Byeong Min, John Noh, Park Hyun Soo, and Kim Min Suk’s performance became a hot topic. As for Call Center of Love, which ranked third, caught the eye with Jang Min Ho, Young Tak, Jung Dong Won, and Lee Chan Won’s EXO’s “Growl” performance. I Live Alone, which made headlines for Uee’s candid life, ranked sixth amid favorable reviews.


The Top 10 Popularity of TV Non-Dramas

  1. Channel A Heart Signal 3 (Share of Audience: 12.22) (-)
  2. JTBC Phantom Singer 3 (Share of Audience: 5.98) (▲1)
  3. TV CHOSUN We Will Sing Your Requests ” Call Center of Love (Share of Audience: 4.6) (▲1)
  4. tvN The Great Escape 3 (Share of Audience: 4.03) (▽2)
  5. Mnet Road to Kingdom (Share of Audience: 3.89) (▲1)
  6. MBC I Live Alone (Share of Audience: 3.24) (▲3)
  7. MBC The Masked Singer (Share of Audience: 2.79) (-)
  8. MBC How Do You Play? (Share of Audience: 2.39) (▽3)
  9. SBS Running Man (Share of Audience: 2.39) (▲1)
  10. SBS Baek Jong Won’s Alley Restaurant (Share of Audience: 2.39) (▲2)

The Top 10 Popularity of the Cast in TV Non-Dramas

  1. Park Ji Hyun, Heart Signal 3 (-)
  2. Chun In Woo, Heart Signal 3 (▲1)
  3. Lee Ga Heun, Heart Signal 3 (▲2)
  4. Kim Kang Yeol, Heart Signal 3 (▽2)
  5. Uee, I Live Alone NEW
  6. Chun Ahn Na, Heart Singal 3 (▲5)
  7. Lim Young Woong, Mulberry School (▲14)
  8. Im Han Gyeol, Heart Singal 3 (▲1)
  9. Lee Hyori, How Do You Play? (▽5)
  10. Seo Min Jae, Heart Signal 3 (▲4)


This survey was released on June 15 by the TV popularity analysis agency Good Data Corporation after analyzing netizens’ responses, which were generated from news articles, blogs/communities, videos and SNSs for the 22 dramas and the 177 non-dramas that are on air or scheduled to air from June 8 through June 14.

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  • If what The King: Eternal Monarch has is low popularity idk what popularity means to you.

  • oh my baby the best kdrama… the best… the content is kinda sensitive but the writer present the story in a likeable manner.. the cinematography is so good and with its superb ost.. how i cannot love this drama?..and to top it all the made in heaven chemistry of jang nara and go joon.. they are raining cuteness and sweetness in oh my baby.. go joon is such a revealation to me.. i never knew him before but wow this guy is so manly with his deep sexy voice.. he is so hot.. every scenes of jang nara and go joon gave me so much happiness… i love them so much.

  • Lee Min Ho is very popular in the Philippines! Just love watching his kdramas.

  • Lee Min Ho played as the king in his majestic and charming fashion. He was perfect for the role. he played the role very realistically. I hope to see more of Lee Min Ho on the small screen in the nearest future.

  • I love The The King Eternal Monarch Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun 💗💗💗

  • Oh My Baby of JangNara & Once Again of LeeSangeib & Lee Mi jung are best drama since start of its broadcast! Having good time watching them😃I dropped TKEM coz its boring, draggy & confusing!!

  • The controversy about Kim Kang Yeol was overblown as it was several years ago and was an accident resulting from him being up on a table, trying to intervene in a “cat fight” and accidentally hit a woman who was standing at a lower level. No charges filed and he took ownership and apologized.

  • Hello writer its “#KimYooJung” in BackstreetRookie not kimsoohyun, ok they are different person… understood!!

  • Why should they criticize the drama for being not properly dressed during an era or something when its a parallel universe not a historical drama, meaning there is no need to compare the outfits as it is a world wherein republic of corea is wealthy country. Those watching it doesn’t understand the drama at all and they are so smart to criticize it.

  • Yeah without a question, The King Eternal Monarch will sat on the 1st place as ‘the king’ 😉 get it(?!)…for me I’ve watched a lot of drama but TKEM is my top drama (it’s going to be hard to budge it cus I loved everything about the drama can’t even describe it in one word nevertheless just one negative) so if you’re talking about full of regrets or low rate…haish don’t even bother bus eiy that’s not accurate (at least for me, and I know I’m not the only one let me tell ya)

  • The king does not deserve to be in the first spot, i acknowledge that the leading actors are good looking but the stories of the drama sucks. It’s too unreal.
    It’s okay not to be okay deserve to be in the first place in the coming days.

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